Word from the Abilene Reporter-News and the Austin American-Stateman is that the city gave the museum four months to remove the great green giant lug from the museum roof or request a permit for an extended stay. The museum prefers to move Dino Bob to a new locale and has donated some money to that end.
According to the Statesman's John Kelso, Dino Bob has been on the building for seven years and is in need of a fresh coat of paint and a wash. Apparently, birds have been marking their territory a little too aggressively. Kelso writes, "Usually, dinosaurs like Bob live out at the putt-putt golf course. But in Abilene, Dinosaur Bob, on loan from Austin artist Bob 'Daddy-O' Wade, is the town's Mona Lisa, or at least a help when giving directions. It would be kinda like kicking the hippos out of Hutto, OK?"
Abilene kids have written letters to the editor of Reporter-News. A website, www.savedinobob.com, has popped up. The town's fury is (sort of) palpable. Check out the Reporter-News story about Thursday's town protest. There's a priceless photo of a little kid ready for some serious civil disobedience. "Water cannons, be darned! Long live Dino Bob!"
Joyce and his office sent me a note about this growing story this morning. If you don't already know, Joyce is the man behind "Meet the Robinsons" and "Robots."
He's jumping into the Dino Bob stew.
The Reporter-News reported, "This week, Joyce donated money to the 'Save Dino Bob' campaign ... . Joyce said he is excited about the effort to save the dinosaur from extinction.
"'If I have to come and picket, I'll picket,' said Joyce, a Louisiana artist who is in Los Angeles working on a movie project. ...
"He is working with a Dallas animation studio on a short film based on the book 'Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo' that would debut in 2008 in conjunction with the book's 20th anniversary. A feature-length film is also a possibility."
What say you, readers? Is it time to organize a sit-in? If you do, don't sit directly beneath Dino Bob. Those birds might give you a fresh coat of paint.