Arlene Gaal was born in 1937 and raised in a small coal mining town in southeastern British Columbia. In 1968 Arlene and her husband Joe, along with their three children moved to Kelowna, located in Central British Columbia on the pristine shores of Lake Okanagan, the reported home of the famous Ogopogo, a Lake Monster. Arlene made her living as a teacher and also wrote a weekly column for the Kelowna Daily Courier.
She soon took interest in the story of Ogopogo and began tracking the many sightings of the creature. It was not long before Arlene became the reporting station for sightings of Ogopogo and as the years progressed the data accumulated would easily fill a moderately sized room. She also made certain that any film, video, or still photos were preserved, including the so call Folden Film, which she purchased in 1976.
Arlene Gaal served as the on site consultant for Alan Landsburg Production, In Search of Ogopogo and for two productions shot on Lake Okanagan by Tokyo’s Nippon Television in 1990 and 1991. It was during the filming of the Nippon Television programs that helicopters and submersibles searched for the creature and video footage and sonar readings captured images that appeared to be of Ogopogo.
Quick Info: (where applicable)
Date of Birth: 1937
Birthplace: British Columbia, Canada
Current Location: Kelowna, Lake Okanagan, Canada
• Ogopogo: The True Story of the Okanagan Lake Million Dollar Monster (1955)
• Beneath the Depths (1976)
• In Search of Ogopogo: Sacred Creature of the Okanagan Waters (2001)
Schooling and/or Degrees:
• British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club (lifetime honorary member)