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Re: Interest in dinosaurs (was Re: Third Jurassic Park Movie Coming in 2000)

Reply to:RE>>Interest in dinosaurs (was Re: Third Jurassic*  4:14 PM

  When I 3 or 4 years old, I opened a book that had a picture of the
Zallinger mural.  That just about did me in.  I drew all over that book,
trying to copy those images, I still have it, it cracks me up every time.  Of
course, I had to draw little people in the Tyrannosaurs mouth.
  I also saw King Kong when I was about six.  That was when I knew I had to
make movies.  When the dinos were moving in that glorious Doug Henderson like
world My imagination soared and I had to know more about these dinosaurs.  I
read and read till my little brain used the knowledge learned with pride.  I
remember correcting people on the fact that cave men and dinosaurs did not
live together, niether did brontosaurus and tyrannosaurus.  In Kindergarden,
my teacher realized I had a one track mind, and let me take an entire week
break from class so I could create a huge prehistoric scene out of modelling
clay and then teach the class about dinosaurs. In the third grade I was in a
tree-fort gang, and I named our group "The Theropods" ( nobody really liked
the name but me).  And then, when I was nine.......

  David Krentz

Date: 7/1/98 3:42 PM
To: David Krentz
From: smfaust@edisto.cofc.edu
Enjoyed your early history ( how I got into dinosaurs ). My parents
couldn't understand why I'd rather go to the Field Museum every weekend
than play baseball or why I trashed a train set and created Cretaceous
scenes in the basement with modling clay, mirrors ( lakes ), and living
ferns. Those distant scenes depicting dinosaurs moving in and around a
lake in JP brought back memories of what I'd try to see in my imagination
as a child. Somehow it bothered me to see their creater trashed
whatever his motivations. Now I have to sell fossils to pay medical bills
and I don't work in the field as a professional. I've given some very
important skulls to museums, but the people I gave them to condemn me as a
dealer. I often hear them trash just about every application of dinosaurs
but their own, and that goes for other fossils as well.Once and awhile
they just tick me off.Luis isn't one of them. I understand that. I
responded the way I did because he sounded like one on one particular


Stephen Faust                   smfaust@edisto.cofc.edu

On Wed, 1 Jul 1998, Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote:

> Hoping to turn a negative into a positive, and to begin a more upbeat
> discussion rather than the tired old "Jurassic Park" line...
> At 10:37 PM 6/30/98 -0400, Stephen Faust wrote:
> >Mr. Rey, or Dr. as the case may be, I don't just direct this message at
> >you, but all those "professionals" much too good for the general
> >population.
> Incidentally,
> a) Luis Rey is an artist, and not a professional paleontologist, nor would
> he claim to be one.
> b) Your use of the quotation marks around the word professional is quite
> inappropriate: whether you like it or not, there are some of us out here
> do paleontology for a living.
> c) Luis comments, as I interpret them, have more to do with the failures of
> multimillionmegabuck Hollywood adventure films as a medium, rather than
> problems with Jurassic Park in particular.
> But, more importantly:
> d) Most paleontologists are on the record as to what first interested them
> in dinosaurs.  For some, like Ken Carpenter, it was a movie (Godzilla in
> case); for others it might be a book or article, or a museum exhibit (S.J.
> Gould admits it was the T. rex display at the AMNH); for others, it was a
> particular fossil they found out in the field as a kid.  John Ostrom wasn't
> really into paleontology until he was in college, and took a course of
> evolution.
> Here is my story, as told to me by my parents.  I don't recall it myself,
> and in fact I don't remember a time when I didn't love (obsess) about
> While I was young (3-ish), my mom picked up a couple of plastic toys for my
> brother and I at a five-and-dime store.  One of them got some farm animal,
> one got a circus animal, and I got either the "Tyrannosaurus" toy or the
> "Brontosaurus" toy (they can't remember which they bought first).  I asked
> what it was, and my mom told me it was a "dinosaur".
> Okay, great.  I was learning colors and numbers and words and so forth, so
> this was a "dinosaur".
> Some time later, she got another batch of toys: another farm animal,
> circus animal, and I got whichever of the two mentioned above I didn't get
> the first time.  I asked what it was, and my mom told me it was a
> Apparently, I looked at her with more than a bit of skepticism.  How could
> these two things, one with a big head with big teeth, tiny front legs,
> walking on its hind legs, the other with a tiny head, long neck, and four
> pillar like legs, BOTH be a dinosaur?  She didn't know, but being an
> educator, she knew she ought to find out.  She got us a copy of the "How &
> Why Wonder Book of Dinosaurs", and I was in love!
> (Incidentally, you might note that in a sense, phylogenetic relationships
> DID get me into the field, despite your thoughts to the contrary!!).
> So, having now used up what would have been the opening to my memoirs (;-),
> I question for professionals and fans alike: what got you into dinosaurs?
> would particularly like to hear from anyone who can honestly admit they
> didn't have an interest in dinosaurs UNTIL they saw "Jurassic Park" or "JP:
> The Lost World".
> Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
> Vertebrate Paleontologist     Webpage: http://www.geol.umd.edu
> Dept. of Geology              Email:th81@umail.umd.edu
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