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My first reaction to your recent interview with archeo-artist Jim Hornung was mild displeasure. Shortly thereafter, I found myself overcome by nothing less than blind, spitting outrage.
For whatever reason, your online publication has completely shortchanged the work of one of the most significant artistic scientists of our time or, for that matter, any other time.
Maybe your interviewer was baffled by Dr. Hornung's somewhat dissembling, humble aspect. Maybe the interviewer was a cub reporter, unschooled in well-established methods for getting to the meat of a story. Whichever happens to be the case, a massive boat pulled away from the dock and in this interview, the massive boat was ironically missed.
Any article about Hornung needs to include at least a passing reference to the three consecutive years that he has been recognized as the world's foremost authority on the spatular-fibula bone structure of prehistoric
winged creatures. As a former recipient, myself, the The Lungeford Award is high praise for exceptional performance.
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As early as 1979, Dr. Hornung refused to conform to the commonly held beliefs propounded by his colleagues at the University of Madera del Suelo (Spain). One result of his refusal to accept the status quo regarding the survivability rates of prehistoric airborne delta-winged reptiles was his commitment to proving his Theory of Orographic Lift and Laminar Flow as it applies to modern day fence lizards.
Initially, skeptics scoffed at the Hornung Theory. Today, it is a well-known fact that 7 of 10 California Green Fence Lizards have retractable wings, which they employ two times each year. These cleverly disguised adaptations are vital; they insure the survival of these ecologically significant creatures.
The connections, as they often are, were always there. It was Hornung who provided the incontrovertible evidence needed to weld together the previously varied theories--the same differing opinions that lead to the
tragic death of Dr. Roy Beems just last year.
Hornung's ability to unify seemingly divergent paradigms is nothing short of a miraculous gift. If only Dr. Beems and his killer, Dr. Weldon Waldon (now serving a 25-life sentence) would still be living, breathing viable members of this highly specialized field.
Currently, I am finishing the first draft of a book on Hornung's many and varied contributions to the joined-at-the-hip worlds of art and science.
Hamilton D. Cheswick
34 East I Street
Encinitas, CA 92024
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