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Growing Up on a Diet of "Mr. B.I.G." BERT I. GORDON: Giant and Little People and Grasshoppers

I loved the Science Fiction Motion Pictures of Bert I. Gordon from the 1950's and early 1960's. I started at the impressionable age of 9 years with his rip of an outer space T-Rex and moved to giant grasshoppers devouring Chicago. You knew what you were getting from Gordon. A dollar fifty movie budget that was a million dollars of fun. This is nothing more than an old man's memories of a time when imagination ruled the country and CGI and "Real 3-D" had not come around to ruin it.

This is not a biography of the producer, writer, director and special effects technician, but a look at a group of motion pictures I saw as they came out between 1955 and 1965. The last when I was a month into the United States Navy and had to deal with a little thing called Vietnam as reality set in for me and America.

KING DINOSAUR released June 17, 1955.

So what can you do with an estimated $15,000 1955 budget, or $139,584 at the time of this writing?

Make a movie about two cou…