Teddy Roosevelt and Bigfoot
Everybody knows that US President Teddy Roosevelt is the most credible witness ever to sight Bigfoot. Except that he didn’t. See Bigfoot, that is. He DID report on a sighting, one that he found credible. Roosevelt wrote a book called THE WILDERNESS HUNTER, published in 1892, in which he recounted the story of a man named Bauman, a hunter and trapper who had a first-person encounter with a Sasquatch. This story is notable not just because it came from Roosevelt, a future President, but because it features one of the rare–but not unheard of–instances of a Bigfoot killing a human being, Bauman’s partner.
I wish Teddy were around today. I like the guy. I might, despite my typical aversion to politics and to politicians, jump on the guy’s bandwagon. Despite his being a Republican, he was the most environmentally-conscious President this country has ever had. (Something today’s Republicans, with their shared history of bribes and payoffs from Big Industry, would very much like to forget.) He was a cowboy, a soldier. He was a genuine “tough guy.” But he had a lot of heart, too. Oh, and he was open to the possibility that Bigfoot really existed. That earns him some serious Geek Cred in my book.