On this day in dinosaurs, it’s a double dino birthday bash!
1888 – Max Steiner Born
The incredible composer of the King Kong score, which was to influence every major cinematic score to come after it, was born on this day.
Steiner’s use of leitmotifs and the bombastic power of a fully loaded orchestra brought the emotion and ferocity of Kong (and his dinosaur neighbors) to a higher level than could have been achieved without his masterful music.
1934 – Gary Owens Born
Gary Owens, famous for hosting children’s dinosaur documentaries alongside Eric Boardman, was also born on this day.
Gary’s hijinks in the programs are legendary among dinophiles, none moreso than when he turns into a dinosaur himself–a “Garyosaurus.”
We salute you, Steiner and Owens, for the joy–and the dinosaurs–you’ve brought to our lives.