Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 20th, 2007
Lost in the sands of time is the proper credit for the first person who called the large-breasted Bigfoot filmed with a hand-held camera by Roger Patterson on October 20, 1967, by the name Patty.
But Patty she is and Patty she will remain.
Here are some popular culture views of how artists and others have remembered hominology’s Patty on the way to her big 40th film debut anniversary. After today, she may not wish to give out her real age to visitors.
Jeff H. Johnson’s sculpture of the Patterson Bigfoot (above and below) is a resin model, and not exactly a toy.
But a children’s Bigfoot toy is popping up all over the country, being resupplied into shops, just in time for the holidays.
I include the apparently male Accoutrements Bigfoot action figure (above) as it can be posed into the classic Patty walk. While doing on-site mobile research on Exchange Street in Portland this week, I saw one of these displaying the Patty clone position in the front window of the Treehouse Toys store. It was positioned right there next to the mammoths, elephants, and armadillos, shown as part of the natural history of the figurine landscape.
Needless to say, since I already own two, I didn’t have to buy the Bigfoot figure, but I did venture inside Treehouse Toys to capture some more animals from their excellent Schleich collection for the International Cryptozoology Museum. (More on animal figurines and models next week, and their importance in the cryptozoological education process.)
The more massive but fragile (nearly twice as tall and made from plaster) NagleWorks Bigfoot (above) is also of a male version of Patty, doing the famed arm swing. However, the configuration of the face and body is much more graphic comic novel-like.
And you don’t have to look too far for those comix images. How about art by Richard Corben on the Rob Zombie and Steve Niles comic book?
The more female Patty is displayed in a Long Island park, the creation of artist Cameron Gainer, shown here, on the right. But the sculpture reportedly has not attracted any juvenile Sasquatch males looking for a date.
In the works on Fate covers by R. Crumb, there is no doubt of the tribute to Patty – although the imagery is all Crumb (thank goodness):
Is Patty an iconic image? She is.
Why should we be surprised that so many have copied her, so exactly?
Hey, you have even, of course, seen the walk in copycat form by an elder male who probably didn’t have that stomach 40 years ago. And yet he makes claims he walks like Patty. Frankly, I don’t buy it; we can all walk like Patty. Just don’t lock your knees and watch the film a few times.
So let Patty be Patty, at least for today:
Click here for more on the Patterson Gimlin Bigfoot Film’s 40th Anniversary.