This Ron Brown, who claims to be a “Dr.”, is going to give a ‘bigfoot’ talk Wednesday, July 23, 7pm, at the Lake Oroville (CA) State Park Visitor Center, (530-538-2219) to the trusting taxpayers, men women and naive children, of California. He has apparently given similar talks many times over the years.
Apparently to establish credibility in the minds of his audience, Mr. Brown has made a number of claims of credentials to various people over the years. Here are the current claims
OROVILLE–A zoologist who has studied Bigfoot claims for decades will return to Oroville this week as the featured guest of the Summer Speaker series at the Lake Oroville Visitor Center.
Ron Brown, who has a doctorate in zoology, will present “Bigfoot: The Legend Analyzed” at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Visitor Center theater.
The Summer Speaker series is hosted each week through August by California State Parks.
Brown wrote his first paper on Bigfoot in 1972 at UC Berkeley, according to a State Parks press release.
He earned his doctorate degree in Africa, where he has lived since the 1980s. Brown also operates a facility in South Africa where he breeds native African animals.
Besides the paper written in 1972, Brown authored a non-scientific critique on the 1967 Roger Patterson film about Bigfoot and has been a contributing author in books on the subject, according to the release.
Brown has also participated in numerous field studies and investigations.
For the presentation, he will include videotape footage, casting displays and other visual representations.
Mr. Brown may be a model citizen, but he is making some extensive claims, both about “bigfoot” and about himself, and the public has a right to know whether or not to rely on his claims. We at Over the Line, Smokey! notice that Mr. Brown has made a number of claims about his credentials over the years, and think that since he is claiming these credentials, and the California State Park system is endorsing at least some of them, that they should be validated, or alternatively, the public should be made aware that he isn’t what he has claimed to be. This is very simple in the usual, straightforward case: the speaker submits a curriculum vitae or “bio” which lists his degrees, the institution from which they were granted, and the years in which they were achieved. Any published papers or books should be listed by type, name, date, location and authors. These claims can then be verified by simple emails or phones, etc.
Here are (some of) the earlier claims:
Ron Brown a recent resident of Oroville, Rotarian and academic with a degree in medicine and a Ph.D. in Zoology, finds himself captivated by the possibility that such a thing as a Bigfoot may actually exist. “I’m not here to tell you to believe in Bigfoot. You will have to make that decision yourself,” Brown stated in one part of a program on the subject of the documented evidence that mounts in favor of the creature’s existence, which he gave Monday at the regular Rotary meeting.
In Jeff Meldrum’s 2007 book, Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science, Dr. Meldrum (who is an actual Ph.D) writes:
Dr. Ron Brown, exotic animal handler and health care administrator, had examined the plaster cast obtained from the mud wallow and agreed that it could not be “attributed to any commonly known Northwest animal and may present an unknown primate.”
But how do we know?
We would request that the State Park obtain validation of Mr. Brown’s educational accomplishments, his academic achievements, his Ph.D., and other claims he has made, and that whatever is found be disseminated to the trusting public. Recall, this man is making claims of a giant upright primate walking the forests and other areas across the country. The citizens of the state deserve to know whether or not to place credence in Mr. Brown’s statements.