Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Researcher Steve Kulls

Last year was not a great year for many bigfoot researchers, including Steve Kulls.

We all know of his undercover involvement with the "Georgia Hoax", and he is currently writing a book on the incident.

I have met many people in bigfoot research this past year from Oregon to Maine, and I would say that more than half of them, myself included, would like to become a household name. They write books, they make appearances, they give press releases, they hold conferences, they attend conferences, they appear on Monster Quest, you get the picture.

Well I had never met Steve Kulls, so I decided that before I form an opinion on this man, I am going to open my eyes and my ears and make my own informed decision.

I talked to Steve, I read his reports, I watched his videos and I have come to the conclusion that Steve is all right by me.

I feel that he is very professional in his bigfoot research and is sincere. He approaches his research with enthusiasm and has a very keen eye for busting hoaxers!

The first thing that stuck in my head and in my heart when I listened to Steve was his work with disadvantaged children. It impresses me that he is not "All About Steve" and would take the time to care for another human.

The following is all about Steve.

Steve had a lifelong fascination with the Bigfoot phenomena since an early age. In 1998 after reading "Monsters of the Northwoods", Steve like many of the general population had believed that sightings were exclusive to the Pacific Northwest, learned that there were numerous sighting reports close to his residence in upstate New York.

Steve began his quest first in 1998 seeking knowledge from other researchers in the field. In 2003 Steve met two of the authors of Monsters of the Northwoods and was invited to apply for BFRO membership. By that time Steve had his own small grass roots organization and website.

One of Steve's first tasks was to examine the Sonoma video. After Steve had talked to the lead investigator, Steve conducted picture analysis on the videographer's website where it was determined the time line did not match the photos at all and Steve declared the Sonoma video a hoax on that premise. Several months later it was revealed that the video was perpetrated by the comic duo of Penn and Teller for their cable TV series.

Steve then went after Tom Biscardi. Steve for over two years was forced to play the role of a Biscardi contractor, assuring friends that if Biscardi hoaxed something, Steve would be there to call him on it. In June of 2008 Steve thought he had uncovered a press deception but was forced to recant due to a possible error. Two months later Steve would have his opportunity, when Biscardi tried to cover up the now infamous Georgia Bigfoot Body Hoax. Steve later learned that Biscardi was neck deep in the hoax.

Today after a brief respite, Steve continues the fight against hoaxers and misnomers in the field, while trying to ferret out the gems and possibly obtain the scientific evidence to prove to the scientific community Sasquatches do exist.

Steve firmly believes in a "boots on the ground", methodology of obtaining evidence for or against, evidence regarding the Sasquatch mystery.

Steve has had three sightings in the last ten years and a handful of what he describes as "most likely, close encounters" with the creatures, after initially entering the field quite skeptical.

Steve has appeared on numerous local news programs around the country and national venues such as Fox and Friends, and interviewed in print in over 100 newspapers over the last ten years. Steve has appeared most recently on the History Channel series, MonsterQuest.

Steve is a former Licensed Private Investigator, in New York, has been invited to join a new Private Investigation partnership, and a former retail investigator of 18 years. Steve also works with disadvantaged children.

You can find out more about the Sasquatch Detective by clicking here.

I will be interviewing Steve in the near future to promote his upcoming book titled "Fifty Large" so stay tuned for information and be ready with your questions.

I also look forward to getting out in the field with Steve as soon as the weather warms up.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Article from the New Zeland Herald

I would like to congratulate Don Keating and the 450 or so Bigfoot enthusiasts who supplied Leigh Hart with his catapult to infamy.

His obvious take-off of Destination Truth proves that he cannot manifest an original idea on his own. His sneak attack on the fine folks at the Ohio Conference in 2009 shows how cowardly he is and, in my opinion, if anyone does see his show and he has used any footage of them while attending the conference, I would recommend that they sue his arse up, down and sideways!

"Hard nosed attitude"? I think not, egotistical bully is more like it.

Well, I guess the fine folks of New Zealand need entertainment too, but I would not lump all New Zealnaders into the same category as Leigh Hart. Just as they should not lump all bigfoot researchers into the mold of backwoods, overweight hillbillies.

Leigh says, "That's the one where the subject matter is the people themselves, and they come across worse than in any other episode. They really are quite frightening and annoying. They're having arguments over something that doesn't exist, abusing each other, calling into doubt each other's credibility. Most of these people probably got into Bigfoot when they were 10 years old. They can't not believe it any more. They can't see the wood for the trees."

He is so intent on being a comedian at the expense of innocent people. People who did not invite him to the conference to bash them. If he had an open mind, he would have realized that many believers have had actual sightings and experiences that occurred in their adult hood. Some people who have tons more integrity than Leigh.

But I digress...I wish I would have had a chance to meet the buffoon...I hope he finally finds the fame and glory that he so craves. Some people will stoop to any low to make a name for themselves...

Local man of mystery
By Cliff Taylor
4:00 AM Monday Feb 8, 2010

The truth is out there.

Or, just as likely, not. "Probably a lot of it is bullshit," admits hyperactive sausage salesman and intrepid mystery-hunter Leigh Hart.

It's this hard-nosed attitude which has seen Hart crucified by Bigfoot believers after filming the first episode of his upcoming TV One series Leigh Hart's Mysterious Planet at a Bigfoot conference in Ohio, where he introduced the world to the "Waitakere Yeti" and suggested the elusive Bigfoot was actually a hairy midget with enormous feet.

"I made the mistake of writing a column about it. Because it's all online they went nuts. They've been tearing me to bits and abusing me [since]. I'm public enemy number one. If I went back they'd probably lynch me."

Hart reckons the Bigfoot episode is the most confrontational of his mockumentary series, debuting this Friday, which also shines a shaky light on the infamous Roswell UFO incident, the Bermuda Triangle, the Loch Ness monster, El Dorado and Stonehenge.

The series is a piss-take of many dodgy conspiracy theories and the TV programmes built around them, with their breathy voiceovers and ridiculously over-the-top music and editing. "I always find those docos fascinating," admits Hart.

"They say you are going to find out once and for all - and you never do."

It also allowed Hart, known for his work on Moon TV, Sports Cafe, his popular "That Guy" Herald on Sunday column and those Hellers sausage ads, a chance to indulge his love of weird stuff and world travel.

Born in Greymouth, Hart spent much of his childhood travelling as his mining expert father moved from job to job. Filming in Peru allowed him to return to the remote Andean camp where he lived for several years as a boy. "Peru was a personal favourite," he says. "My father built a tunnel irrigation scheme there. My brother and I returned to where we used to live. That was the self-indulgent part, sleeping in the house where we last slept back in 1980-something."

Dressed in a safari suit and Indiana Jones-style hat, Hart delves into the Andean jungle, the depths of Loch Ness, the Ohio backwoods and the deserts of New Mexico in search of mysteries and the sometimes-odd people obsessed with solving them.

It was fraught with danger, not least for one of the crew at the hands of Hart himself. "He had blocked sinuses, and I accidentally gave him anti-snake venom instead of antihistamine," he says. "That made him go a bit weird."

But it was the Bigfoot conference where Hart faced possibly his greatest danger. Presenting his findings in front of an audience of mad-eyed, overweight (and possibly armed) monster-hunters was as perilous as venturing into an actual Sasquatch cave. If such a thing actually exists.

"That's the one where the subject matter is the people themselves, and they come across worse than in any other episode. They really are quite frightening and annoying. They're having arguments over something that doesn't exist, abusing each other, calling into doubt each other's credibility. Most of these people probably got into Bigfoot when they were 10 years old. They can't not believe it any more. They can't see the wood for the trees."

In conversation, 40-year-old Hart is nothing like his brash, bullet-headed TV persona. Speaking from his Auckland home with his two young children playing in the background, he comes across as extremely polite, even a bit shy. But there is clearly something that compels him to perform. Before breaking into television, he toured for several years with his brother in a rock band called Wild Turkey, eventually getting themselves detained and deported from France for visa and work permit violations.

Before their expulsion, the brothers spent 11 days in a detention centre in Lyon. "It was pretty frightening," he recalls. "It was like Colditz. We were the only white guys there, it was full of African immigrants and there were hunger strikes and chaos going on. But after a couple of days we started to kind of enjoy it."

For the immediate future, Hart has a new season of Moon TV coming out and hopes to film a second series of Mysteries. As long as it involves travel, he'll be happy. "I'd like to do something Palin-ish, something huge that I'm not qualified for. The six-and-a-half wonders of the world, perhaps."

* Leigh Hart's Mysterious Planet debuts on TV One, Friday at 9.30pm.
By Cliff Taylor

William M. Dranginis

For those of you who do not know William, let me give you some information.

William is the founder of The Virginia Bigfoot Research Organization.

William's interest in the bigfoot creature came to him rather unexpectedly. On a mild March afternoon, William and a friend had been metal detecting some old gold mines in Culpeper County Virginia when his friend noticed what he thought to be a man behind a tree.

Within minutes they knew they were not looking at a man and the seconds of the encounter has given William years of curiosity to find out more about these creatures!

William is a surveillance and security expert and he has spent thousands of dollars on vehicles and equipment to better enhance his chances of another encounter, or a habituation situation. He bought a 24-foot mobile veterinary unit and converted it into the Bigfoot Primate Research Lab.

Knowing Bill's, er William's background in designing surveillance equipment and his work with the government, I would trust his analysis of any video, be it thermal or digital or photographic. Knowing William as a person, I find him to be calm, cool, collected and intelligent with no "ulterior motives".

Visit the Virginia Bigfoot Research Organization to find out more about Bigfoot in Virginia.

Follow-up on Squeaky video from William M. Dranginis

The video is only good if the subject in the video can be verified as a flesh and blood Bigfoot/Sasquatch creature, otherwise it’s just another unknown video. The scientific community would laugh if they examined this “thermal footage of a Bigfoot creature” as it’s being claimed by Mr. Greene and the BFRO. I’ve attempted to purchase a copy of the video directly from Mr. Greene [on Friday, February 5, 2010] so I could forensically enhance it to possibly determine what was filmed. He declined and said the film was no longer for sale. Hmmm? I guess that answered my question!

If you’re going to promote something as evidence of a flesh and blood Bigfoot/Sasquatch creature, be prepared to have the evidence examined by your peers and the scientific community.

I’ve been more than willing over the years to apply my knowledge and provide equipment to help examine evidence just like this video.

Thermal imaging technology will play a significant role in the discovery of these creatures, but the thermal camera can be a double-edged sword in the wrong hands. When a thermal camera is used correctly, it’’s a magnificent tool for Bigfoot research, but one must be knowledgeable in its operation. This is why FLIR holds week long classes on the camera's operation.

If a thermal camera ends up in the hands of an inexperienced operator, it can turn into Merlin’’s Magic Wand where everything you see is a Bigfoot creature. I’ve been using/building thermal cameras since 1998 and I’m still learning something new everyday.

William M. Dranginis

Manassas, VA.

Virginia Bigfoot Research Organization.