Trick or treat? That’s the question this incredibly unique and unusual item demands… Yet, as bizarre as this object is, we will all instantly recognize it: the cast print of Bigfoot. Yes: Bigfoot. Sasquatch. The Yeti. The Missing Link… Humankind has many names for this mysterious creature, and the legends are as vast as they are ancient. We’ve all met someone who knows somebody who heard a story about . . .
When I was a kid, my archeologist father had a cast similar to this one hanging on the wall of his den—where he got it, or what’s happened to it since is another mystery—but I can still recall how, as a kid, I would stare at it in wide-eyed wonder. Of course, my dad told me all the stories, the apocryphal arcana of the amazing man-animal; and years later, on the 1970s TV show In Search Of (hosted by the laconic actor Leonard Nimoy, whose former role playing Spock on Star Trek somehow made him the perfect host), I saw the famous film footage of the dark ape-like beast lumbering across a dry riverbed, glancing accusingly over his shoulder at humanity as if daring us not to believe. And I wanted to believe—and I still do. So, the moment I saw this, I knew I had have it!
Of course, it’s a fake. A complete and utter hoax. Elegantly executed, to be sure but a bold and brazen sham all the same. It has to be, doesn’t it? And yet the assembled clues are completely beguiling: an old leather-strap valise stuffed with old newspapers from the 60′s, and then there’s the cast itself—an enormous chunky, chalky hunk of plaster encrusted with a rich mixture of dirt and twigs…
It’s almost enough evidence to make you believe! Boo!