Okay, it is well established now that there was no Bigfoot body discovered in the mountains of North Georgia, but sadly there are going to be a few… slower adults that will still believe the hoax. And somehow the three guys that cooked up this scheme will find a way to benefit financially. They’ll write a book, make a film, sell t-shirts, bumper stickers, and signed posters of the now infamous Bigfoot costume in a freezer. But that’s okay because the people who buy into this crap are the same people who will spend their last twenty bucks on a pack of cigarettes and lottery tickets. In short, they get what they deserve.
But what about the rest of us? Where do we go from here? Look, I write science fiction and horror. I tend toward the unbelievable. It’s fun to think there’s a giant undiscovered bipedal ape running around in the forest somewhere in North America. Is it probable? No. Is it possible? Certainly. Even Jane Goodall believes in Bigfoot, and she’s been hanging out with apes most of her life. Who am I to argue? I believe because it’s just too damn cool not to believe.
Luckily there are scientist and researchers out there who are seriously considering the possibility of Bigfoot (Which is an awful name. I like Sasquatch much better). They are applying sound scientific methodology to the circumstantial evidence that is currently available. If Bigfoot is ever discovered, a press conference won’t be called by a talk show host and two guys who need help tying their shoes. It will be called by a panel of scientist with indisputable evidence.
To that end, Professor Jeff Meldrum has penned the definitive book on Bigfoot. It’s called Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science. It’s devoid of hyperbole and sensationalism. Meldrum is an expert in human locomotor adaptations. He applies his expertise to the evidence that is available. I recommend the book highly even if you’re a nonbeliever, but most especially if you want to find a reason to believe.
Here is a link to an NPR interview Meldrum did in November of 2006. ‘Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science’. I’m an author of science fiction and horror. It’s almost expected of me to believe in something as outrageous as Bigfoot. But think of everything that Meldrum is risking by saying he’s a believer. Now think about the extra scrutiny he’s receiving right now because three tools put a Bigfoot costume in a freezer and called a press conference. BTW – What is wrong with this nation’s media? They actually sent reporters to the press conference.