Friday, April 30, 2010

"Top Ten" for the Bigfoot Discovery Museum


"The Moment"


According to Guyism.com, The Bigfoot Discovery Museum in Felton, CA is one of the Top Ten Coolest Roadside Attractions in the US.  I have to agree.  It's not only a museum, but a library, research center, and gift shop (a guy's gotta eat...).  Plus, it's the best place to talk to Mike Rugg.  He owns it and works there.  


Mike Rugg and Cliff Barackman in
the Bigfoot Discovery Museum.



Here's what is said on Guyism.com:
"Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti whatever you want to call it, this mythical creature has been the star of countless blurry photographs and home movies. What better way to get all the… err facts? …about this giant ape than from the experts. The museum houses all kinds of odd Bigfoot artifacts from photos and movies to plaster casts and a guide on “How to Spot a Hoax.” Hours and days of operations may vary, after all these “scientists” do have a giant ape to capture."


The tone of the write up is a little snarky, but that doesn't make the website's assessment of the Bigfoot Discovery Museum incorrect.  Mike has some cool stuff in his shop including original footprint casts, a huge map with local encounter locations pinpointed on it, and amazing original artwork by Mike himself.  Besides, he loves to talk 'squatch.  You should definitely stop by if you're anywhere near Felton, CA.  It's well worth the time.  


The address is:
Bigfoot Discovery Museum
5497 Highway 9
Felton, CA 95018


Congratulations to Mike for the recognition!


Larger copies are available for sale.  




Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Place for Amateurs


Amateur scientists have long been making positive contributions to the body of knowledge of their fields of study. These amateurs can be young, old, or somewhere in between, often chasing their own interests until their knowledge in some ways rivals or approaches that of the professional scientists they emulate. Certainly, most professional scientists were once amateurs themselves and just took the plunge into academia.

Looking back in time, amateur researchers have made considerable contributions to astronomy, orinthology, geology, and most of the other sciences. In fact, professional astronomers still rely heavily on amateurs to find transitory objects such as comets and asteroids. Professional astronomers often wait years for their alloted time behind the lens of a telescope at an observatory. With the relatively low cost of powerful backyard telescopes, it is no wonder that many recent discoveries were made by citizen scientists with their own gear. Besides, the sheer numbers of amateurs verses professionals puts the odds squarely in favor of the people with no letters behind their names to make such discoveries.

Amateur astronomers continue to make
significant contributions to the professionals.


Bigfoot research, though not usually thought of as a science by the mainstream, shares many of the same qualities as these other professional-amateur fields such as astronomy (though at present there are few (if any) professional bigfoot scientists). Like professional scientists in other fields, biologists, and anthropologists are often too absorbed in their own research to take time and resources to look for evidence of something that isn't even sure to exist. The few scientists that do spend any time doing so are often putting their careers at considerable risk, but will someday be applauded for their foresight. This leaves a very prominent niche for amateurs to step in and make some real contributions.

What I am proposing is not as simple as what an amateur astronomer faces. The amateur bigfoot researcher faces some of the same challenges as their astronomical comrades, but faces several unique problems inherent to “bigfooting” itself. The following are some suggestions for those who might consider themselves as an amateur scientist in pursuit of the sasquatch.

Educate yourself


Like amateurs from other disciplines, the amateur bigfoot researcher should learn as much as possible about the current thoughts of the professionals. This knowledge includes primate evolution, anatomy, behavior, and communication. Since there is little or no evidence (data) of bigfoot culture in the human sense of the word, most beneficial education will be in the field of
primatology. Primatology is a diverse field, incorporating biology, anthropology, and psychology. If any of these fields tickles your fancy more than others, feel free to explore that realm as it relates to the sasquatch. There's more than enough room for everybody, but just be sure to do your homework and learn as much as you can about your field of interest.

Do science


Amateur bigfoot researchers should do their best to follow the scientific method. In a simple form, the scientific method is as follows:

1. Ask a question.
2. Observe (look for things that could point to an answer).
3. Take a guess at an answer. This answer is called a hypothesis.
4. Design and execute an experiment to see if your hypothesis could be right.
5. See if you're right. If you are, do it again to see if you're still right. If you're not, change your hypothesis and go back to step number 4.
6. Write and publish your results.
7. Other researchers see if they get the same result as you.

The vast majority of amateur bigfoot researchers do almost none of the previous steps. Some go in the woods, hear noises, and report that bigfoots were all around them throughout the night. While this may make for exciting stories for friends and family, it does little to further the knowledge of the animal.

I would like to encourage all prospective bigfoot researchers to design experiments and execute them in the field. It's not as hard as one might think to design an experiment, but it is extremely difficult to get meaningful positive results. What I mean by a positive result is you being sure, or at least reasonably sure through some supporting evidence, that bigfoots were involved. There are many animals in the woods, and most of them are not bigfoots.

For example, if one thinks that bigfoots like peanut butter and leaves an open jar on a stump all night only to find the jar went missing sometime before dawn, that is not a positive result. A consideration in such an experiment would be the presence of bears, raccoons, or other hungry mammals. Perhaps there were no bigfoots around last night. (Then again, perhaps there were.) You, the researcher, should take considerable time to find clues as to the identity of the thief. Footprints, clear or otherwise, would be a good indicator. Perhaps noises were recorded on your recording device (you do have one and leave it running all night, don't you?) that might help you identify the visitor. Your task is to find supporting evidence that there was a bigfoot around, or your peanut butter experiment could have proven that bears like Skippy. Stories will no longer suffice if you call yourself a researcher.  Support your claims.  This supporting evidence could take years to encounter.

Bears like Skippy...


I have a study site in Northern California that has produced some very intense nights over a period of three years. Native Americans have told me that bigfoots leave their juveniles at places where food is easy to find while the adults go off and do whatever it is that they do. Due to the seemingly brazen behavior of the large animals at this study site, I hypothesized that my partner and I were dealing with more than one juvenile sasquatch. It has been notetd that whatever large animals there are in the area are not around as often when the frog population drops off in middle/late summer. I believe there are bigfoots here due to two footprint finds over the three years of study at this site. The first footprint was 10 inches long (found in 2005), and the most recent (2007) was 11 inches. While I cannot be sure that the animals that surrounded us were bigfoots, there is supporting evidence that bigfoots were around, and furthermore, the possible footprints were of the size that suggest juveniles of the species. This is some positive data that would support the hypothesis of the local Natives, as well as my hunch that this could be one of those safe locations.

Footprint casts, sound recordings, photographs and videos are not the only form of potential data gathered by researchers. Field observations are an important form of data that anyone can collect. The notes can be in the form of a casual diary, or a specialized data field developed for your outings. Some important information that should be noted include date, time, location (GPS coordinates whenever possible), temperature, weather conditions, and the names of everyone present. If you get lucky and have something happen such as a vocalization, wood knocks, camp visitation, or even a sighting, even more information should be gathered. While this article does not attempt to detail the data gathering methods and details, suffice it to say that the more important the data you bring home, the more information you should have collected to support it. 

A final thought on field notes: if nothing happens, which is called “negative data”, that is still data, and could be important depending on how complete your data set is after many years. This is a long process, and not for the impatient. It may be boring, but “that's squatching.”

Be familiar with your area


The best study area is the one near where you live. Most people who fancy themselves amateur bigfoot investigators live near a place that has produced sightings at one time or another. It is more fruitful to visit an area often than to spend a week at a location once a year, though this has its merits too. By often visiting the same location, one becomes familiar with the yearly cycles of that area. Animals, including bigfoots, will be in the area when there's a reason for them to be there, and the number one reason any animal is anywhere is the presence of food. Being familiar with an area means knowing when the berries are ripe, when the abandoned apple orchard is bearing fruit, when the salmon are running, and when the deer herds are present. Basically, when and where is there food in the area, and how do the inhabitants exploit the resource?

By frequent visits to an area, one starts to get a feel for the topography as well. How do animals make their way from one river bottom to the next? Where are the saddles which provide the easiest travel routes. Where are there lakes, springs, or ponds near these saddles where an animal can get refreshed after a long upward climb? Where are there pockets of cover with no road access? There are hundreds of questions to answer if one starts becoming familiar with an area.

The topography of the PG Filmsite.

Avoid Politics


John Green, a founding father of bigfoot research, once said (and I'm paraphrasing here) that bigfoot researchers tend to be a pig-headed bunch of folks. We have to be pretty stubborn to insist on looking for something that everyone says doesn't exist.

Over my years of bigfooting, I have found that one of the biggest obstacles to good research is the political climate found among amateur bigfooters. Many supposed enthusiasts try to look scientific by shooting down others' efforts at bringing in data. They do this under the guise of peer review (remember step 7 from the scientific method above?), but they do little to recreate the experiment, preferring to remain safely behind their computer throwing stones. Other researchers jealously guard their information, thinking it has value beyond a blip in the data set. 

I take the position that having data that isn't shared is functionally the same as not having any data at all. Of course, witness information should be protected, and certainly locations you are currently working seem fair enough to keep off of everyone's radars, but what happens there might be of use in other areas. One can publish information without compromising locations or the people involved, and this is generally respected by the community. I would suggest that your data should be shared with friends in the bigfoot community, and if you find something really good (this would probably only include footprint photographs or casts, sound recordings, hair or tissue samples, and photographic or video evidence), contact a scientist through one of the several excellent researchers, groups, or organizations, and share the data with him/her.

The gossip and cult of personalities that has permeated the bigfoot community has effectively driven off (or at least driven underground) several experienced researchers over the last 50 years. I would encourage would-be amateur bigfoot researchers to keep a low profile. I have been relatively unscathed for the decade and a half I have been actively pursuing my own field research. Most folks have never heard of me still, though that seems to be changing with the publication of the website, blog, and other work I'm involved in.

Dont be afraid to be wrong


Being wrong is OK. That's right. It's OK. Just be sure to support your claims with some evidence through the scientific process. By designing and executing field experiments, one is growing closer to the truth all the time, and there will certainly be missteps and bungles along the way. One thing that has helped me and my ego over the years is by not proclaiming that I “know” much in regards to bigfoots. I try to say statements like “it seems that...” or “they might...” when speaking about bigfoots, though I don't always remember to do so. By adopting a more humble manner of speaking about this mystery, my thought process has subtly changed to fall in line. When it comes down to it, nobody knows much of anything about these critters, though we're bringing more information to the table all the time. Declaring their suspected habits as gospel is akin to hubris, and should be avoided. This is true for data as well. Data (evidence) can be interpreted in many ways, and one should let others come to their own conclusions. Just document and support your data as well as you can.

Persevere


Amateur bigfoot research is a daunting task. At this writing, I am entering my 16th year of field work. This is after spending a considerable amount of time learning about the subject through books and other resources. I have spent literally hundreds of nights in the woods, many of them alone without a fire, listening to the sounds of the night. To this day, I have relatively little to show for it. I have a few footprint photographs, some sound recordings, and some good stories. Some of my friends think I'm weird, my family thinks I'm eccentric (but love me anyway), and though they largely love the 'squatch, most of my casual acquaintances think I'm crazy or stupid for wasting my time. Luckily, I love what I do, and their opinions don't seem to matter much to me.

There is little difference between a camper and a bigfooter, except that a bigfooter is prepared for what might happen. Considering the army of camping enthusiasts in the United States, we could have a considerable number of amateur bigfoot researchers out every weekend if only people would take the effort to equip themselves with the gear and knowledge necessary to bring back data instead of stories. I want to encourage you to be one of them.

Don't give up because you don't find any evidence. Don't give up because you don't see one or record vocalizations the first dozen or more times you spend the night in a promising area. Don't give up because you get frustrated. 

Be pig-headed. Be stubborn. Be a bigfoot researcher. Persevere. 

The next Patterson/Gimlin Film could be filmed tomorrow. It could have been filmed yesterday. Maybe you'll be the one to film it. Don't give up. We're in this together, and by providing the best
evidence to the right people, we're turning heads and improving the academic climate through our amateur research. Since the real academics have tacitly dismissed themselves from this adventure, it's up to us, the amateurs, to get this most important job done.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Listen to the Bigfoot Busters Radio Interview

On April 18th, I appeared on Bigfoot Busters Radio.  The one and a half hour interview went quickly, and it was an enjoyable way to spend the time.  Thank you to those who listened live, and thank you to the good folks at Bigfoot Busters Radio.

For those of you who missed it, you can now download the podcast at this link.  So download it, put on your favorite mp3 player, and go mow the lawn since you're not in the woods today.


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Historical Articles That'll Blow Your Mind


I hope you can forgive me that I'm not much of a sports fan.  It's not that I don't appreciate the games or the excitement of competition, but rather I only have so many minutes in a day.  I have often gently chided my bigfooting brethren who go out of their way to find out their favorite sports team's scores even while in the field.  I write this off as another example of bigfooters' eccentricity, but that's the view of a sporting outsider.  I am told this is much more common that I think. 


I heard there was a big football game a few months ago.  When I turned on the TV, I didn't see any bigfoots at all, so I turned it off.  (Say it out loud, it might be funnier than you think...)


I recently stumbled across a sporty item that I hadn't seen before that is right up my alley.  Over at Packer Palace, a football blog devoted to the Greenbay Packers, I stumbled across reference to the Legend of Packsquatch.  







What was I even doing on a football blog?  This blog is run by the talented graphic artist and friend of the 'squatch, Scott McClean.  Scott lives in Los Angeles, and even though he is geographically cut off from the field for much of the year, he still has managed to make significant contributions to the world of bigfooting.  One such way is that he has been compiling literally hundreds of historical accounts of bigfoot sightings from old newspapers dating back to the early 1800's.  He has organized these into "Big News Prints," a state-by-state, chronological resource that is simply a "must have" for bigfooters like us.  





If you are a report junkie, this publication is for you.  It is packed full of reports covering nearly two hundred years from all corners of the continent.  


If you are a historical bigfoot buff, this publication is for you.  Scott has gone out of his way to gather much of the early "bigfoot" reports from Humboldt County from back in 1958.  He has an impressive collection of articles that center on the Patterson/Gimlin Film from 1967.  


If you are a bigfooter of any type, you should consider getting a copy of this excellent publication.  Here are a couple examples of what you are missing if you don't have this tome in your collection: 





Friday, April 23, 2010

Listen to the Cryptid Round Table on the Parafactor



I recently participated in a round table discussion on an internet radio show called the Parafactor. The hosts were funny, yet respectful, and they made it very clear that they love what they do.  Their questions reflected their interest in the subject, as well as their sense of humor.

The other guests were very knowledgeable and polite.  I only have time for the 'squatch, but I enjoy it when I get a chance to speak to others with various cryptid experiences. I am particularly interested in the orang pendek from Sumatra, and have thought that its "discovery" was imminent for years.

When you get an opportunity, take a moment and click here to download the program.  It'll be worth your time to listen to.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Teanaway Trail Cams

Trail cameras are a lot of fun. Every time I check a camera's memory card, it's like opening up a wrapped present. However, unlike opening a wrapped present, sometimes the box is empty.

Most of my trail camera efforts are short duration deployments, usually just a few days. This is partly because of the limited number of cameras I own, and partly because of the strategy I'm using with them. I usually go into a likely 'squatch spot and make a lot of noise in an effort to arouse the curiosity of the local wildlife. I then place cameras to monitor likely avenues of approaching my camp.

Long-term deployments are a slightly different thing. The locations are usually chosen using strategic avenues of travel, often combined with scent attractants. The cameras are left from anywhere between two to ten weeks (or more), and are best placed well away from the normal paths of most humans.

I recently ran across some excellent Youtube videos showing amazing images of wildlife taken on trail cameras. The images were taken in the Teanaway Valley located east of Seattle, WA. Whoever made this video has several others, and they are all well worth watching. Enjoy!



Friday, April 16, 2010

Bigfoot Busters Radio, This Sunday



I have been invited to appear on Bigfoot Busters Radio this Sunday at 6 pm PST.  I have not done this show before, but several of my good bigfooting buddies have, and they all have positive things to say about the hosts.  I am looking forward to getting to know them and working with them in the future!

This is a Blog Talk Radio show, and it seems that these shows usually take calls from listeners.  If you would like to participate in the discussion, or would even just like to do some live chatting with other listeners, be sure to visit the site (link below) during the show and sign in.

Click here to go to the Bigfoot Busters site.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Happy Birthday, Bobo!

Barely more human than 'squatch himself, James "Bobo" Fay is a man who is hard to describe.  His booming voice perfectly fits his looming stature.  (I have to wonder if there are infrasonic frequencies when he greets me as "Cliffordo," or "Cliffage," because it always changes my mood for the better.)  He is a friend of anyone having a good time, but a dire threat to anyone ruining the pleasant vibes of a gathering or party.  He was a roadie for the band Sublime.  He was one of the first big wave surfers on the West Coast.  He has worked as a professional bigfooter, logger, crab fisherman, road worker, and unit producer for numerous television programs.  He was one of the three organizers of last year's amazing Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up in honor of Bob Gimlin.  In October, 2009 he earned the Community Policing Award from the Mayor of Healdsburg, CA.  The unending stories about his bizarre life will make you laugh until your stomach hurts.

Bobo receiving his award.
Photo by Tom Yamarone.


I have spent countless nights in the woods with Bobo from the thorny chaparel forests of Southern California to the wet coastal swamps of British Columbia, and most places in between.  Like a brother, he is by far one of my favorite field partners.  His knowledge of the nighttime woods is hard to beat, and he is utterly fearless in any situation.  He knows the Bluff Creek watershed better than almost anybody, and has been researching that valley and the surrounding areas for decades.

Some of my most intense sasquatch encounters have been when Bobo was by my side.  Once when faced with angry primate intimidation displays, we found ourselves giggling with joy and excitement.  Not the response the bigfoots were looking for...

Exactly two years ago in the  woods outside of Yreka, CA, "the Bobes" and I shared another curious encounter.  At 12:15 AM we heard two creatures whistling and knocking back and forth to each other.  Talk about a great birthday present for Bobo!


Cliff Barackman and James "Bobo" Fay on the Klamath River
shooting an episode of MonsterQuest.


Bobo has had numerous other encounters with sasquatches over his twenty plus years of bigfooting.  His most famous encounter was with John Freitas, when Bobo spotted "the big one" that lives outside of Orick, CA.

With a personality like Bobo's it's easy to see why he is sought after for television and video work.  Below is a video by the band Fishbone doing a cover song of Sublime's "Date Rape."  Bobo plays the convict in the story, but if you look at the 2 minute and 57 second mark, you'll see Bobo chasing his prey walking like a bigfoot!




Today is Bobo's birthday.  It is with a huge smile that I send this birthday greeting to a huge friend.

Happy birthday, Bobo!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Bigfooting With Bob Saget

That's right.  This past weekend I went bigfooting with Bob Saget.

Bob Saget, the Grays Harbor cast, and Cliff Barackman


A couple of months ago I was invited to accompany Bob Saget on a bigfooting trip to the Olympic Peninsula.  Bob is in production of a new series for the Arts and Entertainment Cable Television Channel in which he immerses himself into groups who do eccentric things, and for some reason bigfooting is considered eccentric.  Even though I believe bigfooting is a perfectly normal pastime, I agreed to do the show.

I met up with a dozen or so other bigfooters on Thursday night at Derek Randles' property.  Earlier that evening I participated in a radio interview from the road, so my arrival was delayed for several hours.  Happy to be out of my vehicle, I wandered around the property greeting old friends.  I was treated to a hot bowl of Vietnamese soup and a beer, both of which helped me unwind from the long drive.

Some of the gang in Derek's shop.


While not wanting to provide too much information about this episode of Bob's upcoming series, I would like to briefly mention some of the many, many amazing things that happened on the trip.

First of all, Bob has always been interested in the bigfoot subject (that was no surprise to me, everybody loves the 'squatch).  He takes it as seriously as a professional comedian can take anything, and had some great conversations about the current research with many of the participants.

Paul Graves, Cliff Barackman, Tom Yamarone,
Bob Saget, and James "Bobo" Fay


Bob accompanied several of us on a night walk on Friday night.  He was mesmerized by the night vision technology that we use in our quest for footage, passing the units around to all the crew members even if it meant they needed to temporarily drop their cameras.  He was amused by our efforts to call to sasquatches, but highly respectful at the same time.  In fact, his attitude throughout was one of respect for us.  I expected him to heckle us a lot more than he did.

Most of Saturday was spent filming elsewhere before Bob returned to Derek's property for that evening's efforts.  That night he was to be a passenger and camera operator in a mobile therming team.  We attached two "R2 Units" (Thermal Eye 5000xp imagers) to the top of his vehicle and set up monitors in the back seat.  I drove another vehicle with Matt Pruitt operating another R2 unit on top as the scouting vehicle.  We ended up driving for an hour or so up a nearby logging road and spotted a herd of deer, but not much else.  Again, Bob was blown away by the sophisticated technology used in pursuit of our hairy quarry.

Bob Saget's bigfooting ride for the evening.


Whether it was jamming tunes with Tom Yamarone and Paul Graves in a teepee, or letting me cast his footprint in mud, Bob was gracious, polite, and professional at all times.  He seemed genuinely touched by our hospitality, and actually teared up a little when saying his goodbyes.  It was a pleasure to provide a glimpse into our little bigfooty world for him, and I expect his show will portray us in a good light.

Keep checking back for updates on when the series is expected to air.  Right now, the best guess is sometime this summer.

Bob said that he usually doesn't do impressions...

The cast is coming soon to a footprint database near you!

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Search for Sasquatch

A few months ago I was contacted by a film student at the Portland Art Institute.  He asked if I could help him out with a project for his documentary film class.  Since I am a teacher in my non-bigfooting life, I tend to be very helpful to students, no matter what their age.  After meeting with the man, Jesse Larson, I agreed to help.

Craig Flipy, Cliff Barackman, and Jesse Larson on the Descending Ridge.


I brought Jesse on one of my trips to the Descending Ridge to deploy trail cameras.  He carried his fancy camera with him through some very difficult terrain, most of it off-trail and up steep inclines.  He later accompanied me to the swamps along the Clackamas River, and found out the hard way how brutal the cold and dark can be.  We met once more for a few hours at my home to film a short interview.

Jesse took the footage and produced a very well-made mini-documentary.  I love its quiet atmosphere, which to me conjures the feeling of being in the woods alone.  It does what it intended to do: to provide a brief glimpse into the life of a bigfooter.

Of course, he received an "A" on his project.  Everybody loves the 'squatch!

You can view other films by Jesse Larson here.

Take a glimpse into my little bigfooty world.  Enjoy!




Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tomorrow, April 8th on the Parafactor




The good folks at the Parafactor internet radio program have organized a "Cryptid Roundtable Discussion" that will take place tomorrow night, April 8th at 7 PM PST.  I will participate in a discussion about various cryptids with Nick RedfernAdam Davies, and Linda Godfrey, along with the hosts of the program.


I will be actually en route to a bigfoot expedition when I am doing the show.  An opportunity arose to go to the woods with many of my favorite field partners, so obviously I had to jump on it.  Therefore, I'll have to pull over at some point where I get cell phone reception to do the chat.  I wonder where that will be...


Click this link to listen live, when the time comes.  Otherwise, keep your eyes peeled on this blog for an update of when the recording will be posted for download.  



Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April Fool's Day Bigfoot Prank

On April Fool's Day, volunteers for Portland Rising Tide, an environmental activist group, blanketed Portland, OR  with 3,000 fake newspapers designed to resemble the weekly publication of news and culture here in town called the Willamette Week.

The cover shows a bigfoot stomping on a pipeline that traverses a clearcut.  Yes, bigfoot is front page news again, kind of.

The cover of "Fossil Fools Weekly."


The publication draws attention to local issues that have been largely neglected by the mainstream media, but presents them in a lighthearted and educational format.  This mischief was part of "Fossil Fools Day," a national call-to-action with the theme of, "Pull a prank that packs a punch."

This publication features an interview with an angry bigfoot that highlights how NW Natural's Palomar Pipeline Project will require a huge clear-cut through much of Mt. Hood National Forest, including bigfoot "hot spots" such as the Clackamas River and the Fish Creek Watershed.  

I am an advocate of leaving wild spaces as wild, and even taking steps to legally protect forest habitat for the critters already there.  Being in my own backyard, so to speak, I will keep an eye on this issue.

But, I have to admit that I would have loved to interview that bigfoot. I'm one of its biggest fans...

I wonder if I can get an autographed photo?




Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Legend of Beerfoot

Film maker and friend of the 'squatch, Craig Flipy, has recently produced another potentially award-winning video based on one of his early experiences of being a bigfooter.  While most of us might not have not been traumatized in this exact sort of way, this film strikes a chord that probably resonates with most people on some level.


Craig Flipy filming himself holding hands with a friend.




Craig explains the film as being "based on the true story of my mom's drunk boyfriend crushing my dreams of finding bigfoot as a young child."  The fact that it's a more-or-less true story makes it even funnier...  and sadder...


Here you go.  Laugh your guts out.  Or cry.  Either way, enjoy!




Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Birthday, Jane Goodall


Everybody get groomed,
there's gonna be a birthday party!


April 3rd!

Happy birthday to primatologist, conservationist, and friend of the 'squatch, Dr. Jane Goodall who turns 76 today. Another 76 years with her on the planet wouldn't be enough.

As you probably know, she believes sasquatches are real animals based on people she has spoken to. She is a self-proclaimed "romantic" who certainly wants them to be real.

This belief is not based on any research she has undertaken. Not everyone has the inclination or time to study the topic, and this is especially true of Dr. Goodall who is on the road tirelessly lecturing over 300 days a year.

One of the top three reasons people have a hard time thinking that sasquatches are real animals is that humans underestimate the great apes. I think it's fair to say that Dr. Goodall does not underestimate apes. She understands the feasibility of how something like the sasquatch could remain unclassified for all this time. Ape behavior is pretty amazing.

"To Cliff - Together we can reveal
the secrets still out there.
Jane Goodall"

Dr. Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute and has successfully protected significant tracts of land for the preservation of apes. (This sounds a lot like the basic premise behind "Conservation Before Discovery.") She has worked to organize Roots and Shoots, a global youth program to empower young people across the planet to make positive changes to the world they live in.

We need an army of Jane Goodalls, or people just like her.

Happy birthday, Dr. Goodall!

Friday, April 2, 2010

I Love the Yeti, Too


I love the 'squatch. I really do.
That of course means the yeti, too.
If you ask, I'm ever ready,
To profess I love the yeti.

There has been a hidden treasure to the right of this text for some time now. In the right side margin, there's a list of "Blogs I like." One of them loves the yeti a little more than the others might.

The blog, "I Love the Yeti" is a site of utmost interest. There's always something bigfooty going on over there.

Recently when I looked at their site, they featured the Bumble in a wacky pose. (The Bumble, of course, is the abominable snowman from that Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer animation thing. It was the first among several bigfoot images that were permanently burned onto my pshyche when I was but a lad.  It still is one of my "faves.")

The Original Christmas Classics (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer/Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town/Frosty the Snowman/Frosty Returns/Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol/Little Drummer Boy/Cricket on the Hearth)
Click the pic to buy the flick.


There's always something funny and of interest over at I Love the Yeti.

Check it out, if you love the yeti... or the 'squatch.



Thursday, April 1, 2010

Martian Bigfoot

Not being one to lie about bigfoot stuff, I found it difficult to find a suitable April Fool's post.  I think this will do the trick in the spirit of this unofficial holiday...

I love it when bigfoot emerges in the popular culture. Everybody could use a little bigfoot in their lives, even the masses.

When there was a bigfoot sighting on Mars, I laughed. It was a while ago, and maybe you remember. Especially if you're a bigfoot-nerd like me. Here's a link to refresh your memory.

Bigfoot sitting on a Mars rock?
The Martian Bigfoot


Of course there was a bigfoot sighting on Mars. Everybody loves the 'squatch. Even JPL folks.

This very well might be the first bigfoot sighting outside of our planet. I love witnessing history.

Well, maybe not the first bigfoot sighting...



The sighting was obviously just a cool looking rock.

I've seen rocks, trees, stumps, bushes, and other animals that all looked like sasquatches for a moment or two. Sometimes I have to look at these dark shapes for some time to be sure of what I'm staring at. I sometimes wonder if I've ever looked right at a sasquatch and thought it was a stump or perhaps something else. A couple times? I hope so.

Anyways, I love that we sometimes see them where they are not. It makes me ask, "What can be learned from this?"