What Did You Think? Wife Swap’s Bigfoot Family

Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 30th, 2010

UPDATE: The program has broadcast.

What did you think?

The show appeared to focus on the needs of the children, and giving a balance to the families.

Certainly, I felt Tracy gave a rather good accounting of cryptozoology and correctly reinforced the interest in that topic as a gateway for the other family’s children being involved in nature studies. Well done Tracy.


=== earlier posting —-

On Friday, July 30th, ABC-TV’s “Wife Swap” will have its initial broadcast of a family that has been identified as being involved in searching for Bigfoot. The program is set for broadcast. Now, what will it show?

Here are Rob and Tracy Robinson and their son:

The Robinsons are being promoted as a “Bigfoot family,” but, technically, they are not especially interested in Bigfoot. The Robinsons, who live in Florida, are actually “Swamp Ape Seekers” or “Skunk Ape Hunters.”

Exclusively to Cryptomundo, Rob Robinson has said, “I believe I gave monster hunting a good representation on the show….For the record, I own all your books and am a really big fan of yours and Cryptomundo. I purchased one of your museum T-shirts, but they wouldn’t let my wife wear it on the show.”

The Robinsons are under a strict contract with ABC, and are not allowed to give interviews before the program airs. Furthermore, this includes web replies and online comments to blogs and forums. Therefore, Rob will not be able to respond to any negative comments or questions written by any readers here, below, not because he doesn’t want to, but because he cannot, by contract.

Robinson had to ask for permission from ABC to have the above photographs published. He did and has obtained clearance to have them shared here, exclusively, via Cryptomundo.

New update: Rob Robinson’s latest pre-broadcast statement can be found here.

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.

10 Responses to “What Did You Think? Wife Swap’s Bigfoot Family”

  1. PhotoExpert responds:

    Let me get this straight. He owns all of Loren’s books, is a fan of Cryptomundo, bought a ICM T-shirt and even tried to promote the ICM by wearing that shirt on air?

    Sounds like a very intelligent, classy, and all around good guy! I am sure he will give monster hunting a good name. Sounds like a guy I could share a beer or two with.

    I am sure Rob did a great job. It just depends on how they edit the final cut.

    Rob, if you are reading this, be sure to come back and respond if and when you have an opportunity to do so!

  2. Loren Coleman responds:

    Yes, I too wonder how ABC has edited and will present this one to the broadcast audience. All best intentions by the cooperating family might have nothing to do with the final product.

  3. Kimble responds:

    The question is, what’s the *other* family’s belief? How about swapping Kill/No-Kill families or opposite opinions of the PG Film? :). That would make for sensational TV. Then again, one could just listen to any Bigfoot related internet broadcast :/

  4. Rob008 responds:

    Great, Now I’m going to have a complex the rest the day

  5. korollocke responds:

    The network will make a snarky joke of it, don’t they always?

  6. MattBille responds:

    I was asked to do this and was actually tempted, but my wife told me that, if I accepted, there would be one more species destined for extinction.

  7. tropicalwolf responds:

    Problem with the premise of this show…

    You eventually have to get the “original” wife back.

    (If anyone needs me, I’ll be in hiding)

  8. gridbug responds:

    Just watched the episode in question. Love to know what the residents of “Fook” Arkansas thought. Got a genuine chuckle at the Bigfoot Rap at the end. Certainly not the worst I’ve seen from this series, though I bet Rob thinks twice about wanting to go on TV again.


  9. Delmonstro responds:

    I was in “Fook” the day after the show aired. I asked a few girls at the Monster Mart if they had seen it, but they hadn’t. I also asked a few others, such as Rick Roberts who owned the Monster Mart up until 2006. He had heard about the show and remembered them coming out to film it, but didn’t catch the episode.

    Overall, not too bad. It could have come off much worse.

    And remember not to believe everything you see on “reality” television. It’s just another form of entertainment.

  10. janet responds:

    So I am watching this Wife Swap now. Rob is disgusting. He’s a grown man throwing temper tantrums like. 3 yr old. Wow!

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