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.
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