Fredosaurus Rex – Won’t you eat, my neighbor?

Mr. Rogers Neighborhood has gotten a surge of popularity these days thanks to the critically acclaimed, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?.  The documentary film chronicles the life of Fred Rogers whom many of us middle-agers remember as the soft-spoken guy routinely changing his shoes before taking us to “The Land of Make-Believe.” Long before there were 24-hour kids’ programming, PBS was about the only weekday respite from soap operas and game shows. Knowing we were a captive audience until the big networks’ rolled out their Saturday morning cartoons, PBS used this as an opportunity to teach us a thing or two. My favorite episode was when Margaret Hamilton a.k.a. The Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of West paid a visit. I was scared to death of her as a kid and her presence on the show eased my anxieties a lot. I also vividly remember when that Purple Panda showed up and, come to think of it, what the heck was that thing anyway? By now you’re all probably wondering what any of this has to do with dinosaurs. Well, it seems that Fred’s native Pittsburgh has a rather unique tribute to “Mr. Rogers” – one where he’s reimagined as a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Exploring the Carnegie Museum of Natural History Part 1!

After roaming the freezing streets of Pittsburgh and admiring good ole “Dippy the Dinosaur,” it was finally time to enter the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. We anxiously purchased our tickets before making our way down an immense corridor leading to the dinosaurs. I knew we were in the right place when I spied their famous “Lion Attacking a Dromedary” display.

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Carnegie’s “Dippy the Diplodocus” gives a Pittsburgh-sized Welcome!

Earlier this month, my friend and I froze our butts off visiting Pittsburgh. We’d planned the trip a few months back, choosing Pennsylvania as our meeting place since it’s halfway between his Rhode Island and my sweet home Chicago. We were celebrating his fiftieth birthday and I had an entire weekend of activities planned; none of which he knew anything about and would all come as a surprise. Thankfully, he’s a big dinosaur fan like myself and, with but a few exceptions, most of my prehistoric pit stops have been with him. So I’m pretty sure that of all my “surprise” birthday activities, this one was probably the least shocking. I mean how could we pass up our chance of finally seeing the famed Carnegie Museum of Natural History whose diplodocus specimen was once an International sensation?

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