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2. CRETACEOUS PARK
Next morning at 8:30 the phone rang. Alan answered. “Hello,” the voice said.
Hmm, thought Alan. That voice sounds familiar.
The voice said, “I've made another one of my biological parks, and I would like
you to come check it out.”
“So it's YOU, Hammond. And we've kind of figured out that you made another
park. YOU'RE CRAZY!!” Alan shouted into the phone.
“Well I've taken extra safety precautions, and it's not as dangerous this time. And,
I've named it Cretaceous Park. I figured calling it Jurassic Park would bring bad luck,”
said Hammond.5
“Oh, fine, we'll check it out. But I still think you're crazy.” said Alan. 6
“My plane will come at 5:00 this afternoon.”
At 5:00 the plane landed next to the camp. 7 Alan and Ellie stepped into the plane.
“Hello,” said Hammond8, a man in his late 70s.9 “Glad to see you again.”
“Yes,” said Ellie “But are you sure this park is as safe as you say it is?”
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Seems reasonable.
Wow, you would think it would at least take a little more convincing after what happened last time. (Okay, you
would more likely think that there's no possible way the Grants would agree to visit another dinosaur park, but
the rapid convincing seems exceptionally lazy.)
I guess the Grants got a runway installed next to their dig site? (In the Jurassic Park film Hammond landed at
their site in a helicopter; in the book he did not come to the site in person and they drove to an airport to meet
him.)
There is something I find interesting here in how characters are referred to by their first or last names. Notice
how John Hammond is “Hammond,” whereas the Grants are “Alan” and “Ellie.” In Crichton's novel, the kids
Tim and Lex Murphy are typically referred to by their first names alone. All the adult male characters are
typically referred to by their last names alone. But all the adult female characters (Dr. Ellie Sattler being the
only major one, but there are a few others as well) are typically referred to by their first names, like the kids. I
have noticed the same convention (male characters referred to by their last names, female characters by their
first names) in some other books I've read. This strikes me as rather strange and vaguely sexist. In our book,
however, we did not follow this male vs. female convention. The kids are referred to by their first names, but
both Ellie and Alan Grant get first name status, while all the other adults, including the vet Christine Jackson,
get last name referrals. Why did Dr. Grant go from “Grant” in Crichton's text to “Alan” in ours? Perhaps it was
simply because, with Alan and Ellie married, we had two characters named Grant.
Keep this in mind throughout this story: Hammond is “a man in his late 70s.” Obviously, as fifth graders, our
characterizations weren't on the same level as a professional author's, but with Tim and Lex, and Alan and Ellie,
you can at least see how we were trying to portray the same characters from Jurassic Park. With Hammond, on
the other hand, I'm somewhat startled by how the guy in this story bears absolutely no resemblance whatsoever
to the Hammond from either the book or movie of Jurassic Park. One example is that our Hammond knows a
lot more about the various dinosaurs and the workings of the park than the original Hammond ever did. With the
things that Hammond says and does in Cretaceous Park it almost seems like we couldn't even conceptualize
writing an elderly person.

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