Mom. Mom. Mom.

So I haven’t gushed over local dino-man Matt Lamanna, one of my imaginary self-united husbands, in a while, right? So I figure you’re due.

1. First, it pleases me to no end that The Burgh Blog is the third site listed when one Googles “Matt Lamanna,” appearing only behind the Carnegie and Wiki.

How can I make a run at Wiki, I wonder?

2. Matt appeared recently on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and watching him talk about dinosaurs … his excitement is just so infectious. He truly loves what he’s doing and it comes through in his natural ease in talking about them. He just gushes. He’s like a kid all:

“Mom. Mom. Mom. You know what? This is an allosaurus, mom. And this right here, see this, Mom. Mom. See? This is a baby apatosaurus and he’s afraid of the allosaurus, Mom. Because, you know why? Because the allosaurus is so mean, mom. And he’s huge. You know what else, Mom? Mom. Know what else? Dinosaurs lived like 150 million years ago. You know how much 150 million is, Mom? Mom. It’s like a lot more than a hundred. You know what? I really like dinosaurs. Cause you know why? … I just do. And this one, Mom? Mom. Mom. This is stegosaurus. See his spikes, Mom? He’s mean, too, I bet. Spikes are mean, right, Mom? Cause you know why? They hurt.”

3. Speaking of Matt as a kid, HERE HE IS! (click photos for full-size images)


There are few people in the world who are doing EXACTLY what they were born to do.  Matt Lamanna is one of them.

(h/t Stasia)


  1. jason
    March 7, 2008 8:25 am

    too frickin cool. i can’t wait to check it out the next time i’m in the burgh!

  2. Pittsburgh Tom (in NJ)
    March 7, 2008 9:36 am

    I don’t think you can make a run at wiki on Google. From what I can tell, Google’s formula gives a lot of weight to wikipedia, which is why if you search on anything with a wiki page, it’ll come up on the first page of results, usually top two.
    You’d likely have to change the name of this site to “Matt Lamanna” and only discuss him on here.
    Of course, a Google employee would be able to give you better insight. I’m a longtime out of the search engine game.

  3. chrys
    March 7, 2008 9:47 am

    “There are few people in the world who are doing EXACTLY what they were born to do.”

    So true.. he’s a lucky guy.