Hi there, I'm Terry, but I usually go by the nickname of TJ to friends and family. I love vertebrate paleontology, Jurassic Park, and have a passion for information technology. I used to live in North Canton, Ohio until the age of thirteen when my family and I moved out to Peoria, Arizona. After Arizona I returned to Ohio with my father and moved to Beloit for a bit and finished my High School education. After High School I then went to ITT and graduated in 2007 with an Associates Degree in Software Application Programming. In 2012 I decided to head back to school, this time at the University of Akron, to pursue my Bachelor of Science degree in Geology and minor in Biology.
In the year of 2000 I started participating on a Jurassic Park website known as inGenNET. I had a great idea for a project that I started working on called the Jurassic Park Encyclopedia. The purpose of the Encyclopedia was to establish the description of what was canon for the film franchise and what wasn't. Eventually the Encyclopedia expanded to cover all aspects of the franchise from the original novels, the films, the comics, and so forth. After inGenNET and a three-year term on another Jurassic Park site I separated to start my own website at the age of nineteen. Jurassic Park Legacy was thus born and incorporated the latest research in vertebrate paleontology, including knowledge of biological issues present in Jurassic Park as well as details of the research involved with establishing a clear and functional canon for Jurassic Park.
The site was heralded a success by many and continues to receive numerous hits of over a million and higher weekly. In 2002 I was approached by a model making company associated to Universal Studios Theme Parks to do a website design for their dinosaur head replicas, but unfortunately this fell through. Later on, in 2007, I was contacted to review "Jurassic Park Explorer" by Brighterminds Entertainment along with a free copy of the game. In the coming years Jurassic Park Legacy would be featured on io9, a large Science Fiction news site, regarding the Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna map I had created with my team of volunteer staff. 2008 brought us a rather high praise from internet and History Channel celebrity and dinosaur enthusiast, Dinosaur George. In 2009 we had an extraordinary offer to become more active with a legendary paleontologist in regards to a new section for the site. "Jurassic Propositions" featured short essays by students from the University of Chicago's Dinosaur Science class, which is taught by paleontologist Dr. Paul Sereno. Sereno's Teaching Assistant, Sara ElShafie, asked the students to act as scientific consultants to the Jurassic Park filmmakers for the purposes of the assignment. The goal was to address the inaccuracies in the previous films and suggest ideas or improvements for the next sequel. The best essays were then chosen to be featured on JPLegacy for those interested. In February of 2011 I was invited out to San Francisco, CA for TellTale Games' "Jurassic Magnitude" event for the launch of the new Jurassic Park that was due out in April of that year, as well as asked about their creative input on the franchise due to my expertise with the canoncity of the Jurassic Park series. As part of the launch of the Jurassic Park film series on Blu-Ray for October 25th, I was interviewed on behalf of ESPN's Grantland regarding my involvement with the community. In 2011 I was also approached by Gary Veccharelli to take part as a Dinosaur Pop-Culture Expert on Gary's blog, Jersey Boys Hunt Dinosaurs. As of 2012 I am now back in school to pursue an eventual career in Geology with focus on Vertebrate Paleontology.
If you are interested in my employment please download my resume(CV) for your consideration.
TellTale Games: We Unbox the Jurassic Park: The Game Deluxe Editon - Terry is mentioned near the end of the video regarding his contributions to the project.
Grantland: The Cult of Jurassic Park by Brian Curtis, featuring an interview with Terry Alan Davis Jr of Jurassic Park Legacy
io9: Hold On To Your Butts: Insanely Detailed Maps From Jurassic Park featuring maps designed by Terry Alan Davis Jr of Jurassic Park legacy
Love in the Time of Chasmosaurus Interview with Jurassic Park Legacy creator Terry Alan Davis Jr
Other Branch Interview featuring Terry Alan Davis Jr of JPLegacy and Live the Legend RPG
Terry is also featured on WAUG Augustana College's Radio program "Cretaceous Chaos" (Saturdays at 4PM CST) with occasional recurring guest spots discussing the latest in Jurassic Park news with Sam and Josh!
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