Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Cliff Barackman Speaks at HopsSquatch

This past Sunday, Cliff launched into what I feel is his strongest presentation yet. He was in top form (as you will see from the video samples below).

Cliff spoke to a packed house at the Lucky Lab Brew Pub in Portland, Oregon. Below, you can get a sense of the technical nature of the talk. It was quite informative.

Please visit Cliff's website, North American Bigfoot. 

Forget dumbells, lifting bigfoot casts is great exercise!

Everything on Sunday was spot-on perfect: the PA, the visuals, and, of course, the speaker!

Standing room only.

Because Cliff routinely makes casts of his casts, he is quite generous about passing them around and letting people handle them.

Cliff's background teaching kids is apparent when he says things like, "I would encourage you to get a feel for sasquatch prints. We learn, not only through our brains, but also, tactilely, through our sense of touch. Run your fingers along the dermal ridges of the casts that I'm passing around. Let your brain make physical contact with the physical impressions in your hands, thereby making a lasting impression upon your mind."

Hear, hear, Clifford!  For those people who say there isn't any physical evidence for the existence of sasquatches, swing a cast up-side their heads, and then see what they say . . . . Foot prints are very physical, very tangible, and very informative.

Joe Beelart, author of the soon-to-be-released Bigfoot Highway was at Cliff's talk. Joe is a good friend of mine. We've camped together on some occasions when high strangeness was afoot, to be sure.

Suffice it to say, when bigfoots in certain familiar haunts hear the sound of Joe's old pickup truck approaching, their mouths begin to water because they know that he will put out some fresh baked berry pies for them to sample.

Be forewarned: water can turn a bear print into a squatchy-looking thing in no time. Cliff knows the difference almost instantly upon beholding a sad, bloated, soggy affair of an ursine print that has been elongated by inclement weather conditions.

When a sasquatch grips the earth, fantastic prints can be left behind, not to mention when it sits down in the mud, in which case, it's behind is left behind.

Cliff was extremely vibrant and animated. His enthusiasm for sasquatch anatomy and physiology is contagious, to say the least. Sasquatches not only brace themselves on their knuckles for leverage; they also run on their knuckles like all other apes (except humans, of course).

Baby squatches have surprisingly "human looking" prints. The little feller or gal on the left is a young-un. Notice the splayed feet. This is common not only to sasquatches, but also in cultures where humans do not wear shoes.

Cliff pointed out how shoes tend to make human toes "curl under" when walking barefoot, as a result of being confined for most of the life of the wearer (when walking or running). Squatch toes differ from human toes in that they can grip much more like our fingers than our toes, however. The sasquatch foot is also capable of dexterity similar to our hand: opening and closing while walking, as well as side-to-side.

Patty's prints were seen over a wide distance until she literally observed her prints being cast one day by bigfooters. After that, her prints were never seen again. Assumedly, she learned her lesson about walking freely through certain types of cooperative substrate that could betray her presence.

This slide revealed how squatch feet react to things like rocks. It also illustrated how real prints have soft edges and hoaxes have nearly vertical edges that are quite clumsy by comparison.

Yes, you saw right: a "butt print" on the left. This behind was left behind, only to be cast by overjoyed bigfooters. A butt print is always a bonus for any expedition!

This slide revealed how individual sasquatches can roam, to and fro, over an immense area--sometimes in excess of one hundred miles.

Yes, that's right: squatch footprints can hold a great deal of telling information such as fingerprints--that is, when casts are well-made enough to reveal intricate dermal ridges as well as other articulations.

Footage of "Patty" from Patterson-Gimlin film on left. On the right, the anatomy of a crippled sasquatch illustrates how the late Grover Krantz was able to determine pressure ridges in casts, particularly in the outer side of the left foot of the subject under examination.

ON A SIDE NOTE: Cliff Barackman is a good friend of mine. We're both avid squatchers, of course, but we also share an interest in teaching, as well as in playing music.  A few people might be surprised to hear that Cliff is a very accomplished guitarist and song writer. Actually, we play in two bands together. 

Beating up drums is one of my oldest and most cherished hobbies. In the two projects with Cliff, I don't get a lot of chances to assault my "battery" (old-fashioned name for drums). Both projects are rather jazzy and quiet. Perfect for the Portland cocktail circuit.

If you are interested in booking one of our combos to play an event, be sure to email me at kultusbook.com. Our rates are reasonable. One of our combos (quad) is more jazz oriented (with a pianist and a standup bass player) whereas the other (trio) is more "old timey, jazzy, bluesy, poppy" with electric bass (pictured below).   

In the above picture, there is Cliff and Andy in the foreground, and me laying down the beat behind my favorite red drum set. This pic was snapped during a taping session for Cliff's show, Finding Bigfoot. The segment will air in next year's season on Animal Planet television network.

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