The Making of Bigfoot by Greg Long
A Review by Thomas Steenburg, Mission British Columbia Canada
The Making Of Bigfoot by Greg Long claimed to be the final nail in the coffin for the P-G film. Both Mr. Long and colleague, Kal Korff, have been heard on recent radio talk shows claiming this book will forever kill any notion in the minds of the North American public
and I assume Canadian public as well, the P-G film of October 20 th 1967 was in any way a real animal.
It seems he had his mind made up from the start. Everybody Long talked to who said something he didn't like ended with Long saying something like, 'he's hiding something,' etc. People who told him what he wanted to hear, Long would acknowledge it with 'there's a ring of truth here,' etc.
Looking through the book, here are some items I found: page 32, Long says that Jerry Crew was managing a construction crew. Wrong. Mr. Crew was simply a bulldozer operator.
On page 34 Long says that J.W. Burns' story about British Columbia's wildmen came out in a major magazine in 1927. Wrong. It was 1929.
On page 78-79 I have to admit I nearly fell out of my chair when I read the Smithsonian Institution gave Roger's film a clean bill of health and presented him with a plaque. It was my understanding they rejected the footage and treated Roger with that; 'why are you bothering us with this Bigfoot stuff.
I wonder if Mr. Long ever bothered to look at Bob Titmus' original castings. He could have, as they are on display in Willow Creek. The Titmus castings show weathering and water damage. If Bob Gimlin had not covered the tracks in the sandbar most likely Bob Titmus would have found nothing left.
Page 251: Mr. Long states he knows for a fact that John Green was able to stop work due to royalties from his book, Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us . I was taken aback a bit when I read this and John and I laughed about it. I told John you must have had a far better deal with Hancock House Publishers than I ever did. He replied, "If only that were true."
Then, on page 267 Long asks Al DeAtley, Roger Patterson's brother-in-law, "Did you ever hear that Patterson faked evidence?" Answer: "Never did." Long seems frustrated with DeAtley and who can blame him; I still scratch my head when DeAtley just can't seem to remember what he did between the time he received the film to the first showing at his house on 'October 22nd? But Long seems to downplay the fact that at no time did DeAtley say that the film was faked.
On pages 345 and 346 Bob Heironimus describes Roger's homemade Bigfoot suit, made from a dead horsehide. This description completely contradicts the Philip Morris's description and story told in the last “breakthrough" chapter.
Perhaps Long's biggest blunder comes on pages 380-381 in which two stills from the P-G film are presented. Long states, "Frame 323 of the film reveals the left foot of the 'Bigfoot." Wrong! Mr. Long needs to study the stills more closely as in frame 323 the right foot is being raised, not the left! And these are the obvious mistakes.
On page 432 Mr. Long states when news of the film first hit the media that for unknown reasons they bought into the story and accepted Roger's word. It seems to me at the time most researchers were highly disappointed in the media's attack on the film and with only a few exceptions most academics were crying fake. North American science, for the most part, was simply not amused or interested in this film.
And finally there is a chapter on costume maker Philip Morris starting on page 443. By the look of things here, this chapter was a last minute addition to what was a completed book and don't understand why Greg Long included it. This chapter completely contradicts the previous 442 pages.
However, author Greg Long, through some mind-bending self-logic tries to paste the two stories together and fails completely!
The Making of Bigfoot only proved that Roger Patterson is in many ways Yakima's version of Mr. Halley from the Green Acres television show; most people liked him but for gosh sake, don't give him any money. Long's book is mostly one man's claim he wore the suit and another man, Philip Morris, who said he sold Patterson the suit.
In my view, Mr. Long should write a follow up book, (perhaps less outrageous than his first) saying Patterson was in cahoots with the late John Chambers in making the suit and that Bob Heironimus shared suit-wearing duties with Jerry Romney and later followed in the sandbar by none-other than Ray Wallace with his wooden fake feet! All the while the late Rant Mullins is sulking' in the background that his fake big feet from 1924 were far better.
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