Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 31st, 2011
The sneak preview of Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot” aired Monday night on Animal Planet.
The program revealed some rather clear items of potentially good pieces of evidence: a law enforcement dashcam video (which has been since rumored to be a hoax, although Matt Moneymaker disagrees here), new footprints, and a thermal image of an unknown, apparent upright heat signature in the woods, all from Georgia.
What did you think of this episode?
Also, it revealed some candid moments of Matt Moneymaker bragging to the camera that he was the researcher to have invented the use of “wood knocks” out in the field.
Moneymaker’s claims to “firsts” are also documented on the biography of him (“provided by Matt Moneymaker, President and Founder of the BFRO” and) posted on the “Finding Bigfoot” site. The passage includes the following:
Matt Moneymaker is well known among bigfoot researchers and is credited with being…
- … the first person who introduced sound blasting and howling as a technique for locating bigfoots.
- … the first person who proposed and argued the connection between bigfoot sightings and deer kill stashes, after being shown evidence by Mennonite Farmers in Ohio.
- … the first person to record the long moaning howl of a big male sasquatch — the “Ohio Howl.”
- … the first to formally describe the knock sounds made by bigfoots in 1992, at a scientific conference at Rutgers University for the International Society of Cryptozoology.
- … the first person to organize big expeditions to gather observations and evidence in various parts of North America.
- … the first person to debunk the “Georgia Bigfoot Body” hoax in the summer of 2008.
Well, I wonder if members of the Tom Slick family would disagree with the statement about the “first person to organize big expeditions to gather observations and evidence in various parts of North America”?
And of course, Moneymaker knows that Cryptomundo, Cryptomundians, I and Jeff Meldrum, all debunked the “Georgia Bigfoot” hoax too, before the news conference of August 15, 2008, i.e. “first.”
Others may have some things to say about the “first claims” about sound blasting, tree knocking, and more, later.
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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.