[meteorite-list] Kenya meteorite

From: Michael Gilmer <meteoritemike_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2011 22:07:02 -0400
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Hi Mike and List,

I bet when the "secret police" arrived, everyone's balloon-knot
tightened up a bit. When men with hard eyes and AK-47's want
something, the only reasonable thing is to give it. Thankfully they
only wanted money.

20 Questions -

So, about how many individual whole stones were recovered? Any stones
with distinct orientation/flowlines? Or, any stones with anomalous
features? Has any of this material been cut yet (if so, what did the
matrix look like)?

I'll trade you six chickens, a canoe, and 10 cowrie shells for the
main mass. ;)

Best regards and congratulations,


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On 8/23/11, Michael Farmer <mike at meteoriteguy.com> wrote:
> A little more background on the fall,
> First want to thank Greg Hupe who went with me for trip #2 less than a week
> after trip one. I wanted to get more money, get the first stones home safe
> and in the lab and back to Kenya. I had to cancel another trip planned for
> months with Greg, so only proper thing to do was invite him. He was most
> accomodating of the rapid change in continents we were going to visit when
> he saw the stones I got from the first trip.
> Congrats to Robert Ward who also recovered a stone in the field, saving it
> from sure destruction under tropical rains.
> We had a lot of fun, we also worked our asses off, dawn to dark, endless
> hours of every day stuck in traffic jams just to reach the strewnfield.
> Cobras, yes, I am not kidding, Greg had close encounter with a Cobra that
> stood up and scared one of our workers nearly to death, he ran from the
> field, Greg went to see it but it went down a hole before he saw it. Place
> crawling with snakes, I was of course in shorts:) so after the worker came
> screaming to the car, I left the field myself for safer quarters.
> The people were nice, the secret police found us, threatened us, got to the
> point and demanded their cut of the payday to allow us to work. The usual in
> Africa, another day, another shilling.
> I paid great money to the locals, either for stones or for workers and
> supervisors to monitor the workers, money none of them could refuse, most of
> them got a year or years of salary for stone worthless to them, changed
> their lives. For example the woman who sold me the 3.5 kg stone bought cows
> and pigs, went back to give her photos I promised her, she told me she
> invested some of the money in livestock, she bought 4 piglets and told me in
> a year she would have 20 pigs. she could not afford a single pig before that
> meteorite fell and like a gift from heaven, she got more money than she had
> ever seen in her life. I will not sell it.
> More than one month after the fall, hundreds of deperately poor people
> searching, 11.8 kg has been found plus the ~2.5 kg original mass.
> I thought more would be found, but not so easy.
> I flew 39,224 miles, spent more than $28,000 on expenses, went on safari,
> saw things I have never seen, and recovered a meteorite for science and
> collectors alike.
> Hopefully this is a good thing, but sadly I am sure some will try to destroy
> my work.
> Thanks for the support from those who like what I do to get you the things
> in your collections.
> Trying to work on a webpage, but my computer will have none of it, so giving
> up for the day. Will try again tomorrow.
> Michael Farmer
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Received on Tue 23 Aug 2011 10:07:02 PM PDT

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