January 25th, 2007 5:33 pm | by Ian Demsky News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

The Notorious Bigfoot Hunter


Tom Biscardi is arguably the most vilified man in the subculture of Bigfoot enthusiasts and researchers. Cast by many cryptozoologists as a two-bit huckster, the former Vegas promoter will be in Portland later this month to lecture and show clips from a new documentary, "Bigfoot Lives."

Besides the surprising fact that the "Bigfoot community" has its own rogues and outsiders, we'll bet you didn't know that Portland was home to the International Bigfoot Society (which meets monthly at Home Plate in North Portland). Or that, accoring to the IBS sightings database,, Oregon ranks No. 1 for reports to the (perhaps) legendary hominid—second-ranked Washington has fewer than half as many sightings.

"Bigfoot Lives," directed by Todd Douglas Bailey, sells for $30 at Biscardi's web store. (You can also buy a lifetime membership to searchingforbigfoot.com for $500—which includes "all three of our exclusive videos, a mug, a hat, and our t-shirt. But that's not all! You will also get a ten percent discount on all SfBI upcoming activities such as joining expeditions and viewing museum displays as well a viewing all articles/pictures!")

The documentary offers something for everybody—Biscardi-bashers, believers and fence-straddlers. Biscardi and his team travel across the country documenting possible sightings, speaking with eye-witnesses, taking footprint casts, playing "actual" recordings of the creature to lure others and aiming night-vision cameras at the deep, dark woods. Biscardi estimates there are 3,500 Bigfoot (Bigfoots? Bigfeet?) roaming the US in migratory patterns.

For more on Biscardi's storied history click HERE and HERE.

Biscardi will speak at the IBS meeting, Sat., Jan. 27 at Home Plate, 8501 N. Lombard. An informal dinner starts a 6. The talk is 7 to 9 p.m.

(Photo by kyducks.)
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