ugly!'' - Was observer at the
Jones Fantastic Museum.
His skin is gray,
his eyes are shut and his loincloth is brown and shaggy. And
to top it off, Olaf the Giant Viking has a hole in his back the
size of a softball.
But once again
this big gray gay has drawn the interest of a university professor
who wants to crack open Olaf's glass case and take a closer look
at what's inside.
This is nothing
new, says Dorothy Ashley, who owns the Jones' Fantastic Museum at
the Seattle Center where Olaf resides.
Neither is Olaf.
"He's supposed to
be about 660 years old, but I don't really know if that's true,"
she said. "I've had several offers form people who want to buy
Olaf. It's usually university people who want to study him."
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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Article by Dave Gering Wed. July 18, 1979 Journal - American