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Re: Interest in dinosaurs



You wrote:

> 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?

My (late) father was a geologist who spent most of his professional
life as a specialist in groundwater hydrology working for the Missouri
Geological Survey. My understanding of how he became a geologist
(and the source of my lifetime interest in dinosaurs, and, more broadly,
in the realm of science) is roughly like this:

When my dad was a boy in the Black Hills, his father had a sheep farm
not far from Spearfish, South Dakota. When my father was probably
16 or so (c. 1930, +/-), he was chasing after an errant sheep when he
tripped over something sticking up out of the ground. The something
was a large bone. As this family legend has it, it was a Brontosaurus [sic]
bone, and the South Dakota School of Mines came out and excavated
the (more-or-less complete) remains.

Over the many months following, and because of the presence of
the scientists from SDSoM, my father's interest in science was kindled,
and he went on to go to school there, and to become a geologist.

* * * * *

A kindly request to the dino list:

I actually have no idea at all how the mists of time, and the re-telling of
a good story, have affected this tale. It certainly is true that my dad was
a boy in the Black Hills, grew up on a sheep farm, and went to the School
of Mines to become a geologist.

Does anyone have any idea about any of the particulars regarding this tale?

All of the main characters (including the dinosaur) are now long gone,
so I cannot verify much.

Also, please don't be shy about shattering a boy's faith in his father's
legend. I'm 47 now, so I can probably take it.

PS: I can remember my father talking about an influential professor
named Jim Bump at SDSoM.

Thanks in advance...


Dr. Charles C. Fuller
1289 80th Ave
Colfax, WI 54730
715-962-3700
wuckus@ecol.net