Monday, March 1, 2010
PART THREE OF OUR INTERVIEW WITH WILLOW CREEK'S HISTORICAL BIGFOOTER, AL HODGSON,
CONDUCTED AND TRANSCRIBED BY STEVEN STREUFERT, WITH ASSISTANCE FROM "C.I." ON FEBRUARY 4th, 2010:
PART THREE, OF THREE, CONCLUSION.
This being the third part (of three) of the interview, the reader should really read PART ONE HERE and PART TWO HERE first. If you don’t, you’re really missing out! Permanent links to these blog entries will be found on the right hand column of this site.
This interview was conducted with Albert Eugene Hodgson in his Willow Creek home, just around the corner from the Bigfoot Books shop, by Steven Streufert, with assistance from “C.I.,” who wishes to remain anonymous. Bigfoot activity, other than Al's involvement, has been reported in this hillside, forested neighborhood.
Almost by accident, and initially a skeptic, Al Hodgson became one of the most important figures in the history of Bigfoot research. It was his phone call to Roger Patterson that led to the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film. He was also the first person they called after filming the creature. His connections to the community, and his position as a public figure and businessman, linked up Bigfoot witnesses and researchers for decades. He did early primary investigations with Betty Allen, local journalist and pioneering Bigfoot researcher, starting in the early 1960s. He was there before Bigfoot became a household word, and became a go-to guy for Bigfoot information after the famous 1958 Bluff Creek events and trackway finds. It is Al's memory that preserves much of the history of this phenomenon, and we've sought to explore it all with him.
AL HODGSON: Oh, I am, I’m very interested in Creation.
BIGFOOT BOOKS: Do you ever grow tired of the Bigfoot questions, and feel you’re stuck in it…?
AL HODGSON: Well, I’m not necessarily tired of it, but I, sometimes--I haven’t got time for some of this junk. I don’t have time for it.
AL HODGSON: That’s right. This is very interesting. In fact there’s one chapter on dinosaurs. It’s amazing.
AL HODGSON: Oh, there were two. That’s right, yeah, yeah. They were twins.
BIGFOOT BOOKS: There are some Biblical Studies guys who are also interested in Bigfoot who think that the Sasquatch, you know, was actually living side by side with humanity, in the early days, in the Old Testament…
AL HODGSON: Ah, well, I don’t know. It’s possible, like this on dinosaurs. It’s possible this one, it sounded like… maybe a Sasquatch. I’ll have to go back and look it up, because its talking about “bipedal.” And I said, Uh oh. But it doesn’t quite sound like it because they’re talking about different colors, makes it sound like a fur, but I don’t know.
BIGFOOT BOOKS: There were glaciers through here at one time.
AL HODGSON: We didn’t want that thing coming down on top of us. So, we went out the door and we crossed the road, and it was running in waves about that high [gestures, indicating the ground was rippling and rolling up to a certain height].
BIGFOOT BOOKS: It was nothing like this little one we had here recently.
C.I.: I guess so...
AL HODGSON: [Laughs mischievously] He he he! Yeah.
BIGFOOT BOOKS: It was amazing to me. That all seemed like it was so long ago, looking at all those old black and white pictures.
C. I.: It would sound like free money!
AL HODGSON: Yeah.
BIGFOOT BOOKS: “Al Hodgson declared that Bob Titmus was there, no doubt about it!”
AL HODGSON: No, no.
BIGFOOT BOOKS: They probably wouldn’t have wanted to travel down together…
AL HODGSON: And before it was over Rene and John weren’t getting along either. And what happened there?
BIGFOOT BOOKS: Towards the end more? Later on?
Images: MK Davis manipulation of the Dahinden film on BCM; Patty on Bluff Creek; below,John Green with his track collection that may one day reside in part in the Willow Creek-China Flat Museum.