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Friday, November 11, 2016

Bigfooter Richard "Rip" Lyttle, Gone but Not Forgotten

R.I.P., Richard "Rip" Lyttle, 
one-time Bluff Creek Film Site Project member, and a great guy. He has passed on, at only sixty-one years of age. He did a lot in his relatively brief lifetime. Would that he had lasted into his eighties, as so many Bigfooters seem to do these days.

As is often the case in rural settings as isolated as Humboldt County, we only heard about his passing a month later, when Loren Coleman got wind of it somehow. He wrote a nice obituary:

Rip Lyttle (center) at Bluff Creek, with Project members
Robert Leiterman and Ian Carton
If you knew Rip, and have any news as to what happened, his widespread friends and Bigfooting associates would like to know. A cause of death was not released. Please do let us know. His intelligence and good humor are missed by all of us who knew him. The last I heard from Rip personally was a few months ago, in one of his regular phone calls. He seemed fine, and in good spirits, then.

Bigfoot's bLog did a long interview and discussion piece with Rip, which can be found through the following link. Also there at the end of the interview are some of the Bluff Creek Film Site Project videos featuring Rip when he was an active member with us in the quest to find and document the site of the Patterson-Gimlin film. Give this a read. I think it is the longest piece on record of Rip's thoughts on Bigfoot and the pursuit of cryptids in general.

Bluff Creek Film Site Project members
Robert Leiterman, Rip Lyttle, Steven Streufert, and Ian Carton

Here Rip meets up with his old friend Larry Lund at Bigfoot Books,
a few years ago.
Larry Lund send a brief memorial of Rip out today.

"To those who may not already know, my old friend and “Defense Attorney”  from our WBS  Bigfoot Murder Trial, passed away on October 4th.  Rip was only 61 and I have not yet heard the cause of death.  Bill Dranginis and Bob Chance will be going to Annapolis to speak at his service. I last saw Rip down at Steve’s Bigfoot Book Shop in Willow Creek a few years ago. He always made me laugh and was a good friend. What more can you say about a guy who kept you out of prison?
Maybe now he can see where all the Creatures are hiding.
RIP   It truly means Rest In Peace
All The Best,
Your Friend Always,
Larry Lund"

One thing people may not know is that Rip Lyttle organized and taught a university-level class on Bigfoot. I have a bunch of video clips from this that Rip gave me, but they are fragmentary. I will try to publish a few more on YouTube, but here is one that I posted a while back. Enjoy! Rip would want you to have a rip of this, in his memory.



Bill Dranginis said...

Steven, thank you for posting. I will be attending the service for Rip this Sunday in Annapolis Maryland and will inquire into the cause of death as long as the family is willing to share. Rip was a great guy and will always be alive in our hearts and minds. Those lucky enough to have met him know his presence will always be with us in our search.

Steven Streufert said...

Thanks, Bill! Do let us know here what you're able to ascertain.

Steven Streufert said...

A memory page for Rip...

An obituary...

From the Cryptozoology world...