2013 Rookie of the Year
Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Bigfoot Evidence contributor Dirk Taylor, a Sasquatch enthusiast.
Once again it is that time of year, the time to announce the 2013 Bigfoot Researcher Rookie of the Year. The Rookie of the Year is the individual who has made the biggest impact on the field of Bigfoot Research during their first year “on the scene”.
Thanks to a number of suggestions from those who participated we have decided to “officially” name the award the “LeBus-Lindsay” Rookie of the Year award. This name is designed to honor initial winner Jim LeBus and incorporate Robert Lindsay, a man whose work is what all first year researchers should attempt to emulate. A huge thanks to all 458 people who participated.
For those who have asked, the voters consist of individuals involved in Bigfoot research who have been nominated to participate by three peers. For example if a person would like to be involved they need to have any 3 peers nominate them for participation. There is no special list of who can nominate a party, they only need be known in the field and their nomination verified.
First the runners up.
Mike Brookreson. (7 votes) If there were an award for trying hard Mike would be the winner. His hard work earned him a few votes but in the end you either have to deliver results or have an impact to be considered a serious contender. Keep trying Mike, you have a lot of potential.
Les Stroud. (67 votes) While already a well-known celebrity, Les had only briefly touched on his encounters prior to 2013. The minute he did everyone stood up and listened. Les created a huge buzz by recounting his own experiences in detail for the first time and announcing his intent to collaborate with Todd Standing. In any other year Les would have likely won the award as he is responsible for making the world aware of two encounters, immediately deemed legitimate, because of his credibility. By simply telling of his own experiences Les immediately created interest among many who had been very skeptical before.
Drum roll please.
The 2013 LeBus-Lindsay Rookie of the Year Award goes to none other than Superman himself Dean Cain. The host of Spike TV’s 10,000,000 Bigfoot Bounty, Dean made a huge splash in 2013, collecting 378 votes. While the show does not begin airing until next month, Dean’s involvement in the project generated a huge buzz and brought a great deal of mainstream credibility to the field. With all do respect to Matt Moneymaker, he is a researcher who became a celebrity. Dean Cain is a celebrity who became a researcher, the first of his kind and a pioneer. Dean’s involvement in the field will have a huge impact on future celebrities interested in the field and has opened the door for them to do so.
Congratulations Dean on the 2013 LeBus-Lindsay Rookie of the Year Award, you earned it and deserve it.