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Random thoughts from SVP:
The flights into and out of Bozeman were overwhelmingly paleo-passengered and
seemed like private charters.
The paleontology community seems to have had a baby boom this past year, with
many infants in attendance. Oliver Rauhut and his wife were there with their
new baby, Inca, Pete Larson and his wife had baby Ella with them, and Stuart
Sumida and his wife Elizabeth Rega took new son Darwin to most of the events.
It snowed in Bozeman on Thursday--with a beautiful dusting on the mountains and
on attendees who ventured outside. Thank goodness for the reliable bus
The Jurassic Park III movie was fun--free attendance and open snack bar. The
bag of goodies given out included a copy of the fine Brett-Surman/Holtz
Jurassic Park Institute Field Guide (how many autographed copies will show up
on eBay?). There was a speech by (someone?) about the Jurassic Park franchise,
the Jurassic Foundation, and their relationship to the Jurassic Park Institute,
followed by a short speech by Phil Currie. Seats at the ends of some aisles
had reserved tags on them, but special guests such as Horner
didn't show up (or at least didn't sit there). The theatre has the ambiance of
one of the great and balconied showplaces of the past century.
The movie was generally too loud for much talking back to the screen, although
there certainly was some at the beginning, with much laughter during the scene
at the field camp. I sat between Tom Lipka and Tracy Ford, and they had funny
comments throughout. The movie remains short in time and sense.
The poster sessions, while excellent in content, were in too small a space. The
gymnasium housed both the posters and the book/vendor area, which in the past
had been close to the main meeting rooms. The first couple of poster sessions
were hot and crowded, and it was hard to get through the aisles to see all of
The auction too was short on space, and many people were only able to go
through the silent auction tables once because of the crowds. Brent
Breithaupt, Ralph Chapman and their helpers did a great job in keeping the
festivities moving along, as evidenced by the record sales again this year.
The banquet was held in the Field House, which also is home to concerts and
sports events (rodeos?). This venue was huge, having no problem accommodating
the 1000 or so diners on Saturday night. Very high ceilings (rafters) made
heating and cooling difficult to control--we were at one of the front tables
where a cold breeze steadily blew. Michael Skrepnick won the 2 dimensional
category in the Lanzendorf Awards. Philippe Taquet was made an honorary member
of SVP, introduced by Kevin Padian with his usual sophisticated brilliance.
SVP had the great idea of having an afterhours party following the banquet.
They had a reception room booked at Holiday Inn, and most people showed up
there to say their goodbyes and generally celebrate a memorable convention.