Fossil aficionado Dinosaur George digs Marble Falls
September 12, 2013, 6:54 pm by Emily Zendt
The ancient, fossilized findings of George Blasing, better known as Dinosaur George, made their way to Lakeside Parkthis week as Blasing’s mobile museum visited the Hill Country for the first time, courtesy of the Friends of the Marble Falls Public Library.
"I just never grew out of my dinosaur phase,” Blasing said.
Based out of San Antonio, he travels across Texaswith his own collection of prehistoric fossils and sets up in public schools and community facilities to educate and inform communities about the fossils.
Blasing traded the corporate grind for dino bones about two years ago.
The traveling museum came to be about a year ago after Blasing, an avid fossil collector, realized that his assortment had transformed his home into somewhat of a museum. A public school teacher came to Blasings’ door in need of a jumpstart for her car. Amazed by the fossils, he said she implored him to bring his collection to her school.
Thus, the Dinosaur George traveling museum was born.
"As I’ve traveled across Texas, one thing has become very apparent – some children would have never got to see a museum,” Blasing said.
He said his trips to low-income schools have been particularly rewarding. He says he is amazed at how many children have never experienced a museum or seen a dinosaur fossil. The chance to expand students’ horizons makes the trips well worth it for Blasing.
"My biggest hope is that it inspires those children to go to the library or get online and realize that the world is bigger than they think,” he said.
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