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Re: Marsh-Cope rivalry to be movie comedy and other news stories

Oh yes, there's rich material to be mined for a musical. I recommend, for example, reading Cope's paper "On the relationship of the sexes to government" in which the illustrious Cope writes, among other gems, "Negro suffrage was one disaster and female suffrage would be an even greater one."


On 4/7/2013 12:46 PM, john-schneiderman@cox.net wrote:
The only "comedy" aspect I see would be the constant digging up the "head at the wrong end of the elasmosaurus mount" or "hey! those are my bones you got there" True the only ones at the time that saw the "comedy" were the native americans, who had to make sense of whitemen running around digging bones from the ground.
Otherwise my vote is to make it a musical, instead.

John Schneiderman

On Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 9:08 AM, Clair Ossian wrote:

Having read quite about this controversy between the two men, there was
precious little that could aspire to be called comedy. They hated each other
with a passion, and no doubt would've shot one or the other in the back,
given the opportunity.

If they are going to modernize the story and make it "lighthearted", they
will have to incorporate a number of modern themes. Busby Berkeley-type
scenes of hillsides covered by lines of chorus dancing Sioux warriors in
long feathered bonnets as they trip gaily up-and-down green meadows would be
obligatory, of course.

One major controversy might surely be when one or the other discovers that one of them has not correctly controlled the runoff from their campsite and
is polluting the nearby stream. This will allow them to bring in the
modern-day theme of Green behavior.

I suspect that towards the end of the show, the two protagonists will
suddenly discover they love each other dearly, make up, kiss and grope
passionately, and run off, hand in hand, to find a state where they can be

I can hardly wait.

Clair Russell Ossian, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Geology
Tarrant County College
2805 Raintree Drive
Carrollton, TX 75006


On 4/7/13 5:29 AM, "Ronald Orenstein" <ron.orenstein@rogers.com> wrote:

I am looking forward to scenes of Marsh being exhorted by his colleagues to bear up under the controversy with repeated expressions of "Cope, Marsh, cope!". These will of course be matched with scenes of Cope slogging through the bone beds while his comrades exhort him to "March, Cope, march!". I expect that the finale will reveal that a little old lady who repeatedly beats both scientists to the best dinosaur finds is actually Mary Anning, who faked
her death in order to emigrate to America.

Ronald Orenstein
1825 Shady Creek Court
Mississauga, ON L5L 3W2

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