Tom Yarmarone points out that, "The most significant Bigfoot/Sasquatch event on May 28th was the Sasquatch Research Conference in Bellingham, Washington,” in 2005.
Jason Valenti and Star Sams had organized the Sasquatch Research Conference held at Bellingham, Washington, on May 27-29, 2005. The event was successfully hosted by Jason Valenti and Star Sams (pictured), along with assistance from Paul Smith and others. I was happy to be one of their guests and speak at the gathering. Sadly, the terrible news reached the Bigfoot community the next year that Jason’s partner, Star, was killed in a tragic car crash on August 15, 2006.
The Bellingham Herald of August 17, 2006, shared this:
Woman dies in crash on Chuckanut
SUV goes over cliff near county line
A Bellingham woman died Wednesday evening when her car plunged off the side of Chuckanut Drive, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Star C. Sams, 37, was driving her sport utility vehicle south on Chuckanut near the Whatcom County line with Skagit County about 7:30 p.m.
Near the Clayton Beach trailhead, where the road curves to the left, her vehicle didn’t make the turn.
Instead it went right, traveling off the road and down the cliff, according to the State Patrol.
Rescuers made their way to the car but found Sams already dead. No one else was in the vehicle.
“In my time investigating the hairy linebacker, I expended most of my efforts researching Native American legends about the creature. Many tribes believed in a Bigfoot-type being, and many agreed that to see Bigfoot was a bad sign. Often, someone who actually witnessed Bigfoot would have a run of bad luck, go insane, grow sick or even die. I have always believed that these legends, no matter how fantastic they sounded, had some grains of truth to them. However, the belief of bad luck associated with Bigfoot, while consistent across multiple tribes, was a little too out there, a little too metaphysical for my liking. I wanted facts, not superstition. I didn't know what to do with the bad luck aspect of the legend, so I ignored and eventually forgot about it. Bad idea. Ironically, by ignoring the bad luck theme I had ignored perhaps the most personally relevant ‘fact’ about Bigfoot of all. All that talk of ‘seeing’ Bigfoot (figuratively or otherwise) as being a bad luck sign turned out to be true. It's the scarlet B in action, viewed through the lenses of another culture. It's dozens of ancient cultures collectively sending the warning: ‘Hey, don't get involved with Bigfoot. You will so regret it.’ The warnings were in plain view -- and I completely missed them.”The theme of Mizokami’s article is that his association with Bigfoot ruined his social life and "no one will take him seriously anymore."
Mizokami, of course, extended this folklore into the modern world.