2021 Ohio Bigfoot Conference Speakers & Special Guests
(All speakers & guests subject to change without notice)
Bigfoot investigator and Wildlife Educator
Larry Battson is a wildlife educator and for 40 plus years he has traveled across the country educating all ages about our natural world. He has lectured for the Audubon Society, Explorer's Club, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. One of his proudest moments is the presentations he has done for thousands of schools and countless lectures with his animal family along with Jim Fowler, star of Mutual of Omaha's WILD KINGDOM. It was over breakfast in Columbus, Georgia that Jim was telling Larry about his recent trip to Russia to do a special with ABC Television on the Russian brown bear. All the Russian guides wanted to talk about was their sightings of the Russian Sasquatch. Inspired by their discussion Larry developed an exhibit on the Bigfoot/Sasquatch for a major outdoor show in Cleveland, Ohio which included having the noted Sasquatch investigator and writer John Green come to Cleveland for the event. John and Larry would establish a friendship that lasted until John's passing. Later John Green and Bob Gimlin would be guests together on Larry's Blog Talk Show, "WILD WORLD". This is the only time that the two appeared together in any interview. On June 9, 2009 Larry did a lecture to the US Fish & Wildlife Service on his research on the Bigfoot/Sasquatch. John Green said that it was the most important moment since the Patterson-Gimlin film in Bigfoot research.
Sasquatch Author and Investigator
Visit Lyle's website at www.lyleblackburn.com
Lyle Blackburn’s research and writing on the subject of Bigfoot has been widely recognized as some of the best in the field of cryptozoology. His bestselling books, including The Beast of Boggy Creek and Beyond Boggy Creek: In Search of the Southern Sasquatch, offer a balanced view of the subject while delivering gripping accounts of this real-life mystery.
Lyle is a frequent guest on radio programs such as Coast To Coast AM, and has appeared on numerous television shows including Monsters and Mysteries in America, Strange Evidence, and Finding Bigfoot. Lyle has also been featured in several documentary films, including Boggy Creek Monster and Momo the Missouri Monster produced by Small Town Monsters. He also co-written and narrated other films such as The Mothman of Point Pleasant. Lyle resides in Texas and can be recognized by his trademark black cowboy hat.
Thomas Shay is the founder of the Northern Kentucky Bigfoot Research Group. Since his first encounter in 1987, he has devoted his free time and resources to the study of the creature known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch.
He currently possess the largest collection of original Bigfoot cast east of the Mississippi which will be on display during OBC weekend.
He has appeared on Finding Bigfoot season 5, episode 1, APTN Red Earth Uncovered season 2, episode 3 as well as having been the quest on several podcasts and news programs over the years.
Now retired, Tom spends his time researching and sharing his 30 plus years of knowledge with the bigfoot community. He currently lives in Kentucky with his wife and 11 year old son.
Matt Pruitt of Nashville, TN has been actively pursuing a resolution to the Sasquatch conundrum for over fifteen years. He is an avid field researcher, public speaker, and has appeared on various media outlets and platforms to discuss the mystery ape phenomenon. Matt is a member of the North American Wood Ape Conservancy (NAWAC), and co-produces and co-hosts their official podcast "Apes Among Us."