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To some, Bigfoot is just a myth, the product of overactive imaginations and a plaything of hoaxers for decades.
Lori Wade has never been troubled by the doubts of others.
"I just always believed," says Wade, 47, a small-business owner from Ooltewah. "It's like your belief in God; it's just there. That's how I am with Bigfoot. I choose to believe until I'm proven differently."
That belief hasn't always been easy to maintain. When she talks about Bigfoot, people laugh or roll their eyes.