Mr. Barackman has received "Runner-up" recognition for his great video that he submitted to Columbia Sportswear for their "Pioneer of the Outdoors" contest. He did it to raise awareness in the "Squatch" and Sasquatch Research.
I'm glad he received recognition from them, but seriously? I am a little disappointed. He obliterated the rest of the competition in votes, but the final decision was made by Columbia. I thought they'd eat up his video and love it! Come on! The humor which Cliff added to his video reminded me a bit of the old Columbia "Ma Gert Boyle" ad campaign, that was on also on the humorous side. I actually was thinking what a great spokesman Cliff would make, and that snippets of his video would make a great TV commercial. But, then again, there is a stigma that goes along with Bigfoot, and Bigfoot research. Let's face it, the mainstream looks at us, and tends to roll their eyes a bit.
Here's my case, as an example. I am divorced, and have two young children. My relationship with my ex can be rocky at times, and my time with my children is regulated by how well we are getting along. Yes, she's not suppose to do that, but besides going back and forth to court, it's much easier to regulate the relationship. Long story short..... if she knew that I was this interested in Bigfoot, knew that I actually have a Bigfoot blog, and intend on going out and conducting my own research, she would freak, and probably take me to court to try to make me out to be a wacko. She wouldn't have a case, but it would still cause a problem, and undeniable stress. This is why I haven't mentioned my last name on my blog or any posts, just in case she Googles me. I'm trying to save myself from any headache, the BF stigma would cause, in relation to my family life. It's sad, because otherwise, I don't give a damn what people think, but I have to stay "in the closet" about my Bigfoot interests, because my kids. They mean far too much to me, so because of the mainstream ignorance to Sasquatch and the associated stigma, I will remain in the closet, until the exitstence of Bigfoot is, in the least, proven to my ex.
As for Cliff Barackman and his "Runner-up" finish? Congratulations Cliff! I am happy for you! I'm glad you are satisfied in their decision. Maybe I was just too optimistic, and biased. Please go read his blog, and the letter that Columbia Sportswear sent to Cliff, by Clicking Here.