Sunday, June 25, 2000

Museum his true calling


After Nashville fell through, dinosaurs became life focus

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BLADENSBURG, Ohio — It took 32 years for Buddy Davis to realize he was supposed to be a dinosaur sculptor and not a country and western singer.

[photo] BUDDY DAVIS WORKS ON A DINOSAUR FOR THE ANSWERS IN GENESIS MUSEUM.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        During those years he studied song writing, soured on Nashville, took up taxidermy, and built a dinosaur at the request of his 12-year-old cousin.

        Then, in 1984, his insurance agent gave him pamphlets that convinced him the evolutionary theory was wrong. He began looking at the history of dinosaurs in a different way, and his passion for building them grew.

        Now, he's working on giant reptiles in his Bladensburg, Ohio, barn. Eventually his dinosaurs will be the showpiece at a creation museum scheduled to open in Northern Kentucky in 2002.

        “There's no question in my mind that it's the Lord,” he said.

        He wants to share this belief, the biblical story of the creation of the world described in the book of Genesis. He believes dinosaurs and humans co-existed, not millions of years, but just 6,000 years ago.

        Thirty-five to 40 of the dinosaurs he has built will be housed at the museum planned by an evangelical Christian ministry called Answers in Genesis. Its mission is to promote a Biblical view of the world's history.

        Mr. Davis' approach to building the beasts is very scientific. He has more than 150 books on dinosaurs and other extinct animals and has studied fossilized skeletons.

An amazing mix
        Mr. Davis has marveled over the way his music, taxidermy and dinosaur-building came together for a purpose. This 50-year-old remembers leaving Nashville in his twenties after a record contract fell through, thinking he'd never sing professionally again. So he turned to taxidermy, a hobby he hadn't practiced since sixth grade, to make his living.

        He did taxidermy work for 10 years, until a cousin asked him to build a dinosaur. It was an ornitholestes, a small dinosaur about 7 feet long. He built a business — loading up his dinosaur models in horse trailers and traveling across the country.

        With Answers in Genesis he is back in music. He has produced five gospel CDs that are selling internationally. He is also starring in a series of adventure films for children. And he's still doing taxidermy and building dinosaurs.

       

       



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