Saturday, February 03, 2007
Friday, February 02, 2007
The Evolution of Human Skin Coloration
Lecturing and Research: Anthropology and Archaeology, Exploration of the Ancient Prehistory of Nepal
August 1999-January 1999
REVIEW BY: Thomas Steenburg
Dr. David Daegling's Book: "Bigfoot Exposed"
I have been very reticent to discuss this for the past two months, but I feel I need to say this. We all already know about the circumstances surrounding the controversial statements made by M.K., so I will not rehash them now. However, M.K. has been laying low lately, and I have not talked to him in a while. I want to make it clear that the Southeast Sasquatch Association fully supports M.K. in most of his work, except we do not agree that the creature in the Patterson Movie is human, nor does there seem to be a visible stick, just blur. I want to make it clear that M.K. has done a great deal of terrific work on the film and has brought clarity to the admittedly grainy film. However, his assertion that the creature is human based on whether or not it carries a stick and may or may not have humanlike lips, I do not agree with, and that's fine. We do not all have to agree on everything, but we can at least remain friends. I hope M.K. reads this and understands that I and the S.S.A. is not against him at all, we just have a difference of opinion on this, is all. I think the creature is humanLIKE, but not a large hairy human. It may be humanoid, possibly Paranthropus, but in my opinion, it is not human. No human has those kind of proportions, nor the mid-foot flexibility. No human is that large. I think it is some sort of humanoid, but not a large hairy human. M.K. is, however, a valuable resource on this film and has done a great job on it. The Southeast Sasquatch Association supports M.K. 100%.
It seems that we in the Sasquatch community do seem to deal with skepticism, and most of them seem to be pretty smart. Some of the more informed skeptics are Benjamin Radford, Scott Herriott, David Begun and David Daegling, despite his parsimonious statements. However, as displayed by the recent "Best Evidence: Bigfoot" show last night, there are quite a few misinformed skeptics, such as Dr. Nina Jablonski and Dr. John Turtle. Dr. Jablonski, an anthropologist, made a few errors last night, by asserting that no hair or scat of Sasquatch had been found, or that night-nests had not been found either. Obviously, she had not been keeping up with events in the Sasquatch field or she would not have said that. Another egregious example from last night was Dr. John Turtle, a psychology professor who said that sightings of Sasquatch could be explained away by people WANTING to see Sasquatch. He was quick to add that these people are not liars, just mistaken. They are bad examples of misinformed skeptics who don't bother to read up on it, or even get out in the field to actually do research. At least Radford, Begun, Herriott and Daegling do get out in the field on occasion. The armchair skeptics, such as Jablonski and Turtle, don't seem to know or understand the first thing about being good skeptics. Informed skepticism is fine; uninformed skepticism is not.
Rob Bozzuto sent me these after seeing them on the Internet. He showed them to Ray Crowe and Ray said they looked genuine. However, I have seen these phots before, as part of a promotion for a movie project on Bigfoot. Are they merely a man in a suit? From the angle they are taken, it is hard to tell. I would like your opinions on it, please.
Thursday, February 01, 2007
This special, which I give 3 stars despite the skepticism in the show, wasn't all that bad. However, eyewitness accounts are dismissed by Dr. John Turtle as people WANTING to see Sasquatch, as well as the footprint evidence being scrutinized by Dr. David Begun, a paleoanthropologist in Canada, as well as examination by Dr. Nina Jablonski. The special seems to be a bit unfair and unbalanced when it comes to the evidence scrutiny, but what are you gonna do? The two bright spots are Dr. Jeff Meldrum and Dr. John Bindernagel, who are excellent as always. A recreation of the Patterson Movie by an actor in a Bigfoot suit seems, on the surface, to be a match with the subject of the film. The conclusion of the study, which Dr. Meldrum participated in, seems to conclude that at least some aspects of the walk can be replicated by a human, but not all. Still, the skeptical viewpoint is overshadowing the viewpoint of the film being a film of a real Sasquatch, which should not bother anyone in the Sasquatch community because the film is still, admittedly, questionable. Incidentally, a lot of the Rick Noll/M.K. Davis enhancements on the film are being used on the show. Dick Smith, an Oscar-winning makeup artist, believes the film to be a hoax. The John Chambers rumor is examined as well by Mr. Smith and he does not believe that Chambers is responsible for the alleged costume in the film. All in all, it was pretty fair, to be quite honest, even with a little skepticism thrown in.
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Episode 2: Bigfoot
It is one of the most enduring unresolved mysteries. Is the missing link between early humans and apes alive today in the dense temperate forests of the Pacific Northwest? In 1967, Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin were investigating reports of Bigfoot/Sasquatch sightings in the Bluff Creek area of Northern California. They struck gold when their film camera captured a 22-second shot of an alleged female Bigfoot before she disappeared into the woods. Most scientists believe that this film record and a set of footprint casts that accompany it are an elaborate hoax. But a few self-proclaimed experts make the opposite, startling claim. To them, it reveals compelling proof of a living human-ape. We consulted with numerous researchers and professionals — from anthropologists to orthopaedic surgeons to a famous special effects makeup artist — to evaluate some of the best evidence. Also, we obtained four casts from the Smithsonian Institution as well as the shaky Patterson-Gimlin film. Using new digital video enhancement and stabilization techniques, as well as the expertise of Stanford University's Gait Laboratory, BEST EVIDENCE examines the film creature's costume, posture and gait frame-by-frame against the movements of an actor in a suit. The results will surprise even the most skeptical viewer.
Premiere: Feb. 1, 2007
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Tonight, on the History Channel, at 8:00 EST, "Giganto: The Real King Kong" will air. Then, on the Discovery Channel at 9:00 EST, "Best Evidence: Bigfoot" airs, featuring a recreation of the Patterson Movie as well as Dr. Jeff Meldrum in his lab at Idaho State University. The recreation was done by Stanford University in California. Check local listings for time and channel.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
This was a wonderful show, with guests Kathy Moskowitz-Strain and Melissa Hovey. They answered some great questions from Sean Forker, Bill Green and myself. They were asked such questions as do they think there is a "Bigfoot Good Ol' Boys Club," what they thought of the notion of some researchers that Sasquatch exists only outside the Pacific Northwest, what are some of the obstacles getting in the way of women in Sasquatch research and other questions. It was a wonderful show, and both ladies were great and answered the questions with great vigor and grace. Annette is a great host as well. Wonderful show, ladies.
This was a special weeknight show, the debut of our new "Sasquatch Experience Lite." Sean and I discussed the latest happenings in the Sasquatch world, including new reports from Wounded Knee, South Dakota, the latest DVD releases in the Sasquatch world, the newest books, the program coming up on Thursday night on the Discovery Channel and other happenings in the Sasquatch community. It was a fun and informal show, sort of a recap of events in the Sasquatch world and also the recap of our most recent show with Scott "Squatch" Herriott. We will be moving the second edition of the "SE" to Wednesday nights at 9:30 P.M. EST starting next Wednesday night. We hope everyone remembers to tune in to our shows both times during the week. The address is http://www.blogtalkradio.com/sasquatchexperience As always, please tune in and support great research.
Annette Jones, host of Paranormal Talk, will have a special "Women In Bigfoot Research" show tonight at 10:00 EST, with Melissa Hovey and Kathy Moskowitz-Strain as her guests. The address for that show is http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Annette Please tune in and support great research.
Tonight at 9:00 EST, there will be a special half-hour "Sasquatch Experience", sort of a recap of things going in in the world of Cryptozoology. The website is http://www.blogtalkradio.com/sasquatchexperience Please tune in and support great research. Now, to see part 2, refer to the next post...
Monday, January 29, 2007
Mike Killen of NESRA and the ABS was the special guest tonight, and was a great one. He referred to his sighting charts, as well as discussing NESRA activity. He and Steve did some name-dropping of NESRA and ABS members as well. There were some questions from Bill Green, as well as a great call from Chuck Adinolfi. This was a great show, and I apologize for not announcing the show earlier. Next week's show will have a surprise guest, possibly Bill Brann, and that should be a good show. The address is http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thesquatchdetective and the time is 9:00 EST. Please tune in and support great research and great friends of the ABS like "The Squatch Detective."
Thursday night, February 1st, 2007, we will see a Cryptozoology double-header. First, at 8:00 P.M. EST, The History Channel will air the critically-acclaimed "Giganto: The Real King Kong." Then, over on the Discovery Channel, at 9:00 P.M. EST, "Best Evidence: Bigfoot" airs, focusing primarily on the Patterson Movie and a recreation done by Stanford University, and it will feature Dr. Jeff Meldrum. Make sure to tune in Thursday night. Again, check your local listings for time and channel.
Our guest was Scott "Squatch" Herriott, who discussed his encounter, the Patterson Movie, his documentaries and his former life as a stand-up. He answered a couple of questions from Bill Green as well. Scott was a great and humorous guest, and made us laugh more than once. We hope to have him back on in the Summertime. Our next show is a rerun of the first hour of our interview with John Green from December 3rd, next Sunday during the Super Bowl. Then, our next live show will have Stan Courtney from Illinois, on February 11th. The time for the show is 9:00 EST at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/sasquatchexperience Please tune in and support great research.
This Thursday night, February 1st, The Discovery Channel program "Best Evidence" will examine the mystery of Bigfoot, and more in particular the Patterson Movie. Dr. Jeff Meldrum took part in the recreation of the Patterson Movie last November and may be part of this program. Should be interesting. It airs at 9:00 EST. Check local listings for time and channel.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Our guest will be former stand-up comedian/documentarian/Sasquatch researcher Scott "Squatch" Herriott. The show begins at 9:00 EST and can be found at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/sasquatchexperience Please tune in and support great research.