ROTHENBURGER – We’re better off not knowing the answers to everything

The most famous photo of a Sasquatch, from a 1967 video by Roger Patterson and Rob Gimlin.

AS MUCH AS HUMANS constantly pursue the unknown, I’m convinced there’s a part of us that doesn’t want to find the answers to everything. Certain things are best left as mysteries — otherwise, we’d get bored.

The FBI this week released records that show in the 1970s it analyzed a hair sample for a man who wanted to know if it belonged to a Bigfoot, the California version of B.C.’s Sasquatch.

It turned out to be deer hair. Never mind, the story has reminded us of all the Bigfoot and Sasquatch stories of years gone by, stories that don’t often get told any more.

Like Ogopogo, the Loch Ness Monster and flying saucers, Bigfoot and Sasquatch make no sense from logical and scientific perspectives. Yet, we can’t let go of them.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at

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1 Comment on ROTHENBURGER – We’re better off not knowing the answers to everything

  1. Ian M MacKenzie // June 9, 2019 at 7:34 AM // Reply

    I think many people wish for a less knowing life where mastery is well beyond us and mystery is naively motivational. My mother said it years ago in a poem “Once Upon a Fancy”.
    When the world was happily half as wise,
    The wooing of lovelorn swain
    Was in rapturous lay to his lady’s eyes
    And a vow by her brow to attain
    Yon mystical moon;
    And to sorry surprise
    He did.

    Now the lady despairingly cries
    For a song that fell silent and moon that shall rise
    O, never again.

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