Images courtesy and copyright Daniel Perez.
People seek and gather a wide variety of collectible items that have historical and intrinsic value to them and others. Within the study of Bigfoot, collectibles are often the souvenirs, casts, and autographed books of authors writing about Sasquatch/Bigfoot. Sometimes, however, the objects of interest are literally parts of the landscape of a Bigfoot event.
These more physical memorabilia can, for example, be the soil or sand from a sighting or trackway site. They are often gathered, labeled, sometimes bottled, and kept in museums and other collections.
Rocks from the Patterson-Gimlin filmsite trackway, formerly owned by George Haas (above) are such collectibles. They are in the possession of Daniel Perez, and this is the story behind how he obtained them.
These rocks, shown here, were collected on June 23, 1968 bythe late George Haas as a “souvenir” from the P-G filmsite. Georgepulled them out of a footprint where Patty walked. Patty literallywalked on these rocks on her walk away from Roger’s camera.
After George died in 1978, his collection was secured by Warren Thompson.
Then, Warren Thompson died recently. Perez obtained a rental trailer, loaded all of Thompson’s materials, and brought them to Perez’s place. But Perez, who knew about the rocks, figured that someone would have thrown them away years ago, thinking they were insignificant.
One thing I thought I never would find were the rocks from the Pattytrackway that George brought home (I never met George) and Warrentalked about. [Then] LO AND BEHOLD, when Cliff Barackman was here forChristmas eve, we just started looking at some smaller boxes and therethey were!