Posted by: Guy Edwards on January 24th, 2013
Freitas uses a huge speaker on his pick-up truck to blast recorded
Bigfoot calls across the valley / The Chronicle Photo: MICHAEL MACOR
Over the past few years, the hunt for Bigfoot has exploded in a frenzy of high technology. New high-tech detection equipment abounds, dangling from trees all over the United States
On this day, January 24th, in 1999, The San Francisco Chronicle noted a change in the way bigfooters did their research. If today’s technology trend is combining all your gadgets into a single hand held device (think iPhone), in the 90’s it was all about turning any technology into something you could hold in your hand. Powerful cameras and audio devices were not only shrinking, but also becoming more affordable. Another revolution was on the World Wide Web. With the release of Windows 95 people were migrating from AOL, a “walled-off” online service, to the surfing the decentralized web through a browser.
In a world where an average article is usually 200-500 words, journalist Michael Taylor gives a rare treat of writing an epic 3000-plus words of the who’s who of Bigfoot research. It starts out with the new technology of call blasting.
From the cab of his pickup truck, John Freitas takes out a camera, a tape recorder and a pair of binoculars and sets them within easy reach in the pickup’s bed. Near the tailgate is a huge outdoor speaker, much like the ones you see suspended from the tiers of baseball stadiums.
Freitas fiddles with the tape deck in the truck’s dashboard, and then suddenly the speaker booms forth with an eerie wail.
“Aaarrrrrgggghhhh,” the voice screams for several seconds, arcing from low to high then low, a bit like an air raid siren, and then again, in a higher pitch, “Aaaaaaiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.” Freitas shuts down the tape and listens carefully, waiting for a response. Silence. More silence. We look around, video camera at the ready. Come out, come out, wherever you are.
“The theory,” he says, nodding at the speaker, “is that if there’s another ‘Squatch in this area, this will attract him.”
The article continues on to mention a new website that catalogs and stores Bigfoot sightings, the address is MattMoneymaker.org/BFRO. Known simply today as BRFO.net
Read more excerpts at BigfootLunchClub.com