Category Archives: Biography

John Green

It is with great sadness I announce the passing of my long time friend and mentor, John Willison Green. John passed approximately 2am Saturday , May 28, 2016.  At the request of his family, we delayed announcing anything until after his obituary was seen in the Vancouver press;  as seen below.

 

GREEN, John Willison
Journalist, researcher, and community leader, John Willison Green passed away May 28, 2016 in Chilliwack, at age 89. Predeceased by his beloved wife June, brother Lewis, and one grandson, he is survived by children Marian (John), Margaret (Ken), Jim, Kathryn (Ray), and Raymond (Louise), thirteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. Raised in Vancouver, John loved building and racing sailboats. A graduate of UBC, he received his M.A. in Journalism from Columbia University in New York at age 20. He met June while in the Navy, and they married in 1948, living in Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria, before moving to the Agassiz-Harrison area, where they raised their children and published the local newspaper for many years. His editorial writing was recognized with national awards. John volunteered for many community activities, including the Chamber of Commerce, Senior Citizens Housing, Harrison Hot Springs Fire Department, Boy Scouts, Search and Rescue, the Lions Club and the Historical Society. He served several years on the Harrison municipal council, including two as mayor. He was responsible for the construction of the Harrison lakefront beach, where he spearheaded the World Championship Sand Sculpture Competition for many years. He was also active in politics at the provincial level. His lobbying efforts preserved the Kilby General Store at Harrison Mills as a dedicated heritage site. John was well known as a serious investigator and best selling author on the topic of the Sasquatch. In 2000, John was recognized as B.C. Senior of the Year, and more recently he was honoured at several public gatherings for his community service, research work and writing. A private family celebration of his life will be held. Flowers gratefully declined. Memorial contributions may be made to prostatecentre.com/donate
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John and myself a few short years ago

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One of the last research trips into the woods with John
One of the last research trips into the woods with John

Not really much more I will say at this time.  John, I will miss you.

Thomas Steenburg

Ray Crow

I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Ray Crow.  I knew Ray for many years and was a honorary member of his ‘Western Bigfoot Society’ for may years.  I have a lot of good memories of long Sasquatch conversations with him and his late wife, Theata, the cooking genius behind Yeti Spaghetti,  in their home in Portland and in his former book store which also served as the headquarters for the Western Bigfoot Society.

Ray had been in ill heath for quite some time, yet he really didn’t let that slow him down all that much.  A bad Canadian dollar, and other commitments will prevent me from attending his wake, so I will just say this:

I will miss you my friend. Your humor and good nature was an example to us all.

Thomas Steenburg

Educating The Public

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Twice this past September, I was asked to speak to the Public about my life of researching this on going mystery.  I often get such requests from schools, Libraries, and outdoor adventure groups.  I always try to accommodate such requests as I feel, especially today, that there is so much bad information in a field of study which for the most part more resembles an asylum being run by the inmates than a serious study of whether or not our forests are home to a ongoing species of large primates. The first was held at the Chilliwack Public Library on September 26, 2015 at 1 pm.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThere was a lack of  advertising for this event, and I also failed to mention anything about it  on this blog site, which some of my friends pointed out to me,  but about 25 people did attend.   A few days later, I gave a similar presentation at a church for the ladies of the ‘Women’s Probus Club of White Rock & South Surrey’.   About 100 ladies attended this event, many of which afterward wanted to talk about Sasquatch incidents they were aware of from friends and family members in their past.   A little rushed for time but I think they all found it interesting.

Really had to watch my language, though.

Thomas Steenburg

Gathering Of The Minds

On August 1st, 2015 the B.C.S.C.C. had our annual get together at Green Point Recreation Park on the east side of Harrison Lake, fittingly inside Sasquatch Park . Good food and blunt talk was enjoyed all around as Sasquatch, as well as other topics of a cryptozoological-nature, were discussed.

Note the newspaper in John Kirk's hands...an article from an interior paper regarding a recent possible sighting.
Note the newspaper in John Kirk’s hands…an article from an interior paper regarding a recent possible sighting.

Several of our members went from the get together right out into the bush, in fact ,they came in from the bush in order to take part.  Sunny and hot, which was a nice change from the usual overcast and light rain we experienced on more than one occasion in the past.  Of course, the much anticipated cheese tray was the highlight of the hungry.   All there would agree on that point unless actually asked. So, that tradition will still go strong as I never ask.

bottom left: note Thomas' legendary cheese tray well enjoyed!
bottom left: note Thomas’ legendary cheese tray well enjoyed!

John Kirk, President of the BCSCC, filled us in the latest updates concerning lake and sea cryptids; always fascinating stuff.  And, of course, the Sasquatch dominated all of my time.  I also got an earful about not posting often enough on this blog, to which I could only bow my head in shame.  So, a good and informative time was had by all, without the unexpected hiccups of the last two years causing any problems with the venue.

Thomas Steenburg

Hanging Out

With the extreme heat seemingly behind us – well, until the next wave hits, anyway – we decided to kick back and have some growlies at one our favorite hangouts, of course the Sasquatch Inn!

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Thomas, deep in contemplation of what would be the best menu item for the evening – his choice? Their awesome pizza!

Talk isn’t always about Sasquatch… 🙂 Tonight’s was all about enjoying the much needed cool minus the mosquitoes.

Good food, good company, and yes, laughter all around!

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Just a quick addition to this post. I was thinking about Sasquatch the whole time. Yes indeed, no question, never think of anything else, no way around it, Sasquatch on the brain.  Ladies would you date this man? LOL.

Thomas Steenburg