[meteorite-list] The June 3rd sighting has not panned out

From: Adam Hupe <raremeteorites_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sat Oct 9 21:24:28 2004
Message-ID: <00f301c4ae66$7c61d4e0$6401a8c0_at_c1720188a>

Dear List,

I am finished following up leads generated by the June 3rd, bolide sighting.
I will never advertise again to check out suspected meteorites. I have
driven all over the state investigating suspected meteorites and have
fielded well over 200 phone calls without a single solid lead. Even the
most promising leads turned out to be dudes.

Some things I learned are:

No matter what you say, once somebody's got it in their head that they have
a meteorite you can not tell them differently.

If you tell them their suspected meteorite is terrestrial they may state
that it is a new type never seen before just like the ones they read about
on the internet.

If you tell them that their stone is not a meteorite and not worth $35,000,
or whatever amount they need to clear their debt, they think you are trying
to hoodwink them out of it even though no offers were extended.

I think after this last email I will go back to searching for meteorites
myself. This passage was pulled from an email I received after telling the
author he did not have a meteorite.

How can you say it is not a meteorite?You were not there where I was when I
saw and heard this thing hit the ground at more than max mach speed. it took
me days to get up the nervs to dig it out and I do not care what you say
because its mine not yours get it. If you found it it would be a meteorite
right but since I found it it is not.Come on lets be fair.I and my friends
know you want it thats why you tell me it is not what I know it is.Even if
you paid me $15000 for it I would not sell it to you. I already will have
somebody who respects it look at it so you can forget about it.

It is almost scary dealing with people like this.

All the best,

Received on Sat 09 Oct 2004 09:14:26 PM PDT

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