Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 28th, 2007
New historical photographs of the former “Crookston Bigfoot” have been sent to me from the artist who created it. BTW, the big guy’s finally back home in Maine.
The photo above is an image of the Bigfoot standing near the RBJ’s Restaurant in Crookston, Wisconsin, with the owner and her staff. As you can see, the Bigfoot actually was kept outside, and the nice effect of the wind blowing through its hair gave the beast an “alive” feeling. However, eventually, being inside, away from the harsh effects of the weather, seemed better for it as it grew older.
As you may recall, I labeled the above image as typical of what I thought occurred with the Bigfoot, of a tourist stopping by to get his picture taken with the Bigfoot. In fact, the creator Curtis Christensen tells me this is a bad black and white reproduction of one of the earliest photos of the Bigfoot, which he had briefly nicknamed “Yeti.” The individual pictured is none other than Christensen himself. He’s sent me a clearer color photograph of this same scene. Boy was I surprised by this news.
Christensen joked with me that “I’ve been called worse things than a tourist.”
BTW, he did confirm the origins of the “look.” He told me he had definitely created the model of the Bigfoot on “his memory” of what he recalled about Bigfoot from the film Harry and the Hendersons, without actually “copying” it.
Revisit my earlier blog about the Crookston Bigfoot to see other images of it.
Above, this is the well-known image from the summer 2005, taken by Joseph Citro, a photograph which also appears in his Weird New England.
Another photo from that visit with Joe Citro is featured on the cover of the new edition of Mysterious America, hitting bookstores in less than a month.
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.