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RE: In Defense of Chas.R.Knight.

Charles Kinght worked with the information he was given at that time.  My
son-in-law is a relative of his & said that his Granddad had some original
Charles Kinght lithographs.  Unfortunately, my son-in-law isn't sure who in
his Dad's family ended up with them.  To my mind, one must look at the
person's work (be they scientist and/or artist) within the framework of
their time.  Knowing the the Tyrannosaurus rex in King Kong is probably well
off the mark, or that an Apatosaurus probably wouldn't be submerged in a
lake (or wouldn't chew on a sailor) doesn't deminish my enjoyment of the
film.  :-)  20/20 hindsight is marvelous.  


        -----Original Message-----
        From:   Danvarner@aol.com [SMTP:Danvarner@aol.com]
        Sent:   Wednesday, October 07, 1998 4:13 PM
        To:     dinosaur@usc.edu
        Subject:        In Defense of Chas.R.Knight.

          Ed Summers has made available to us here on the list a lengthy
blurb about a
        new Imax film called,_T.rex:Back to the Cretaceous_. Larry Dunn has
made some
        perceptive comments on this film which you have probably read.
Having observed
        several frames from this film at Ed's website, I am absolutely
enfuriated by
        the audacity of the film-maker's engendering the name of Charles
Knight as a
        character in their film.
          Knight looked for beauty in line and form and would accept nothing
less in
        his pursuit of the images of his prehistoric models. The cheesy,
        monsters, stooped and inaccurate as shown in these frames would have
        offended Knight.
          The huge problem with computer generated images is that you can
        make a piece of crap come to life. But don't you dare put a real
        signature on it! Dan Varner.