Olaf the Giant

Bigfoot Connection

Another Tall Tale the in Mummy's Past


"Jeezz he's 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.


Crook is 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.


Since Olaf's 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 credibility gap.


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.


He's billed 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.


Olaf was 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

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