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Meteorites, Me, and the Newspaper

Last month, I had the very great pleasure of spending time with a couple of reporters from our local newspaper. We first crossed paths back in March at a fossil and mineral show in town, and mentioned that meteorites were my game.

Several months later, I got an email out of the blue that the reporters were interested putting together a story about me and my meteorite collection. We met up and I shared some stones and stories. Then we met up again for more. And again for more. They were sincerely interested, and I was happy to share. The results of their labors appears here in a Missoulian article available online, but in print, some of the pictures were quite large. Embarrassingly so.

In the past when I’ve talked to reporters, the topic often digresses into craters or dinosaurs, or fake meteorites, but this time the discussion stayed focused (mostly) on those aspects of meteorites I find so fascinating. The reporters were great about fact-checking, and triangulating information, and I applaud them for that. In today’s world where “alternative facts” can carry weight, I was pleased that most of the facts stayed true to my message, and those that deviated were still close enough for the point I was making.

So for this installment of the Accretion Desk, please take a moment and enjoy a well-written meteorite person article.

Until next time….

About the Author

Dr. Martin Horejsi is a Professor of Instructional Technology and Science Education at The University of Montana. A long-time meteorite collector and writer, before publishing his column The Accretion Desk in The Meteorite Times, he contributed often and wrote the column From The Strewnfields in Meteorite Magazine. Horejsi is currently a monthly columnist in The Science Teacher, a journal by the National Science Teachers Association.Horejsi specializes in the collection and study of historic witnessed fall meteorites with the older, smaller, and rarer the better. Although his meteorite collection once numbered over a thousand pieces with near that many different locations, several large trades and sales have streamlined the collection to about 250 locations with all but 10 being important witnessed falls.Many of the significant specimens in Horejsi's collection are historic witnessed falls that once occupied prominence in the meteorite collections of Robert A. Haag, James Schwade, and Michael Farmer. Other important specimens were acquired through institutional trades including those from The Smithsonian Institution, Arizona State University, and other universities.