Friday, June 25, 2010
GUEST BIGFOOT BLOGGER: Andrei Galic. "LETTER TO A YOUNG SQUATCHER," PART TWO: His I-SEARCH PROJECT; NEWS, O.S. SYMPOSIUM LINKS
This week we were busy and totally consumed by our trip to the OREGON SASQUATCH SYMPOSIUM, and in the recovery afterwards. We'll have a report on that once we rest up and get our head straight.
Image Above: Denali Brown, another kid-Squatcher, looking northward up the Bluff Creek basin, near Onion Mountain, 2009. By Steven Streufert. OTHER IMAGES BELOW ARE HISTORICAL AND USED FOR RESEARCH ONLY, UNLESS OTHERWISE CREDITED.
Listen to Scott Herriott and others round up the evidence and the jokes. We quote:
"Episode 12 of The Bigfoot Show has just been published! On it, Scott and I chat with Chris Bader and Carson Mencken regarding their forthcoming book. Really interesting stuff. Then, Jerry Riedel gives us his thoughts on Autumn Williams' new book. While we're on the subject, The Bigfoot Show now has [a FaceBook Page]. Want more Bigfoot Shows? Let us know by going there and "liking" it today!"
The show is available HERE as a downloadable mp3. It is apparently up on iTunes now, too.
LETTER TO A YOUNG BIGFOOTER, PART TWO:
THE I-SEARCH PROJECT,
by ANDREI GALIC
Hello Everyone. My name is Andrei Galic and I am currently attending Palms Middle School in Los Angeles, California as an eighth grader. I just finished working on a yearlong project called the I-Search. I was able to choose any topic I wanted, so I chose Bigfoot (Yeti and Skunk Ape included). If you chose to read my paper, you will find out why I chose Bigfoot, learn information from a nonfiction book and many more sources that I used, and what I plan to do in the future. Thank you.
Part I -- Why I’m Writing This Paper:
When I was younger, maybe four or five, I was fascinated by animals. I loved to watch shows about them (usually anything on Animal Planet), I enjoyed trips to the Los Angeles Zoo, and I always looked forward to playing with my friends' pets. I could classify most animals (i.e. bears are mammals, lizards are reptiles etc.) and I knew in which habitat they lived, and on which continent they lived. I was especially interested in mammals; I always loved to observe them at the zoo. Sometime later, maybe five years, I was sitting at home watching television. Nothing was really on, so I started to flip through the channels to find something to watch. As I was changing the channels, I saw something that caught me by surprise. I had just gotten a glimpse of an ape human. Little did I know at the time that that creature was called Bigfoot. As I watched, I heard the mysterious accounts that witnesses retold. “It was big, maybe 8 feet tall”. “It was at least 500 pounds and reeked of dead animals.” “It gave a bone chilling yell and then I knew things weren't alright.” All these eye witness stories meant nothing to me until I saw proof. And proof there was; the Patterson footage. The most famous footage of Bigfoot ever recorded. It showed exactly what they described; a tall, heavy, ape being. It did send chills down my back. I had just started to really get interested in it when the show ended. At the time, I hadn't realized something good came out of it: an I-Search topic. From then on I became interested in a lot of paranormal sightings and activities. But the ones that were most interesting to me were the mammals: Bigfoot, Skunk Ape, Yeti, Etc. Hence, that will be my topic; Bigfoot and other Hairy Hominoids. This topic is important to me because I love exploring the unexplored. Bigfoot hasn't scientifically been proven to exist, yet. And that is a BIG “yet.” Since the information is not readily available, I am intrigued by this topic. I love mysteries, and Bigfoot is definitely a mystery. As I stated before, I love animals, and Bigfoot can be considered an animal in its own way. It is a unique topic, and since I haven't had any personal connections with this subject, I really want to learn more about it. It may make an impact in my life because I may be looking at my future occupation. Regardless of me having a job involved with Bigfoot, at least I am getting to know the researching skills that will be essential in me being successful in the not so distant future.
I don't know much about Bigfoot and hairy hominids (H.H.), but I do know some general facts. Bigfoot usually makes his habitats in forested mountain ranges, usually in the Pacific Northwest although there have been sightings that have occurred in the eastern parts of the United States. I also know that many people doubt the existence of Bigfoot. Yetis are usually sighted in Nepal's Mount Everest. Skunk Ape is known to be sighted in the swamps of Florida. It is true that there is a lack of evidence of these creatures. There have been many sightings, but not many recorded on video. Sightings show that they are all larger than average sized humans. Before I started, I definitely was skeptical about a lot of the sightings. I knew a lot of people thought that Bigfoot was a joke. I also had misconceptions about the image of Bigfoot. I knew it was a very large, hairy, upright humanoid beast, but I didn't know how its face looked like at all. I had no clue until I looked more in depth into sightings from my non-fiction book. I want to know a lot more about these creatures so I had some questions. For example, when was the first sighting of Bigfoot recorded? Why is the Skunk Ape called Skunk Ape? What percentage of Americans doesn't believe or has never heard of Bigfoot? Furthermore, when was the Patterson footage shot? Approximately, how tall is Bigfoot? Similarly, how heavy is it? Has anyone ever shot down a Bigfoot? Also, are there more Skunk Ape sightings than Bigfoot sightings? On the contrary, is Yeti the rarest of H.H.s? About how big are Bigfoot's feet? In addition, I wanted to know how many Yeti sightings have there been? Do all these H.H. smell terribly? Is Bigfoot the most widely known crypto zoological creature? How long can a Skunk Ape live? Likewise, a Bigfoot? A Yeti? Many questions have gone through my mind during this search, while many questions that I previously had were answered. For instance, what is it like to interview someone who has seen a Bigfoot? Has the interviewer ever had the urge to laugh if someone was acting a bit crazy? On the contrary, what does it feel like to get interviewed by someone after a Bigfoot sighting? What does it fell like to catch a Sasquatch's gaze? Has anybody ever thought about doing a massive search for Bigfoot? The question that I am most interested in hearing a response to is how does it feel to keep searching for Bigfoot, and to never succeed?
Lately I have just been reading my nonfiction book and looking out for any anything Bigfoot related. I think I have someone for my personal interview. The person's name is Jay Cosic, my dad's friend. Last March Jay went on a journey up Mt. Everest. When he was there, the natives had told him tales of the Yeti, a Bigfoot living in snowy conditions. I am eager to find out what he heard about it. Other than that, nothing much happened the last three weeks.