Robert and Susan Angevine of 615 Holbrooke Ave., Wilmington [Map this], have had a wooden cross in their yard for more than a decade, adding a large purple concrete dinosaur about five years later.
The reason for the cross is obvious from the signs praising God and Jesus in their front yard; the Angevines are deeply religious. The reasons for the dinosaur, which looks like an apatosaurus, often called a brontosaurus, include the fact that their grandchildren love him, he is a conversation-starter and the Angevines enjoy animals, particularly reptiles.
“The cross is equally as old as dinosaurs and I like the dinosaur,” said Robert Angevine, who does not believe in the theory of evolution.
Barney/Dino was a leftover from Jubilee Park, a defunct amusement park that used to be in Carolina Beach. Robert, a mechanic, was doing some work at the park as it was being dismantled and asked for the dinosaur as payment.
“It’s an eye-opener, a magnet,” Robert said. “It is absolutely a conversation piece. And what we would really like to talk about is spirituality and God.”
“And our savior Jesus Christ,” Susan added.
The Angevines have lived in their Holbrooke Avenue home for 23 years and have four children, three sons and a daughter, and four grandchildren.
They used to have alligators, as well as other animals, in their backyard but “got into some trouble” for it, Susan said. But even though they had to give up their alligators, Robert has covered his entire truck with a vinyl material made to look like alligator skin. He said he wants to cover another of their vehicles, a white Ford Explorer, in vinyl albino alligator skin to resemble the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s albino guest, Luna.
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Date posted: June 17, 2011
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Mathew Mark Lukenjohn