As we had mentioned before, we are allowing our various stringers and contacts to offer ideas and stories for 2009. Here is one of those efforts.
One of the major developments in 2009 was the rise of the youtube bigfooter. For years youtube and bigfooting had been synonymous with “hoax”, the number of really bad attempts were in the dozens. Before going into the 2009 crop of youtube bigfooters, it only seems fair that we mention the MABRC, who were putting out instructional bigfoot videos prior to this new wave of bigfooters on youtube.
2009 saw something completely different happen on youtube. A small cadre of “Bigfoot Researchers” began to post raw video as they humped through their local woods, and a few of these guys were really putting in the effort and hours, even finding some things. There was some pushback from the established, veteran researchers toward these pioneers, after all they were putting content that your fourth level “Bigfoot Researcher” would normally try to sell. The pushback was loosely organized by the “Bully”, who sent out a few inflammatory public messages, carried on a real harangue with his posse and sent same out to the internet shows and sites to stage surrogate attacks upon his behalf. The youtube bigfooters were also spending real field time, making the weekend night social bigfooters who like to call themselves “field researchers” looking a bit silly, and certainly revealing the hypocrisy of their trying to call themselves as active in the field.
So who are some of the guys and gals we think are the rising researchers using this media? Tim from Ohio certainly deserves a mention for the sheer volume of videos and the enormous amount of time he is out searching. His idea is that it is a numbers game, there are the sightings that happen because of chance and then there are those that happen from a sheer crunching of time on task, he is taking the latter path. He has found a few things, heard a few things and has stayed at it despite the long hours, crappy weather and the attacks. Our advise to him, think steelhead spawn.
Then there is another Tim down in the sunshine state of Florida. Like his northern namesake he has put in the time and consistently put videos of his adventures up. One of his latest videos is interesting, although because of cover and distance one is not hit with “wow”, he did film something that was upright and walking, that much you can see and hear from the video. We also find the southern Tim entertaining when he gets fed up enough to rant. Sadly, he took down his video where he ranted after some of the attacks by the Bully and his pack. We have no tips for Tim, other than enjoy the winter temps and please put up that rant video. Here’s some of the video from the encounter we mentioned.
And finally, the youtube bigfooters have also used the site to document events that help resolve attempts to make evidence from natural occurences. In this particular case, the ABS, had a campout at Salt Fork Park in Ohio. Salt Fork is the focus of an upcoming article we will have based upon a visit last fall, just a little teaser we call it the ying and yang of SF. Like many “Bigfoot Researchers” they went into the park wanting and expecting something to happen, and as often happens when natural occurences and a mind looking to process to the conclusion of bigfoot, both combined to culminate in what they thought was an encounter. They immediately ran to the internet talks shows to report on this encounter and the scientifically successful camping trip the following week. One of the pieces of “evidence” was a dank urine smell that could only mean a bigfoot was nearby. A little knowledge of biothermals might have helped them, but then again the idea/goal/deepest desire is to find something, anything. One of the youtube bigfooters had the gumption to visit the park and investigate the smell claim and quickly debunked it. That is another new youtube bigfoot use we saw in 2009, video debunking of sightings and other claims. Our hats are off to this gal who did some critical thinking and investigation to poke a rather large hole in the ABS’s claim of an encounter, and show them for what they are; inexperienced once they step out from behind their computers, less than critical thinkers, wanna believe so bad that a few natural occurences can be sorted into an encounter – in other words just your typical bigfoot group and groupies. We hope this video stays up and the bigfoot mafia does not start to put the pressure on the gal to take it down.