Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 29th, 2010
Anna Marie Goddard
The following enhanced version of what was formerly entitled the “Playmate video,”named in honor of Anna Marie Goddard, was taken on August 28, 1995. It is footage well-worth reconsidering. For an semi-scholarly discussion of the footage, see the BBC Wildlife, September 1998 sidebar, by Jeff Meldrum and Richard Greenwell.
For the historical record, Dr. Jeff Meldrum renamed what was at first called the “Playmate Bigfoot video” to the “Redwoods video” (so it would be taken more seriously).
The crew was filming a pilot in which a Playboy Playmate named Anna Marie Goddard was involved. She does not appear in the “Redwoods video” but was in the RV when the footage was taken. Nevertheless, the undertones of her presence are significant in analyzing this entire scenario and how this video is viewed today.
The question must be asked, would the initial attention to this video have even been there without Ms. Goddard’s involvement? Were her rather outspoken candid statements (for example, on the “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno and on “Weakest Link”) that she had seen a Bigfoot, critical to this video being viewed more widely? What about acknowledging her bravery in coming forward as an eyewitness? What about examining the themes of speculation (that a Bigfoot penis is visible in the footage) underlying this video because of her part in the story?
While Goddard’s presence may be underplayed by other researchers, maybe the time is proper to take another look at why this was originally entitled the “Playmate video,” giving her due credit for her openness about her experience.
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.