Editor’s Note: Jonathan Poulsen has been researching the Sasquatch since 2008, but really involved himself heavily in 2011. He has since devoted his life to the near impossible challenge of verifying the existence of the Sasquatch. Shawn refers to him as the Bigfoot encyclopedia.
Cliff Crook, who has been investigating the Sasquatch phenomenon since he claimed his first sighting in 1956, has recently made a post to his website BigfootCentral.com that he has stepped away from the field.
After his initial 1956 sighting near Duvall, Washington, Crook became hooked on the Sasquatch mystery. Throughout the 1970s, he sold various pieces of Sasquatch-related merchandise aimed at tourists including postcards, bumperstickers, shirts, hats, and a map of alleged sightings. Also, Crook claimed he had a 7-point system for detecting faked tracks (very similar to the system Krantz had). In 1982 he opened 'Bigfoot Central' out of his house in Bothell, Washington. Bigfoot Central's goal was not to search for and prove that the Sasquatch exists, but to collect eyewitness reports and other bits of information in order to find out how they co-exist with nature.
In 1987, Crook claims he served as an official consultant for the film 'Harry and the Hendersons'. Many are dubious of this claim since his name did not appear in the credits. However, after doing some research, I've found a newspaper article about how the production company asked Crook for his assistance and his willingness to proceed.
In 1995, Crook bought 7 out of 14 pictures depicting what appears to be a Sasquatch. Several investigators, especially those from the newly formed BFRO, claimed that the photo was a fake. This led to a smoldering feud between Crook and BFRO founder Matt Moneymaker.
In 2010, Crook claimed he had proof for the existence of the Sasquatch. He claims that large humanoid footprints found on the Paluxy river in Texas alongside dinosaur tracks proved that not only creationism is correct, but that the Sasquatch existed/exists (since the fossil tracks match up with footprints he found near Mt. Rainier).
These are among the most significant of Crook's impacts on the field of 'Sasqualogy' (a term he coined in 1970).