Bigfoot in the news and in graffiti

Ah Bigfoot… I love reading headlines about this guy. Don’t know what it is about the cryptid creature, I just think that the Giganthopithecus theory holds some water.
The BlogSquatcher has a good post from guest blogger about a new perspective on the Patterson/Gimlin film.

There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of sightings of these creatures throughout the world. No concrete evidence exists of them, but they are every where from mythological stories to modern art. It seems the the Bigfoot is becoming more accepted and recognized nowadays.

In fact, it’s funny. I was walking late last night to grab a bite to eat and do some writing, when I saw this graffiti on the sidewalk

sidewalkBigfoot-Astronaut graffiti in downtown L.A.

Felton — The legendary Bigfoot is not a legend after all, and has been seen in remote parts of Santa Cruz County, according to the sponsors of a June 7 discussion and exhibit on the reality of Bigfoot.

The event will be held at the Bigfoot Discovery Museum located on Highway 9 in Felton.

Museum curator Michael Rugg said not only is Bigfoot real, but he himself once saw the primate with his own eyes.

“As a boy, when I was 5 years old I saw Bigfoot,” he said. “My family had a saw mill in Laytonville Humboldt-Mendocino county line. We vacationed and fished on the Eel River. We were camping on a beach and my parents were fixing breakfast, and I wandered off one morning. I came to a sand bar in the river and saw a very large hairy man, completely covered in bushy dark hair, with nothing on but the remnants of a torn shirt hanging off one shoulder. I looked at the hairy man, and he looked at me, and then I heard my parents screaming, Mikey! Mikey where are you?'”

Rugg said he ran to get his parents and return to the site, but Bigfoot was gone.

Called the Bigfoot Discovery Project, the June 7 event will feature a talk by David Paulides, a former police investigator and noted Bigfoot researcher who wrote a book titled “The Hoopa Project, Bigfoot Encounters in California,” focusing on areas in Northern California where the greatest concentrations of alleged Bigfoot activity exist. Many of the witnesses featured in the book are American Indians.

They have signed affidavits testifying to what they saw, he said.

Michael Rugg shows off his latest drawings at his Bigfoot Museum in Felton (Dan Coyro/Sentinel)

Bigfoot allegedly has been seen in wooded areas of Santa Cruz County including the region between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay, the northwest side of Loch Lomond, the Nisene Marks Forest along Aptos Creek Road, and the Quail Hollow Sunset Trail area near Felton.

Rugg is also writing a book on the subject of Bigfoot and said much of the information to be presented is based on personal interviews. He described Bigfoot as a large bi-pedal primate, not a missing link as some people wrongly think.

“Missing link is a misused term,” he said. “That’s a link in a chain showing a transition in evolutionary traits between prosimian animals and monkeys.”

Famous film footage taken in 1967 in the Six Rivers National Forest near Crescent City in Northwest California, called the Patterson/Gimlin film, Rugg said shows a genuine Bigfoot, or “Sasquatch” as it is sometimes called. A similar creature called a Yeti has been seen in the Himalayas.

“We even have a tooth that might be from a Bigfoot,” Rugg said.

Rugg, 63, a resident of Felton, was a graphic artist involved in the high-tech industry before retiring and going into Bigfoot research full time. He said the subject often provokes derision and skepticism among disbelievers, but people need to be open minded about the possibility.

“The BDP will add to the dialogue of the impending discovery of Bigfoot by Western science and the general public,” he said. “If anthropologists are right, the only thing separating us from these forest giants is the grid of our culture, our technology.”

Full source: Santa Cruz Sentinel