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.