On Friday, October 9 I traveled from my Arlington, Texas residence to the city of Jefferson for the annual Authentic Texas Hairy-man Convention. It is an occasion organized by Craig Woolheater of Cryptomundo. Like me, many of the different audio system (Ken Gerhard, Lyle Blackburn, John Kirk, and Chester Moore) arrived on the Friday afternoon. A few hours later we strolled all the way down to a close-by restaurant, together with round 50 or 60 convention attendees. In addition to chowing down on some positive Mexican meals, me and Ken gave an roughly thirty-minutes-long overview on the matter of the horrific creatures of Texas.
That included the legendary, near-Fortean “Goat-Man” that provoked havoc, hysteria and pleasure in the summertime of 1969. It was a big, rampaging humanoid which was seen late at night time in and across the woods of Lake Value, Texas. The creature was variously described as scaly, cloven-hoofed, and even with horns on its head – therefore the identify. As we famous, nonetheless, since these lengthy gone days, solutions have been made that the beast was a wandering, white Hairy-man. An equally odd situation!
Ken commented on the big physique of experiences of giant winged-things in Texas – together with some that sounded very very similar to the legendary Thunderbirds of Native American lore and historical past, and others that, extremely, had been of a distinctly pterodactyl-like nature. On a barely associated situation, Ken introduced up the matter of the very bizarre “Houston Batman.” Reportedly, a flying, winged humanoid, it achieved temporary infamy in 1953, when the native media picked up on the story of the terrifying factor that scared the life out of three unlucky souls late one night time within the metropolis of Houston. After the dinner, it was time to hang around and meet up with outdated pals till the early hours.
Saturday was the day of the convention itself. And it was good to see round 250 individuals prove for the gig – all wanting to listen to the newest information on Hairy-man and different Lone Star State-based cryptids. The method this yr was totally different to that of different years, nevertheless it labored very nicely. All 5 of us gave two lectures: one on Hairy-man, and the opposite on the cryptids of our personal alternative.
My first lecture was on sightings of Hairy-man within the neighborhood of caves, caverns, and outdated mines. As I famous, it might be clever for the crypto-research neighborhood to spend time trying additional into these connections, as there are various of them. Do the Hairy-man creatures spend appreciable quantities of their time hiding out underground? Simply possibly, sure, they do. My second lecture was on the Chupacabra – each the Puerto Rican unique of the Nineteen Nineties and the Texas model of the twenty first century. As I famous, the Texan model is clearly a distinct animal from its Puerto Rican “cousin.” Certainly, the previous are mainly coyotes – albeit with just a few, odd genetic points occurring. Monsters? No. Unknown animals? No. However nonetheless a level of thriller concerned? Sure.
Ken Gerhard’s lectures supplied the viewers a wealth of information on all method of critters. Certainly, its title was “A Menagerie of Beasts” and included the saga of the Minnesota Iceman, gigantic frogs, the situation of the Loch Ness Monsters being gigantic salamanders, Black-Eyed Kids, and big spiders. For his second lecture, Ken mentioned the matter of Hairy-man and different anomalous primates in Alaska – the place Ken spent an excessive amount of time this yr, whereas filming his current TV present on H2, Lacking in Alaska.
Chester Moore tackled a number of the extra baffling questions surrounding the existence of Hairy-man – reminiscent of, for instance, why is it that the bones of the beasts have by no means been discovered? For his second lecture, Chester elected to debate the matter of “wolves and their hybrids within the American South.” John Kirk is a Brit who lives in Canada. That being the case, you will not be shocked to study that John shared with the viewers his analysis into (a) Hairy-man in Canada; and (b) “Caddy,” the resident sea-serpent(s) of Cadboro Bay. As for Lyle Blackburn, he had two very totally different beasts in thoughts: the Hairy-man of East Texas’ Piney Woods, and such controversial issues as “reptilian humanoids” and “lizard males.” And it was all adopted by a full of life Q&A.
Then, round 6:30 p.m.. dozens of us headed off to a close-by catfish restaurant for dinner, laughs, and good dialog – after which Lyle gave a night-time, open-air lecture on his very newest analysis and findings on the well-known Beast of Boggy Creek, Arkansas. It was a great way to finish what was a superb couple of days!