Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The London Trackway: First Publication

Print number 10 out of 122. 

The London Trackway has been huge for me in several ways.  First of all, it is, by far, the most significant thing I've been directly involved with.  That's saying something, too.  I've been to the site of more than two dozen supposed bigfoot films and videos, recorded close interactions with bigfoots on more than one continent, dealt with the who's-who of Bigfootland, and more.  Still, these prints are the best thing I have on my bigfooting resume.  

The casts and photographs from the event continue to astound me.  I have spent countless hours pouring over the minute details of the casts casts and pictures taken at the site, and I continually learn more from them at every inspection.  

It's not just me, either.  Every bigfooter that has seen the casts have all walked away from inspecting them with the impression that these are probably the real deal.  These bigfooters include Thom Powell, Guy Edwards, Toby Johnson, Joe Beelart, Autumn Williams, John Kirk, Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Will Robinson,  Derek Randles, Daniel PerezDr. John Bindernagel, Dr. Leila Hadj-ChikhLarry Lund, James "Bobo" Fay, and more (some wish to remain anonymous). Several biologists that are not tied up in bigfoot have also examined them, and all have been very intrigued with what was observed.  

It should be noted that some prominent bigfooters have loudly declared the prints to have been hoaxed.  None of these so-called researchers have examined the casts first hand, and none have even asked to.  All of them are welcome to, but none have requested the opportunity.  I would encourage them to do so before making such rash judgments.  

Some of the prints impressed two inches or more into the ground, 
while some barely impressed a half inch.
  Quite a bit of differentiation was evident.

There is always an outside possibility that the London Tracks are the product of a very clever hoaxer with a very convincing set of fake prosthetic feet.  Even if this is the case, the London Trackway is a valid subject for a detailed study.  However, the more I study them, the more convinced I become that these are very likely authentic sasquatch footprints.

I once thought that I would be able to publish my findings after a certain number of months and be done with it.  I now realize that I won't be done with these casts for a long, long time.  New details continually come forth from unexpected avenues to entice my creative questioning along other lines.  These in turn lead me to other questions, and so on.  You get the idea.  

There's a lot of data here.  I'm just one guy, and I'm doing the best I can with what little time I've got.  

What I interpret as toenail striations in print number 94.

Now that I've finally realized that this is going to be an ongoing effort for quite some time, I've figured out that I have to publish my findings as I learn things, not when I have everything finished and completed.  So, I've started the publication of the London Trackway on my website.  

My website will now have an entire section devoted to the London Trackway.  There will be four sections in total.  One for the history, observations, photos, and an index.  The history section will briefly detail what transpired, though others have done this very well before I got to it.  The observations section will detail what I have personally observed in the casts.  This section will continually be updated as I see more and more in the casts, and also as others weigh in on the evidence presented.  The photographs will detail the observations I make, and also present the data in ways that I think are interesting or useful.  Finally, the index will show every footprint in the ground, as well as any casts that were taken of them.  This section will also include a short narrative of my interpretations of what can be observed in the casts or prints.  

This is an absolutely huge project, and far larger than I at first anticipated.  If you take this and compound it with the fact that I am already back on the road filming the NEXT (after next) season of Finding Bigfoot, well, I have a full plate in front of me.  Still, I feel that I've put this off as long as I can, and now it's time to start sharing my findings on this unique find of the London Trackway.  

I hope that you enjoy what I have found in these prints, but also that you continue to have patience with me as I slowly publish what I have found in them.  Slowly is the keyword here. There are numerous other things that continually distract me from the London tracks.  Just this past month alone I was sent two thermal image videos possibly showing bigfoots, along with three more vocalizations, three footprint casts, a few blobsquatches, and one still photograph that might be the real deal.  All of this combined with an upcoming DVD release with the help of Craig Flipy, and, well, you see that I'm entirely bogged down with bigfoot stuff coming out of my ears.  

Again, I'm only one guy who loves bigfoot...  Thanks for your patience.  

Click here to go the the newly-set-up London Trackway Home Page.  As I publish more, I will notify you on this blog and update the links.  Thanks for your patience.  I will do my best to publish something every week or two. 

Track number 6 of 122.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bobcats Love Bigfoot

Well, this Bobcat does...  I ran into comedian and filmmaker, Bobcat Goldthwait, in the Orleans ranger station while on a recent trip to Bluff Creek, CA.  Just like pretty much everybody else, he loves bigfoot too, and was "in town" doing a film project on everyone's favorite unknown biped (more info on that as it develops).  

Cliff Barackman and Bobcat Goldthwait

One of my all-time favorite movies is Shakes the Clown, so I was thrilled to meet Bobcat.  I gave him a right and left foot of the Cripple Foot casts as a gift and took a couple pictures with one of my favorite actors and directors.

As it turns out, Bobcat loves Finding Bigfoot, and invited me to do a small appearance in his newest project. Since this project centers around bigfoot, you'll be sure to hear about it on this blog as it grows closer to completion.

Bobcat's newest films are a bit more serious than his previous comedic efforts.  He now writes, directs, and produces movies about a wide variety of subjects, serious or lighthearted, and does so on his own dime.

...but just because I love it so much, here's a short promo for Shakes the Clown.  After all, who doesn't love an alcoholic clown?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The London Tracks - Yet Another Update

Cliff Barackman and Jeff Meldrum in his laboratory.

Over the weekend of July 20 - 22, Craig Flipy and I took a bigfoot road trip to Pocatello, Idaho with twenty of the original London casts.  Dr. Jeff Meldrum invited us out to add the casts to the Idaho Virtualization Laboratory's (IVL) Virtual Footprint Archive.

After a long drive, Craig and I arrived on the campus of Idaho State University and met up with Dr. Meldrum.  He led us to the IVL where the staff manning the computers started the long process of scanning the individual casts.  Each cast took between eight and thirty minutes to scan, render, and process with the scanning software.  Several casts had to wait until the next morning to be scanned because of the lengthy process.

The scanner compiles its data into a visual image.

One of the London tracks in the rotating vice.  This spins
360 degrees so the scanner can capture data from all angles.
The cast would be later placed in the vice vertically to
complete the imaging.

Robert Schlader, assistant director of the IVL,
combines various scans into one image.

In the meantime, I have started my own analysis of the trackway.  I am currently writing my observations of the various footprints starting with the very first one in the mud and going in order.  I have completed about a dozen or so of these, but there is a lot of work still to do.

My analysis, photographs, and other data will eventually be made publicly available (and probably little by little as I finish digestible chunks).  As always, thank you for your patience.  More soon.

Craig Flipy and Jeff Meldrum

Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Oregonian and I are Friends

This past week, I was in Los Angeles at the Television Critics Association's semi-annual press tour. The event is basically where various networks feature shows that they're trying to push, and a few hundred reporters have the opportunity to ask questions of people who are either on the shows, or work on the shows. Finding Bigfoot was the show that Animal Planet wanted to push, and the press was feisty with us, to say the very least. (Between Bobo telling them they were ignorant, and my explanation about the available evidence, however, we slowly won many in the crowd over by the end of a tense 20 minute panel.)

Before the panel discussion where the press went after us for thinking bigfoots are real creatures, the cast and I did various interviews for a number of media outlets.  Most of the interviews were based around the idea of, "Do you really think bigfoots are real?"  My patience and training as an elementary school teacher really came in handy for those...

The interview I was most looking forward to was one by The Oregonian. I knew that a reporter from the Northwest wouldn't scoff or poke fun at the idea of bigfoot like those from Los Angeles might. I was correct in my assumption, and reporter Kristi Turnquist and I had a very nice conversation. The following article is the result.

Cliff Barackman of 'Finding Bigfoot' -- 'Bigfoots live right outside of Portland'

Cliff Barackman, the Portlander who's part of the
"Finding Bigfoot" team on the hit Animal Planet series,
which returns with new episodes in November.

TV critics took on Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot during a contentious panel at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Beverly Hills on Thursday.

For those who haven’t seen the show, it’s a bit like Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, only an expert team looks for Sasquatch instead of spooks. There are interviews, data crunching, mysterious footprints and a group hunting in the woods … but no actual bigfoot.

The press tour reporters have spent nearly two weeks in a hotel interviewing actors and executives promoting TV shows. So when Animal Planet rolls out this panel the critics are, understandably, thinking: Show us bigfoot or GTFO.

A critic points out: If these guys actually find bigfoot, such huge news is not going to really stay quiet until a regular episode of Finding Bigfoot airs. One asks: Has Animal Planet run out of real animals to do shows about? Yet another wonders: First Animal Planet airs a mermaids special, now this — isn’t Animal Planet damaging its brand with this stuff?

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