[meteorite-list] A Nininger Moment #19
From: almitt <almitt_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Wed Oct 6 10:23:44 2004
Success And Failures Hunting Meteorites
Along with many new found meteorite finds were hundreds of failures that
came with the success of
meteorite hunting. Nininger stated that with the discovery of new
meteorites came the glamour in the
minds of many persons that sat on the sidelines watching his adventures.
Nininger often had offers
from people to help in his quests from both friends and acquaintances.
Nininger stated that his success
rate seem better than they really were from the stand point of going out
and hunting down the many
leads he was presented with. Many times a backer (investor) of a lead
would not be rewarded with
a return on his money.
Meteorite finds have been more rare than discovery of comets in the sky.
Consequently any new
meteorite find was often considered a news worthy event by the press.
However the many fruitless
efforts that plagued his days were not so well known. Nininger stated
that they never attempted to
keep the failures secret, but the newsmen didn't deem them something to
publish. Nininger was
also not anxious to have each and every failure publicized as they out
numbered the finds by many
times, the successes were far and few between the failures.
Nininger always warned his investors of the chance that no rewards would
come about when he
check out a lead. Nininger's proposition was they would provide the cash
outlay for the trip (often
he would check out several leads at a time to make his efforts have a
better chance), he would
provide the knowledge and time to track the leads down. Any finds were
divided up 50/50
between the investor and Nininger.
Having people invest in his quest for new meteorites was an important
part of Nininger's efforts,
especially in the early days of his enterprise to track down leads.
Although he often came up empty
handed an investor who had faith and invested several times was often
reward sooner or later as
Nininger tracked down his leads. As he became better at the effort he
was able to better judge
which leads would pan out and which wouldn't. Checking out multiple
leads was always
economically wise and often lead to other lead and sooner or later new
The Nininger Moments are articles or books written originally by Harvey
Nininger and put
into a consolidated form by Al Mitterling. Some of the items written in
the moments might
be old out dated material and the reader is advised to keep this in
mind. Source: Find A Falling Star
Received on Wed 06 Oct 2004 10:24:46 AM PDT