Dear Dr. Horner,
My five year old son is HUGELY obsessed with dinosaurs. He has seen all three Jurassic Park movies, watched several documentaries about dinosaurs, has dinosaur toys and books, and even knows where one of his older dinosaur books that we got at a used book sale has incorrect information with regards to our current understanding of dinosaur evolution and behavior, etc.
This morning while watching the special "Dinosaurs: Return to Life?" on one of his Discovery DVD's, when they announced you: "Jack Horner is (etc. etc.)" My son loks at me and we have this conversation:
"That's Jack Horner, Dad."
"You're right, that is. Very good."
"Daddy, is he real?"
"Yes, Jack Horner is a real paleontologist alive and working today."
"Wow. Where can we find him?"
"Well, I think he's digging in Wyoming or Montana right now..."
So, Dr. Horner, I just wanted to let you know that in the eyes of at least one 5 year old boy, you are larger than life on scale with Dr. Alan Grant from Jurassic Park. Congratulations and we would both love to meet you some day.
Two generations of dinosaur fanatics (father and son)
(Now if only someone could direct him to our little community here, that would be awesome.)
(photo: hibino/Wikimedia Commons)