Larry Matten started his career as a biology teacher, went to graduate school (Cornell University) to study botany, geology, and paleontology. His adult career was as a paleobotanist, Professor and Chair of Plant Biology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. Now that he has retired, he has been sharing his passion for everything fossil. Currently he is a volunteer at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science as a digital technician assistant (reconstructing bones and fossils). His inner boy who has fantasized about dinosaurs is alive and well.