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Re: Monahans garbage

   Understood. Thanks for the note. I did make a few comments in the past
month. They may be thought of as "a big stink". Although for some reason I
was booted twice (not on purpose as far as I know!) and had to re-subscribe.
Mainly that I felt the price of some of these new pieces were (IMHO) way the
heck out of line. I also commented that people can do what they want but I
wasn't going to participate in raising prices buy buying these specimens for
the (IMHO) outrageous sums that will be asked in the near future. I'm not
about to argue about the auction, people are free to be in it of coarse. I
hope the kids get a good sum of money naturally but there will not be many
people that will be able to buy a small piece of Monahans or Portales for
that matter if prices are allowed to be raised to unreal ammounts.
The details of this meteorite's auction was slow in coming. If you came out
immediately and gave the facts alot of this negative energy would have been
alleviated sooner. If the reporter took your comments out of context then I
understand and apologize. If not than my original comment still stands. I
didn't e-mail you personally because we were discussing it on the list, hey,
that's what it's there for. My comments probably wouldn't have made any
differance anyway. 

Tom Randall

At 06:54 PM 7/24/98 EDT, you wrote:
>In a message dated 7/24/98 3:53:30 PM Central Daylight Time, trandall@mhv.net
><<  I find the last sentence uncalled for. Guess he wants to only deal with
> rich folks. I'll take my 2 nickels elsewhere, no problem. With an attitude
> such as that one he doesn't deserve my meager money and probably could care
> less. I have found out that a lot of folks on this list are NOT like this
> guy. For that I am grateful.
> Regards,
> Tom Randall  >>
>Tom and list,
>Tom, my file cabinet reveals that you have only made one post in the last
>month, and it was not about the auction process.  I have been off the list for
>over a month and I do not remember a post being forwarded to me regarding you
>having a problem with the auction.  So I would assume you are not to be
>considered as one of those who made a big stink.  But even if you were, and I
>didn't know about it since you did not write me directly, you still don't need
>to feel insulted.  That was not what I intended to do.
>If you didn't notice, that was a quote in a newspaper attributed to me from a
>reporter.  I talked with the reporter for probably an hour and he took
>everything I said and scrunched it into that one paragraph cutting out about
>59 minutes and 45 seconds of everything else I said.
>My whole intent was not to talk about how rich or poor people are.  I am fully
>aware that the largest portion of the meteorite world collects ~$20 pieces,
>not $20,000 pieces. The reporter was asking me about the "stink" that was
>being raised on the list.  I said that it was funny to me that if it really
>bothered them that much, I would have figured they would have contacted me
>privately before going public with their concerns.  I told him that some
>people had emailed or called me asking about the change in the auction.  I
>told him that I felt I had explained it to THOSE people's satisfaction.  
>About the "two nickels to rub together" comment, it was said as a figure of
>speech, not to be taken literally.  I was saying that the rock will sell for
>at least $20,000 and possibly much higher.  And that as far as I knew, the
>people complaining on the list had no plans of bidding.  I should have said
>that "they don't have two $10,000 bills to rub together.  And that is not an
>insult to those of you don't have $20,000 extra cash laying around.  I don't
>have that much extra cash so who am I criticize others in the same boat?
>And if I knew he was going to pull those "sound bites" together in such a way,
>I would not have said them at all.  My whole context of all those statements
>to him was that there are many more dealers in the meteorite world than the
>one or two complaining on the list and that there are many more collectors in
>the world other than the relatively few collectors that are complaining on the
>Should I apologize for the reporter doing what he did, or what his editor did?
>If so, I am sorry.  Probably what I should have said when the reporter called
>was "No Comment" then hung up.  But then who knows what would have been

>Steve Arnold

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