Jack Horner and “T-Rex” Thomas

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The Bozeman Magpie reports that Jack Horner – arguably the most famous paleontologist in the world – recently took a bride: Vanessa Shiann Weaver, 19, of Ohio.

And speaking of Horner…here’s a neat story from a few years ago, when I was still serving at Malmstrom Air Force Base.

The Wing Commander at the time was Colonel Everett Thomas (now a 2-star general); like most high-ranking leaders, he had a nickname – “T-Rex.”

When it came time for Col Thomas to transfer to another base, each of the organizations on base, as is custom, came up with neat little gifts to wish him well. Such gifts are often “location”-specific, to remind the departing person of their time in that assignment.

As the “exec officer” of the Medical Group, I was tasked with trying to come up with something unique to present to Col Thomas on behalf of the medics. I figured it might be cool to get him something T-Rex and Montana related, so I emailed the folks at the Museum Of The Rockies, explained that our base commander was awesome, etc, and would they possibly be able to send me a T-Rex book from Dr. Horner, possibly even autographed? I offered to pay whatever they deemed appropriate. I hit “send” and didn’t hear back from them…

…until three weeks later, when I received a package in the mail – sure enough, it was an autographed copy of one of Horner’s books, personally signed for Col Thomas!

And they didn’t charge me, which was pretty nice of them, too. So kudos to Jack Horner and his MOR crew!

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  1. David, I had no idea you were a medic! I’m a retired medical group type person…although I hailed from the best part of the MDG, the dental (dark) side! Cool stuff about the book.

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