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John Carpenter's


Memorial for Steve Crawford


"When I started to explore the Norwegian story, fantasizing what could have happened there, I needed to know the exact layout of the base and I quickly landed at outpost31.com. I was really thrilled to discover all the maps of Outpost #31 and the Norwegian base. I printed them out, put them in my office and studied them. I compared them with the JC footage and realized that they were accurate. That is how it all started. Thanks to Steve Crawford."

Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., Director of The Thing (2011).

Steve Crawford in front of Salmon Glacier, Aug. 6th, 2003

It is with great sadness that on Nov. 4th, 2008 Steve Crawford a long-time contributing member of this site has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in his sleep at the age of 38. Our deepest condolences and prayers to all of Steve's family members and friends. Steve (who went by the handle of SPC) submitted absolutely incredible contributions to this site, a true fan of the film to the end. Steve wrote some awesome essays with math calculations that would boggle the mind of most people, he put together complex and detailed maps and a timeline of the events in the film. 

He was the person who on our trip up to Stewart, B.C. found Outpost #31, the remote filming location. Using old production photos from 1981 Steve managed to guide us effortlessly right to the exact location - I would have been lost for days up there! But after studying his notebook full of photos and using boulders and the tree line as reference, Steve just pointed out the window of our truck and said "That's it, that's the spot. That's where they built Outpost #31."

Steve made it up to Canada again for THING-FEST 2003 and met other fans. I wish I had been able to spend more time with him, he was such a genuine guy. I know he will be missed here and I know I will miss him back up in Stewart. It will not be the same without him....

Steve and Todd at the Outpost #31 site.

Steve and Todd in front of Bear Glacier.

Steve at THING-FEST 2003.


Steve's contributions:

-Blair’s Calculation of Infection Probability

-Things From Different Worlds

-Outpost #31 Map and Timeline

-Report on the trip to Stewart, B.C.


Rest in Peace my friend... 


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