Civic leaders and dinosaurs (not necessarily the same thing!)

 I’m sitting in the office of the Star-News and our foyer is becoming crowded with the City Council. They’re here for a meeting with Larry Wilson. I know Ann Erdman (from Doo Dah- she’s usually a judge) so I get up and say hello.

Ann apologizes for being unable to make the try-outs- of all years, Ann, you should be ashamed! She has always been supportive of me, although I don’t know who she’s voted for in the past… hmmmm….

Ann introduces me to Mayor Bogaard. He gives me a firm handshake.

“Congratulations, it’s an honor,” he says. “Councilpeople, we have royalty in our midst.”

I’m now being recognized by politicians, is this good or bad? I guess that depends on your voter registration….


In the evening I go to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena for a lecture by “Dinotopia” series creator, author and illustrator James Gurney.

I approach him before his talk to ask him to sign my book. He lived in the Pasadena area for a while, so he’s jazzed about me capturing the crown.


Gurney’s slide lecture is terrific, but I am left with lots of questions:

I know he uses family, friends and neighbors as models for his illustrations. Do you think he would add me in to one of his books? Should I command it while I can?? What kind of dinosaur would he draw me with? I really like pterodactyls….

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