There is a Yeti in the back of everyone’s mind; only the blessed are not haunted by it. ~ old sherpa saying

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Tabloid Terrors: Sasquatch Love Slave


I joined Podomatic, just for fun. For awhile now I’ve had the inkling I might, some day, maybe, do the podcast thing. For now, I’m just over there, enjoying the programs of others, etc.

So in doing a search for Bigfoot podcasts, I found this: I Was A Sasquatch Love Slave, by S.D. Hintz and Jerrod Balzer. I haven’t listened to it yet; just found it and I don’t know when I’ll have time. In the meantime, here’s the link, and if anyone does listen to the interview, leave a comment.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Bigfoot Files: Peter Gutilla


I just ordered the book Bigfoot Files, by Peter Gutilla. It should arrive here Tuesday, very excited. Gutilla is very clear and upfront about "paranormal Bigfoot." I'll review the book soon.

New Bigfoot Comic: Proof

Calgary cartoonist Riley Rossmo has created a new comic book series titled Proof, influenced by The X-Files. The lead character is Sasquatch himself. Rossmo has fashioned his Sasquatch - Bigfoot character on Tarzan/Lord Greystoke. Of what Bigfoot is, Rossmo says:
(Bigfoot) is a wild man, right? He's a primate, and here he's become civilized," Rossmo says. "He's lived for hundreds of years so we can always tell back stories about how he spent some time in the circus, and that's how he got used to being around people. Then somebody bought him from the circus and set him loose and he decided to live (among humans)." Rossmo is a laid-back sort, bordering on shy, but his excitement at telling these weird stories that have been pent up in his head and in his pen for so long is palpable.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Step Right Up, It's Biscardi's Reality Bigfoot!

In the Paris News, writer Bill Hankins reports on Tom Biscardi's latest adventure. Paris: Hotbed of bigfoot activity. A gang of Bigfoot "hunters" led by Biscardi with hidden cameras looking for Bigfoot. The local CBS team has joined them. Biscardi hopes for a reality TV show about the search for Bigfoot. They've reported rocks being thrown and lots of activity. If Bigfoot is around, I have a feeling things could get ugly. Either for Bigfoot, or the humans. I'm rooting for Bigfoot.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Watched: Get Out!

Blogsquatcher has a good item on that weird “I’m being watched” feeling one gets in the woods in the context of Bigfoot being about: The Sense of Being Stared At . . . in the woods!

One theory for this feeling of being watched, according to Blogsquatcher, is the effect of pheromones. And or infrasound. I think the infrasound makes some sense. This is the first I’ve heard about infrasound in connection with Bigfoot and that urgent feeling of “I gotta get out of here! I’m being watched!”

I love the woods. I enjoy being by myself. There are few things I enjoy more than being by myself, walking through the woods, or just sitting by a lake or river, watching the wildlife, and just “being.” (I enjoy the same on the beach.) I am far more uneasy in town, with traffic and people; not a good time.

But I had one weird experience in the woods a few years ago that I can’t figure. I had that “Something isn’t right here!!! And I better get the hell out now!” feeling -- urge -- that made no sense, but I literally could feel it in my gut. A literal “gut feeling” -- I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. The weird thing about this moment was that there wasn’t anything I could see, or smell, or hear. Nothing at all appeared to give me that feeling. And, as always happens in these moments of high strangeness, the pragmatic side of the self kicks in, and you find yourself scolding yourself “What, are you crazy? What do you mean, you “have to get out of here, NOW?! It’s a beautiful day and a beautiful view. You’re not even out in the woods proper yet, you’re on the road. It’s daylight. What’s wrong with you?”

I love to take drives out in the country, and that’s what I was doing that day. Just a nice long drive, out of town, quickly into the rural areas with fewer homes and more woods, until I was out on the road and hadn’t seen any homes or building for a few miles. Up a pretty good hill, fantastic view. Woods behind me. Below, a valley view. Crisp, nice day. All alone, and the air smelled great. Out of nowhere, like a blast, I just felt this huge feeling of fear from something watching me. From behind, and around me, but stronger further up the road, and to my left (the woods.) There was the very strong knowledge that if I went just a few yards further . . . this "thing" was going to be very unhappy. Unhappy with me. As foolish as I felt -- what could be “watching” me, to instill such fear? -- I had to get out of there, and fast.

I am sensitive, and if I had felt there was some animal around, a bear, a cougar, etc. I would have been wary, cautious, and still maybe would have left, but I wouldn't have had that huge, scared, all encompassing feeling. I don’t know how else to explain it, but the feeling was that there was a thing out there, and it was a big thing. In a way, literally, yes, but more than that. I truly got the feeling it was bigger than anything in the woods; it was an entity of some kind. Whether it was Sasquatch, or something else it was not happy with me being there, it did not want me there, and it was going to get ugly about me being there if I didn’t leave.

So I left.

I have never felt that before, and don’t want to again.

Anyway, read Blogsquatcher’s piece on sounds in relation to Bigfoot. As always, he brings a bit of freshness to Bigfoot studies.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

From the Past


It's not a Bigfoot, but a Primate from the San Diego Zoo. Just for fun, I thought I'd post this here, since there's many a theory that Bigfoot is a "giant ape."

And yes, I was a Girl Scout; a career Girl Scout even. From the time I was a Brownie (turn that frown upside down!) all the way to a Cadet. Then I discovered rock and roll, boys, and . . . my Girl Scout days were over.

Photo was taken around 1967, give or take a year.

Monday, October 22, 2007

UFOs are Real: Bigfoot is a Hoax

Sigh.

Baby Bigfoot?

Is this a baby bigfoot? I don't think so; it looks like. . . almost something familiar, can't think what. Maybe. Not sure why the photographer thinks it's a "primate" -- take a look. (link above)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Tara Hauki and Jon-Erik Beckjord: Bigfoot and Other Weirdness

Sometimes I think some of the people invovled in UFO, Bigfoot and other esoteric research are much stranger than the UFOs, cryptids, aliens, etc. they’re studying.

A big smile and nod to Linda Martin of the Bigfoot Sightings blog, where I found the the story about the story, and the link.

Read Tara’s account here.

Patterson Film A Hoax?

The church like music in the background is odd; but interesting from the BFRO, who, as the OP comments, can be questionable for their tactics (charging monies, no permits, etc.) but at least they offer resources for anyone interested.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Joey Bishop and the Patterson Film

If you're a baby boomer, you probably remember Joey Bishop, who died recently. Bishop was a member of the "Rat Pack," -- he had his own talk show on television, as well as filling in for Carson. Cryptomundo has an item on Joey Bishop; it seems Bishop showed the PG film on his program. I did watch Bishop a lot, but didn't see that one. I would have remembered that one! (I do remember when Regis, yes, "the Rege" was Bishop's sidekick on the show and he told Bishop off, then walked off the show on air.)

Monday, October 15, 2007

Poll Results: Bigfoot-UFO Connection

The results of Lisa Shiel's (book: Backyard Bigfoot and Bigfoot Quest blog) poll on a Bigfoot - UFO connection are in. Interesting results.
Bigfoot Quest

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Bigfoot Recreated and More

Lots of Bigfoot items around lately: The Anomalist has several links to all kinds of entries on Bigfoot. Rather than list a bunch of links here, just check out The Anomalist

I will comment on one piece, and that’s Bigfoot and the repugnance of truth by Ryan Kenneth Peterson. Peterson was a costume designer, and discusses why it’s unlikely in his view the Paterson Gimlin Bigfoot was faked:
In my opinion, the technology and artistry were not available in 1967 to create such a convincing Bigfoot costume. Even if Roger Paterson orchestrated the whole affair and was able to hire John Chambers, the one special make-up effects man on the planet at the forefront of such technology, I would argue it wasn't enough.

On a BBC program broadcast in 1998, they “recreated” the Paterson footage. And concluded, based on this “recreation” that the Paterson Bigfoot was a fake.

Ridiculous, as CryptoZoology.com pointed out, as well as Cryptomundo blog.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Craig Woolheater on Hostile Deniers

A good entry by Craig Woolheater of Cryptomundo, about those “skeptics” or those in denial about Bigfoot. Woolheater gives a lot of talks on Bigfoot; and while he has overwhelming positive responses, there are the more hostile ones as well.

One point that struck me was the following, where Woolheater discusses the anger and hostility of one skeptic, which seemed to go beyond just disagreement:
My friend was perplexed by the anger displayed by someone who was obviously highly-educated, yet extremely unreasonable.

I’ve experienced this many times myself. (This weird anger has, in a couple of cases, gone so far as these kinds of so-called “skeptics” harassing me, “cyber stalking” me, threats, etc.)

It’s a highly interesting phenomena, this over the top hostility that often comes with discussing “fringe” topics.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Review of Redfern's Man-Monkey!


Monster! The A-Zooform Phenomena blog (title of blog author’s book)

reviews Nick Redfern’s Man-Monkey.
This is a book I have to get for two reasons: one, it’s by Redfern, so that’s the only reason I need, and two, it’s about Man Monkey! A strange “bigfoot” like creature with glowing eyes that haunts the UK. It’s one of those regional crypto tales that I find so intriguing and delicious.

"Invisible Bigfoot" thread on skeptic forum

Aside from a fantastically long running thread on Bigfoot on the JREF (James Randi Educational Foundation) forum, (for those who don’t know, uber “skeptic” site) there’s another thread about Bigfoot over there. This one’s titled:
Bigfoot,the Invisible Variety.

Bob Dylan and Bigfoot Hunters

The juxtaposition of Bob Dylan and Bigfoot, on Cryptomundo, in

Woods Full of Armed Bigfoot Hunters?

From Blogsquatcher: Hoaxing hoaxers

Blogsquatcher has a good piece:

Hoaxes and the hoaxers who hoax them.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Wanoga Butte, Oregon 1957: Bigfoot Impervious to Shots


Living in the Pacific Northwest (Lane County, Oregon) I’m particularly interested in Bigfoot, UFO and other Fortean events in the area. This is one from Wanoga Butte, Oregon, dated 1957, from John Keel’s Mysterious Beings:
Both were hunting, and had just shot a deer. Before they could get to it, a 9 foot tall, hairy creature walked into the clearing, and picked the deer up, and carried it off under its arm. Joanis, annoyed about losing his deer, fired several shots with his 30.06 into the creatures back, but the creature never stopped walking. However, it did emit a "strange whistling scream". Present witnesses were Greg Pointer, Roger True, Tom Thompson, Carl & Jim Franklin, John McKnight, Alvin Anderson, Selby Green, Roger Howard, Bob McDonald, Ron Blackburn all witness an 8-ft, whitish-gray Bigfoot

I find the “whitish gray Bigfoot” and “impervious to gunshot” very interesting. It seems there’s a particular aura of high strangeness involving white Bigfoot; it might just be the folklore concerning their color -- after all, high strangeness involves Bigfoot of all colors -- or something odder. (I also find it curious Joanis was seemingly more annoyed at losing the deer, rather than being amazed at seeing a Bigfoot.)

Wanoga Butte is in the Deschutes National Forest, in Deschutes County in Central Oregon. There’s a lookout there; The Wanoga Butte Lookout, built in 1932. According to one source, the lookout is the “most endangered historic lookout in America.”

In FATE: Old Yellow Top

Excerpts from Old Yellow Top, by Andrew Hind and Maria da Silva in the October issue of FATE magazine can be read here. Interesting item about sightings in Ontario, going back to the nineteen twenties.
In July 1923, two prospectors, experienced woodsmen by the names of J. A. MacAuley and Lorne Wilson, were taking test samples of their mining claims northeast of Wettlaufer Mine near Cobalt when they saw what initially looked to be a bear feasting in a blueberry patch. With courage that bordered on recklessness, Mr. Wilson threw a stone at the animal.

Its response was immediate and terrifying. The creature, no bear, stood up to its full seven feet and, baring its teeth, let out an ear-piercing roar of defiance. It was like nothing either man had ever heard before, a dreadful sound that melted courage and left these grown men quaking in terror. They ran, and didn’t stop until they reached the safety of town.

“It sure looked like no bear I have ever seen,” said Mr. Wilson to a reporter from the North Bay Nugget. “Its head was kind of yellow and the rest of it was like a bear, covered in hair.”

From the BlogSquatcher: Bigfoot Epistemology

Another good post from the BlogSquatcher, this one on a Bigfoot Epistemology. Blogsquatcher (for I don’t see a name anywhere on the blog) has given us a list and definitions of the types of Bigfoot “beliefs” and researchers. Of the Bigfoot is an ape theory he writes:
Bigfoot is an Ape – These folks follow from the earliest investigators, notably John Green and Grover Krantz. They hold that bigfoot is a real creature somehow related to modern apes. They have almost universally held to scientific materialism in their writing. The difference between them and Extreme Skeptics is their exposure to and openness to evidence. Note that this viewpoint doesn’t spring from physical evidence. This is the crowd that supports the idea of bigfoot descending from Gigantopithecus, without any real physical evidence to support this theory (beyond the size of bigfoot).

I think Lisa Shiel and some others would agree.

BlogSquatcher has parsed the “paranormal bigfoot” theories into distinctive categories. Instead of the sort of catch all “paranormal bigfoot” he’s divided these ideas into Paranormal, Inter-dimensional, UFOs, etc.

It’s clear from this post and others the BlogSquatcher knows his or her stuff.

Washington State Sasquatch Exhibit

Olympia, Washington is hosting a Sasquatch exhibition at its Capitol Museum:
Giants in the Mountains: The Search for Sasquatch" The exhibit will be there for a year.

From Cryptomundo: Small Pterodactyls Among The Indians

Over on Cryptomundo, Loren Coleman has posted on the insect invasion at the recent baseball game. (Don't ask me what game; what do I know?)This doesn’t have anything to do with Sasquatch, but it’s such a neat post that I had to report on it here.

I’m not a baseball fan; the whole idea of the sports things just eludes me, but I really enjoyed this post. I have nothing against baseball, I just don’t seem to get it. Any of it. (And yet, some of my favorite films are baseball films. It’s the story I suppose, not the “thing” it’s hinged on. Of course, one could argue the “thing” it’s hinged on is the story.)

Leave it to Loren Coleman to tie in cryptids, baseballs and Native Americans. Very cool. I didn’t know Coleman was of Native American descent, though it’s not surprising. I wonder how many in this field of Fortean, anomalous and cryptid research are of Indian heritage? I’m of Cherokee and Lenape descent. It’d be an interesting survey to take.

Anyway, great post on Cryptomundo.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Bigfoot Blog; Ape Canyon and more

The Anomalist a link to a "relatively new" bigfoot blog called The Blogsquatcher. (good name.) I haven't had time to read what's over there yet but take a look. I'm looking foward to reading his entry on Ape Canyon.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Lisa Shiel: Bigfoot is Paranormal: Get Over It

Lisa Shiel, Bigfoot Quest blog, is succint in explaining why Bigfoot is paranormal.