In 2012, authors and radio personalities Jeffrey Pritchett and Andrew B. Colvin invited a number of Bigfoot researchers onto their radio show, The Church of Mabus and began an investigation into the Bigfoot phenomenon. The result is a fascinating book, Praise for the Hairy Man: The Secret Life of Bigfoot.
The authors, both of whom have had Bigfoot sightings and experiences, used a simple “10 questions” interview format and delved into a diversity of areas about this elusive creature. The areas include: the Bigfoot/alien connection, the possible role of ancient aliens in the genetic history of the Yeti, the sex habits of Sasquatch, reports of telepathy, shapeshifting and flight with Bigfoot, Native American beliefs in Sasquatch.
One of the chapters that intrigued me was an interview with Stacy Brown Jr., whose team is called the Sasquatch Hunters of Florida. There are 12 members on his team who come from a variety of backgrounds but are united in their passion to find out the truth about Sasquatch. The team has various hair samples and a pair of handprints and are now working with a forensic scientist who will study the DNA of the samples.
Brown recounts one of his own experiences. In November 2011, he and another man, Matt Roberts, pitched a tent on a property and were in “for one scary night. The creatures walked around our camp all night. We had hickory nuts thrown at us. At one point, we woke up to our tent shaking. We got a thermal image that night and some really good audio. Needless to say, I was ‘sold.’ I quit the band I was in, and went into Bigfoot full-throttle.”
When Brown was asked if Sasquatch might be a paranormal or multidimensional creature, he replies that anything is possible. “Any time you go that route, though, people think you are nuts. It’s just too much for their minds to grasp.” During his experiences that night in November, he thought the creatures might be ghosts because they got around so effortlessly.
Brown’s team offers Sasquatch trips, where you camp out in areas where the creature has been sighted, are trained in their high tech gear, and includes three meals.
I particularly enjoyed the chapters that draw connections between Bigfoot and UFOs. In Chapter 5, the authors interview Stan Gordon, a former Pennsylvania state director for MUFON. He’s also an author and has appeared on numerous TV shows talking about his research. According to Gordon: “There are a small percentage of cases… where observers have seen both a UFO and Bigfoot at the same time and location. From the reports I have received from across the country and around the world, such cases may be much more common than first thought.” The biggest problem, Gordon notes, is that many researchers are reluctant to publish such accounts for fear of ridicule.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Whether it’s Bigfoot, UFOs, aliens, or anything else that goes bump in the night, fear of ridicule seems to be a huge impediment to finding the truth.
Praise for the Hairy Man: The Secret Life of Bigfoot is a terrific compilation of research, stories, and theories about what this creature might actually be.
Tonight, from 7-9 p.m. eastern time, we’ll be live on The Church of Mabus, talking about The Synchronicity Highway.
Trish wrote the above, but didn’t realize that I’d had a synchronicity yesterday related to the same subject. I was reading one of the interviews in Pritchett’s book when I felt a nudge to go to the Unexplained Mysteries, a website that I hadn’t visited for months. Surprisingly, the first thing I saw was an article about a Sasquash sighting on Vancouver Island.
That reminded of my own sighting many years ago in the North Woods of Minnesota, a large region in the northeastern part of the state known as Arrowhead Country or the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). No motorized vehicles are allowed and transportation is by canoe and portages…trails connecting the numerous lakes. I still recall portaging my canoe, which had pads for my shoulders and carrying a Duluth pack with my camping gear on the trips I used to take, usually one around Memorial Day weekend, the Fourth of July or Labor Day.
On one particular trip, a friend and I paddled across a lake to a campsite at sunset. It was the only campsite on that lake. We had the place to ourselves. After pulling the canoe up to shore, I followed a trail leading from the campsite to a big wooden box, the outdoor toilet supplied by the park service. No outhouse, just a box above a hole in the ground, in the forest.
As I approached it, I stopped as I saw a figure moving through the woods about fifty feet away. I glanced down for just a moment, feeling a bit disappointed that someone else was here. As I looked up, the figure raced through the thick woods at an incredible speed on two feet. It wasn’t human, wasn’t a bear. Within moments, it was gone.
When I told my friend what I saw, he was intrigued at first. But then he thought otherwise when I told him what exactly I saw. The creature appeared to be wearing something white on its head that I described as a sailor hat with the brim pulled down. My friend, Laurel, just shook his head. He believed there might be Yeti in the forest, but not one wearing a sailor hat.
A few years later, I read a description of a Bigfoot sighting that included an illustration. The creature had a conical head, and the top half of it was white. That was what I saw!