What is the current state of the search?

Sixty-two years ago word of the Abominable Snowman first made the headlines (1951). The world at large was suddenly aware of the legendary hairy bipeds said to frequent high latitude, high altitude snowfields of the Himalayas and other mountain ranges across Asia. Prior to Shipton’s photos, only a handful of eyewitness — accounts from montaineers and Sherpas were told and retold; most receiving a sceptical ear among the intelligencia. At this point only the eyewitnesses were true believers.

In Northern CA in 1958 giant naked footprints were discovered at a construction site; the maker of the tracks was referred to as “Bigfoot” and a sudden awareness of their presence in Pacific Northwest was established. Prior to then they were mostly talked about in Canada under the name Sasquatch; in 1961 Ivan Sanderson (one of the founders of “crytozoology”) wrote a book entitled “Abominable Snowman, Legend Come to Life” which made it clear this was a global phenomenon that has been with us since the beginning of recorded history. By this time just a handful of non-skeptical researchers were on the track as much as their personal resources allowed. Then millionaire Tom Slick, who had already funded expeditions in the Himalayas seeking the yeti, put up some funding for an expedition in the Pacific Northwest.

In 1967 Roger Patterson, accompanied by Bob Gimlin, got that great film of a female Sasquatch. Over the last decade two independent film analysts–with no preconceived notion as to its veracity–set out to apply their skill sets utilizing modern technology to show whether the the subject in the film is a “guy in a suit” or not. Having rescanned the film to high definition video it is now posible to observe details previously unavailble to researchers, making it possible to judge the film on its own merits rather than by utilyzing ad hominum tactics attempting to remove the credibilty of the film makers. Over the next thirty years more and more wtnesses and dedicated researchers and hobbyists joined in the search, along with more and more scientisis who largely kept their interest on the down-low. Around 1995 BFRO started the first online sighting database and the stories continued to pour in.

February 13, 2013, after 5 years of research utlizying three separate forensics labs a group of DNA scientists and bigfoot researchers (now labelled The Sasquatch Genome Project) headed up by Melba Ketchum finally self-published a research paper announcing the discovery of a novel hominin that mixed his Y chromosomal material with human (homo sapiens) X chromosomes 16,000 ya to formulate a bloodline known in North America as Bigfoot or Sasquatch. Prior to this only Mitochondrial DNA tests had been done with supposed Sasquatch samples. (These typically tested out to be “human,” but this was always rejected as “contamination of the sample” by the human collector until Melba tested the Y hromosome.) I wasn’t surprised to see Melba go ahead after two years of knee-jerk rejection and “break the rules” of the peer review protocol. By doing so she has at least let the public have access to her claims and the science that backs it up. Peer review can now take place based on the facts rather than pure rumor as more and more of her supportive data is made public. Many critics had alredy condemned the paper for 2 yrs prior to anyone having access to read it.

In May 2012 The Oxford-Lausanne Collaterol Hominid Project was announced. Now the most influential DNA scientist in the world (Bryan Sykes) is looking into the possibilty of bigfoot DNA, promising to publish his results as well. . The point here is that the real science is now taking place for the first time in the history of Bigfoot Studies with both unknown and highly thought of scientists who are no longer afraid to take a look at the evidence. Thanks also needs to go to a few contemporary rich men who contributed funds to pay the bill for all this such as Adrian Erickson and Wally Hersom. Thanks, guys.

Bigfoot Museum crisis


 

Dear Friends of the Bigfoot DIscovery Museum and fellow seekers of truth,

I have some good news and I have some bad news.

First, the good news- Last year was our best ever in many respects, and especially in terms of revenue stream. Thanks to the many of you who have visited our museum, and a few others as far away as Germany, donations to the museum enabled us to function at a subsistence level for over half the year (we doubled our retail sales as a result). What’s more when we came up against the threat of losing the museum property via a tax auction, fellow bigfooters from all around stepped up and we met the deadline with time to spare.

On the bigfoot research front, we had a number of sighting reports locally, most of which took place in the same general area. Responding to these reports we have collected evidence in the form of sleeping nests, scat, and some tracks that we have cast.This has given us a strong case for an ongoing presence less than 5 miles from the museum. We have picked up several new acctive members this yaer who are becoming great assets to the project.

This year we also received–as a gift–a 16 mm film reel featuring Roger Patterson which has been out of circulation for over 40 years. In October we hosted Bigfoot DIscovery Day V, featuring Bill Munns, Jeff Meldrum, Bart Cutino and the Patterson reel. In November Ralph Jack and I travelled to Yakima WA and had a very successful meeting with Mrs Patterson. She was extremely grateful to us for returning the missing reel, and was interested in our plan to produce a DVD featuring the newly recovered reel plus the second reel, along with DIscovery Day V’s presentations. Our idea was to package all this along with statements from Mrs Patterson and Bob Gimlin to refute the lies being promulgated debunking Roger’s film of the Sasquatch. We had planned to have these DVDs up for sale to help get us through the toughest months of the year (January, February. March.)

Now for the bad news- We are once again up against a financial crisis that could mean the end of the Bigfoot Project and Museum. Primarily because the DVD project did not happen we have fallen behind on paying some important bills which may result in shuting down operations entirely. (The website has already been shutdown, but thanks to the generosity of a local member a new one has already been started.) The P/G Film project broke down because of some misunderstandings which could have probably been reconciled, had a former friend and confidant not interferred by disgruntledly spreading some untruths and negative rumors about Ralph and myself. That action effectively sabotaged the whole deal. Its a shame, because the DVD would have produced revenue for Mrs Patterson and Bob Gimlin, in addition to The Bigfoot Discovery Museum and the DVD producer and would have been a very strong advocate for the reality of the P/G Film.

Right now we are almost $2000 in arrears (shortfall from last month plus this month’s expected shortage). If we don’t raise at least this amount in the next two weeks, the power will be shutoff, as will the internet connection and the phone. We’ll likely go into default on the mortgage as well. If there ever was a time we desperately needed to raise money it is now.

PayPal to: harrybiped@yahoo.com (also at the top of this post) and thanks for any amount you can afford to give. Please send it our way anyway you can asap.

Sincerely,

Michael Rugg
Curator and Proprietor