Post by SoCalChevy on May 24, 2017 16:53:00 GMT -5
A couple days ago I got the chance to look through some old maps and brochures from Florida at a library where I volunteer. There were some from Silver Springs, and they both mentioned that visitors may get the chance to see Ross Allen (known around here for "Catching Trouble"). So I guess he was sort of famous? Anyway I thought it was fun to hear of someone connected to MST3K in such an unexpected place.
Ensil Ross Allen (January 2, 1908 – May 17, 1981) was an American herpetologist and writer who was based in Silver Springs, Florida for 46 years, where he established the Reptile Institute. He used it for research and education about alligators, crocodiles and snakes, also sponsoring and conducting collection expeditions. Allen founded and was first president of the International Crocodile Society. In his research with snakes, he developed many anti-venoms, including a dried form, and professionally milked venoms for venomous snakes, which was particularly important for protecting United States forces during World War II. He mixed entertainment and science at his Institute.