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.