Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Jurrasic Humboldt?

I often scoff at those who promote tourism as a cure to Humboldt County's financial woes. At first, I thought Denver Nelson was just another one of the sell- trinkets- to- tourists crowd but, taking a closer look at his My Word piece this morning, maybe he's on to something.

He suggests bringing back dinosaurs and turning Humboldt County into a dinosaur preserve. Cool. That would certainly bring people to the county. Even I would be willing to travel to see real dinosaurs.

Question is, can they really create dinosaurs from DNA? I don't know but, since HSU boss, Rollin Richmond, is a former geneticist, I'd suggest he get right on it and let us know if it's possible.

17 Comments:

At 8:47 AM, Blogger mresquan said...

Rollin Richmond would just give them a bit of cocaine.That's what he used to do,test the effects of cocaine on fruit flies.

 
At 8:48 AM, Blogger EkoVox said...

Touche' Dr. Nelson.

 
At 9:00 AM, Blogger Pogo said...

I think that's what happened to the dinosaur next to the highway up near Humbug Mountain. It hasn't moved for several years.

 
At 9:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loony tunes.

 
At 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an incredibly stupid idea. Is Dr. Nelson senile?

 
At 10:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Willow Creek has Big Foot so what would we name the dinosaur?? Had to laugh at Pogo's comment - always wondered if anyone actually stopped to see the "dinosaurs" near Humbug Mountain.

Maybe ours would move what with all the Meth here.

 
At 11:34 AM, Blogger The Boy Most Likely to ... said...

I keep thinking his piece was dripping with sarcasm.

-boy

 
At 11:42 AM, Blogger Stephen said...

A dinosaur park may not be possible but a Pleistocene Park is. In fact, the Japanese are building one in Siberia with the first cloned mammoths. California had the world's biggest mammoths, the Imperial or Columbian mammoths, as well as a huge variety of Pleistocene animals gone not very long ago by geologic standards--14,000-12,000 years ago there were mammoths, saber-toothed tigers, giant ground sloths, dire wolves, and American camels, and others putting around probably right here in river city.

I've seen a Pleistocene Park in my dreams, saw the mammoths there in huge enclosures, so I know it's coming sometime in the future.

 
At 12:37 PM, Blogger Carol said...

I think Denver was kidding.

 
At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Velociraptors would draw tourists and keep the population of homeless people down.

 
At 11:58 AM, Blogger Stephen said...

But so would smilodons..and they were locals.

Smile

 
At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are already plenty of dinosaurs on display in Humboldt.

To see them just stop in at OH's Townhouse or Taxpayer's League meetings. I've met several tourists who were amazed to see these "living fossils" in their natural habitat.

 
At 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad but true, Anonymous 12:39

 
At 11:02 AM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

Didn't they see the movies???

 
At 4:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I saw them, Deliverance and Dukes of Hazzard. Just like Humboldt, except no dinosaurs.

 
At 8:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think he was referring to the Crichton movies, one of which was Jurassic Park.

 
At 3:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like I wropte, I saw the movies that reflect today's HumCo culture, dinosaurs and all.

 

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