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Cryptozoologist of the Yr:

The Golden Yeti 2021 Goes To Daniel Perez

by Loren Coleman

Worldwide Cryptozoology Museum


This previous Might 31, 2021 was Daniel Perez’s 58th birthday. After a lifetime of Bigfoot analysis, Bigfoot writings, and the editorship of Bigfoot Instances, Perez is lengthy overdue for recognition as “The Cryptozoologist of the Yr,” for 2021.

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For nearly 5 a long time, Perez has held a deep curiosity in Bigfoot, touring far and extensive, moderating conferences, and placing himself proper in the midst of debates and persona conflicts within the subject.

Daniel Perez is a folks individual. He’s as well-known for searching for in-depth private details about the pursuers of furry unknown hominoids as he’s for gathering long-forgotten info about Bigfoot itself.

Within the Nineties, Perez was identified to many because the “Jerry Springer” of Bigfootry for the rumors he printed in his Bigfoot Instances e-newsletter and the fights he’s refereed at pre-pandemic conferences. He’s been known as a saint, a skeptic, a Bigfoot journalist, and a Bluff Creek professional. A mixture of Dan Fairly, Chris Wallace, and Rachel Maddow. A gossip. An investigative reporter. A man that stirs up the pot. An emcee, a silent observer, a heckler. 



Perez has the honour of being known as the “Historian of the Digital camera” for the background knowledge he has found on the filmmaking gear utilized by Roger Patterson at Bluff Creek, California, on October 20, 1967. He is named a element man who has all the time been thinking about trying deeply to right the accepted historical past of the “movie” with the info. For instance, Daniel Perez remarked in correspondence to me that he was the individual “who discovered who wrote the primary newspaper article on the P-G movie: Al Tostado. And it was [Daniel Perez] who carried out the one videotaped deposition with the late Richard Henry, the person who drove Jim McClarin to the filmsite on November 5, 1967. And it was [Daniel Perez] who identified the common web/e-book error: Paul Freeman’s Bigfoot video was shot in 1992, not 1994.”

There nonetheless are numerous folks, who name Daniel Perez, particularly behind his again, affectionately “Danny,” from his early, youthful, excited, starting days. Nevertheless, these days don’t publicly deal with him as “Danny,” any longer, or the subsequent time he writes about you, he’ll pointedly use your complete title, together with your center title, even after you ask him to not.  That’s Daniel.




Daniel Perez has been concerned in writing three prolonged works for the literature: Bigfoot at Bluff Creek (1994), Huge Footnotes: A Complete Bibliography Regarding Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman and Associated Beings (1998), and Bigfoot: Encounters Previous and Current (2012).


Perez’s foldout, The Patterson-Gimlin Filmsite: 1968-2012, even included a packet of soil from the situation.

Don’t hassle Daniel with attempting to persuade him he ought to name the unknown hominoids “Sasquatch” to sound extra scientific. He gained’t hear it. To Daniel Perez, it’s “Bigfoot” and we occur to dwell in fascinating “Bigfoot instances.”

About many grassroots issues, Daniel could also be really right. Perez is a novel member of the Bigfoot group, a shiny and dynamic self-made man and Bigfootry is fortunate to have him.



All of it started for Daniel Perez, when, in 1973, he was taken to a Bigfoot film by his household. Reporter Daniel de Vise wrote concerning the expertise in The Lengthy Seashore Press Telegram on Monday, July 11, 1994:

Perez’s first publicity to Bigfoot got here at age 10, when he went with the household to see the movie The Legend of Boggy Creek. The film’s paranormal implications baffled a boy whose psychological curiosity had led him towards math, science and different fields the place, as he says, “issues have so as to add up.”

“The film hit me like a ton of bricks,” Perez recalled. “I completely couldn’t imagine that these folks have been claiming to see these creatures. You’re taught to imagine that the bogeyman and all these creatures don’t exist. So I pooh-poohed it.”

“As I learn extra, although, I began to comprehend that some extremely credible folks from all walks of life have been having sightings. I began it objectively, and pondering, ‘There may be one thing to this.”’ Perez started corresponding with fellow Bigfoot seekers in 1978, as he was ending highschool.

David Kelly interviewed Daniel Perez in 2007, and wrote within the Los Angeles Instances of December 26, 2007:  

“Perez’s pursuit of Bigfoot started at age 10 after he watched The Legend of Boggy Creek (1973) at a Norwalk [California] theater. The documentary-style movie handled a Bigfoot-like beast horrifying rural Fouke, Ark. [people].

“I assumed it was simply one other monster film, however it turned out to be the paving stone to who I’m as we speak,” he mentioned.

He instantly went to the library and withdrew books about Bigfoot and different creatures, together with the Loch Ness monster. He wrote letters to Bigfoot specialists, who impressed him with their earnestness.

“It was nearly like a science venture for him,” recalled his father, Edward. “It was one thing to maintain him busy and enabled him to determine what’s what.”


“I feel my mother for certain thought this was going to be a part that I’d develop out of,” Perez mentioned. “However it wasn’t. That is what makes me tick.” Perez was the third of 4 kids born right into a middle-class Norwalk residence.

His father was {an electrical} check engineer for Rockwell Worldwide Corp., his mom a homemaker. Danny was an A pupil and cross-country runner at Santa Fe Excessive College in Santa Fe Springs. All three of Perez’s siblings are actually married, however Danny stays single. “I fell in love at a really early age with the sphere of Bigfooting,” Perez mentioned. “So I suppose you might say I received married earlier than any of them.”


Again to the 1994 article,

He based the Heart for Bigfoot Research in 1984. Because the pile of clippings and letters grew, he moved it from a JCPenney shoe field to a file cupboard after which a pc. Perez splits his time between properties in Norwalk and Riverside, the place he works as an electrician. He’s had the day job…, however considers Bigfooting way over a pastime. “Folks inform me it is a interest,” Perez mentioned. “This isn’t a interest. It’s a scientific endeavor.”’

Daniel Perez, from 1979 by 1986, revealed his first variation of his e-newsletter, which he entitled BigfooTimes (as one phrase). He additionally bought Bigfoot plaster casts.

Then in late 1997, utilizing his first laptop computer laptop, he started publishing Bigfoot Instances (two phrases). Regardless of the web altering the panorama of the net world, Perez continued printing out his four-page e-newsletter, then sending it out by way of the U.S. mail, as near as soon as a month as he might. 


On his web site, Perez displays on this historical past:

I quietly continued with a 4 web page e-newsletter that was as old school as they get: it’s mailed to readers in an envelope. The  e-newsletter is printed on  sunburst yellow paper and the format was booklet: 11″ inches by 17″ inches.

 As I wrote within the first version of the Bigfoot Instances. ”As normal, there aren’t any floor guidelines and nothing is to[o] sacred to be mentioned right here.” A easy formulation that I nonetheless embrace. Wanting again but in addition trying forward I feel one more reason for the longevity of the Bigfoot Instances is  I used to be all the time keen to put in writing what others have been solely pondering.  It’s that remark in dialog,  ”…inform us what you actually suppose.” Nicely, simply go to the Bigfoot Instances.   The e-newsletter is mailed out each month and I’ve been doing so since our premiere situation got here out final century, in January 1998. 

Perez received to be often known as the one to ask onerous questions and criticize anybody. Writing of Perez on the “Worldwide Bigfoot Symposium” in Willow Creek, California, September 12-14, 2003, Paul Vella, utilizing notes by Jerry Riedel, noticed Perez talking up on the Q&A session:

The inimitable Daniel Perez rose to pose a troublesome query to Bob Gimlin:

Perez: Did you and Patterson cease to bathe on the best way from Bluff Creek to drop the movie for cargo?
Gimlin: Danny…I can’t keep in mind.

Perez: In all of the publicity surrounding the unique article concerning the footprints revealed within the Eureka newspaper, did the editor really write that article?
Gimlin: No, it was Betty Allen.

Q: If Jane Goodall got here on board the bigfoot ‘subject of investigation,’ would that improve the probability of extra money flowing into the sphere?
A: from Inexperienced… “It definitely wouldn’t damage.” A lot laughter from Hodgson, “I feel the symposium has been OK with the cash we’ve had.” A lot applause.

Q:  For Bob Gimlin: Do you remorse the day you agreed to go along with Roger Patterson?
Gimlin: Not as we speak, not then, however there have been events I’ve regretted it. My spouse has taken a whole lot of ribbing.

Daniel Perez, starting in 1998, used his discussion board Bigfoot Instances, to often title an annual Bigfooter of the Yr. On the finish of December 2021, the Bigfoot Instances will mark 23 years of steady publishing. 

We want to congratulate Perez for being acknowledged as 2021′s Cryptozoologist of the Yr.


Daniel Perez has been at lots of the crucial Bigfoot conferences in latest hominology historical past. Chronicling and commenting on these occasions has been a delight of his all alongside the best way.


North American Bigfoot Heart, February 2020


Bigfoot Symposium, October 2007


Ohio Bigfoot Convention, March 1999


The Nice Bigfoot Bonanza, March 2018


Worldwide Bigfoot Symposium, September 2003


At prime

In a steadily reproduced {photograph}, Daniel Perez is proven above at his Riverside residence in 2007, from the place The Bigfoot Instances as soon as was revealed. Perez is holding a 14 1/2 inch lengthy solid of Bigfoot monitor solid obtained from the Patterson-–Gimlin movie web site in Bluff Creek, California, left on October 20, 1967. (Credit score for the {photograph} goes to Irfan Khan of the Los Angeles Instances who took it on November 20, 2007.)


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Please seek the advice of the above three lists for the opposite previous “Cryptozoologists of” earlier years.

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