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Media, Books, and Films

“Does Anyone Know Your Fossil Museum Exists?”

Planet Ocean CoverPlanet Ocean by Brad Matsen and Ray Troll, 1995

This colorful trip through the timeline of geologic facts includes a chapter aptly named "The Church of the Cretaceous". Ray and Brad spent a few days with us fossil hunting and collecting stories for the book. If you have a hard cover, look for Barbara's photograph of the authors on the dust cover.

Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway CoverCruisin’ the Fossil Freeway: A Journey Through Fossils of the American West, by Kirk Johnson and Ray Troll

The first book “lecture” was held at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in October 2007, where we had a chance to not only attend but hang around with the author and artist the next day. Chapter 1 includes Keystone Gallery and fossil information dating from our 1st Mosafest party and fossil hunt excursion into the Logan county chalk in 1998.

Chuck, Kirk, and Barbara
Chuck, Kirk, and Barbara in Kirk's office at the Denver Museum
Ray, Kirk, and Chuck
Ray, Kirk, and Chuck
The Go World! crew and Chuck
The Go World! crew film Chuck working on a fossil.

Kansas Tourism Promotions

Kansas Travel and Tourism sent the Go World! film crew from Golden, Colorado out to visit us for a day to film the gallery and the fossil beds for visual promotions of the state.

They created a Ready Made Adventures section on their website, where you can view a video with our gallery fossils featured and Chuck picking away for the film crew. (Off-site link)

Caitlin, Cameron, and Chuck
One of Barbara's pictures in the magazine article features our niece Caitlin and her good friend Cameron.

Midwest Traveler, "Digging Kansas" by Pam Grout, July/August 07 edition

We had a tremendous response to this article covering Bonner fossil history, our new finds and fossil hunts. Monument Rocks and other points of interest were also highlighted to guide travelers in the area. This publication was distributed to AAA members throughout the midwest.

Kansas Curiosities CoverPam Grout in Keystone GalleryKansas Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff, by Pam Grout, 2nd edition

She writes, "Laugh your way Through Kansas. Your round-trip ticket to the wildest, wackiest, most outrageous people, places and things the Sunflowers State has to offer!” Look for the Spiker and the Gang chapter.

1,000 Places to See Before You Die1,000 Places To See Before You Die, by Patricia Schultz, 2nd edition

Little did we know what a big deal it was to be in this book. Not only are the books really popular, we later learned there’s a board game and a show on The Travel Channel based on it. Stay tuned-- who knows where we’ll show up or Monument Rocks for that matter!

Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, National Geographic IMAX film

Although the filming occurred in 2006, the film itself premiered in 2007. We played only a very small part, providing field photographs of Marion Bonner’s (Chuck’s Dad) plesiosaur—the most complete specimen of Dolichrychops ever found. However, our names rolled by in the credits really fast, so don’t blink, you might miss them! We did watch part of the filming at Monument Rocks, which is heavily featured in the film.

Film Crew and Actors
In this scene, the Sternbergs discover a mosasaur at Monument Rocks. The fossil was actually a cast from a Texas specimen. The Rocks are actually a protected site, so no fossil hunting is allowed!
John Bredar, Chuck Bonner, and Mike Everhart
John Bredar, a Senior Producer (Specials and Event Programming) at National Geographic, Chuck Bonner, and Mike Everhart, author of Oceans of Kansas, having a discussion during filming.

Chuck Bonner at Mural OpeningMuseum of the Great Plains, Leoti, Kansas

Chuck was commissioned by the museum to create three murals for their new fossil display. In August they were completed and here’s a picture of happy Chuck with his friendly pteranodon at the opening.

John Bredar, Chuck Bonner, and Mike Everhart
Chuck, Diana, and Nando sit poolside at the Denver Gem and Mineral Show.

Fossili Veraci

We are now in an Italian web magazine created by our good friends Nando and Diana from Italy. They not only covered the Keystone Gallery but other great fossil places in Kansas and throughout the United States. Reading it in Italian is most interesting! They also have an article about Chuck's mural.


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