As a Lutheran pastor, now retired, I read with great interest, “Two Bigfoot conferences coming to Kennewick,” (TCH, March 1).
In January 1972, I visited Roger Patterson in a Yakima hospital several times, and had interesting conversations with him. On one occasion I asked him, “Roger, do you really believe in the reality of Bigfoot?” Without hesitation he answered, “Oh yes, absolutely, there is no question about it!” I found Roger to be a gracious and fine gentleman.
Some weeks following, upon his death, I was honored to conduct Mr. Patterson’s funeral service at one of the Yakima funeral homes. Following the service, I stood at the grave along with his family and friends and pronounced the words of committal.
Now many years later, I look back on that experience and have often ask myself, “In burying Roger Patterson, did I also bury Bigfoot with him?”
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Pastor Rollin A. Swanson, Richland