On Friday, October 9 I traveled from my Arlington, Texas residence to the town of Jefferson for the annual Genuine Texas Furry-man Conference. It’s an event organized by Craig Woolheater of Cryptomundo. Like me, most of the completely different audio system (Ken Gerhard, Lyle Blackburn, John Kirk, and Chester Moore) arrived on the Friday afternoon. A couple of hours later we strolled all the best way all the way down to a close-by restaurant, along with spherical 50 or 60 conference attendees. Along with chowing down on some constructive 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 within the summertime of 1969. It was a giant, rampaging humanoid which was seen late at evening time in and throughout the woods of Lake Worth, Texas. The creature was variously described as scaly, cloven-hoofed, and even with horns on its head – due to this fact the establish. As we well-known, nonetheless, since these prolonged gone days, options have been made that the beast was a wandering, white Furry-man. An equally odd state of affairs!
Ken commented on the large physique of experiences of big winged-things in Texas – along with some that sounded very similar to the legendary Thunderbirds of Native American lore and historic previous, and others that, extraordinarily, had been of a distinctly pterodactyl-like nature. On a barely related state of affairs, Ken launched up the matter of the very weird “Houston Batman.” Reportedly, a flying, winged humanoid, it achieved non permanent infamy in 1953, when the native media picked up on the story of the terrifying issue that scared the life out of three unfortunate souls late one evening time inside the metropolis of Houston. After the dinner, it was time to hold round and meet up with outdated friends until the early hours.
Saturday was the day of the conference itself. And it was good to see spherical 250 people show for the gig – all desirous to take heed to the most recent data on Furry-man and completely different Lone Star State-based cryptids. The strategy this yr was completely completely different to that of various years, nonetheless it labored very properly. All 5 of us gave two lectures: one on Furry-man, and the alternative on the cryptids of our private various.
My first lecture was on sightings of Furry-man inside the neighborhood of caves, caverns, and outdated mines. As I well-known, it could be intelligent for the crypto-research neighborhood to spend time making an attempt extra into these connections, as there are numerous of them. Do the Furry-man creatures spend considerable portions of their time hiding out underground? Merely probably, positive, they do. My second lecture was on the Chupacabra – every the Puerto Rican distinctive of the Nineteen Nineties and the Texas mannequin of the twenty first century. As I well-known, the Texan mannequin is clearly a definite animal from its Puerto Rican “cousin.” Definitely, the earlier are primarily coyotes – albeit with only a few, odd genetic factors occurring. Monsters? No. Unknown animals? No. Nevertheless nonetheless a degree of thriller involved? Positive.
Ken Gerhard’s lectures provided the viewers a wealth of knowledge on all technique of critters. Definitely, its title was “A Menagerie of Beasts” and included the saga of the Minnesota Iceman, gigantic frogs, the state of affairs of the Loch Ness Monsters being gigantic salamanders, Black-Eyed Youngsters, and large spiders. For his second lecture, Ken talked about the matter of Furry-man and completely different anomalous primates in Alaska – the place Ken spent an extreme period of time this yr, whereas filming his present TV current on H2, Missing in Alaska.
Chester Moore tackled plenty of the additional baffling questions surrounding the existence of Furry-man – paying homage to, as an illustration, why is it that the bones of the beasts have in no way been found? For his second lecture, Chester elected to debate the matter of “wolves and their hybrids inside the American South.” John Kirk is a Brit who lives in Canada. That being the case, you’ll not be shocked to review that John shared with the viewers his evaluation into (a) Furry-man in Canada; and (b) “Caddy,” the resident sea-serpent(s) of Cadboro Bay. As for Lyle Blackburn, he had two very completely completely different beasts in ideas: the Furry-man of East Texas’ Piney Woods, and such controversial points as “reptilian humanoids” and “lizard males.” And it was all adopted by a lively Q&A.
Then, spherical 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 latest evaluation and findings on the well-known Beast of Boggy Creek, Arkansas. It was a good way to complete what was an excellent couple of days!