Friday, October 24, 2014

Retro-Friday: Speakers' Summaries from the 2009 Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up

A few months late, but here is my summary of the Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up...


The event began with Bill Munns giving an excellent treatise on the Patterson/Gimlin Film, describing his work on the film and some of the difficulties he had in working on it. He described his work with photogrammetry and how he applied it to the film, and how his examination of the size of the creature was initially inaccurate because he assumed that Patterson had used a 25-Millimeter lens on his film camera. Through time and error, he found that there was a 15-Millimeter lens available for that camera, and that made all the difference in Munns' examination of the film. He was able to create via computer graphics the landmarks on the film site and found that the new calculations helped him immensely to determine the distance between Patterson and "Patty"-it correlated with Chris Murphy's calculation of 102 feet between the man and the creature.


Presentation rating: ***** out of *****

Next, Scott Nelson, a crypto-linguist, gave a really good treatise on the work he has done on the Sierra Sounds and his analysis of what may be a language within the strange sounds. He played several samples of the recordings, then told the attendees that he seemed to hear some strange languages, almost Samurai-like. Ron Morehead also spoke of Scott's work and also of his perspective of being there when the recordings were made.

Website: Bigfoot Language

Presentation rating: ***1/2 out of *****

Finally, for the first night, Derek Randles gave a really terrific presentation on something called the Olympic Project which involves putting camouflaged game cams up to attempt to get a photo of a Sasquatch. He showed several photos of Cougars and deer and elk and bears taken with the cams.


Presentation rating: **** out of *****

Beginning the next day, Chris Murphy gave an overall presentation on the history of Sasquatch sightings as seen in his books Meet The Sasquatch and Know The Sasquatch/Bigfoot, basically skimming through the historical reports (Ape Canyon, Ostman, P/G Film, William Roe) and discussing some things found in Native American legends.

Website: Chris Murphy's Sasquatch Awareness Center

Presentation Rating: ****1/2 out of *****

Following Murphy was Dr. John Bindernagel, who presented on his upcoming new book The Discovery of the Sasquatch which carries on the themes in his previous book North America's Great Ape: The Sasquatch as well as addressing scientists who do not seem to be open-minded to the possibility of the existence of these bipeds. His presentation was not designed to bash his fellow colleagues, but instead to present them with the evidence collected and allowing them to make up their own minds. Bindernagel addressed a good deal of scientific resistance and said that when the mystery is solved, we will find that this was all just normal resistance and that we will get validation.

Website: Dr. John Bindernagel

Presentation Rating: ***** out of *****

Dmitry Pirkulov took the podium next and addressed the hominid situation in his home country of Russia, as well as sharing a message for Bob Gimlin from Marie Jeanne-Kaufmann. He mainly showed videos of Igor Bourtsev and other Russian investigators conducting research and interviews. He also showed video and photos of what appeared to be a dead lamb killed by something. The question was asked as to what killed it.

Website: N/A

Presentation Rating: **** out of *****

Kathy Strain was next and presented information found in her excellent book Giants, Cannibals and Monsters: Bigfoot In Native Culture on the Native American legends of the Sasquatch/Bigfoot. She talked of the commonalities with legends, especially the commonality of a basket-carrying hominid. She also spoke of the Hairy Man legend, the pictograph located in California from the Yokut tribe. She also presented a stone head which a man found on eBay which may represent a Bigfoot head or something similar.

Website: Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers

Presentation Rating: ****1/2 out of *****

The final presentation was from Dr. Jeff Meldrum on the Patterson/Gimlin Film as related to the footprints, more particularly the mid-tarsal break which was photographed by Lyle Laverty and cast by Bob Titmus, as well as casts from Patterson which have some dynamic features to them even though they are flat. He also showed some of the early work from M.K. Davis (before his more recent colorful assessments) which showed the foot bending in the middle. Also the flexing of the toes was shown.

Website: Anthropoidipes Ameriborealis, a species named from Footprints

Presentation Rating: ****1/4 out of *****


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Summaries of Speakers' Presentations at the Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up 2014:

Chris Murphy/Thomas Steenburg:

Murphy spoke briefly of the Sasquatch Revealed Exhibit which started at the Yakima Valley Museum back in April and runs through December 27th. He started putting the materials for the exhibit together in 2002, with the main contributor being John Green,  but others, such as Rene Dahinden, Jeff Meldrum, Grover Krantz, Roger Patterson, Bob Gimlin, John Bindernagel and Bob Titmus also have an important part in the Exhibit. Chris highly praised the curators of the Museum, saying this was the best of the four previous exhibits he has presented. Later, he and Steenburg spoke of their friend Rene Dahinden, talking about the famous 1977 Mission, BC bus driver hoax (Steenburg was not shy in naming the bus driver, Pat Lundquist!). They showed slides of Dahinden's home and discussed what he did for a living, which was mining lead from skeet shots at the Vancouver Gun Club, and he would clean and polish the shot and sell it back to the Gun Club for poverty wages. Rene also had a place for returning swallows, safe from his cat, simply named "Kat."

Dr. John Bindernagel:

John presented some very interesting evidence and how the Patterson/Gimlin Film is important and ties into all the other evidence. He discussed footprint casts, tree structures, anomalous hairs and tree twists and also showed eyewitness sketches and noted the consistent similarities in descriptions from around the country and from Canada. He showed a small Sasquatch footprint cast which was given to him by Dr. Meldrum which illustrates that just as there are large Sasquatch, there are small ones too, but not very often are their footprints found or cast, but this particular one from southeast Washington was. Bindernagel is of the belief that the P/G Film is real and should be included in the canon of evidence and is the most important piece of visual evidence we have.

Dr. Jeff Meldrum:

Jeff presented on the Sasquatch and other Wildmen, going over the history of various historical hominoids or hominins, such as Australopithecus, Gigantopithecus, Homo Erectus and other relict hominoids. He also showed how certain anatomical similarities between hominoids have a great deal of consistency. His studies of the anatomy of locomotion figured into his examinations of the footprint casts of Sasquatch, including those from Paul Freeman which seemed to show similar anatomical features to casts from 1967 and 1989 from Bluff Creek, California and China, and they all show the feature Jeff has been pointing out since the mid-'90's, the Mid-Tarsal Break. Not only these footprint casts, but also the Jerry Crew footprint casts from 1958 show mid-foot flexibility as well. He asserted that the footprints cast by Roger Patterson, even though they were flat because Patterson was merely looking for the best footprints, still displayed the long toes and the flexibility. He concluded by showing an amazing new innovative 3D model of a Sasquatch skeleton made from individual parts of printers' paper which was 8 1/2 feet tall. Truly amazing and ground-breaking material.

Bill Munns:

Bill's 7-year study of the Patterson/Gimlin Film has yielded some magnificent results which show the reality of the creature in the footage. He essentially gave a nearly hour-long presentation of his book When Roger Met Patty where he discussed how the camera model Patterson used worked, a Kodak K-100 which did not have a trigger on a pistol grip which had to be added to the camera. Bill presented a computer model of the filmsite, with an animated Patterson and Patty, which showed Patterson's positions as he was running to get closer to the creature, as well as Patty's positions as she quickly walked away from Patterson and Gimlin. Roger did have to cross the creek to get to the creature, and as a result, he did turn off the camera a few times, as white spots in the film show at several points (whether this was intentional or accidental is unclear). Bill made the point that the reason for the pistol grip was because that model of camera would have been difficult to hold running like Patterson was and there was a good chance of dropping the camera without a grip on it, which would have ended any chance of getting good footage. Bill continues to raise the bar on studies of this film, and I am sure his work is not done and if there is more to be found, he will find it and present it.

John Mionczynski:

A lecture from a wildlife biology consultant and botanist is a true highlight of any conference, and John's presentation was no exception. John discussed his beginnings in his profession, from a prospector to a consultant for the Government in Wyoming, but his work has also taken him to Colorado and Montana, mainly in the Rocky Mountains. His presentation focused on food habits and environment and how it relates to Sasquatch, and John has found that Grizzly Bears are not too much unlike Sasquatch in their food habits or their territory. John listed different fauna that large predators can feast on, as well as flora (different plants, even those that seem poisonous to humans and some animals, but Grizzlies can actually digest them, interestingly enough). He listed at least 82 different plants that can be eaten by even humans as well as mammals, including pine nuts which are rich in Vitamin C, as well as certain types of berries, obviously depending on what is in season. John also talked about how he and Dr. Meldrum are using cadaver dogs to try to find possible dead Sasquatch. Really great presentation.

Cliff Barackman:

One of the stars of Finding Bigfoot presented on recurrence of individuals in Sasquatch tracks, using as examples footprints from Paul Freeman in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Washington; Tracks in Northern California of the same individual casted by Jerry Crew, Bob Titmus and Roger Patterson in 1958 and 1963 and casts believed to be of the P/G Film individual, found by Al Hodgson, Bob Titmus and others before the film was shot. He noted some differences in sizes of casts, but he pointed out that sometimes there is a bit of slide in footprints and that footprints are not the shape of the foot, but the damage done to the ground by the foot. He pointed out similarities in the recurring individuals which seemed to be identifying marks, such as the toes and the slant of the toes downward rather than straight across as would be seen in hoaxed tracks. Cliff also made an interesting observation-the footprints with mid-foot flexibility not only flex up and down, but side to side vertically and horizontally! I found that to be rather ground-breaking and surprising. Cliff has based his observations on his 200-piece cast collection and admits he is a cast nerd. Really terrific stuff.

Ron Morehead:

Ron was one of the collectors of the Sierra Sounds after Alan Berry had initially come into the hunting camp in the high Sierras in the early-'70's, and got some really interesting recordings, especially after the creatures got used to the men in the camp. Initially, the creatures sounded hostile and menacing, but seemed to get used to the men and expressed themselves with almost happy sounds in 1974. Ron played several sound clips as well as discussing Scott Nelson and R. Lynn Kirlin's analyses of the sounds. He showed some interesting photos of a trackway they found when they went up into the Sierras a few years ago, with Scott Nelson and Ron's daughter Rhonda being present, when Ron got thrown off a horse and injured his ribs. He also discussed a trip to Peru he took where he seemed to find some evidence of skulls similar to hairy giants, skulls being elongated and shaped like cones. Ron has looked into the possibility that Sasquatch is related to ancient beings in the Bible named Nephilim which are more spiritual beings than anything else. He also is open to the possibility of an alien connection as well. All in all, a very good way to cap off the event.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Finally made it home yesterday

and want to thank my host for the weekend, Diane Cambron Jeffries, for her hospitality (and I promise, we will get that other matter taken care of). Also want to thank the Yakima Valley Museum for holding the event, as well as the organizers, Tom Yamarone, John Kirk III and the one and only Mr. Bob Gimlin. It was a true honor for me on Saturday night to get up and talk about Bob in front of the crowd (and thank you to the organizers for that opportunity!). It was great to see old friends and make new ones, and it was a tremendous time. I am not sure if there will ever be such an event like it again, but even if there is not, I was just honored to be able to come to this event in Bob's hometown. Kudos to all the organizers, speakers and others.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Am in Yakima, Washington, and the Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up begins this evening!!!!!!

Am at the Oxford Inn, with a beautiful view of the Yakima River outside the patio window. Saw Winona Alexis and John Kirk last night at Red Lobster, and saw Bob Gimlin, Jonathan Wilk and Tom Yamarone this morning. Am having a great time so far. Pictures and videos to come soon!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Official Announcement for the Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up 2014!!!!!!


Is there any information on-line?  Well, now (officially), there is.
I am organizing another

October 10 and 11, 2014
additional Sasquatch Revealed Talks October 12th
Yakima Valley Museum, Yakima, Washington

If you were at the May 2009 ground-breaking conference and tribute banquet, you will know this is a unique bigfoot event. Our goal is to present the BEST EVIDENCE for the existence of these hominoid creatures known as sasquatch, bigfoot. It is also a goal of this event to pay tribute to some of the pioneer researchers responsible for documenting evidence of their existence many years ago - to recognize their achievement. This year we will pay tribute to Bob Gimlin, Roger Patterson, Jerry Crew, Al Hodgson, Grover Krantz and have a memorial slideshow of Rene Dahinden.  Finally, we hope to bring together many like-minded sasquatch / bigfoot researchers whom we hold in high regard. Not everyone attending has to give a presentation and we make sure there is plenty of social time scheduled to allow for interaction in a relaxed setting.  That about sums it up. Carpe diem, my friends. The Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up is BACK! This year only...

Location:  Yakima Valley Museum, 2105 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA 98902

Friday, October 10, 2014
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  Registration and Meet and Greet Social Mixer.  Private after-hours viewing of the Sasquatch Revealed exhibit for conference attendees.  Includes hors d'oeuvres, snack foods and complimentary soft drinks, beer and wine. Speakers and other researchers will be available to meet and greet during the mixer.
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Christopher L. Murphy “Curator Introduction to Sasquatch Revealed  Exhibit” and  “Pioneers of Bigfoot Evidence  - Jerry Crew, Al Hodgson, Bob Gimlin, Roger Patterson, Rene Dahinden and Grover Krantz” (w/ Tom Yamarone, Jeff Meldrum and others).

Saturday, October 11, 2014
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.   Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up 2014 Sasquatch Lectures
1:00 – 1:50 p.m.  Dr. John Bindernagel  “Current Scientific Evaluation of Sasquatch Evidence”
2:00 – 2:50 p.m.  Dr. Jeff Meldrum  “Best Evidence for Sasquatch to Date”
3:10 – 4:00 p.m.  Bill Munns  “The Patterson-Gimlin Film Examined – When Roger (and Bob) Met Patty”
4:15 – 4:40 p.m.  Bob Gimlin “Recounting October 20, 1967”

Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up 2014   Tribute Banquet
5:45 – 6:15 p.m.  Pre-dinner Cocktails and Conversation
6:15 – 6:30 p.m.  Seating for Tribute Banquet
6:30 – 7:45 p.m.  Local Delicacies Buffet Banquet
7:45 – 8:00 p.m.  Dessert
8:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Tributes to Pioneers of Bigfoot Evidence

Sunday, October 11, 2014
Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up 2014   Sasquatch Revealed Lectures
$15 / separate admission   $35 / Reserved Seat in Rows 1 and 2
12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m.  Introduction and Welcome to General Public Attendees
12:10 – 1:00 p.m.  John Mionczynski  “Evaluation of Sasquatch Habitat”
1:10 – 2:00 p.m.  Ron Morehead “Sierra Sounds Recordings Revisited”
2:20 – 3:10 p.m.  Cliff Barackman  “Bigfoot Evidence from Bluff Creek”
3:10 – 3:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up 2014
We can accommodate 150 people for the Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up Tribute Banquet. 
A few dozen more tickets will be available for the Friday Meet & Greet Mixer, the Saturday Bigfoot Evidence Lectures and Sunday’s Sasquatch Revealed Talks.

send an email to TOM YAMARONE at  
subject: Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up 2014

Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up
$70   General Admission  - includes  Friday Meet and Greet social mixer and Bigfoot/Sasquatch Pioneers Presentation, Saturday lecture series and tribute banquet.
$95  Reserved Ticket – includes all of the above with a reserved seat for the movie in a private row, reserved seat in Rows 1 through 3 for the lecture series.  

Sunday’s Sasquatch Revealed Talks  
General Admission: $15
Reserved Seating: $35 (reserved seat in row 1, 2  and 3) NOTE: if you have purchased a reserved seat for Friday and Saturday, this will carry over to Sunday’s event.

Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up commemorative T-shirt: $15  / XXL or larger $17
(We prefer you to pre-order your t-shirt and pay in advance.  Shirts will be available at registration on Friday. Produced by Sasquatch Prints of Pocatello, Idaho.)

Special hotel rates available at our host hotel, a 2 and 1/2 star property where all of the participants will be staying.  Information will be provided by email upon registration. 

Tom Yamarone

Monday, August 11, 2014

Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up 2014 Update 8-11-14


Hope this finds you enjoying your summer.
All is going well with the planning for the Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up, October 10, 11 & 12, 2014.

In the last two weeks, I was able to make a very good agreement with our host hotel, 
The Oxford Inn
1603 E. Yakima Avenue
Yakima, WA
phone: 509-457-4444
reservations: 800-521-3050
GROUP NAME: Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up  
GROUP RATE:  $81/night (1 or 2 beds)  -  my agreement asked that the final rate with taxes be a flat $90 per night. (that is a very good discount from their regular rate.)

The hotel offers very nice rooms - all with a view of the Yakima River.  They have coffee and refrigerators in the room, a pool and hot tub and a continental breakfast as well as other amenities. Here is a link to their TripAdvisor reviews and hotel details:


We plan to have a Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up t-shirt design available later this week. Please hold off on your ticket payments so that you might include your t-shirt order. The shirts have always been the best souvenir and this year will be no different. 

For now, let's finalize your reservation. Your ticket reservations are guaranteed as long as payment is made 30 days prior to the event.  (September 10, 2014 is our goal to receive your payments.)

What is important now is for you to reply to this email with the names as they will appear on the event name tags and what level of ticket(s) you are reserving.

Also, go ahead a book your room and make your travel plans. We are very excited for this gathering and tribute conference. As was the case in 2009, we have some very special activities planned and some wonderful people who are going to be joining us. This will certainly be a fitting tribute to Bob Gimlin, Roger Patterson, Jerry Crew and other pioneers of bigfoot research. And fitting to bring us altogether in Yakima while the SASQUATCH REVEALED exhibit is on display for the rest of the year. 

Friday & Saturday Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up Conference and Tribute Banquet
$70 General Admission includes Friday Meet & Greet w/ complimentary beverages and snacks, Saturday lectures and banquet. Note: price change was due to banquet price increase.)
$95 Reserved Seats for all presentations in Rows 1 and 2. Plus all of the above.

$15  Sunday Sasquatch Revealed Talks  (Noon to 3:30 p.m.)
Cliff Barackman, Ron Morehead and John Mionczynski (pending confirmation)

$15 Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up t-shirt (printed by Sasquatch Prints, Pocatello, Idaho)

I would prefer this method. There are only 120 tickets to process so this is a very manageable amount of processing.
If you would like to use PayPal, my email address & paypal account is:
Please add $5 to cover the PayPal fees (or "GIFT"  me the money w/o any fees).

Take care,

Friday, July 18, 2014

Further Updates on the Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up 2014 from Tom Yamarone

Hi everybody,

Greetings friends of the Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up! Hope your summer is going well. 

There is no news as of today to report regarding a host hotel or our banquet. And that's OK. Everything is  locked in as far as our primary speaking line-up and event dates and time.s
Items not locked in:  a large group screening of the film "Willow Creek" - waiting to hear back from the director regarding the details. And John Mionczynski speaking on Sunday. He will be attending the event, but I had not broached the subject of his presentation prior to the distribution of the tentative agenda. We will speak when he is out of the mountains in early August. :-)   And so it goes...

It works for me to update you after returning from my trip to Oregon next weekend that includes a stop-over in Yakima. At that time, I will have discussed our banquet menu with the caterer, photographed the event location and chosen a host hotel.  Once I've returned to California on Tuesday, July 29th, I will email you all Wed or Thursday.  I plan to take payments by check - Paypal will be an option, too - between August 10th and September 10th. That period will be sufficient and will allow me to ensure all costs are detailed prior to payment. 

Everything looks great for this to be another one-of-a-kind gathering like we had in 2009. Our goal for this Round-Up is for there to be a few excellent presentations and plenty of time to interact in a relaxed, social setting. And, of course, a wonderful banquet on Saturday night followed by tributes to Bob Gimlin, Roger Patterson, Jerry Crew and Al Hodgson. Sunday's lecture series was added to benefit the museum but as that gets finalized, it may be an excellent set of talks for an extra $15. 

For now, enjoy your weekend. Don't hesitate to email or call with any questions. 
take care, 
Tom Yamarone
Livermore, California

P.S. Also the Sasquatch Revealed exhibit is on display until early December.  The Yakima Valley Museum has done an excellent job with the exhibit and it is very impressive.  Here are a few photographs I took in April.

Updated Yakima Bigfoot Round-Up 2014 Video!!!!!!