A lifetime native of Southwest Oklahoma, Judson Troop was born in Lawton on March Fifteenth, 1953.  Diagnosed with Asthma at age two, he spent most of his childhood years inside, reading and dreaming about the great reptiles that once roamed our planet. 

At the age of four, his parents purchased two books: World Book Encyclopedias and The World in Which we Live, and the Dinosaurs came alive on the pages both in fact and in pictures.  Within a year he started a collection of wax figures of Tyrannosaurus Rex, Brontosaurus, Triceperatops, Pteranodon, Stegosaurus, and Dimetrodon.  His Grandmother’s heavy quilts quickly turned into the mountain ranges and valleys of prehistoric Earth and forever captured his imagination.

Judson graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1975, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism.  He spent the next two years as a reporter for the Lawton Constitution newspaper, while also performing duties as Managing Editor for the national magazine, The Choral Journal.

Today, Judson works as a Technical Writer for a Defense Contractor, supporting the mission of American military servicemen and women throughout the world.  When he’s not writing technical manuals, he spends his time dreaming and writing about great adventures filled with Dinosaurs, Pirates, and the lost gold mines of the desert southwest.

The story, Gatekeeper- Day of the Dinosaurs, is a unique blend of Prehistoric excitement and modern realism that brings back the days of adventure so absent from much of the literature of the day.  It’s a read that offers its share of nail-biting action, in a clean, wholesome language, safe for readers of all ages. 

Interestingly enough, there is growing evidence concerning man and dinosaurs that demands to be answered. All over the world have been found strange petroglyphs and other man-made objects that contain striking likenesses of dinosaurs. If man had not seen these creatures alive, then how could he have made such accurate designs of them? Check out these websites and make your own decisions based on real facts, not dogmatic theories.  Here are just a couple of sites: