Anatomy of a Beast by Michael McLeod

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Apr 052018
 

Anatomy of a Beast: Obsession and Myth on the Trail of Bigfoot
by Michael McLeod

Many bigfooters, being certain that bigfoot exists, don’t bother reading the skeptical literature.  I feel this is a mistake, especially when the books get traction in the skeptical world.  As bigfooters, I feel it is our duty to be aware of the skeptical arguments and to grapple with them.  After all, many of the points made are valid, and since bigfoots are real animals, these points can and should be dealt with.  It was with that spirit in mind that I dove into Michael McLeod’s Anatomy of a Beast

There are many good things about this book.  McLeod did some real footwork putting this book together.  He interviewed many people in the bigfoot world, he attended some bigfoot lectures, and he even read some of the pro-bigfoot literature.  McLeod dug into the history of some of the people in the early days of bigfooting, which I found quite interesting.  I knew little of Ivan Sanderson, for example, and I enjoyed reading McLeod’s version of Sanderson’s life. 

What I found most interesting were the anecdotal stories that arose from the interviews.  Talking to the likes of Ivan Marx, Patricia Patterson, Rene Dahinden, and Peter Byrne is bound to bring some interesting stories to light, and McLeod included many of them in his book.  I sincerely enjoyed reading about their perspectives and insights into the history of bigfooting.  He also spoke to some minor players, such as Jay Rowland who was in Bluff Creek back in 1967 when Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin got the PG Film. 

These interviews, though insightful, have a downside as well.  He puts great importance on minor discrepancies in memory and perspective.  These discrepancies are touted as strong suggestions that the PG Film, and indeed all bigfoot encounters and footprint finds, are a well-orchestrated hoax. 

It was obvious from the beginning of the book that McLeod is a man setting out to prove the Patterson/Gimlin Film is a hoax.  On pg. 14, he muses about how convincing the PG Film is “if one is not predisposed to reject Bigfoot out of hand.”  It is obvious from his writing that McLeod is in fact predisposed to do just that, not giving the evidence more than a quick thought before rejecting it.  

One of many dead ends for McLeod was his analysis of the timeline after the filming.  He assumes that Roger and Bob went through Willow Creek before mailing the film on the coast, and then heading back to Willow Creek to speak to Al Hodgson and Syl McCoy.  Since that path didn’t make sense with the allotted time, therefore somebody is lying and the film is a hoax.  We now know that Roger and Bob went over Bald Hills Road into Orick before heading down the coast to mail the film.  They only later went to Willow Creek.  It tends to be small assumptions or gaps in McLeod’s knowledge that support his claim that the film is an “obvious hoax.”  

To investigate the film, it seems more productive to enter the study of it from a neutral standpoint and see where the evidence leads.  McLeod does the opposite.  He “knows” the film is a hoax, so he explores the people in the field and finds out their eccentricities, minor memory inconsistencies, and personal flaws to hold these up as evidence that the film is a hoax.  He doesn’t examine the film subject, he examines Ray Wallace’s long record as a hoaxer.  He doesn’t look at the creature’s anatomy, he talks to Dahinden about who he doesn’t get along with.  He doesn’t look at the footprint evidence retrieved from the film site, he looks at the dissonant personalities involved in the Pacific Northwest Expeditions of the early 1960’s.  These things, along with many more examples in the book, seem more like a sleight-of-hand trick to cast doubt on the film by putting shade on the many people tangentially involved in some aspect of the film, location, or events of that time period. 

Overall, the book is worth a read.  The history told by the many interviewed players gives us glimpses, albeit biased ones, into the perspective of the time.  It is the assumption from the get-go that the film is a hoax that does this book in from my perspective.  Ad hominin attacks on the players do not make the film a hoax. 

 

To purchase the book, click the link at the top of the page.  I’ll get a couple pennies out of your purchase through a partnership with Amazon.  I promise to put those pennies to good use by batting down skeptical arguments like those put forth in this book.

Olympic Peninsula Sighting Follow Up Investigation 3/7/18

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Mar 112018
 

Swamp

A recent sighting report came to me early last week. It took me a day or two to get the scene, but I made it out and scoured the area with Shane Corson of the Olympic Project to find some interesting things.  But first, the backstory…

On March 1st, a young man encountered a sasquatch on the Olympic Peninsula on the edges of a marsh.  He was on the side of the road at a pull-out throwing rocks at a log next to a river around dusk when he noticed that small rocks were landing in the water nearby.  At first he assumed these were his rocks ricocheting back off the log he was aiming for, but when rocks started landing at his feet, he realized that this wasn’t the case.  Shortly after, he observed what he first thought was a reddish-brown bear barreling through the grassy swamp on the other side of the river.  It was reportedly snorting, huffing, and whistling as it ran.  The young man stood there, excited to see a bear with the safety of a river between him and the animal.  The “bear” was on all fours as it ran behind a brushy area and stopped.  Then it stood up on its hind legs.  The witness described how it kept getting taller and taller and taller as it stood.  It was much taller than any bear could be in this area, standing approximately eight feet tall, looking over the top of the brush it ran behind.  That was all it took for the young man to immediately leave the area in a panic.  He later confided in a local shop owner that had a bigfoot cast on display in his establishment, and that shop owner notified one of my contacts in the area, Lorri Jo Hamilton, who notified me of the encounter less than a week after it happened.  

I arrived on the scene with Lorri Jo, her friend Norm, and Shane Corson from the Olympic Project to look around on Wednesday, March 7th.  The tire marks left by the young man as he peeled away from the scene were still visible in the ground.  Shane and I crossed the river and scoured the swamp and surrounding area for over an hour.  In our exploration, we uncovered two unusual things.  

First, a large log had recently been moved aside from where it was resting in the reeds.  The log was about five feet long, and maybe 20 inches in diameter.  There were grass tufts growing upside-down on the underside of the log, proving it had once rested with the grass facing upward but had been turned.  There were also small plants (maybe 1.5 inches tall) growing from the underside of the log that had started turning in their growth to seek the sunlight (plants are phototropic and will always grow towards the sunlight).  Using these clues, I would guess the log was turned upside down maybe a week before we found it.  This coincides well with the sighting date, which was only six days before our visit.

Secondly, and more importantly, a possible footprint was located in the swamp just a few yards from the overturned log.  There were few places in the reeds that would record any impressions, but one was located in a pile of animal scat.  The surrounding grass had been disturbed in a fan-like shape.  There was the suggestion of toes impressed in the grass, a wide forepart of a foot, and a moderately narrow heel, though wider than a bear’s heel.  The length of the print was 14 inches long.  

The shape of this possible print is congruent with other footprints collected from the area by Lorri Jo Hamilton.  One individual sasquatch in the area has left a number of prints that have the same fan-shaped configuration of the foot as was observed in this possible footprint, as can be seen below.  It is very possible that the same sasquatch left both prints, or perhaps a closely-related individual.  

Derek Randles met us out at the site a few hours after our investigation.  Between us three, we could recount more than a dozen encounter reports from the general area, so this new one was of no surprise.  This area is being closely watched by my contacts in the area and the members of the Olympic Project that were involved.  If more evidence comes out of here, I’ll keep you posted.  

For more photos of the possible print, check out the gallery below:

 

Marc Dewerth to Speak in Bowling Green, OH

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Mar 012018
 

Join Ohio Bigfoot Researcher, Marc DeWerth for a presentation, discussion, and first hand stories about the elusive creature known as Bigfoot. 

Mr. DeWerth is the organizer of the Ohio Bigfoot Conference, one of the largest in the US and has spent over 25 years studying evidence, collecting experiences, and investigating Bigfoot encounters right here in Ohio.

No registration is needed for this free program and space is limited so you’ll want to arrive early.  The program will take place on Saturday, March 24th and will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Simpson Building, Simpson Garden Park, 1291 Conneaut Avenue, Bowling Green, Ohio.  For questions please contact Chris Gajewicz at 419.353.0301, or by email at cgajewicz@bgohio.org.

Enormous Norm Goes to School: the Bigfoot Hygiene Book

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Feb 212018
 

Enormous NORM Goes to School: the Bigfoot Hygiene Book 
By Matt Hooks

For show and tell one day, Dean shared a drawing he had made of his bigfoot friend, Norm.  The other kids in class ridiculed Dean for thinking bigfoots are real (sound familiar?), so Dean decided to bring Norm to school to prove his friends wrong.  However, before Norm can come to school, he has to clean up a bit to be presentable to humans.  

This book is designed to share basic hygiene with young children.  As a read aloud, or for reading primary students, the book presents the basics of cleanliness, such as brushing one’s teeth or showering, in an entertaining and simple way.  

The art is striking.  It uses bold lines, bright colors, and angular edges wildly making each page busy in its details.   

I would judge this book to be at a low reading level, perhaps between 1st and 3rd grades, depending on the individual.  It is suitable for reading aloud to many age/grade level.  Enormous Norm has now been added to my recommended bigfoot books for kids and teens list!

 

Cultured Bigfoot

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Feb 192018
 

 

Bill Lancaster of Bilco Productions has put together a new documentary that examines the bigfoot community and what drives us to do what we do.  The film is full of interviews from a who’s-who list of bigfooters, including Loren Coleman, Bobo, Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Lyle Blackburn and more.  

The documentary is available on two streaming platforms at the moment, and DVDs are also available!  You can go directly to the Amazon platform by clicking the link below:

Cultured Bigfoot on Amazon

The other platform is Nick Groff’s new streaming platform called TheCryptid.space.  This is a subscription service for streaming content having to do with cryptids which holds high promise for being the dominant hub for bigfoot and other cryptozoological information in the coming years.  Here is the link for that platform:

The Cryptid Space

DVDs are now for sale, and can be obtained by emailing Bill Lancaster at darthbill68@gmail.com, or by visiting the Bilco Productions Facebook page and sending a message to the administrator.  The DVDs are $15, but if you order 10 or more, you will receive a 40% discount.  

Jan 192018
 

If you love bigfoots like I love bigfoots, you are always looking for things to do that might help them in some small way.  Even at this point in time, before discovery, there are many things we can do to help our hairy cousins in the woods.  Some are political, some are monetary, but most are simpler than that.  

Before I get specific…  In general, as a bigfooter, anything you do should be done in a professional manner.  That involves being a positive force, whether that is in person or online.  Being negative, whether it’s trolling online, talking crap about other people, making statements that bully others, or any number of other things one can do that lack maturity makes us all look bad.  Remember, the vast majority of people who are interested in bigfoot are not part of the bigfoot community, and when they peek in on us and see bitter infighting and childish name-calling, it would probably turn them away from not only the community, but the subject itself.  Behave yourself, no matter what else you do.  If you have trouble being kind and positive, then the most important thing you can do for bigfoots is to remain silent.  

But I digress…

I was asked to compile a list of specific things one can do to help sasquatches.  Below is a list of five simple things that one can do that would have a direct impact on bigfoots, even before their discovery.  They are simple things, with little or no monetary or personal impact.  In some ways, they are literally the least we can do without doing nothing at all.  

    1.  Vote with bigfoot on your mind.  As we approach each new and crazy election season, keep in mind that those folks we’re putting in office can occasionally have an effect on sasquatches.  This is true whether we are talking about an election on the federal, state, or local level.  When it’s my turn to cast a ballot, I always take into consideration a candidate’s environmental record.  Which candidate is on record saying that he/she will cut back on environmental pollutants?  Which candidate is a proponent of preserving wild lands?  Which candidate will help bigfoots the most?  Vote your conscience.  Vote for bigfoot.
    2. Pick up litter.  This is especially true when you’re in the forest.  I suspect that sasquatches don’t appreciate humans coming into their forest homes and leaving trash around.  After all, if the tables were turned and bigfoots were leaving deer carcasses and such (their trash) in our living rooms, we’d be pretty ticked off.  Besides, as my friend Thom Powell suggests, maybe a bigfoot will see you picking up litter in the forest and slowly learn to trust you because of it.  Anything’s possible!
    3. Choose a worthy environmental cause and donate to it.  You can donate either time or money, and you don’t have to donate very much of either to make a difference.  I have a small number of charities and organizations that I donate to, and the worst thing that comes of it is an occasional email from the group asking for a bit more.  There are many worthy causes that can use your help, and I’m certain that there’s one out there that would resonate with you and your beliefs.  Remember, such donations are usually tax deductible.
    4. Learn about bigfoots.  For most folks, that means reading a variety of books on the subject, as well as about other related subjects like tracking, ecology, geology and more.  The more we know about bigfoots and their habitat, the more real they get.  By knowing as much as possible about bigfoots, you’ll be able to speak about them with more authority.
    5. Talk about bigfoot with others.  If you do this in a respectful and toned-down sort of way, you can do a lot of good for sasquatches.  Most regular people have no idea that bigfoots are real creatures or how they fit into the landscape.  They think bigfoots are a myth or folktale.  When people start to understand the breadth of data available that supports the hypothesis that bigfoots are real animals, they might start opening their minds to the subject a bit.  Be careful to not try to convince anybody of anything.  You don’t want to seem like your trying to gain converts or something.  It could end up in an argument or worse.  Just inform the masses. 

These are simple actions that anyone can perform to help sasquatches.  We are their advocates, and we should act accordingly.  Be sure to act in their best interests with a positive attitude.  Remember, what you do in public or online reflects all bigfooters. 

They have no voice.  Be their voice.

Sasquatch License Plate Proposal Would Help to Raise Funds

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Jan 162018
 

Politicians can be a weird bunch of folks.  (I won’t go into the numerous ways they frustrate me and offend my sensibilities.)  However, every once in a while one breaks the mold and does something overwhelmingly right.  I love it when a politician shows the desire to help the world through creativity and a love for bigfoot.  Sen. Ann Rivers has done just this, and for the second time!  She is proposing legislation to make a special edition sasquatch license plate for the state of Washington where the proceeds would go towards state parks and other habitat.  Read on to learn more about this move!  

Rivers proposes Sasquatch license plate to support state parks

OLYMPIA… Sen. Ann Rivers thinks the state’s best-known cryptid, Sasquatch, ought to have an opportunity to help raise money for state parks and recreation areas. Today she introduced legislation that would create a Sasquatch license plate and direct revenue from its sales toward park maintenance and improvements.

“I’m guessing Sasquatch has a hidden talent as a fundraiser,” said Rivers. “And assuming that Sasquatch is a native Washingtonian, and our state parks are part of Sasquatch’s native habitat, it makes perfect sense to capitalize on Sasquatch’s popularity in a way that would help protect and improve that habitat.”

Senate Bill 6151 complements Rivers’ effort to designate Sasquatch as the state cryptid – short for cryptozoological creature, which refers to an animal not proven to exist. Senate Bill 5816, which would add Sasquatch (or “Bigfoot”) to the collection of state symbols, was inspired by a letter she received from a young constituent in early 2017.

SB 6151’s co-sponsors include the Senate Transportation Committee’s Democrat chair and lead Republican, and Rivers is hopeful the bill will come before the committee later this month.

Rivers, who says the idea for her legislation came from a friend, was among a bipartisan majority of senators who supported last year’s legislation to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in park maintenance and improvements. The bill went nowhere in the House of Representatives, however, and money from the special state-parks license plate created in 2006 only supports arts and education in parks.

“This won’t generate the $500 million that our Senate bill from last year would have, but the proceeds can’t help but make a dent in the backlog of maintenance that we were wanting to address,” Rivers explained.

“The strong positive reaction to my bill to make Sasquatch the state cryptid proved that people of all ages are still taken by the idea that such a creature is out there. I have no doubt that some of them will like the idea of a Sasquatch license plate, and appreciate that buying one is good for the park system,” she said.

Senator Ann Rivers

Dec 202017
 

 

A new article caught my eye the other day.  It was published on the website, Ancient Origins, an online news source for those interested in popular archaeology with a dash of unusual thrown in.  They claim to be the “only Pop Archaeology site combining scientific research with out-of-the-box perspectives.”  This might be true.  

Thinking this was just another article about the 50th anniversary of the PG Film, I started reading and was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of writing and the perspective taken by the author.  The author briefly acknowledged some of the erroneous scientific views from humanity’s past, went sufficiently deep into the work that has been done on the PG Film, and also explored the inevitable shift in paradigm that would occur if the film was authentic. 

It was at this point I looked at the author’s name:  William Munns. 

Of course.

Bill Munns is the number one expert on the Patterson/Gimlin Film.  He wrote an excellent book about his research on the film entitled When Roger Met Patty.  He is a methodical and scientific researcher who is meticulous with details and has an academic way with words.  

This article is a great primer in the work done on the film.  It’s something you can email to your friends for them to consider.  And with that in mind, friend, check it out!

Why the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot Film Should Concern Scholars of Human Origins

The anthropological sciences occasionally have to deal with something which has a profound but unexpected impact on our understanding of human origins. Two events are noteworthy, in part because both impacted powerfully upon our concept of human evolution, but also because they were diametric opposites. One was a truth first rejected, and the other was a false contrivance embraced as fact. As presented in Roger Levin’s fine text, “Bones of Contention”, the stories of the Piltdown Man and the Taung Child were meaningful because they demonstrated that ultimately the evidence will lead to the truth, but first, one must examine that evidence with an impartial and open mind.

Sadly, they also illustrated that confirmation bias is a serious and formidable obstacle in the search for truth. Piltdown was a fraud, an orangutan jaw mated to a human skull, and it confirmed the bias of expecting that our human ancestor would be an ape-like body affixed to a human cranium, thus affirming that regardless of how primitive the body, the illustrious human mind remained robustly beyond any mere ape. Taung was a truthful hominid fossil, but its rightful place in human origins was rejected for many years because of its small brain. So, when we consider that some evidence with potential impact upon human origins is misunderstood, or suffers in the face of a confirmation bias, the idea has a solid foundation of prior examples demonstrating that exact issue.

Perceptions of “The Bigfoot Film”

Today we have a new subject with the potential to make a profound and unexpected impact upon human origins and the human family tree. And like Piltdown and Taung, there is a legitimate concern that the evidence is not being given a proper and impartial evaluation, with confirmation bias ruling the roost and dissuading the scientific community from a proper consideration of that evidence. That new subject is actually 50 years old, but it is the age of the controversy that actually justifies a new way of thinking about it today. The subject in question is a 16mm motion picture film, taken in the woodlands of Northern California in 1967, famously referred to as the Patterson-Gimlin Film or PGF (in recognition of the two men who were present, one man filming and the other man witnessing the event), but it is informally known as “The Bigfoot Film” (in recognition of the subject figure seen in that film footage).

For 50 years, people have been denouncing this film footage as a fake, yet there is virtually no rigorous and logically structured proof for that conclusion. All that can be found are insinuations, suggestions, unsubstantiated claims, and intellectual bullying to try and cajole people into accepting the claim of hoax as a fact.

But in fact, the more rigorous the analysis, the more we see inconclusive determinations. David Daegling, in his text, “Bigfoot Exposed” analyzed the film and concluded, that at his time of writing, 36 years after the event, no proof of a hoax could be found. More recently, Authors Donald Prothero and Daniel Loxton, in “Abominable Science” could do no better, and their analysis of this film resulted in a meager comparison to an anecdotal bigfoot sighting by a man named William Roe. Their conclusion was that if Roe’s anecdotal account could somehow be proven false, then the PGF might reasonably also be deemed a fake. Given that Roe’s encounter cannot be proven false, this was a subtle but tacit admission that the PGF cannot be proven false either.

 

There is much more to this article!  Click here to read the rest.  

 

Dec 202017
 

I had a nice visit from John Rosman from OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting) a few weeks ago.  He wanted to talk to me about the legacy and impact of the Patterson/Gimlin Film 50 years after it was obtained down in Bluff Creek, CA.  We spent a couple hours in my garage looking at the film, talking about the creature and its movements, and looking at casts.  He was very interested in the subject, and had read a bit before coming over to do the interview.  (Informed reporters do interviews that are much more enjoyable.)

The article he was working on just came out today.  There is a video component as well, so be sure to click on the article to check out the interviews of me in my garage, and of Dr. Jeff Meldrum in his lab via Skype.  

Film Introducing Bigfoot To World Still Mysterious 50 Years Later

Although it’s been decades since the Patterson-Gimlin film turned a Northwest legend, Bigfoot, into a household name, the footage and stories behind it still remain fascinating 50 years later.

The filmmakers, and namesakes of the film, are two former rodeo men from Yakima County in Washington. One, Bob Gimlin, still lives there. Roger Patterson died in 1972. They shot the footage off the banks of Bluff Creek in Northern California.

Bigfoot is seen on film for less than one minute, but one frame — 352 — has pretty much become the universal symbol for Sasquatch. And that famous giant walking ape is actually a she; her name is Patty.

But what might be most surprising — after a half century of advancement in film and costume technology — is that this footage has yet to be officially debunked.

Click here to continue reading.

Bigfoot Christmas Sweaters, Anyone?

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Dec 042017
 

It’s that time of year when people dig through dusty red plastic totes stored away all year in a desperate attempt to find that horrid sweater that’s traditionally worn to the company Christmas party.  Feel free to burn that thing when you find it because this year you can celebrate the season in a squatchier manner by donning your new Squatchmas sweater. 

No Squatchmas sweater is likely to be viewed as “ugly” because of the obvious fashion sense it takes to wear one.  In my  opinion, anyone who criticizes, laughs at, or poo-poos the sweaters here is simply waging a war on Squatchmas for skeptically-based reasons.  They look great, and bigfoots are cool, thereby making you cool when you wear one of these.  

I’ve combed through the catalog and found only a small handful of true sweaters. Most of the Squatchmas stuff out there is printed on tee-shirts, which is also cool, but not a true sweater.  Below you’ll mostly see true sweaters with only one exception at the end (the sweatshirt was particularly awesome and holiday-obnoxious).  If you’re looking for a Squatchmas tee shirt instead of a sweater, try this one of my own design.

Click on the photos below for more information.  

 


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