Monday, July 18, 2011

The Down Low on Paleo Joe

CARL is having their final event of the summer for the children and their families on Friday, July 22nd, at 2:00 p.m.  A former Army officer and "dinosaur specialist" named PaleoJoe is coming to Fort Leavenworth.

Joseph has always been a "collector."  Throughout his life, he enjoyed collecting unique items from butterflies to military medals.  His greatest and most prevalent fascination is fossils; trilobites in particular.  He began to develop his fossil collection and subsequent search for knowledge as a young boy growing up in the fossil rich Niagara Falls area.  Joseph graduated from Lewiston Porter High School and subsequently Niagara University with a degree in Education in 1979. He has always enjoyed the opportunity to share his knowledge and experiences with others.  He assembled a fine collection of marine invertebrates from the Niagara Frontier area and, prior to his entering the US Army with a Regular Army Commission, in 1979, donated it to the Schoelkopf Geological Museum of Niagara Falls.  Following his military service he, once again, began to collect fossils and at this point began to specialize in Trilobites. Since moving to Midland, Michigan in 1993, Joseph has taught classes on fossils in many of the Midland County elementary and middle schools.  As he gained a reputation as an energetic and entertaining speaker in the persona of "PaleoJoe", dressing and playing the part of a "digger" he has taught around the state of Michigan, Iowa, and Wisconsin and into northern Ohio. He taught "Family Fossil Fun" at the Midland Community Center and developed that curriculum into an ongoing series for Midland Community Television. In 1999, PaleoJoe was honored as a finalist in the Philo T.
Farnsworth Video Competition for an episode of that series.  PaleoJoe has displayed a 4-month fossil exposition at the Midland Center for the Arts called Trilobite Treasures: Arthropods of the Ancients Seas. Also the collection has recently been on display at the Bay County Historical Society The exhibit was designed and built by PaleoJoe featuring most of the Kchodl Collection, his own personal collection of Trilobites. He has been privileged to be a keynote speaker many Rock and Mineral Society meetings and Guest Lecturer at the Greater Detroit Rock and Mineral Exposition.  He led several Paleontological expeditions and given lectures for local organizations.  PaleoJoe was also fortunate to participate in a Paleontological dig in the Czech Republic and toured the public and private trilobite collections of the Czech National Museum. PaleoJoe is honored to have one of his trilobites on permanent display in that Museum.

Friend Joe on facebook here  http://www.facebook.com/pages/PaleoJoe/166965343336849 or visit his website www.paleojoe.com/default.asp?iId=JDGLH  
He will be on post at 2:00 PM on July 22nd, hope to see you there! 

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