MOTHMAN (West Virginia) & REPTILIAN MAN (West Columbia South Carolina)

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The Gamecock (Columbia, S.C.)

The gamecock. (Columbia, S.C.) 1908-2006, November 10, 1989, Page 4, Image 4

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% Carolina Life 4 the gamecock Friday, November 10,1989 Reptil E 1 D 0″ < The chameleon, a s different surroundin new Aquarium Reptil By REBECCA ODOM Staff Writer Amazon rivers rush and desert sands teem with life just off Greystone Boulevard in the new $4.5 million Aquarium Reptile Complex at Riverbanks Zoo. Scheduled to open to the public for the first time Saturday, the 22,000 square foot ARC will house nearly 1,500 specimens of reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. “It is most unusual for a zoo this size to have an exhibit like this,” zoo spokesman Deborah Slice said. Nearly 80 habitat displays called dioramas make for a home-away-from-home environment for the animals. These naturalistic settings are located in four galleries separated into geographical settings, Slice said. The first gallery is filled with South Carolina’s own stock of wildlife. Poisonous and nonpoisonous snakes slither through pine forests and lowcountry .swamps while bass and rainbow trout lurk around a dock at Lake Murray. 19-year-old pr By ELIZABETH LYNCH Staff Writer It is 8 p.m., the spotlight shines, the crowd crazy . .. it’s showtime for 19-year-old vocalisl Tidwell. “I perform in front of big Crowds every on awhile. I always get nervous right before a shov as soon as I get up there on stage, the nervi away,” Tidwell said. Tidwell performed at USC’s Golden Spur We day. This marks Tidwell’s first professional ap ance at USC, and he said that he hopes to perfor more universities across the country. “I thought it was a great show. He’s (Tidwell] good at relating to the audience, he makes yoi like he’s performing right to you,” said Robi chardson, a junior physical therapy major. “Eric performed a big band tune, which waj prising. He’s not just a country/western singer. K ? flltilAfl txv\A n \7A1PP ” P 1Q CL IUI U1 anu a lWHJ gVA/u ?v/iW) ixivuu said. ^ean ‘ on/^ ,A?VSet a”d * \ <n? – m t his ? ? “o. eCor x * JULIE BOUCHILLONIThe Gamecock imall lizard who changes colors in gs, is part of Riverbanks Zoo’s le Complex. Just next door to South Carolina is sert Gallery, which depicts, among ol Sonora Desert of the American West of Gila monsters and iguanas require: tion that these animals have mastered. The third exhibit, the Tropical Ha Gallery, is where Amazon waters swi piranhas and eels while huge anaconc wait. “More than half of the world’s p animal species are found in South A southeast Asian and African tropical Slice said. The showpiece of the ARC is th Gallery, which contains more than 1 iums, Slice said. Coral reefs from th to the Caribbean dioramas hold 95,00 r\f w/atAr Ul TT UIV1 . Black-tipped reef sharks and stingn in their respective environments, but gerhead Sea turtle has his own aquai wjll be used for raising young as well. It takes a lot of water to make an o< even if it’s a small one, it’s a complic ‘ofessional \ For the majority of the sho sisted of country/western turn goes also performed musical numbei t Eric ’60s, top 40 hits, and he concluc Tidwell does not have a live 1 rp. in taped music in the backround. v, but ;s go “He’s a rarity. I’ve been in and I’ve never seen a talent lik dnes- that he’s down to earth and hi >pear- sonal manager Sid Badger said, m for Tidwell said he never really i very professionally until he met Bad 1 feel high school. After much consi n Ri- cided to give up a music scholai ; sur_ “At first I was a little hesista [e has larship because it was somethii rdson s*x mon^ls ?f perfoming thougl what I want to do,” Tidwell saic If dorm living cran your style, then RIVERBEN has an alternative 1, 2 & 3 bedroom available for immediate occuj flexible lease term; competitive rates. Ptp-Ipasp Now For Nptt Come to our open Sunday, Nov. 19th, Riverbend – fo beverages served. x $100 OFF 1 Mo. | for students, faculty I Bring this coupe & I j to the open hous ^ J ^ (limited to the first 15 re 100 Riverbend Dr. West Columbia 794-2948 mplex fe”‘ 1 ^ ^ ^ JULIE BOUCHILLONIThe Gamecc AU sorts of underwater species, including this Lio Fish, will find home in one of the complex’s acquarium Zoo’s $4.5 million lew indoor complex to open Saturday \ the De- cess, Slice said. Pipes and filters hum wi ;hers, the their efforts 24-hours-a-day at the ARC. W The land ter is pumped from the nearby Saluda Rive s adapta- and salt is added for those animals that need i Eight full-time staff members keep the AR bitat and running smoothly. rl around Bringing publicity to the complex, Willa las lie in Scott of NBC’s “Today” show, broadcast li from the zoo on Wednesday. “On the show >lant and was mentioned that the 60,000-gallon aquj imerican, ium is the largest from Baltimore to Disn forests,” World,” Slice said. Funding for the $4.5 million project w le Ocean provided through general issue bonds issued 5 aquar- 1986 by the Riverbanks Park Commission, e Pacific “The ARC will get bigger and better,” z 0 gallons director Mary Leverette said. Riverbanks is the largest public attraction lys swim the state and was awarded the Governor’s C the Log- Award in recognition. 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The al- Lars Ulrich. with a life conscious, The album’s lyrics cover a wide sd and rich range of topics from freeing the feminine side of the male psyche in “Woman In Chains,” to calls for d sound of social change in “Sowing the Chair Seeds of Love.” The eight-and-a is re. half minute “Badman’s Song” is a zy life ap- throwback to the jazzed-up rock of sailed The London in the late ’40s. i Tears for Fears poured four erts from years of work into the eight tracks nd piano, on The Seeds of Love, and their o real sax- hard work has resulted in some rom drum truly unbelievable music. Mic drumif talented Eight tracks is normally considins among ered an average length for an album, especially one with a single -talented song of more than eight minutes, nd singers. But on The Seeds of Love, twenty zabal and such tracks would not be enough, iuties with her voices Best cuts: “Woman In Chains,” “Badman’s Song,” “Sowing the oices are Seeds of Love” and “Year of the erful with Knife.” 1/2 ip for career didn’t take the opportunity because it meant that aid have to fly immediatly to California and put nusic on hold for two or three years,” Tidwell Iwell can be seen as an extra in the new movie ig Together. Tidwell also said that he has done ling and commercial work for Modern Bride ma5 and the J.B. White company. Iwell has already signed his first record contract a producer who has worked with such stars as ; Presley, Patsy Kline, Conway Twitty and ta Lynn. m looking forward to this contract. That has been rain goal in my career,” Tidwell said. le of his favorite aspects of performing is singing >nt of an audience, he said. “What inspires me is ing the crowd. Everyone we’ve seen in the festiand in the smallest towns have been about as nice zy could possibly be.” YOU’RE UNIQUE! We could use your talent and om_ time at Hie a1″- Office of ? Programs, Campus Activities Center, Lover lave Level, Rnssell House, 777 6688. repIBM For COPIUINITY

Statue of Mothman in Point PleasantWest Virginia

Other name(s) Winged Man
Country United States
Region Point PleasantWest Virginia

In West Virginia folklore, the Mothman is a legendary creature reportedly seen in the Point Pleasant area from November 12, 1966, to December 15, 1967. The first newspaper report was published in the Point Pleasant Register dated November 16, 1966, titled “Couples See Man-Sized Bird … Creature … Something”.[1] The national press soon picked up the reports and helped spread the story across the country.

The mothman was introduced to a wider audience by Gray Barker in 1970,[2][3] and later popularized by John Keel in his 1975 book The Mothman Prophecies, claiming that there were supernatural events related to the sightings, and a connection to the collapse of the Silver Bridge.

The mothman is the subject of regional folklore and popular culture. The 2002 film The Mothman Prophecies, starring Richard Gere, was based on Keel’s book.[4] An annual festival in Point Pleasant is devoted to the Mothman legend.


On November 12, 1966, five men who were digging a grave at a cemetery near Clendenin, West Virginia, claimed to see a man-like figure fly low from the trees over their heads.[5] This is often identified as the first known sighting of what became known as the Mothman.

Shortly thereafter, on November 15, 1966, two young couples from Point Pleasant, Roger and Linda Scarberry and Steve and Mary Mallette, told police they saw a large white creature whose eyes “glowed red” when the car headlights picked it up. They described it as a “large flying man with ten-foot wings”, following their car while they were driving in an area outside of town known as “the TNT area“, the site of a former World War II munitions plant.[6][7]

During the next few days, other people reported similar sightings. Two volunteer firemen who sighted it said it was a “large bird with red eyes”. Mason County Sheriff George Johnson commented that he believed the sightings were due to an unusually large heron he termed a “shitepoke”. Contractor Newell Partridge told Johnson that when he aimed a flashlight at a creature in a nearby field its eyes glowed “like bicycle reflectors”, and blamed buzzing noises from his television set and the disappearance of his German Shepherd dog on the creature.[8] Wildlife biologist Dr. Robert L. Smith at West Virginia University told reporters that descriptions and sightings all fit the sandhill crane, a large American crane almost as high as a man with a seven-foot wingspan featuring circles of reddish coloring around the eyes, and that the bird may have wandered out of its migration route. This particular crane was unrecognized at first because it was not native to this region.[8][9]

After the December 15, 1967, collapse of the Silver Bridge and the death of 46 people,[10] the incident gave rise to the legend and connected the Mothman sightings to the bridge collapse.[8][11][12]

In 2016, WCHS-TV published a photo purported to be of Mothman taken by an anonymous man while driving on Route 2.[13] Science writer Sharon A. Hill proposed that the photo showed “a bird, perhaps an owl, carrying a frog or snake away” and wrote that “there is zero reason to suspect it is the Mothman as described in legend. There are too many far more reasonable explanations.”[14][9]


Folklorist Jan Harold Brunvand notes that Mothman has been widely covered in the popular press, some claiming sightings connected with UFOs, and others claiming that a military storage site was Mothman’s “home”. Brunvand notes that recountings of the 1966-67 Mothman reports usually state that at least 100 people saw Mothman with many more “afraid to report their sightings” but observed that written sources for such stories consisted of children’s books or sensationalized or undocumented accounts that fail to quote identifiable persons. Brunvand found elements in common among many Mothman reports and much older folk tales, suggesting that something real may have triggered the scares and became woven with existing folklore. He also records anecdotal tales of Mothman supposedly attacking the roofs of parked cars inhabited by teenagers.[15]

Some ufologistsparanormal authors, and cryptozoologists claim that Mothman was an alien, a supernatural manifestation, or a previously unknown species of animal. In his 1975 book The Mothman Prophecies, author John Keel claimed that the Point Pleasant residents experienced precognitions including premonitions of the collapse of the Silver Bridge, unidentified flying object sightings, visits from inhuman or threatening men in black, and other phenomena.[16]

Skeptic Joe Nickell says that a number of hoaxes followed the publicity generated by the original reports, such as a group of construction workers who tied flashlights to helium balloons. Nickell attributes the Mothman reports to pranks, misidentified planes, and sightings of a barred owl, an albino owl, suggesting that the Mothman’s “glowing eyes” were actually red-eye effect caused from the reflection of light from flashlights or other bright light sources. The area lies outside the snowy owl’s usual range.[6]

Festivals and statueEdit

Point Pleasant held its first Annual Mothman Festival in 2002 and a 12-foot-tall metallic statue of the creature, created by artist and sculptor Bob Roach, was unveiled in 2003. The Mothman Museum and Research Center opened in 2005 and is run by Jeff Wamsley.[17][18][19] The Festival is a weekend-long event held on the 3rd weekend of every September. There is a variety of events that go on during the festival such as guest speakers, vendor exhibits, a mothman pancake eating contest, and hayride tours focusing on the notable areas of Point Pleasant.[11]

In popular cultureEdit

  • The Mothman Prophecies (2002), loosely based on the 1975 novel of the same name by John Keel.
  • Mothman (2010), a Syfy original movie
  • Mothman was the focus of a segment on Unsolved Mysteries, originally aired July 29, 2002.
  • The Mothman is the subject of the Blitzkid song “Genus Unknown”[20]
  • In episode two of the short-lived TV series X-Testers, the researchers attempted to duplicate alleged photographs of Mothman.[21]
  • In the video game Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow, Mothman is one of three cryptozoology-based monsters along with the Yeti and the “Flying Humanoid”. It appears again as an enemy in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin.
  • Mothman is a recurring demon in the Shin Megami Tensei franchise.
  • The Italian independent hardcore punk band Ekidna Orgy dedicated to Mothman a song of the same name.
  • In the French novel “Les yeux de l’épouvante” (“The eyes of the terror”) written by Jimmy Guieu in 1977 (and published at “editions Fleuve Noir”), the Mothman appears as character, clearly named like this (especially into chapter 7). But in this book, he appears in France, in Var, near the Malmont. The title of the novel “The eyes of the terror” is directly about the dreadful red eyes of the Mothman.
  • In season one, episode five of Mountain Monsters, the crew of expert hunters and trappers attempt to capture the Mothman of Mason County, WV.[22]


See alsoEdit



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