The Neophyte “Bigfoot Researcher” aka, The Newbie
So you want to become a Bigfoot Researcher, eh? Well, it is quite easy. It requires no exams, no demonstration of skills and no independent reviews, all you need to do is proclaim yourself a bigfoot researcher and, ta da, you are one.
Actually, you will need a few things. First, you are going to need the ability to read, a fifth grade reading level will more than suffice. The ability to read will come in handy as you will likely want to read at least one bigfoot related book and be able to function in the primary arena of activity for bigfoot researchers, the world wide web. Obviously the second item you will need is inter-net access and an email address, at home, at the library or, dare I say it, at work. I suggest a catchy email address with bigfoot, yeti or sasquatch in it somewhere. With just those two things you can embark upon your journey into bigfootery.
You are going to need just a smattering of background and lingo to get by as a ” Bigfoot Researcher” . I suggest the following website as a primer. Read about the classic reports and what is new to get the basic education you need as a “Bigfoot Researcher”.
It might also be helpful to learn about incidents in your particular geographic area, one of the grails of “Bigfoot Researchers”, the sighting report. You will find many at the following location, some “Bigfoot Researchers” question the quality of the investigation of those reports, some are the real deal, some may be less than so. You can find other reports for your particular state by using a search engine, many third level Bigfoot Researchers stock them.
At this point you have read about some of the classic bigfoot reports and read some sighting reports around you, with just a few more minutes of work you can now call yourself a ” Bigfoot Researcher”. Now you need to know a little bit of lingo to finish up your entry to this wacky world. Learn what P/G and Patty means, learn some of the various regional names for bigfoot (the more obscure the more “Bigfoot Researcher” street cred you will earn), throw around the term field work, know who the four horsemen are/were, find a bigfoot related film and adopt it as your favorite. And that should do it, now call yourself a “Bigfoot Researcher” and you are on your way.
Consider being a “Bgfoot Researcher” to be similar to the process Masons or Scientologists undergo. There are stages as you evolve as a “Bigfoot Researcher”. But do not despair, the steps are easy, there are no tests and a person with the proper ego and bull-crapping skills can approach the top of the field in a year or two at the most. We will get into moving through the other three or four stages of being a “Bigfoot Researcher” in subsequent posts and take you to the next level.