|Rogues Gallery at the Museum: James Fay, Bob Gimlin, Al Hodgson,|
Tom Yamarone, Cliff Barackman and Steven Streufert.
Photo snapped by a crew member whose name we didn't catch.
Mid-Late August 2011 Edition,
Updated for Late October...
NOTE: This is an older blog entry that we decided to expurgate so as not to get my friend, Bobo, into any trouble with his Animal Planet employers. The producers felt that this blog had revealed too much about what went on during the production of the show, and was giving away its secrets. I took those parts out of it, not so much for fear of a massive lawsuit from the Network, but really just for our friends on the show. NOW we may speak. I've got a ton of other stuff from the nearly two weeks the FINDING BIGFOOT crew spent up here in the Willow Creek area, and you'll see much of that here on this blog. For now, suffice to say it was a wild time, indeed. Bob Gimlin's return to the film site was a highlight, and helped us in the Bluff Creek Film Site Project focus in on the area we've been seeing as the most promising. Let me just say it now: BOB WAS RIGHT.
It is very weird to see one's friends on TV. It is even weirder seeing oneself on there! More on that coming up soon. The new season's episode aired last night on Animal Planet, and so far has gotten really good reviews. Kudos, guys, and gal! Personally, I saw it right after I rolled in to Hoopa, at the local casino, after a busy afternoon at the Bluff Creek Film site with Ranger Robert Leiterman. I could barely hear the episode due to the jingle-jangling of slot machines, but it was fun nonetheless to see it with the real Locals.
And, by the way, we have REDISCOVERED the PATTERSON-GIMLIN FILM SITE, or so it seems, and we have documented it. Yes, that means we have found the big trees and the stumps, and will almost certainly be able to re-trace the creature's track-way as in the film. That news is going to be coming out slowly here on this blog. I've also been posting on the MUNNS REPORT thread on the BIGFOOT FORUMS. It looks absolutely certain, to me anyway, that we have indeed found the site. So, stay tuned for yet more BLUFF CREEK FILM SITE PROJECT. (See under "Favorites" through this link.) It should be said here and now that the film crew were on the right spot, as identified by Bob Gimlin, but the recreation shown in the show was done down on the gravel bar edge of the creek for better filming. The ACTUAL film site is back on the elevated sand bar BEHIND where you see Bobo walking. That is not the true track-way of the creature seen in the PGF.
For now, read on with this little blast from the past....
|Bob and me at the Willow Creek-China Flat Museum.|
Yes, indeed, we did have lunch with BOB GIMLIN and AL HODGSON. With only Tom Yamarone and Paul Graves along, we somehow managed to escape from the TV production circus to have a genial conversation at Gonzalez Mexican Restaurant. Questions were asked of Bob, but we did try to honor Bobo's request to "not go getting all Danny Perez on Bob, now!"
|Real Bigfoot old-timers, still sharp: Bob Gimlin and Willow Creek's|
Al Hodgson. Out in front of the Museum.
|It's weird to see your friends on TV.|
It all started in late July when the BFRO invited us (me, that is) to give a talk at their expedition up in Bluff Creek. That public speaking prospect was unnerving, but we've been told it was pretty good. The topic was The History of Bigfoot in Bluff Creek. We met some very cool folks there, including a family from Utah and a fellow all the way from England.
|Fish Lake, just up off Bluff Creek, base of the BFRO expedition.|
It is known for its civilized campground, as well as a whole heck of a
lot of Bigfoot activity around the area.
After a night of very little sleep indeed, we and fellow Bluff Creek Film Site Project member, Robert Leiterman, led a big group of expeditioneers up the creek from the Bluff Creek bridge some three miles to the Patterson-Gimlin film site area. During all of this we met Animal Planet producer Jen, and location scout Rowdy (last names withheld here). From there the Bigfoot thing snowballed to take over nearly the entire next month.
|READ THE REST OF THE EXPEDITION REPORT... HERE.|
And then, shortly afterwards, Finding Bigfoot came to town....
|Before a visit to Bigfoot Books some interviews were done at the Early|
Bird ("Bigfoot Burger") Restaurant. Here Al Hodgson, Willow Creek elder
of Bigfooting hangs out, Matt and Bobo get prepped by head honcho.
|Before the familial Bigfoot 'n' Donuts mural, Bobo devours his|
Bigfoot Burger, Ranae gets in the groove. After this the crew came over to see
us at the shop, and we had to pretend we were meeting them for the first time.
|Sign announcing the Town Hall Meeting, outside Veterans' Park.|
|In this photo before the meeting began one may see Al Hogson and some|
other locals including Ranger Jim and Denali, who was quite excited
to hang out with the TV people and her friend, Mr. Bobo himself.
|Bobo's dog Mountain Monkey was a prominent figure playing with her ball|
at the feet of the stars of the show all during the filming of the meeting.
|Bigfoot bros... Bobo Fay, Matt Moneymaker, and researcher Rip Lyttle.|
At the FINDING BIGFOOT town hall meeting in Willow Creek August 10th.
|After the meeting it was a great honor to finally meet the sons of Jerry Crew.|
Here Wade and Jon are showing a display they made with an article about
their father and the ORIGINAL, slightly fragmented 1958 Bigfoot track cast.
|Tom Yams poses with the Crew Bros. and Jerry Crew's track cast. History!|
|"The Foot Fetish is strong in this one..."|
|Thomas Graham of Jefferson State Sasquatch Research, with Folksinger|
and researcher Tom Yamarone, whose song about Jerry Crew helped
facilitate the sons getting back into the Bigfoot world.
Photo provided by Tom Yamarone.
|Afterwards it was beer with Bobo at the Forks Lounge.|
Bobo actually defeated an arm-wrestling champ here that night.
|Bob Titmus' map and note to Jerry Crew, detail.|
|Bob Titmus' note to Jerry Crew. Click to Enlarge and Read.|
|A slightly melodramatic promo pic from Animal Planet. Enough techie gear to|
scare off the biggest squatch. Bobo, what is there in that "Evidence" bag?
For the rest of the story, tune in to Animal Planet in October. We've heard the special two-part episode on the Klamath-Trinity area is supposed to air on Halloween. After that we will surely have yet another blog entry to write.
Hanging out with the rest of the gang, especially our friends Cliff, Tom Yams, Paul Graves, Craig Flipy and Rowdy from the production crew was also quite fun. It involved a lot of great Bigfoot discussion, endless planning sessions for the filming (which we were not really part of, by choice), and lots of sitting around while the filming sessions were going on. Much of the time Cliff and Craig were out in the field doing "real" squatching activities. A rather extensive day was spent with Bob Gimlin at the WILLOW CREEK-CHINA FLAT MUSEUM. Here are a few more photos from there. We'll leave the rest for later.
|Ever quizzical and inquiring, Cliff Barackman considers the Evidence.|
Willow Creek Museum Gift Shop.
|At the start of a filming day, here are Bob Gimlin and Tom Yamarone entering|
the Museum. Tom drove all the way to Yakima and back to bring Bob here!
|Bobo, Bigger than Bigfoot.|
ANGRY BIGFOOT SPEAKS!
Me HATE the hate. Me "Angry," that true. But Bigfoot not like be cause of all hu-man hate each other. You KNOW me? No. You know ABOUT me? Not. Me still laugh at hu-man in woods with silly headlamp and goggle on face. But me not hate them. They like TV to me. But when me see them use me to hate other, then me say, phooey. Me not EVER let you see me. Me not EVER let you even come close. Me go far away so you not EVER even hear me laugh, and me laugh harder and harder every day, hu-man.
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