Bigfoot

The nickname of a mythical Bigfoot-like creature that roamed the woods outside the town of Cicely, Alaska on the quirky rural drama NORTHERN EXPOSURE/CBS/1990-96.

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In reality, the “creature” was a woodsman named Adam (Adam Arkin) whose talents included gourmet cooking, writing, and possessing knowledge of covert government operations.

While working as an anonymous contributor to the Cicely News and World Telegram Adam wrote articles on talking trees, and botanical espionage by the government.

Adam (“Bigfoot”) first appeared on the episode “Aurora Borealis” (8/30/90) and later married a woman named Eve on the episode “Our Wedding” (5-11-92).

Note: The Humboldt Times in Eureka, California coined the term “Bigfoot” in a front-page story about the sighting of an Abominable Snowman-like ape creature that surfaced in the Pacific Northwest in the late 1950s.

Ray L. Wallace, the man who caused the whole Bigfoot phenomenon died in December 2002. In August 1958, a bulldozer operator who worked for Wallace’s construction company in Humboldt County, California, found huge footprints circling and then leading away from his rig. Actually, Wallace had commissioned a local craftsman to make 16-inch set of wooden feet that Ray and his brother Wilbur used to make the tracks.

According to the Seattle Times, Mark Chorvinsky, editor of Strange Magazine reported, “The fact is there was no Bigfoot in popular consciousness before 1958. America got its own monster, its own Abominable Snowman, thanks to Ray Wallace.”

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Other TV programs with a Bigfoot character include the BIG FOOT AND WILDBOY/ABC/1979, HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS/SYN/1991-93, and the the made-for-TV Disney movie adventure Bigfoot (1987).

 

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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