Friday, June 24, 2016

You've Probably Heard of Bigfoot Beer.  Well, Now There's A "Mr. Powell" Beer! At the Sasquatch Brew-Pub in Portland, No Less! 

Thom Powell finally put down the chalk...for good. After 31 years in the same building and the same classroom, Thom Powell is moving on, as in, retiring from teaching.   And at Sasquatch Brewing, across the Stevens Creek ravine from his old haunt at Robert Gray Middle School, a parent of two former students who also owns the brewery, Tom Simms, decided to honor the legacy of science educator and sasquatch expert Thom Powell with a pale ale named  "Mr. Powell".  "Mr. Powell" is, after all, the way a generation of southwest Portland middle school students have come  to know local author and bigfoot researcher Thom Powell.  

     And you will be pleased to know two other details: First, owner Tom Simms has pledged to donate one dollar for every glass (!) of Mr. Powell ale sold, to the charity of Thom Powell's choice. Second, Thom Powell gives the beer two thumbs up.  It is a light, refreshing, and oh-so-drinkable summer ale, which is very similar to the highly-popular Mirror Pond Pale Ale that has been a flagship brand of Deschutes Brewing of Bend, Oregon. 
     Oh, and what happens to be the logo of Sasquatch Brewing? A view of Mt. Hood, of course. Could it be more perfect? Thank you Tom Simms and all the good folks at Sasquatch Brewing, for honoring Thom Powell's 3 decades of teaching and sasquatch advocacy.

     As for the charity of choice, it didn't take very long: 'BARK' is a local Portland-based non-profit that serves as the official watchdog organization of the Mt. Hood National Forest and the sometimes screwy policies that are forced upon the good people who work there by a federal government that is not often including the resident population of mysterious beings (i.e. sasquatch or bigfoot) in their day-to-day management decisions. Click here for a link to BARK's homepage.  And do, to the good people at BARK, we hope the money is helpful, even if you don't spend it on a sasquatch viewing platform.
      That said, we would also like to offer an olive-branch and a vote of confidence to all the good people and federal employees who work for the Mt. Hood National Forest. In many ways, you are equally deserving of the donation, but being an arm of the federal government, you aren't technically a non-profit. Indeed, we at Thomsquatch are very favorably disposed toward all the good people who work at 'the Hood'.  Heck, many friends and neighbors of Thom Powell were or still are employed by the Mt, Hood National Forest. Thom spent two summers doing wildlife research in the Mt Hood National Forest back in 2002-2003. Thom's daughter was an intern at the Mt. Hood National Forest before she was hired by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.  
   We're cheering for all you good people at 'The Hood'.  It is our hope that you can continue to operate with BARK, as you already are, as partners rather than adversaries.  BARK is an organization with a heart that is in the right place.  That heart lies with more preservation and less exploitation of the fantastic public resource that IS the Mt. Hood National Forest. 
     It is our feeling here at Thomsquatch that the future of 'The Hood', and the future economy of the surrounding communities, lies in tourism not timber extraction.  Some timber will always be taken from The Hood, but the burgeoning population and the enduring desire for recreational space by the nation's entire population, will ultimately supreceed the short-term gain of the corporate sector.  The ever-increasing demand for quality recreational experiences will dictate a permanent re-prioritizing of the mission of the Mt. Hood National Forest in the exact direction that BARK has embraced from their inception: recreation, appreciation, preservation, and limited commercial exploitation. 
     Remember, too, that ALL public lands, especially forest lands, suddenly have a new and urgent priority: they must serve the dual purpose of carbon sinks and greenhouse gas buffers. Trees, not saw logs, are the absolute key to worldwide carbon reduction and the preservation of our fragile, life-sustaining atmosphere.  Greenhouse gas reduction is a world priority, as well as a priority policy of the federal government as stated by President Obama. Toward that end, our million acre Mt. Hood National Forest is a jewel that is worthy of permanent, responsible stewardship with a particular emphasis on air and water purification.  That is something that all humans, sasquatches, environmental activists, career foresters, and beer-drinkers can agree upon.  So drink up ale-drinkers, and thank you Tom Simms for honoring the teaching career of  bigfoot researcher Thom Powell. It is an honor. After all, how many teachers have their own beer? 
Meet "Mr. Powell"
Single Hop Pale Ale
with Sorachi Ace hops
5.5% | 40 IBU
A tribute to Thom Powell, Robert Gray Middle School teacher and world renowned Sasquatch expert.
He's retiring after three decades inspiring kids.
We'll be donating $1.00 for every pint of Mr. Powell sold to a charity of his choice!
Sasquatch Brewing  6440 SW Capitol Highway in the Hillsdale Neighborhood of SW Portland

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A 2012 Radio Interview with Thom Powell

  A radio interview of bigfoot author and expert Thom Powell was conducted by radio host Bill Lee back in 2012. It happened so long ago it is all but forgotten. It recently surfaced on Shawn's BigfootEvidence blog and is republished here. The interview occurred just after the release of Thom Powell's second book, Shady Neighbors: a fictional story (novel) about a slightly clueless science teacher who has a family of sasquatches that are hanging around his rural homestead for some unknown reason.  As the story unfolds, the reason for the sasquatch presence becomes more evident to everyone except the clueless science teacher, who is always the last to catch on.  It might be obvious to the  readers who know the background on the author that the story contains many autobiographical elements pertaining to Thom Powell's life.  The book is therefore a bit of a humorous send-up of Thom himself.

Of the three books published by Thom Powell, Shady Neighbors,  continues to be a favorite.  This interview was conducted shortly after the release of Shady Neighbors.  If you listen, you will also notice that the ideas kicking around in Thom's head at the time will eventually materialize into his third book, an anthology of scientific and paranormal topics entitled Edges of Science. Click here to hear the interview.  Hope you enjoy listening to the interview. 
To purchase a copy of Shady Nieghbors you can go to Amazon or click on the sidebar to the right of this blog post.  

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Does the US Government/Military have a Sasquatch?   Probably.

Does the US Government/Military have a Sasquatch or two on ice or alive in captivity? Yes, according to the rumor mill. On May 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted, and the loss of life to both people and the wild animal population was considerable. There are claims that several Bigfoot bodies (some believed to be alive still, but injured) were whisked away to a secret military/government facility. You hear stories like this all the time regarding crashed UFOs and Alien bodies. So why not Bigfoot too when a disaster like this happens?

You be the judge!

In the late 90's early 2000's, a science teacher named Thom Powell picked up on a story by an anonymous government employee who alerted the Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) about a 7.5 feet long/tall burn victim with "multiple burns on hands, feet, legs and body; some 2nd and 3rd degree burns". According to the story, on August 6, 1999, Battle Mountain, Nevada, exploded into several simultaneous range fires in what would be known as the Battle Mountain Complex Fire. A Bigfoot was hurt in the fire according to an anonymous government employee. The story was later dismissed but the acclaimed author and science teacher believe it really happened and that the whole story was an elaborate cover-up.

It has been years since the story broke and still no one has come forward to claim it actually happened-- until now. Running a Bigfoot blog, we get some strange emails every once in a while. This morning, we received an email from someone who claims to be a former National Guardsman, saying he was there and he saw the Bigfoots. This person gives a detail account of the experience that he and four other guardsmen had with the creature and all were told to keep quiet about it.

Dear Shawn:

I was reading some of the stories about Mt. Saint Helen on the message boards and wanted to share this one. I only ask that you withhold my name.

I was a National Guardsman at the Mount Saint Helen site and this is the first time I have ever spoken about what I saw firsthand. I lived in Spokane, Washington and was 24 at the time this all took place.

I have read some of the other stories and they only tell part of the story.

I was placed on a special cleanup crew farther up the mountain. A large tent was set up and it was be guarded by armed soldiers who were not part of the guard. There were numerous soldiers on the scene that were not members of the guard.

We were given a briefing by soldier who said that “after he spoke to us, we would forget about him and what he said at the end of the mission”. This was strange as we never dealt with anything before.

Myself and four other guardsmen were told to follow a group of soldiers and not to speak to each other and to remain very quiet overall. We were told to get into a jeep and wait. We sat in the jeep for maybe a half hour. Eventually another jeep arrived carrying a civilian and another member of the military.

The civilian was brought into the tent and he emerged a few minutes later followed by a large hairy creature. It looked like a large man covered in fur and the best way to describe it was like “Beast” from X-Men only brown.

The creature looked to have some burns and had a bandage on its arm. At first we were afraid but when it walked by we could see its eyes and it just looked very sad and somber. He climbed into the back of a pickup with the civilian and the two were speaking in a weird language I had never heard. It would cough at times.

We followed the truck to different areas. There were 5 total stops. Each time we stopped we were told to follow the civilian and the creature. Each time we followed them to rocky areas where there were caves. The creature would make a sound and then listen. At the first area he made a sound and we all just waited in silence. After a few minutes, the creature looked at the civilian and then at the ground. The civilian at one point touched its shoulder and called for a canteen to give the creature a drink.

The same thing happened at the next area but this time there was a response to the sound. After a few minutes two soldiers emerged from the cave carrying a badly burned creature just like the one with the civilian. The creature bent down next to it and looked it over for about five minutes. It then spoke softly with the civilian. It turned and walked back to the truck and we were told to follow as we were walking away we heard a shot and we knew it was one of the soldiers putting the creature out of its misery.

There was no response at the third or fourth site but at the fifth there was another return sound to the creature. This time it was different and soldiers carried out a creature with a badly burned left leg. We were then ordered to all help get a very large stretcher from the truck and to help place the creature on it and carry it back to the truck.

We then immediately returned to the base camp. The creature was carried into the tent while the other creature and the civilian spoke. We were ordered to stay in the jeep until we were to be debriefed. As the creature turned to walk into the tent it looked at us and made a waving gesture with its hand. We took it as a thank you for what we had done.

By the time we were ordered out of the jeep we were all in shock. We were called over to an area to be debriefed and it was just strange. I will never forget what was said because it was just not what was expected. I thought I would hear “You took an oath and now you need to live up to it for your country with a threat also implied. A different high ranking soldier just said “look, do you all really want an explanation? You saw what we were doing. These creatures live in these areas; they mean no harm and want to be left alone. Do you really want to do anything that may cause them trouble? They are like us in a lot of ways. If you need or want to talk about this just wait about 30 years, by that time there will likely be no reason to keep them a secret”.

We were then ordered back to the guard camp because “they were breaking it up so nobody saw too much and knew everything that happened”. We did not speak of it and after a few months I just took the attitude that these things live out there and honestly my life is no different because of it. I only bring it up now because people have been writing a lot about MT. Saint Helen and I believe that the whole story should be told.

I will also say this. I like to camp and hike and have done so many times throughout the Northwest. Every time I would look for signs of these creatures, tracks, listen for sounds etc. I never saw or heard anything other than what I did that day on Mt. Saint Helen.
(Thanks to Shawn at the Bigfoot Evidence blog for providing me with the material for this post.)

Anonymous former National Guardsman claims that the Mount St Helens Bigfoot story really happened.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Yahoo News Says, "Bigfoot Exists!"

I Have Two  Question For Yahoo News:

 "What Took Ya So Long?" and  "Did You Know That 'Yahoo' Means Bigfoot?"

     You know those little news snippets they put on the homepage when you look for your e-mail?  One of the bigger e-mail servers, Yahoo, has just posted a first (for them): Twenty-one photos that "prove" bigfoot exists. Two question: What took you guys so long to get the memo? I mean, some of those photos are like fifty years old! Do they even know that "Yahoo" is a reference to bigfooted creatures in a Native American tribal language from the Wisconsin and Minnesota area?
     Don't get me wrong.  I'm pleased to see them getting on board with the whole idea that bigfoot creatures exist. I hope they get a lot of hits on the link. The bad news is you have to put up with disgusting weight-loss ads on the sidebar, the maddening slide show formats that take forever to load, and loads of sneaky attempts to get you to click on advertisement links.  If you are willing to put up with all that just for the sake of leaning something you alread knew, here is the link to the 'slide show' that Yahoo News made by way of presenting photographic evidence of bigfoot.
     Gimme a day or two and I'll paste all their photographic evidence on a blog post so you don't have to wade through all their advertising crap just to see the photos.   In the mean time, one might want to read a book or two on the subject. One could start with The Locals by Thom Powell just to get a foundation on the subject, then move on to Edges of Science  (also by yours truly)  if one really wanted some deep down understanding.  Oops I forgot. This is the internet.  Nobody reads books, anymore, do they?. Three short paragraphs is as much as anyone wants to read. 
(Do I sound bitter? :-)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

What is Bigfoot?

Dude, those things are BAD for ya!

      A good friend and fellow blogger over at 'Bizzarre Bigfoot' posits the age-old "What is Bigfoot" question one more time. What is different about his examination of this question is that he cogently analyzes five options and then he eliminates four of them to leave the most radical view on the table. His five possibilities for answers to the "What is Bigfoot" question are:
1. It's not real. All sightings are mistakes or hoaxes.
2. Bigfoot is a missing link, like remnant Neandertals, Paranthropus, Homo Erectus, etc.
3. Bigfoots are nocturnal people, like remnant Indian populations.
4. Bigfoot are human hybrids engineered by extra-terrestrial entities.
5. Bigfoots are extraterrestrial (alien) entities that relocated here for a puropse.

     Mr. Bizzaree Bigfoot, an accomplished journalist who likes to keep his real name out of the blog-o-sphere, does such an excellent job of breaking it all down that I will simply direct the reader to his Bizarre Bigfoot blog for the interest discussion and his fascinating conclusion.  I will offer that one big reason why I'm endorsing his discussion is that I make the same journalistic journey in in my latest book Edges of Science and I arrive at very similar conclusions. Do great minds think alike? You decide. Either way, Bizarre Bigfoot's essay is great stuff.  If you are curious about my book, you can click on the sidebar picture of the Edges of Science cover on this web page.
     Oh, and if you happen to be in the neighborhood of Portland, Oregon on Friday, April 15th, you can mail your taxes at the downtown post office on NW Hoyt, the stroll on over to the Lucky Labrador brewpub on NW Quimby and see my good friend,TV star Cliff Barackman, present his take on "What is Bigfoot?" Click on this link for details of that event.  I'll be there, too, but Bob Gimlin won't be, because he is resting up for a late night spot on Coast to Coast AM the next night, beginning at 10 p.m. PST.  He will be interviewed by Coast to Coast AM 's most knowledgeable sasquatch scholar, Connie Willis. 

     By the way, You have until Monday to mail your taxes, due to some weird federal holiday on Friday that they honor in Washington, D.C. Don't quote me on this, but I'm pretty sure it's true. 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Pioneer Bigfoot/Sasquatch Researcher Mary Green Dies

A representation of the interactions reported by Mary Green in Monroe County, Tennessee.

      Bigfoot researcher and writer, Mary Green, died this week. She was the first author to publish descriptions of sustained interaction between the hairless humans (us) and the 'forest people' or sasquatch.  

      To this day, the courageousness and originality of Mary Green's work is not even close to being recognized by the world at large. 
Someday, it will be.

Her book is out of print.  If you have a copy, hang onto it! At the time it was published, she was vilified for having been hoodwinked by charlatans. Later, as more cases surfaced continent-wide, the credibility of her work was greatly elevated. To this day, however, there are still those who doubt the validity of the entire 'habituation' scenario. (Ah! Science!).  Still, I am proud to say I was communicating and collaborating with Mary Green even before she published.  I was one of the very first, along with Will Duncan and Dmitri Bayanov, to call her descriptions 'true fact.' 

     I learned of a habituation case near Mt. Rainier in Washington that bore striking similarities to the Tennessee situation Mary Green was describing. I published my descriptions only months later in The Locals, which included the first printed endorsement of Mary Green's work.  Of course, endorsing Mary Green's work in my own obscure title and getting a wider audience for it were two different things. It was an up-hill battle, to say the least.  Still is. Times are changing, but oh, so slowly.  Only last week, a four hour interview by a great radio host, Connie Willis, was aired on the famed late-night radio show, Coast to Coast AM.  The discussion ranged between verification, habituation, and even communication with the 'forest people' (bigfoots). Mary Green would have been proud. I hope she heard it. Click here for a link to that watershed Coast to Coast interview.  

     Here is an excerpt from her book,  Fifty Years with Bigfoot which neatly summarizes Mary Green's view:

"From the beginning of my research on reported living hominoids, it has been my desire to bring forth the truth about the bigfoot or sasquatch, which I became most certain dwelled here in our remote mountains and woodlands of Tennessee. My first thoughts about what the bigfoot were and what I have since discovered them to actually be has changed dramatically in the last two years. Perhaps by sharing Janice Carter Coy's observations on their behavior in their own habitat, a skeptical world can be awakened to the surety of their existence" 

(50 Years with Bigfoot, by Mary Green 2002, p.3).

And here are some observation on Mary Green by Russian author/researcher Dmitri Bayanov, who is, in case you did not know, the world's greatest hominologist (bigfoot researcher):

"A skeptical world has not awakened yet. Why? Because hominology is a science not normal but revolutionary (in full accord with Thomas Kuhn's teaching)...As a result, still not a dollar is spent by world science on research into evidence of existence of living uncatalogued hominids on earth. Instead we hear this: "ExoMars 2016 mission underway. Breaking News. Massive spacecraft launched toward Mars. Its rover will search for evidence of martian life, past or present."

"Isn't the World Science Establishment a madhouse as long as the worldwide existence of "wildmen" is ignored?  My answer to the question why I believe what is said by Mary and Janice in their book was this:

"Because Janice, who tells the story, has confided to me such details of the bigfoots' anatomy and behavior which she had nowhere to learn from but in actual close observations of the creatures. We do know a number of cases in Russia and North America of close interactions between homins and humans, but, to my knowledge, it's the first time such interactions are described first hand so circumstantially. Paradoxically, this book written by two lay persons, turns, if I may say so, a new page and opens a new chapter in the science of man and man's origin."

"Like Mary's, my thoughts about sasquatches and homins in general have also changed dramatically after learning the story and evidence presented by Janice because there was no longer ground to doubt the veracity of Albert Ostman's story and some stories of close interactions in Russia.
Wishes of peace and good luck to all."   Dmitri Bayanov

Mary Green (left) with local wildlife ranger Shawn Hughs and distinguished Russian researcher Igor Burstev

For a very thorough discussion by Igor Burstev of his investigation of sasquatch interactions at the Carter farm and his dealings with Mary Green,  click here. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Catch the Thom Powell Interview on 'Coast to Coast AM' this SUNDAY Night

   Are you a fan of late night talk radio with a paranormal bent?  Then you surely have heard of Coast to Coast,  the grand-daddy of paranormal radio. It was founded by Art Bell, then, after many, many years, the reigns were taken by George Noory.  More recently, Connie Willis has been added to the elite staff of interviewers. 
     Connie Willis lives in the Midwest and  she is particularly intrigued by the bigfoot/sasquatch phenomenon.  Ms. Willis does not investigate the bigfoot/sasquatch phenomenon in a vacuum, though--rather she is interested in how bigfoot relates to other paranormal phenomena.  Connie Willis' inclination for taking on 'the big picture' positions her perfectly to interview Thom Powell, who has recently published Edges of Science, a compendium of paranormal research and scientific mysteries. 
     Whether you are a long-haul trucker, a weekend insomniac, or just a person with enough curiosity to keep you awake during the wee hours of Sunday night/Monday morning,  please join us on Coast to Coast AM this SUNDAY, March 13 or Monday morning, depending on your time zone.  The program begins at 1 a.m. EST, 12 a.m.Central, 11p.m. Mountain, and 10 p.m. Pacific. 
     The conversation will range widely between a variety of paranormal topics but, in light of Connie Willis' inclination, not to mention Thom Powell's, the emphasis will center on the topic of exactly how the sasquatch/bigfoot phenomenon relates to the bigger picture of paranormality and universal mysteries. 

Coast to Coast AM host/ interviewer Connie Willis