I saw a reference several weeks ago that claimed May 15 was National Dinosaur Day. I got really excited as I love discovering obscure holidays and I’m a huge fan of dinosaurs. I started planning dinosaur greeting cards and gift wrap ideas, but then came across another source that said it was actually on May 21, and then a third source that said June 1. I guess it doesn’t matter which day it gets celebrated, there’s enough dinosaur love for all of them.
Before my husband and I got married, we had gone to see a very forgettable Sylvester Stallone movie and as we exited the theater, we saw a long line of people waiting for another movie, obviously a big one. We found out it was a late night, first showing of the original Jurassic Park and we scrambled to get in line too. Neither one of us hesitated, though we both had to get up early to work the next day. It was so worth all the sleep we lost that night!
I tell my 22 year-old-son, before Jurassic Park, we hadn’t really seen life like dinosaurs. Those old timers who were around and paying attention in 1993 may remember that before the movie opened, the previews really didn’t show many dinosaurs. It was a great ad effort to actually entice viewers to the theater. I will never forget seeing (and hearing) the T-Rex on the big screen for the first time. It was incredible!
My son has grown up watching the Jurassic sequels and the excellent television production of Walking With Dinosaurs. He has been to the live action experiences of Dinosaurs Alive and Jurassic Quest that turn animatronic beasts into something like playground attractions. The technology available in toys and such for today’s kids has just slightly improved so the stars of Jurassic Park don’t have quite the same impact on younger kids as they did on my husband and I in 1993.
It doesn’t matter to me, if I catch the original playing on TV, even today, I still remember the thrill I had the very first time I saw it.
Happy Dinosaur Day (whenever it gets celebrated!)