Nearly 100 years ago, a fresh faced journalism student at the Southern Branch of the University of California (now UCLA) walked into Ms. Pirie Davidson’s biology classroom (Campbell, 2000, 775). This young woman was not particularly interested in biology and, really, why would she have been? At the time, women were barred from attending any off-site field trips and science was thought to primarily be the work of men. However, it was not long before Hildegarde was captivated by the subject — so much so that she became Ms. Davidson’s lab assistant. Young Hildegarde was soon offered a position as a part-time day laborer sorting Smilodon (Saber toothed cat) fossils for renowned mammalian paleontologist Chester Stock at the Museum of Science, History, and Art of Los Angeles County (now known as the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County) at Rancho La Brea.