June 29, 2006

Interview with Thomas Steenburg, Author and Bigfoot Researcher

*Mr. Steenburg, 10 miles into the bush on lake Harrison*

The very first book I purchased when I became interested in the search for this undocumented North American primate, was a book written by Thomas Steenburg "In Search of Giants". You should see this book, its filled now with yellow highlights and post-it arrows and notes.. I'm still not even half-way through this book. This was the first time I had seen the use of binoculars refered to as "glassing" -- heyy,, I'm new, remember? It took me almost a week to figure out what that was, but I was thankful for the lesson. If you are new to this field of research, buying anything written by Mr. Steenburg is a must, you will not be dissapointed.

I have been very surprised by the people who have allowed themselves to be interviewed for this blog, and for me to be able to interview Mr. Steenburg was a real treat for me. When I think of researchers I would like to spend time with in the field, learning from - Mr. Steenburg is right at the top of that list. I respect and admire the work he has done. His books have been a serious look at this research, and along with John Green they are giving a credible look into what people are seeing and witnessing, by publishing books that are a serious look into this mystery.

There will always be space for Mr. Steenburg, as well as the other researchers, I have interviewed here on this blog.

Interview with Thomas Steenburg,

Author and Bigfoot Researcher

Question: Please tell the readers about yourself.

Thomas Steenburg:
I'm 45 years old, born in a small country community of Bancroft Ontario, Canada, may the 6th, 1961. I moved to Calgary Alberta in 1979, was in the army at the time with the first Battalion P.P.C.L.I. Was married in 1984, Divorced 1991, concentrated on the Alberta Rockie Mountains from 1979 till 2002 when I moved to Mission British Columbia. I am still living there now.

Question: Are you an Independent Researcher or are you active in any groups or both?

Thomas Steenburg: I have been an independent researcher since the beginning. Though I have joined certain groups, which for a time, I thought was doing some good things. For example, I was an early member of the I.S.C. in the the late 1980s, but soon became disillusioned with them. In recent times I have joined, "West Coast Sasquatch", which is our local group here in the lower mainland of B.C. Also the B.C.S.C.C. (British Columbia Scientific Cryptology Club), which is also local here in Vancouver, and most recently S.R.I. (Sasquatch Research Initiative). I like the way they have no leader and every member has an equal say in what is happening, but I do guard my independence and would not allow any said group to tell me how to investigate matters, since I have been around longer than they have existed. But I will listen to suggestions and recommendations, but use my own judgment whether or not to follow any said advice.

Question: How long have you been active in the field of Bigfoot Research?

s Steenburg: I first became involved with actual investigations in 1979, well 1978 really, there was still two months left to go. However, I was fascinated with the whole matter since I was old enough to read. I still can remember my father saying to my mother, "Don't worry, he will grow out of this", well that never did happen.

One of the main reasons I enlisted in the Canadian Army, in the first p
lace, was the the fact the third Battalion P.P.C.L.I. was stationed in Victoria on Vancouver Island and I had my way out west, where the Sasquatch were. I didn't give eastern reports too much consideration back in those days. I ended up in the first Battalion in Calgary Alberta. Took a look at the Rocky Mountains, said to myself, "Well there's no wall between B.C and Alberta to keep them out. If they are in Eastern B.C they have to be in western Alberta too". Placed an ad in local newspapers and my phone started ringing.

Follow up question: What changes over the years have you seen in this research?

Thomas Steenburg:
The most important change has been the Internet. I still remember doing everything by snail mail. I was one of the last hold outs computer-wise. The interest in main stream science, who are still too slow, but compared to years past, at least some of them are looking at the whole thing with somewhat of an open mind. The number of women getting involved, and of course, the willingness of witnesses to come forward much quicker than in the past, though I still feel we only hear about 1 in 8 encounters.

Question: What has been your primary focus, in this field of study? Please explain.

Thomas Steenburg:
Two really. The most important focus has been to hit the bush searching for the hard physical evidence which will prove beyond a doubt that this creature does indeed exist. Second focus was interviewing witnesses and investigating their claims hoping that that would lead to the hard evidence which is required.

Question: What keeps you asking questions?

Thomas Steenburg:
Because so far I haven't been given the complete answer.

Follow up question: Why did you think this search was important enough to write books about it?

Thomas Steenburg:
I felt that if the public was more aware of what was going on and how common encounters with this creature were becoming, maybe that one person who had come across remains or had shot something himself would come forward. But the first book, "The Sasquatch in Alberta" , I did that really due to the fact that nothing had been written about the Sasquatch in that province before other than the couple of incidents John Green had written about. Since that was my main area of research, I decided to write the first. However none of them have lead to information which would help find an answer to all this. Some witnesses as well are reluctant to talk to you because they think that you are going to publish the story and make them look foolish. Others will make up anything they think you want to hear hoping to see the story published.

Follow up
question: Do you have any plans to write more books? Anything in the works?

Thomas Steenburg:
Yes I will write some more, but nothing is in the works right now.

Question: What do you think about the growing numbers of women becoming active in this field?

homas Steenburg: I think it's great, what took so long? The only female I ever had much experience with in the field was the late Barbara Wasson Butler, and she was a pro from the word go. We were investigating the Mike McDonald report, (May 1997) together and we both came out leaning toward believing his encounter. It was not too long after that she passed away. I haven't heard of too many women in Canada following up on things, but in the U.S. there seems to be a recent boom in women coming forward with an interest in this subject. By recent, I mean since the mid 1990s. When I started Barbara, I think, was the only one; at least, the only one which I had met.

Follow up question: I hear the name Barbara Wasson often, can you talk a little about Barbara Wasson Butler? What do you think her contribution is to this field of research?

Thomas Steenburg:
Barbara Wasson Butler was the only female researcher whom I worked with on occasion. She truly was a pro, and was unyielding in questioning witnesses. She was also a trained tracker, which not too many people know. She was in the field with Rene a lot more than myself, but the few times we were working together we seemed to be able to read each other's minds.

I remember on more than one occasion we would come to a fork on
a trail and we would look at each other and off we would go not having to say a word or decide anything because we were both thinking the same thing. Her interest in the Sasquatch was a spare time interest only, having a bachelor's degree in psychology from 1948, she got her masters in 1962. If she thought you were lying to her she would tell you. She passed away Oct, 9th 1998 after a long fight with cancer.

Question: Have you had a sighting? If so please explain.

Thomas Steenburg:
I don't know? Until the fall of 2003 that answer to that question was a definite no. But while heading up to 20 mile bay on the west side on Lake Harrison. High up at the top of a power line cut way, both John Miles and my self saw a figure walk from the center to the woods on the east side. It was over so fast I didn't have time to bring the rover to a stop. It did walk upright but was so far away I could not say for certain that it was not a man up there?? Why a man would be up there, I don't know? If it was not a man, then yes, I have seen a Sasquatch, if it was a man, than no I haven't yet.

Follow up question: Do you ever feel the frustration many researchers feel over time? Have you ever thought about getting out because you have not had a close proximity sighting?

Thomas Steenburg:
Yes I have felt that frustration many times, but no, the idea of quitting and going on with, (As my ex-wife often said) more important things, has never occurred to me. and the only reason I can think of for that is the fact I have to know. one way or the other.

Question: One piece of equipment you think is the most important?

Thomas Steenburg:
The most important piece of equipment is yourself. Without the researcher, none of these reports would ever be followed up on or recorded. No investigation would ever happen, and quite frankly, I doubt very much that society as a whole would care. Next to that, a camera of some kind.

Question: Most researchers have one report that "stands out" in their minds, is there a report that still
"stands out" for you?

s Steenburg: For me, as of right now, I would have to say the Crandel campground incident of the Victoria day long weekend of 1988. Four witnesses, two teachers and two engineers. Plus, the fact they did the rare thing; they reported what they saw the next morning to park officials, and made out a written report for the parks office. Darwin Gillies, one of the four, had to insist to put something in writing, even when the wardens, (what park rangers are called in Canada), said it would not be necessary. I think this incident will be thought of as a Sasquatch classic in the future. If not, it should be.

Question: What questions would you like researchers to ask witnesses?

Thomas Steenburg:
I have used the same questionnaire now for the last 28 years, added a bit here and there. Rather than type the whole thing out, let me just say it's most important to let the witness answer the question at their own pace and in their own way. Do not lead or correct them. If the answer does not fit then that's the way it is. Maybe you have just exposed an attempted hoax. If you try to correct and guide them, then before you know it the witness is telling you what they think you want to hear rather than what they actually saw.

Question: What you would like people to know about you.

Thomas Steenburg:
I never really thought too much about that one. I hope people, when they think of me, they know I was straight forward and honest, and that I did the best I could with the limited resources I had, and I said what I thought, and to hell with the politics.

Question: Do you have any advice for a new researcher?

Thomas Steenburg:
My advice to any new researcher today is stick close to home. Become an expert on any happenings in your area, rather than running around all over the country every time somebody yells Sasquatch. Too costly to run around like that anymore. Keep an open mind and never be afraid to admit you made a mistake on this or that when the evidence points to a conclusion you had not counted on, and never put this stuff ahead of your family. That is the biggest mistake of all!

I would like to take this time to thank Mr. Thomas Steenburg for taking the time to answer my questions. I do hope to have more conversations with him in the future. :)

*Photos provided by Mr. Thomas Steenburg, and Bigfoot Encounters*

June 23, 2006

Article from AIBR Website

Familiar Version:

A Qualitative Biomechanical Analysis of the Locomotive Movement
of the Subject of the 1967 Film Footage

Dr. Dmitri D. Donskoy
Chief of the Dept. of Biomechanics at the USSR Central Institute of
Physical Culture in Moscow, 1973

To read this article click on the AIBR banner above :)

June 20, 2006

Question :)

Hi everyone :) As a rule I have only been posting articles and information along with opinions, Now I would like the readers of this blog to get involved. If you are a Researcher in this field of study, and you do any track casting - I would really love to hear from you. You may either respond to the following question by posting here on this blog - or email me directly at

Question: What casting agent do you use? This could be one of a number of items such as "Hydrocal", "Utracal" or even "Plaster of Paris". Please be specific - as some of these have specifications like "Hydrocal B-11".

Getting as many Researchers to answer this question as possible - would be a great help for me.

Thank you in advance :)

June 19, 2006

Interview with Daryl Colyer

*All photos of Daryl Colyer provided by Chris Buntenbah, Wildlife Photographer*

The first time I met Daryl Colyer was at the 2005 Texas Bigfoot Conference in Jefferson, Texas. I knew right away, he would challenge me. Daryl has a good sense of humor - but when he is in the field, or prepairing for the operations that night - its game on.

Daryl devotes much of his free time, to the pursuit for the answers to this mystery, but most importantly (in my opinion) he enjoys it. I have yet to work side by side with daryl in the field, listening to the sounds in the night - but I hope to one day.

Daryl is a no nonsense kind of guy - and wants the facts. I take the advice daryl gives me seriously, as I take all advice given seriously, and constructive criticism. I appreciate the fact that daryl has set the bar high for me - as it gives me a serious challenge, and I enjoy that. Had this been real easy, I may not take it so seriously. Not everything you want to do in life should come easy - and you should be willing to challenge what your made of.

I must admit, I do like having fun with daryl, I have threatened to have my nails painted camoflauge for field operations, I have made jokes about breaking a nail (when in fact I had not), and other things, because thats just my sense of humor - daryl just laughs.

I would like to thank daryl for allowing this interview and giving other researchers and the public a small peek into his personality and thoughts. I do hope we will hear more from him in the future. :)

TBRC Researcher: Daryl Colyer.

Question: Please tell the readers about yourself.

Daryl Colyer: I am married to a beautiful Hispanic woman; I have a 19-year old natural daughter from my first marriage, and two great step-kids, ages 22 and 14. My wife and I reside in Central Texas. I am originally from Cass County, Texas; I was born and spent the first several years of my life in and around Bloomburg, Texas, which is about ten miles from where “The Legend of Boggy Creek” was supposed to have taken place. I heard stories from my family members about events that may have had some relation to this unknown animal.

My family moved to Central Texas when I was a little older, and that is where I spent the formative years of my life, although I also returned many times through the years to my East Texas roots. I still look forward to family reunions in Leary, Texas (just outside of Texarkana). In my early twenties, I served Uncle Sam in the United States Air Force. I was tested and was found to have a knack for languages, so Uncle Sam sent me to language school, and taught me the Russian language. I then spent several years flying around the world gathering intelligence on long aerial reconnaissance missions by listening to Russians communicate day and night.

When not flying I pursued a degree in history and international relations. It was during my tenure in USAF that I began to revisit the old stories that I’d heard about during my younger years. I was skeptical about the existence of Bigfoot, but I retained an open mind.

Part of me found it difficult to dismiss so many credible reports, but also a part of me found it entirely incredible that a large bipedal ape could exist in North America and still remain at large and undocumented. I questioned the validity of my family’s stories and the many eye witness reports. Finally after some debate with air force buddies, I realized that the question was unanswerable without going into the areas where the sightings were supposed to have occurred and attempting to make a determination for myself. It was then that I made a vow to my air force buddies that one day, to satisfy my own curiosity, I would attempt to determine the truth behind the legend once and for all. My ultimate goal was to spend two months in a remote area where there were reported Bigfoot sightings. I believed that two months would be sufficient time to make a determination for myself. Years later, I again decided to tackle this mystery.

Question: How long have you been active in the field of Bigfoot research?

Daryl Colyer: I have been seriously and proactively investigating this phenomenon for about three years now; I have been passively active for many years.

Question: What has been your primary focus, in this field of study? Please explain.

Daryl Colyer: To seek out credible individuals who ostensibly have had encounters with these animals in order to get some idea of where to conduct the search, and to conduct field research as often and long as possible, and as resources will permit. Also, I have focused on analysis of sighting patterns. It was during this analysis of the body of sighting reports that I began to notice clear discernable ecological patterns of a living species. Figments of imagination do not adhere to laws of nature.

Question: Are you active in any Organized Groups, or are you Independent? Or Both?

Daryl Colyer: I am very active with the Texas Bigfoot Research Center.

Question: What do you think about the growing numbers of women becoming active in this field?

Daryl Colyer: Since I love the opposite sex, I am glad to see women involved in just about anything, to include this research. I love to spend time in the field with just my wife. I encourage women to actively conduct field research, because I believe there may be some credence to the theory that perhaps a woman might have a sort of disarming effect on an animal, thereby increasing the odds of an encounter. I know of no data to support this theory, but it sort of makes sense to me.

Follow up question: If there is no data to support your theory (although I know that opinion is held by others) why do you think this animal is possibly attracted to women?

There may be data somewhere to support it; I am just not aware of it. I don’t know that I would use the word “attracted.” It may be something as simple as perhaps women may be viewed as less threatening by the Sasquatch. If the Sasquatch is as intelligent as many of us think it is, it seems to me that the species would have to be aware of the many male human hunters (who comprise the greatest number of eye witnesses). Male human hunters are probably viewed by the species as aggressive and dangerous. I think there is a precedent that supports this line of reasoning with the great apes. Several examples of women and their relationships with great apes come to mind that may serve as sort of examples for us, hopefully, in future Sasquatch research.

We have Jane Goodall with chimpanzees, Dian Fossey with gorillas, and then recently Shelly Williams, who was the first known westerner to establish visual contact with Bili apes. These women, who are strong, passionate and confident, serve as outstanding models and examples for women, and should remind women that there is nothing wrong with having a deep conviction that the Sasquatch is more than a myth.

Question: Can you give any advice to women who are considering entering this research, but are hesitant.

Daryl Colyer: I understand their hesitancy; this is a subject that’s difficult to fathom for many people. So much so that many people show contempt and disdain for those of us who are engaging in this. However, I advise women to obtain a degree in zoology, biology or anthropology, and then pursue an advanced degree. Once they’ve done that, they should not be afraid of the truth, wherever that may lead. In this research, if you really want to uncover truth, you may be in for some incredible surprises.

Follow up question: Are these degrees necessary in order to research this animal, in the way the TBRC does?

Daryl Colyer: The TBRC is made of more than 50 individuals who sink their hearts and minds into this pursuit; most of them are quite educated, and the TBRC does have a group of degreed biologists in its core. While the number of scientists who are involved in this pursuit has grown considerably over the last decade, I believe having more scientists (biologists, zoologists, anthropologists) in our ranks will only strengthen the field, and should lend to credibility.

No, it isn’t totally necessary to have the degree. As an example, Jack Horner, curator of Montana’s Museum of the Rockies, and a prominent paleontologist, never received his degree, but is viewed with respect and credibility. Horner is a great example of how someone doesn’t have to have a degree, but I think it’s key that he is the exception rather than the rule.

Question: Have you had a sighting? If so please explain.

Daryl Colyer: Yes. In Liberty County, Texas, in 2004. It was reddish-brown, between five and six feet in height, and had a musky smell, sort of horse-like, but stronger and more like a zoo. I saw it quickly jump across a trail and disappear into the woods. At that moment, my whole world changed. Up until then, a part of me still doubted that such a thing was possible. After a few days of denial, I came to terms with what I saw, and now I am on a quest, a relentless quest.

Question: How often do you go out into the field?

Daryl Colyer: My checkbook tells me too often, but every time another cynical article is printed, another heavy-handed documentary produced, or another genius debunker cuts loose, I am reminded that I am not out nearly enough.

Question: One piece of equipment you think is the most important?

Daryl Colyer:
A camcorder.

Question: Do you take witness statements?

Daryl Colyer:
Absolutely. It is the basis of what we do.

Question: Most researchers have one Report that "Stands Out" in their minds, is there a report that still "stands out" for you?

Daryl Colyer: There are a few that are among my favorites, because I know well the individuals who were involved:

My good friend and fellow TBRC researcher Mike Hall’s report. We were in the Sam Houston National Forest, call-blasting, and Mike and a reporter had a visual encounter.

My good friend and fellow TBRC researcher Gino Napoli’s report, from his teenage days.

My good friend and fellow TBRC researcher Craig Woolheater’s report, from 1994 Louisiana.

My good friends and fellow TBRC researchers Mike Mayes and Jeff Rodocker, who reported a road encounter in 2005, Sam Houston National Forest, Texas.

These reports are absolutely among the most compelling because I know these people well; they are some of my best friends.

Question: What do you think is the most important question to ask a witness?

Daryl Colyer:
Are you telling the truth?

Question: What you would like people to know about you?

Daryl Colyer: I play the guitar, a Taylor 614ce. I also am an avid gym rat, hitting the gym to lift weights and do cardio about 5 days a week; at age 44, it helps me to stay in good condition for the things the TBRC does in the field. I have a one-rep bench press max of about 320 pounds and a one-rep squat max of about 475 pounds.

Question: Do you have any advice for a new researcher?

Daryl Colyer: Just what I said in the question about advice to women. Pursue a science degree, then vigorously and passionately pursue fact and truth with an open but discerning and skeptical mind. Do not be swayed by what many may consider to be impossible, inane or foolish pursuits. If you believe it is worth pursuing, then it is. Their considerations are irrelevant. Their dogmas are irrelevant. What really matters, is truth, wherever that may lead.

June 18, 2006

Friendships and Bigfooting

In the interview I gave for this blog, I said "find people to go into the woods you trust". Last night, once again I was reminded why I feel that way.

Last night was very interesting.

I picked up 2 of my friends around 7 pm last night and we drove out to an area, I like in Northern Texas. The game plan was nothing major - just sit, listen and observe. We did not plan a major operation. I figured this would be a great way to spend time with friends and get to know some of the sounds of the woods - a nice relaxing evening.

We found the spot we wanted to be in. Chris parked my car (Yeah, I let Chris drive my car, I think my driving makes him nervous - lmao), we unloaded our stuff and began checking out the area. The spot we chose was a small tract of land with a lake running around both sides, it was very nice, beautiful sunset - with lots of croaking bullfrogs.. We also watched the beautiful lighting from storms off in the distance.

The frogs in Texas - just sound wierd.

When I first started listening to these frogs, I thought it was a barking dog on the other side of the lake - Monica snickered, and said "Are you sure?" Then as they fell out of unison, I then said to monica "Thats not a dog, what is that?" Monica laughed and said "Its frogs". I was amazed.

After a few minutes, we then crossed the small road and checked out the other side of the lake. More frogs, and a HUGE spider web. Monica pointed the beam of her flashlight and said "Thats a wood spider" as she pointed toward the web.. The web was very large - and looked very thick. We stood there for a few minutes looking at the web and the spider sitting quietly in the center.

Sometimes a really pretty spot - isnt necessarily where you want to be.

We all then walked back up to the road and over by my car. Chris and Monica are some of the funniest people I know. We stood by the car and listened to the sounds of the woods. I never heard so many frogs in one spot - in my life. We didnt think anything would happen in this spot, with all the noise etc. So, we all decided to get our stuff and drive the roads in this area and use a spot light to light up the woods. So, we packed up our gear, and I gave the keys to chris, we all jumped into the car. Total time in this area for listening and observation, roughly 2 hours.

Sometimes life just isnt funny.

Chris put the key in the ignition of my car, and we were ready to go. I sat and waited patiently for the hum of the engine of the car I love so much (which by the way is not built for bigfooting), I turned and looked at chris - Chris looked at me and said "The car is dead".

I thought he was kidding. I reached over and turned the key myself. We checked the lights, everything - nothing was working but the dome light. So, here we are - in the middle of the woods, and this area is about as close to "nowhere" as your going to get, and I got nervous.

We all agreed somehow the battery died. We just didnt know how or why. I grabbed my cell phone and called (yeah, getting cell reception was a blessed surprise) my friend and fellow TBRC Researcher Van. In this group I belong to, I have made some friendships that have really pulled my butt out of trouble, and they have taught me so much. Van is one of those people. It seems that when I have "issues" while in the field (which really havent been many yet) Van is the one that always seems to show up. Van, Chris, Monica, Gino and Jerry - all people I trust with my life.

Although he lives about a half hour away, Van knew where we were - and told me to just sit tight and he was on his way :) Once again "Van to the rescue". LMAO. So, while we all waited for Van to arrive, Monica and Chris tried to cheer me up with small talk and jokes. After a while of waiting Monica asked Chris to get the chairs back out so we could sit while we waited, Chris said "You know, as soon as I pull out these chairs Van will show up?" Monica said "Yeah, probably" - and sure enough, I hadnt been sitting for more than 2 minutes - and around the corner comes Van.

You have to take the good with the bad..

Well, to make a long story short - the car was not going back to Dallas. I also learned, having an automatic and a dead battery and alternator - means you cannot put your car into neutral for towing with tow chains... Yeah it was a long night. But, I soon discovered in a crisis - these people do not fall apart, we all worked together to solve this issue. Those are the people I respect, and trust. Who needs grief in a situation like this.

So, at about 5:30 this morning, Chris and Monica were dropped off safe and sound at their house and I walked in my front door at about 5:45 - yep, not only did Van pull my car out and now both Van and Gino working on the issues of why my car died - but Van drove us all back to Dallas. Friends like this are one in a Million - Im very lucky to know these people.

The good out of this is that No one was hurt, we are all safe and sound, and we will continue the search. I always try to find the good in a bad situation. As bad as things might seem - they could always be much worse. This situation was resolved, because I have good friends who I trust. Which is why I always tell people.

1. NEVER go into the woods by yourself ( excellent first piece of advice from Monica)
2. ALWAYS go into the woods with people you trust 100%

I decided to discuss this - because I think its important for any new researcher to understand that sometimes its not the creatures of the woods (that we know about) that can cause problems - its other things, but if you surround yourself with people you trust, you will be just fine :)

June 15, 2006

Interview with Bill Green

*Photos provided by Bill Green*

If you are a Bigfoot Researcher, or even if you just read various Bigfoot message boards, and you don't know who Bill Green is, you are really missing out on a wonderful person. Bill Green goes to all of the various internet sites with one goal in mind - getting new information about Bigfoot.

I first noticed Bill on the Bigfoot Forums. Daily, I am impressed with his drive and determination to gather as much information as possible - and share what he has with other Researchers. Bill will not be bothered with Bigfoot politics - as he understands what this research is all about, and I find that very refreshing. I have had moments early on, when I seriously thought about getting out, I doubted myself and my ability to do anything positive for this research, and at those moments I would see a post on a topic from Bill, and I would remember why I am in this.

Bill is a tremendous source of inspiration - as he reminds me why I am doing this, to help people like him, find what it is they witnessed, and understand what they witnessed. That will not happen until we document this animal, Bill keeps many of us on track toward that goal. Many witnesses become Reserchers because they want answers to what they seen with their own eyes.. Bill is no different.

Bill is highly respected and cared for by many if not all, in this field of research. I personally think the world of Bill - and I hope he always stays as enthusiastic and energized as he is today.

Interview with Bill Green -
Connecticut Bigfoot

Question: Please tell the readers about yourself.

Bill Green: Hi everyone my name is Bill Green I am a Sasquatch-Bigfoot Researcher.

Question: How long have you been active in the field of Bigfoot Research?

Bill Green: Ive been doing research about the sasquatch mystery for 19yrs now longer now though in Connecticut and the USA. Im from Bristol, CT , my focus of research is to study and research all sightings, or evidence presented to me about Sasquatch, the amount of authentic Sasquatch evidence found over the years in China and the USA.

Question: What do you think about the growing numbers of women becoming active in this field?

Bill Green: I think it's great that women and men work together in forests, or on the net when researching Sasquatch.

Question: Have you had a sighting? If so please explain.

Bill Green: Yes, I saw a 5 1/2 ft tall gorilla -human like creature walking on railroad walking on railroad tracks last year. I was so excited it was like freeze frame moment for me i was not scared at all.

Question: One piece of equipment you think is the most important?

Bill Green: Camera's are the best when Im in the field looking for evidence.

Question: Most researchers have one Report that "Stands Out" in their minds, is there a report that still "stands out" for you?

Bill Green: Well most of the authentic sightings or footprints etc that i hear about on the net or regular newspapers but not the tabloids.

Question: What questions would you like researchers to ask witnesses?

Bill Green: I would ask someone, who encountered a sasquatch, to tell me everything about their sighting in every detail. Tell them to take photos of the sighting locations, or any possible evidence they might have found etc.

Question: What you would like people to know about you.

Bill Green: Well my hobby is collecting DVD's of movies and DVD sets of Television series.

Question: Do you have any advice for a new researcher?

Bill Green: For a new researcher to be very careful what you find in woods about Sasquatch. Always talk to people that might have seen a possible Sasquatch in USA or Canada other countries, and always keep in touch with researchers on the internet etc.

Thanks Bill Green CT. Sasquatch Researcher please keep in touch ok.

If anyone wishes to report a sighting or footprints etc of Sasquatch to me please email me at: All info about Sasquatch, Yowie, and Yeti sent to me will really help me with my research, and the other friendly researchers that i will share the information with, that is sent by you all.

I would like to thank Bill for answering my questions - and being apart of these interviews. I Consider Bill a good friend. I hope he always keeps looking for answers and searching for more information. Bill is a good man - and will always be one of my favorite Researchers :) Thank you Bill !!!!!!!

Ohh I almost forgot - you can also drop by Bills own website, by clicking HERE

June 14, 2006

Women In Bigfoot Research - Melissa Hovey

The next interview is a person who needs no introduction. She's our own Melissa Hovey.....

Whether you know her as Melissa, Miss Mellie, Miss Bunny or just plain Mel you know she has a no nonsense way of getting her point across and generally always has a good point to make. She never runs from a challenge!

I met Melissa at the Texas Conference and my first impression told me two things:

1. Gorgeous woman couldn't possibly get her hands
dirty with field work.

2. Not a woman to misjudge.

Well, I was right on one point. She's certainly not a woman to misjudge! Without further adieu, here is our Miss Mellie in the interview I promised she'd make.

Please tell the readers about yourself.

I am a 37 year old single female, who currently lives in Dallas, Texas. I moved here from Wisconsin in September of 2005, for a position in the legal field. I became involved with this research actively, not long after moving to Texas. All of my family, whom I love very much, are all in Iowa. *WAVING* Hi Mom and Dad !!! :)

How long have you been active in the field of Bigfoot research?

Since October of 2005, when I attended my very first Bigfoot Conference in Jefferson Texas, organized by the Texas Bigfoot Research Center.

What has been your primary focus, in this field of study? Please explain.

Finding my way out of the woods?? HAAA jk My primary focus has been, if at all possible, to gather any and all information that may be contained within Witness reports. I am also interested in the methods that are used to gather and preserve evidence. I think this is something that is overlooked, good methods of evidence collection need to be understood by all - and we must be willing to look for evidence, no matter how small. By evidence, I mean any potential Hair, tissue, blood or fecal samples collected by researchers in the field. How we collect and preserve this evidence is very important, if we are interested in getting accurate results from testing.

Are you active in any Organized Groups, or are you Independent, or both?

I am currently a member of the (TBRC) Texas Bigfoot Research Center and the (AIBR) Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers.

What do you think about the growing numbers of women becoming active in this field?

I think its fantastic. Women can and should play an active role. I think more women should continue to join the ranks of Organized Groups and also do Independent Research.

Have you had to deal with any resistance to your being in this field of research, due to your gender?

Well, I think to a point - yes. I think I have encountered more resistance due to the fact that I am not experienced in the woods, and have had to work very hard to overcome some issues, but who's perfect out there? I think those who have gotten to know me, have discovered I take this resistance as a challenge, and will do whatever it takes to be just as effective as the other people in this field of research. My dad taught me a long time ago - Always accept a challenge head on, and do whatever it takes to overcome your weaknesses - and turn them into a strength. That is exactly what I am doing.

Can you give any advice to women who are considering entering this research, but are hesitant?

What if you dont - and wish you always had? Never turn down an opportunity to do something you want to do. Never look back on your life with regrets. Sure, I was hesitant, I dont think there are many women in this who were as hesitant as myself. I didnt think I had anything to offer, other than a great deal of interest. I was convinced otherwise. I jumped in with both feet - and didnt look back. I have no regrets. Even if I never see the animal, hear a vocal or find a track, I have made friendships that mean the world to me, and memories I will never forget.

How did you become involved in the search for this undocumented North American Primate?

Well, a new and good friend of mine actually. I interviewed him for this blog. I have discussed this many times, but I read on a message board about a particular sighting he posted about. I wanted more information - so I sent him a personal message, and he responded. That started a chain of long conversations between him and myself via email. Mike encouraged me to contact the TBRC after moving to texas. I did - and here I am today :) My interest started long before that as a young girl, then fastforward to my teen years I was watching a show on bigfoot and I was just stunned when I saw the Patterson/Gimlin Film, and heard a recorded vocal, after that I read everything I could find, watched every television show that came on about the subject, I just wanted to know if this animal could be out there. I never thought I would be an actual researcher myself.

Have you had a sighting? If so please explain.

No, I have never seen one.

Does not having a sighting ever discourage you? If so, why? If not, why?

No, not at all. I actually enjoy the process of researching, getting out into the woods, reading reports - looking for that "needle in the haystack" so to speak. Even if this undocumented animal is discovered tomorrow, I will still get out into the field and look.

Do you ever get into the field?

As often as possible.

Do you take witness statements?

Not yet, but eventually I will.

Most researchers have one Report that "stands out" in their mind, is there a report that still "stands out" for you?

Not really, I like reading all reports. For me thats very difficult, as I would have to assign a level of believeability to the report. I have learned over the years in my 9 -5 job, doing that can cause you to lose your objectivity. There are a couple that have "elements" that intrigue me more than others due to certain things discussed. But not one in particular.

What do you think is the most important question to ask a witness?

There are so many good questions to ask... But, I am going to turn this around and say - there are questions not asked, that I think should.. Take for instance hunters "Did you use any product to Mask your scent prior to entering the woods or at anytime before your sighting", Hikers - "What were you wearing? Color of your clothing?" Things like this.

What you would like people to know about you?

*Let me apologize now to those I had answer this question before me, and after* lmao.. Well, this difficult, I think I have a great sense of humor, I really like being around people who are funny and enjoy life. I enjoy a good debate. I am loyal to my friends and family - and I never betray a trust.

Do you have any advice for a new researcher?

Drink lots of water in the field. Buy warm clothes for winter - and ask lots of questions. Im not kidding about the water. I didnt listen to that piece of advice from a fellow researcher - I will never make that mistake twice.

What is the best piece of advice that helped you in your research the most? Who gave you that advice?

That is such a hard question to answer. I have learned from so many. Kathy Moskowitz has been an incredible source of advice and has been so supportive.. Kathy has been, well - a mentor to many women in this, I know this because I hear her name often from other women. I look up to Kathy, she is a strong woman and she has been helpful to so many in this field of research. There have been many who have given me very good advice, and have gone out of their way to be helpful and offer words of encouragement. I will never be able to thank her and a few others enough.

I must admit - I have had wonderful people who have become good friends and whom I trust. Many, many - and I know if I started naming people I would forget someone. But I can say without a doubt - the women I have profiled to date for this blog are on that list, right at the top.

What do you consider to be your strongest point as a researcher?

My desire to learn, and my incredible sense of humor :)

If you are convinced there is an undocumented North American primate, what do you think is the argument for existence to the public?

I wont be convinced until I see one myself. Argument for existance - reports. We have reports from average citizens to members of the armed services. What are these people seeing? Is it mass hysteria - I doubt that very much. I dont know what people are seeing - but we should do whatever we can to find out, and if this animal does exist, we MUST do everything possible to protect it.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Humm - I dont think in those terms.. I have no demands on my life, and I like surprises :)

I'd like to thank Melissa for answering her own questions :P and mine. She hasn't been with us for a very long time, but I think there will be a place around the campfire for her any time! Melissa is truly a force to be reckoned with and she adorns her fiery attitude and quick wit with beauty. You just can't beat that! Thanks Mellie!

*Field photograph of Melissa provided by Chris Buntenbah, Wildlife Photographer*

June 11, 2006


A question posed to me by someone, made me think. The question was simply "When are you going to post an interview on yourself?"

My initial reaction you ask?


I dont think of myself as someone with really much to say yet. I simply type on forums, go on outings with a group I am involved in - I really do not have much to talk about. I see my opinion pieces and articles as a look into bigfoot research through the eyes of a new person.

Ohhhh dont get me wrong,

I have some very funny stories about some field experiences, but to date, I have not found a bigfoot track, heard a vocal or had that sighting so many would love to have - but, I do have wonderful memories.

Take for instance,

My second outing.. Ohh I was excited. You all need to understand something first - I am a city girl.. I am not embarassed to admit that. And, to make things worse I just moved to Dallas, Texas, finding my way to work and home daily is a big deal, lmao.

I was ready for this outing for a week. I was so excited !! The morning I was to meet up with other members at a house a couple hours outside of Dallas, I left at 4 a.m, I had the feeling I would get lost in the maze, that is the highway system of Dallas Texas.. Sure enough - I did. LMAO. But, I quickly found my way and was headed in the right direction.

First lesson learned -- Watch road signs carefully.. :)

When I arrived at the area we would be researching, and I saw this area for the first time - I knew, I had NEVER seen anything like this before. I doubted myself, and whether I could "hang" with the guys. I knew instantly, being a street smart city girl - was not going to help me, and I would have to pay very close attention to those around me.

Second Lesson: Pick a group of people you have confidence in,

If you have little to no experience in the woods - picking a group of people you trust is KEY to whether or not your time in the field is successful and enjoyable- or a nightmare you can only imagine. While I was sure I had just walked into what can only be described as "Hell on Earth", I was positive these people I was with, knew what they were doing, and as long as I paid attention, I would be just fine.

Third Lesson: Not only are you going out in an attempt to document an unknown animal, the process should be fun.

Although I fell in a sink hole (up to my knee and hurt my ankle) got sick the second night, was freezing during night ops, sweating my backside off during the day, and was worried about bears, snakes, all the animals I know about, I really did have a great time, and made many new friends. I wont lie and tell you this outing was the easiest thing I ever did - because it was not. I judge success by whether or not I would do something again - this was an easy question for me to answer. This was one of the most challenging experiences of my life, and I wanted more.

Complaining gets you nowhere, and no one wants to hear it,

Yes, I will be the first to admit - I was, at times, uncomfortable, but did I complain? Thats really what you all want to know -- LMAO... Nope, not once. No one cares, and you only ruin it for everyone else by complaining - they are probably just as cold, wet, hungry or tired as you are. Learn from what makes you uncomfortable. I now know what things I should have, to make my next outing much easier for me. I found out that many of the things that made me uncomfortable were things other more experienced members have had to deal with themselves when they were new - and some still look for solutions to the same issues I was dealing with. So, you buy more gear - warmer clothes etc... No big deal - Learn from the entire experience if you want to stay in this field of research, ask questions, you might be surprised to find out, that someone else in your group had the same problem and can recommend a good item to pick up.

What you get out of your field work is totally up to you,

No one can force you to have fun, or learn.

I look at everything I do in this, as a learning experience.. Actually I take life as a series of learning experiences. I take something from everything I am involved in -- and I learn from it. This outing really taught me a lot about myself. While I thought I was in over my head for sure. What I discovered is, I handled it much better than I thought I would. I was very proud of how I dealt with different situations, and I proved to myself - I can do this.

I have much to learn, do not misunderstand me, but after this experience I realized I not only got through it, I loved every second of it. And no one is more surprised by that - than me. LOL.

So, that leads me back to the reason for writing this article,

Will I give an interview on this blog, about my own experiences etc..

Have patience, keep looking, and maybe, just maybe, like bigfoot - my "story" will pop up, and surprise you !!!!

Bigfoot Rendezvous

Please visit the website for more Information on this spectacular event !!!!!



Dr. Jeff Meldrum - Associate Professor of Anatomy and Physical Anthropology from IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY

Kathy Moskowitz Strain is the the U.S. Forest Service Archaeologist in Stanislaus National Forest, Sonora, California.

Rick Noll - Areospace Engineer and Sasquatch researcher for over 20 Years

Benjamin Radford - is managing editor of two science magazines, The Skeptical Inquirer and the Spanish-language Pensar.

Eric Penz his recent novel, Cryptid: The Lost Legacy of Lewis & Clark

Christopher Murphy - bigfoot author (Meet the Sasquatch)

M.K.Davis developed an interest in the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film

Loren Coleman is one of the world's leading Cryptozoologists

Doug Hajicek is a filmmaker/inventor

Darrell Smith, “Bigfoot in the Uintas”

John Mionczynski, B.S., is a wildlife Biologist.

Tom Yamarone is a singer/songwriter from Pleasanton, Califonia.

Barry Finnigan special effects make-up artist

Li’l Liza Jane Singer-songwriter

Owen Caddy is a natural resource professional, A former Park Warden for Uganda National Parks

June 7, 2006

Additions to this blog.

Hello everyone.

I am sure by now you have noticed the new banner. This is original artwork by Pat Barker. She worked very hard and did an incredible job -- I can not thank her enough !!!!!! Graphics and banner design, are courtesy of this blogs newest contributor, Payson.

While the header may read "A Scientific forum" I still plan to keep this forum fun... The use of the word "Scientific" is to describe the content,
but discussed in a way everyone can understand. Science can and must take an active role, and we have that with the contributions of those like Dr. Meldrum, and I will remain a strong advocate for Researchers and Science working together to help solve this mystery.

This blog will also continue to be about the researchers investigating this mystery. I am dedicated to getting their stories out.

This banner will change, as there are multiple renditions - I do hope you enjoy them. In case your wondering - these sketches are without color for a reason. I wanted a sketch - to represent the witnesses, who have seen this animal - who trust in us, and share the hope of all researchers, that one day this animal will be documented.

Thank you Pat - you have made this blog a whole new experience for all involved !!!!!!

Also, I want to give a very special Thank You !! To Teresa - she worked very hard to create the new signatures for all the different contributors to this blog !! Her "Squatchies" will give this blog a fun look. THANK YOU Teresa !!!

(Note: The squatchies are a no show due to graphic restraints by the host.)

Chimpanzee and human ancestors may have interbred

Genetic analysis suggests a messy split between the two lineages.

Michael Hopkin - Nature Magazine

*You can read the full article by clicking on the AIBR Banner Above*

June 4, 2006


I have been doing a lot of thinking on this issue recently. A debate started it, but I have always had the belief that ALL opinions should be discussed and allowed - especially when dealing with something as controversial as Bigfoot.

My dad (who is a very wise man) tells me all the time "Opinions are like A**holes, everyone's got one"... He's right.

I have a firm stand on hoaxing - and that will never change. I think if someone is found to be hoaxing, they should be exposed to the world - plain and simple. This research is hard enough without having to deal with the "problem children" who want 15 mins of fame.

When someone takes the time to fabricate a story - and puts it out as the truth of the matter -- regardless of how good it might sound or interesting, it is still a story, and has no basis in fact. When is it ok to call someone on their story? When is it ok to question the "storyteller"? Do you think anyone should question the storyteller or their motives?

Are you a Bigfoot Researcher or a book publisher?

I would argue when the researchers in this field - do not objectively look at each story put before us - and question the motive and intent - and what the person may be gaining by telling this story, we face the possibility of yet another "Sonoma Video" -- and that does nothing for the credibility of this research. Why would you be afraid to ask tough questions - are you afraid you might hurt someone's feelings? I guarantee, someone who takes the time to make up a "story" and present it as true -- is not worried about hurting your feelings - or making you look like a fool.

I remember when the Sonoma Video came out.. I will be honest - I thought it was faked.. So, I never really got into the conversation. But, as I sat back and watched discussion on it - I began to watch people discuss seeing not one -- but two, yes that's right. Some people thought they saw two animals in that video.. I just sat here and shook my head. That's when I decided I no longer cared about this video, and stopped reading any and all discussion on it.

Guess what - this isn't a game to some of us. Some of us in this field take the work being done seriously.

Is your right to hear a good story, being told as true - more important than the determination of fact? Do you want to know the truth - or do you enjoy having someone play with your mind? Why is your right to hear a "story" being told as true - more important than the right of someone who brings up the possibility - this may be a hoax...

I have no issue with those who have great imaginations and just wish to tell stories -- but be honest and say its a story.. Don't offer it as fact - especially when you can not prove it.

It's my opinion (for what its worth) the standard should be high. We should ask tough questions when necessary, and no one who puts up a "story" for the truth of the matter - should get a free pass.

For all the talk of "Peer Review" and questioning those we think may know more than the rest of us, which everyone agrees is important and necessary - I am frankly stunned by those who would allow such "stories" to go unchallenged. We will not EVER get to the truth of this mystery -- if we are so focused on "stories" we do not stop to ask one simple question,

Am I being objective?

That goes for the evaluation of evidence and alleged sightings. Objectivity is crucial to this, and it only takes a couple seconds to determine whether your being objective. The second I start to feel like emotion is playing a role in my decisions -- I know right then and there - my objectivity is shot and I must step back. My feelings have no place in evaluating a report. No one cares what my feelings are, and it brings nothing to the evaluation of whether the situation happened or not.

Before the romantics yell their rebel cry -- yes, I do practice what I preach. What makes you think I haven't experienced something I can not explain? I just have never discussed it on an open forum (of any kind). Why you ask? Well, that's an easy question to answer...

I CANT PROVE IT. So, I will simply chalk it up to something that helped develop my interest in this field of research.

:) Have a great week everyone !!!!

June 1, 2006

Editorial by Kathy Strain

Will North America’s Most Elusive Mammal Become Extinct Through Scientific Neglect?
By Warren L. Cook.

Tom Bascardi has insisted that the photos and films taken by Ivan and Peggy Marx are authentic documentation of the North American Great Ape. For proof, Mr. Bascardi offers a document written by Warren L. Cook, a supposed Ph.D. Anthropologist teaching at Castleton State College, Vermont. The article, entitled The Endangered Sasquatch: Will North America’s Most Elusive Mammal Become Extinct Through Scientific Neglect?, consists of four main sections: the Endangered Sasquatch; The Bossburg Episode, the Shooting Sequence, and the Snow Sequence. It appears to have been written prior to Ivan’s death.

As a professional anthropologist myself, I was struck by Dr. Cook’s lack of basic anthropological methods employed in the article. First, references cited to support concepts were minimum at best or worse, not cited at all. One very poor attempt to support Ivan’s contention states that “In Ivan's latest pictures--that is as of this writing, for he is unfatiguing in his efforts--the mother sasquatch's visage, seen close up, resembles a female gorilla with the swollen membranes on each s
ide of its head of an aroused orangutan. The Circumstances were that, babe in arms, she was circling Ivan and Peggy's camp, late at night, crying and moaning pitifully, as if pleading for something. Ivan's obtained a photo so fine-grained as to show the details of her eyes. They noted she was just ‘skin and bones’. Just a few weeks later the same all white baby was photographed being held by a female with ample breasts--obviously young and healthy--Leading Ivan and Peggy to conclude that the mother had died.” Cook goes on to state that “Jane Goodall observed that upon the death of the old chimpanzee mother, Flo, custodianship of young Flint became the responsibility of his older siblings, Fifi and Figan, which offers a clue to what has happened.” No citation of where this information came from is offered, as per standard anthropological protocol. However, it is very suspicious. Anyone who has ever watched National Geographic would have seen the Jane Goodall special describing this event…it does not take an anthropologist to mention it, but an anthropologist should have cited the book it came from (plus probably offer deeper more professional observations).

Secondly, anthropologists are trained to present unemotional facts in their works, which successfully presented leads to a substantive conclusion. Dr. Cook’s article is filled with personal comments on how he feels about the Marx’s and the situation of Marx being called a hoaxer. For example:

“Ivan feels disoriented in the bowels of a skyscraper, and is happiest in the wilderness. He frets until back with his "sweetie", as he calls his devoted wife, Peggy, who often accompanies him in the wilds. Zealous to preserve their modest, unfettered life style, Ivan and Peggy have invested a major portion of their lives coming up with the Bigfoot photos for which he is well known--some say notorious--among hominologists.”

“In one of our most fruitful sessions together, in his Burney home, after I hearty Sunday dinner of roast bear and "Cibeque" pie a rice and prickly pear casserole from Peggy's home state of Arizona…”

“but I am or the opinion that Ivan and Peggy, while reticent in their personal lives, are steadfastly honest and it would be out of character for them to jeopardize their goal of documenting sasquatch by tainting genuine photos just to produce more.”

“He has enormous respect for the sasquatch, because of his intimate knowledge of its capabilities to elude him.”
“Ironically, Marx's having caught the species on film year after year, makes it difficult to get scientific attention focused upon his photos, as this very circumstance is seized upon by some of his perennial rivals to perpetuate the scorn heaped on his Bossburg footage. Rather, it is a measure of Ivan's ability.”

These types of comments are not considered professional by any past or current scientific standards. Dr. Cook had clearly already predetermined that Ivan was telling the truth and the article was slated in that direction.

Lastly, Dr. Cook stated “Ivan and Peggy consented to my taping an interview without foreknowledge of what would be asked. They gave straightforward answers to the most delicate of issues.” However, the questions asked and their complete answers are not given so that we,
the public, can judge them. Tough follow-up questions are clearly not asked.

In one clear instance, Dr. Cook writes about the film that the Marx’s obtained after shooting a bigfoot: “The frightened couple circled clockwise, seeking a better view around the brush pile. In the film one sees the creature holding a hand to a hip, where Ivan says he aimed one of his shots. Then it rises to its knees, hobbling away like a paraplegic. But then it gets to its feet and enters the bushes, and from moment to moment, through the brush, one perceives a limp at first, and it holds its left hand to a shoulder wound. Soon there is no visible limp, and it strides vigorously away….

Following the awesome creature for a quarter of a mile, the couple filmed it ascending a lava ridge, its long arms flapping in a very ape-like fashion. At the top it paused and turned around to look back at them menacingly. Ivan told Peggy they had better get out of there, lest it come back and attack them in revenge, and they raced back to where they had dropped their packs, and left.”

Ivan, as Dr. Cook writes, was an outstanding hunter and trapper (the Marx’s lived on bear meat). Dr. Cook also stated earlier that Ivan was sensitive and respectful of the sasquatch but then allowed a clearly wounded animal to suffer and likely die. Dr. Cook also heard Ivan say “I once heard him say that he could be the first to bag one, should he decide to,” and even though given the opportunity to do so in the above instance, he doesn’t take it.

Nothing in this article supports Ivan’s work as authentic. I am not even sure that I can conclude that a professional anthropologist wrote the assessment. In my opinion (which is acceptable in this instance as this is a blog, not a professional publication) that Krantz was correct when he stated "I suspect that what happened was that, after finding these handprints he thought he was going to bring one down or get a good movie of one, but after a while be got fed up and decided to fake it." (Science Digest, Sept. 1984, p. 94).

*Kathy Strain is currently the Forest Archaeologist
for the Stanislaus National Forest.*