July 11, 1999 |
DANGER! True Stories of Trouble and Survival edited by James O'Reilly, Larry Habegger and Sean 0'Reilly (Travelers' Tales Guides, $17.95, paper). Some of the selections in this book reflect dubious travel judgment (that solo Atlantic crossing in a wooden boat probably seemed like a good idea at the time). And at least one--the inclusion of a Los Angeles gang member's swaggering account of his supposed attempt to commit murder--shows extremely bad editorial judgment.
January 11, 1999 |
In the hearts and minds of true believers, Bigfoot's existence has long been enshrined in a single minute of jerky, grainy footage of a startled sasquatch retreating into the upper California woods. But two enthusiasts of the legendary being are alleging four magnified frames of the 16-millimeter footage show tracings of a bell-shaped fastener at Bigfoot's waist. They say the creature in the so-called Patterson-Gimlin film can finally be dismissed as a man in a monkey suit.
July 1, 1990 |
The sheer scale of the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980, staggers the imagination. The volcano spewed 540 million tons of ash over 22,000 square miles, killing at least 57 people, 11,000 hares and 5,000 black-tailed deer, and destroying 4.7 billion board feet of timber.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1989 |
If not for the legend of a smelly 8-foot tall human-like beast, little would set this Northern California town apart from thousands of other American hamlets. Often called the "Bigfoot Capital of the World," Willow Creek straddles California 299 about 50 miles from the Pacific Ocean amid lush groves of cedar, fir, pine and oak.
June 28, 1987 |
Sitting in an office cluttered with toy gorillas, plastic skeletons and books about primate evolution, anthropologist Grover Krantz was on the phone recently making arrangements to send casts of some rare footprints to France. It is a normal activity for a physical anthropologist whose specialty is human evolution. What is unusual is these 14 1/2-inch footprints are not those of ancient man or ape or even bear. Krantz claims that they belong to Sasquatch--also known as Big Foot.