"An adventure 65 million years in the making" - Jurassic Park
Dinosaurs and the science of paleontology are a hobby I've been into since 1974 when I was in the first grade. We had a week long class at school about dinosaurs which was followed up with a trip to the Science Museum of Minnesota where I saw my first "real" dinosaur skeleton. I've been hooked on these prehistoric "critters" ever since. As a kid, I had amassed quite the collection of dinosaur books, toys, models, puzzles, posters, etc. As an adult, I've added actual fossils I've collected, cast replicas, and more to my collection of the past.
In the mid 1990's, I volunteered at the Visitor Window in the Paleontology Lab at the Science Museum of Minnesota. It was a great time and I only quit volunteering when it became too difficult time-wise after my mother passed away. I'd love to start volunteering there again, but with everything else I do, it would be hard to give it the time it deserves. Maybe someday...
Also as an adult, I finally have the time (and money) to travel to see all the dinosaur museums I wanted to visit as a child but only dreamt about. The one still at the top of my list is the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Give me a couple more years and that'll also have a page listed on the index on the left.
Whether it's viewing dinosaur skeletons in a museum, watching Jurassic Park or King Kong in the movie theater, fossil hunting, or just collecting dinosaur items and collectibles; dinosaurs are in my blood and that's just the way I like it.
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