Saturday, October 9, 2010

Monsters for Kids

On both Thursday and Friday, I gave lectures for two classes of 9-year-old kids at Dallas' Highland Park Independent School District on the subject of the Loch Ness Monster - lectures that rapidly opened up into full-scale debates on cryptozoology as a whole, the nature of Bigfoot, the Chupacabras and much more.

I'm very pleased to say that in an age when it seems so many kids are obsessed by computers, staying in-doors, and texting, all the kids proved to be highly interested in the subject, asked a lot of very good questions, were very motivated, and were also very knowledgeable on the matter.

Indeed, a number were regular watchers of shows like Monster Quest, Destination Truth, etc., and I found myself answering questions on everything from the Alligator Gar to the big-cats of Britain, and from the Yeti to giant Catfish.

And, from what some of the kids said, I suspect some of them may turn out to be next-generation cryptozoologists!

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