Sasquatch Discovered: The Biography of Dr. John Bindernagel
By: James N. Terrance, PhD
ISBN: 978-0-88839-751-5 [Trade Paperback]
ISBN: 978-0-88839-752-2 [eBook]
Binding: Trade Paper
Size: 6" X 9"
Publication Date: Spring/Summer 2022
Sasquatch Discovered is the biography of Dr. John Bindernagel – Canada’s foremost sasquatch/bigfoot investigator. His intense childhood curiosity about the natural world, with a particular interest in ornithology, led to his involvement as a Junior Naturalist and his teacher dubbing him “the scientist” for his in-class contributions. By high-school, he was practicing good curatorial habits as he collected specimens for the museum he created in the family home.
While in university, he was intrigued by the story of an “ape-man” in British Columbia. During his time in Africa, he became familiar with the great apes and hypothesized the Sasquatch as North America’s great ape. On return to Canada, he chose to live in the Comox Valley, on Vancouver Island, B.C., and closer to the west coast rainforests– prime Sasquatch habitat. Here he aimed to study and pursue research on this elusive animal.
John Bindernagel was the author of two seminal books, a popular conference speaker throughout North America, and the Canadian news media “go-to guy” for Sasquatch information. He was beloved by eyewitnesses and amateur investigators alike but largely dismissed by the scientific community. This book is a tribute to an upstanding man who followed his call and his passion at great personal and professional expense. He spent his last years championing the unfolding story of the discovery of the Sasquatch. This is his life’s story.
Dr. Terrance James is a retired educator who taught at elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. He enjoyed a year in Costa Rica with the International Schools Organization and a short-term in Gaza with a CIDA project. He has a M.Ed in Educational Administration and a PhD. in Educational Psychology. He is also a private practice rehabilitation consultant. He has authored/co-authored three books on Prader-Willi Syndrome, and six books on educational and local history topics.
Terrance and John Bindernagel enjoyed a 25-year friendship during which Terrance vicariously participated in John’s sasquatch research and sympathetically supported his frustration with the scientific community. It was John’s request that the unfolding story of the discovery of the sasquatch be told. Terrance has honoured that request with his friend’s biography, Sasquatch Discovered: The Biography of Dr. John Bindernagel.
Terrance resides with his wife, Joan, in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, not far from Strathcona Park where John cast sasquatch footprints.
“A touching biographical tribute to the life of a Canadian scientist and naturalist who struggled to bring his controversial research to the attention of blinkered colleagues in academia. John Bindernagel’s books remain seminal works in the ever-growing ﬁ eld of Sasquatch Studies. Terrance James chronicles the life and work of the man, remembered as much for his kindness and purity of heart as for his desire to rewrite the annals of primatology."
— John Zada, author of In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch.
“Dr. Terrance James has done a remarkable job in providing the life history of Dr. John Bindernagel. Everything is presented in a clear and concise manner. It is surprising how one can know a person for many years and still be unaware of his or her life adventures, glories, and tribulations. Dr. James totally embraced his friend’s story in a way that I have not seen the equal. Dr. Bindernagel and I share a birth year (1941). I was born in April and he in December. What he would personally witness in local and world events, I also witnessed. From Dr. James, we learn of Dr. Bindernagel’s ardent passion for hominology and his firm conviction that sasquatch exists. This, however, is done in such a way that it begs the reader to get out there and do his or her own field research.
Dr. Bindernagel and I crossed paths several times after 1993 and communicated by email in our research and our writings. He was a very sincere and gentle person and a great credit to the study of hominology. This book is a wonderful testimony to the remarkable life and work of a true scientist."
— Christopher L. Murphy, author of Know the Sasquatch, Bigfoot Film Controversy, Sasquatch in British Columbia and others.
“This book is a fine biography of my late friend, Dr. John Bindernagel, covering his life from childhood, through his years growing up as a curious child, to becoming a respected wildlife biologist.
Unlike many of his fellow academics, John was never dismissive of an eyewitness who came forward to tell him of something strange they had encountered in the woods. Even when John knew in his heart and mind that he was being lied to, “We can never really learn of the truth, without knowing more about the hoax” — I will never forget those words he once said to me.
This book is a fascinating look into the life of fine wildlife biologist, a good man, and a good friend whose commonsense approach to an ongoing mystery is greatly missed in a field where common sense is becoming as elusive as the Sasquatch itself.
— Thomas Steenburg, author of In Search of Giants, Sasquatch in Alberta and Sasquatch Bigfoot: the continuing mystery.