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Ancient Mysteries TV show: Bigfoot (1997)

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Ancient Mysteries TV show: Bigfoot (1997)

Post  Squatchmaster G on Sat Feb 23, 2013 4:01 pm

I just found a really good quality upload of the Bigfoot episode of the 90s TV series Ancient Mysteries:



The journalistic style is pretty sensationalist in parts and the 'advanced technology' they use to analyse the evidence is hilariously clunky by today's standards but it's a good little documentary apart from that. The big drawcards for me were that it was narrated by Leonard Nimoy (my interest in cryptozoology was hugely influenced by his "In Search Of ..." series) and that the episode features fairly indepth interviews with Prof Grover Krantz and Peter Byrne, two guys who were hugely influential in the history of 'Squatching.

Krantz had a PhD in anthropology and was instrumental in the early attempts to get Bigfoot research accepted by mainstream science, starting his research back in the early 1960s well before the Patterson-Gimlin film. He sadly passed away in 2002 and his skeleton was featured in a Smithsonian display for a while.

Peter Byrne mounted his first expeditions to search for the yeti back in the 1940s after serving in WW2 and in the 1950s he found the infamous preserved Yeti scalp and hand in a Tibetan temple. He ran some very well organised expeditions in the US in the early 60s to hunt for Bigfoot (again, years before ther PG film) and he's been financing Bigfoot projects ever since. One of them, the Bigfoot Research Project 111, ran continuously for 5 years. Byrne is still active in the scene even though he's nearly 90 years old.
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Re: Ancient Mysteries TV show: Bigfoot (1997)

Post  Squatchmaster G on Sat Feb 23, 2013 4:05 pm

Speaking of "In Search Of ...", here's the Bigfoot episode from the first series way back in 1976:



It screened less than 10 years after the PG film was shot! It features a very young Grover Krantz sharing with us his theory that Bigfoot could be a surviving population of Gigantopithecus, Peter Byrne doing on-location reenactments to determine whether a video was real or fake nearly 40 years before 'Finding Bigfoot' used the same techniques and a bunch of 'Footers arguing whether they need to shoot a Squatch in order to convince the rest of the world.

Things haven't changed much in four decades. Neutral
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