What or who got you interested in meteorites and
how old were you when you got your first meteorite?
My interest started while observing the Perseid meteor shower. Was
around 18 at the time and thought how cool it would be to actually be
able to hold a rock from outer space in my hands. One day I was looking
through the pages of Sky & Telescope magazine and came across Robert
Haag's Meteorite ad. I immediately ordered his catalog with all the fine
pictures and have been hooked ever since.
What was your first meteorite?
My first meteorite was and is still a favorite of mine. A 1361 gram
Canyon Diablo Iron from the "Meteorite Man" Robert Haag.
Canyon Diablo, Arizona. 1,361
Do you still have it?
Yes, although I've made attempts to sell it, I do still have it in my
Does your Family share in your interest in
No, my parents think its a waist of money! I explain what a great hobby
it is as well as a great investment but they still don't get it.
Do you have any special approaches to collecting?
(Type collection, only stones, only irons, only by aesthetics, etc., or
any and all that you like.)
Although I started out with mainly smaller specimens my interest has
grown to collecting the larger ones. Mainly the BIG irons like Gibeon,
I have a small room set up called my "Showroom". Its sorta like a mini
Do you mind saying how many locations your
Only about a dozen or so. Since I am interested in larger specimens the
number of localities is small.
Is your collection displayed or kept in a dry box
Its displayed through out a small room in my home. I like to have them
displayed around the room where I can always see them.
In what ways do you use your computer for meteorites?
I use it mainly for hunting space rocks, dealer websites,ebay etc. I
also use it for something new I've started about 5 months
ago now called "ROCKS FROM SPACE PICTURE OF THE DAY
the meteorite list send me there favorite meteorite pics and I post them
on a daily basis. It's a good way for collectors
to share there collection.
Do you ever hunt for meteorites?
Would like to one day but haven't made the time or effort to yet.
What is your favorite meteorite in your collection?
All are a favorite but if I had to choose it would be between my 5000
gram Sikhote-Alin and a 10.5 kilo Gibeon, both purchased from Jim Strope
Sikhote-Alin, USSR. 5000
grams. Coursest octahedrite
GIBEON, Namibia Africa.
10.5 kilograms. Fine octahedrite. Discovered 1836.
Purchase from Jim Strope of Catch A Falling Star.
What makes these of special interest?
The history, but most of all the way they look. They look like what you
imagine a rock from outer space should look
What meteorites are currently on your wish list?
None at the moment. I search the web and if I see one that I like I
What methods have been most successful in building your
(Buying at shows, from dealers by mail, auctions on the web, trading... etc)
I owe a lot of credit to my collection to Jim Strope. He's been really
helpful. I purchased my first sikhote-alin from him
in 1997 and have been dealing with him ever since. He's really one of
the best if not the best in the business.
Have you had to take any special measures to protect them from
I have had pretty good luck with my big irons. I did have to let a 32
kilo Campo go because it started flaking, rusting etc.
That was one of the first ones found. I think the newer Campos hold up
better against the environment.
As a precaution I do WIPe them down with a gun cloth from time to time.