Original Art by
Robert T. Bakker
At a lecture at F.A.U. on March 1, 2001, I had
the pleasure of meeting one of my true heroes: Dr. Robert T. Bakker,
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Vertebrate Paleontology, Department
of Geography and Geology, Florida Atlantic University. He gave an
extremely good lecture on various aspects of dinosaur biology, behavior,
and abilities. He also mentioned that he was a consultant for Jurassic
Park II, and actually had a bit part in the movie itself.
He's the guy in the cowboy hat who is eaten by T. Rex while running away.
So much for a recurring part. After the lecture, I hung around and
waited for the young kids (there were several) to have a chance to talk
with him. He drew several dinosaur sketches while he spoke, signed
them, and gave them to the kids. They were thrilled! When they
had all been dragged away by their parents, I stepped up and said: "Dr.
Bakker, would you humor a frustrated paleontologist who became a musician,
instead?" (I didn't point out that I'm also a frustrated musician).
I handed him the lecture program, expecting him to simply give me his autograph.
Instead, he gave me what I considered to be a long, penetrating look, then,
flipping the program over began to draw a T. Rex. Now I was the one
who was thrilled! He carried on quite a conversation with me while
he drew, and ended up pointing out that they always needed volunteer site
excavators who had a delicate touch. I modestly pointed out to him
that I was a keyboard player, and was generally considered to be quite
good with my hands. He told me how to get in touch if I ever decided
to take him up on the offer, and although I could not have realistically
arranged it at that time, perhaps sometime soon, I'll go West and dig for
dinosaurs, one of my life-long fantasies. Here is the drawing and
Tyrannosaurus Rex, magic marker on glossy paper by Robert T.
Bakker March 1, 2001.
Original art owned by Reuben D. Ferguson
The program. Dr. Bakker used the backside as his canvas.
Close up of the listing on the above poster.
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Tyrannosaurus Rex was composed by Reuben D. Ferguson, and
all instrumental and vocal parts on this recording were performed by him.
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