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Thursday, August 01, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: SW Va. ‘wood booger’ reports raise interest in Bigfoot

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.

SW Va. ‘wood booger’ reports raise interest in Bigfoot
A carving of Bigfoot on display at Home Hardware and Furniture Store in Norton, Va. They also sell "wood booger" t-shirts. Photo by Greg Peters.
NORTON, Va. — Could there be a Bigfoot right here in our own back yard?

It seems a possibility. There was enough interest from sightings that the television show “Finding Bigfoot” made a stop in Southwest Virginia in 2011 and filmed an episode concerning events in Wise and Washington counties, with an emphasis on the High Knob area.

A search for Bigfoot sightings results in numerous websites and organizations that focus on the subject, several in Virginia alone.

William Dranginis heads the Virginia Bigfoot Research Organization. Based in Aldi, Va., he takes reports of sightings, does interviews and even goes onsite looking for the elusive “hairy man.”

Dranginis works full time for defense contractor Northrop Grumman and had little or no interest in Bigfoot until 1995.

In March of that year, Dranginis and two friends were trying out a new metal detector in Culpeper County, Va. The three were looking for treasure in and around old gold mine shafts in the area. The mines were active during the Civil War.

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