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  1. Loren Coleman
    Loren Coleman February 13, 2006 at 6:34 am |

    Not exactly the focus I would want to have shined on this posting, but “newspaper hoax” is exactly what John Green wrote. It was a story about an attractive guest at the Harrison Hot Springs Hotel being carried off into the mountains by a hairy hominoid. Considering the Albert Ostman story that Green would later publicize, there was nothing “absurd” about his story.

    But granted, “hoax” may be the too difficult for some Bigfooters to swallow. Take your pick. Hoax = cock-and-bull story, crock, deceit, deception, diddling, fabrication, fake, falsification, fast one, fib, fraud, gimmick, hooey, humbug, hustle, imposture, joke, lie, practical joke, prank, put-on, ruse, scam, snow job, spoof, or whopper. All are given as words that may be used in the place of “hoax.” Green was trying to sell papers, so it was done with a financial motive underlying it, and thus other words could be used, but I choose not to go there.

    The point is, John Green’s innocent “newspaper hoax” was an exception in his life. Ray Wallace’s life was one prank, hoax, and illusion after another, often with fiscal, publicity, and unknown motives in the background. Green’s characterization of Wallace as merely a prankster is too subtle for what Wallace’s personality appears to demonstrate, and Wallace’s active placement of tracks must be considered seriously (not just tossed aside).

    The proof that Wallace laid down fake tracks is throughout the Bigfoot books. But placing those in contrast to the good tracks actually supports the case for a real animal even more so.

  2. Loren Coleman
    Loren Coleman February 13, 2006 at 4:47 pm |

    Various answers…

    Some news sources have seemed as if they were saying that Wallace created all the Bigfoot tracks throughout the Pacific Northwest. Neither skeptics nor investigators consider those as valid statements, but that’s a few reporters for you.

    No, Ben, you were on another list, and not the one including the unnamed.

    No, most of us that are interested in looking at the Wallace fakes in the record and consider Bigfoot a reality do *not* think Wallace made the track that Jerry Crew cast and took to the newspaper office. In other words, the Crew cast is not a Wallace fake, probably.

    Not all experiments in using fakes in experiments to see if they look like real tracks or to reproduce strides are discussed, written about, and certainly not published, often, Matt. Such actions in the 1960s were seen as “fakery” not “testing.” But I would bet that there has been and is a lot more testing occurring than you know about. For example, in 1960 and 1961, I was leaving footprints in snow and measuring snow melt rates, to see how it would change stride, configuration, and size. Did I ever write up those or later decades of testing I’ve done? No, not really. Opinions usually come from field experiments, experiences, and scholarly pursuits, Matt. Please, no rush to judgements before you survey the field a little more broadly. :-)

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