Linda Newton-Perry and her husband, Christopher Perry, are the authors of several fiction books. Five of the books are bigfoot related and one is a Viking Age Novel.
How did the two Viking Age novel writers become interested in writing about bigfoot? The answer is simple. They live in Oregon, USA. And when they gave up their interest in the local paper, Linda still wished to keep her hand in writing for it, and so, came up with a bigfoot column. When she began the column (Feb. 8, 2008) Linda wasn’t sure she believed in the existence of bigfoot.
It should be mentioned that Christopher Perry wasn’t convinced either of the animal’s existence until about year two of the bigfoot column, “A Matter of Time.” At the beginning of the column Linda had designed a cap that she had written on, “If I saw a bigfoot, I wouldn’t tell.” So, what changed in three years for these writers, since they both believe in bigfoot, now?
When the Perrys first began writing the column, “A Matter of Time,” in the state of Oregon one could have his license suspended for reporting a bigfoot sighting to the police (that is if you saw the bigfoot while driving a vehicle).
And if you reported a sighting to the Forest Service, the report was either taken seriously or discarded; you were either placated by smug words of “it was most certainly a bear” or making one feel a little better with “lots of people report this animal, we’ll check into it.” There have even been bodies of bigfoot reported to have disappeared and never heard about again, for example, the 1962 Columbus Day Storm animal, and several bigfoots were witnessed being hauled away after Mount St. Helens erupted, 1980.
Months passed and sightings were reported to the Perrys. They wrote about them in the column. After several months it became apparent to the Perrys that bigfoot, indeed, could exist.
The late Dale Saxton commented on the Perrys’ Internet bigfoot magazine, “Bigfoot Ballyhoo,” and he asked people to write about their sighting on Ballyhoo. Saxton had assured those who had sighting accounts that Ballyhoo was a safe place to simply talk about their sighting. Saxton often reminded readers that after seeing one of these animals, it was normal to experience trauma, and talking (writing) about it could only help. Feb. 11, will be the one year anniversary of Dale Saxton’s death. Ballyhoo will have more on Saxton as the anniversary date nears.