Saturday, January 28, 2012
In the first week of February, 2012, it will have been four years that Linda Newton-Perry along with her husband, Christopher Perry, began writing this column. How does one decide to write a bigfoot column? It certainly wasn’t a lifelong interest for either of us. I grew up in California and Kansas and didn’t hear of bigfoot until I was living in Oregon. Christopher, as well, can’t recall being aware of bigfoot until after our move. We moved to Oregon in 1969. As you know, the Patterson-Gimlin bigfoot film had been in circulation since 1967, and a lesser known bigfoot “discovery” was the dead bigfoot found under a log in Oregon after the Columbus Day Storm of 1962, where photos were confiscated and the bigfoot body sent to several agencies, including the Smithsonian. Information, however, of the 1962 “find” was never shared with the public. It has been said that a photo of this dead animal was tacked to the wall or door of a local cafe until it burned down. So, who knows how many people have viewed that photo? If you would like to read more about the Columbus Day animal go to our online bigfoot magazine, Bigfoot Ballyhoo and use the search tool to find many articles about it (www.bigfootballyhoo.blogspot.com).
To our surprise, we found the state of Oregon was steeped in bigfoot lore, from its Native American population, to its rail-line workers and its city dwellers who enjoyed the mountains in leisure pursuits. So, four years ago, when we gave up our interest in the local paper, I wanted to keep my hand in writing for it; this required a subject to write about. The editor of the paper, Jean Ivey, did not believe in bigfoot. As a matter of fact, she rolled her eyes each time I mention the animal. Ivey soon sold the paper. Becky Holm, the new owner, needing columnists to fill the “white space”, allowed our off-the-wall column. For a short time this column was in three local papers, including Jean Ivey’s paper she was affiliated with, The Coquille Valley Sentinel, now The Sentinel.
A few months after we started the newspaper column, we began the online bigfoot magazine, Bigfoot Ballyhoo. The blog was put in place to help with information for the column. The blog and column work well together. We appreciate all the comments on the blog, letters and greetings. Till next week, keep talking bigfoot.