Saturday, January 16, 2010

New Zealand Herald: Less Bigfoot, More Big Money

In our post "Hart-less" written by Hermon Joyner, Leigh Hart is exposed as a prankster at a Bigfoot Conference in Ohio.

Leigh Hart (pictured left), aka “That Guy”—a humor columnist/comedian for the New Zealand Herald that seems to be a cross between Dave Barry and Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat), recently tweaked the noses and bruised the egos of the dedicated Bigfooters attending a Bigfoot conference in Ohio. Like “Borat,” Hart travels around misrepresenting himself while depending on the kindness and naiveté of strangers. He then writes or films humorous accounts of his exploits, mostly at the expense of the people he meets. Hart’s latest victims/subjects were the attendees at the 21st Annual Bigfoot Conference / EXPO at the Salt Fork State Park Lodge in Ohio at the beginning of this month...

...Hart even claimed to own the world’s largest feces analyzing machine, which might explain the distinct odor of BS that surrounded his appearance at the conference.

Ahhh Hermon, ever the wordsmith!

Bigfoot, again, is the subject of Leigh Hart's New Zealand Herald column. Hart jokes that he has been asked to write "Less Bigfoot, more big money for new year"

...I was asked to "focus on things that actually interest people". Apparently a survey conducted in Morrinsville revealed that Bigfoot no longer qualifies as big news...

Thankfully Bigfoot will always be news to us. In case you missed Hart's brand of humor, watch the embedded video below.

We recommend reading the original Hart-less post.
You can read Leigh Hart's new column here.

Seattle's Henry Art Gallery Has Ceramic Bigfoot Skeleton

How did we miss this story? Some of you Bigfooters may remember Clayton Bailey, the ceramic and metal sculptor.

In 1971, inspired by "Bigfoot" stories in his favorite tabloid magazine, the Weekly World News, Clayton Bailey made a ceramic skeleton of an 8 foot humanoid, and claimed that the fictional Dr. Gladstone, an eccentric scientist, had discovered proof of the existence of Bigfoot. His neighbors and friends helped him discover the bigfoot skeleton, and dropping; in his backyard, which was handy, and it eliminated travel expenses. Seasonal mudslides on the nearby hillside even eliminated the need to dig. According to press releases issued by Dr. Gladstone.

Below is Clayton Bailey, in character as Dr.Gladstone, presenting his piece aptly titled "Bigfoot Skeleton."

Flash forward to nearly 40 years later and the Bigfoot skeleton is among one of 24,000 pieces in the permanent collection of Seattle's Henry Art Gallery. It was hidden in the attic among 100 pieces that are being displayed as "Vortexhibition Polyphonica". These pieces will be on display through March 2011.

What will be missing from the Gallery? Clayton Bailey's follow-up to his Bigfoot Skeleton. Three years later Bailey would, again, become inspired by Bigfoot and create a piece titled "Finding the Bigfoot Dropping" (Shown below)

You can read about the "Vortexhibition Polyphonica" at the Seattle Times
The official Vortexhibition Polyphonica Collection Website is here.
You can go to Clayton Bailey's very funny eccentric site here.

If you visit Bailey's website turn on your speakers and be warned it is rated PG-13 due to some mature humor.

Friday, January 15, 2010

San Diego Weekly Paper Covers Bigfoot

The first issue of the San Diego Reader came out on October 4, 1972. It was a 12-page weekly black-and-white tabloid with an initial printing of 20,000 copies. Since 1972 the Reader has grown to nearly 200 pages and 160,000 papers are distributed each week.

This week they have a cover story about Bigfoot and controversy ensues.

The cover story begins with a hiking adventure in which author, James Snyder, finds a foot shaped imprint in a rock. Its starts as a delightful tale of a hiker in the initial stages of Bigfoot wonder until two things happen. First, Snyder is dismissive of Dr. Jeff Meldrum's opinion. Second, Snyder claims Michael Esordi unfulfilled revenue promises for the casting of the imprint.

You are welcome to read the whole thing here, its a story with 3862 words spanning nine pages. We have the 300 word version below followed by an excerpt from Michael Esordi's response.

An unexpected shape caught my eye. “What the heck,” I murmured. “That looks like a huge footprint.” Closer, I ogled a five-toed imprint embedded into the rock. “Hey, Rich, I just found Bigfoot!” I shouted over my shoulder. Rich made his way toward me. I squatted down to examine the impression and noticed dermal folds under the biggest toe. The toes were flexed to the side in unison, the way mine would be if I stepped at the same angle as this foot once had. “Oh, yeah, I see it,” said Rich. “It’s probably a natural rock formation. Sure looks real, though.” There was an unspoken rule of hiking courtesy between us: You show interest in what I find, and I’ll do the same.

Soon, curiosity about the footprint had eroded my ability to think of anything else. A general contractor, I got off work early one day and decided to put the issue to rest. I stuffed my backpack with a five-gallon bucket that contained a gallon jug of water, a third of a bag of 20-minute (hot mud) drywall compound, a jar of Vaseline, a paintbrush, a trowel, and some cardboard and tape. Then I made for the trailhead.

I sent photos of the print to a Bigfoot website run by a local expert, Michael Esordi. He posted them on his site, and within days, the Bigfoot people started chiming in with opinions. Dr. Jeff Meldrum, an Idaho State University expert on Bigfoot prints, said, “It can’t be. I see a quartz vein in the rock.” However, the supposed “quartz vein” was a white mineral-water stain from a seasonal flow of water. So much for the “expert.”

I took the plaster cast to Michael Esordi, the Sasquatch expert in Point Loma, who runs the Bigfoot website. He made a latex mold of the cast, so he could make and sell copies on his site. I was to receive profits, but he suddenly moved to Rhode Island, and I never saw a dime, yet he kept the Ramona Bigfoot cast in his merchandise offerings for a while.

Michael Esordi, in the comments section of the page, describes his contact with Snyder in detail and at one point responds directly to Snyder never seeing a dime.

... On the occasions I met with Mr. Snyder he conveyed two things to me. One was that he wanted to determine what had made the footprint and the other was to see what kind of monetary compensation could be made from his find. After some discussion, I obtained Mr. Snyder’s permission to make a cast from his original and to offer it for sale on the website. I personally covered all costs of production and manufacture on the item and did place it into commerce on my website. However, there was minimal interest in the item and no profits were ever made on it. Given this fact, I discontinued sale of the item ...

Our take-away from this story? If this imprint is in granite, then we need to rethink how heavy we think Bigfoot is!

** UPDATE **
Our generous friends at alerted us to the original story they uploaded back in May of 2002. You should give them a visit here. Below is a photo of the actual imprint, that was included with the original 2002 article.

Another picture provided by Bobbie Short of Thanks again Bobbie!

The link to the San Diego Article is here.
You can learn about Jeff Meldrum here.
You can learn about Michael Esordi here.
You can visit Esordi's site The Bigfoot Museum here.
The Original 2002 article can be read at

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