September 21, 2005

Bigfoot comes to Jeannette

For those not familiar with Pennsylvania and the towns surrounding Greensburg, Jeannette is not a booming metropolis. Sometimes I question the label "town." I was born and raised in Jeannette, and by default became an Italian Catholic, simply because Jeannette is made up of pizza joints (10 at last count) and Catholic churches. I poke fun at my little hometown, but I'm proud of it, in a warped sort of way. Everyone knows everyone, football is a heritage, not a sport, and businesses close on Kennywood Day. Nothing more than a dot on the map. So, when I came upon the article in the September 20th Tribune Review about the annual East Coast Bigfoot Conference being held in Jeannette, I laughed.

First of all, I find it interesting that there is an event titled "Bigfoot Conference" in the first place. I guess there's a group or club with everyone. Secondly, why would anyone choose to hold said event in Jeannette of all places. I did some research and apparently there have been Bigfoot sightings in Jeannette, so I'm assuming that factors into the choice.

The Trib published a neutral, simple article. Stories like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster are faced with some skepticism, so I feel the newspaper just published the information about the upcoming conference and allowed the readers to decide for themselves. That's how I think a new article should be written. With the exception of editorials and satirical articles, reports should just presented the information, without opinion. In this instance, the mission was completed.

Posted by KatherineLambert at September 21, 2005 03:33 PM
Comments

Jeannette!? Where's that!? I've never heard of it...

Posted by: Lou Gagliardi at September 23, 2005 11:54 PM

Interesting story coming out of Greensburg's fringe neighbor... I remember hearing about my friend and his dad, back in the day (they lived in New Alex) goin' on Bigfoot hunts..

I guess he is popular up in that neck of the woods as well.

I dunno if I believe in that anyways. Ghosts, aliens, cupacabra, vampires, definitely.. Bigfoot? Nah..

Mike

Posted by: Mike Sichok at September 27, 2005 09:15 PM
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