Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 15, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
14 THt UTHMIDOI HHAID Hfcrwry 15, B.C. man search Sasquatch: reality or hoax? By JOAN BOWMAX Herald Staff Writer Rene Dahinden of Richmond, B.C., is a 40-year-old man ob- sessed by a strange ape-human creature he has never seen and is not even sure exists. Since 1954, Mr. Dahinden has scoured the wilds of B.C. and northern California for the elu- sive Sasquatch, fabled seven- foot hair covered, ape-man which scientists, for the most part, pooh-pooh as a hoax. Whether hoax or the real thing, the Sasquatch has cost Mr. Dahinden dearly over the past 17 years. Taunted by the public over her husband's ape- chasing forays, his wife di- vorced him and took their two children with her. His compulsion allows him to work at his Vancouver construc- HUNTERS OF THE SASQUATCH Rene Dahinden of Richmond, B.C., left, and Wash- ington photographer Roger Patterson display plaster casts of an ordinary human foot and its out-sized look-alike from the legendary Sasquatch. Mr. Patterson filmed one of the huge, hairy humanoids three years ago in California and his 16 mm movie has been released as The Legend of the Sasquatch. The 25-minute film will be shown at the Yates Memorial Centre at 2 and S p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Also scheduled are companion screenings of the wildlife picture, Yukon Safari. Mr. Dahinden will be in Lethbridge to introduce the Sasquatch movie. such thing' says Russell The Sasquatch may be Rene Dahmden's obsession, but the subject raises a skeptical eye- braw on Andy Russell, an au- thor naturalist whose fame ex- tends far beyond the borders of his native southern Alberta. Mr. Russell said he has spent his life wandering around the mountains, reading the signs of animal life, and "you can't tell me there's such a thing as a Sasquatch. "li there's an animal like Leading soprano to appear here Teresa Stratas, Canadian- born leading soprano of Metropolitan Opera, will pear at the Yates Memorial Centre Thursday Feb. 25 in the final of four 1970-71 concerts in the Overture Concert Series. Tickets for the concert, to start at p.m., are on sale at Leister's Music Store, missions TERESA STRATAS auctions is normally by mem- bership only. Miss Stratas, bom 30 years ago in Toronto of Greek par- entage, is acknowledged inter- nationally as one of the great lyric sopranos in opera today. Her credentials includes a 43- mimite standing ovation in Moscow after she sang the ti- tle role in Madama Butterfly. A Leningrad audience carried bar through the streeti in tri- umph following her perform- ance of Tatiana in Eugen One- gin. Miss Stratas is a leading diva at the Metropolitan and an acclaimed guest star at Moscow's Bolshoi, Covent Gar- den's Royal Opera House, Mi- lan's La Scala, the Munich Opera, and the San Francisco and Chicago Lyric Operas. At 15, after singing popular music in Toronto for two years, she won a four-year scholar- ship to Toronto's Royal Conser- vatory of Music. She complet- ed her course in three years. She -was described as a 'baby Callas" after she made her Canadian debut in Toronto in 1958 as Mimi in La Boheme. The following year she won the Metropolitan auditions. The next year, at 20, she was sing- ing featured roles. At 21, she was a Met star. Two years later, Miss Stratas won inter- national acclaim. She created the role of Sar- dulla in the premiere of Ital- ian composer Gian-Carlo Menotti's The last Savage at the Met. She has won accolades as Mimi, Liu in Turandot, the composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, Marguerite in Faust, Antonia in The Tales of Hoff- man, title role of La Perichole, Susanna in The Marriage of that living in the areas where ['ye been, I must be going jlind." He said the Sasquatch prints might be bear prints; the mo- vie, a tribute to a boaster in ape's clothing. "Mr. Dahinden may be sin- cere, but I think he's got him- self talked into it." Mr. Russell suggested Mr Dahinden should hive MtowH the tracks to the animal's den, should have found out how il lives and what it eats. In the California rain forest where the movie was taken 'you can't see 10 feet ahead o you. An animal as big as the Sasquatch would have trails. I wouldn't charge through the un derbrush holus-bolus." Mr. Russell said the Sas quatch reminded him of the Ab- ominable Snowman, the mas sive, white furred humanok of the Himalayas in Tibet. He said lamas (Buddhis priests) were reported to havi collected scalps of the snow man, but investigation by Zealand explorer Sir Edmunc Hillary proved them to be bear scalps. "The whole thing was a hoax by the lamas, to draw tourists and entertain themselves wit] on cold, winter nights." Kindergarten convention in Calgary The Calgary Kindergar ten Teachers' Association will hold a two day convention in Cal- gary Thursday and Friday, and has invited all Lethbridge and southern Alberta kindergarten teachers to attend. The convention will be held I Butterfly and Zerlina in Don j in the St. Matthews Church 'at: I 2039 26A St. S.W. I i Guests include Dr. Muriel Af- i flick, a University of Alberta j i professor, discussing Essentials Currency in The Congo is of a Curriculum for the Five- named the river Year-Old, and Dr. E. ,T. M. -from the replv tribesmen re-1 Church, director of student por- putedly gave early explorers somel sen-ices in the depart- who asked what the Congo of education, discussing River was called. j Licensing and Operating Km- --------------1 dergartcns. Workshops will also be held, involving kindergarten curricu- la, environments and various special activities. tion firm only four months of the year. The rest of the time he continues his search. The rice of hunting tbe animal has ncluded out of his pock- t, plus the money he hasn't made during the eight months annually away from his job. "I was being torn apart, be- ween looking for the Sasquatch and attending to family and msiness be said. "1 ask myself every day if it's wen worth it." One of the reasons Mr. linden persists is a 25-minute 6 mm. film reputedly taken of he Sasquatch in northern Cali- omia, where it is called "big- by Washington photog- rapher Roger Patterson. The movie, The Legend of Sasquatch, in conjunction with the wildlife film, Yukon Safari will be shown at the Yates Memorial Centre at 2 and i.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sun day. The only known film of the Sasquatch, the Legend, whicl ilr. Dahinden will introduce a he Yates, shows a seven-foot ive-inch female humanoid, lop- ng upright into the woodi away from the pursuing photog rapher. Mr. Dahinden said he is "con- inually looking for the fake angle in Patterson's film, bu 've never found any." The ilm has too many particulars to be a human dressed in an ape suit. The hands open and ileoch; the leg and arm mus- culature is apparent; tbe ani mal's motions are fluid, he said "But if you want to rejec the film, you still have to dea with the footprints." These are the crux of Mr, Da linden's case. He said that as ate as December, 1969, he counted left and right foot Hints in a mountainous area south of Trail, B.C. He said the animal apparent !y weighed about 800 pounds judging by the four-inch dept :o which the prints were in dented in the snow. The print "were too deep to have been put there by a human dre up as an ape." Mr. Dahinden contended foot prints of the Sasquatch hav been found in areas too remot to have been placed by a prac tical joker. To convert the unbelieving h carries with him a plaster casi of one of the B.C. prints, mea suring more than 14 niches long. Aside from the prints and tin movie, there are 500 recen eyewitness accounts. Four workers on the Big Horn Dam in northern Alberta reportec sighting a huge 'animal las year. Members of Chief Sma] boys' breakaway band of th Hobbema Indian reserve be- lieve a family of four Sasquatc live in the area. Mr. Dahinden said the an mal has been sighted in a western provinces, Californi; Mexico and Alaska. The eyewi nesses he has met were "hones as gold and greatly disturber, by what tney saw." He also finds proof of the Sae quatch in Indian legends and the journals of explorers Ca tain Cook and David Thompso both of whom report seein huge manlike animals. As for scientists who reje the Sasquatch out of hand, M .Dahinden said "they're not rea ly scientists. They refuse to d any investigating. And if the won't examine the facts on this how many facts on other su jects are they sitting "If we ever catch a Sa quatch, who'll need Figaro, Cio-Cio-San in Madama Giovanni. FLOWING MONEY NOTICE TO NON-RATEPAYER RESIDENTS TAKE NOTICE THAT persons resident in the Cily of tethbridge who ore not registered property owners bul who ore Canadian Citizens or British Subjects of the full age of nineteen years and will have resided in the City of tethbridge or any area annexed to the City for a period of twelve months which will immediately precede the 15th day of October 1971, may moke application at the Assess- ment Department in the City Hall, lethbridge to have their names placed on the List of Electors during the period from the 1st day of January to the 22nd day of September 1971 during normal working hours of each day except Saturday, Sunday and any Public Holiday. ARTHUR L. LARSON, REGISTRAR Society meeting The next meeting of the Letli- bridge Natural History Society wil! be held this Friday at 3 p.m. in the Bowman Art Cen- tre. Dr. Frank Harper, of the j Lethbridge Research Station will show slides, of flowers taken in the proposed Oldman River rivcrbottom area near Lethbridgc. The agenda will also include discussion of possible summer field trips. New members arc welcome to attend. COMMUNICATION IN REAL TERMS-Madeline Good- rider, left, receives information from Donna Meyers, centre, during the Community Leadership and Human Relations Workshop which concluded Friday at the Lethbridge Friendship Centre. Bob Ogle tries to get the message sent and how it was received while acting as observer in a communications exercise. About 51 peopie registered for the workshop, sponsored by the provincial community development branch, the department of Indian affairs and the University of Alberta. It was designed to people of Indian ancestry and their friends to examint the needs for adjustment to today's environment. U of L phys-ed building contract let Bennett and mite Construc- tion Ltd. of Calgary has been officially awarded the contract for construction of the Univer- sity of Lethbridge physical education building, at a revised tender price of B and W had submitted the owest price of 12 companies tendering the contact, at for the square- :oot building. The lower price, approved Saturday by UK U of L board of governors is due to revisions made during the last few weeks in consultation between the university, its architects, elec- trical and mechanical consul- tants and several sub-contrac- tors. Architects for the building. are Robins Mitchell Watson, of Lethbridge, under supervision of George Watson. The architectural and struc- tural portion of the building will cast mechanical and plumbing, electri- cal, and other costs will Construction should start as soon as ground conditions al- low, and the building is to be finished by summer, 1972. The project is only' the first phase of the physical educa- tion complex the U of L plans, and the remainder will be built as student enrolment warrants it. The current construction will include a basement, largely un- used at first, and Bob Corn- stock, U of L co-ordinator of physical plant operations and development said there is some thought of putting the university's book store and Unileth Press, its printing ser- vices division, in the basement until they have their own quar- ters. The university art department will also use the phys-ed build- ing until it has its own area. the clean, lean taste of protein Creamettes MAC ARONl Get together with the easy-going flavour of Molson Golden.- It's the great get-together beer for good company and good times. Molson Golden ...the great get-together beer! University reguisitions first babv The University of Leth- bridge has placed an order for its first real, live baby, and university officials say they suspect it is the first time any uniwrsity any- where has actually become an expectant father. Mother? The purchase order comes from the university's capital development office, also re- sponsible for the new million West Lethbridge campus, and is addressed to Dr. R. A. Lacey and St. Mi- chael's General Hospital. The order reads, "For Ken and Audrey Hannan, one baby girl, no substitutes, 6 to 9 and orders delivery via stork for March 15. A copy of the order, which has really been mailed to the hospital, officially stamped, signed and verified by U of L officials, was presented to Mrs. Hannan along with a white baby oulfit and a de- licious cake, al a university staff "going temporarily away" party.