Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Keep going with the research!

I don't post very often like I should. But I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone out there for the encouraging email messages and phone calls.

A recent blog would like to picture me as an attention grabber. On the contrary, for the most part I keep to myself with the exception of a few very close friends in the research. In all honesty, the media for the most part comes looking for YOU when something interesting is going on. The bad part is they typically come looking for you so they can poke fun at the subject and the person or persons involved.

Sasquatch Watch of VA, as many already know, along with 4 other Bigfoot research groups recently had an expedition in VA. It was a huge success! No...hard evidence was not discovered. The success was having 5 different groups from 5 different states (over 30+ participants) all come together for one common goal...research of the mysterious being we all call Bigfoot or Sasquatch.

I don't go out looking for national press releases, I don't put Halloween costumes in freezers stuffed with possum guts and call it Bigfoot, I don't run around the nation with a bear paw in a jar and call it a Bigfoot hand and I most certainly don't go around excavating Native American burial grounds and claim finds of a Bigfoot body.

I am honestly just a common man with a goal. My goal is to try to prove once and for all that all the people who have seen this being...be vindicated. Many of them have suffered ridicule for speaking about their encounters. It's time for them to have the last laugh.

We...the many Bigfoot research groups out there...are hitting the woods doing the best we can. We are not "experts", we are just plain human beings doing the best we can with what we have. There is no money in this research (unless someone knows something I don't). No one is becoming a millionaire doing this...well, no one that's legitimate anyway.

My point is this. I'm a really easy person to get along with. If you have a question, email me. It may take me a while to answer you due to my other family and business obligations, but I will answer you.

Thanks to all the supporters out there.

Billy Willard
Sasquatch Watch of VA

Monday, February 15, 2010

22nd Annual Bigfoot Conference/EXPO

DATE... MAY 15TH, 2010

TIME...4 p.m. to approximately 10 p.m. There will be a 1 hour dinner break included as well.


LOCATION... SALT FORK STATE PARK LODGE located just off of US Route 22 in Guernsey County, Ohio.


Folks coming to the conference...

BOB GIMLIN ... from Yakima, Washington. Need I say more? Bob is the only living eyewitness to the events of Friday October 20th 1967 at Bluff Creek, California when Roger Patterson took film of what appears to be a Bigfoot. I am not 100% sure if he will be speaking but he will be in attendance for you to meet and maybe ask a question or get a photo taken with him.

LARRY LUND ... from Vancouver, Washington. I was born NW of Mt. St. Helens in Tacoma, Washington on April 1, 1947 and along with my Mother and two brothers, moved to Vancouver, Washington, due South of Mt. St. Helens, at age four. Other than my three years in the Army, 1966-1969, I have lived in this general area. So it is no wonder much of my Bigfoot/Sasquatch Research has been all around not only Mt. St. Helens, but Mt Rainier, My. Baker and Mt Hood. We are blessed with many large forests, giving us a very large research area.

My deep interest in the subject started at a very young age as we heard about much of the activity in British Columbia, Canada directly North of us. While on my first deer hunting trip in 1960, again at the base of St. Helens, my Dad and two of my uncles and I, were sitting around the campfire one night when we heard a very distant, yet loud and guttural roar coming down from up on the mountain. When I asked if that was a bear, they told me no and it certainly wasn't a large cat sound either. My uncle Dick said to me..."Maybe it's that big monster your always reading and talking about." Well, so much for sleeping that night. I was 13 and my head was full of thoughts of Bigfoot/Sasquatch from then on.

I was fortunate over the years to meet and work with several of the well know investigators and authorities on the subject. Early on I got connected with Rene Dahinden who became a very close friend and introduced me to the deep forests in B.C.

I then met Peter Byrne in the early 70's for a brief time. It wasn't until the late 80's that we would meet again and actually start doing research together. That continues today.

Over the years I met most of the people I had only read about. Grover Krantz became a good friend, though I had to keep him and Rene at different ends of my research.

I have attended many conferences in different areas of the U.S. and Canada. I have also been part of many of the early TV productions which were often fun, but not always informative or laden with true facts. I tend not to accept invitations to do many appearances in the last few years.

I still believe in the existence of this creature and though I am referred to as "The Sasquatch Sleuth" I am also known as "The Skeptical Believer"

I must admit, that other than the "Patterson/Gimlin Film" we have not gotten much closer to proof that this creature exists. There certainly is a lot of fine evidence, but as of this time, we don't have that definitive proof that we so desperately need.

ROB MC CONNELL from Ontario, Canada (Bio coming soon!)

TOM YAMARONE is a singer/songwriter from Pleasanton, California. Tom is also an independent Bigfoot / Sasquatch researcher throughout California and the Pacific Northwest. He has written “Bigfoot songs” that are both historical and humorous since 2003. During that time, he has also attended and organized Sasquatch/Bigfoot research conferences in California, Washington & Idaho. He is involved with several Bigfoot organizations including the Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers and the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. For more information, go to www.bigfootsongs.com or find him at his YouTube channel bigfootsongs04.


The weekend will kick off with a meet and greet on the evening of Friday the 14th. Those speakers or special guests that have made it in to that point will be there. The meet and greet will begin at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. a buffet dinner will be available in the lodge. (Location of the buffet to be announced). I added this to the Friday meet and greet as I though it would be a great way for everyone to hang out longer without having to worry about going somewhere to grab an evening meal. The cost of the buffet will be about the same as it was during the conference in 2009, which if I recall was $14.95.

On SUNDAY the 16th of May there will be other activities take place. Announcements on those are pending.

ACCOMMODATIONS...Salt Fork State Park Lodge has once again agreed to give attendees who attend the conference and stay at the Lodge a HUGE discount on room rates! Just contact SFSP at (740) 439-2751 for rates. Make sure to tell them you are attending for the Bigfoot EXPO. Or you may check the RATES LISTING for details.