The investigation team includes three believers and one skeptic. Matt Moneymaker has been searching for sasquatch since he was 11. That's a whole lifetime of squatchy encounters. Yes, Moneymaker is his real name. He is a law school graduate and the founder of Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization which claims to be "The only scientific research organization exploring the bigfoot/sasquatch mystery," according to their website. Really? The only one?
BFRO offers expeditions so you can join them in the search for bigfoot ranging from $300-$500 for about four days. What does this fee include? Basically nothing other than the chance to explore with this group and learn some squatchy techniques. Pricey if you ask me. The website indicates they charge this much so only people serious about the adventure attend. If you weren't serious about it, I don't think you would spend days in the woods hunting a creature that may or may not exist or even know about this paid encounter at all.
Mr. Moneymaker is well known in the bigfoot community and is credited for many advances in the knowledge of this creature including using sound blasting and howling to locate bigfoot; and he is the first person to record a male howl. How did he know it was male?
Cliff Barackman is also a believer. He has a degree in Jazz Guitar, plays his instrument around the Portland area, and teaches fourth grade. What kid wouldn't want this cool, squatchy guy for a teacher? He spends over 200 days a year in the field. That's dedication. Mr. Barackman has his own website.
James "Bobo" Fay is a lifetime believer. He is the squatchiest one of the bunch. I'm sure he would consider this a compliment. According to www.squatchopedia.com (yes, there is such a thing) Bobo is 6'4", hence the reason he is often a sasquatch double on the show. Mr. Fay is a man of many trades, all of them revolving around his love for bigfoot. He has spent a lot of time with Native Americans learning their knowledge of the hairy beast, was a logger, road builder, roadie for the band Sublime, and currently is a commercial fisherman. In his early years, Bobo was a surfer and according to the Finding Bigfoot site this surfing experience led to his investigation of bigfoot sightings. What?? Does Bigfoot surf or even swim in the ocean? Are we looking in the wrong place?
The only woman of the group, Ranae Holland, has a Bachelor's of Science degree and works as a research biologist. She is the skeptic of the team and keeps the boys based in reality. According to her Facebook page she is a "Bigfoot enthusiast - not a believer" and contributes her interest in bigfoot to her late father who was a fan of the beast. Ranae's squatchiest move of the season was when she sported a ghillie suit and hung out in a tree for the night hoping to catch a glimpse of the mysterious creature.
Definitely an interesting cast for an entertaining show. I hope they find what they are looking for.