Monsters on the Morning News! With KGAN – CBS2

Today I was featured in my first ever live news cast! Wow – are those guys chipper for being awake at 4:00am!   I was up all night, but KGAN reporter Josh Schienblum, cameraman Drew, and the ‘Kraken managers” had to come down at 4:00am to get set up.

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Two of my ‘managers’ (they like to think!) were there to talk me up.  Andrew K Anderson explained what I’m about and announced the upcoming UI Old Capitol visit. Ethan Anderson, who builds websites like mine, told how I keep in touch with people.  (The third Kraken collaborator, Jacob Lane, opted to get a proper nights sleep)

Watch a good clip from the newscast. (Notice how Josh has the anchors running in circles at the end:-)

Kraken Photo Roundup #4 – Vito’s in Iowa City!

Julie Staub sent over these great photos she took of the old Vito’s building – my first spot in Iowa City.

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Downtown Iowa City’s ped-mall starting to pick up speed on a Saturday night.

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I love the little tentacle reflection in the photo above!

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See the full gallery on Julie’s flickr account

Julie is also a contributor to where she’s keeping a 365 photo project centered around Iowa City.

Thanks Julie!


Photographers: If you want to send 3-4 of your favorite Kraken shots, I might feature them on my website.  I love showing off your work!   Send to


The Kraken Invades the Old Iowa Capitol!

Friday, October 28, I will be on the steps of the Old Capitol on the pentacrest.  I’ll be there from 5:00pm-10:oopm.   (Creepy Campus Crawl is 6:30-8:30pm)

This event is family friendly, FREE, and open to the public.

I’m going to a party!  At a museum!  Here’s the press release from the UI Pentacrest Museums:

Calling all ghouls and goblins! The University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums—Old Capitol Museum and the UI Museum of Natural History—in collaboration with the UI Department of Geoscience, will host the sixth annual Creepy Campus Crawl this Friday, October 28.

This ghostly night, full of spooky fun, is free and open to the public and will haunt the three locations from 6:30–8:30 p.m.

The University of Iowa Old Capitol Museum is being invaded by The Kraken!

The Kraken, otherwise known as the Muscatine River Monster, will be on display on the Old Capitol Museum for the sixth annual Creepy Campus Crawl on Friday, October 28.

The Kraken will appear on the Old Capitol building by 5:00 p.m. and will remain on display after the annual Halloween party, 6:30-8:30 p.m., until 10:00 p.m.

For more information on the Creepy Campus Crawl or the Pentacrest Museums please visit our websites, or