The Davis Report-Argosy Magazine, November 1968 Interview with Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin

This magazine article and interview has been a terrific resource for information and material close to the time of the filming. Argosy had access to the original film and the photos that they published at that time, even though suffering from the dot matrix patterns of magazine printing, were still of superb quality. This blog will likely continue to grow over the next few days as I add images and material from this article by Ivan T. Sanderson. This image has had the moire or the dot matrix greatly reduced to provide a less grainy image. Click on the image to enlarge.

Copyright Patricia Patterson. Filmwork by M.K.Davis. Please do not right click without permission.

Here is a photo of one of the casts from the filmsite. I thought it a bit odd that it would look so different from the copy  that I purchased and that is so popular right now. Do you see anything in this cast that is unusual? Click on the image to enlarge.

Here is the face from the Argosy magazine article. The image has been brightened and contrast boosted. This is not frame 352, but rather 353. You can see the mouth very well, and the left hand is open some. Click on the image to enlarge.

Copyright Patricia Patterson. Filmwork by M.K.Davis. Please do not right click without permission.

There are some real surprises when reading this article. For instance, I was told, when I first became interested in this subject, that the Canadian Rene’ Dahinden was self employed, and that he recycled lead from a skeet shooting range to finance his Bigfooting efforts. When I read the article, I was surprised to learn that he was a 20 year employee of the Canadian Forestry Service. I am doubtful that Mr. Sanderson got it wrong. He had a sterling reputation as an author, lecturer, and investigator. Here’s an excerpt from the article. Click on the image to enlarge.

The reason that this piques my interest is that “ALL” that Mr. Dahinden did was look for Bigfoot…for many years. When did he have time to be a government employee? Was it possible that the government was financing his search for the Sasquatch?

Here’s another excerpt from the article that quotes Robert Gimlin. Mr. Sanderson was questioning Roger Patterson and his line of questioning invoked an impromptu reply from Mr. Gimlin. Here’s the exchange. Click on the image to enlarge.

Here, Roger talks about his impressions on the height and weight of the Sasquatch, and the gender and hairstyle as well. Click on the image to enlarge.

In the description above he talks about her weight. Notice that he says that others, after examining the tracks on the hard packed sand, put the weight at 350lbs. I wonder what others he was referring to, because not everyone is good at that kind of interpretation. I personally put the Sasquatch at a maximum of 300lbs. I have walked the length and breadth of Bluff Creek in that area and I have yet to find any hard packed sand. I know that there was a road into the film site at that time, which was hardened with lime, for the logging trucks to get the logs out. If that was what they were referring to, then weight estimates based on that should be disregarded as the lime is inconsistently spread and mixed. Here’s a map by Richard Henry, who was in there as early as November of 1967, which shows the road. Click on the image to enlarge.

Here are some photos of the hard packed road in the creek bed. Click on the image to enlarge.

Copyright Patricia Patterson. Filmwork by M.K.Davis. Please do not right click without permission.

Here’s another photo showing the road. Click on the image to enlarge.

Another thing that I found odd about the testimony is this:

It’s the statement “back up against the trees there was a man-creature”. When the official version of the film begins, the Sasquatch is anything BUT back up against the trees. Here’s a photo from the film’s beginning sequence. Click on the image to enlarge.

Copyright Patricia Patterson.

Here’s the wide field version. Click on the image to enlarge.

Copyright Patricia Patterson. Filmwork by M.K.Davis. Please do not right click without permission.

As you can see…the Sasquatch certainly isn’t back up against the trees. Later, when the Sasquatch does get near the trees, her feet are no longer visible in the film. She then bends over, so I wonder how they got an accurate height measurement?

Then there is the “no neck” statement by Patterson. A close look at the film reveals that this is not correct. Click on the image to animate.

Copyright Patricia Patterson. Film work and stabilization by M.K.Davis. Please do not right click without permission.

Stay tuned for more from this article. M.K.

5 thoughts on “The Davis Report-Argosy Magazine, November 1968 Interview with Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin

  1. The footprint looks like it has fingers for toes, almost like a fist -especially the big toe. It makes me wonder if it’s a man-made fake (a very big man’s hand) or the bigfoot maybe stumbled, put it’s hand down to catch itself and then stepped on it’s own hand print as it continued walking.

  2. That foot cast looks all wrong. There’s no deep heal imprint and then there’s not push off. In sand, you would expect to see more sign of this. I’m in no way a foot print analyst so I don’t know how to properly define what’s wrong with it but something looks wrong. The toe imprints are certainly odd. I have to wonder if it’s a fake, even if I can’t explain why I think that.

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