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Bigfoot Backers & Flying Saucer Believers

From: Loren Coleman <lcolema1@maine.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 02 Jun 2002 11:19:11 -0400
Fwd Date: Sun, 02 Jun 2002 14:18:15 -0400
Subject: Bigfoot Backers & Flying Saucer Believers


Source: The News Register - McMinnville, Oregon

http://www.newsregister.com/news/story.cfm?story_no=151040


Bigfoot backers treated much like flying saucer believers at
Hillsboro event

Published: June 1, 2002

By STEVE FOX
Of the News-Register

HILLSBORO - Ray Crowe is still waiting for his big moment.

The Hillsboro resident, director of the International Bigfoot
Society, attracted a few hundred fellow bigfoot believers to the
Washington County Fairgrounds in early May.

The 10th annual conference, including speakers, films, artifacts
and memorabilia, was tucked away in a small, dark building in
the middle of the grounds. A dog show drew bigger crowds and the
gem sale had top billing on the street signs.

But that didn't deter bigfoot enthusiasts - witnesses and
wannabe witnesses alike.

Crowe is leader of the pack and an admitted wanna-be.

He was a self-described naturalist when he was invited on a
bigfoot seeking adventure in 1991. He saw tracks and collected 8
1/2-inch red hairs - a major coup for his first time out.

But he wasn't sold on bigfoot from the start. He said it often
takes people a while to overcome the grocery store tabloids that
make bigfoot out to a be a farce.

"It gives the ordinary person the impression we're all nuts,"
Crowe said. "There's nothing we can do. The only thing we could
do is come up with a body."

That isn't so easy.

Finding a body or capturing a bigfoot has proved difficult. Some
at the conference were even so bold to say the government
doesn't want to see it happen.

Why would the government care? "It would put the spotted owl
issue to shame," Crowe said.

Displays during the two-day conference described bigfoot as a
creature up to 8 feet in height and 400 pounds in weight.

Yet, he's elusive. That's why the International Bigfoot Society
has field researchers.

Roland A. Wolfe of Idaho, who wears an official field researcher
badge from the Bigfoot Research Organization, said he
concentrates his searches in Idaho, Eastern Washington and
Eastern Oregon. He said the Blue Mountains are a hot area

Looking at stacks of books lined up on a table during the
conference, he recommended one: "North America's Great Ape: The
Sasquatch," by John A. Bindernagel. Wolfe called it the bible of
bigfoot books.

As North Bend's Gordon Strasenburgh drew the attention of about
150 to the famed Patterson/Gmilin film from 1967, a few
stragglers examined castings and other displays. The most
definitive film known shows a hair-covered beast ambling across
a dry, rocky river bed near Bluff Creek, Calif.

While it hasn't been officially disproved, most are still
skeptical.

It's similar to the 1950 flying saucer photos in Yamhill County.
They draw some serious backers, but most brush it off.

Several conference attendees used the opportunity to share
stories of sightings. Others sought those lucky enough to have
had sightings.

Crowe has not had a sighting. He's investigated several,
however.

He remembered one in the early 1990s, soon after starting the
International Bigfoot Society, from south of Forest Grove.

"Almost anywhere you go you'll find reports," Crowe said.
"Anywhere you don't find reports, it's because there's no one
there to report them."

The bonus, according to Crowe, is that bigfoot research is done
outdoors. And, not just outdoors, but mostly in remote Northwest
woodlands.

Even if he doesn't spot bigfoot, find tracks or discover long
red hair samples, he can live by the common theme of all who
seek the mysterious beast: Any day searching for bigfoot is
better than a day at work.

The News-Register of Jan. 18, 1978, included a brief story on a
reported bigfoot sighting near Newberg. Crowe said he doesn't
know of any official bigfoot field researcher in Yamhill County,
though.

The Molalla River area has been a recent hotbed for sightings in
Oregon, along with sections of the Columbia River Gorge in
Multnomah County and less-populated parts of Clackamas County.

Middle school science teacher Thom Powell of Portland took his
turn at the podium during the international conference. He
lightened the mood, but got his point across: He's a believer.

He also wants some changes to the bigfoot culture, including no
longer capitalizing the word. He said that's like capitalizing
the word deer.

Even better, according to Powell, would be using the terms
sasquatch or wildmen.

While the conference attracted its share of oddballs, there was
a serious tone to many, even if Harry and the Hendersons posters
were included in the displays.




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