You know what they say, When the going gets weird, the weird get going. And, it gets weirder, and weirder....
More than anyone, Autumn seems to have catalyzed this change that is now running through to the core of Bigfooting. Bigfooters all over the place, from Sean Fries to Darin Richardson, are simply "retiring" from active field research tactics and aggressive attempts to "prove" that the creatures exist. In fact, we have heard repeatedly expressed the sentiment that "proving" them to the world would only endanger them and threaten their very survival.
HOW TO NOT ATTRACT AND MAKE FRIENDS WITH A SASQUATCH.
The overview of the crazy equipment that could only serve to scare off any Bigfoot visitors starts at about 1:45. The clip they once had up on YouTube, showing their perimeter system loudly announcing, "Alert Zone Two!"--enough to startle away any form of contact, even with a deer!--has apparently been taken down. Too many people were laughing, it appears.
UPDATE: Oh wait! Thanks to Autumn, here is the link, on another user's account:
2010 Van Ambush Outing....wmv
You've just got to see this one.
Our own war against the Bigfoot Forums has generated huge response, and myriad new members for certain other forums (see below for more on that, as we encourage
Imagine us, peacefully putting together our photos and ideas for a summary of our experiences at the Oregon Sasquatch Symposium. Imagine us, too, going to war with the Bigfoot Forums, and pulling together another entry collating the many comments we received in support of us after we were unjustly and stupidly banned from the site by small-minded, trollish control freaks seemingly on a several year run of trailer park brewed Nazi-style crystal methamphetamine. Yes, and if you can see that you will see the weird mix that is life in the Bigfoot Community. All that was missing from this equation would be an infrasound zapping from a Sasquatch up in Bluff Creek. Regrettably, there is too little actual Bigfoot content in this lifestyle subculture, and way too much all-too-human humanness.
NOTE: If you are sick to death of "Mr. Mike" and the whole Lan Lamphere brouhaha, please just skip down to our other feature sections, way down below.... We held off on commenting on this story earlier simply due to our unwillingness to let it spin off into the realm of CNN and become the next Georgia Bigfoot Body Hoax. Now that the story is DEAD, we will have our say.
OVERNIGHT AM, BIGFOOT, AND MR. MIKE: CREATING THE MATRIX OF CONFUSION. A MEDIA FLAP IN PROCESS or, A Big Foot in a Radio Show Host's Mouth.
And then, when we returned from our work break and daily mail-order books post-office run, there was our answering machine blinking back at us. It was July 2nd, the first afternoon in a story that was to live on in infamy for way past its shelf life. It was a strangely familiar voice on the phone, one part salesman, one part Art Bell radio guy, and he started right in talking about a "whole troop of Bigfoot," a family group, living in this guy's backyard. The message wanted me to call back, and it sounded urgent. Lan Lamphere, the voice said, of Overnight AM radio. Huh? we thought. So we Googled him up first before calling the number. The website looked professional, the guy looked for real, the show was online only, but seemed legitimate, despite the usual herbal penis enlargement and herbal snake oil ads gracing the sidebars. We decided this was worth a call back, convinced just enough by the image of Roger Patterson's "Patty" staring back at us, and a tantalizing headline declaring a "backyard bigfoot." (We didn't copy and paste this headline, and understand that the host was embarrassed by something in it, and has since changed it. As we recall it spoke of "evidence" or "proof." Even below he mentions "Documented Events" and "substantial evidence"! We quote the piece as it now appears on the Overnight AM website.) Here we quote the blurb for the first day's show:
Exclusive – Bigfoot Found in North America – Documented Events Reveal Sasquatch Lives
My colleague has been able to determine that “Mike” was simply seeing things. “Mike” himself came to realize this during the course of the night on-site, when the “creatures” did not materialize before the thermal cameras. His initial account was compelling, and persuasively articulated, so I think the responsible follow-up was performed. Yes, this outcome is disappointing, but let’s look at it, also, as good news: It restores Sasquatch, for us, to its true nature, which is NOT to set up camp night after night in someone’s backyard, allowing him to come near them. If this were their MO, the species would not have been able to survive alongside us for eons, at least not as an autonomous creature not dominated by Homo sapiens."
On the 11th something or other had stirred up some angry feelings in Sharon Lee/BFR. Read her THE FUN NEVER ENDS post, from which we quote:
"...what I have seen this weekend has really got me thinking about how disgusting and dirty the whole Bigfoot business really is.
Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, whatever you want to call it has been around since before we were born and will still remain a mystery long after we are dead. For us to turn on each other, to stab our "friends" in the back, to argue Bigfoot politics, to run around trying to profit off of Bigfoot-mania is the sole reason why the creature is more civilized than us and will outlast us all."
Before the show Lamphere came out with a statement that appeared on the Bigfoot Field Reporter website: Overnight AM, Mr. Mike, Dementia, and Bigfootery Antics
Sharon Lee, speaking for Lamphere, said to the Bigfooters:
When William Birnes came to his good friend Lan about Mr. Mike, (and yes his name is Mike) they had no idea how cruel and devastating the shark filled waters of Bigfoot Research could be. As I stated in my previous blog post, the people in this field can be quite nasty to one another, even their so-called friends.
Lan wants you all to go away. He doesn’t care if you listen to his show ever again.
The story of Mr. Mike will most likely end tonight as far as Overnight AM is concerned but not without a bang. Overnight AM is not a dedicated Bigfoot show and Lan would like to get on to producing his show as he has done for the past 9 years.
Here is what Lamphere said, trying to use Sharon Lee as his access point to the Bigfoot Community:
"The reports of Mr. Mike’s encounters with Bigfoot have been highly exaggerated and over exaggerated not on the part of Overnight AM but on the part of Mr. Mike. He is suffering from a form of dementia. Now this is according to the researchers that were there. Whether that is true or not I do not know because I was not there. I only have the Bigfoot community and these researchers inside of it and their integrity and moral compass to go on. That’s all I have. That’s all that anyone who listens to this program has. But there’s more to this story than just hallucinations or chain of events that have led to him reaching out to this radio show and to UFO magazine. There’s more to it than meets the eye. And I think that the story falls within the realm of the pretentious and mean nature of the Bigfoot community as a whole rather than falling back to Mr. Mike’s “alleged” mental illness, hallucinations or instability."
Lamphere hates all of us, the BF Community, especially Loren Coleman and the BFRO. He is grossly mistaken on so many fronts it is just incomprehensible that he isn't doing this only to garner attention for his show.
I just don't know about that guy's straightforwardness. I was on to him that very first day. I did give him a chance. He was hot on the trail of something else, something I must say had very little to do with actually wanting to find a family of dumpster diving Bigfoot living in a copse of trees under the freeway. Lan's game FROM THE START was to use, exploit, and then abuse the Bigfoot Community. That is so absolutely clear to me I can't even laugh at him any more.
Also, he used and exploited poor Mr. Mike, and then cried false crocodile tears about BF researchers who cared only for the BF glory, and nothing for Mike. Gimme a break. Devious exploitation by the media at its best... I mean, worst."
Sharon Lee wrote a piece encouraging Bigfoot folks to "open their minds."
The Ghost of Bigfoot and Mr. Mike
Here is the Cryptomundo post Loren Coleman wrote in response
Mr. Mike Melodrama: Critical Thinkers Are Not Close-Minded
Bigfoot Field Reporter retorted, pretty darn pissed off, in:
Don't Kill the Messenger
There was a post by her, either on her blog or on her FaceBook status, that displayed a link to a Wikipedia article on Critical Thinking, and she was accusing Loren Coleman of having simply cut-and-pasted from this into his Cryptomundo article. Now, unfortunately, we can't find it!!! Was it removed, too, along with som much else having to do with this crazy, silly story??? We ourselves will admit that the Coleman piece rang very strangely familiarly, reminding us of our early college Intro. to Philosophy textbook!
Ghost Theory's heroic Javier Ortega had a good aftermath piece, containing Sharon Lee's writing mentioned above, but also a lengthy comment from David Rodriguez on the problem of disruption of Habituation Scenarios by the incursion of Bigfoot researchers and all of their intrusive cameras and such:
“Backyard Bigfoot”: Final Verdict?"
Phantoms and Monsters did a great summary of these events, which we've just found, that contains a lot of stuff we have not put into this blog. The time sequence of events is well covered. Also, there are statements from Lamphere and other Comments that have since gone missing from the Overnight AM web sites. Check it out! A GREAT blog!
Bigfoot Found in North America? UPDATES
Read a great CHRIS NOEL INTERVIEW from Chris Kummer's German-English blog, Sasquat.com.
UPDATE: NOW, today, July 21st, the Overnight Am web site is down, under construction, and the Lan Lamphere radio page address is asking for a members-only log-in before it will even load. VERY STRANGE! STRANGE INDEED. THE MEMORY HOLE IN ACTION, EH, LAN???
Thank you all for your fine support on this crazy issue!
Responses on the Comments field of our last two blog entries have been very interesting, and at times overwhelming. Check it out. Read the comments at the bottom.
Image to left: A BFF Administrator training one of the site's "Attack Dogs" in the ways of The Forums. Below, a BFF moderators' rogues gallery.
What GOOD will it do? Well, simply, we need to raise awareness that there is an ALTERNATIVE to that horrid, wretched den of iniquity and duplicity and cruelty.
From the above we wish to EXCLUDE two cool BFF moderators we have had interactions with. First, Tugboatwa, Mr. Reidel, who came in to our shop today for a nice, brief interaction. He bought a copy of Christopher Murphy's BIGFOOT FILM JOURNAL. Thanks for supporting Bigfoot capitalism and keeping a small, independent bookstore going under very averse economic circumstances! Tugboatwa's theory of moderation on the BFF: "Just don't do anything." Great! Also, we'd like to mention Bipedalist, who is a sane, rational and friendly guy. See, there ARE good folks on the BFF! NOW is the time for them and all the others to stand up and DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE PROBLEM.
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2. a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule.
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LET'S "OUT" THE BIGFOOTERY ENQUIRER!
Well, those anonymous jokers over at THE BIGFOOTERY ENQUIRER blog have noticed us here at Bigfoot's bLog. And yes, we did get a little chuckle out of it, especially when the wording of the segment was almost exactly the same baseless criticism hurled at us on the BFF by RedWolf, BlackDog and others (Could This Be a CLUE?): that we are supposedly a greedy bookmonger site, a shameless self-promoter, etc. Well, those of us sane people living in reality know that the world is not that simple. We actually lose money on Bigfoot, so there! And no, other than seeking to network and spread the Good Word, we are not promoting ourselves. (That would be me, Steven Streufert; but those of you literate ones already know the proper use of the "Editorial We.") Here is their clever wittiness, including a mis-spelling of "boycott" and an ignoramus' misuse of the apostrophe "S" as a plural:
After they "made the Bigfoot Field Reporter cry," by saying really mean things, we knew that what was really in the hearts of the Bigfootery Enquirer gossip mongers was more evil than good humor. We need to OUT them. If only for the fun of it. We already have leads and clues. Multiple sources. At least three members are with good probability known at this point, maybe a fourth. Linguistic analyses and other methods are being employed. Proof will be forthcoming.
If you could inquire with all of your contacts out there this can surely be accomplished. Leads may be emailed to us at this blog anonymously, or posted in the Comments section below.
ANGRY BIGFOOT SPEAKS!!!
Me so angry about be angry me think me be hippie now. Me "Forest Brother." Peace, hu-man. Me off to Reggae on River. Me already have dreadlock, and don't need no patchouli.
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