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Yes Virginia, There is a Bigfoot!
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Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a
letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and
the quick response was printed as an
unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The
work of veteran newsman Francis
Pharcellus Church has since become
history's most reprinted newspaper
editorial, appearing in part or whole in
dozens of languages in books, movies, and
other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

Right: The original article in the Sun Newspaper,
and newsman, Francis Pharcellus Church.
Dear Editor—Some of my friends say there is no Bigfoot but I have been told, “If you
see it in the news, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Bigfoot?

Virginia Lewis
Virginia, your friends are wrong. They have been affected by the scepticism of a
sceptical age. They do not believe in anything they cannot see. They think that
nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia,
whether they be men’s, women’s, or children’s are little. In this great universe of ours,
man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world
about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth
and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Bigfoot. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and
wonderment exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest
beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Bigfoot! It would
be as dreary as if there were no Santa Claus. There would be no childlike faith then,
no poetry, no romance and no mysteries to make tolerable this existence. We should
have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which
imagination fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Bigfoot! You might as well not believe in faith or hope. You might hire
men to watch all the forests around to catch Bigfoot, but even if you did not see
Bigfoot walking around, what would that prove? Nobody sees Bigfoot, but that is no
sign that he is not real. The most real things in the world are those that neither
children nor men or women can see. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the
wonders there are unseen and unsee-able in the world.

You can tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there
is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united
strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry,
love, romance, and imagination can push aside that curtain and view and picture the
supernatural beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world
there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Bigfoot! Thank God, he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now,
Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart
of men, women, and children everywhere.

Courtesy of Bigfoot Central, Silverton, Colorado - Danielle Gervais
Yes Virginia there is a
Bigfoot! by Danielle
Gervais

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