For me it started with the Six Million Dollar Man Episode. It must've been a re-run because the original episode aired 2 months before my 3rd birthday in 76. So lets say 77 and I was four. I was already into monsters, so the episode stood out as being really cool. Shortly after they did a promo blitz for an hour long show about bigfoot. They hyped a film of a real live bigfoot. The only film at that!
I remember sitting through the entire episode waiting for 'The Bigfoot Movie' that had been promised to me. Finally I watched the grainy shaky footage and the show ended before I could even register my disappointment. Even on our old console TV it looked fake to me. Still bought Patterson's book when I found it at a flea market, but never bought into any of it. I saw it as a comfy, campy niche. Signed out many bf books from the library, but it all came across as pop culture meets bad science.
Never gave any thought about the PGF until 2000, hauling a trailer to Toronto listening to morning radio. Something about Cliff Crook and a bell-shaped fastener. I thought 'cool' and went about my day.
Fast forward about three years and I finally went on the internet. Decided one day to look up the bell fastener fiasco. A few more clicks led me to the Bob vs Bob saga, Cibachromes, PGF mpeg I found on Limewire and a copy of MOB. I didn't know about message boards back then.
I found this site in 2012 and here I am.
So... what's your story?