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.
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!
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.