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Afterlife Paranormal Conference and Film Festival

I am going to be a guest speaker at the Afterlife Paranormal Conference and Film Festival in Chicago, Illinois this coming Saturday, October 6th, 2012.

 

“Bigfoot In Illinois”

 

This Saturday

October 6th, 2012

1:30 PM

The Portage Theater

4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago, IL 60641

 

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By | October 2nd, 2012|Media|1 Comment

Athens Fall Festival – Presentation

I am going to be a guest speaker at the Athens Fall Festival in Athens, Illinois this coming Saturday, August 25th, 2012.

 

“Bigfoot In Illinois”

 

This Saturday

August 25th, 2012

1 PM – 3 PM

Public Invited

Athens Fall Festival

Banquet Hall - Community Park

210 Dottie Bednarko Drive

Athens, IL 62613

 

 

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By | August 18th, 2012|Media|2 Comments

Spirit Bluffs Paranormal – Presentation

I am going to be a guest speaker at the Quincy Public Library hosted by:

Spirit Bluffs Paranormal this coming Saturday, August 11th, 2012.

 

“Bigfoot In Illinois”

 

This Saturday

August 11th, 2012

1 PM – 3 PM

Public Invited

Quincy Public Library

526 Jersey Street

Quincy, IL 62301

 

 

 

 

By | August 5th, 2012|Media|1 Comment

Haunted America Monster Panel

I am going to be one member on the Haunted America Monster Panel at the Haunted Ameican Conference this coming Friday, June 22nd, 2012.

 

 

 

This Friday

June 22nd, 2012

7:15 PM

Lincoln Theater

241 N. Main Street

Decatur, Illinois

 

 

 

 

By | June 17th, 2012|Media|Comments Off on Haunted America Monster Panel

Railroading Sasquatches, Pt. 2

Donald J. Potts

I am the one that saw a large hairy creature riding between box cars listed in the first
paragraph above. See 1st comment here: Railroading Sasquatches

I was 15 years old and the year was 1975. At that time in my life, I grew up spending
every non-school hour possible outdoorsfishing in the summer and hunting in the winter
and use to love to rabbit hunt with my Beagles up and down all along the railroad tracks
in my area. The animal I saw was very huge and balled up so I could not see the face.
It had long auburn brown hair that glistened and blew in the sunlight/wind. At that
time back in 1975 it was mostly thought that bigfoots only lived in the deep woods of
the Pacific North West and Canada. I had heard stories of bigfoot sightings in IL, but I
too was skepticback then and if you said you saw one, you were ridiculed and chastised
for it.

Yellow highlight showing the location of Bond County, Illinois

Now that I am older (51) and much wiser and have researched all the information I can
find on them, I am very confident that both Stan Courtney and I saw a Bigfoot riding the
trains in Illinois. I know it sounds crazy as hell, but knowing what I knownow about them,
I no longer tell myself it was a huge dog, or an orangutan escaped from the St. Louis Zoo.
This is what I told myself all of these years because I had no other explanation for
what I had saw with my own eyes. My incident occurred in Bond County, IL out near the
heavily wooded areas near the Kaskaskia river bottoms.

I am now retired military and retired law enforcement. My entire career has been spent as
a trained observer and an investigator. I am not lying about what I saw since I have
nothing to gain by lying. If Stan or someone else sets up some cameras on tripods so they
can film the trains from both sides and both directions, it is only a matter of time when
this same incident can be captured by HD camcorder.

I urge others not to automatically jump to the conclusion that Stan was hoaxed. I know for
sure nobody hoaxed me back then. I think bigfoots are extremely intelligent, super strong,
and ninja like stealth masters. I now believe they do ride trains and I hope others will
prove it to everyone else by being the first to catch one riding the rails on 1080 HD video.

Once again, great report Stan.

Donald J. Potts

By | April 13th, 2012|Media|5 Comments

Guest on WQNA 88.3 FM The Edge

Bigfoot In Illinois.   Saturday morning (11:00-11:30) Central, the 11th of February, 2012,  I am going to be a guest on the Flyover Zone at 88.3 WQNA with Hugh Moore and Friends which broadcasts locally from Springfield, Illinois.

The complete interview can be listened to live and in archive from two links found on this page:

Bigfoot in Illinois.

By | February 8th, 2012|Media|6 Comments

Media Article – Sangamon County, Illinois – # 5

Oct 20, 2011

“Gorilla” marketing: Chatham Sasquatch playing promotional role for upcoming Halloween events

By Jenn Pointer

Springfield – The State Journal-Register

CHATHAM – The Chatham Sasquatch has taken a liking to Funilla Ice’s seasonal candy corn milkshakes according to one of the business’s owners.

Owner Rhett Mays said Bigfoot sightings at the business have increased since Oct. 10, when the 1980s and 1990s-themed ice cream shop and miniature golf facility held a Chatham Sasquatch Day for area students to raise funds for the not-for-profit organization, Kailey’s Krew.

The Chatham Sasquatch watched the Glenwood High School Titans win the Central State Eight Conference battle for second place after defeating Rochester High School 35-25 on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011.

“Our manager, Julie Smith, did most of the coordinating for the event, “ Mays said. “We sent flyers out to schools in the Ball-Chatham School District (and) raised $231.”

The Sasquatch event attracted more than 100 people with some additional marketing help spearheaded by his seven part-time GHS student employees, including Mays’ son, Nolan, and Trevor Dowell, who are both GHS soccer players. The students’ promotional efforts have since led to Bigfoot sightings at high school football games.

To promote upcoming Halloween events, both Funilla Ice and the Chatham Jaycees are using the Chatham Sasquatch as a marketing tool.

The Chatham Sasquatch will be making appearances at the Chatham Jaycees Haunted Hayride on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Chatham Community Park, and Funilla Ice’s Spooky Golf, which will run until the business closes for the season on Nov. 1.

Funilla Ice will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursdays; 4 to 10 p.m. on Fridays; noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays; and noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

“We have the course decorated and spooky music playing. It is ‘gorilla’ marketing at its best,” he laughed.

By | October 21st, 2011|Media|Comments Off on Media Article – Sangamon County, Illinois – # 5

Media Article – Sangamon County, Illinois – # 4

Oct 18, 2011

Chatham Jaycees Haunted Hayride is back – and so is the Sasquatch

By Jenn Pointer

Springfield – The State Journal-Register

CHATHAM – The Chatham Jaycees Haunted Hayride is back, and the organization says it is prepared to awaken the spirit of Halloween – and a few monsters – by resurrecting the old community tradition Saturday, Oct. 29, at Chatham Community Park.

Hayrides will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., with friendly rides available from 5 to 6 p.m. The route will begin and end at the main entrance of Chatham Community Park by the parking lot behind the baseball concession stands. The Park Street entrance will be closed.

The Chatham Jaycees Haunted Hayride will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Chatham Community Park. The Jaycees will be setting up many “scare stations” and several monsters will be roaming in the park, including the mysterious Sasquatch who was last seen by the Jaycees Oct. 6 at Fulgenzi’s heading to Funilla Ice. Have you seen the Sasquatch since?
Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 3 to 12. Children ages 2 and younger ride free. Tickets will be sold until 9 p.m.

The Jaycees will be setting up many “scare stations” and several monsters will be roaming in the park, including the mysterious Sasquatch who was last seen by the Jaycees Oct. 6 at Fulgenzi’s heading to Funilla Ice.

There will be a bonfire and ghost stories by the Friends of the Library.

Hotdogs, bratwursts and a variety of fall treats will be sold, including Apple Barn cider and caramel apples. Popcorn, hot chocolate and baked goods will also available for purchase.

The Ancient Athletics, a unit of the St. Andrew’s Society of Central Illinois, will be setting up a scare station and donating the use of a party bus to provide tours for the elderly.

History of the event

The Haunted Hayride dates back to 1988 and was “the brainchild” of Chatham Jaycee Terry Burke according to longtime member John Moore.

The original route started at the village square, toured decorated neighborhoods west of Route 4 and south of Main St., and wove its way back to the square, where members of the Friends of the Library told ghost stories around a campfire.

Volunteers from the Chatham Fire Department towed the wagons and the Jaycees followed in chase cars.

Moore said the Jaycees and other groups set up displays and Halloween scenes along the route, which later led to the participation of residents.

“Residents who lived along the route during the early days of the event would often plan and execute scenes on their own. Some of these became very elaborate,” he said.

“Halloween parties took place in driveways and costumed guests got involved in scaring the hay riders.”

The Jaycees determined in the mid 1990s that public roads were too dangerous for hay riders, and the event was shelved.

The organization has held alternative Halloween events since, including an indoor event at the Chatham Community Building and a Halloween walk called the “Goblin Gathering.” Hayrides were brought back briefly beginning in the late 1990s during the construction of Chatham Community Park, but ended after a few years.

Moore said Chatham residents remember the tradition of the Haunted Hayride because of the amount of community participation and the creativity that was put into displaying “scare areas.”

This year, the Chatham Jaycees plan to present an event with the same atmosphere as the original haunted hayride, Moore said.

“While providing plenty of frights, the Jaycees always tried to add a little humor and kept the event very family friendly, too – fun and frights, not a lot of gore or violence.

“There will be something for everyone to enjoy, from the very young to grandparents.”

For more information, visit the Chatham Jaycees on Facebook.

 

By | October 13th, 2011|Media|1 Comment

Troubled Waters In Chatham

On the 21st of June 1998 Lake Springfield hosted an Ironhorse Triathlon. The outcome was the largest epidemic of leptospirosis in the nations history. Other lake users also had symptoms. Dr.Donald Graham, head of infectious diseases of the Springfield Clinic believes that all 346 with symptoms  had the disease.

You can read the full article  Troubled Waters from the Illinois Times.

Leptopirosis bacteria is carried in the urine of mammals. The investigation lasted for months and hundreds of animals, both wild and domestic were tested but to no avail.

Highlights from this article are:

Does a microscopic monster lurk in Lake Springfield?

“The medical community was stunned that these people had leptospirosis”

“The strain of leptospira bacteria was so unusual you had to have some unusual mammals causing it,” explains Graham.

“it was not obvious” there were any sewer mains at the sparsely populated end of the lake where most people were contaminated.

Bridgeview Beach, in the branch fed by Sugar Creek, was the site of the triathlon in 1998, and it was the only area of the lake to yield a water sample testing positive for pathogenic leptospira.

Wetlands just before it flows into Lake Springfield and close to several sasquatch reports.

From my reading of several articles about this incident it appears that the final conclusion was:

1. It was a stunning medical event.

2. It was unusual strain of bacteria from an unusual animal.

3. The bacteria was not from sewage.

4. The area of most concern was the Sugar Creek drainage.

–  references to Leptospirosis and Lake Springfield include:

Leptospirosis in Emergency Medicine

Leptospirosis: Background and History of the Disease

Leptospirosis Information Center

Leptospira Molecular Genetics Server!

Leptospirosis – USA (Illinois & Wisconsin)

Outbreak of Leptospirosis among Triathlon Participants and Community Residents in Springfield, Illinois, 1998

Troubled Waters

Update: Leptospirosis and Unexplained Acute Febrile Illness Among Athletes Participating in Triathlons..1998

Z o o n o s e s !

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health the strain of Leptospirosis was Leptospira kirschner serotype grippotyphosa.

So what am I getting at?

Anyone who has been following my posts about Chatham, Illinois this summer knows that there have been several tracks found, rocks being thrown, vocalizations being heard and possible sightings of sasquatch all along Sugar Creek and it’s branches.  How much urine does an 800 lb mammal produce or for that matter a family unit of four or five?

Now I don’t what the source of the  leptospirosis bacteria was back in 1998 but I do agree with Dr. Graham when he said  “you had to have some unusual mammals causing it”.

Conclusions: 

Was the unknown mammalian carrier of leptospirosis that infected 346 lake users in Lake Springfield in 1998 a Sasquatch / Bigfoot?  Obviously you can not answer a mystery with another mystery but there have been dozens of reports suspected sasquatch activity in Sangamon County and over a dozen in the Sugar Creek area.

The largest outbreak of leptospirosis ever in the continental United States baffled dozens of doctors and scientists and remains to this day without a conclusion. The mammalian host species remains a mystery.  Or is it?

When the Illinois Times article Troubled Waters asks “Does a microscopic monster lurk in Lake Springfield?” my answer would be:

“No, the monster lurks in the woods along the shores of Lake Springfield”

By | September 21st, 2011|Media|2 Comments

The Colorado Writings of Keith Foster

The following posts were extracted from an online hunting forum. I did a search for Keith’s comments and arranged them as to their particular thread and date. As I have camped extensively in Colorado I found them to be very interesting. Keith Foster has given me permission to post his writings here.

1. BIG FOOT!

2. Bigfoot may be dead!!!!

3. Bigfoot Sightings

4. Bigfoot Tracking

5. Colorado Bigfoot?

6. Colorado Bigfoot Again

7. Forgot Bigfoot-Grizzly Spotted!

8. It’s Bigfoot Tracking Season

9. New Bigfoot Info

10. Sasquatch Hunt

 

By | August 30th, 2011|Media|4 Comments