Bigfoot fascinates me.
Not that I believe that there are 10’ tall hairy, smelly bipedal creatures running around the wilderness of America, I am completely enthralled by the people who DO believe this and spend their lives searching for these elusive beasts.
That is why the Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot series is appointment cable television for me. Produced by Ping Pong Productions, APFB follows a four-person search team from the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) as it travels across North America looking for the Sasquatch. This is the second season of APFB and it is some of the best “unintentional” comedy on television.
The team consists of BFRO head honcho Matt Moneymaker, Ranae Holland (The Scientist and Skeptic), Cliff Barackman (The Educator) and James "Bobo" Fay (Former Roady). The formula is simple…travel to a location where there have been multiple sightings, make sure you have at least one possible grainy, inconclusive video clip of a Squatch, host a town hall meeting where every crackpot within 50 miles can come and get themselves on a cable reality show and then the team goes out into the woods at night with thermal imaging gear to make Squatch calls.
It is the definitive way in which the team presents its evidence about the Bigfoot, but more commonly referred to as the Squatch, that is both compelling and rich.
While out in the woods in the middle of the night, any noise can be linked to the Squatch. A falling branch, deer moving or maybe just some locals out in the woods observing a film crew making the show are mostly defined as “Squatch” noises.
“There’s a Squatch in this woods.”
“Wow, that sounded exactly like a Squatch.”
“That’s they way they do it.”
“Bark twice if you are in Milwaukee.”
Any trail through the woods or a group of stacked limbs or sticks (a Squatch Deer Blind) is obviously being used by Squatchs.
In a recent episode filmed in Ohio (“one of the Squatchiest states in the country.”), BoBo, who is usually used as the Squatch stand-in for video purposes, camped out alone overnight in the woods.
The next morning, Bobo decided to cook up a little bacon on his camp stove. Bobo lets the viewers know that “Bacon is a known Squatch attractor but you have to eat the bacon before you throw it in the woods though so the Squatch knows it isn't poisonous and will eat it.”
A few months ago, I was sitting in my parents’ home in McKinney, Texas and decided to click on a 2011 episode of APFB. After watching for about 20 minutes, my father made one of the most profound statements about the Squatch: “Do you not think that if a Bigfoot existed in the backwoods of north Georgia that some ol’ boy wouldn't already have one stuffed and mounted in his house? There are too many people who have hunted those areas for over two hundred years and not one of them have ever shot, killed, skinned or eaten one? It is just not good common sense.”
Even in my home state of Texas, there are folks who are caught up in this epic struggle with nature. The Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that tracks the Squatch through Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. I am sure TBRC has spent is fair share of time in Nacogdoches County.
If you have not watched Finding Bigfoot on Animal Planet, I suggest you do. The show is one of the channel’s most watched series with increased ratings for the second season. Whether you are a believer or not, take some time to see for yourself.
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