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A Tale of Two Suits

Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 11th, 2008

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I suppose the first Mother’s Day after one experiences the death of their Yeti-supportive mother is always difficult. Certainly, I can feel that and wish to pause to thank people who have sent along condolences and more, in the wake of my surprising and sudden loss, on this Mother’s Day 2008.

But life and cryptozoology move on, so what better way to deal with Mother’s Day than to talk about the “Mother” of all films dealing with Bigfoot and, indeed, the best footage around of a possible maternal Sasquatch: the Patterson-Gimlin film.

How about revisiting the old and trusted subject of the October 20, 1967 footage and whether or not it was made through the use of a suit? Er, well, two suits?

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[The following is an enhanced version of my 2004 overview, first published in a British periodical, of Greg Long’s attempt to undermine the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film.]

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A Tale of Two Suits

[Fortean Times’ opening] During the spring of 2004, a book appeared on the cryptozoology scene, which stirred up a micro-storm of controversy. But sadly for its promoters, it turned out to not create the media-driven excitement for which its author had hoped. Author of the bestselling Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America (NY: Simon and Schuster, 2003), Loren Coleman honors his overview of this melodrama by entitling his column with the pun-filled moniker for this book that is circulating throughout the ‘net.

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Beginning in 1998, Greg Long of the Pacific Northwest USA started collecting the pieces of the manuscript he hoped would propel his theory that the Roger Patterson-taken Bigfoot footage of October 20, 1967, was a hoax. After many false beginnings, stops, side trips, late additions, and revisions because his actors in the suit changed, Greg Long produced, The Making of Bigfoot: The Inside Story. Quickly, however, the contents began falling apart, when even a quick reading of the book showed that Long said that the “suit” that he claimed was filmed by Patterson consisted of, first in his book, three pieces from the skinned hide of a reddish-haired horse, and then in a rapidly added last chapter, an artificially constructed six-piece suit from a gorilla costume maker in the Carolinas of the States. One online commentator of the book, Seattle Bigfooter Roger Knights captured the inconsistencies in Long’s book by happily dubbing it with a new title, A Tale of Two Suits. Against the prayers of Long and his associates, the discussion about the book has turned into one-star reviews about how nasty the text is and an exposure of the tome’s many shortcomings.

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The new book was published by Prometheus Books, the notorious debunking press tied to the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP). First delayed from 1998 when the first claimed guy in the suit turned out to be not the right man, the book has gone through many changes. Next, it was suppose to come out in October 2003, as allegedly the “truth” behind “deliberate lies” projected on the world, supposedly by Bob Gimlin, Roger Patterson, and Bigfoot researchers like myself for decades. But it was delayed when the “suitmaker” supposedly contacted Long. The book is a comedy of errors.

Finally it appeared in March 2004, and was to have caused a frenzy. It has not.

While Long, Korff, and their partner-in-waiting television producer Robert Kiviat were hoping for an onslaught of press attention to the book, at the same level of the uncritical media treatments of the early 2002 Ray Wallace “claims,” it never came. A “major” news article that they flash-alerted through emails that would be appearing in the Washington Post, turned out, instead to be a balanced view in a media source column, “The Reliable Source,” by Richard Leiby on March 7, 2004. Leiby wrote: “Now it can be told: Bigfoot is Dead! So says Bob Heironimus, a retired Pepsi bottler from Yakima, Wash., who reveals to the Reliable Source that he donned a gorilla costume and appeared in the famous grainy film clip that helped fuel the Bigfoot craze in 1967.”

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Leiby went on: “Heironimus, 63, makes his full ‘confession,’ as he calls it, in a just-published book by paranormal investigator Greg Long.” Leidy ended this Washington Post commentary with this: “Tom Malone, a lawyer in Minneapolis, called us Friday on behalf of Bob Gimlin, associate of the now-dead Bigfoot filmmaker. ‘I’m authorized to tell you that nobody wore a gorilla suit or monkey suit and that Mr. Gimlin’s position is that it’s absolutely false and untrue.'” This is hardly the way Long wanted to start out his massive media campaign.

Maybe Roger Patterson pulled off a hoax. Maybe we should ignore the Patterson-Gimlin film. No matter what, …Greg Long-authored book comes across so wrong-headed, so toxic than any hope of having a sane, level-headed discussion about the footage has been ruined for years by this book. Korff and Long have actually pushed the logical and reasonable type of skepticism that people like Ben Radford, the editor at the Skeptical Inquirer, Joe Nickell, and others have practiced back into the Neanderthal era.

Long would go on to insult Bigfoot researchers as often as he could, during the spring 2004, in Bigfoot forums, and in one talk he gave in Washington state. He was trying to stir it all up to sell more books – and yet his major criticism in his book is that Patterson (who died five years after the footage was taken) was wrong for wanting to make money.

In a talk in which Greg Long read from a text, sweat profusely, on March 27, 2004, to the International Bigfoot Society, he continued his book’s rampage. When asked about being sued for slander and defamation, Long told his audience: “Bring it on! It will just sell more books!”

The emails sent around the Internet give more idea of what these guys were up to, as well.

“…the [Greg Long] book is already on its way to becoming a bestseller, and at this rate, the BESTSELLING Bigfoot book of all time. TRUTH has a tendency to do this…eventually rise to the top and bury darkness and bulls–t and myth.” – – KK, his emphasis, March 3, 2004

[Actually, throughout March and April 2004, more people continued to buy Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America, which appeared in May 2003, than would end up buying Long’s.]

“…The media blitz has yet to really begin. Also, a lawsuit would put the book ON THE FRONT PAGES and of course TV networks love that.” – KK, his emphasis, March 3, 2004

While the media blitz never materialized, the online “hate” did continue. The book itself was full of it, as, for example, when Long keeps characterizing Roger Patterson using the phrase “little man,” fourteen times in the first nine pages of chapter one. Some of the depictions are extremely mean-spirited, e.g. “the puny little man on his little white horse,” p. 22. The dynamo of Korff and Long were nonstop in this warfare online, as per…

“ALL PROMINENT RESEARCHERS WHO DO NOT ENDORSE OUR KEY FINDINGS WILL BE HELD UP AS EXAMPLES FOR WHAT THEY ARE.” – KK, his emphasis, March 5, 2004

But the book was only part of what seemed to be in the mind of them. Long, Korff, and Kiviat were so obviously trying to make money off their tale (on television) that the book seemed to have been thrown together too quickly in the five years that it took Long to write it – and appeared as an afterthought to create controversy. It is very telling that neither Korff nor Long appeared on MSNBC to talk about this book in March 2004, but Kiviat did. Robert Kiviat, through his specials on Fox TV, it will be remembered, gave us first his “documentary” on the reality of the Alien Autopsy film, and then the special on why the Alien Autopsy footage was faked.

Kal Korff gave more insights into their future thinking with the Long book when he emailed me the following early in March 2004:

“FOR THE RECORD: I AM GETTING NO MONEY FROM THE BIGFOOT BOOK. THERE IS NONE AGREED TO, NONE IN ANY CONTRACT, NOTHING. TRUTH IS MY PAYMENT. Since I have been involved heavily, in ways you would not believe until THAT book comes out, and ONLY Kiviat, Long and myself could write it, with PERHAPS an introduction by Michaela Kocis, .. I am certainly at the forefront. What comes forth now is world coverage, I do not know how many reporters will be beating down Gimlin’s door unless he seeks HONEST safe shelter via Kiviat, and TV special, and TV SERIES. We are also BLOWING OPEN THE ALIEN AUTOPSY CASE, WE HAVE THE MAN WHO MADE THE SPECIAL EFFECTS DUMMY.”

But, despite insults, the triad of Long, Korff, and Kiviat vastly undersold the intelligence of the Bigfoot and cryptozoology reading public. In his book, Greg Long launched into giving forth with all his bias and objections about Roger Patterson from the beginning, and then stacks his interviews in such a fashion as to create a non-thinking character assassination, while never looking into the backgrounds of the ones giving the testimonies. Long’s arguments are more ad hominem attacks than effective evidence.

Long’s inclusion of the two entirely different stories on what kind of suit was used turned out to merely be the tip of the iceberg. The suit maker has changed his story a few times. The book has the wrong info on locations, and so many large holes exist in their case that if there ever was any reality to the hoax story, no one could see it now.

In years to come, the Long book will be remembered for what it was not, more than what it was. At 475 pages, it is a long and boring book, badly in need of less about when Greg Long eats those little chocolate donuts (p. 354), and tighter editing. Some sections are just pure torture, enough to give anyone a stomach ache. Long feels he must tell us every thought that pauses through his mouth, moment to moment, as if he is involved in some great intellectual feast. The reader hardly cares about what Long is eating or drinking on the road, or even about what Long is really cooking up for the reader. Long tries to convey some passion but where is it? Instead, the book is boring and full of so many nasty roasts of Roger Patterson that it is devoid of its sting early on, and quickly fits the definition of nothing more than an unappetizing exercise to sell you sour grapes.

After a little bit of sampling, one just wishes Long would not be so long. A more refined, sharply edited tome would have made the case with less pain. But maybe that’s part of the design here. The case is so thin itself, based on testimonies that are edited to extract what Long wants out of them, seasoned with theories that don’t match, sprinkled with little factual evidence of this “hoax,” that in a shorter book, the inconsistencies would be more glaring. Boiled down, the book leaves an acidic, bitter taste in the mouth, and the palate is neither satisfied nor treated with any surprises – despite our being given a detailed menu of what Greg Long loves to snack on the road.

You walk away from this book wondering if the hat Long will have to eat someday shall be made of horsehide or a synthetic polymer.

Bon appétit.

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Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.


27 Responses to “A Tale of Two Suits”

  1. MountDesertIslander responds:

    The louder he protested his innocence the closer we held our wallet.

    I have found that when someone tells me that the truth serves as payment enough their proclamation has always been followed by a bill in the mail. It’s a shame that the truth is always held ransom by someone with a profit motive.

    On a generally more upbeat note; Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Those of us lucky enough to have our parents still with us need to take a moment and reflect on what an impact their examples have had on our lives. If anything can motivate one to lead a solid, moral, and selfless live it would be the recognition of how important nurture is to a free and fully functioning society. A democracy demands the participation of morally aware citizenry. This must begin at home in the arms of a loving mother. Government cannot legislate such principles.

  2. Lee Pierce responds:

    Just a simple comment. I watched the 1932 version of Tarzan of the Apes on TV this week. There was an Ape that was Tarzan’s “friend”. While nothing like the Patterson Bigfoot, this Ape is much closer in appearance to the famous “Lady” than the riduculous red-suited one pictured above. If Patterson did fake his Bigfoot, he and the costume maker missed their calling. They could have gotten wealthy in Hollywood making costumes as realistiic as the Lady Bigfoot.

  3. MattBille responds:

    Long did point out that Bigfooters hadn’t looked thoroughly into such questions as precisely when and where the P-G film was developed, but the two-suits problem in particular severely damaged the value of the book. If the P-G creature is a suit (and I’m not yet convinced it wasn’t) it was a very good suit, made with expert help from a source that has never been tracked down an identified.

    CSICOP does some valuable work, but to me the organization’s credibility as an unbiased source was shot when they ran a review of Napier’s book “Bigfoot” which somehow never actually mentioned the most important point in the book: that this eminent authority had come down in favor of sasquatch’s probable reality.

  4. AlbertaSasquatch responds:

    Happy Mother’s Day Patty wherever you are!

  5. Lyndon responds:

    Hey, I’m still waiting for the ‘re-enactment’ of Bob in the suit that we all thought we were getting. I thought it was going to ‘prove’ it was ol’ Bob H in the suit. I’ve only seen the stills so far…and they are so laughable that it even goes beyond funny and into the realms of being sad and pathetic.

  6. SOCALcryptid responds:

    The infamous suit theory. When I look at the stills and film of this creature seeing muscle groups under the skin flexing makes me wonder if this was a hoax or not. In Loren’s book, Bigfoot! The True Story Of Apes In America, there is a straight forward account of what happened on that day of filming. I found this to be very informative. I read Greg Long’s book and found it to be very disappointing. Just the fact that he constantly bashed Patterson one way or another to get his point across make his claims weak in my eyes.

    In 2004, hominologists Dmitri Bayanov and Igor Bourtsev offered $100,000 to anyone who can “successfully demonstrate to a panel of anthropologists and hominologists that the Patterson-Gimlin film shows a human being in a special suit”. Has anyone stepped up to the plate and collected $100,000?

  7. sasquatch responds:

    Next time you watch the PG film imagine yourself running up to that critter and throwing a punch at it. Patty would tear Long in half, but then again so would that “little Man” Patterson…Cowboys are some of the toughest folks I’ve ever been around.

  8. DWA responds:

    I read about four pages of the Long book before wondering how that got past his high-school English teacher, much less an editor.

    Editorials convince no one. When you have evidence, wake me up, like the proponents have.

    Thank you.

  9. whiteriverfisherman responds:

    I too have been fascinated with the PG film for as long as I can remember. I watched the digitally enhanced version and studied the stills. I am an out doors person and spend quite a bit of my time in nature. I have tried to look at this animal as a man in a suite but I just can’t buy it. The hair, the muscles, the gate, and the stride everything looks like an actual animal to me. If the PG film is a hoax made in 1967 and modern technology can not debunk it that in itself is nothing short of amazing.

    I found this web site to be very informative about a suite theory http://www.hmds.ws/is_it_real.htm if any of you are not familiar with the sites contents I think it is well worth looking at.

    Just my opinion of course

  10. cryptidsrus responds:

    Great review, Loren!!!

    To MattBille:

    You have more faith in “PSICOP” than I have. They may indeed do “some good work,” but mostly they are there to debunk and ridicule. Witness what they did with the young Russian girl who could diagnose illnesses a couple of years ago.

  11. DWA responds:

    whiteriverfisherman:

    Nice links. Far more interesting – and compelling – than most “photoshop expert” stuff one reads.

  12. DARHOP responds:

    NASA or people from NASA spent 75,000$ studying that film and could not say for sure it was a guy in a suit.

  13. Daniel Loxton responds:

    Four years after my own review of Long’s book, I’m amazed to see that the venom of the discussion surrounding it hasn’t diminished.

    I understand that sasquatch proponents don’t like this book. I understand that Long himself is unpopular in the crypto community. Still, I’ve been waiting for the moment when cooler heads would acknowledge that we know far more about Patterson and his context after Long’s work than we knew before.

    People may not like Long’s tone (“character assassination” being the almost metronomic accusation, although not an opinion I share), but serious researchers of Bigfoot are unquestionably better off for Long’s contribution. I just don’t see much to argue with on that point: Long collected a great deal of first-person testimony which was otherwise not available in the public record. Now it is.

    One needn’t like a book to concede its value. My own research library is filled to overflowing with paranormal books I disagree with (and in a few cases even find repellent), but which are nonetheless essential documents for the topics they address.

    I’m still bemused by the gap between the strong tone of the critiques of Long and the substance of those critiques. Very little of the criticism has seemed to concern substantive errors in his work. And, for a book built almost entirely on eyewitness testimony, I have yet to hear a strong case that anyone was seriously misquoted or misrepresented. (Quite the opposite: when I pressed this point with one of Long’s fiercest opponents, he conceded that the testimony Long collects is probably all accurate.)

  14. SOCALcryptid responds:

    whitewaterfisherman, I have to agree with you. Everything about this creature seems so real.
    Thanks for the link. It was informative.

  15. DWA responds:

    whiteriverfisherman:

    I’ll go one better. Those links – Munn in particular – are very strong documents.

    Munn’s piece – by yet another who is an expert in his field – is yet another powerful voucher for the validity of the Patterson film.

    One thing none of us have to hold our breath for is a skeptical refutation of Munn. The (again so-called) skeptics simply don’t have the tech and intellectual ammo.

    We’ve been saying for a long time here that Pattyfake would have been both technically and monetarily prohibitive. Not only in ’67, but now.

    Here is virtual proof.

    Read them, indeed.

    A public service.

  16. DWA responds:

    “The person must re-learn how to walk, finding a new safe height to raise the knee, and a new angle of the foot to hold as the foot steps forward. A professional mime in a suit usually has weeks, maybe even months to rehurse and learn the new walking cycle. An amateur does not, and an amateurish hoax scheme usually doesn’t allow a few weeks for rehursals.

    “I haven’t seen yet the studies on the size of the foot in the PG film, as compared to a normal man’s foot, but if it’s significantly bigger, I look at the fluid and confident walking of Patty and especially the head turn with no worry about keeping an eye on the ground ahead, and I have to conclude the figure walking is not wearing feet bigger than the feet it had all its life. It’s just too sure-footed and relaxed in it’s walk over that terrain.

    “Want to test it yourself? Go get a cheap pair of swimfins and cut them to the size of a “Bigfoot” foot cast. Then go walking around in the local park, think more about looking around for any sunbathing cute chicks, and see how many steps you can take before stumbling or falling flat on your face. Bet you can’t walk as far as Patty does in the film.”

    Another thing we have been saying over and over (and over and over) here. Verified, by an expert.

    I’m tired of hearing the skeptics say the proponents are the only ones with a burden of proof. They have a mighty burden to bear here, as it is their explicit intent to stymie scientific advancement. And they are not bearing that burden well.

    This not only would not have been possible on any kind of limited budget. It would have been virtually IMpossible with ANY budget.

    Maybe we are getting to time to dust off Patty and really give her a spin.

    Yes, Ben. This is the best we can do, after forty years.

    More than good enough, I’d say.

  17. DWA responds:

    Daniel:

    I think many would disagree with you on the tone. (The repeated uses of “little man” to describe Patterson, alone, speak for themselves. They are NOT references to physical stature. Not in context they aren’t.)

    It’s also that most of us think his testimony irrelevant, and even gravely damaging to science, as we simply consider a hoax not possble, with the stipulated participants and procedures, at least.

    Anyone who disagrees with THAT really needs to read the links whiteriverfisherman supplied.

  18. Daniel Loxton responds:

    DWA writes,

    I think many would disagree with you on the tone.

    I don’t have any strong opinion about the tone of Long’s book, except to note that it’s (I’m sorry to say) quite restrained by the standards of Bigfoot discussions.

    It’s also that most of us think his testimony irrelevant, and even gravely damaging to science, as we simply consider a hoax not possible…

    Cart before the horse, isn’t that? Always better to compile the data first and reach the conclusions afterward.

    I have to say that this very common attitude toward the testimony collected by Long strikes me as deeply ironic. After all, don’t sasquatch proponents frequently berate skeptics and scientists for discounting eyewitness testimony a priori, based on what we “consider…not possible”?

  19. SOCALcryptid responds:

    DWA, You asked about the size of the footprints Patty left during the filming at Bluff Creek. Here is what I read in Janet and Colin Board’s book Bigfoot Casebook Updated Sightings and Encounters from 1818 to 2004. ” Later the two men took casts of the footprints which the creature had made and they were found to measure 14 1/2 inches long by 5 1/2 inches wide”. I copied the last sentence word for word from the book.

  20. Roger Knights responds:

    DARHOP: That wasn’t NASA, it was NASI–the North American Science Institute.

  21. DWA responds:

    “I don’t have any strong opinion about the tone of Long’s book, except to note that it’s (I’m sorry to say) quite restrained by the standards of Bigfoot discussions.”

    Daniel, that’s disingenuous. It was so slanderous (actually I think that’s called libel) that I put it down on that alone. As I said, editorials don’t move me. It wasn’t restrained, at all, the nature of Bigfoot discussions notwithstanding. If you have a case, you can make it on the facts, as sasquatch proponents have clearly shown.

    “….as we simply consider a hoax not possble, with the stipulated participants and procedures, at least.”

    That’s my whole quote. You didn’t include enough of it. Not only does nothing we know about P&G indicate they did it; everything we know about them says they did not. It’s simply too thin a reed (as Munn clearly shows) for anyone to hang a hat on. Besides which, to hang Pattyfake on Patterson because of everything else known about him is like concluding that Nixon was an agent in the pay of the Russians and Chinese on the strength of Watergate. It doesn’t wash. Patterson was serious about the sasquatch, as everything known about him clearly shows. He was no Ray Wallace.

    Arguments like Long’s would be laughed out of court if proponents made their equivalents. (And of course have been. Bigfoot as Orbmeister/Shapeshifter is a precisely equivalent proponent argument to Long’s; they’re equally silly.) Skeptics have been skating for far too long on the vanishingly small (as Munn clearly demonstrates, no cart ahead of no horse here) likelihood of Pattyfake. Our Favorite Scoftic comes on here frequently to say, this is all you can do? after forty years? He mistakes the tasks at hand (as, I must say, you do in your review of Long’s book).

    Proponents have succeeded; the sasquatch is on the verge of discovery, and discussed now as it has never been before. Remember; the proponents CAN’T “prove” it; that is reserved solely for science, our Arbiter of the Real. Science has failed, by overstepping its bounds to pronounce as silly something about which it is totally ignorant.

    It’s the skeptics who have failed, as well. They’ve had 40 years to pin down a suit hoax, something that should take less than a tenth that long. (Human nature, as I have said here before, says that the gold mine in Pattyfake would be ADMITTING it, and then opening your pockets for the avalanche of money. As Munn shows, everyone in Hollywood would want you.) The burden of proof is on the skeptics, and on them alone, to investigate suit hoaxes. The proponents know that the preponderance of the evidence – indeed all of it – says, this is no hoax. (Evidence that hoaxes have happened has no bearing on the question, something skeptics – and unfortunately, proponents too – continually fail to understand. The hoaxes known to have happened are like two high-school students doing a white-tailed deer fake, they’re that bad.) Where proponents are focusing, – and where they should – is on the animal, and not on the animals allegedly faking the animal. RSR! The anecdotal evidence can be (and I know, I have read it, and no one can comment on it who has not) only one of three things: badly addled minds; outright lies…or what they say they are seeing.

    And as to “serious researchers of Bigfoot are unquestionably better off for Long’s contribution,” not true at all. They – and science – are being crippled by stuff like this. Once again: serious Bigfoot researchers know how unlikely this was to be hoaxed. (The film is way, way more than clear enough – another shibboleth that needs killing quick.) They see the discussion as what it is – a red herring.

    Which is why most of them wouldn’t be unhappy if Patty just went away; and which is why, most unfortunately, they are right.

  22. CryptoHaus_Press responds:

    all opinions (and that’s what we’re discussing herein) re: Long’s book as i’ve read above are valuable insight into the reader himself as much as the book itself. that’s to be expected — how else can one review except to pass the contents of any book, film, play, etc. though one’s own psyche and experiences and then recap one’s own thoughts, feelings and reactions? anything less would be simply propaganda, not true criticism of a worthwhile nature.

    for my two-cents: i found the book compelling reading, but agree that it was far too long with too many accounts of what Mr. Long ate for dinner (the bit wherein he talks about his wife making tacos stands out for some reason, but the donut pages Loren cites are lodged in my memory as well!) all of which would have been better left on his kitchen table amidst the crumbs, not in the book itself.

    it’s odd: but the book uses food as a metaphor throughout, albeit probably unwittingly by the author. he even uses it to characterize Patterson, whose eating habits he recounts again and again, often with disdain.

    as for another example, there’s the “Vilma Radford” section of the book that begins on page 295 wherein Long details the lousy Chinese food he and his wife are forced to endure (Long’s characterization, not mine) that Mrs. Radford has invited them to share (which Mrs. Radford characterizes as good; Long implies she lacks critical judgement in this regard with a heavy hand as writer).

    Long spends as much time pointing out the Egg Foo Yung dish is not palatable to his standards nor his wife’s but that Mrs. Radford finds it delicious and satisfactory. given Long cites Mrs. Radford’s testimony re: Patterson being a “con man” (her words) as gospel, one wonders: why pick on her by pointing out the restaurant she chooses serves such hideous food? doesn’t it discount her credibility that she believes the food decent but (perhaps) more credible diners find it so awful? if she believes Patterson as unreliable, in short, why point out her own tastes and inclinations are suspect?

    it seems ridiculous to point this out, but i was struck by the inherent contradictions in such statements Mr. Long routinely makes throughout the book. he builds much gravitas through use of minutiea as an investigatory reporting technique, such as recounting what interviewed folks ate, drank, smoke, etc., but never seems to realize these details are at odds with the interviewed’s ability to come across as unreliable, self-contradictory, et al.

    there’s also a really sleazy (at times) undercurrent wherein he resorts as Loren’s article points out to ad hominem styled observations. a good example is again his accounting of Mrs. Radford: he paints her as frankly hideous, right down to subtly ridiculing her attire, manner of presentation, doddering (implied) senility, etc.

    not exactly prone to making one believe the person’s account, if you catch my drift. it’s like the D.A. putting on a witness for the prosecution but then having that witness come across as somewhat unreliable.

    this is often the case with the folks he ‘captures’ in his book.

    he characterizes them as being “manipulative” or “self serving” or “guarded” or… and all the while, he writes with complete oblivion about how he urges his wife to take photos of the participants “before they change their minds” about being photographed!

    it’s as if he’s aware that at any moment they’ll realize his agenda — to exploit them for his book — and wants his wife to get the photographic goods before they boot him out of their homes, their lives, etc., all of which he’s been given enormous access to and priviledged position within re: his “expose.”

    i particularly disliked the manner in which he sketched his portrait of Loren as well, acting as if characterizing Mr. Coleman as stunned by the admission “proof” would be forthcoming the P/G film was “a fake” made Loren suddenly discombobulated, etc. knowing Loren’s work and his skepticism in this forum via his postings, as well as through his generous emails, i admit a bias but also believe Long was simply attempting to pre-silence any criticism he must have known would be forthcoming by including the most prominent LIKELY ones in his first edition.

    to this end, he failed miserably, imho.

    it’s worth noting that Mr. Long’s “shocking revelation” to Loren was never followed up upon; Long never claims as such in his flawed book, per se, but rather implies that any such proof would be in Mr. Long’s not inexpensive book itself. such proof was never later delivered to Mr. Coleman. in other words — j’accuse! but not “with the smoking gun.” no wonder Loren was (rightfully) suspect when presented with such a bold declaration! anyone reasonable would be!

    so for all these reasons — valid imho — Long’s book is suspect in terms of personal ambition for writing it. he’s rather like the kid who wants to debunk Santa Claus because he didn’t get what he wanted all those years ago, in that he claims his rationalization is to know “the truth” over “the magic” of his belief system and fascination with Bigfoot.

    that’s NOT to say Bigfoot is “magical” and doesn’t exist. rather, that Long felt a compulsion to “slay the dragons” of his own personal subconscious and chose Bigfoot as his sacred cow/cryptid. or, if you prefer, make a fast buck at the expense of others who do believe, either in the possibility or reality, of Bigfoot.

    all the above said, i ALSO believe there is much damning evidence in the book that is not generally acknowledged. there are tons of supporting interviews, which –though granted they are generally ONLY eyewitness in nature and not verifiable save for faltering memories — do “add up” against Roger Patterson on many levels.

    none of us would survive such a hatchet job, or we’d be a religious figure, not humans. so i’m not here to bury Ceaser, but praise him. 😉 all of his shortcomings considered and chronicled ad naseum, i personally found the portrait of Mr. Patterson that emerged came across as Patterson being a charismatic, self-styled eccentric that so many lovingly and genuinely remember him as being.

    in this regard, whatever his personal ambitions, Long did a very good job of creating an image — and let’s not forget that it’s only ONE image achieved through literary means, however badly the employed stylistics! — of the man at the heart of the mysterious 16mm P/G footage.

    it’s NOT ultimately Bob Gimlin or Bob Heironimus nor even Bigfoot itself who are the real centers of this murky, labyrinthian “expose” but Patterson as a man. full of faults but blessed with talents beyond the average — including a true artistic gift at creating detailed sketches of animals and an amazing ability to carve woodworks with his hands far, FAR above the norm — Patterson comes across as a “down home genius” of sorts. a “primitive artist,” if you will, though this is meant as a compliment by myself and not some snide insult.

    in short, he faced long odds against himself but achieved much despite them, not the least of which was his own poor health. he was, as countless folks who knew him intimately concur, an artistic genius.

    that word is frequently utilized by all who knew him, even those who admit he conned them into investing in dubious Bigfoot schemes that never paid off. this is NOT PROOF he faked the P/G film in and of itself; rather, it merely points out that, for better or worse, the man who took the footage that fateful day DID possess the ability to have hoaxed the film despite so many denials and published reports to the contrary that he was “merely” a “simple cowboy” who “got lucky” that day.

    Patterson was anything but simple. he was, in fact, a complex, highly-driven man who was intent on capturing footage of Bigfoot at all costs, including the documented and numerous lapses of moral and legal ethics such as defrauding investors, failing to share profits on ventures, stealing monies from fans who joined his Bigfoot research society, et al.

    again, for those of you who believe i am merely trying to “ape” Mr. Long’s brutally effective “dirty laundry” airing, reread my post. i am NOT. i again believe Patterson emerges as a sympathetic figure DESPITE Mr. Long’s attempts to the contrary.

    but Long does a good job in providing the evidence — court documents, served summons, beyond real ability to doubt, in other words — that whatever happened that day in California between himself and Mr. Gimlin, Patterson had ample — some would say beyond ample — resources, motivation and artistic talent to have pulled off the hoax of a century (if indeed that is what the P/G film is; i remain skeptical to both sides of the argument, as both have much validity and much inherent fault lines neither side all too often address in a respectfully mutual tone).

    it’s a worthwhile book in the Bigfoot reader’s library IF for no other reason than it presents the anti-Patterson arguments, long-winded but ultimately well-presented and well-documented. so while the literary style is disappointing, the basic interviews, collections of documents (the majority of which are never dismissed or challenged as anything less than authentic by most critics of Long’s book, with the noted exceptions such as Long’s SPECULATION as to where the suit may have been manufactured/purchased from prior to Patterson modifying it, IF he did), and whatnot are credible, even if Mr. Long’s motivations are not.

    okay, so there’s two cents turned into fifty dollars in length! i guess Mr. Long’s style rubbed off on me, but again, as a person between the two positions expressed above — that is, those who dismiss the book because of its admitted bias and many flaws in terms of execution of style and overly long presentation — and those who seem convinced by the book 100% (i am not) Patterson definitively hoaxed the footage, i thought it might be worthwhile to hear how the smaller minority inbetween belief and disbelief equally viewed the tome.

    of course, it’s just one fool’s opinion! 😉

  23. DWA responds:

    I should add something (no, really! I should! 😀 ) to what I’ve said up there.

    And of course, like everything else, I’ve said it before.

    DON’T ARGUE PATTY – OR ANYTHING ELSE – WITH US HERE! Bill Munn is yet ANOTHER expert – in a distinctly relevant field – who lends impressive credentials, and rock-hard technical chops, to the validity of the Patterson-Gimlin film. ARGUE WITH THEM. That’s what real skeptics (like me) REALLY would pay to see.

    Only one thing sways me. Or even makes me care.

    EVIDENCE. It is why I am here. And not on a “skeptic” site.

    And the proponents seem to want me in their camp MUCH more than the antis do on this one. The antis? I cannot call them skeptics for this one, very basic, most basic of all reasons. They come across as credulous and naive. They swallow – whole – anything that fits their thesis. And refuse to even look at anything that doesn’t.

    The proponents have no choice but to do their homework.

    And this skeptic says: oh, but have they ever. They are winning the battle of hearts and minds the only way you can here: EVIDENCE. Face it. That’s why Patty has new life, and the debate rages as it never has.

    I await the technical refutations for which the so-called skeptics are long overdue.

    Has it ever occurred to them that the hoaxers get off on hoaxing them too?

  24. DWA responds:

    And I must enclose an erratum.

    It would no doubt please Bill Munns if I got his name right.

    Sorry, Mr. Munns.

  25. Bill Munns responds:

    DWA:

    “It would no doubt please Bill Munns if I got his name right.”

    It does.

    “Sorry, Mr. Munns. ”

    Apology graciously accepted.

  26. Roger Knights responds:

    Daniel Loxton wrote:

    “I’m still bemused by the gap between the strong tone of the critiques of Long and the substance of those critiques. Very little of the criticism has seemed to concern substantive errors in his work. And, for a book built almost entirely on eyewitness testimony, I have yet to hear a strong case that anyone was seriously misquoted or misrepresented. (Quite the opposite: when I pressed this point with one of Long’s fiercest opponents, he conceded that the testimony Long collects is probably all accurate.)”

    I acknowledged the accuracy of Long’s quotes to you. And I’m Long’s most through-going and persistent critic. But it’s an equivocation to therefore call me a “fierce” opponent, because that implies that I have taken a “strong tone.” On the contrary, my tone and language have been temperate. For a sample, see my Amazon review at: A Tale of Two Suits.

    My target has been Heironimus, not Long.

  27. Roger Knights responds:

    PS: I should have called myself the “most through-going and persistent critic” “of Long’s book” or “of Long’s thesis,” not of “Long” (himself).




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