Uphill Both Ways
Volume 9 - Boston 1956
Snooty, blue-bloods who looked down on and patronized the rest of us unwashed flotsam and jetsam of the world. This aspect of the mount was one of the enormous risks that Al Romer took
when he endorsed dad’s ambitious plan. Dad’s vision called for a clear view of the thing. To go to this extraordinary effort to create a floating sea monster that could then only be viewed in thirds because of pillars that obstructed the view, was simply unacceptable to dad. And apparently to Al as well. This photo gives you an idea of the obstacle they had to overcome. No matter how visionary the mount was, if those two pillars had remained in place, people would have missed the effect, so they had to go.
7Dr. Romer developed a deep affection for dad, far beyond that of an employer and employee. It was as if he adopted dad as his own son. He taught him, protected him, and supported him. This particular instance was the first of many where he took on a risk that he didn’t need to because he saw and believed dad’s vision and ability even though dad had never mounted a dinosaur before. He came from driving jitneys on the wet dark docks of Seward to Cambridge. How could Romer have developed the trust and belief needed to allow this to happen? True, Arnie was there and I imagine that the chemistry of Arnie, a quiet man with immense integrity, assuring Romer that Jim could do it was how it all worked out. In the end, when dad told Dr. Romer that he was leaving, Dr. Romer wished him well, with tears in his eyes. I have the file on my desk of their correspondence over the next years.