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And a fine weekend it was.  As mentioned in an earlier post,  two members of the BFE staff, their spouses and another couple had planned to get away to the mountains over the Labor Day weekend.  The original plan was to take advantage of an offer to use a caboose and get dropped off many miles up the side of Cheat Mountain along the Greenbrier.  One of the crew had done some environmental consulting for the business and was willing to take this month’s retainer fee in trade.  What happened was the company had the chance to rent the caboose to some paying customers, and as it turned out there would be three of their cabooses within a mile of each other.   And so we did a passadena and went to the alternative plan.  We hopped a ride on one of their other trains and went deeper and higher on to the mountain where we jumped off for a two night backpacking trip.  Once dropped off we followed an abandoned rail line higher and deeper into the mountain, there are  a few there from the heydays of the timbering industry, and spent the night.  The second night we retreated back to a stop where they have a shelter, fire ring and a bear proof cache.  We caught the train back down the mountain on Monday.  It was a very enjoyable trip.  No cells, no net, physical, quiet, nearly wilderness.  It was a time to relax, reflect, cuss and discuss.  While we did have something visit camp the first night, while we found some impressive tree damage and we heard a few odd things, no bigfoot folks.  We did have a visual of a bear, he/she fled, and we did find two sets of bear tracks.  We did find a honey hole for some trout, catch and release.

Before dropping off the technology net we did tell our network of stringers, and one of them volunteered to listen to Kull’s show if there was some earth shattering news.  They knew we would not be able to communicate until late Monday afternoon, we really were not concerned as he would play his cards as he saw fit and then we would follow one of a few ideas we had developed earlier in the week.  I did listen to the show today during the commute to and from work.

FYI, Keating has used the date and time of his sighting since he wrote one of his mini books within the same year so it is not a matter of him “forgetting” something.  And Henry, if you don’t care, then why take part?

But overall, we received a kinder review than expected.  Kulls was caught in a circular problem.  If he got it right, then a denial could be issued.  Short of an admission, he did not have all the elements of an investigation; motive, method and opportunity, fully covered.  If he got it wrong, then that would have been embarassing.  We did hear the clue, we understand the clue, we choose not to comment upon the clue.  After all, this mysterious beast is all about mystery.  Will the treasure hunt continue?  Perhaps.

In the meantime we continue to have discussions related to goals, mission and objectives.  Our original idea was to call BS when we see it and point out some of the insanity and misbehaviors, it seems a few hundred folks a day find us interesting.

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Intriguing title, yes?

This post is a team effort from The Bigfootery Enquirer  staff.  Our midwest stringer had alerted us to a brewing flap from the weekend as some hot and heavy action was going down north of the Ohio River.  It seems that a few prior speakers from the Ohio conference were in agreement, Don Keating had stiffed them and welched out of promises made but not delivered in terms of what could only be called minor compensations related to their appearance at his annual fund-raising event.   It seems that one of the Keating posse became aware of this comparing of scorecards, so to speak, and naturally ran to him with the info.  The reaction by the “Bigfoot Bulldog”, bad and angry, was evidently a fairly predictable thing from what we hear.

Now here is where the blind squirrel deal works back into the picture.  On a whim this author, the blind squirrel, decided to listen to The Sasquatch Experience show on archive during lunch today.  Honestly, we get our fair share of tips, leaks and rumor, but I simply found the latest archived show on bigfoot.  After some small talk, and then some information from the guest, the first caller out of the box was Keating.  Some, like me, would call what followed funny, others would call it a sad reflection upon the caller and bigfootery in general.  After a veiled compliment to the guest, Keating got down to the real purpose of his call, a rant.  One could almost picture that large forehead glowing red like Rudolf as he started his attack, or was it a damage control spin?  One person in the chat room remarked he must be drunk.  Keating began by saying there was a “rumor” circulating that he did not compensate speakers as promised, but then went on to confirm that he might not have delivered as promised because of being so busy and not having anything in writing.   So it was not a rumor. 

 And then he went to the my conference is free justification, as if that justifies not giving people what was promised.  Sure, tell that to the people who paid for reserve seating, the numerous people who donated and participated in his raffle and who were hit up at the door for the “suggested donation”.  This no admission fee conference is a strong four figure, some say five, one day income payday for the sole proprietor.    Come on, a little drop of that windfall for the speakers, one less mohito on vacation, dude.

And then we were all treated to what is reportedly a classic Keating’ism.  The childish I am going to pick up my toys and go home threat.  He is cancelling his internet “radio” show and may not hold his conference because he is so fed up with bigfootery.  This is evidently a near annual behavior to solicit donations, create angst among the loyal cronies and to get a few strokes to Keating’s ego.  To date it has always been a hollow threat for personal gratification.

He rounded out his call by exhibiting a jealous reaction to someone else getting a public compliment about how well they run a conference, complaining about bigfootery politics and hanging up once the guest, hosts and those in the chatroom stopped just letting him rant without a counter perspective.  It was the classic behavior of a fourth level “bigfoot researcher”, the carnival barker.  A psychologist would have had a hey day listening to this performance.

I do want to compliment Shawn, one of the co-hosts.  He noted that one of the outspoken critics of bigfoot politics, Keating, called the show to engage exactly in that same thing and it was disrespectful to his guest to do so.  Keating’s call had a palpable negative impact to what had started as a better than your average show, show.  But from what we are hearing, it revealed him.

Here’s the link to the show, hopefully they will keep it up, and The Bigfootery Enquirer challenges them to do just that.

The Sasquatch Experience

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