What Happened to Jerry Jacene? Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


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1 - lancehall   30 Oct 2012 @ 9:27:59 PM 

I have 3 ideas:

1.  Someone vandalised it, certainly not me.

2.  The County said "Jerry, let's not have your name so obvious (for whatever reason)"

3.  Jerry is no longer in charge and/or gave up.  He said he dropped FIVE other projects/ventures to devote full time to this one (for free!).

My source said he talked with a local bed-breakfast owner named Sue who didn't want to discuss what happened. 

We know Larry Smith has traded the track site parcel with the County for another piece of land of equal value so it makes sense for "L S Ranches" to be wiped off.  So Larry has bailed on that site development deal he made with Jerry in late October 2010 (after only knowing him 3 weeks). 

If this is an indication of something other than vadalism then someone certainly knows what is up; either Mike Ford, Billy Huckaby, Kathryn Jones, Nick Patel, Larry Smith, or County officials.   Lord knows they won't tell ME anything. 


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2 - humanbeing   2 Nov 2012 @ 7:10:29 PM 

Whatever happened to Jerry Jacene? Who cares? Hopefully, the tracks will survive the ne'r-do-well contemporary humans who hope to profit from them but don't know how to. Sorry to be so blunt, but...


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3 - lancehall   3 Nov 2012 @ 9:59:24 AM 

The other possibility is that Jerry just could not get private funding which he alluded to.  I certainly can't see the County/City (any county/city) putting up their money in these bad fiscal times although they have enough to give Huckaby a 15k raise.  

I also just can't see Jerry managing the project (no one knows WHAT the project is) for absolutley nothing in return (token salary or slush account) despite all his grand altruisitic statements like "I don't do this for the fame. This is about the little girl and the city of Glen Rose."  and "She's the reason I am here. She's an important part of this.  She'll be going down in history " and the claim he's dropped literally FIVE other projects to devote full time to this one.   Who totally rearranges their life and all their other affairs in one day (day of his "discovery") for ONE project?  No one does that, no one!   Was this all some miraculous coming together of all these arcs?   I don't think so.  Anyone that believes that is a damn fool! 

My personal belief that all this was a sham (Jerry's "discovery" and the use of M-A-W to get the People on board) is important because all this was originally going to be done with People's money (the City eventually said no to outright buying Smith's land).  This is an important new Heritage Site and the People have the right to know what the Hell is going on here; how did all this come to be, who are the principals behind the curtains.  

Huckaby knew of the tracks 10 months before Jerry showed up.  It's likely Jones knew as well given her personal connection to Huckaby AND Smith.  Does anyone think Huckaby would NOT have told Jones at some point about a NEW dinosaur trackway literally at the City's front door given she's the editor of the newspaper??  Puh-lease!  The people that stood to benefit were Jacene (at least profile wise), Smith (he owned the land and wanted the City to buy it remember ? ), and Patel (he runs that hotel right next to the tracks remember?).       

I would hope County officials would do the right thing here and make an effort to contact some local Universities (Tarlton, SMU, UTA, TCU, A&M, Tech) on their own and work out some long-term deals whereby the site can be excavated and studied at their own pace.  This needs to be a public-domain institutionally driven academic project not Jerry's playground.  

               


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4 - humanbeing   5 Nov 2012 @ 8:48:10 PM 

"He said he dropped FIVE other projects/ventures to devote full time to this one (for free!)."

These comments, attributed to Mr. Jacene, if true, are the classic language one would hear from a fraud and a con man. I know from my own experience. I've heard this before and can testify about people who speak like this.

Surprise!


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5 - salon   17 Jul 2013 @ 2:03:22 PM 

Couple more things. The sign still, as of July 17 2013 has Jacene crosssed out as foreman. Maybe they don't have any money to make a new sign?

Here's who's on the board of the Glen Rose Texas Dinosaur Track Site: Jerry Jacene, Shelly McFadin, Mark Kelldorf, Larry Smith and Patrick Condy Here are a couple of incorporation documents 1   correction to name 2

Interesting article about Jacene on this site.

Says Father (Anthony Jacene of OK) fought Jake La Motta.

His father, for example, was a professional prizefighter."Ranked fourth as a middleweight," says Jacene with pride and a smile."He once fought Jake La-Motta (of "Raging Bull" fame), and says he threw the fight, just because Jake needed to get out some anger."...

Maybe for Jacene working at Gray is a little like his family.Nobody in his family can explain what his grandfather saw or heard in the name, "Jacene," since the original family name was the Italian Janiro.His grandfather was from Messina, Italy, and fought with the Americans in the Argonne Forest where he was severely wounded.

Cannot find that listed on Jake Lamotta's website, closest name is Tony Janiro from NY, but that's a different person (from Youngstown OH, died in 1985). Maybe Anthony Jacene fought LaMotta unofficially.

Has 2 Purple Hearts and the Vietnamese Cross

Any fellow who has his background and can pick up two Purple Hearts in Vietnam and the Vietnamese Cross for Gallantry because of a semi-AWOL wreck on his way to party down in Saigon has got to have something extraordinary going on up top.He was in Vietnam during 1968-69, in some of the war's hottest fighting, serving as a radio operator with a forward observer team.

Grew up in foster homes

Jacene is accustomed to having to chart his own course.His prizefighting father and mother dropped him off in foster care for upbringing.He lived in so many foster homes in his youth, he says, he lost count."I went to 33 high schools before I graduated," he says.

Is a *selt-taught* paleontologist who does not have a degree.

Back in January, Kingsport Tomorrow announced that Jacene - a self-taught paleontologist - was moving his Highlands Prehistoric Museum and fossil reproduction business from Cookeville to Kingsport.

Jacene took up the formal study of paleontology in school for a couple of years, but decided that was moving a little slow...At 55 years old, and even though he never picked up a degree,....


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6 - victim   8 Mar 2016 @ 10:47:32 AM 

Whom ever did this research.......dig deeper!



7 - LanceHall   25 Feb 2019 @ 8:19:41 PM 

I see the land or that part of it is now in the hands of Glen Rose's own Corky Underwood.

Is Jacene still involved?   I had already informed the Visitor Bureau manager (who's wife is best friend and next door neighbor of the newspaper editor), the receptionist at that Hotel, SMU, Tarlton, and the palentologist at UTA (then running the Arlington Archosaur Site) about the tracks 5-10 months before Jacene came on the scene and he had the gall to tell me I didn't report them!   I can't help it if the city and actual academics do nothing.  The hotel manager admitted to a member of the Dallas Paleo Society that he in fact KNEW the tracks were already there before Jacene came into town and then lied to (or colluded with) the newpaper with his fiction that he had no idea the tracks were there until Jerry "found" them.

Is Larry Smith still alive?  


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8 - LanceHall   25 Feb 2019 @ 8:24:30 PM 

I'd love to see the Hotel Guest books and see if Jacene's name shows up long before he officially *found* the tracks.  I'd like to know if the Visitor's Bureau has emails with Jacene before he officially *found* the tracks and what they say.  Those are supposed to be public record.  I'd like know if my name is any subsequent emails.


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9 - salon   28 Feb 2019 @ 1:25:05 PM 

Lance

Been awhile. Send me an email at salon@glenrose.net with the names of who you're talking about, above. Also, the newspaper editor is no longer local, ie officed here, but the paper is run by Stephenville resources, as part of Gateshouse Media. 

The last I remember about the land is that Larry Smith, who I think is still alive, (at one point he was very disgruntled and said in a letter to the editor of the Glen Rose Reporter that  he was moving away), traded that part with the county. (Last time I wrote about Jacene was in 2015 when he went before Somervell County Commissioners Court).  The county, in turn, sold to the guy, Carl Baugh  that has the Creationism Museum outside of town, and I hadn't looked after that. That property, incidentally, is charged 0 tax. I went to look to see if's the same tract that Joanna's Tracks was on, and it certainly looks so.  Here is the appraisal district information There's also a map of the site. I went out and took a picture and it definitely included Joanna's Tracks (see picture below).  Corky Underwood does not own that property, rather Carl Baugh, who has planned for some time to put in a companion place to his creationist museum located near Dinosaur Valley State Park. (Here's an article from when he went to Glen Rose City Council to try to prevent paying taxes if he somehow got the restaurant building next door). 


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