Friday, February 21, 2014

Meet Cliff Barackman at HopsSquatch March 16th

Meet TV Personality Cliff Barackman
Last year Cliff's event sold out in less than a week. Please make sure you get your tickets. SEATING IS LIMITED.

Cliff Barackman isn't your average bigfooter. When he’s not at his job spending days and nights looking for Sasquatch on Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot, you’ll find him on vacation—spending  days and nights looking for Sasquatch!

Learn what research goes on even when Cliff isn't on TV. Cliff's presentation starts at 12:30pm and you will have the opportunity to ask Cliff your own questions.

DATE: Sunday, March 16th
TIME: 12:30-3:00
WHERE: NW Quimby Lucky Lab  | 1945 NW Quimby St. Portland, OR 97209
WHO: Cliff Barackman


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Monday, February 17, 2014

Ray Crowe's Western Bigfoot Society in the News

A "typical" Western Bigfoot Society gathering at Patty's Home Plate Cafe
A lengthy article with outdated information originally appeared in Open Spaces, a quarterly Pacific Northwest magazine, then was reprinted on the online version of Outside magazine. AND THEN, reprinted on Oregon Live as if Outside Magazine just recently visited Ray Crowe! All mis-information aside, it did peak our interest with the mention of Ray Crowe. At length, it is a generic article trying to persuade the public about the plausibility of Bigfoot. In short; it is filled with outdated information. 

Ray Crowe, for the uninitiated, is the founder of the Western Bigfoot Society and Editor of the newsletter, The Track Record. Mr. Crowe is the type of man that would invite anyone and everyone to share his passion about Bigfoot. At the second annual Oregon Sasquatch Symposium, hosted by Toby Johnson, his name was mentioned several times as the man who introduced prominent researchers to Bigfooting. Before social media like Facebook Groups and Blogs, even before you could Google "Bigfoot", Rays Crowe's Newsletter, The Track Record, was the social media Bigfooters used to gather and learn from. He's even been on camera with Stephen Colbert (see below).

Below is the excerpt from the article with our corrections underneath.:
In many ways, the Western Bigfoot Society is typical of the Northwest's numerous grass-roots Bigfoot organizations. It counts about forty people as members and meets on the last Thursday of every month in the basement of Ray Crowe's store, Ray's Used Books, just outside Portland, Oregon. Ray has decorated the meeting room with a mixture of large footprint casts, oddly twisted willow branches, a 21.6 cm. strand of cinnamon-colored hair, maps of nearby wilderness areas, with pins marking recent Bigfoot sightings, and tabloid headlines that the group finds humorous ( "Beautiful Women Help to Lure Bigfoot," reads one. "Sasquatch Likes to Study the Ladies."). Lately, Ray has taken to putting up photos from the group's occasional field trips, like the one to the nearby Primate Research Center, in Beaverton, Oregon, or the one to the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant, in Rainier, Oregon, where Ray thinks the buzz of the power lines may act as a lure.

In the past, speakers at the meetings have included a dog trainer, who addressed Bigfoot's fear of dogs (a phenomenon often mentioned at Ray's meetings); a member of a local search-and-rescue team, who said that the media had neglected to mention that a three-year-old boy whom he rescued in the summer of 1989 from the forests around Mount Hood had credited a "large hairy man" for keeping him company during the long night; and a former paramilitary officer with the National Security Agency, who, on a top-secret mission somewhere in the rainforests of Mato Grosso, Brazil, photographed what he now thinks must have been a Sasquatch, only to have the film confiscated by higher-ups. On one occasion Ray even invited a U.F.O. expert who is a vocal proponent of the theory that Sasquatches have come from another world-a postulate that the W.B.S. as a group opposes. "They may be full of poop," Ray said, "but I figure I might as well let them have their say."

Like most part-time Bigfoot investigators, Ray, who is now fifty-five, got into Bigfoot hunting by accident; he was doing research for a novel that included a Sasquatch rape scene and then decided to research the Sasquatch beyond the scope of the book. Shortly afterward, in 1991, he founded the W.B.S., and then began The Track Record, a monthly newsletter containing Bigfoot gossip, inspirational quotes, and the latest sighting information people have related to Ray. Once in a while, Ray publishes letters, like the one that Erik Beckjord, director of the U.F.O. & Bigfoot Museum, in Malibu, California, sent him, which complimented the W.B.O.'s work, or the letter that Ray himself sent to the United States Forest Service, citing the Freedom of Information Act and demanding to see the Mount Hood National Forest rangers' Bigfoot log book, if it exists. (Ray thinks the rangers may keep a log of Bigfoot sightings.) A few years ago, on a spring evening, Ray had his first Sasquatch "experience," as he calls it, which began when he accidentally scared an elk away from his camp, at the end of an old logging road. "I was getting ready for dinner and while I'm standing there I hear what sounded like these two giant birds arguing," he told me. "I say arguing, but they were chattering, really. And, anyway, I just assume that they were two Bigfoot, just arguing with each other-p.o'd at me for losing their elk for dinner." 
Corrections: Ray is older than 55, even though the article is dated  02/12/2014. The meetings still continue at Patty's Home Plate Cafe  (8501 North Lombard Street, Portland, OR 97203).

You can read the full article at The Men Who Dream of Bigfoot

As a bonus here is the video of Ray Crowe with Stephen Colbert.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

February HopsSquatch: Gunnar Monson presents "Bigfoot's Brain"

Gunnar has been an Investigator with the BFRO for a number of years,
participating in expeditions in Oregon, Washington and New Mexico

Save the date! February 16th. HopsSquatch returns with another exciting installment presented by BFRO investigator and coffee magnate, Gunnar Monson!

DATE: Sunday, February 16th
TIME: 12 noon
WHERE: NW Quimby Lucky Lab | 
1945 NW Quimby St. Portland, OR 97209
WHO: Gunnar Monson


You may recognize Gunnar from the Season 1 finale of Finding Bigfoot, the Bigfoot and Beer episode that takes place at Ike's pizza. We are in for a special treat as Gunnar presents Bigfoot's Brain. Gunnar describes his presentation as, "There are many reports of Bigfoots displaying behaviors that are generally described as 'paranormal'. But what IF those attributes are simply similar to our own generally unexpressed abilities? What if those attributes have been developed over generations and we’re now seeing the results of that development?"

Gunnar is a bonafide field investigator with several years of hands-on experience under his belt. A respected member in the community who is simultaneously thorough and open-minded. read his bio below.

Gunnar’s natural inquisitive nature led him to the Bigfoot community through the path many of us took-exposure to the Paterson-Gimlim footage as well as ‘In Search of’ and John Green’s books.
Although his interest in the subject had been shelved for some time, it was renewed after Al Gore’s invention of the internet.

He appeared (albeit briefly) in the Beer and Bigfoot episode from Finding Bigfoot and was part of the group of Bigfooters who participated in an episode for the current season. He also assisted with the editing of Ron Morehead’s book ‘Voices in the Wilderness’.

Gunnar has been an Investigator with the BFRO for a number of years, participating in expeditions in Oregon, Washington and New Mexico. He is also one of a handful of people that have been invited to visit Dr. Matthew Johnson’s SOHA site. He is currently the lead investigator for an active research area in the Oregon Coast Range.

Recently, Gunnar combined his love of Bigfoot and coffee addiction by creating The Bigfoot Sasquatch Coffee Company.  You can find it at

DATE: Sunday, February 16th
TIME: 12 noon
WHERE: NW Quimby Lucky Lab  | 
1945 NW Quimby St. Portland, OR 97209
WHO: Gunnar Monson

We are trying something different this year. Instead of requiring $5.00, we are are requesting a $5.00 donation to help fund our efforts seating is still limited.

We still have memberships available that guarantee you VIP seating and a collectible tshirt.  

Kirk Sigurdon Takes on the Paracas Skulls

An elongated Paracas skull

"Most people don't know that King Tut's and his daddy's skulls are both elongated. But what about a bunch of skulls in Peru?"
--Kirk Sigurdson

More Paracas Skulls

Brien Foerster and his Peruvian research on odd-shaped skulls is making the media rounds lately. Popularized by "main stream" media, the story really starts in 1928 when a Peruvian archaeologist, Julio Tello, discovered a massive graveyard  filled with the remains of elongated-skull individuals. Tello found more than 300 of these elongated skulls, which are believed to date back around 3,000 years. 

Kirk Sigurdson reports on that, "DNA Tests Reveal South American Elongated Skulls NOT Human" You can read an excerpt below followed by a link to Mr. Sigurdson's post.

When elongated skulls are found (more often than you might think) anthropologists have been trained to assume that the odd shape of the skulls is due to ""cradle boarding." This horrible practice was common in a few cultures thousands of years ago. Baby's flexible heads were bound in such a way as to elongate their skulls over time as they grew and hardened permanently.

Enter: The "Paracas" skulls. They are definitely elongated. Far more than King Tut's skull!

The skulls were found on a desert peninsula of the south coast of Peru. This area used to be Incan. Of course, the skull find there is nothing new. In fact, the skulls are old news, although the DNA tests on a few of them are new.
Read more at DNA Tests Reveal South American Elongated Skulls NOT Human

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Unknown Mega-Society of Chimps Found in The Congo

Actually these newly discovered chimps kill leopards, but we thought this was cuter.
The Times of India is reporting a newly discovered mega-society of chimps, a population of perhaps thousands. Locals have been talking about them for yearss, they have even claimed the chimps were known to take down leopards. Read an excerpt below.

An unknown mega-society of chimpanzees has been discovered living in a 50,000sqkm forest in northern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands walked hundreds of kilometers in the forests across the region for several years and caught their activities on motion activated cameras.

The Eastern chimpanzees, as they are called, inhabit remote Bili-Gangu forest which is infested with poachers and rogue militias. Local people reported that there were great apes in the forest that could kill and eat leopards, but to the outside world, nothing was known.
The article continues to mention the use of game trail cams, "The chimpanzees of Bili-Gangu build nests on the ground, patrol their territory and were caught on cameras killing an occasional leopard."

The scientists covered a total of 1,800km of reconnaissance walks to the north and 500km to the south of the Uele River as well as 160km of line transects in the Bili-Gangu Forest, and discovered a population of chimpanzees numbering in the thousands. Evidence of behavioral continuity shows that the north and south groups may be connected culturally as well.

"Our results suggest that a large and widespread population of chimpanzees inhabits the forests and savannas of northern DRC", says Thurston C. Hicks, a primatologist based at the Max Planck Institute. "This population has remained unnoticed to researchers until now and may represent the largest viable population of this subspecies, but it currently lacks any protection." When they re-walked parts of these transects again in 2012, the researchers found that the number of chimpanzee sleeping nests had not declined since 2005.

You can read the article in it's entirety at  Unknown mega-society of chimps found in Africa
The Daily Mail also has a great article on the same topic Researchers discover 10,000-strong community of Chimpanzees

Friday, February 7, 2014

Eduardo Sanchez: Exists is like a feature length Patterson-Gimlin film

Promo Pic for Eduardo Sanchez's Exists
"Not a comedic Bigfoot. Not a fake-looking, CG Bigfoot. Not an alien Bigfoot with super human abilities - just the creature I loved - a feature-length PATTERSON-GIMLIN film." --Eduardo Sanchez on the type of Bigfoot he wanted in his movie

Exists, by director Eduardo Sanchez, is the Bigfoot movie that the film community has been waiting for. It will be screened at this years SXSW 2014 Film festival in March during the coveted midnight showing. Drew McWeeny from HitFix says, "When I attend Toronto, Sundance, and SXSW each year, one of the things I specifically focus on is the midnight programming."

In Drew McWeeny's HitFix article, he continues to mention how he looks forward to the screening of Exists, "Another familiar name. Eduardo Sanchez is, of course, best known as the co-creator of "The Blair Witch Project," but I think he's made a strong showing in the last few years. "Lovely Molly" is a film that really stuck with me, and I think he's got a great sense of creepy these days, plus he's constantly thinking about the role technology plays, not only in how we tell these stories, but in which stories we tell. Plus it sounds like this is a Bigfoot movie, and that's fine by me."

On the SXSW website Eduardo Sanchex is interviewed regarding his movie.

Tell us a little about your film.
I've been obsessed with Bigfoot ever since I saw the Patterson-Gimlin film as a kid. It was the SCARIEST thing I had ever experienced. It fascinated me and took over my world.
Since then, I've wanted to make a movie about the big guy...
But a movie where Bigfoot felt scary and REAL - like the Bigfoot that I experienced all those years ago. Not a comedic Bigfoot. Not a fake-looking, CG Bigfoot. Not an alien Bigfoot with super human abilities - just the creature I loved - a feature-length PATTERSON-GIMLIN film.
Exists is the Bigfoot movie I've been waiting to see.

Why did you start making films?
I saw Star Wars and that was it - I wanted to make films. But I didn't really take it seriously until high school, where I took a TV production in 11th grade that changed my life.
I still remember the moment: first day of class - first few sentences that came out of Mr. Baron's mouth about careers in television and film...
I knew what I was going to do.
Or at least try to do...

Have you been to SXSW before? Any tips?
Yes - I was at SXSW for Lovely Molly in 2012 and VHS2 in 2013.
Tips - figure out how not to drive into the downtown area during the day - it's tough love.
Most looking forward to - the filmmaker's lunch that Robert Rodriguez hosts every year...and the BBQ.

Tell us a random fact (or two!) that would help our attendees get a better idea of who you are.
I am probably the tallest Cuban-American filmmaker at this year's festival.

Official Synopsis of Exists:
When brothers Brian and Matt Tover secretly sneak out to their Uncle's long abandoned cabin in East Texas for a party weekend with their friends, they find themselves stalked by the legendary Sasquatch.

Cut off from the world, and knowing help isn’t coming, the kids must try to make it out of the woods alive while hunted by a creature that’s smarter, stronger, and more terrifying than they would have ever believed exists.

You can read about the Exists' innovative creature design, Watch exclusive clips and stills from Exists, or just click read our complete coverage of Exists.

For an extra bonus, you can even watch this excellent Eduardo Sanchez interview by Ro Sahebi from MuldersWorld.. Ro and I have some exciting stuff coming round the bend so stay tuned.

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