Category Archives: Musings

Psychology in bigfooting – FEAR

There is an adage that comes up regularly in bigfooting… “When you look for bigfoot, you find yourself.” The longer I pursue this subject, the more truth I find in that statement. Human psychology plays a pivotal role in our interaction with this subject. (Once again, I find myself staring at a blinking cursor, trying to figure out how to address a topic that is too complex for a single blog post. This will most likely develop into another one of those multi-part blog series.)

Today, I want to talk about fear.

Local Residents Spot Bigfoot In West Virginia… and 2012

Happy Holidays!

A recent sighting report in an article written, for a change, factually and not in a tongue-in-cheek manner. Bless those in the media who write news as news and not as sensationalistic commentary.

Local Residents Spot Bigfoot In West Virginia

The following is unrelated to bigfoot… I think… but it’s another interest of mine so I thought I’d share. I’ve been reading quite a bit about 2012 lately. ‘Tis the season, after all.

This webpage from NASA is interesting. It discusses the science behind the internet sensationalism surrounding December 21, 2012 that has been increasing in the past few years.

Am I the only one…

…who is disturbed by the increasingly frequent use of the term “squatch”?

It’s important to me to write this post carefully. Words have enormous power. They can be used to inspire, to amuse, to hurt, to heal, to educate. They allow us share ideas and – like it or not – they affect perception. The latter, perhaps, is the biggest reason I cringe every time someone utters the word “squatch”.

A Tribute to Bob Gimlin

 

I first met Bob Gimlin in Willow Creek California in 2003 while filming the Bluff Creek episode of Mysterious Encounters. I was 29.

Bob’s name was one that I’d been familiar with since I was a small child. My passion for checking out bigfoot books from school libraries and bookmobiles (to sidelong glances of amused librarians) – coupled with my own small, secret connection that made the Patterson-Gimlin film extra special to me – made my first meeting with Bob one of the most treasured moments of my life.

Letters From (and to) the Big Man…

Letters From the Big Man debuted this year at the Sundance Film Festival. I have yet to see it, but it’s first on my list if it ever hits DVD.

It was filmed in the nearly-roadless Kalmiopsis Wilderness in SW Oregon. The music is beautiful. The scenery breathtaking. Watching the “Big Man” peek at Sarah Smith from behind that rock gives me a delicious chill.

About a month ago, I climbed the mountain behind my house in my Rav4. I was feeling pent-up. Frustrated. Introspective. I wanted to commune briefly with nature before I got to work for the day. I walked on top of that mountain through a stand of tall trees as a light, late-season snow began to fall.

Bigfoot: Cultural Anthropology vs. Wildlife Biology

Human or Animal?

In yesterdays blog post, I made the following statement:

I firmly believe that Bigfoot research is best approached from a cultural anthropology standpoint rather than a wildlife biology standpoint.

As promised, I wanted to delve deeper into this subject today. First, we’re going deal with the semantics argument. Then, we’ll talk about why I feel the differentiation is of the utmost importance.

For 50 years, it has been a popular assumption that Bigfoot is a “North American Ape”. What is an “ape”? An ape includes any member of the Hominoidea superfamily of primates. There are two families of hominoids. The “lesser” apes, Hylobatidae, consists of 12 species of gibbon.

The Earliest Long-Term Witnesses

Hi guys and gals.

First, a personal note: I’ve had some time to step back and deal with some pressing health issues, and I want to thank all of you for your kind words and your patience. Things are better. I’m not out of the woods yet, but my fingers are crossed… which makes typing kind of difficult. :D Regardless, I felt compelled to come back here and offer a few thoughts. I don’t know how often or for how long I’ll be blogging again… time will tell. I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to those of you who’ve offered patience, to the members of the Oregon Bigfoot community who have steadfastly hung in there during these challenging times, to my many friends in the research community, to those who have kept in touch with supportive words and allowed me the time and energy I’ve needed to focus on getting well. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

NVCODE Part Three: What is NVCODE

If you haven’t yet, please familiarize yourself with the earlier posts in this series so you’re reading this within the context it was intended. :)

Part One: Out on a limb
Part Two: The Science of Intuition

I was 18 or so when I first saw this episode of “In Search Of”. You’ll find it below in three parts. Please take the time to watch it – discussion will follow below. (I love me a little Leonard Nimoy. Don’t you?)

Jeepers Creepers… Those are Creepy Peepers!

bigeyes2Here I am again, fixated on Bigfoot eyes. It’s been a lifelong obsession, so why stop now?

In today’s post, I’ll be covering several topics: bigfoot eyeshine, accuity of night vision, the ability of these creatures to see light spectrums beyond what we can see, and potential applications in field research.

BIGFOOT EYESHINE

Many, many eyewitness accounts of bigfoot sightings indicate eyeshine or “glowing eyes”. Eyeshine is often described as red – though other colors such as green and even blue- have been reported as well.

But what is the actual physical mechanism that would create this phenomenon?

Manufactured evidence…

Is our treatment of witnesses in the research community creating an atmosphere ripe for hoaxing?

At Beachfoot, my good friend Tom Steenburg was giving a presentation that included a portion regarding a certain witness that he felt was a hoaxer. He began telling us how he felt this particular person was manufacturing evidence in order to remain in the witness limelight. He brought our attention to a photograph… one that he thought felt smelled a little fishy. He also claimed that this witness was seen throwing rocks during a research outing and blaming it on Sasquatch.

The most thorough field report I’ve ever seen… and a word about asshats.

Holy Cow! :D OB member Nancy just sent in her field report from her and Bill’s latest outing to the Shasta/Trinity area and boy, was it a doozy. Uploaded today are 16 pages worth of detailed field notes, 45 sound files and over 130 photographs of tracks and other evidence. This is, by far, the most detailed research report I’ve ever seen. Kudos, Nancy, to you for your dedication and incredible thoroughness! You are an amazing woman and a credit to our field!

I Should Have Been a Proctologist

… or anything other than a Bigfoot researcher. Not really, but that’s how I feel some days.

Is it me, or is this field sometimes the emotional equivalent of junior high school?

Having been at this for 20 years, I decided a long time ago to stay out of the politics. I don’t much care who likes whom, who is allied with whom this week and who’s slighted whom. I learned a long time ago that nearly every person I know  in this field has felt slighted at some point by 4 out of 5 other people I know. Some people won’t work with people who work with other people who work with other people… and it goes on like that.

Bigfoot and Billy Bass

Big_mouth_billy_bass_stillWe live in a world obsessed with technology and artifact.

How often do we look around us? I mean, REALLY look? Pull your eyes away from the computer screen for a moment and look around the room you’re sitting in. What do you see?

Stuff. Human creations. Hundreds… no… THOUSANDS of things created by humans. Pens, lamps, picture frames, walls, light switches, CD-ROM cases, clocks, a computer…

Life is Like a Box of Chocolate-Covered Ants?

This post really is about Bigfoot research. It just may not be immediately apparent.

Sometimes, things happen in our lives that cause us to stop dead in our tracks and take stock. We come to a crossroads; we get blindsided and end up reevaluating everything. Everything we’ve done, everything we are… and where we’re going from here.

To loosely paraphrase Forrest Gump – Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know which ones will be sweet, and which ones will leave a bad taste in your mouth. (I know that’s not exactly what he said, but it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve misquoted a movie.)