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Aug 22, 2022

BIGFOOT! My childhood obsession & adult fondness for the legendary cryptid

 


As a kid growing up in the 70s, I witnessed Bigfoot fever firsthand. The now infamous Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot video shot in 1967, started an obsession with the cryptid that carried on through the 70s to present day. I remember learning of Bigfoot for the first time on an old TV show called 'In Search Of'. It was a show hosted by actor Leonard Nimoy, that covered all sorts of unexplained mysteries and phenomenon. While the TV shows and news outlets shared sightings and stories, I got super interested when a sighting was reported in the Red Feather lakes area of Colorado, located about an hour away from where I grew up in Fort Collins. 

Growing up camping in the Red Feather Lakes area, I was always on the lookout for the big guy. At the ripe old age of ten, I would set out on secret solo Bigfoot hunting expeditions during our camping trips. I must admit that I got in my own head many a time whilst alone in the wilderness, or in my tent at night. There were several occasions when I heard/felt strong footsteps close by as well as hearing huge branches being snapped like twigs. Granted, this was also where Colorado Parks and Wildlife released Moose into the wild, and by the mid 80s, they were very abundant in the area.

I remember drawing WANTED type posters with my rendition of Bigfoot and taping them to my bedroom wall. Many a night I fell asleep staring at the drawings I made, wondering if there were the slightest chance he existed. My family didn't celebrate holidays when I was growing up, so I never had any lore like Santa, Leprechauns, The Easter Bunny, heck.. not even the Tooth Fairy to believe in. In a way, Bigfoot was the only legend in my childhood that I wanted to believe in, and held out hope for its existence.

Fast forward to adulthood. While I've been alive long enough to definitely experience some weirdness and unexplained phenomenon, I'm no conspiracy theorist. I'm from the school of I want to believe.. but my brain requires hard evidence. That however, certainly does not mean that I'm no longer a fan of Bigfoot and anything to do with it.

I'm a sucker for any kind of Bigfoot gimmick. Just look at some of the stuff I've gladly spent my hard earned money on over the years.


BIGFOOT PIZZA
from Pizza Hut


No.. that's not a young Billy Crystal, it's some cat that people called 'The Pizza Hut Guy'.  And for a time from 1993 to the mid 90s, he pedaled Pizza Hut's newest creation BIGFOOT Pizza! This pizza was Pizza Hut's answer to Little Caesar's 'Pizza Pizza' promotion, which even came in similar packaging. Pizza Hut's pie however, was one huge pizza that measured about two square feet. 

The advertising campaign was quite ingenious. People would run around screaming their lungs out, and the Pizza Hut Guy would pop up screaming "IT'S BIGFOOT!".  I fell for this gimmick hook, line and sinker, and bought a heckuva lot of BIGFOOT Pizza over the years. I really do miss that pizza, but then again, I also really miss the way Pizza Hut Pizza used to taste back in the day.






SASQUATCH PIZZA
I've bought this 3 pound frozen pizza a couple of times. 
In the end, the gimmick was way better than the pie.


BIGFOOT Lunchbox
I display this great lunch pail and don't use this for lunch although maybe I should. I love the way he's just watching the fisherman (and Nessie) not to mention how he is properly social distanced. That scene reminds me so much of the wilderness I grew up camping in.




BIGFOOT Air Freshener
Pine.. not BIGFOOT scented



BIGFOOT Action Figure


My Bob's Burgers BEEF SQUATCH Tee


Sasquatch Sweat Soap
I can attest this does not grow hair



Great Divide Brewing's YETI Stout
Great Divide Brewing in Denver Colorado makes a wonderful Imperial Stout, my favorite in fact. They also have a killer logo for the beer, and I jump at the chance to buy any of their YETI merch I can find.




BIGFOOT SOCK CO.
I'm crazy about this company's BIGFOOT socks, and want every pair they make.


I'm not exaggerating when I say this is just a portion of things I've squandered my money on over the years. Bigfoot lore to me now is just fun, and his mentions in pop culture are usually entertaining and lighthearted. My adult self wonders about the ancient carvings, totems, and cave drawings that feature sasquatch type beings. However, I also often wonder why there's a law stating that it's illegal to kill a Bigfoot in Canada. I guess the kid in me wants to still believe, and my ears do perk up whenever a news story makes the rounds about a Bigfoot sighting.

Until I learn any different, I'll still make the occasional comment that Bigfoot exists. My bride will roll her eyes as she always has, my kids will giggle and agree with me just to tick Mom off, and we'll all have a good laugh. Real or not, Bigfoot has made for some great memories and entertainment over the years, and indeed made life a bit more colorful, mysterious, and entertaining for this particular boring Gen Xer.


1 comment:

  1. I love it!! I’ve recently begun to accept my childhood alien obsession in the same way. I see no true evidence but it’s fun to think what if!?

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