The only solid evidence for Bigfoot's existence is a one-minute-long clip of 16mm color film showing a Bigfoot striding across a clearing next to Bluff Creek in the Six Rivers National Forest of Northern California. An ex-rodeo cowboy from Yakima, Washington, Roger Patterson, shot the film, he claimed, on October 20, 1967. With him that day was Bob Gimlin, a horse breeder, also from Yakima.

It didn't take long for Patterson to start promoting the film to make, as he declared to his friends, "a million bucks!" Patterson did make a great deal of money from 1967 until his death from cancer in 1972 - as did a lot of television production companies over the next thirty years, producers who bought rights to the film for use in Bigfoot specials and wildlife documentaries. From reported showings of the film, Bigfoot took on gargantuan mythic proportions. Nearly every person in America, and other parts of the world, either viewed Bigfoot as a real unknown species or an idea to be scorned. Either way, Bigfoot has made its promoters plenty of money, and the film still makes money for Patterson's widow, Patty, who lives in Yakima.


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