2020 Conference Speakers


Dr Meldrum

Dr Jeff Meldrum

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Dr. Jeff Meldrum is a Full Professor of Anatomy & Anthropology at Idaho State University (since 1993). He teaches human anatomy in the graduate health professions programs. His research encompasses questions of vertebrate evolutionary morphology generally, primate locomotor adaptations more particularly, and especially the emergence of modern human bipedalism. His co-edited volume, From Biped to Strider: the Emergence of Modern Human Walking, Running, and Resource Transport, proposes a more recent innovation of modern striding gait than previously assumed. His interest in the footprints attributed to sasquatch, was piqued when he examined a set of 15-inch tracks in Washington, in 1996. Now his lab houses well over 300 footprint casts attributed to this mystery primate. He conducts collaborative laboratory and field research throughout North America, and the world (e.g. China, Russia), and has spoken about his findings in numerous popular and professional publications, interviews, television and radio appearances, public and professional presentations. He is author of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science (Tom Doherty Publishers), which explores his and other scientists’ evaluations of the contemporary evidence, and also affords deference to tribal people’s traditional knowledge of this subject. He has also published two field guides, one focusing on sasquatch, the second casting the net more broadly to consider the potential of relict hominoids around the world (Paradise Cay Publishing).  He is editor-in-chief of the scholarly

 refereed journal,  The Relict Hominoid Inquiry.

Education:

1989, Ph.D. Anatomical Sciences (Physical Anthropology), State University of New York, Stony Brook

1984, M.S. Zoology (Anatomy and Physiology), Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

1982, B.S. Zoology (Anatomy and Physiology), Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

1989-1991, Postdoctoral Visiting Assistant Professor, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC


(https://www.isu.edu/biology/people/faculty---professors/jeffrey-meldrum/)


David Paulides

David paulides

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Dave Paulides holds two degrees from the University of San Francisco, and has a professional background that includes twenty years in law enforcement and senior executive positions in the technology sector. David has retired twice and is now the director of the CanAm Missing Project. In 2004, he formed North America Bigfoot Search-NABS where his investigative and analytical experiences were invaluable in researching Bigfoot/Sasquatch sightings, encounters and behavior. He spent two years living among the Hoopa tribal members, listening to and recording their Bigfoot stories. The Hoopa Project is his first book, based upon his experiences

 in the Bluff Creek area of Northern California.

In 2009, David was conducting research on a topic in a national park and learned from off duty National Park Rangers that they had seen many people disappear in the parks, with significant efforts and press at the beginning. The searches usually stopped after a week with little or no follow-up and no additional press coverage. The ranger stated that people disappeared in areas that were unusual and many were never found. The information received from the ranger evolved into the formation of a research team headed by Mr. Paulides and the publication of six books about unusual disappearances that have matching associated profile points. David has been on countless radio and television shows. He is the executive producer for “Missing 411- The Movie”, a documentary about his books.

(https://www.coasttocoastam.com/guest/paulides-david/7318)


Harvey Pratt

Harvey pratt

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harveypratt.com

Considered one of the leading forensic artists in the United States, Harvey has spent over 50 years in law enforcement, completing thousands of witness description drawings and hundreds of soft tissue reconstructions. Harvey is a Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal member and is recognized as an accomplished master Native American Indian artist. He has won numerous awards and was named the Red Earth 2005 Honored One. He is a self taught, multi-talented artist involved in many media; oil, acrylic, watercolor, metal, clay and wood. 

Harvey’s work has assisted in thousands of arrests and hundreds of identification of unidentified human remains throughout America. Retired as the police forensic artist for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI), Harvey still responds to agencies that request his assistance.

Harvey began his career with the Midwest City Police Department in 1965 where he did his first witness description drawing a year later. This first attempt in forensic arts resulted in an arrest and conviction. He joined the OSBI in 1972 as a narcotics investigator and retired in 1992 as an Assistant Director. His expertise in witness description drawing, skull reconstruction, skull tracing, age progression, soft tissue postmortem drawing and restoration of photographs and videos have aided law enforcement agencies both nationally and internationally. Harvey’s skills have assisted law enforcement in many high profile cases. A few of those cases are as follows: Green River Killer (Gary Ridgeway), BTK Killer (Dennis Rader), Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders (Gene Leroy Hart), Henry Lee Lucas and Ottis Toole, Bobby Joe Long, I-5 Killer (Randall Woodfield), Tommy Lynn Sells, World Trade Center 1993 bombing, Sirloin Stockade Murders (Roger Dale Stafford, Verna Stafford and Harold Stafford), Joe Fischer, Tommy Ward and Karl Fontenot, Roger Wheeler Murder (Winter Hill Gang case – James J. “Whitey" Bulger, Stephen Flemmi and Johnny Martorano), the Oklahoma City Bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, Donald Eugene Webb, Oklahoma State Fair Abducted Girls (Roy Russell Long), the Weather Underground Organization and Randolph Dial.

Harvey also aides investigations though training classes, besides lecturing before universities, colleges, schools and civic groups.

National Native American Veterans Memorial:

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian has announced the winning concept design for the National Native American Veterans Memorial: Cheyenne and Arapaho artist Harvey Pratt’s Warriors’ Circle of Honor will be located on the museum grounds on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

The design incorporates symbols and elements common to many native traditions: fire, water, wind, drums, the cardinal points, and the circle shape. The memorial creates an interactive yet intimate space for gathering, remembrance, reflection, and healing.

Groundbreaking for the memorial is slated for September 21, 2019. It is slated to open Veterans Day, Nov. 11th, 2020.

photos and information courtesy of: harveypratt.com


Native American Veterans Memorial

National native american veterans memorial

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Designed by Harvey Pratt

photo courtesy of:

harveypratt.com


Jay Crabtree

jay crabtree

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Jay Smokey Crabtree is the youngest son of the most renowned Bigfoot tracker in the world, Julius “Smokey” Crabtree (1927-2016).

He was born and raised in Fouke, Arkansas and went to school at Fouke not far from the creature sightings that were the primary source for the movie,

 The Legend of Boggy Creek. 

He grew up in the aftermath that the movie created for his family. The conflict between Smokey and Charlie Pierce was a major factor in his life. He was taught very early that the most dangerous creatures on earth

 “walk upright, and look just like you and me”. 

He went on hunting expeditions with his father and met Cryptozoologists from all around the world. His dad taught him how to live off the land just like

 he had been forced to as a child. 

He found work as a Pipeline Welder starting in 2007. He has been making a living traveling all around the country welding, just like his father had. He continues to sell his father’s books (Smokey and the Fouke Monster, Too Close to the Mirror, and The Man Behind the Legend) in order to carry on his legacy.

photo & bio:  Jay Crabtree


Kenny Collins

Kenneth Collins

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Ken Collins,  researcher since the 1980's - born in Lincoln, Nebraska - has been in Colorado since 1972. Ken has lived in the Estes Park  area for 12 years. He was bigfooting in  the early days,  in  the Colorado Springs  area and Pikes Peak and Teller  County.  Ken specializes  in trackways and has prints  of a  juvenile  Sasquatch.  Ken had sightings in 2013 and in 2016,  in the Estes Park area. Ken has been a guest on talk radio and featured  in local Mountain magazines,  and he has done many talks in schools  and nursing  homes. Ken’s presentation at the conference will focus  on sightings and trackways.

photo and bio:  Kenny Collins


Marcus Sikora

Marcus Sikora

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Our opening speaker this year is Marcus.  Marcus Sikora is a 28 year old creative soul who has Down syndrome and lives in Omaha, Nebraska. 

He has acted on stage with local and national companies

 as well as written a short one act. His first animated short and book for children is Black Day: The Monster Rock Band, which has been featured on websites both nationally and internationally. He has spoken to groups of all ages, in schools, libraries, book-stores, and even the United Nations!

When he’s not watching theater, singing, or working out, he’s contemplating the sequel, as well as his biggest ambition, Marcus the Musical. 

You can connect with Marcus and his adventures via:

 Twitter @marcusmusical, Facebook/GrownUpsAndDowns, and BlackDayBook.com

 Photo courtesy of:

https://bebeautifulbeyourself.org/global-ambassadors/

Info courtesy of:

https://mardrasikora.com


Shelly Bible

Shelly bible

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Shelly is the National Spokesperson for “Footprints”

  • 1) Footprints for those who can’t
  • 2) Footprints for those who defended us in other lands
  • 3) Footprints standing up for those who can’t

Shelly has been a Multiple Sclerosis Warrior who has struggled with M.S. for over 28 years. She currently does limited walking with the help of a walker. Shelly is very friendly and outgoing, and is a volunteer. Shelly works as an artist teaching the elderly and small children - and anyone who is interested in learning – abstract painting. Shelly is very interested in all things Bigfoot/Sasquatch and she cannot wait to have her first sighting. Shelly calls herself the original “wooter girl.” While others “whoop” Shelly “woots.” We look forward to seeing Shelly at the Nebraska Bigfoot Conference this year! 

photo credit:  https://www.facebook.com/shelly.bible 

bio from Shelly Bible


Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson

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Founder of Sasquatch Investigations of the Rockies, Michael came to Colorado in 1977 from north of Salina, Kansas.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains and Colorado, and has spent countless days and nights exploring its majesty. He got started in this endeavor in the 1990’s after finding 17″ footprints

 in the snow at Rampart Range during Thanksgiving break.

In the same location, Mike had a Class 1 Bigfoot sighting when he saw a male Sasquatch in person.  This sighting was investigated by the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO).  Mike is very comfortable in the woods.  He hunts elk and pheasant, and is well adapted to search for the legendary 

creature in the remotest areas of Colorado, in all four seasons.

Mike is a Christian man, he is a husband, a father of three, and a proud grandfather.

He is very spiritual, whether it be his religion or his search for his Indian heritage.

He is a man’s man, who loves life, the outdoors, his friends and his family.

 He is painfully honest, which has been his biggest challenge in this field,

 much to his surprise.  Mike is interested in both the scientific side and spiritual side of the Sasquatch Equation, which makes him a unique individual in the field today.

photo and bio: Sasquatch Investigations of the Rockies

https://sasquatchinvestigations.org/


past speakers

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Past Speakers - nEBRASKA bIGFOOT cONFERENCE

SPEAKERS 2017:

                                     

  • David Ford and Stuart Miller, producers and actors : "Something in the Woods"
  • Lyle Blackburn, TV Celebrity, Author, Musician, Fouke Monster guru 
  • Scotty Plowman, Bigfoot Researcher from Missouri, musician
  • Robin Roberts, Sasquatch Investigations of the Rockies
  • Mike Johnson, Sasquatch Investigations of the Rockies

                         

sPEAKERS 2018

  • Bob Gimlin of the Patterson Gimlin Film of 1967, filmed in Bluff Creek California
  • Cliff Barackman, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot, Museum Curator of North American Bigfoot Center 
  • Craig Woolheater, Texas Bigfoot Research Center, editor Cryptomundo Website
  • Daniel Perez, editor Bigfoot Times
  • Cassie Ogg, Bigfoot Researcher and Botanist
  • Tammy Lynn, Bigfoot Researcher, central  Nebraska
  • Richard Soule, Bigfoot Researcher, Nebraska, editor of Nox Gigas Study
  • Robin Roberts,   Sasquatch Investigations of the Rockies 
  • Mike Johnson,  Sasquatch Investigations of the Rockies 

sPEAKERS 2019

  • James Bobo Fay,  Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot,
  • Ron Morehead, The Sierra Sounds
  • R. Scott Nelson, CryptoLinguist, The Sierra Sounds
  • Don Monroe, Author and Investigator
  • John Warms, Canadian Author and Investigator
  • Joe Taylor, Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum,  Crosbyton, Texas
  • Thomas Sewid, Native American Presentation and Investigator
  • Dan Nedrelo, Investigator, Herpatologist, and professional photographer
  • Daniel Perez, Editor Bigfoot Times
  • Robin Roberts,   Sasquatch Investigations of the Rockies 
  • Mike Johnson,  Sasquatch Investigations of the Rockies