Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 21st, 2010
Knobby 2010, the Blond Bigfoot by Charles Berlin © 2010, for the International Cryptozoology Museum.
In the northern half of the world, it is the first day of summer.
The world is waking up to the reports from North Carolina of the new sightings of a hairy hominoid, first named “Knobby” in the late 1970s. Knobby, as the moniker, probably will stick versus the “Blond Bigfoot,” or any other tag.
Over the weekend, news media recycled the stories of Tim Peeler’s Cleveland County, NC, encounter with the ten-foot-tall bearded blond Bigfoot.
Also, there were new stories coming in from a nearby county (Burke) of the find of a footprint a mere 15 miles away. The imprint measures fifteen by eight inches long. Reportedly, on Sunday, on Father’s Day, Tom Biscardi showed up in town to investigate.
The single track shown in the news video (and also here and here) certainly looks pressed with force into the ground, and even has the squarish toes of a Ray Wallace clone-fake. The event may have been a hoax. But we are not sure due to the less than sterling followup by the media.
Sometimes it does seem to be all about a rival station’s headlines that can be developed in the wake of another local news organization’s story, and who can get the best pictures. It was the case in this instance, apparently.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.