I have just finished posting a new page on the website http://www.northamericanbigfoot.com/. This page features the art of Mike Rugg at the Bigfoot Discovery Museum in Felton, CA. I have been blogging about Mike and the museum recently because of the BBQ that is going on at the very moment I write this. I thought it would be appropriate to post something concurrently, if for no other reason than to participate in the festivities I’m missing.
Roger, Bob, and Patty
Here are the contents of the page, directly from my website:
Mike Rugg is the owner/curator of the Bigfoot Discovery Museum in Felton, CA. He has an unrelenting passion for the subject of hairy bipeds, and has been doing research on the subject for over half a century.
As is obvious by the samples on this page, Mike is an extremely talented graphic artist. He uses computers and hand-drawn illustrations to show us what lurks in his mind’s eye.
Mike is also an accomplished dulcimer musician and luthier.
Mike’s artwork is available for purchase. (I own some myself.) Here’s the info on buying some:
Here’s a brief bio on Mike:
Michael Rugg is co-founder of the Bigfoot Discovery Project (BDP). The BDP accepts the subject of the Patterson/Gimlin Film as the type specimen for the Pacific Coast Bigfoot or Sasquatch and seeks to create a dialogue about the implications of the impending “discovery of bigfoot” by conventional Western science. Via the Bigfoot Discovery Museum in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Central CA, he attempts to educate the public at large about the probability of bigfoot and the current best guesses as to its habits and its place in the natural world. He is also involved in field studies as he has discovered that the local mountains have a history of bigfoot sightings beginning in the 1870’s and continuing to the present day.
As a child, Rugg spent many weekends and holidays on fishing, camping and hunting trips with his parents throughout central and northern California (his father once owned a lumber mill in Laytonville). On one of these outings (circa 1950) he saw a bigfoot. He has been collecting information and artifacts–while studying unknown bipedal primates–since 1951, when the first photos of Yeti tracks on Mt Everest appeared in Western newspapers.
While an undergraduate at Stanford he delved further into bipedal primate research and in March of 1967, he wrote a paper for an anthropology class stating that the “Abominable Snowman Question” deserved further scientific research, despite the negative attitude of his professor. Unimpressed with academe, Rugg abandoned his plan to pursue a second major in Paleoanthropology, left school, and opened an art studio next to his brother’s woodshop in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Working in collaboration, he and his brother provided creative services ranging from antique restoration to graphic arts and photography starting in March of 1969 under the name CapriTaurus. The mixture of fine and applied arts had evolved into a full-fledged cottage industry when the Rugg brothers “discovered” the Mountain Dulcimer and began manufacturing the instruments full time in 1974. Michael Rugg stayed in the folk music business until the early ’90’s as an entrepreneur, performer, columnist and recording artist.
Introduced to the Macintosh computer in 1985, Rugg was also working as a part-time digital graphic artist, freelancing for clients such as Apple, Atari, Time-Warner and Hallmark by the end of the ’80’s. During that period, Rugg split his time between learning computer graphics and stepping-up his study of the “paranormal.” He attended conferences, workshops and symposiums. He joined organizations like the Society for Investigation of The Unexplained, Mutual UFO Network, the International Society of Cryptozoology and the Society for Scientific Exploration, delving into all manner of Forteana from Cryptozoology to Ufology.
In September of 2003, at the International Bigfoot Symposium in Willow Creek, Michael Rugg and Paula Yarr (his fiance) launched the Bigfoot Discovery Project.
Dr. Jeff Meldrum and Mike Rugg
Congrats to the Bigfoot Discovery Museum on what I’m sure will be a successful BBQ today!