The Year 2012 marks some anniversaries of the passing of various significant people in Bigfoot field investigations and Sasquatch studies. Roger Patterson died 40 years ago. Grover Krantz died 10 years ago. Two men in the same generation shall always be linked. By all reports, both men first started thinking about Bigfoot in the early 1960s.
One cryptic date ties Roger Patterson and Grover Krantz together. And it is not October 20th.
Roger Patterson (above) was born in Wall, South Dakota, on February 14, 1933 (not in 1926, as noted in some bios). He died of cancer (Hodgkin’s disease) on January 15, 1972.
Patterson’s death occurred, in the scheme of things, only a short time after the October 20, 1967, filming of an alleged female Bigfoot (Oh-Mah) at Bluff Creek, California. Bob Gimlin had just had his birthday two days before, on October 18th. Krantz would have almost been 25.
In 1971, Grover Krantz, at 39, received his doctorate. Grover, now a Ph. D., began to share his serious thoughts about Sasquatch. Patterson’s death, the next year, occurred when Roger was 38 (since he had not turned 39 yet, in February).
Krantz spent over 30 years defending the footage that was filmed by the hand of Patterson before he died.
Few have reflected on the temporal fact that it was on Patterson’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, in 2002, that Grover Krantz (born November 5, 1931) died from lung cancer. That was ten years ago.
A whole generation of Bigfoot researchers is coming to the end of their lives, and we are rapidly losing a legacy of experiences and history that sweeps back decades.
As we recall, yet again, some round number anniversaries, let us pause to remember these two gentlemen, Patterson and Krantz.
Sadly, the initial “discovery generation” of Bigfoot investigators is rapidly coming to the end of their fieldwork.
Grover Krantz and John Green, during Skookum cast examination, 2000. Photo by Jeffrey Lemley.
Igor Burstsev, on left, is shown with John Green and Rene’ Dahinden’s wife, Wanja Twan, in April 2011. Below Igor and John, also at the Sasquatch Summit, in Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, April 2011. Photos by Brad Pennock, Believe It Tour team photographer.
Roger W. Morgan, recent photo.
Peter Byrne, recent photo.
“Bigfoot elder” Al Hodgson with Roger Patterson’s book. Photo by Steven Streufert, 2010.