On April 13, 2013, I will be giving a talk looking at past and recent Sasquatch/Eastern Bigfoot/Windigo developments, which may surprise Bigfoot observers. A few commentators seem to be reading me as “anti-this-or-that,” or “pro-such-and-such.” But most of the time, I am merely an observer and chronicler, trying to share insights along this journey.
Even 1970s’ paperbacks explored the topic of Sasquatch interbreeding with humans.
I have been in the cryptozoology field for 53 years, as of 2013. That gives me some historical insights that may or may not be valid, but I have them anyway. I’ve decided to change my talk from one exclusively about the various ins and outs of the DNA affairs, for my position of “no data, no discovery” hasn’t changed that much. Besides, this seems to be a situation where various individuals are delighting in all the attention, for now book and film plans seem in the works for some of the principals.
Nanos gigantum humeris insidentes: Like dwarves standing on the shoulders of giants.
In the past, courtesy and respect for those who came before us, our mentors, was the watchword of the day. Today – perhaps due to the Internet, Twitter, Facebook, emails, and online blogs/comments/forums – too often we heard about people trying to knock each other down. Is there a way to reverse this trend? What lessons can we use to point us in the right direction?
Drawing by Rick Spears/Darby Creek Publishing from Tales of the Cryptids by Kelly Milner Halls
I will have more to say about the history and the future of the Bigfoot in this talk. About how the approach and avoidance of sexual topics figure into this. And yet deliver a science-oriented, PG talk for all ages. Was there a horizon event at 13,000 years? Or is there a regional divide in how the subject of interbreeding between humans and unknown hairy hominoids is handled?
In my upcoming talk for the Ohio Bigfoot Conference, at the Salt Fork Conference Center near Cambridge, Ohio, I hope to review past missteps in Sasquatch studies, the role of sex at Bigfoot conferences, and look to a clearer future in hominology.
Art: R. Crumb.
I have changed the title of my talk to “Sex, Sasquatch, and Ohio: A Colleague Calls for Civility and Courtesy,” celebrating my return to the Ohio forum by discussing past events and the present situation in which we find ourselves.