www.bigfootdiscoveryproject.com November 19, 2006 Volume 2 Number 7
Message from the Curator
Now that our first fund-raising flea market haspassed, I need to thank all of you who helpedmake it happen. That would include a few folkswhose help was very substantial, like DaveD’Arpino, Mike Barrow, and Joyce Kearney. Ialso want to mention Mellow Russell, AnnaKay, Hillary Ferris and Dean Verheyen. Thanks,you guys really made it happen. And thanks toall the others who contributed in one way oranother. We raised well over $500.Things are still a bit sketchy in the finance area,but we have confidence that we’ll be able tokeep everything intact and underway, even if itis not a 24/7 endeavor. Bigfooting gets slow inthe winter anyway. I have interviewed for a jobwith a nearby computer software company as aMarcom Associate, but they are looking for anexperienced HTML/Dreamweaver mavin, andI’m not there yet. I have been working atteaching myself how to make web pages andhave made great progress in a fairly short time,but I don’t think I’ll be ready for this particular job in time. The best thing about this jobpossibility is that it gave me incentive to learnthe ropes on web sites ASAP. So before toolong you’ll start to see some changes in theBDP web site as I learn the ropes myself. Imentioned in the last issue, we have some folkswho already have the knowledge who havevolunteered to help upgrade our site. But so farthe project is still awaiting action. Once I learnthe ropes, the site will become a lot moredynamic as we’ll be able to make frequentpostings, especially about our ongoing researchof local sighting reports.Our last couple of meetings have been fairlysmall groups. For a while we had an average of 18-22 people at the monthly meetings, but forvarious reasons the attendance has beendeclining. This is to be expected from time totime, as most people have lives that don’trevolve around bigfoot studies. There are familyevents, school and other social events that cancoincide with the meeting date and result inmissed meetings. But we sometimes wonder if the meetings are becoming too similar, with thesame old same-o. At the last meeting we talkedabout working up a calendar for next year thatwould include more variety in the types of gatherings, including more time spent as agroup out in the woods. We are also going tolook into having more guest speakers wheneverpossible to share their insights and theoriesabout bigfoot.For example, I recently spoke with ThomPowell, author of
and he seemedinterested in our work here; should he be in theBay area, we’ll probably be able to talk him intoan appearance at the museum (Thom does hisbigfooting in Oregon.) I also spoke with CraigWoolheater, head of the Texas Bigfoot groupand one of the bloggers on
Hesaid he plans to visit the Bay Area in Januaryand will be coming by the museum to talk shop.He’s putting together a bigfoot museum inJefferson, Texas next year. Hopefully his visitcan be set to coincide with our first meeting of 2007.Sometimes I think the attendance problem hasto do with the meeting date. Not everyone canget to Felton on a Sunday night because of theneed to be at work early the next morning.Whatever day we choose, there will of coursebe conflicts for some folks, so we’re consider-ing having an occasional meeting on a differentday of the week: Saturday, for example. Anyfeedback you guys can give me as to whyyou’re no longer coming to the meetings wouldbe helpful. By the way, some of our membersare active bigfoot researchers but live out of theimmediate area. If any of you plan to be inour neck of the woods, please let me know inadvance so we can promote a meeting with youas a guest speaker, to share some of yourexperiences or insights with other members.There’s strength in numbers, and we hopeto make this museum more dynamic in thecoming year so everyone will be lookingforward to each meeting. Hopefully ourmembership will continue to grow, andremember, a group like this can survive only if the individual members are willing to partici-pate from time to time and not just sit back andread the newsletter each month. Write an essayon your best guess as to what bigfoot is; shareyour own bigfoot encounter or event; tell usabout your last bigfoot outing; recommend anew book, movie or documentary. Be an activemember. (No meeting this December. Our next isJan 21, 2007)Another issue for the museum is the recruitingof genuine scientists, academics and othertypes of consultants to serve as advisors to theBDP. Just yesterday we had a visit from a manwho says he’s a Nez Percé Medicine Man.This guy was about 6’11 and said his NativeAmerican name is “Talks with Owls.” I askedhim if he might be available to accompany uson some of our outings next year and he saidyes. I also had a recent visit from an Archeolo-gist from UC Berkeley who was willing toshare some insights on local Native Americanhistory as it might relate to bigfoot.
Recent acquisitions for the Reference Library:
OREGON BIGFOOT Search for a Living Legend
Autumn Williams, Kelly Berdahl, MichaelNave and videographer Jeff Johnson.
Cryptozoology: Out of Time Place Scale
Catalog of an exhibit of art organized by theBates College Museum of Art and the H&RBlock Artspace at the Kansas City ArtInstitute---Michael Rugg
Rummage Sale Fund-raiser at the museum
Mike R, Joyce, Tom, Dean, Mike B, Dave, Hillary