Friday, February 29, 2008

Bigfoot casts a philosophical shadow


Sherrilyn Roush, an associate professor of philosophy, considers the similarities between Bigfoot and meteorites — and the difference between science and philosophy — at the Hearst Museum’s Bigfoot display, which includes text she wrote for the exhibit. (Deborah Stalford photos)

Bigfoot casts a philosophical shadow
On the heels of Darwin Day, the Hearst Museum displays plaster casts of alleged Sasquatch footprints — and ponders the nature of evidence and truth

By Barry Bergman, Public Affairs | 27 February 2008

Bigfoot? At Berkeley?

Hold your fire, if not your skepticism. In the equivocal spirit of sightings of Bigfoot himself — according to folklore and a handful of so-called cryptozoologists, a towering, humanlike hominid that roams the dense forests of the American Northwest and British Columbia on two legs — casts of what may or may not be the creature’s footprints are now on view at the Hearst Museum of Anthropology.

Whatever they are or aren’t, though, they are most definitely a conversation piece. The plaster casts were created by the late anthropologist Grover Krantz, a one-time Berkeley grad student and Hearst Museum preparator who went on to become one of the world’s best-known researchers of Bigfoot, also called Sasquatch. (He hypothesized that the species was part of a surviving population of Gigantopithecines, an extinct ape.) The prints, allegedly, are from tracks made by an individual called Cripplefoot and found in the snow by a local butcher near a Bossburg, Wash., garbage dump in 1969. Krantz donated the casts to the museum in 1970.


Cripplefoot’s prints show the deformity that gave him his name.

The suspect Sasquatch footprints haven’t been publicly displayed in a decade, and might not have been again if Marco Centin, an exhibition designer at the Hearst, hadn’t decided to exhume them from a museum drawer. The museum, says Centin, is eager to find “new ways to engage visitors” and to “move toward a more multidisciplinary approach” in which academics from far-flung fields — both at Berkeley and beyond — add their perspectives to some of the roughly 3.8 million objects in its possession.

“We’re always looking through our collection to see which pieces would offer this kind of opportunity,” Centin explains. When he first showed the Bigfoot prints to museum colleagues, he says, “The big question they had was, Why do we have them in the first place?” But he was struck by how many people seemed to have a “personal connection” with the legendary creature, and says he was drawn to what he calls “the ambivalence of this object.”

“There is a debate going on out there about truth and evidence in science,” he says. “I thought Bigfoot would be a good way to have that conversation here.”

In a gallery talk at the museum on Friday, Sherrilyn Roush, an associate professor of philosophy at Berkeley, took up the challenge. And true, perhaps, to the nature of philosophy, the results were thoughtful, provocative, and determinedly inconclusive.

Standing alongside the enormous footprints — one of which shows the deformity that gave Cripplefoot his name — Roush, author of the recently published Tracking Truth: Knowledge, Evidence, and Science, noted that scientists once refused to credit the claims of lay people who reported seeing meteorites falling from the sky. Drawing the analogy to the numerous eyewitness accounts of Bigfoot, many of them from Native Americans, she suggested scientists have been unduly dismissive of “marginal science.”

“Up to the early 19th century, the study of meteorites was considered marginal science,” she said, explaining that trained scientists were loath to make the connection between meteors, which many had seen with their own eyes, and the rocks that civilians reported falling into their backyards from the heavens and insisted were meteorites.

“There was a long period in which scientists recognized the existence of one of these and not the other,” she said. “And it may surprise you that the one they recognized was not the one we had physical evidence for.”

As with Bigfoot, the scientific establishment “argued that meteorites were impossible,” Roush said. And, as with meteorites, “it’s certainly not impossible for a species that’s a hominid in-between human beings and apes to be living in the Northwest Territories. That’s not impossible at all.”

Just the same, she allowed, scouring every inch of the forests to prove the falsity of Bigfoot’s existence, while theoretically possible, is highly impractical. For science to advance, practitioners must employ their limited resources in ways most likely to lead to progress.

“In fact,” said Roush, “some people have remarked that this is the difference between philosophy and science. Philosophers consider all logical possibilities, and that may be why it looks like it doesn’t progress — we find it necessary to start from scratch every time.”

Still, scientists’ need to make assumptions about what’s plausible and what’s not, she added, shouldn’t deter ordinary citizens from practicing what she dubbed “vigilante science,” the “investigation by unauthorized lay people” of events and objects overlooked by the scientific establishment — just as birdwatchers and amateur astronomers already do.

“People should feel more entitled to go out and investigate things that scientists might say don’t exist,” declared Roush, citing “the broader purpose of science to find out what’s going on in the world.…What I’m saying is that the lay public can actually help science, and has a right, even a responsibility, to do so.”

In contrast to the dismissive attitude of most scientists toward Bigfoot and other such “anomalous events and objects,” Roush cited primatologist Jane Goodall, who recently told NPR of her confidence in the vast number of eyewitness accounts of Bigfoot encounters by Native Americans and others in the Northwest. Goodall also admitted to being “a romantic,” and said, “I always have wanted [Bigfoot] to exist.”

That, said Roush, is “an extremely mature attitude.”

“The funny thing is how ridiculed this is,” she said. “I mean, these may not be a cast of Bigfoot. But having such a species would fit very nicely into our scheme of things. It doesn’t threaten evolution. We know that there was an ape, Gigantophithecus, that could possibly have gone over the Bering Strait and so might exist in the Northwest Territories. There’s nothing outlandish about that idea. It may be false. But there’s nothing outlandish about it. . . . It’s an open question.”

As for Centin, he admits that putting together the exhibit affected his own attitude. “I tried my best not to focus on Bigfoot itself, but more on truth and evidence,” he says. “But it drew me in more than I expected it would.”

The Hearst’s Bigfoot exhibit will remain on display through next week. The museum, located in Kroeber Hall (on Bancroft Way at College Avenue), is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

BFRLC Lunch #4 – The Search for Ucumar

Ucumar, the Andean Bigfoot, probably has a more refined palate compared to most of the world’s other Bigfoot. The foods of South America can be a complex combination of meats, vegetables and spices. Regional cuisine stems from what is abundant in a particular area, it can also be influenced by those who have passed by or brought flavors from a different land. From the Malbec wines and beef of Argentina, to the aji amarillo peppers and potatoes of Peru, or the sugar cane and nuts of Brazil, South American food is truly something to try before leaving this planet.

The BFRLC Lunch #4 took place on Monday, February 25th. For this meal, the members gathered together and headed over to one of the many lunch carts that Portland has to offer. Chozas Peruvian Taste at the intersection of SW 9th and Alder features Peruvian food made while you wait. The dishes that this cart has to offer explore the cuisine of Lima as it has been influenced by Asian culinary practices. The stand out for most members was a vegetarian version of Lomo Saltado – typically a dish made with beef, vegetables, French fries, and rice. The lunch cart version of this dish was pretty good for the cost, it was juicy, spiced right, and very flavorful. The portion was perfect, and Choza himself served us with a smile. On the downside, canned mushrooms were used. We thought this was alright for a lunch cart, but we would have been disappointed if sitting down to a meal in a nicer restaurant. One member simply did not want to eat them based on the fact that fungi are not of this earth. Can’t argue with that.

Water refill rates were not taken as this was not a sit down meal. Sadly, Choza was out of Inca Kola – the Golden Cola. This refreshing and uplifting beverage is a delicious addition to any Peruvian meal. It was missed, but hopefully Choza will be restocked next time we stop by.

Hey, while on the subject of Peruvians – check out www.pranallama.com this is a wonderful massage therapist in Portland, Oregon of Peruvian descent. We highly recommend her!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Poetry for the BFRLC - Enjoy if you can

Haiku:
Hairy wanderer
Now, a mist falls upon you.
Indian Buffet?

Limerick:
There exists a creature called Yeti
Although know one has really met he.
Bigfoot researchers will go
For burritos or Pho
And know our work is not petty.

Beat:
I heard the ground stomping with ancestry,
Disbelief, oppression, confusion
Chase, fear, misunderstanding as I looked
Into his eyes knowing that he and I existed in a
Cosmic intertwining that may one day be explained but
Not in the streets or in the factories
Or in the churches, the classrooms, the government
But maybe when we meet all who ever was or ever will be
Souls here today, there yesterday, gone tomorrow but we
Still live on
Om Nama Shivaya we chant Bigfoot. Sasquatch. Yeren.
Sasquatch. Bigfoot. Yeti. Abominable Snowman.
At long last lunch has come.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

BF AUTOBIOGRAPHY

This has got to be the funniest book in the world. BF fan or not, it is simply too funny. Graham Roumieu illustrator and author really finds a voice so compelling and consistant you begin to forget Bigfoot is a undiscovered hominid, instead believing him to be an everyday man, a 600-800lb hairy everyday man who hates Chewbacca.

Heres a few excerpts. This first one is titled

Stop, Smell Rose
Where You go, Man on Road?
Why You Run, When me want talk?
You manners bad, so me learn you good
Tear off legs
So no more run. :)


Another Excerpt...

"Me used to believe in good, now no more. World go sh**...just like Bigfoot screenwriting career"


Roumieu, whose illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Progressive, reveals the hairy hominids's brave struggles with eating disorders, casual cannibalism, and philosophical quandaries ("Me once believe in good. Now, no. World go shit, like Bigfoot screenwriting career."). In a full-color graphic novel, Roumieu offers a portrait of the artist as a young ape that will leave the reader howling with laughter.

Review:

"Brilliantly funny." San Francisco Chronicle

If you decide to get the book, get it at Powell's the best dern bookstore in the world.

NOT YOUR TYPICAL BF MOVIE

This movie is making the rounds at indie film festival SxSW. It seems to be gaining a buzz according to a review by Eric Davis of Cinematical.

Standing in the picture above is Dallas Gilbert and Wayne Burton two real-life Bigfoot researchers starring as themselves in a semi-fictional story providing a look into the trials and triumphs of life in the Apalacian foot hiils. Through these two amateur BF researchers from southern Ohio, we see how the power of a dream can define a friendship and provide hope and a meaning that transcends the harsh realities of life in a dying steel town.

After several failed attempts to attract national attention and convince the world Bigfoot exist, Dallas catches a lucky break. He pursuades a high-profile Bigfoot researcher to stop in Portsmouth and see check out the research accumulated by Dallas and Wayne. As the movie accelerates ever closer towards the realization of their mutual dream, we are reminded how fragile this shared hope truly is.

Besides being a movie that does not exploit Bigfoot as a fearful monster, dangerous creature, or idiot in a suit. It really seems to tap into the culture of the BF community, this movie originally was to be a documentry with the two men escorting a film crew to 2005 Chattahoochee BF Conference in Tennesee. During post-production the idea for the fictional story evolved in order to reveal the vitality of the hope these two men shared, despite their failure to attain their goal.

I think Captain Kirk said it best while confirming and defending humans to Spock, "Sometimes for us humans, wanting is better than having."

Hence a perfect time to reflect on the BFR Lunch Clubber's motto "in pursuit of discovery". We Salute you Dallas and Wayne, as a matter of fact co-founder Goldteeth/PDXBigfoot is an OHIO Native.

Friday, February 15, 2008

One Week Until BFRLC Lunch #4

Greetings Fellow BFRL Clubbers.
One week until our next lunch. Last week was such a success, I can hardly wait for next Friday. What will it be? Mexican? Pizza by the slice? Ethiopian? Maybe by now someone knows of an Indian Buffet! Let me know your thoughts. Don't forget to take a moment to look back at past restaurant reviews.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

MIDWEST BF SIGHTINGS

Is the Rise in Paw Paw trees and Bigfoot Sightings Correlated?

For those not familiar with the Paw Paw (Asimina Adans.), it is a fruit tree native to eastern North America. Historically, this fruit was never cultivated in the way that other fruit trees have, such as the apple, pear or peach trees; however, recent interest in the paw paw’s nutritional, medicinal, and insecticidal properties has peaked farmers’ interest in this delicious and potentially marketable crop. The paw paw has been referred to with many names - the Indiana Banana, Poor Man’s Banana, papaw, Kentucky Banana – to name a few. If you were from the Midwest or any other place that the paw paw is native to, it was always a treat to come across a neighbor or a market stand that had this custard-like treat on hand. Bigfoot most likely feels the same way.

In recent years, the cultivation of the paw paw has increased. Organic farmers grow it not only for its sweet taste, but also for its insecticidal qualities. Freezing the pulp upon harvest now combats storing and shipping the fruit, which was once a hindrance. It is also relatively low maintenance once cultivated.

Bigfoot and the paw paw? Bigfoot sightings do not just occur in Oregon and Washington. The BFRO (The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization) has a great list of sightings per state. Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and many other states have dozens of sightings (for a great listing check out http://www.bfro.net/gdb/#usa) Members of the Bigfoot Researchers Lunch Club believe that Bigfoot may very well have an interest in the paw paw for subsistence and that sightings in these states, as well as others where the paw paw is being grown, directly correlate to this crop. Like the numerous sightings in states with heavy apple and pear production, Washington and Oregon, the states with increasing paw paw production are seeing more and more Bigfoot sightings.
Ohio is currently the biggest producer of the paw paw. It also has had an astonishing number of Bigfoot sightings – 198 reported to the BFRO through 2007. Other states producing the fruit have had many reports of Bigfoot as well. Michigan - 85 sighting, Kentucky – 47 sightings, Indiana – 49 sightings. The states producing the paw paw and the sightings reported in these states warrant all of you field researchers in these states to explore this possibility. We of the BFRLC would love to hear your opinions, thoughts, and research regarding this issue. We invite you to share your stories with us.

Monday, February 11, 2008

MESSIN' W/ SASQUATCH

By now you probably have seen the "Messin' with Sasquatch" Commercials for Jack Links Beef Jerky. The StarTribune newspaper based in Mineapolis-ST.Paul, Minnesota, reports on the Ad campaign developed by the Minneapolis advertising agency Carmichael Lynch.

By DAVID PHELPS, Star Tribune
Last update: February 8, 2008 - 9:43 PM
Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune


OK, it's guy humor. Like when you put shaving cream in the hand of someone who's asleep and then you tickle their nose until they involuntarily move their hand to their face and give themselves a messy shaving cream bath. That kind of humor.
And it sells beef jerky?

It does when the butt of the joke is the legendary and previously elusive Sasquatch -- also known as Bigfoot -- and the perpetrators are 20-something males, and sometimes females, walking through the woods eating Jack Link's Beef Jerky.
An entire advertising campaign for the Wisconsin snack manufacturer has been built around the theme "Messin' with Sasquatch," helping Jack Link's Beef Jerky become the bestselling jerky brand in the United States. The ads have become a hit on the Internet with an almost cult-like following of people who post messages to Sasquatch and make homemade Sasquatch videos.

"We call our demographic 'adventurous spirits,'" said Troy Link, president of the Minong, Wis.-based company. "They're 18 to 49. They like American heritage brands like Bud, Coke, Ford. They're high-energy. They're social and confident people. The role of Sasquatch is to make the advertisement memorable."

And Sasquatch is good for business. Jack Link's jerky and meat products account for 40 percent of a meat snack market that is approaching $3 billion in annual sales. In the two years that Sasquatch has been bellowing at tormentors, Jack Link's sales have jumped 47 percent in a snack category that rose 12 percent overall, according to ACNielsen.

The Sasquatch concept is the brainchild of Minneapolis advertising agency Carmichael Lynch. It was designed to highlight Jack Link's signature line, "Feed your wild side."

Jack Link's television buy is about $10 million with commercials on programming that appeals to a younger demographic, including extreme sports, ESPN, the Speed Channel, Comedy Central and the Discovery Channel. Sasquatch has been a presence at Wild hockey games as well.

Then there's the Internet.
"There is a big viral component on YouTube," said John Colasanti, Carmichael Lynch CEO. "There's been 4 million hits on YouTube. You don't pay for that."

Jack Link's Beef Jerky was founded with a family recipe in 1985 by Troy Link's father, Jack, who is CEO of the company. It now has five manufacturing plants -- two in Wisconsin and one each in South Dakota, New Zealand and Brazil.
The snack meat, including meat nuggets as well as jerky, comes in flavors ranging from pepper to teriyaki.

In recent years meat snacks have gained in popularity as low-carbohydrate, high-protein alternatives to chips and other snacks.

"We had a great product but people didn't know who we were," said Troy Link. "The role of the Sasquatch campaign was to increase brand awareness and preference. It was to make us be known as the cool brand."

Jim Bendt, chairman of the Minnesota chapter of the American Association of Advertising Agencies and president of the Gabriel DeGrood Bendt agency in Minneapolis, said the Sasquatch campaign is a good example of how advertisers and retailers are targeting the "echo boomer" generation -- the children of baby boomers.
"That's who marketers are really interested in, and technology plays a huge role in how you reach them," Bendt said. "Technology is second nature to this group and they like to multitask. They're surfing the Web while they're watching TV. Marketers find them very elusive."

The Sasquatch commercials are designed to be mini-tales about life in the wilderness.
One ad shows two hikers who spot Sasquatch cooking a fish over a campfire. One of them sneaks up behind Sasquatch and loosens the cap on the salt shaker. When Sasquatch goes to season his catch, the entire container of salt spills out. A pained "why me?" expression comes across his face.

In another, two guys in a car going down a road in the woods slow down to offer Sasquatch a ride and, each time Sasquatch reaches for the back-door handle, the car speeds up, as the guys in the car crack up in laughter.

Sasquatch, however, usually has the last laugh, or the last thump. In the hitchhiking spot, Sasquatch finally slams the passenger in the car through the windshield and then climbs into his seat. In other spots, pranksters get swatted by Sasquatch's powerful arms or get hit with a sizable rock.
"The campaign has definitely hit its mark," said Troy Link.
David Phelps • 612-673-7269

BFRLC Lunch #3 – the search for Yeren

The BFRLC held its third lunch on Friday, February 8th, at the Vegetarian House at 22 NW 4th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97209. The meeting was another success as we discussed bylaws as well plans for a field day out to the North Plains area.
As for the Vegetarian House – this restaurant can be found in Portland’s Old Town/China Town, a stone’s throw from the Willamette River, the Shanghai Tunnels, and the Greyhound station. The lunch is a buffet with numerous offerings, typical Chinese soups, egg rolls, wantons, fried rice, noodles, sauces – all vegetarian and all very good. The soup was a very pleasant broth filled with potatoes, carrots, cabbage, tofu – a good start of the meal to warm the insides and stimulate the appetite. A standout for the buffet was a soy protein and veggie curry dish that used a thickened yellow curry in a way unexpected for this type of Asian Cuisine. Although the soy protein was a tad chewy, there was something intriguing about the texture that makes this researcher even more provoked to study mastication and what we can discern about evolution – both human and Bigfoot. The water refill rates were a little down from what we with the BFRLC would like to see, but otherwise the staff was attentive and kind.
The most interesting thing about the Vegetarian House is that it seems to be connected in the most subtle of ways to Supreme Master Ching Hai and the Quan Yin Method of Meditation with the Inner Light and Sound. A flat screen television in the back of the restaurant plays a video about Supreme Master Ching Hai and what she can do for you. Supreme Master Ching Hai, Vietnamese by birth, is a humanitarian and practicing Buddhist whose sole function at this point in Her life is to help us with our journey from the suffering and confusion of the unawakened state to the Bliss and Absolute Clarity of Total Divine Realization.
For more information, check out http://www.godsdirectcontact.org/
For information about the Vegetarian House itself, check out http://www.vegetarianhouse.com/
And don't forget to find all of our lunch spots on the BFRLC Map!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

YET ANOTHER BF FILM

LAWRENCE TOPPMAN
Movie Critic
Things were pretty much under control while the story involved a former S.C. representative called Bubba, Bigfoot sightings and a yard full of fake dead chickens.
It was drag queen Patti O'Furniture who complicated things a bit. But we're getting ahead of events in the saga of "The Long Way Home: A Bigfoot Story."
Start with the ex-legislator, Columbia attorney James "Bubba" Cromer Jr.
He's gone from an independent in the S.C. House in the 1990s to independent filmmaker, from a part-time job with a decent salary to a full-time obsession where money flows away from you like a freshly undammed river.
And he's a happy, happy man.
"Long Way," shot as a cross between the mad inspiration of John Waters and the low-rent horror fantasies of Ed Wood, has already made back about three-fifths of its $20,000 budget.
Cromer negotiated a deal with distributor UFO TV, which hopes to get the DVD into big-box stores and is making noises about a limited release overseas. And he is beloved in Transylvania County, where he shot his feature around the town of Rosman.
"I've had a creative itch all my life," he says. "So one night you have me and Mom and Dad at our mountain house with Biscuit, my golden retriever, watching a mockumentary about Bigfoot. Coach Cromer would be J. Lewis Cromer, Bubba's dad, who coached the five boyhood friends in Little League 30-odd years ago and is still a prominent trial lawyer in Columbia. The other four are lifelong buddies who wouldn't mind unpaid work in Bubba's movie.
A plot is born
Bubba began with an idea of Bigfoot popping up around the community, eating fowl and scaring people. Four buddies in the N.C. mountains fake up a Bigfoot story, hoping D.J. will come home to cover it and get national media attention. Bubba cast his four buddies and Biscuit as themselves and his dad as the sheriff, Big Jake.
"James Dickey lived across the lake from us when I grew up, and dad wanted to be him after seeing Dickey (play the rural sheriff) in `Deliverance,' " says Bubba. "Dad kept asking me, `When is it time for my soliloquy?' I kept saying, `Dad, it's called a monologue in movies! Shocked? Bubba had already worked with locals Mullet Man, Mona Lisa Johnson and T-Bone Thomas, who swore Bigfoot once urinated on him through an open tent flap. "Nobody in this movie is a stranger," Bubba says. I knew the organic nature of (scenes) would be blown if I gave them dialogue. Only two actors had professional experience: His cousin Helen Mann Marini, who played a snake handler, and Pat Patterson, aka Patti O'Furniture.
"He's a good friend, a Columbia businessman. As part of our Sunday ritual, Biscuit and I visit his Brewster's Ice Cream. I said, `It's about Bigfoot and hillbillies. You're a drag queen. "I ran through cameramen like you'd change your drawers," he says.
(Read Original Article in The Charlotte Observer See www.myspace.com/bigfootsmovie.) Approval from film fests, including the 2007 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. A positive review from Cult Movies Magazine.

BFRLC SCOOPS CRYPTOMUNDO

Yes Folks its true. The young start-up Bigfoot Researcher's Lunch Club has scooped one of the most established, most informed purveyors of BF News.
Today (FEB 10, 2008)Cryptomundo published a post regarding the artwork of Cameron Gainer to be on display at The Fabric Workshop and Museum. BFRLC publish a post on the same subject FEB 1st 2008. A whole 9 days before it was even on Cryptomundo's map. In fact, the topic only came to the attention of Cryptomundo by alert readers who happened to be randomly passing by the gallery.
Although I am a constant and long time loyal reader of Cryptomundo, I am pleased to say the technology developed for this web site seems to confirm our technology is working as well as we had hoped. So stay tuned for the latest BF news out there.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

THE BIGFOOT DIET

by John McGran
Diet.com Chief Editor

Yeti or not, we’re unleashing The Bigfoot Diet – a healthy combination of great meals and daily fitness that’s huge on hiking!

Diet.com medical director Dr. Robert Kushner notes, “What can we learn about nutrition from the Bigfoot Diet? That plant-based foods like nuts, fruits and berries are good for you and the less processed foods you eat, the better.”

“Plant-based protein is generally low in fat and saturated fat making it a healthy alternative to meat-based proteins,” Schultz says. Diet.com expert contributor Susan Burke March MS, RD, LD/N, CDE chimes in: “Americans get more than double the amount of protein necessary for good health. I do eat fish, occasionally.

“Higher-fiber vegetarian diets are also great for your heart. As an added bonus, a veggie-rich diet also improves your sex life!”

Thanks Susan… that helps explain where little Bigfoots come from.

Diet.com nutritionist Shauna Schultz agrees.

“Bigfoot has it right when it comes to a healthy diet.” she says. “Bigfoot adheres to a diet that's heavy on veggies and while he needs far more calories than the average person, it is the quality of his diet that takes the prize.

“Sticking with whole, nutritious, back-to-basic foods along with an active lifestyle adds up to a healthy lifestyle – we can all learn from Bigfoot when it comes to healthy living!”

Diet.com fitness pro Katrina Hodgson notes, “Bigfoot may be big, scary and hairy but he has taken the right steps toward fitness!

“Bigfoot walks everywhere! For every mile Bigfoot walks he burns about 80 calories!

16 pounds! If you're not close to your work then take a lunch break and walk for 20 minutes. “Bigfoot’s lifestyle helps him ward off cancer, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure; it also helps him boost muscle tone, improve his bone strength and much more!”


Check out Diet.com for more info emulating the health habits of our hairy friend.

Friday, February 1, 2008

BFRLC LUNCH #3 T-MINUS 7 DAYS

Greetings Fellow Bigfoot Researchers!
One week until our next lunch. Including, but not limited to our agenda: BF south of the Mason-Dixon Line (is that PC?), BF in the midwest or Yankee states (that probably balances things), BF in popular film. So, what will it be? Thai? Jewish Deli? Peruvian? Or, as always, does anyone know of a good Indian buffet? Water refill service will be paid close attention to. I hope to see you all there.

ARTIST CAPTURES BIGFOOT


In 1967, amateur filmmakers Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin shot a grainy, 53-second film of an "unidentified" shaggy, lumbering figure making his big-footed way across a dry lake bed of Bluff Creek, Calif.

"This footage has been viewed by some as documentary proof of the elusive creature," says multi-media artist Cameron Gainer. "For others, the film is considered complete fiction -- an elaborately constructed hoax.

"The 352nd frame of this film is widely regarded as the iconic image of Bigfoot," the artist said.

It is this iconic image that has so captured Gainer's imagination, so much so that he has recreated the creature/imposter's pose as a three-dimensional sculpture.

"Forest Through the Trees" -- a multi-media structure, photo-op prop for curiosity seekers and a screening of the original footage at The Fabric Workshop and Museum -- invites viewers to interact with the work.

"Forest" is the seventh in a new exhibition series featuring site-specific works by contemporary artists at the museum, 1222 Arch St., Philadelphia.

Call (215) 568-1111 or visit the museum.

You can also view read about the creative process in making this life size bigfoot, included are images of every stage of the sculptures process, from the wire frame skeleton to the furry skin at Cryptomundo's site.
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