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Krantz would leave no
stone unturned when investigating possible Bigfoot-related items.
One story that is little known about Grover Krantz, which I ran
across from Doug Higley, involves Krantz and his desire to examine
the famed Olaf the Giant. (Please note, no photographs of Olaf the
Giant have surfaced in my search. Do you have one? I’ve
interviewed various “roadside America” photographers, and none has
one. People did share that they had seen the exhibit during its
heyday, but can’t recall taking its picture, due to the poor
Doug Higley, a
specialist in gaffs and creating displays to show them, once had
an old time dime museum next to the casinos near Lake Tahoe,
Nevada. He tells this story about Olaf the Giant, and its
relationship to the Bigfoot Mystery and Grover Krantz:
In 1993, I owned a big
museum (5,000 square ft.) that went bust in Tahoe, called “True
Wonders Old Time Museum.” Had rooms and rooms of great stuff
including Grover Krantz’s papers and prints among TONS of other
things. Grover was demanding we turn over Olaf The Giant to him
for study. Olaf was 9 ft 3 inches tall! Grover wanted to study it
for Bigfoot locomotion possibilities.
Olaf the Giant had been
shown for countless years on the sideshow circuit. His biggest
splash came during the Seattle World’s Fair where he was on
display as part of Doc (Walt) Jones gregarious collection of
bizarre artifacts and gag filled props. Bought by a private
collector he was moved to Redmond, Oregon, and was on display at
the Fantastic Museum there, until I built my place in Tahoe, where
he was moved to be the star attraction.
Grover Krantz evidently
had seen Olaf the Giant at the World’s Fair and again in Redmond.
In my exhibit of Olaf hanging directly behind his huge coffin was
the framed letter we got from Grover Krantz demanding (no other
word for it) that Olaf be turned over to Washington State
University for scientific study. (Read that disassembled.)
Olaf looked fantastic for
an ancient preserved “specimen.” Huge head with the skin
retreating back from the jaws…sunken eyes…gigantic hands withered
and skin shriveled around the large bones. Krantz was entranced
and thought that if he had his hands on Olaf the Giant he might
discover how this Viking Giant walked and moved his bulk around
his ancient world. This reasoned Krantz would be an interesting
look at what a large biped like Bigfoot might have going on in the
locomotion department. Problem was Olaf the Giant was MADE
(manufactured) at the turn of the Century (late 1800′s) by the
Nelson Supply Company. Olaf can be seen in the old Nelson
Grover should have seen
that BUT he was full of “true believer” stars in his eyes…and it
just didn’t dawn on him, that though the Giant was an awesome
gaff, the legs were far too fleshed out for Olaf to be real. Real
close inspection through the thick glass of the coffin revealed
other minor flaws which “gave it away.” Olaf had been made of real
skin and real bones in some areas but in others his skin was some
type of “oil cloth”…a magnifier could reveal the threads and
weave…but the large long fully fleshed out and non desiccated legs
were the big give away that Krantz should have picked up on. But
Olaf the Giant was one of
a kind and really spectacular. And a hundred years after he was
built he fooled another “one of a kind,” Grover Krantz.- Doug
Phantom Of The Midway
THE PROFESSOR who
wants to study him this time is Grover Krantz, an anthropologist
at Washington State University.
Krantz was steered
Olaf's by Cliff Crook, a Bigfoot hunter from Bothhell who had been
guiding to Olaf by some of his Bigfoot hunting associates.
interested in him because Olaf matches the description of a
Russians-type Bigfoot "Tungu," who is described by some from the
frozen north as being very tall and thin.
mummified remains were allegedly unearthed in Norway in 1888,
Crook feels Olaf's existence - if scientifically verified - would
lend credence to the Russian Bigfoot, which in turn could lend
credence to the American Bigfoot, helping to close the Bigfoot
But Krantz is
interested in Olaf mostly because he is very tall "Olaf is a very
interesting specimen," Krantz said. "from what I can tell by
just looking at him, he's authentic, although it does appear his
legs may have been broken once and extended to add to his height."
"What I'd like to
do is reduce Olaf to a skeleton and use him for classroom
demonstrations and study I am studying the anatomical problems of
very tall people I'd like to buy him.
BUT ACCORDING to
Ashley, Olaf is not for sale. She's interested in Olaf
mostly because he helps draw crowds to her museum.
prominently on the marquee out front, alongside the photographs of
a man with one year of rubber-looking quadruple chins hanging down
past his chest and a shot of the Great Antonio who allegedly used
to inhale cigarette smoke and blow it out his ears.
reportedly a big hit at sideshows around the turn of the century.
But following a long stinch at the now defunct Playland in North
Seattle, Olaf's care hit the skids and he wound up in an Oregon
warehouse where Ashley retrieved him for her museum 15 years ago.
"I use to go see
him at Playland when I was a girl, and I never forgot him," she
said. "That's why I bought him when I had the chance.
I plan to keep Olaf as long as I keep the museum."
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