2017 Ohio Bigfoot Conference Speakers & Special Guests
(All speakers & guests subject to change without notice)
Professor of Anatomy & Anthropology
Dr. Jeff Meldrum
Visit Dr. Meldrum's website at Idaho State University
Dr. Jeff Meldrum is a Full Professor of Anatomy & Anthropology at Idaho State University (since 1993). His academic research centers on the evolution of hominin bipedalism. His interests in the footprints attributed to sasquatch, came into focus when he examined a set of 15-inch tracks in the Blue Mountains of southeastern Washington. His lab now houses over 300 footprint casts. He conducts collaborative laboratory and field research throughout the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West, and internationally, and has spoken about hisfindings in numerous publications, interviews, television appearances, public and professional presentations. He is author of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science (Tom Doherty Publishers), which explores his and other scientists’ evaluations of the contemporary evidence for the reality of this legendary being, and also affords deference to tribal people’s traditional knowledge of this subject. He has also published two field guides, one focusing on sasquatch, the second casting the net more broadly to consider relict hominoids around the world (Paradise Cay Publishing).
Author & Bigfoot Researcher
Visit Thom's website at www.thomsquatch.com
Those who regularly attend bigfoot/sasquatch conferences will tell you that Thom Powell is among the most engaging speakers on the circuit. As a career science teacher he is an enormously experienced public speaker who not only entertains his audience with humor and high energy, but he can also he capably articulate the relevance and the limitations of the scientific method as it pertains to resolution of the sasquatch mystery.
Thom's first book, The Locals (2003), revolutionized bigfoot research, introducing many new and once radical ideas like continent-wide sasquatch presence, habituation, infrasound, communication, and more. His second book, Shady Neighbors (2011), is a novel about a rural family that unwittingly habituates a sasquatch clan. His third book, Edges of Science (2015), returns to the anthology format of The Locals and suggests similarities and connections between the sasquatch phenomenon and other paranormal subjects. At the 2017 Salt Fork Conference, Thom will entertain and amuse you while he explains some of the radical concepts he published in Edges of Science, the main one being that real understanding of the sasquatch phenomenon occurs only by understanding its connection and its similarity to other seemingly-unrelated paranormal phenomena.
Boggy Creek Monster Expert
Visit Lyle's website at www.lyleblackburn.com
Lyle Blackburn is an author, musician, and cryptid researcher from Texas. His investigative cryptozoology books, “The Beast of Boggy Creek” and “Lizard Man,” reflect his life-long fascination with legendary creatures. Lyle has been heard on numerous radio programs, including Coast To Coast AM, and has been featured on television shows such as Monsters and Mysteries in America and Finding Bigfoot. Lyle is also a writer for the monthly horror magazine, Rue Morgue, and is currently co-producing a documentary about the Boggy Creek Monster.
International Expert in Cryptozoology
robert w morgan
Visit Robert's website at www.californiaavenueproductions.com
Robert W. Morgan was Director of the American Yeti Expeditions for the American Anthropological Research Foundation. A native of Canton, Ohio, his 22 years of researching the Bigfoot/Yeti phenomenon took him literally around the world as he sought the unvarnished facts behind these mysterious creatures. He is considered an international expert in this segment of cryptozoology.
Robert appeared on many television and radio talk shows including Larry King and Tom Snyder. He has been written about in many books, the best known authored by Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Guenette, and Dr. John Napier. He has been featured in the National Wildlife and Parade magazines, as well as many newspapers, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Examiner, Canton Repository and others.
A feature film about Morgan’s efforts, THE SEARCH FOR BIGFOOT by Bostonia Film Productions, ran first-run theaters for two years before going into TV syndication, where it remained a steady runner for 14 years. He was featured in the Smithsonian Series: MONSTERS: MYTH OR MYSTERY by David Wolper Productions, IN SEARCH OF …, and multiple small productions.
Today, Robert lives in Pittsburgh, PA near his business partner in CALIFORNIA AVENUE PRODUCTIONS, LLC, Jeffrey Stephan. Robert and Jeffrey are working on THE ROBERT W. MORGAN PROJECTS, an extensive series of books and screenplays Robert has written over his lifetime. The first project in development is based on Robert’s book CITIZEN SPY, published in 2010.
From Animal Planet's FINDING BIGFOOT
Visit Cliff's website at www.cliffbarackman.com
Cliff Barackman is a professional educator, musician, and bigfoot researcher. For the last seven years, he has been a co-host of Animal Planet’s hit show, Finding Bigfoot, enabling him to look for bigfoots and other unknown hominoids in 45 states and on five continents. Cliff’s interest in the subject doesn’t end when the cameras are turned off, though. He regularly spends time in study areas throughout Washington and Oregon doing field work to further his understanding of the local bigfoots and their habitat. His efforts to gather and analyze data have led to a footprint cast collection rivaled only by select academics and museum collections. Being a strong advocate for peer review and science in general, Cliff publishes his research on his website, CliffBarackman.com, in hopes of others examining his work and coming to their own conclusions. His online bigfoot footprint database is a singular presence on the internet, and his work in this area continues to illuminate secrets of the species.
Visit Robert's website at legendtrippersofamerica.blogspot.com
Robert Robinson was born at Hamilton Air Force Base, CA and grew up an Army brat. He enlisted in the United States Army in June 1982 and received his Basic and Advanced Training as a Military Policeman at Ft McClellan, Alabama and went on to serve for 21 years. At a young age Rob became interested in Cryptozoology after watching the TV series “In Search of” and the movies” The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas” and “The Legend of Boggy Creek”. Rob started researching monster legends by reading every book he could and he became interested in UFO and extraterrestrials after watching the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”. After retiring from the Army, Rob started going on Swamp Ape expeditions with the Bigfoot Field Research Organization. He took a Cryptozoology class at the Florida Keys Community College and is also a member of MUFON. Rob likes to refer to himself as a Legend Tripper, and goes on at least one Monster/Ghost hunt a month when his schedule allows. Rob has stated that “When you are out at night, monster or ghost hunting, there is nothing better than being scared and excited at the same time.