Paul Vella has been a friend of mine for many years, and has been running the CFZ BHM Study Group since 2004. I have been pestering him to become part of the bloggo team for months, and although it is great that he has finally succumbed to my blandishments, it is a pity that his first blog is such a sad one...
Bigfoot Skeptic Michael Dennett dies aged 59
Long-time Bigfoot Skeptic Michael Dennett lost his battle with Leukemia on Saturday 2nd May 2009 at the age of 59.Dennett was well known in the Cryptozoological and Paranormal worlds, and was one of those skeptics who kept us researchers on our toes without being patronising - you got the impression that he wanted bigfoot researchers to succeed, but wanted them to do it in a scientific manner.
A graduate of Norwich University, Dennett spent time in the US Army and since 1993, was the sales manager for an equipment supplier in Washington state.Dennett's first Skeptical Inquirer article was published in 1981. Over the course of the next two and a half decades, he continued to write prolifically on a number of subjects including psychic ability, fire walking, and of course, what appeared to be his favourite subject, bigfoot'.
Although he was sometimes a harsh critic of bigfoot research and its researchers, Dennett was always fair and reasonable - his long lasting statement that "the bottom line is that they don't have a body" was true then, and it is true now, however his own lack of scientific training sometimes put him at odds with the people he was criticising.
The bottom line now is that we have lost someone who was better for bigfoot research than many of its supporters.