Archive for the ‘The Great Lake Monster’ Category

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I visited the annual Storsie meeting yesterday in a small town called Brunflo, located by the shore of Storsjön (The Great Lake). It was held by Föreningen Storsjöodjuret (roughly translates to the Great Lake Monster Association) and friends of this blog will know about their work around this lake. Witnesses talked about their sightings and interesting photographs was on display (as usual). These evenings are always quite interesting. I handed out copies of RETROFUTURE 7 and talked about my 1977 experience. I was also given a Honorary Membership Award by the association, which was nice.

There has been a few articles, including film and photographic material, in local media this summer. The mystery lives on.

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Spent six hours in good company in the southern parts of Lake Storsjön (The Great Lake) today, giving out another 225 RETROFUTURE magazines and 500 flyers. This is part of the project that started back in 2010 that highlights the interest that this publication has in the Great Lake Monster mystery. With todays effort, people living around the entire lake has received magazines and flyers, so this has been one hell of a project. Still, more is to be done – the plan is to have handed out 15.000 magazines and 5.000 flyers by 2016. This is part of The Last Hurrah!

As usual, plenty of interesting things to see and I think these snapshots kind of speaks for themselves. The old archive is certainly getting bigger with each trip.

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Got a call from an artist called Anders Ek (born in 1952) yesterday who wanted me to see his painting of Storsie, so I payed him a visit. He is a painter and last year he created this work, based on what he saw down by the lake in Torvalla as a boy in the mid 60´s. He is no longer sure about the exact year, but the 1964-1967 period should be correct. He lived with his family in a house not far from the lake at the time and used to play down by the shore all the time. One day, he suddenly saw the back of something rather big about 20-25 meters from the shore, swimming from left to right (towards the town of Östersund). It rose two to four dm above the waters surface and the part that he could see was two to three meters long. The skin looked dry, as if it (or the back) had been above the surface for some time. The animal was in no hurry but moved fast enough to create waves that hit the shore where he stood. After the sighting he excitedly told his family about what had happened but they did not believe him. However, a local newspaper did report (the next day) that two witnesses had seen this animal from a location a few km away at a workplace by the shore in the village of Optand, probably some time before the animal reached his location. This report should still exist in archives which will put a date to this.

Anders has had this painting on display and intends to sell it. He wants it documented before he parts with it as it might well end up in private hands. He would prefer it to end up so that the general public can see it though. This painting is not the only one that exists, a handful of artists has seen Storsie over the years and painted what they have seen in the lake.

This will be in print in RETROFUTURE 8 next year.

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First trips distributing (the 2.000) RETROFUTURE flyers around Lake Storsjön (The Great Lake) took place yesterday and today, and the first 450 is now out. Since this has to do with the Great Lake Monster project – and getting witnesses to talk – most of the flyers are going out to homes that is very near to the lake. This project started in 2010 and it has been successful. Friends of this blog will know the details. 1.550 flyers to go… And some magazines. July will be a busy month but it is an interesting project. Today I had good company and we ended the trip with a beer once back in the city (Östersund). The first trips are made on bicycles, later on a car is going to be necessary. Lovely views, as you can see.

Top Gear awaits…

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Holiday fun with RETROFUTURE – 2.000 flyers to be distributed around Storsjön (The Great Lake) in the next few weeks (possibly beginning this Sunday, depending on the weather), and a box of RETROFUTURE 7 magazines that was posted earlier today to Trace Keane over in Sioux City (for the Tommy Bolin festivities over there on August 2).

Things are coming to an end so I might as well go out in style. This will be over a couple of years from now.

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Cold midsummer this year in Jämtland (County), but I braved bad weather (would you believe an actual hailstorm?) in good company to snap some pictures down by the lake (Storsjön – The Great Lake). Tested a new camera, which was good fun. A Stylus Olympus SZ-15. Nearly no people at all in sight, I guess everybody was either looking at football on the television, or they had all buggered off to the countryside. One single boat on the lake, tested the zooming on that for the hell of it.

Clearly, a midsummer fit only for vikings.

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International interest in Storsie is growing and I would like to mention the work I am involved in here in Jämtland (County) in getting witnesses to talk on record. It started with me publishing RETROFUTURE 2 back in 2010, handing out nearly 2.000 copies for free around the lake. This issue sported about 50 classic cases from the old days (1895-1910 period) and I thought that a campaign to highlight my new magazine was in order.

What I did not expect was that people would start to call me up, or contact me in various ways because they wanted to discuss the subject (or personal experiences). I realised that something rather interesting was taking place so I decided to continue, only in a more focused way. I knew that my hobby (creating magazines) was coming to an end and that a few final publications with the RETROFUTURE name would be The Last Hurrah. So why not go out with a bang? Why not include a project that would really matter in my neck of the woods?

So I started to print 1.000 copies of my magazines, rather than the 400 that had been the norm for the last couple of decades, and of these I handed out about 900 of each around the lake. Every issue of RETROFUTURE now sported interesting material, much of it previously unknown, but also forgotten tales from the archives. Some pretty amazing cases emerged as I dived into it, and I could tell by the response that people payed attention. At this point, five years into the project, I have handed out nearly 13.000 magazines and an additional 3.000 flyers for free. And the response is growing with each season.

Many people just want to talk, they just want me to hear them out (knowing that I will not laugh at them). They may not be ready to go public, but they obviously have a need to talk to somebody. In fact, most people I talk to are not ready to go public, but I keep hearing all these personal accounts. It really is an amazing project to be involved in.

Right now phase 9 in is full gear and I am busy handing out copies of the last two issues (6 & 7) around the lake as we speak (part of the fun on this holiday). An additional 2.000 flyers will come in from the printers in a week or two, and they will be the last ones that will be going out as part of this project (last flyers that is). The flyer presents a page about Storsie taken from RETROFUTURE 7 on one side and information about the project on the other (see top image).

In the summer of 2016 the project will reach the end of the road, as will the magazine and this hobby of mine. But I dare say the word will be out by then that somebody is paying attention. I hope to write a book some day, that would be the logical way to wrap things up.

It was a door that accidentally opened but some doors are more interesting than others. In any case, I couldn´t think of a more interesting way to bow out. I never would have believed it, and here I am living it.