For those of you dinosaur-lovers who are fans of “Sue” - the largest, most complete, and most preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex specimens ever found - this film (in theaters and on demand now) will be quite a familiar and rewarding journey to experience.When Paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute made the world’s greatest dinosaur discovery in 1990, they knew it was the find of a lifetime; the largest, most complete T. rex ever found. But during a ten-year battle with the U.S. government, powerful museums, Native American tribes, and competing paleontologists they found themselves not only fighting to keep their dinosaur but fighting for their freedom as well.
While working in the promotional marketing industry years ago, I had the pleasure of coordinating the Chicago Field Museum’s promotional campaign to highlight the “Sue” exhibit, where a street team distributed promo materials and a model actor donned the workable T. Rex costume around downtown Chicago.
I was pretty bummed I couldn’t make it out to Chicago for the debut of the Field Museum’s “Sue” inquiry to their collection, so I’m personally excited for this film because it’s a very well deserved dedication to the men and women responsible for preserving history for generations ahead.
For more beyond what the movie trailer does not explain - regarding Chicago Field Museum’s moment in which they acquired “Sue” - read the related Washington Post article and watch the news clip entailed!