Gayle Crowe has been a part of KNLS, in some capacity, since its beginning. In recent years he has been Vice President of Programming, coordinating the work of all our languages (English, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, English with an African sound, Spanish, and Portuguese). He grew up at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, and now lives not far from the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. He and his wife have two children and two granddaughters.
Some say they don’t exist. Others claim to have the proof. For more than 400 years people have reported seeing large, hair-covered, manlike animals in the wilderness areas of North America. Sightings of these creatures continue to the present. There’s even an organization that’s been formed to monitor the sightings—it’s the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization.
Have you heard of Bigfoot? Just who believes in Bigfoot, anyway? The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization is made up of people from all over the world who are scientists, journalists, and specialists in many fields, according to the Bigfoot Organization website.
The stories they tell go on and on. A rancher in North Dakota was searching for stray cattle when he spotted something that looked like a big monkey. He chased it for a while in his pickup, but it jumped over a creek and disappeared into the brush. A lady in Middle Tennessee had never even heard of Bigfoot, but one night she went to the back porch to see what was stirring up her chickens. In her words, “Something about eight, nine feet tall with black hair all over it, just standing there kinda stooped over. Its eyes were shining in the porch light, and I just stood there for a minute. When I moved, the thing growled and turned and disappeared.”
The Bigfoot Organization has conducted many excursions into places where Bigfoot has supposedly been seen. They have interviewed witnesses, checked out reported sightings, and combed the brush for clues. But—still no Bigfoot. And yet, they don’t give up! As the president of the group says, “It’s just a matter of time until we produce Bigfoot.”
Bigfoot may or may not ever be found. But we have to give one thing to the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization: we must admire the passion of the group that has given itself to searching for him. These people really believe in the existence of Bigfoot, and they are willing to invest time, money, and their own personal prestige in the search.
That’s the way it is with people who are passionate about something—whether something sort of bizarre, like Bigfoot, or something that’s real, and significant, and life-changing. They’re passionate about it and it means the world to them. They’re willing to take the scorn and the jeers of people who don’t believe. But, that all comes with the territory when you really believe in something.