Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Persistent rumors that the RCMP have a Sasquatch on ice at their headquarters appear to be unsubstantiated as presented in the below article:

RCMP deny Sasquatch capture

What will those crazy canucks think of next?!

Friday, January 16, 2009

Bigfoot: Nothing like a bear

I located an excellent article on undiscovered creatures, specifically Bigfoot. Here's an excerpt which we've heard and read several times over the years:

"There are many other highly recognized experts who also agree on the possible existence of a large, nocturnal hominid creature existing today on the fringes of the so-called real world. Few academics will openly discuss the subject or support the premise, not because of the evidence, which is substantial, but because of fear of ridicule by those ignorant of the weight and substance of the facts."

Here's the link to the complete article, enjoy:

Bigfoot: Nothing like a bear

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ask a Scientist: BIGFOOT.........So much for Objectivity

My vote for most useless gathering of 2009 (I know it's kind of early to have a winner) is the "Ask a Scientist" pow-wow in San Francisco, the city of morals!
Here's a biography of the esteemed Berkley based "Scientist" Eugenie C. Scott:

Dr. Eugenie C. Scott, a former college professor, is Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, Inc., a not for profit membership organization in Oakland, CA, of scientists, teachers, and others that works to improve the teaching of evolution, and of science as a way of knowing. It opposes the advocacy of "scientific" creationism and other religiously-based views in science classes. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), and the advisory counsels of several church and state separation organizations. She has held elective offices in the American Anthropological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Scott is the current president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, for which she has also been Secretary-Treasurer. Honors include the Bruce Alberts Award of the American Society for Cell Biology, the Isaac Asimov Science Award from the American Humanist Association, the First Amendment Award from the Playboy Foundation, the James Randi Award from the Skeptic Society, and the Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Missouri College of Arts and Sciences.

Sounds like a delight, doesn't she? Here's a tip for the good "Dr.": Since the money you EARN has the "religious-based" inscription IN GOD WE TRUST, please promptly return it so that it can be distributed to those who appreciate the moral and ethical benefits that believing in a supreme being offer.

"Dr." Scott, Let me introduce you to a friend of mine:

Once a rattlesnake bit Chuck's leg. After five days of excruciating pain, the snake died........

Let's talk Bigfoot interview with Paulides and Pratt

"Let's talk Bigfoot", a lively little internet broadcast hosted by Teresa Hall and Kathy Strain (AIBR), aired an interview with David Paulides and Harvey Pratt on Dec. 17, 2008.
I've included it below and it's the perfect companion to the Hoopa Project book. Go to the past episodes button on the widget player and select (click the arrow twice) "David Paulides and Harvey Pratt interview". It's an inside look into their research process for the book. Enjoy and as always your comments are welcomed.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The HOOPA Project....A Book Review

Over the years, I have managed to read most of the "Standard" Bigfoot books written by all of the usual "experts" in this field of endeavor. All of the movies, TV shows, documentaries, etc......Yes, I've seen them all, more than a few times.

Last week, I asked myself if there was really a reason that I should purchase yet another Bigfoot book and one which is being touted as one of the best books on this topic written in 2008. I went to the NABS website and started reading. I had a question about one of the articles and sent an email to the organization. I received a very polite and direct response back in less than 20 minutes. Needless to say I bought the book immediately, simply based on this type of "customer service".

I must admit that I had serious credibility issues when I discovered that most of the sightings and incident reports were made by members of the local Native American Indian Tribes in the target area. I thought of all the mythological and spiritual rituals that I have come to believe, not without the help of television, about Native American Tribes in general. HOWEVER, the author reportedly has 30+ years of Law Enforcement and Investigation experience--That is a FIRST!

The book arrived three days ago and I spent every spare moment I could find reading through it.

The author, David Paulides, begins with a brief introduction explaining his endoctrination into the Bigfoot mystery from a young age. Then he moves into the topic of Government acknowledgement, whereby he is intent on locating official government documentation about Bigfoot, and he finds it. There is a protracted section on climate conditions, elevation and charts including previous sightings information from various sources, etc...
(NOTE: Those of you without the patience for this type of technical information may find this section, which spans approx. 16 pages, mind numbing. DO NOT SKIP OVER IT because you will miss valuable information that will put you on the road to understanding the preferred habitat of these creatures in Northern California.)
After extensive research and planning, Paulides finally settles on the location in the Hoopa Valley region of Northern California(The Hoopa Indian Reservation).

After a few introductions and initial queries into local sightings and incidents, the "meat and potatoes" of the reports are presented. The reader is guided through the various investigations, interviews, narration on the landscape and locations of the incidents, which you soon see are concentrated in key areas.
As I began to read the reports, a strange thing happened. All of my misconceptions about Native American mysticism and "Hocus Pocus" disappeared and I mean COMPLETELY! The interviews were logically documented in classic "Police report" format--very straightforward and factual. No opinions interjected, just the facts as they were provided by the witnesses to Paulides. There are photos of most of the witnesses and the incident/sighting locations and we see that these are normal folks that have had incredible encounters and weren't looking to promote or even mention them to "outsiders".
Paulides has even added the accountability factor by requiring the witnesses to sign an affidavit attesting that there sightings/incident reports are factual. How enforceable this type of document would be under Indian law is beyond my scope of expertise and is not really relevant when your are confronted with the quality and quantity of information in this book.

Paulides enlisted the assistance of forensic sketch artist Harvey Pratt, who met with a majority of the witnesses and sketched the creature that each reports to have
seen. The sketches were close-hold information and no witnesses were allowed to see the other's sketches. I found this to be an excellent way to maintain the integrity of the project. If your are like me and have been force-fed all of the banter and theories about Bigfoot being some sort of giant primate, you are in for a surprise when you see the sketches and read the reports.

My issues with the book are few:
I would like to have seen larger charts, full page preferrably.
Same with some of the B/W photos. I think they would have reproduced better.
Due to the remote location of alot of the witnesses, I felt that Paulides could have briefly addressed how each witness communicates with others in general, i.e. telephones, CBs, shortwave radios, during emergencies.

As I said in the beginning, this book is touted as one of the best Bigfoot books to come out in 2008. I'll see that and raise you one. It is, without a doubt, one of the best books EVER written on the subject of Bigfoot! If you don't have it--GET IT!
It will change the way you view this creature and challenge everything you thought you knew.

After I posted this review, I sent an email to NABS letting them know how much I enjoyed the
book and that I was posting a review on my blog. I received the following response:

A sincere thank you for thoroughly reading the book. I understand that everyone has different tastes in writing style and have never objected to critique as long as the book is thoroughly read, thanks.
Your comments about the size of various graphs and charts is fair and something that I've spoken to the editor about.
Our next book will be out 6/1 (hopefully), it's at the editor now.
Thanks for posting the review, much appreciated.
David Paulides
North America Bigfoot Search
Executive Director
"Belief is not an excuse for critical thinking."
This level of professionalism and sincerety appears to be indicative of the organization, from top to bottom and Folks let me tell, they've set the bar pretty high!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Meet QUATCHI......

"Quatchi" is one of the mascots for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. I started looking over all of the cartoonie, clearly geared towards the kids promo information on the Olympic mascots site. What can I say, It's cheesy, childish and I can't stop smiling.............

Quatchi is a young sasquatch who comes from the mysterious forests of Canada. Quatchi is shy, but loves to explore new places and meet new friends.

Although Quatchi loves all winter sports, he’s especially fond of hockey. He dreams of becoming a world-famous goalie. Because of his large size, he can be a little clumsy. But no one can question his passion. He knows that if he works hard and always does his best, he might one day achieve his dream. Quatchi is always encouraging his friends to join him on journeys across Canada. He is also often recruiting others to play hockey – or at least to take shots at him!

The sasquatch is a popular figure in local native legends of the Pacific West Coast. The sasquatch reminds us of the mystery and wonder that exist in the natural world, igniting our imagination about the possibility of undiscovered creatures in the great Canadian wilderness.