Back then, dinosaurs weren't quite as popular a subject as they are today. My spouse read every book on dinosaurs available at the local library. There was no Internet in the 1960's to supplement those books.
His hope was to major in paleontology in college, but the college he could afford (his parents didn't do much to support his desire for higher education and he sometimes had to work several jobs during the year and during breaks) didn't have that major. So, his life took different directions.
One of those directions led us to Arkansas in the early 1980's, where we lived for five years.
Fast forward to 2017 when Arkansas voted to have a state dinosaur, Arkansaurus fridayi.
Now, ironically, it appears that dinosaurs may have once lived near the land we owned. Dinosaur fossils were recently discovered about 50 miles from where we lived.
It was interesting enough to find out that Confederate soldiers camped, during the Civil War, near our land, in a small town called Cane Hill (now known as Canehill.) But living near where dinosaurs once roamed was a thrill to my spouse when I told him.
|Buckyball, Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, AR 2013|
When we returned to Arkansas for a brief visit in 2013, we visited the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. In case you are wondering, its most famous acquisition may be the Norman Rockwell work "Rosie the Riveter".
|Portion of outdoor art trail, Crystal Bridges, August 2013|
Imagine that - as of February, 2017, Arkansas has a state dinosaur, and my spouse learned about a dinosaur new to him. With all his reading, he was not familiar with Arkansaurus fridayi.
Traveling through time and space - we just never imagined how far back in time this Challenge would take us.