Jurassic Fandom: An Ethnographic Study
Internet fandom itself is a widely held presence on numerous Internet communities and message boards from Star Wars, Star Trek, and Stargate to various other science-fiction related series. The fact is, so little know about the Jurassic Park online fandom. … Continue reading →
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Jurassic Park Legacy - Staff
Presently Jurassic Park Legacy has a lot of great staff members, and we are proud to have them all on board of this growing site. If you think you have an extensive knowledge of JP, or you are interested in joining our staff, drop us a line on the forum. If you are a site or organization I would encourage you contact us through the email@example.com address for inquiries such as partnerships and appearances. If you are having forum issues please contact us on the board or through the firstname.lastname@example.org address directly.
We encourage open communication between the membership and the rest of the staff, but there is a chain of command on who to contact first:
Ammonites - Costuming Groups, Public Appearances, and Site Content
VioletHex - Membership Issues, Forum Issues, and/or Moderation Issues Chaos_Theory - External Public Relations, Public Appearances, Forum Issues, Internal Public Releations, Conflict Resolution AlphaChaosRaptor - External Public Relations, Forum Issues, Internal Conflict Resolution, Internal Public Relations, Encyclopedia & Site Content inquiries Tyrannosaur - External Site Relations, Forum Issues, Website/Technical Problems, Internal Conflict Resolution, Moderation Issues, Encyclopedia & Site Content issues/inquiries
Note: Please DO NOT contact us if you are inquiring about whether we will sell you Jurassic Park memorbilia (toys, posters, games, the movies, etc.). We are not affiliated with Universal or Amblin Entertainment. Your e-mail will be deleted instantly.
Real Name: Terry Alan Davis Jr. Position: Website Manager/Owner/Founder Birthday: 23 November, 1984 Contact:email@example.com About me: I used to be a staff member on inGenNET (R.I.P.) and JPDatabase until I decided to separate and start my own site. When I was three, my family and I stopped in Grand Junction, Colorado one night, and on the news there was a recent fossil find involving then Brontosaurus (Apatosaurus) being unearthed. What was extraordinary about this for me is that earlier that day we had seen the flatbed carrying the fossil down the road and then stopped off at a Siclair Gas Station and immediately bought some plastic dinosaurs upon seeing this. I was glad with the purchase when we stayed at the hotel over night. Next came my first encounter with Dinosaurs at the Natural History museum in Grand Junction, CO or there about. So from there started an obsession, and I had to have dinosaur this and dinosaur that soon after. I even recall that when "Jurassic Park" was published in 1989, and I was merely five to six years old, I wanted a copy, but my mother had told me it was a big kid's book, and she didn't think I would understand it given my age. However, soon after the movie was released, we purchased the book for me to read. Then years later, when my friends and I went to the local theater (Movies 10) in North Canton, OH to see a movie, I believe it was Aladdin, I saw posters for "Jurassic Park" and my heart soared with excitement because of the fact it involved dinosaurs, and last of all, the fact I had seen the book in the store years ago.
Excited by the extent of there being a film, I marked June 11th, 1993 on my calendar and counted down the days from the time I saw the poster in the theater. Many months, no - wait - at least what seemed like a year, passed and my dinosaur calendar was filled with X's counting down the days - in pencil of course. Before the film came out, which was soon, my mother and I had gone to the local Toys R Us and we found Jurassic Park action figures galore, so my first JP figures were: Young Tyrannosaurus Rex, Robert Muldoon, and Ellie Sattler - whom were ironically my favorite characters after watching the film and each successive week after that we purchased a 25 dollars worth of JP figures, as much as my allowance could afford.
June 11th came, and I saw the film. I was enthralled and terrified at the same time. Of course being only 8 to 9 years old and seeing a T.rex attack a car with kids nearly your age inside was a bit terrifying, but I stayed and watched. I then went back and saw it again when I went over the road with my dad, and before it was about to leave theaters, I saw it one last time. I held onto every little thing that said Jurassic Park on it, anything that I could get my hands on, especially the item they handed out at the theater. They offered six promo JP "Pogs" when I went to see the film the day it came out. Now I have these promo pogs, and I relatively have the full set of the others now. I had constantly hoped for a second film, and I got the The Lost World novel in fifth grade - which I read that year and hoped the movie would be like that. In some respects it was, and in some it was not, when it came out. The films were truly a different entity from the novels and I liked that a bit. TLW was something I looked forward to, and I continued to watch "ET" for news about the second film. My wish then came true during the Super Bowl - a teaser for TLW aired, luckily I had the VCR ready to record the commercials in case something was advertised that I liked. I wore the VCR tape out from repeatedly watching the teaser.
After TLW came up, my fandom for JP became more apparent and my downstairs was "Isla Nublar" and my upstairs was "Site B", where both my JP and TLW toys were respectively put. At the time I had complete, to near complete, sets. Unfortunately, due to moving, I had to postpone finishing my collection until I discovered eBay, and I'm now happy to report I have the complete toy sets of every thing now, minus the repaints in the Chaos Effect toy line. During my Star Wars phase I went through, I heard George Lucas drop a mention of Jurassic Park 3 being made soon and possibly helping on it. I spazed out with excitement and found inGenNET in late 1999.
What I found at inGenNET and within the JP community at large at the time was the idea - with a few others - to start the Jurassic Park Encyclopedia. My fandom and my belief that fans should have an organized research bank for information and trivia about the franchise was important to me, and JP3's over looming release date was a good tool for motivation to complete the movie end of the Encyclopedia research. My introduction as a staff member on inGenNET was later met by JP3's theatrical release nearly a year after I joined up allowing me to see a community surging with life and experience the fandom at it's peak. Something that I have seen happen again since launching JPLegacy. I enjoyed JP3 the first time I saw it. I wasn't disappointed over the Spinosaurus (I loved the idea of a new carnivore), but what I was disappointed with was the aspect of the length of the film and how rushed the storyline felt. In the end, JP is my passion and allows me to remember the positive elements of my youth.
JP wasn't just a movie with dinosaurs, it was a saga to me and a story about science, morality, ambition, philosophy, and cautionary tales about human greed. JP opened up my interest into classical music more than it already was, genetics, computers, and from the computers - web design. My interest in dinosaurs still runs strongly to this day as I pursue my major in Geology and a minor in Biology.
Real Name: Chris Position: Administrative Affairs Manager/Co-Founder Birthday: 13 December Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org About me: I've been interested in dinosaurs most of my life, but Jurassic Park has always been special to me. I first saw the film when I was little, and quickly followed up by reading the novel. For my age, I was reading well above my level, and this book inspired me in several meaningful ways. Rather than bore you with how I became inspired by JP, I'll just cut to the chase by saying I wouldn't be the same person, as several of my interests somehow stem from something I took from this franchise at such an impressionable age, or became amplified by my fandom. I saw it nearly a month after it started showing, after a lot of begging. When TLW came out on film, I'd made the mistake of reading the novel first, which lead to a bit of disappointment, but it worked out. I was able to see it opening night, and it was still magic. Then came JP3, and the backlash over it, which I never really understood. I saw this one opening day as well. I felt it wasn't that great of a JP film, though it was far from completely horrible, but in recent years it has grown on me a little. Maybe it has something to do with the rumors of JP4 having dinosaurs with guns, among other off the wall ideas, which I haven't been too thrilled with.
I first came to the JP community in the summer of 2000, while searching for news about JP3. In my search, I stumbled upon inGenNET, and quickly found a forum full of people all discussing something I usually could not discuss at all publicly, Jurassic Park. Unfortunately for inGenNET, I started out as an awkward newbie, which resulted in me taking sides in all manner of flame wars, disputes, and misc unrest on the board. Still, I never did anything too terrible, and after a fair amount of time behaving myself, I was invited to start out as a mod there, by Tyrannosaur. Before long, I'd become an admin, and throughout the turbulent times, I fought the good fight. I was also brought onto the Encyclopedia project at this time, and advocated the novels be included as part of the database, which immediately became my project. After inGenNET closed down, I moved to another board I had been visiting, JPDb, and was brought onto staff there. After a series of unfortunate attempts by unscrupulous users to take control of the community for their own twisted ends, I left JPDb, having done all I could there. Considering the previous site wars, and other instances of community strife, Ty and I began discussion of creating a site of our own, a proverbial safe-haven for JP fans. This discussion brought about JPMU, which was the forerunner of JPL. Eventually, I was overburdened by real life alongside site issues and had to go on a 4 year hiatus, during which friendships were broken, jobs were gained and lost, and other issues which forced me to leave to find my own way. It almost cost me my love for JP. Now, I am back, in my next iteration.
Real Name: Kurt Position: Community Manager/Public Relations Manager (aka "Man with Many Hats!") Birthday: 02 September, 1985 Contact:email@example.com About me: Well, this is the part I tell you about myself, so here it goes!
My name is Kurt, I like dinosaurs and I like Jurassic Park. But well since I'm staff here you probably gathered that, well.
I was born in September of 1985. Let's skip ahead about 7 years, now this day...this day will live in Infamy for as long as I remain breathing.
June 11th 1993, the first time I saw Jurassic Park, I saw it with my Father(Deceased.) I sat their in eyes open, like a child who had just seen the biggest toy in the world.
I saw what I though at the time was a real dinosaur, that somehow Steven had found a real live dinosaur. Well as you can guess, I've been a fan boy for Jurassic Park.
Well let's skip ahead 16 years, when I found JPL, I found it a source of everything I wanted to know about Jurassic park, and met some awesome fans their.
Now that we know that I can explain who I am, and what I love...so..Hold on to your butts.
I am a gamer,Dino-Nut, and amateur journalist..I go to the Burpee Museum in Rockford,IL. Almost weekly. I also play a ton of video games, and write about video games.
So there it is a little about me, and and the such...so...ah..there it is.
Real Name: Keith Olsen Position: Content Administrator/Costuming Department Director Birthday: 20 May, 1983 Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org About Me: I've loved Jurassic Park since the first time I saw it in the theatre, even making a costume for Alan Grant the following Halloween. I've kept a few relics from the beginning, and now I have expanded into the more professional aspects. I've seen all the movies in the theatre, and many more times at home, but there's just something about the larger-than-life screen with hundreds of people all watching in wonder that you just can't get anywhere else.
I've been on a few real-life paleontology digs, including the first Tyrannosaurus Rex discovered in Utah (don't get too excited, we didn't find much and the previous crew packed all the good parts in plaster). And if you think that digging is like it was in the movie, you couldn't be further from the truth. It would be any paleontologist's dream to happen across a fully articulated skeleton under a layer of sand and dirt that can easily be identified.
As a member of the JPLegacy staff, I hope to do all that I can in my field. To spread the good word of JP through conventions and costumes, we can all bring more people into the ever-growing realm of Jurassic Park.
Real Name: Sam Birthday: 14 February, 1992 Position: Forum Moderator and Research Staff Contact:email@example.com About me: As my username suggests, I love art and I love raptors (or dromaeosaurs, to be precise). I'm always doodling, sketching, and generally using my imagination, though not always for dinosaurs- dragons and sci-fi hold my intrest as well. And even before I knew anything about Jurassic Park, I knew I loved those lithe carnivores famous for their slashing claws. Now that they've proven to be feathered, I love them even more.
What got me into dinosaurs I honestly can't say; I was born early enough I might have seen trailers for Jurassic park and it somehow stuck in my year-old brain, or it was watching Barney. I like to think the Jurassic Park story is more likely, but either way I was drawing my mom riding a T. rex at 2 1/2, and knew dinosaurs were found in the Badlands of South Dakota at about that same age. That is perhaps my earliest memory relating to dinosaurs- wanting to go dig them up. Here I am now, 19 years later, and my dream is still the same, though it's being more actively pursued, heh.
Jurassic Park has an odd place in this; I don't remember when I first saw the movie all the way through; the same goes for the other films. I never got to see any in the theaters, and I never really owned any of the merchendise. But the first film especially is the one movie I'll happily watch again and again. I know all the dinosaurs are inaccurate one way or another. But something about it- just the fact that there are dinosaurs, and that somebody put time and effort into them- makes me love it in a way only a fellow fan might understand. The same holds true of the other films- they may not be as good as the first one, but I still enjoy them to this day.
As for how I ended up on JPL, it's all _Veritas_'s fault. I kid, I kid- he's a good friend of mine, and is the one who told me about this awesome site. It soon became my resource for all things dinosaur, be it JP, paleontology, or upcoming games and shows. I visit it almost daily now, alongside my DeviantArt- the only other site I've stayed with consistently. I'm not much of a moderator as of now; I've never been anything more than a simple member on forums before, but I'm glad I can help JPL one way or another. This looks to be a lasting relationship.
VioletHex - Assistant Community Manager
Camarasaur8 - Moderator/Researcher/News Reporter
G0dessBunni - Moderator
Dinos4Ever - Moderator
evolution_rex - Moderator
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Klausi - Moderator
paleoman - Moderator
Tarbtano - LtL Free-Play Moderator
T.Rex_Master - Special Projects Researcher
Henrique_Z_Tomassi - Researcher
Oshronosaurus - Researcher
Benjiraptor - Researcher
Sickle_Claw - Researcher