This book was a bit of a guilty pleasure. I'm pretty skeptical about all things Bigfoot, but I enjoy the stories nonetheless. One of my favorite scaryThis book was a bit of a guilty pleasure. I'm pretty skeptical about all things Bigfoot, but I enjoy the stories nonetheless. One of my favorite scary movies is "The Legend of Boggy Creek," a low-budget film about the Fouke Monster, also known as the "Boggy Creek Monster." This unlikely three-toed hairy man beast is said to inhabit the swamps and forests near Texarkana, Arkansas.
Lyle Blackburn tells two stories, the first of which is about the making and impact of "The Legend of Boggy Creek," directed by the late Charles B. Pierce. The film's quirky, quasi-documentary style inspired later films like "The Blair Witch Project" and "Paranormal Activity." It moved quite a few people to take up the hunt for Bigfoot, either as a hobby or a vocation. And the movie scared the socks off of middle-school kids like me who sat in the front row to watch matinee showings back in 1972.
Blackburn's other story is about the legendary monster itself, which burst on the scene in 1971 in a series of sightings and an alleged attack. Blackburn's research has turned up earlier encounters that might have something to do with the story, but the beast didn't hit the big time until 1971 and the release of the movie in 1972.
Blackburn is a fair story teller. He's suitably reserved, though he leans in the direction of accepting the monster's existence, and he shows a lot of respect for Pierce, the citizens of Fouke, and the charm of the legend. His book brought back some fond memories of seeing the movie and talking with my friends about it, hearing the monster's terrifying roar (you can listen to it on YouTube), and feeling that tingling sense of "well . . . maybe."...more
As at least 3.1 million people know, George Takei played the character of Lt. Sulu on the original Star Trek, and he now manages one of the most populAs at least 3.1 million people know, George Takei played the character of Lt. Sulu on the original Star Trek, and he now manages one of the most popular pages on FaceBook. "Oh, Myyy" explains how a busy 75 year old gay actor and activist mastered the world of Facebook and created a new icon for millions of people.
Takei is a witty and charming raconteur, and he offers a lot of engaging stories about what he has learned about FaceBook and its arcana, such as Edge Rank--he is both an advocate and a critic of the company, taking FB to task for certain things but giving its employees (many of whom are among his fans) the chance to tell the company's side of the story. Sprinkled throughout the book are examples of the hilarious memes that have made Takei's page so popular, as well as discussions of his efforts as an activist. He comes across as a thoughtful, conscientious and courteous fellow who hasn't let fame go to his head,
The book is also very up to date--one of the virtues of e-publishing is that the author can keep updating the text right up until the book is released--so the narrative covers events like the presidential election and Curiosity's landing on Mars. All in all, a quick, enlightening and enjoyable read. It's a must for fans of Takei's page, and well worth reading for its engaging insights about FaceBook and social media....more