So, the long awaited "Bobby Clarke Bigfoot Video" was finally aired on May 4th, and as expected, A Current Affair's flair for carnival like reporting, made a mockery of it
Adding insult to injury, the host of A Current Affair announced that they would be sending a team of trackers made up of members of the scientific, zoological, and journalistic communities to Norway House, Manitoba in search of Bigfoot.
"After ‘A Current Affair’ unleashed videotape across America of the latest sighting of the infamous Bigfoot, the scientific, zoological and journalistic communities have united in the excitement of discovery — and now in an expedition to confirm the existence of this entity." ACA
The ACA promo clip for the expedition introduces the assembled team members.
- Dr. Franklin Ruehl, host of Mysteries From Beyond The Other Dominion leads the team.
Donning a pith helmet, and what appears to be a winter coat, (in studio in California) Dr. Ruehl admits there`ll be dangers...
"the flight is about 500 miles, and eh, I don`t know if it`ll be a bi-plane, or...we`re ah, we`re gonna have to say our prayers going up there.". He continues, "When we start hiking up there, it could be snowing, we could run into a blizzard, perhaps other creatures are up there, a wild moose..." ( Wild Moose, not the domesticated variety. )
- Cherie Currie
rock and roll singer, and chain saw artist.
"This modern day Fay Rae, is determined to be the bigfoot bait. A beauty brave enough to lure the beast from it`s hiding place." - ACA
"Let`s rock and roll" says Cherie,"It`s probably as big as this rock!" ( enough said )
- Brett Hudson, A Current Affair producer "who managed to track down the Bigfoot video, and bring it to the world" - ACA ( If he can track down an obscure video, with nothing more than international news reports to go by, he can damn well track down Bigfoot, I`d say! )
And there we have it, folks, the representatives of the scientific, zoological and journalistic communities who have united in this expedition to confirm the existence of the illusive Sasquatch.
Now, to set the record straight, I have been told that neither the Clarke family, nor Matt Moneymaker of the BFRO knew anything about this "excursion". Nor was Moneymaker`s expertise called upon to aid this merry band of Bigfoot hunters. Apparently, Moneymaker, director of The Bigfoot Field Research Organization, hadn`t the artistic chain saw abilities needed for an expedition of this magnitude.
Sharness Henry, Bobby Clarke`s sister, told me that she had no idea "they`d (A Current Affair) make it so Cheesy. Some other show could have done better".
"The BFRO is not involved in their Manitoba "expedition", nor was the trip planned at all. The New Jersey office for Current Affair told the unit producer that he would be leading the "expedition" only a half hour before the announcement was made on the program ... Then he had only a few more hours to catch a plane." He continues, "The unit producer, Brett Hudson, is currently headed up to Norway House to meet with a 3-man video crew from New Jersey. So it's a four man "expedition" with no preparation or expert assistance." Matt Moneymaker, BFRO website,
Perhaps due to Moneymakers statement, the team`s representative from the "scientific community", Dr.Ruehl, has now indeed joined the team in Norway House. Although the ACA promo clip showed images of the team bushwhacking their way through the wilds of Northern Manitoba, the good Dr. was spotted chatting up the staff at the local KFC...Purchasing Bigfoot bait no doubt.
Okay, let`s get serious. I don`t believe Clarke had any idea of the style of show he was handing his footage over to. A Current Affair isn`t broadcast in Canada. I do know that although others such as CNN, CBC TV, and MSN made inquiries, the only one to actually send a representative to Norway House, was A Current Affair.
In my opinion, this sighting is credible enough to warrant serious study. Note I said "sighting". Yes the video was the most intriguing aspect to Clarke`s claim, but it should have been classified as supporting evidence of the sighting, rather than the other way around.
For instance, Sharness Henry has stated that some local hunters did cross the river to look for any physical evidence, but footprints were highly unlikely...The tree line rests at the water`s edge. The depth of the water where it meets land is 4 feet... 4 FEET. In order for someone to retrace the steps of the figure Clarke taped, they would have to be tall enough to wade through 4 feet of water without their thighs being completely submerged. Although extremely blurry, there are glimpses of the figures stride, and arms swinging. Neither it`s lower arms, or upper thighs appear to be submerged.
Could this have been a hoaxer, say on stilts of some kind? Highly doubtful. Besides having to avoid tripping over the usual debris on river and lake beds, especially where the tree line is so close, there would be the problem of sinking in the silt, and maintaining muscle control after being submerged in icy water for more than 3 minutes. There`s also the drag that 4 feet of frigid water would have on the hoaxer`s gait. This is just one element of the sighting which should be investigated, and reported.
As for our brave team of adventurers who at this very moment may be fending off wild moose, blizzards, and line-ups at KFC....May the force be with you!