Posted on: February 24, 2017
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Jackson's dad, Bill Rebeck, says Jackson was helping a neighbor with his own garden one day outside their Capitol Hill home when the neighbor gave him a handful of plastic dinosaur toys. Overjoyed, Jackson ran home and grabbed a few of his own, then posed them all outside.
The dinosaurs stayed there for months, eventually becoming a staple of the neighborhood.
"People move them around all the time," Bill Rebeck says. "They say they go out of their way to walk by the dinosaurs."
When Bill met someone one day who didn't live anywhere near them, and even she knew about the dinosaurs, he knew the family had reached a tipping point.
After all, people knew them! Despite being inanimate pieces of plastic, Jackson's dinosaurs had a platform.
So whether his wife, Andria, was joking or not, Bill says almost immediately he had four or five great ideas for dinosaur protest signs.
The family quickly got to work.
A neighbor tweeted some photos of the display, and they went viral in a heartbeat.
Signs like, "Climate change = Extinction" and "Dinosaurs for science!" were a massive hit.
"I think people would laugh at my lack of sophistication on social media," he says.
"I'm torn between this feeling of being horrified about our country and finding it so ridiculous that it's hard to take seriously," he says, adding that he sees Trump's climate change denial as a terrifying red flag.
"For me, the only thing I can do is make plastic dinosaurs talk."
But judging by the reaction on social media, it sure looks like people are listening.
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