Chicago Ideas Q&A: The Field Museum’s SUE
SUE enjoys her home at The Field Museum, noting “you’d be hard pressed to find a cushier
collection” than the one at Chicago’s natural history museum.
|SUE interacts with hundreds of fans on a day-to-day basis.|
Museum to your participation in educational campaigns like Emily Graslie’s #notadinosaur, which debunks the myth that all ancient reptile-like animals were dinosaurs. Talk about why you think it’s important for you to work at a museum like The Field Museum and continue to educate all of us, instead of retiring to Florida or heading to a cushier private collection.
And thanks for giving my pal (and fellow South Dakotan) Emily a shout-out. I waited patiently for 67 million years to be found, but I always get antsy for the next episode of The Brain Scoop to drop.
Talking about all the work you do—we didn’t even mention the fact that microbes from your bones were recently launched into space for study on the International Space Station. What does it feel like to have a part of you in space?
For too long, dinosaurs have cowered from things from space. But finally, a little part of me is taking the fight to the meteor! Have you heard that space rocks!?!?
Well, I’m extinct, so my disposable/edible legion of social media interns help. Also, it’s hard, but not impossible to tweet from my Nokia 3310 (the only phone that could survive the KT Event).
Not to harp on your age—again!—but why do you think children are so fascinated by you? What is it about dinosaurs—and you, a 67-million-year-old T. rex, in particular—that kids love so much?
And as a 67-million-year-old, all you tiny mammals are “kids” to me. But I think it has something to do with not everything from my time being totally understood, so it leaves some room for the imagination.
Also, Dino Train? Barney? Is that improperly postured T. rex still “a thing”?
What should we anticipate talking about with you in our upcoming #IdeasChat this Tuesday, June 17 at 11 a.m. CDT?
I get them confused…which one is accessible by the Red Line again?