"Dino" Don Lessem
"Dino" Don Lessem is the world's most prolific popularizer of dinosaurs. He is the author of more than 50 books of natural history for children. For his Ask Dino Don column in Highlights magazine, he has answered 11,000 letters from kids. Don has hosted and written NOVA and Discovery Channel documentaries, advised for Steven Spielberg, Universal Studios, and Disney movies and theme parks.
He has raised $3 million for dinosaur research. He and his company, Dinodon, Inc., have excavated and reconstructed the world's largest dinosaurs from Patagonia. Lessem has created and built several natural history and history museum exhibitions, including “Jurassic Park” and “Chinasaurs,” (featuring Genghis Khan with the Mongolian government and The Great Wall with the Chinese government). Don also comments on dinosaurs for “The Today Show” (which also did a profile), NPR, “Good Morning America,” and the “CBS Morning News”.
An animal behaviorist by education, Lessem was a science reporter for the "Boston Globe," a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and contributor to "Smithsonian", "Life", "Discover", the "New York Times" and many other publications. He lives in an 18th century mansion outside Philadelphia surrounded by the original dinosaurs from the Jurassic Park film.
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