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Re: News coverage of "Hatcher", the Smithsonian _Triceratops_
In a message dated 5/27/01 12:32:35 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
<< John Bell Hatcher is sort of an idol of mine. >>
Me too. He worked all around the Black Hills in the Lance, in the White
river beds, and in the Morrison. He stayed in Hermosa, just south of Rapid
City. That's where he shipped his fossils back east. I've always wanted to
have a saloon/restaurant out there named after him with a big Triceratops
head hanging on the wall.
If you have a copy of the Park Service handbook titled, _Agate Fossil
Beds_(it has a great Matternes restoration on the cover), on pages 40-41
there is this great photo of a very dapper-looking JBH schmoozing with the
boys in the Carnegie Museum prep lab in 1903, surrounded by dinosaur bones.
He was staying clean because, even though he was one of the all-time great
collectors, as a preparator he was a disaster. DV