Somewhere in Los Angeles, circa 1976, I'm certain the following television-show pitch took place:
Krofft producer:" You've gotta love this idea. We got a winner here, guys."
ABC Executive: "Let me see if I understand you so far. Bigfoot kidnaps a kid..."
Krofft: "No, no. Not kidnaps. The kid is lost in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. Bigfoot finds him, and takes him in."
ABC: "Sort of a foster father, then?"
Krofft: "Sort of. Nice lava lamp, by the way."
ABC: "Gift from Don Ho. Anyway, the kid and Bigfoot fight crime. Yes?"
Krofft: "Mostly, yes. They fight poachers, take on guys hurting the environment, stuff like that."
ABC: [stroking chin] "We do have that Bigfoot costume from that Six Million Dollar Man episode, the one where Bigfoot is an alien robot. Is this Bigfoot an alien robot?"
ABC: "Too bad. Go on."
Krofft: "I'm sorry?"
ABC: "Go on. I want to hear more."
Krofft: "That's the show. It's called Bigfoot And Wildboy, and it will star Joseph Butcher and Ray Young. No cartoons, just a lot of action, and a little supernatural stuff from time to time."
ABC: "Well, why didn't you say so in the first place? Deal! Let's get it on the air."
Bigfoot and Wildboy was a great show, and was on Saturdays for two years. Ray Young, who played "Bigfoot", worked in TV for years before passing away in 1999. "Wildboy" Joseph Butcher did a couple episodes of The Waltons and Knotts Landing, then went into real estate (or so the legend says).
If you were a fan, take a long look at the show link. The page has episode breakdowns, and lots of cast information.
Here is a youtube video of the opening theme.
What can I say...? I warned ya, I'm a geek.