College kids off on the wrong path to Finding Bigfoot

Got to admit, these kids are starry-eyed. The media love that stuff.

Campus group aims to find, gather evidence for Bigfoot | The Kentucky Kernel.

A red shirt with Bigfoot pictured on the front and “believe” written in bold set the tone for a road trip with eight people on Saturday night.

The eight, who are a part of UK’s new Squatchin’ Club, set out on their first official Bigfoot expedition at Red River Gorge. Katie Applegate, president of the club and a senior psychology major, was wearing the Bigfoot shirt and said she saw a sign at the Gorge a few weeks ago that read, “Warning, sighting of unknown creatures have been spotted within seven miles of Red River Gorge.”

What would normally cause serious hesitation to the average hiker only sparked more interest for the group.

“We could make history,” said Alex Wright, a political science senior and the social media manager for the club.

There are so many things that bother me with this piece that I let out a big sigh…

Notice is starts out with “believe”. Is Bigfoot a religion? What about the evidence they are out to find? They start off completely on the wrong path.

The name is “Squatchin’ club”? REALLY? Ugh. Thanks Finding Bigfoot for a truly ridiculous name and a juvenilization of this activity. Yep, Bigfootery needs more silly words to bolster credibility.

The student says Jane Goodall is an inspiration since she believes in Bigfoot. Well, better look into that a bit more… Goodall is a scientist and she is hopeful but no more than that. She recognizes that the evidence for such a creature is sorely lacking.

So, they are going to be the ones to find Bigfoot when no one has after 50 years of searching? That’s awfully naive and quite arrogant. They imitate what they see on TV, they are overly hopeful, they talk about proof and belief, they sound amateurish and ill prepared. Bigfoot will not be found this way. It makes me sad… Then, the ending:

Before heading back home, everyone looked up to admire the stars.

Applegate paused and said, “There is so much more to it than just finding Bigfoot.”

RIGHT! Hunting Bigfoot may have a lot to do with reconnecting with nature and a dream we WISH was true – that the mystery man is out there for us to find. And if we don’t find him, so much more for the romance of the myth. I’m not a fan of that view. I like to solve mysteries. But Bigfoot is indeed more than an animal, he is an image and an icon. I really wish these kids would give up the childish aspects of their quest and just enjoy the social club of like people who enjoy the wonders of nature. There is everything right with that idea.

  11 comments for “College kids off on the wrong path to Finding Bigfoot

  1. September 30, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    ‘Bigfoot’ does exist, but only in the Bili Forest area of the Congo. It is a sub-species of the Common Chimpanzee which, in isolation, has grown to a much larger size than other chimps. It wades occasionally when (like other apes) it is bi-pedal. English scientist, Jane Goodall, is THE Chimpanzee expert. I’m sure when she speaks of her interest in Bigfoot, this is a little tongue in cheek.

  2. spookyparadigm
    September 30, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    I probably shouldn’t do this, but Sharon, check this out, especially next to last paragraph.

    The Gigantopithecus sculpture she speaks of is from the Legendary Creatures traveling exhibit that is currently in Louisville. I considered visiting, but I simply don’t have the day to spare on it.

  3. Chris Howard
    September 30, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Man I can’t wait! I move to Indiucky on Dec. 15th. I hope it’s still in Louisville when I get there!

    Bourbon trail to the south of me, fried chicken trail to the north, and Bigfoot smack dab in the middle! Life is good! 😉

  4. spookyparadigm
    September 30, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Chris, nope, it apparently closed two weeks ago, actually. I guess I won’t be going either.

  5. spookyparadigm
    September 30, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Here’s the pages for it. It seemed awfully aimed at kids, hence the other reason I didn’t feel like trekking down there.

  6. Chris Howard
    September 30, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Oh well. Thanks for the links. It looked pretty cool.

  7. September 30, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    They’ll definately find footprints at least, no hoaxer could resist.

  8. October 1, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    I saw this mythic creature exhibit at the AMNH several years ago.

  9. Chris Howard
    October 1, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    @ idoubtit

    What were your thoughts on the exhibit? Would you recommend it seeing it?

  10. October 1, 2013 at 10:29 AM
  11. Chris Howard
    October 1, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Man, that looks so cool! I hope it comes back around, and includes the Darwin exhibit!

    Thanks for the article!

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