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The Historical Bigfoot Paperback – August 22, 2006
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The amusing part of this whole collection is just how many newspapers would claim the creatures were escaped circus/carnival/zoo gorillas/orang-utangs/chimps/baboons. Man, zoo and circus security must have sucked because there were gorillas escaping all over the place. You quickly can tell this is an excuse the news used to try and explain the incidents, whether there were in reality any escaped gorillas or not. With the number of "escaped gorillas" from circuses, you'd think they wouldn't have any attractions left.
The second amusing explanation by the news was that these were often halfbreed children, escaped insane people (again very poor security for asylums), or lost hikers which all managed to instantly grow full body covering hair. Whew, if there were that many escaped crazy people, escaped gorillas, and feral hair-sprouting lost people, I'd be seriously concerned how the country ever developed.Read more ›
A skeptic in the purest sense, Arment opens with a thorough discussion of every conceivable explanation for false Bigfoot sightings, including hoaxes and stories contrived for ulterior motives, or misidentification of known animals or human beings. When all else is eliminated, only one possibility remains: that an unknown species still dwells in the wild reaches of North America.
The beauty of Arment's work is that he allows the historical record to speak for itself, through newspaper articles relating 143 separate sightings across North America. Nor do classic cases from the Pacific Northwest predominate. British Columbia and Oregon present only six cases each while Washington and northern California share another six between them. The entire region falls short of Pennsylvania, which has 19 cases on file while neighboring Ohio boasts 15.
Arment does not interpret the specific cases, nor does he dismiss them out of hand. Rather, he presents an archive so that readers can pursue specific items at their leisure.
Most of the stories collected in The Historical Bigfoot will be new to readers of the classic literature and to many field researchers. In that respect, the book performs an invaluable service. Casual Bigfoot buffs and serious cryptozoologists alike will rue the day they let this volume pass them by.
So many amusing tales to choose from, I found Missouri's "Blue Man of the Ozarks" one of the more intriguing. And of course with recent doubt over the credibility of British Columbia's well known 1884 "Jacko" capture, nothing of concrete critical evidence against that account has yet come to light. It remains one of my all-time favorite tales. Makes one want to search the archives of local newspapers for more hidden gems. And surely there are many just waiting to be re-discovered.
January 13, 2016: Wow Chad, I'm sure blushed from making such a mistake ... sure glad you are still here! Just entered this book into the bibliography of Jones' upcoming West Virginia Bigfoot book. My mistake about your leaving us. Methinks your permission note posted about a week ago would have made quite the news, I am sure .... Sincere regrets, Joe Beelart, West Linn, Oregon
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Love it!! Very interesting read!!! Adding it to my Bigfoot book collection!!!Published 8 months ago by Shelley marchant
Were you fooled by the news story a couple of years ago, according to which “the first Bigfoot report” in 1958 was a hoax, and therefore all other Bigfoot reports since must be... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ashtar Command
My husband love's anything about Big Foot History.
The book is mainly a collection of newspaper articles ranging from the early 19th to the mid-20th century or so. Read morePublished on May 29, 2013 by Eric Hinkle
The older newspaper articles remind me of grandparents telling stories, so enjoyable. They could tell stories in those days. Read morePublished on May 29, 2013 by fj
A great compilation of historical reports and accounts of hairy wild men running wild across the 19th century American landscape. A great book for your bigfoot library.Published on February 20, 2013 by Plainsman
This book has been on my wish list for quite some time, and it has been well worth the wait! I have absolutely loved the compilation of old news articles and accounts, and even... Read morePublished on July 23, 2011 by Shawn O