Erik passed quietly from this life in June, 2008. He had cancer and many knew he was ill, but with Beckjord one always had to wonder where fact and fiction lie.
Bigfootery lost an interesting character when Erik died. He was passionate about mysteries like bigfoot, nessie and crop circles. His message was always out on the fringe, and the way he delivered that message was even more extreme. He loved the challenge of debate and could be relentless. He was pretty much banned from most locales of www-bigfootery, many times he was known as the one who shall remain nameless. His willingness to be disruptive had resulted in him getting thrown out of events, and the rumor that he might attend an event would often throw the organizers into a tither.
Many “Bigfoot Researchers” had close encounters with Erik via email or even the phone. His style was usually to push a few buttons, issue a BONK or two and see if he could get a rise from his mark. If the mark responded Erik then embarked upon a debate to wear the mark down and into submission.
The Bigfootery Enquirer will miss the wit and intelligence of Erik Beckjord. A month seldom went by where he was not worth a great laugh. After all the guy coined the phrase, “Trust no Coleman, except for the stove”. And one of his final expeditions with Tara H, absolute bigfootery gold, a classic and funny misadventure. If this blog had existed while he was alive or if his life had continued, I’m sure he would have provided bountiful content.
I have one more thought to share before ending this post. Some “Bigfoot Researchers” knew Beckjord but many knew of him. One of the things about www- bigfootery that is particularly disconcerting is this phenomena. Many “Bigfoot Researchers” formed opinions of Beckjord based upon what they read and heard, and much of what they read and heard were from people who did not know him but had simply read or heard some things. The group think in bigfootery is troubling. While the Bigfootery Enquirer recommends that aspiring low level “Bigfoot Researchers” honor group think to rise into the second and third level of bigfootery, once you arrive, think for yourself.
4/26/39 – 6/22/08
Not exactly the way you wanted to solve the mystery, but you have now solved it.