My favorite neighbor in the South Loop, Sue the T-rex, got a good cleaning this morning. Sue's been my neighbor for the last 14 years at her house in the Field Museum, a short walk from my house at Roosevelt and State. I love the fact that I have a neighbor who is as much as 67 million years old. She makes me feel young.
As a lot of people know, Sue was discovered in South Dakota in 1990, the best preserved T-rex ever found--about 80 percent of her was all there. And after dislodging her, transporting her and scraping away the detritus around her 200-bone skeleton, she's been prominently on display at the museum since May, 2000. She cost well over eight million smackers.
Unfortunately, I missed Sue's scrub-down with a feather duster and a vacuum this morning. I sure thought it'd take more than an hour to give her a good once-over. But I was in time to see the dust that accumulated around her body, being swept up by a museum staff member.
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