Hot for Creature Thirteen years ago, William Dranginis saw Bigfoot. Fifty grand, a van, and a camera in a log later, the quest continues.

Darrow Montgomery

William Dranginis knows what you’re thinking, so maybe it’s best to get a few things straight right from the start. He’s not crazy, delusional, some lunatic on the fringe. For the most part, he’s your average suburban family man. Lives on a quiet street in Manassas. Has a great wife and two daughters; just became a grandfather. Has a good job designing surveillance equipment for the Windermere Group, an Annapolis-based technology firm that does contract work for the government.

He can’t help that he saw Bigfoot in the woods near Culpeper, Va., on March 11, 1995. Two witnesses were with him, both FBI agents. It’s not like he imagined the incident. In the 13 years since, he has spent more than $50,000 trying to prove Bigfoot exists. He has created sophisticated surveillance systems—wait till you hear about his new Eye Gotcha system!—and even designed a tricked-out research van with parabolic microphones and thermal and night-vision cameras. So he’s not exactly half-assing this quest.

Bigfoot, he wants you to know, are not just a bunch of pranksters running around in ape suits. Nor are Bigfoot the ghosts of some long-extinct creature, as some people claim. They’re flesh and blood, and they don’t just live in the Pacific Northwest. The creatures are here, within commuting distance of the nation’s capital. Bigfoot is the “last greatest mystery on earth,” Dranginis will tell you, so you may as well suspend your disbelief and come along for the ride.

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A man in Chesterfield County claims he saw Bigfoot on his property. On a recent Saturday morning, Dranginis meets the man for the first time in a parking lot just south of Richmond. The subject is in his 20s, has close-cropped hair and the hint of a central Virginia drawl. He doesn’t want his name in print because he’s worried about losing his job as a public servant.

With his neatly trimmed beard and blue eyes, Dranginis, 49, looks a little like Chuck Norris. He solicits reports of sightings on his Web site for the Virginia Bigfoot Research Organization—he’s the president. He also places ads in Northern Virginia Cooperative Living, a magazine published by a local utility company. (Have you seen a Bigfoot or Sasquatch-type creature in Virginia? I have.) So far, he says, he has logged about 200 Bigfoot sightings in recent years, from southern Virginia to Bull Run Park just outside Fairfax, less than 35 miles from the District.

Now, Dranginis follows the man’s truck along a rural road and begins to assess how genuine this individual is. “Usually I can look into people’s eyes and tell whether they’ve had a real experience or not,” he says.

Dranginis wants to believe that the man is telling the truth. Why would he risk his reputation and job to pull some sort of prank? But he has to be skeptical—after all, hoaxers are out there. I saw Bigfoot! He’s 10 feet tall! Brown! He smells bad, like a skunk! The pranksters parrot all the descriptions they’ve read on Bigfoot Web sites. Pretty soon, though, they start contradicting themselves. Then they start looking for money. Sure, you can use my property for research. But it’s going to cost you.

Dranginis once heard from a man who claimed to have casts of Bigfoot footprints. Only when Dranginis showed up did the man want money: $20 apiece. Dranginis studied a print: The toes were square and a faint but straight line ran along the edge of the foot, as if someone had pressed a wooden block into plaster. A fake. Dranginis bought a cast anyway. Figured, what the heck, may as well keep it as a memento.

Dranginis, driving his wife’s Jeep instead of his own with the vabigft license plates, pulls into a dirt driveway behind the man’s truck. The house is a one-story, concrete-block structure. Rusted lawnmowers, orange construction cones, even an old motorcycle are overgrown with weeds in the backyard. The house has been mostly vacant since his grandparents passed away, the man says. Dranginis, wearing dark green shorts and hiking boots with white socks, turns on a hand-held video camera.

Of all the stories the man tells—things banging on the kitchen windows and crashing through the nearby woods—one stands out. About two years ago, he was working on his computer one night when he sensed something watching him. He turned and looked out the living room window and saw a creature at least 7 feet tall walk between his truck and a light post in the driveway: “I saw the silhouette real quick. It was shaped like a person,” he says. “I could see a head and body. At first I thought someone was trying to break into my truck, so I ran and got my pistol, and when I came out here it was gone. Then I got around to thinking, What’s that tall?”

From his truck he pulls out a white envelope that contains a clump of dark brown material, possible Bigfoot hair. He was cutting the bushes with a trimmer last fall when the clump stuck to the power cord. “I don’t know if it’s hair or what the heck it is,” the man says. Dranginis studies it and concludes some of the strands resemble plant material. He’ll take a look under a microscope later.

Dranginis ventures into the woods next to the house, looking for signs of Bigfoot activity: deer parts left over from a Bigfoot snack or maybe a stick structure. Bigfoot sometimes lean a bunch of long branches against a tree trunk, creating a tepee-like formation. Some Bigfoot researchers speculate it may be the creatures’ way of marking their territory. Dranginis finds nothing.

Inside the house, the man shows off a faded portrait of his great-grandparents, tobacco farmers. Awards from his civil servant job line the walls. In the kitchen, Dranginis sets up a surveillance system using a digital video camera, a motion-detection device, and a black-and-white television that shows the area being monitored: the corner of the backyard. When something triggers the motion sensor, the camera records for 30 seconds.

Dranginis doesn’t expect much from such a simple system, though it’s better than nothing. When he has more time, he’ll set up a trap to lure Bigfoot to the house. Maybe keep the kitchen lights on at night (Bigfoot are naturally curious) and conduct a stakeout. Or leave out food: deer corn in a large barrel or bacon grease in a garbage can. “Sometimes they can’t resist that,” he says. Dranginis drives off, optimistic that he’s discovered a promising new research site.

Though you probably don’t know it by name, chances are you’ve seen the Patterson/Gimlin film. On Oct. 20, 1967, in Bluff Creek, Calif., Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin encountered a female Bigfoot (or, depending on whom you ask, a man in an ape suit). Search on YouTube, and you’ll find 16mm footage of an apelike creature walking away from the camera, turning back for a second and seeming to meet your gaze before disappearing into the woods.

Interest in Bigfoot reached a frenzied pitch after the video got out. By the end of the 1970s, though, the enthusiasm had waned, in part because people increasingly faced ridicule when reporting their Bigfoot sightings.

Enter the Internet, a boon to anonymity and Bigfoot research. Also enter Jeffrey Meldrum, an associate professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University. In 1996, Meldrum discovered fresh tracks near Walla Walla, Wash., made by what he thought could be a Bigfoot. Intrigued in no small part because of his expertise in primate foot mechanics, he risked the scorn of fellow academics and began studying the creature.

In Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science, Meldrum argues that the circumstantial case for Bigfoot’s existence is compelling. Meldrum has casts of Bigfoot prints from various years and locations that appear to be from the same creature. The prints, with dermal ridges similar to fingerprint whorls, would be nearly impossible to hoax, he says. Given that more than 200 new primate species were discovered in the last century, Meldrum argues, it’s certainly possible that Bigfoot has managed to elude detection—even in Virginia, where Dranginis points out there’s not only a history of sightings, there’s more remote forest for the creatures to hide in than you realize.

If Meldrum is the unofficial director of Bigfoot research, Dranginis is a freelance assistant in the field, using his specific skill—surveillance—to find evidence that occasionally may interest his superior. They have exchanged a couple of e-mails and crossed paths at a few conferences. “He’s seems to be levelheaded and not prone to embellishing his stories,” Meldrum says of Dranginis.

Which brings us to the story of Dranginis’ sighting. In the mid-’90s, Dranginis had no idea that the Bigfoot movement was gaining momentum. He was simply looking for a hobby. The economy was booming, and he was finally making good money designing surveillance systems. His days of making ends meet by working a second job—in lawn maintenance and rental property management—were over. Friends had taken up metal-detecting and were finding Civil War belt buckles that they sold for $200, $300 apiece. Dranginis thought, Why not?

On the day his life changed, he went metal-detecting near an old gold-mining operations in the woods near Culpeper with his two friends, the FBI agents. They were walking down a logging road when one of the agents—a point man for three tours in Vietnam—spotted movement in his peripheral vision. He turned and made eye contact with something not quite human, not quite ape. “The expression on both of our faces was, Oh, shit,” Dranginis remembers his friend saying.

(The agent didn’t return phone calls. Daniel Perez, editor of The Bigfoot Times, a monthly newsletter, says he interviewed him and Dranginis separately and found their stories credible. He writes in an e-mail: “I’ve come to know Bill over the years as a dependable, honest and trustworthy individual.”)

When the creature ducked behind a tree, the two agents drew their guns. Clearly, whatever it was, it had something to hide. A few seconds passed. A head poked out, assessing the situation. Jesus Christ, something’s there, Dranginis thought.

And then the man-beast bolted, “started running from left to right, arms moving, muscles bulging,” Dranginis says. “I could see its shoulders going back and forth like a football player wearing padding. The thing was sailing through the woods.” A man in an ape suit? Not a chance, Dranginis says. Even a 7-foot-tall man in a flawless costume couldn’t imitate what he saw. The creature made a sharp right turn, bounded down a hill, and disappeared.

Dranginis returned the next day with the point man, who carried two sidearms and an AK-47. Dranginis brought plaster. He found a footprint in sand at the bottom of the hill and started to make a cast. Suddenly, leaves crunched nearby. Something started whistling. “There are two of them,” Dranginis remembers his friend saying. “I survived Vietnam with my gut, and my gut is telling me to get the hell out of here.” Something let loose a shrill scream as they retreated. “I’m never coming back, and neither should you,” his friend told him.

Dranginis probably should have listened. But he can’t help that he’s so “damn inquisitive,” and has been since childhood. When he thought about it, he realized that the perfect hobby had just fallen into his lap. Here he was a surveillance expert, and here was this elusive creature no one could capture. How could he pass up the chance to make history? Besides, how hard could it be to find a Bigfoot, look the creature in the eyes, and say, “Gotcha”?

The first challenge is convincing everyone that you aren’t dropping acid. When Dranginis returned home right after the sighting, “he had an excitement that was different from anything I had ever seen,” says his wife, Carol Dranginis. “His eyes were huge, like saucers.” Carol knew the Vietnam point man, knew him to be credible, and he confirmed the story, she says. William, whom she had known since high school, was clearly a changed man.

On a recent Thursday evening, I met Carol at their two-story, gray-shingled house before Dranginis led me into the basement, his makeshift Bigfoot lab. Enough Bigfoot paraphernalia to start a museum lines the shelves: casts of Bigfoot prints (including the fake and copies of prints from the Patterson/Gimlin sighting), Bigfoot action figures, Bigfoot newsletters, and Bigfoot books (including Roger Patterson’s Do Abominable Snowmen of America Really Exist?).

Dranginis chuckles at his initial bravado as he sits in a swivel chair, a large American flag hanging over a computer behind him. Bigfoot have managed to elude capture for a reason, he discovered: The creatures are damn smart.

When Dranginis set up motion-activated cameras near his initial sighting, strange things happened, he says. Something threw sticks and rocks into the field of view, tapped the side of the camera at 1 or 2 in the morning, breathing heavily, and even placed an elm leaf in front of the lens. “These creatures are here. They’re screwing with me, screwing with the camera system. They’ve outsmarted me,” he thought.

One day, as he watched footage of a deer that had triggered the system, he had an epiphany. The deer looked up at the camera and started twitching its ears. Of course, Dranginis thought. The video equipment emits ultrasonic sound. Bigfoot, he concluded, can hear the cameras.

Dranginis gets up and walks over to a worktable filled with electronic equipment. He pulls out an ultrasonic leak detector and moves the device’s microphone in front of a video camera. He turns the camera on, and a loud crackling noise confirms that it’s producing ultrasonic sound. So much for installing cameras in trees.

And so began what Dranginis calls an epic game of cat-and-mouse. Every time he thought he was on the verge of cornering Bigfoot, the creature somehow escaped. In 2001, Dranginis bought a 24-foot mobile veterinary unit and converted it into a Bigfoot research center. On weekends, he traveled to areas with reported sightings and used parabolic microphones, night-vision cameras, and a thermal camera that he attached to a 25-foot-tall crank-up mast to search for the creature. Countless weekends and sleepless nights later—nothing. He recently sold the van—another dead end.

He got a call a few years back from the owners of what he calls the Southern Virginia Research Location, not far from Richmond. They found possible Bigfoot hair. He gave it to a scientist at the National Museum of Natural History. “He’s a sincere, honest guy, is genuine in what he believes, in what he thinks is true,” says the scientist, who didn’t want to be named. “That’s why I helped him.” The scientist was stumped by the hair, though—was it animal? human?—and sent it to another lab for analysis. The conclusion: llama hair.

Dranginis sent the hair to an Arizona lab for mineral analysis, which indicated it came from a human who ate red deer meat, plants, and clay—no processed foods. “I’ve never seen a llama eat deer meat,” Dranginis says. He sent the hair to a lab in Copenhagen for DNA testing, and the results came back as wolf or dog. Three tests, three different results, and no closer to his goal.

Dranginis pulls out what looks like a suitcase and opens it to reveal a black tranquilizer gun with a DNA dart tip. His plan? Do a stakeout in a house at his so-called Southern Virginia Research Location. “I would be underneath a window in the crawlspace, see a leg, and pop! Hopefully he won’t reach down and grab me and pull me out,” he says. Dranginis would film the shot using a camera that he can connect to the gun, to show the dart tip snatching a sample of tissue and blood from the creature. Dranginis has practiced in his backyard shooting at a tree—he’s accurate from 75 feet—but he has yet to take a shot at Bigfoot.

In the middle of his basement sits a stack of seven cases of Bigfoot ale, a special edition released annually by Sierra Nevada. Dranginis buys a case each spring hoping that he’ll find Bigfoot during the year, that the beer will become a collector’s item. “Every year I buy it. Nothing happens. Next year I get another. Next year I get another. It’s a real quick visual indicator that the thing’s beating you,” he says.

As Dranginis’ respect for Bigfoot has grown, his patience for the upstarts joining the Bigfoot bandwagon has waned. “It does tick you off. The new guys come in, all jockeying for position, and the next thing you know everyone has sightings,” he says. Barn owl call? Bigfoot! Coyote howl? Bigfoot! Falling branches? Bigfoot!

Wild tales circulate. Dranginis attended a recent Bigfoot conference in Ohio where some attendees floated far-fetched interpretations of the Patterson/Gimlin film. The two men, the story went, massacred a bunch of Bigfoot and fired bullets at the creature in their famous film clip. Look at this newly enhanced video! You can see a pool of blood here! Look, the creature’s limping! They shot her in the leg!

Dranginis thinks such theories are ridiculous. Here he is following scientific principles, and these conspiracy theorists are giving legitimate researchers like him a bad name. Did he ever think about quitting? “Yeah, I did a couple of times. Sort of just gave up and said forget it, screw this, I’m all done.” But then damned if someone didn’t contact him with an intriguing sighting, or damned if some world-famous primatologist didn’t come along and lend her support. Enough coincidences, and Dranginis jumps back in, thinks he’s destined to find Bigfoot.

Dranginis shows me a three-ring binder with postcards and letters from Jane Goodall tucked into plastic sleeves. In 2002, she declared in an NPR interview that she’s sure Bigfoot exists. “I have talked to so many Native Americans who’ve all described the same sounds—two who have seen them,” she said.

Dranginis says he met Goodall through another Bigfoot researcher soon after her NPR interview and gave her a tour of his Bigfoot research vehicle. They kept in touch. “I’m about to talk to a man who studies snow leopards in the Himalayas who doesn’t rule out the possibility of a Yeti,” he reads from one of her postcards. (A spokesperson confirmed that Goodall has corresponded with Dranginis but denied an interview request.)

Via all those slivers of wisdom accumulated over the years, Dranginis has developed what he thinks is the ideal system to capture Bigfoot. He pulls out a black plastic box slightly thicker than a briefcase: the Eye Gotcha. Inside is a small digital video recorder with a video card and space for enough batteries to keep the system running for at least a year. An armored steel cable runs from the box to a camera lens that Dranginis has concealed in a tree branch. A small motion-detection device works wirelessly.

Here’s how he plans to nab Bigfoot: Bury the box, muffling any ultrasonic sound. Dig the armored wire into the ground and then plant the fake branch and camera lens in a pile of wood, up to 50 feet away. Install the motion detection device in a tree. With no ultrasonic sound or video equipment nearby, Bigfoot will be oblivious to the fact that he has walked into a camera trap.

Dranginis intends to sell the system—about $900 fully loaded—at the upcoming East Coast Bigfoot Conference in Pennsylvania. But he also thinks he can generate interest in Eye Gotcha outside Bigfoot circles, from researchers hoping to get footage of other rare animals to park rangers worried about poaching. Many surveillance cameras are mounted visibly on trees and are often stolen. His will be safely hidden.

Before I go, Dranginis wants to show me one more gadget, his $15,000 thermal camera. It’s 11 p.m., three hours after he first invited me into his basement, and we head outside. I hold the device—not much larger than a television remote—as Dranginis walks across his lawn, pretending to be Bigfoot. He appears on the small screen as a radiant blur of reds and yellows.

Dranginis ducks behind a pine tree and moves his arms and legs around in a makeshift Bigfoot dance. See, he calls out, the device is sensitive enough to detect a creature behind a tree. Sure enough, red splotches appear on the screen. I feel like a kid breaking curfew, playing with Dranginis’ high-tech gadgets after the adults on the block have gone to sleep.

As I drive home, I remember the two images Dranginis showed me on his computer in the basement. In the first, a dark outline of a creature with a cone-shaped head that Dranginis estimates stood about 9 feet tall appears on the right edge of the frame. In the second photo, the thing—whatever it is—appears less distinct, more of a blur than anything else.

Dranginis captured the images at the Southern Virginia Research Location. When the creature triggered the motion sensor, an LED light blinked. (Dranginis thought he had turned it off.) He thinks the creature saw it, turned sideways, and then bolted.

Dranginis admits the pictures prove nothing. People may conclude it’s an alien, or enhance the photos and make ridiculous claims: “Bigfoot had a knife! Or Bigfoot had a gun! Or There’s a bat morphing out of its head!” Fair enough, but I must admit that in the quiet of Dranginis’ basement, after hearing his various stories, I felt a slight shiver staring at the ghostly images on his screen.

There was something standing, something huge standing in the middle of the road, just big enough that I could figure out it wasn’t a human being,” the man tells me. “I can’t tell you exactly what it was. I can tell you it had very dark features from the head down. I don’t know too many men that are 8 or 9 feet tall dressing up in black clothes and standing in the middle of the woods at 5:30 or 6 in the morning.”

On a recent Saturday afternoon, I’m visiting the Southern Virginia Research Location with Dranginis. The man who owns the property doesn’t want his name in print or his address revealed. Word leaked a few years back that Bigfoot lived here and intruders started visiting at night, poking around. The last thing he wants is some gun-toting adventurer sneaking around trying to bag a Bigfoot.

At first, the man didn’t believe what his wife and other visitors were telling him, that there were large, apelike creatures roaming around his property. His wife saw something black standing in the yard. Must be a bear on its hind legs, he thought. His dog came running out of the woods one day with some sort of mucus on its face, as if something had sneezed on it. “Hmm, that’s strange,” he said. Then he saw the beast standing on the road that morning as he was driving to work. “That kind of made a believer out of me.”

Living so close to Bigfoot over the years, the husband and wife have learned a few things about the creature. “You call him, he calls you back. It sounds like three people talking three different languages at the same time with the same voice,” the man says. Bigfoot likes singing, tends to come around when the wife’s belting out church songs. He also likes peanut butter. They leave jars for him on branches of pine trees, and he’s been known to lick the insides clean and replace the lids—only if the wife sets them out, though. A jar Dranginis left on a branch remains untouched, his initials and the date written on the plastic bottom in Magic Marker: wmd 9/4/04.

Come to think of it, Bigfoot’s got a crush on the wife. “He’s drawn to me,” she says. “That’s why I don’t go over there too much,” she says, pointing to the edge of their property. “What if he takes me into the woods?” She laughs. Bigfoot, the husband is quick to point out, has never shown the slightest inclination to hurt anyone.

Outside, Dranginis and the man lead me through rows of pine trees on the edge of the property and into a remote section of woods. “People think they migrate. I don’t think they do. I think once they find an area with a good food source, water, shelter, they just stay put. Look at this place—this place is perfect. You’ve got a lake down here, feeder streams, got some farms locally, peanut butter on trees. It’s Big Rock Candy Mountain,” Dranginis says.

After listening to the stories, I’m primed for Bigfoot to appear. He doesn’t, of course, but Dranginis thinks all hell is about to break loose. Developers have plans to build housing nearby, which will disturb Bigfoot’s habitat and lead to Lord knows what (certainly an increase in sightings).

As Dranginis installs a surveillance system in a trailer on the property, the man excuses himself. “He’s more interested in this than I am,” he says, as Dranginis carries equipment to the trailer. The man finds Bigfoot fascinating, but he’s never been tempted to do any research of his own: “My focus is elsewhere.”

After 13 years of research and more than $50,000, Dranginis has some grainy video footage and photos, tracks he’s discovered, eyewitness accounts—and still no hard evidence. He’s posted this motto on a sheet of paper in his basement: absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

Jane Goodall, in her NPR interview, acknowledged that the lack of a body, of bones, remains problematic. But she also said something that captures the spirit of the chase: “I’m a romantic, so I’ve always wanted [Bigfoot] to exist.”

As Dranginis drives home from the Southern Virginia Research Location, he acknowledges how difficult the journey has been. “My life is back and forth every weekend, trying to make something happen. Things just don’t happen. You sort of look at it as a waste of a day out of your life,” he says. “It’s a roller coaster, up and down, and eventually you get what’s called Bigfoot burnout.”

Once, when he was flying out of BWI, he noticed imperfections in the mud at a construction site near his terminal. “I started looking at it like there were going to be Bigfoot prints right there in the middle of the airport.” Time to take a break, he thought.

Lots of guys either quit or spend so many weekends in the woods they end up divorced, he says. His wife, Carol, admits she had a few moments where she resented his hobby, but he always immediately pulled back and spent more time with his family, she says. A few years ago, they bought a cabin in West Virginia near reported Bigfoot sightings. Not only can they enjoy a weekend away together, he can also get in a few hours of research.

“I seem to keep coming back for more. I guess I’m just punch-drunk or something,” says Dranginis. “But I think it’s exciting, the cat-and-mouse thing. It’s got me in its claws. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.”

Carol says that since his sighting, a “different dimension” of her husband has emerged. “He’s more motivated,” she says, “more excited about everything in life.” Not only has Dranginis invented a surveillance system, he also says he’s developed newfound respect for nature after spending so much time in the woods. He came to realize how much we’re polluting the planet. Dranginis once tried to rally support for legislation to have Bigfoot’s habitat preserved. Of course, that requires proving the creature exists.

If Dranginis does find Bigfoot, the woods will be filled with hunters trying to take one down. So maybe it’s not such a bad thing that the mystery persists. It will give a new generation of Bigfoot researchers a chance to make their mark.

We stop at a McDonald’s, and a local strikes up a conversation with Dranginis as he waits for his burger and fries. Back in the car, Dranginis says he’ll sometimes ask strangers in rural Virginia if they’ve ever seen a cougar, long thought to be extinct on the East Coast. It’s a softball question before he asks what he really wants to know: Ever seen Bigfoot? Most times folks will chuckle and say no.

But sometimes they’ll pull him aside and tell him about a sighting. Maybe one day, a farmer will tell him he found a body and has it in his barn. And the mystery of Bigfoot will be solved, not by fancy surveillance systems or DNA dart guns but by simple dumb luck.


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An overview of Dranginis' search for Bigfoot, beginning in 1995.

Our Readers Say

Dammit, Montgomery. Where's your Bigfoot shot?
What a well written article! Eric, you have captured "Chuck Norris" as we all know and love him! As a relative; Carol's sister, I have watched his passion for this "hobby" ebb and flow - but his shared experiences enthrall even the biggest skeptics within the family! His grandson is one lucky kid to have such an adventuresome and creative gramps! "Oh the places they'll go ....."
hey everyone wow this is wonderful new article about va sasquatch researcher william dranginis & the va sasquatch creatures. good afternoon. bill green ct sasquatch researcher bristol,ct
Eric that was a very well written article about the subject and investigator. William
has a very cool web site and he is so nice you hope he is the first to catch this guy on his newly built video system. Keep up the great work, the both of you.
I'll tell you one thing - the man has really good taste in beer. You ever have Bigfoot from Sierra Nevada? It's the cats pajamas.
Excellent piece. And many thanks to Mr. Dranginis for his willingness to share his insights and research. It's a fascinating subject.
Compelling. I don't doubt that Dranginis and his buddies saw something that fateful afternoon, but after all these years, wouldn't we have hard evidence by now? Bigfoot maybe a master of disguise, but what about after he's dead? Wouldn't a hiker have come across a knarled Bigfoot carcas by now??
perhaps bigfoot bury or hide their dead. if they are smart enough to cover a camera lens with a leaf...
they are in north west NJ too, saw one in 2006 while hunting @ 60 yards... 7.5 to 8.o feet tall, reflective "red" eyes. it was awsome too see.
The title of this article is a variation on the song title "Hot for Teacher" by Van Halen, right? Good one! "I got it bad, got it bad, got it bad . . . " http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5t5GukrWOU
This is a fantastic article I live in Catharpin, VA 10 min from Manassas and I can tell you that I totally believe and am smart enough to know that Bigfoot exists I have lived here in the Northern VA area since I was in the 2nd grade and that has been many moons ago...but I was born in Wise VA and lived in Clintwood VA till the 2nd grade and I can personally tell you that in the mountains you hear things that you know you have never heard before! period! when you are sitting outside in the summer on the front porch till the wee hours of the morning its just part of living in the mountains to hear things you can not explain and being a country girl you KNOW what things sound like and you know what things do not sound like there in lies your goose bumps because once you hear the sounds YOU KNOW its that simple! Great article!
I really enjoyed this most interesting and informative article.
I, too hope you are the one to actually find proof of Big Foot's existance.
Way back in the 1960's a man who was married to one of my best friend's sisters told us that he had seen a Big Foot in Oregon when he was younger.I don't recall how old he said he was at the time, but he was not kidding.
I'm not sure if he is still alive, now. If he is alive, he would now be in his 80's.
His Father-in-law was an artist, and had a great many paintings of the Oregon woods, with deer, etc. He also painted tall Ships at sea. Sorry, I never saw any painting s of a Big Foot.
You sound like you stand a pretty good chance, what with the camera silenced now.
I will be listening on Coast to Coast AM tonight.
HEY PAM,

I am in southeast Missouri and used to go to college at CVC. I used to talk to some of the older folks there and heard great stories and accounts of bigbifoot and other strange creatures. Some i very much believe and some were a product of too many fingers of shine by the storyteller. HaHa. I have always treasured those times spent in the blue ridge.
I would like to thank everyone who responded to the article, it was great to hear the stories from eyewitnesses and those who are just interested in the Bigfoot creatures and the research. I also wish to thank Eric Wills, Eric did an outstanding job on the article considering the opposing viewpoints that exist in this field of research. During the last few months, Eric and I corresponded over the phone, email and met in person to discuss all aspects concerning Bigfoot research here on the East Coast as well as around the world.

We talked about the long history of sightings here in the United States and abroad. We discussed the use of modern technology in today’s research, something the pioneering researchers could have only dreamed of. Eric saw the new technology used in today’s research and appreciated how elusive these creatures must be to stay hidden from civilization for so long.

I will continue to research here in Virginia as well as other Mid-Atlantic States and promised Eric I will keep him current with the latest research information. For those of you interested in conducting your own research or would like to just visit some local areas where the Bigfoot creatures have been sighted, please send me an email and I will provide you with the required information. I’m always interested in documenting older sightings as well, so you have had a sighting or have seen prints, please drop me an email.

Taking a hike in a local Park or even some of the larger State Parks is a great way to relieve stress and experience nature, I recommend it to everyone, just make sure you have your camera ready!

William Dranginis
Manassas, VA.
wdranginis@tidalwave.net
www.VirginiaBigfootResearch.Org
Darn. I was going to try to get to bed early tonight, so I'll try to keep this brief. First, I thought this was a very fair well written article. I had seen a copy of the City Paper on a rack in a local music venue, but forgot to take one home with me. When I went back, a new issue was on the rack. Then I thought to check and see if you had a website, saw you had an archives, and bingo, here's the article. So, thanks for providing this service.
As a lifelong DC Metro resident, I'd like to share my take on the subject. I've read about Mr. Draginis and have looked at his website from time to time. I have no doubts about his encounter. (Aside to Bill: Could you please put a "recent sightings" feature on there? Each time I go I have to click on each region and scan the dates to see if there is anything new. Otherwise, it's a really nice site, rich with experiences in the Old Dominion. Thanks for doing so much. I hope your efforts are rewarded)
I personally became interested in the subject a couple of years ago when I saw an article on a sighting that seemed credible. Up until then I never really gave it much thought. I was used to the old supermarket checkout line tabloids which might have bigfoot on the cover along with aliens and 30 lb babies. So it was a subject ridiculed and thought outlandish. But being a newby on the computer and just learning about online searches, I thought I'd "google" 'bigfoot, sasquatch, yeti', the main names associated with the creature. I was amazed at the variety of sites - some were not very well done, but some were much better and really seemed serious about the pursuit of information and research on the subject, and ordering it in a scientific way. For some, they were begun because of a personal life changing encounter like Bill had. I have a couple of advanced degrees in another subject area, but I've long had an interest in nature, anthropology, biology, anatomy & physiology and human behavior, so my curiosity/interest was piqued. On a few of the better sites, I read up on the background, history and summary of knowledge gleaned so far. Then I thought I'd read the eyewitness reports of sightings within 200 miles of my home in N. Va. This is something I'd not recommend trying to do in one sitting ... I read until my eyes were bugging out and burning and my brain overloaded, trying to wrap my mind around this newly discovered puzzle. I suggest giving it some time, let it percolate a little, reading a few reports at a time.
I was amazed at what I found ... some in VA, but much more in PA, MD, DE, WV, even NJ ... New Jersey? What hit me was the variety of eyewitnesses in age, education, occupation, background ... and the locales ... the similarities and variations of descriptions of the creature and it's behavior, movements, etc.
I'm not a woodsman, don't have the training that many do, from parents, scouting, military, etc. (wish I had.) But I love our country and the great outdoors, love to hike and camp (not much), and am always in awe of the beauty of nature and wildlife. From reading these reports, I have learned so much about different areas of the country, ways of living in little off the main highways areas of our nation. I suppose, I'm most impressed by the reports from hunters and outdoorsman who know well the forest, woods, wetlands, lakes, rivers and streams where they have had their sightings. They KNOW what different animals, birds and insects sound, look, move, smell like. And when they see this animal, the usual report is that they know what they saw/heard/smelled and they've never experienced anything like it before -
[A large (in adults) ape like/human like upright bipedal creature covered with hair, conical shaped head with no visible neck, less hair on the face, long arms, broad powerful shoulders, muscular - in the healthy state in a rich habitat - but sometimes more slender in less naturally rich habitats, usually seen alone, but have been seen in pairs or even small family groups ... i.e. male, female and junior] Equally impressive are law enforcement with road side or park sightings and military doing training in various forested sites around this huge country. They have had the training in viewing, remembering and accurately reporting what they observe, so I find them credible. Then there are truckdrivers hauling loads on the Interstate, moms and dads on vacation, teens coming home from late night jobs or out cruising, folks getting up early going out to get the morning paper or driving off to work. Most have no expectation of having a sighting/encounter, so they don't have a camera at the ready. Even when they have one in their lap or have a cellphone camera, they are so startled at what they are seeing and/or it's so brief, they don't think to use it. Some sites are very careful to vet a report before posting it, they have a trained researcher with some experience interview the witness either by phone or in person. Most hoaxers, mentally ill or delusional folks are weeded out, but even if a small percentage get through, that still leaves a large portion of reports that come across as credible.
From what I've read there are just too many corroborative details along with just the right amount of variation in the descriptive details, to be dismissed. So, what I like, is seeing the knowledge being amassed that tells more and more about the creature, its habitat, its diet, movements, its family life ... with much still unknown ... just trying to connect the dots from what is being learned. I'd like to see better cooperation among those serious about learning about this shy North American primate and less infighting. There should be room for mutual correction done when needed but done in a fraternal (or sisternal) way, but all in service to the truth and growing in knowledge. Forget about the one-upmanship. But after years of searching and lots of resources put into this, I'm sure many get frustrated at the lack of results and resources.
I come away with the hopes that this creature will be better known, but protected (please don't kill one just to prove it exists) as well as its habitat (which has been much encroached on and whittled away). I would guess that there have been many more sightings or encounters than reported. Some are ridiculed when they tell others, so they shut up fearing further ridicule or embarrassment. Some don't realize there are places that they can report something or are behind in getting computers or internet access. Some reports just surfacing are sometimes from years ago, because eyewitnesses finally find a place that will not humiliate them for sharing their experiences. Finally, this shy elusive creature seems to be gentle, curious, with highly developed senses but adults are very strong, stealthy and swift and could be formidable. I've never read a report where the creature attacked a human unless attacked first. They are very territorial and protective of their young, so they will warn intruders with screams, whoops, wood knociking and stone/stick throwing ... better to leave and not challenge them. Take the hint. Say goodbye, and slip out the back, Jack.
(Maybe leave behind a few apples or other food like a jar of peanut butteras a present ... Possibly one day we can co-exist in a friendly, mutually respectful way. Until then, we'll have to observe safely from a distance.)
What a bunch of horse puckey!
If Bigfoor didn't exist then Bigfoot Reasearchers would have to have invested it! Otherwise they might lose out on a chace to make a buck or woo on this.
Now I hear, thanks to the experts on one of those "reality shows" and the Scu Fi Cgannel that someone says there is a bigfoot in Ohio, too...funny, I grew up there for a time and never recall anyone (no one! ever!) ever claiming such a thing in earlier days...could it be that it's a hoax? Or maybe someone else just wants to get it on the act ? Right up there with 1950's-era UFO sightings, contemporary alien abductions, psychic surgery, and Ripley's believe it or maybe...Surkly a group of real hunters or outdoor naturalists would have had these bigfoots flushed out years ago, that is , if they really existed. Meanwhile all we get are artciles about supposed sightings that cannot be substantiated.
Extraordinary claims (whether it's Bigfoot, Nessy, alien abductions, UFO's,whatever...)require extraordinary proof. So where is it? A goddam bunch of loonies....
"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof."

Heck, just one clear picture would be nice.
Hello Sly,

Thank you for the positive comments. I had a number of people work on my website over the years because I have no training building a website, programming or mainteinance. I have paid people to do this for me, but it gets expensive and I can't keep funding the site on the same level. I have been looking for someone with an interest in Cryptozoology to help with the website, but I haven't found anyone yet. The recent sightings list is a great idea and will be implemented when I find someone to help with the site. If there is anyone out there willing to help with the design and operation of the VBRO website please contact me. We would like to include live surveillance cameras and other video. Plus we have many other sightings and eyewitness testimony in audio files that could be included on the site. Compensation may include some time at the Mountain cabin!

Thank you!

William M. Dranginis
Manassas, VA.
wdranginis@tidalwave.net
703-919-6202
www.VirginiaBigfootResearch.Org
keep up the great work bill........or is it chuck
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Helluva story! Wills' objectivity made me want to believe...
The film that Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin made in 1967 in Northern California at Bluff Creek of Bigfoot was real. Here is what they filmed 42 years ago. Long before Jesus was born there were thousands of slaves who ran off around the world and started their own countries. When these slaves ran off there was a large group of men and boys of all different ages and sizes that took off and ended up in Africa. Some of these men and boys were very large people. Some were as tall as 9 ft. or taller. The giant that David killed with his slingshot was said to have been around 9 ft. tall. So there were very large people back then just like there are large people now. When these men and boys got to Africa some of them went exploring to Borneo. They caught female Orangutans and took them to South America and had sex with them and created the American Indian. The men and boys who stayed in Africa caught female Gorillas and had sex with them and created the Black man. When scientists found the bones in Africa they thought we evolved from a female Chimpanzee. But it wasn't a natural evolution it was a man made evolution. That's where Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Yeti, Orangutan Man and the Skunk Ape comes from. They are half man and half Gorilla and half man and half Orangutan. They use to call the American Indian the red man. The Orangutan has reddish hair. When those men bred out the hair the Indian's skin remained red. The Gorilla has black hair and skin. When those men bred out the hair the Black man's skin remained black. Some of the Indian's in the United States were tall. And some of the Black people in Africa are tall. And so is Bigfoot and some of the others. They are tall because the men who created them were tall. If we all came from Adam and Eve then Bigfoot would not be there. And if we all came from evolution they still would not be there. Because by now everyone would be evolved out. There's no reason for Bigfoot to stop evolving. The reason Bigfoot is there is because he is man made. He will always stay the same as he is now. No matter how much time goes by. The creature that Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin filmed in 1967 was half man and half Gorilla. It was a female Bigfoot that they named Patty. Could you please help me by telling all the good Bigfoot hunters and researchers what the hell it is that they are looking for. Tell them that it's not a man in a costume, it's not our missing link, it's not a figment of our imaginations, but that it is the result of men that had sex with the female Gorilla and female Orangutan a long time ago. JC
i heard it walk around me( very heavy footsteps) in a patch of pines in richmond . it was dark so i couldnt see it. but it let out one hell of a scream that i doubt could be made by n e thing else native to va.
I think many of us like the idea of discovering a new mystery, in this case we'll call it Bigfoot, so like many things in life, it is unfortunate that it just isn't real. Finding a native 7-9 foot tall intelligent human-like creature anywhere on planet Earth, especially in Virginia, is just not going to happen. I'm sorry, but that age of exploration is long over. If something even remotely like that existed, it would have been found a very long time ago and probably would have had its DNA sequenced by now.

This raises another question, if Mr. Dranginis and the other Bigfoot witnesses are as sincere as they seem to be, what's the deal here? While some are most likely trying to work some angle to make money, compulsive liars or insane, it seems like that is probably not the case with Mr. Dranginis, so perhaps some kind of psychological illusion is tripping him up. It may be that some part of his brain is playing a trick on him. Understanding this bizarre effect better would probably go a long way to explaining all the other unreal stuff some folks claim to see and feel including ghosts, etc.

Here is theory I just made up, so take it for what it is worth. Over the millions of years it took for us to evolve, our ancestors who were more cautious and wary of their surroundings were more likely to survive (almost certainly true at some level). Scary events are remembered best by the human brain so we can avoid them in the future (also almost certainly true). So other than experiencing something scary directly, which could be fatal, another way to do this would be to see something scary that we might fear in situations where we should be cautious. While Bigfoot is not real, lions, tigers, bears and other predators are, of course. If part of the human brain could conjure a scary image up on its own, that person might be more cautious for a very long time and live long enough to reproduce where they otherwise would have been killed, thereby giving a person with this strange mind trick an evolutionary advantage and producing descendants who sometimes see things that aren't there or are perhaps see an exaggeration of something that is there. People with this strange, but “adaptive” condition would be more likely to see things that aren't there, but they might also be more likely to be cautious and survive situations others would stumble blindly into to their detriment.
Hello MT,

Thank you for your comments.

You are correct that I am not in this research for the money. I can tell you what we saw that day in the woods of Culpeper, VA. was not a man in a suit or a bear. It was defiantly not some type of psychological illusion because the three of use witnessed a creature that even to this day is unknown to the scientific community. It is not possible that the three of us shared the same illusion, we witnessed a flesh and blood creature that day. Dr. Jane Goodall is sure these creatures exist, she has heard and collected reports from all over the world from natives that describe the same type of creature, some with slight differences, but generally the same type creature.

The Native American Indians have passed down stories of these creatures over many generations, are these stories derived from the same psychological illusions? Your comment about the age of exploration being long over is just insane! Don't you read the exciting news concerning the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland, or watch the documentaries showing new underwater video of the previously unknown Giant Squid? Just this year Scientists from a variety of organizations have found over 350 new species in the Eastern Himalayas! Even the children in the fourth and fifth grade science class I spoke to understand that thousands of new species are being discovered around the globe every year. So go ahead and try to tell them the age of exploration is long over. Try to convince the State policeman that what he witnessed while on patrol one night was not a Bigfoot type creature. Tell the hunter what he saw through his rifle scope was not a Bigfoot type creature. The Bigfoot/Sasquatch creatures are real and are masters of their domain and in some ways, much more intelligent than present day man. These creatures can survive on this planet without destroying it, all they leave behind are their footprints, and even those are rare to find.

MT, please take a break speculating on what people may have witnessed and spend some time in the woods, you might make a discovery of your own!
I enjoyed reading this short article. I am perplexed & frustrated by MT's comments from above. It is arrogance like his statements that fuel the ongoing controversy. Psychological illusion??? Wow! What a statement. MT must be some sort of "armchair psychologist". Not too long ago there was discovery of a new species of apes in Africa that no one had any idea even existed. Discoveries are being made all the time. Just because MT has probably never stepped out into the natural world doesn't mean these things don't exist. Because MT hasn't seen them........well then.........they can't be real. Healthy skepticism is fine but let's keep an open mind if we can please. I hope that MT is the next person to have an actual encounter with a Bigfoot......I guarantee that he will believe it then! Sasquatch is the real deal people. They have evaded us for centuries & continue to do so much to their credit. I certainly hope that we will find him soon so that he can be protected as a species. I believe if & when we do find Bigfoot it won't be a good thing, sad to say. He will probably be hunted down & die out as a species. In any event, I hope that Mr. Dranginis' continued search is fruitful & yield exciting new evidence. Thank you.
I believe that Bigfoot is real because I know what Bigfoot really is. The film that Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin made in 1967 in Northern California at Bluff Creek of Bigfoot was real. Here is what they filmed on October 20 1967. Make sure you read all of this very carefully.
Several thousand years ago there were thousands of slaves that ran off around the world and started their own countries. When these slaves ran off there was a large group of men and boys that took off and ended up in Africa. Some of them were giants as tall as 9 ft. or even taller. The giant named Goliath that David killed with his slingshot was 9 ft. tall.
Some of these men and boys went exploring to Borneo and used ropes to catch female orangutans and took them to South America and had sex with them and created the Indians. The men and boys that stayed in Africa caught female gorillas and had sex with them and created the Africans. When scientists found the bones in Africa they thought we evolved naturally from a female chimpanzee.
But it wasn't a natural evolution it was a man made evolution. That's where all the Bigfoot and Orangutan creatures come from. They are half man and half gorilla and half man and half orangutan. They use to call the Indians the red man. The orangutan has reddish hair. When those men bred out the hair the Indian's skin remained red. The gorilla has black hair and skin. When those men bred out the hair the African's skin remained black.
Some of the Indians and Africans are tall. And some of the Bigfoot and Orangutan creatures are tall. They are tall because some of the men that created them were tall. Some scientists believe that we evolved naturally from a female chimpanzee. Have you ever seen an 8 ft. tall chimpanzee? I haven't either. Bigfoot migrated up through Africa and came into the United States at the top of Africa when they were connected by land. The Orangutan creatures migrated up through Central America and came into the United States like the Indians did later on.
The first Europeans that saw the Africans said that some of the African women had genitals that resembled that of a gorilla. If you look at the nose of an African you will notice that it is wide like the gorilla's nose. The creature that Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin filmed in 1967 was half man and half gorilla. It was a female Bigfoot that they named Patty. Patty was not a man in a costume, she is not our missing link and she is not a figment of our imagination.
Patty was a creature that was created by men that had sex with female gorillas and orangutans a long time ago. Believe it or not, man created his own evolution.
What the hell, are you an idiot? White-tail deer don't have ultrasonic hearing. Look up the range. Hearing range is restrained by body size (it's physics), so the larger the organism the LOWER the hearing. It's mostly just small animals that have ultrasonic hearing.

You can't just CONCLUDE that bigfoot has ultrasonic hearing based on a hunch that isn't even substantiated by existing knowledge. Get a life.
William,

I'm more than a bit leery about your proposition that such a primate would have ultrasonic hearing. You concluded that the deer must have heard the ultrasonic frequencies emitted from your device as it twitched its ears and focused in the direction of the camera. One study I know of (Risenhoover, Hunter, Jacobsen & Stout, Texas A&M) establishes that deer have a range of .05 to 16 khz, peaking somewhere in the 4 khz range. Human hearing is somewhere between .02 and 20 khz, with the 20 and above range, as you know, being the threshold for what we deem to be ultrasonic hearing.

It seems that you may be inexact or misleading in deeming the camera system as truly 'ultrasonic' then, from the statement about the deer triangulating the location of the camera, but I believe it is unintentional. Probably a misnomer. If the camera were truly operating at ultrasonic frequencies, the deer wouldn't be able to detect true ultrasonic frequencies, being out of its hearing range, nor would any kind of hypersonic effect explain the deer happening to look up and twitch its ears in the direction of your camera. Deer often do that anyways, for no reason apparent to the viewer. It seems a leap in logic to propose that, based upon the inability to capture footage of such a cryptid, that a primate such as a Bigfoot would thus have ultrasonic hearing based upon your observation that a deer twitched its ears and looked in the direction of the camera. There doesn't seem to be enough evidence provided in this article, at least, to make that conclusion.

I believe a better understanding of the evolution of the mammalian ear would lend some greater understanding to this avenue of pursuit (re: the ultrasonic theorem you've suggested).
The Patterson-Gimlin film of Bigfoot that was made in 1967 is real. The NASI said that the creature had both human and gorilla features. Bigfoot is a human-primate hybrid. Half man and half gorilla. A man made creature that was created several thousand years ago by men who were slaves that ran off and ended up in Africa. They used ropes to catch female gorillas and had sex with them. That's where Bigfoot and eventually the African people came from. For all the skeptics out there, they were real men that had real sex with real female gorillas. And nobody was wearing a costume at the time.
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Your info about the electronic buzzing that the camera's made really made sense. Maybe that is why Bigfoot is almost impossible to photograph(by camcorder or regular camera). Love your research ideas. You are obviously on the right track to proving Bigfoot's existence. Keep me updated in your research:gemini1967@mail.com. Thank You!! Paul Mann
1. When I was in college, I worked for a TV station. When I would go into the studio, my ears would ache at all the high-pitched noise emanating from the video equipment. I asked others if it bothered them, and most of them said they did not notice it. A few did hear it, but it did not bother them. But it really bothered me. So I know that sensitivity to video equipment can vary greatly.

2. I have spent a almost a thousand nights in the forests of North Carolina's mountains as a wilderness guide. I have hiked thousands of miles on those trips, both on deep woods trails, and off trail. During all that time, at all times of day and night, I have **never** seen a bear, though I heard one once. Nor have I ever seen a dead bear carcass, bones or bear tracks. Yet we know that bears inhabit those mountains in the thousands. If all those bears can stay hidden, it is entirely plausible that a higher-order intelligence animal can stay hidden.
3. Science is a practice of skepticism. So one has to be skeptical of claims of a previously unidentified primate like BigFoot. That does not mean that we should be prejudiced and dismissive and not pursue it; rather, it means that we must use the tools of science in rigorous discipline to seek out knowledge.
4. Those who would dismiss the possible evidence for BigFoot: would they be the same folks who would dismiss the near trillion-dollar construction and operation of the Large Hadron Collider in France to seek out and find the mathematically-theoretical Boson particle? There is no proof (yet) that the Boson particle exists, and if it does, it may exist in orders-of-magnitude smaller quantities than BigFoot. One can't be intellectually honest and seek out the one but not the other simply because there is yet no "proof." In fact, since several hundred new species are found in the oceans each year, it is not implausible that BigFoot could exist without yet being "discovered."
5. To all researchers like Mr. Dranginis: do not be deterred by the small minds of those without imagination, and remember that Edison went through a thousand or so filaments before he got the light bulb to work.
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I think we all are fighting a very similar life consuming battle....some are searching for bigfoot, some for aliens.....some for revenge and some for God but most of all? we are all searching for some peace of mind.
Dear William, thank you so much for "hanging in there" AND Carol for letting u b u
When I lived in DC I had friends in culpepper. my fondest memory is crawling thru strawberry fields, pushing those sweet leetle things into my mouth before reaching thier "bathing hole with waterfall" loved that place, the sheet lightening shows and I could go on-----. My first encounter was 1962 in Harrison Hot springs Canada, never heard of Sasquatch. I was sleeping outside my car waiting for the town to wake up. I was awakened by large sounding footsteps, of course I froze, then a smell hit my nose, like nothing I knew, and I was terrified. my friend in my car had doors locked ? I finally gained access and drove to the big Hotel there, had to wait for daylight. then I was told by Locals about Sasquatch. Years and years have gone by and I became an Archaeological survey technecian in Nevada. have been out in the Sierras 10 days @a time sometimes 3 sessions in the same camp spot. it seems this paper runneth out now. recently had oppurtinity to meet Dr Meldrum now my Hubby (Dr. of Anthro.}believes my experiences/observances,were real . Thank you and keep on trucking

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