[meteorite-list] Curry Montrose Meteorites and Mexico Doug
From: Walter L. Newton <newton_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2011 09:17:09 -0600
Why would you suggest that Montrose Altrusa would get involved in
arbitrating the Curry phony meteorite controversy? Sandra Lee Tyler is
simply a member of Altrusa, and she has a "position" on their Yearbook
Committee. Montrose Altrusa has nothing to do with Steve Curry's "charities"
and "scientific" organizations. Your suggestion that Montrose Altrusa would
have anything to do with these "meteorite" sales (like the ICMA) is silly.
Why would they?
And you mention that you haven't seen any of these Curry "meteorites." Well,
here is some of the crap that he is personally selling...
... and if you have been reading the thread on Curry, you will realize that
he has managed to find other people and businesses in the Western part of
the state of Colorado to start selling his junk, both on EBay and in brick
and mortar stores. I say some of his junk in a rock shop just 3 weeks ago,
in Cimarron, Colorado. The store owner wanted 3000 dollars for a 30 gram
iron which looked like a cleaned Nantan. Curry's "certificate" claim the
piece was park of the "Montrose Iron" fall, which of course doesn't exist.
Since the meteorite list is for discussing meteorites, and it's not unusual
for the topic of meteor wrongs to come up on the list, I don't know why you
would complain about people using bandwidth to discuss Curry and his sludge?
Maybe this doesn't idiot Curry doesn't effect you. But it's certainly a
black spot on meteorite sellers and collectors, especially ones in Colorado.
It's hard enough to sell real meteorites to the general public. Many are not
even aware that private individuals can own such material, and when
presented with a meteorite, many guffaw and claim "how did you get a real
meteorite" or something similar. Last summer I had about 200 grams of UNWA's
in a display at a very popular rock shop up here in the Colorado Rockies, a
shop frequented by a lot of summer tourists, and we couldn't move a single
gram, mainly because customers would scoff at them, claiming they can't be
real. When I started collecting over 10 years ago, I was amazed that
something as wonderful as a meteorite could actually be legally owned by
People like Curry don't help the situation, not at any time. For me, this is
local, for you, this is far removed. Maybe you would be more concerned, more
interested if this guy was selling meteor wrongs and mislabeled material in
Just my two cents,
Walter L. Newton
Since we only see one side of this dispute on the list, If you guys
ever tire of sparring with Mr. Curry, why don't you just ask Ms. Sandra
Lee, his very respected housemate (listed in the white pages at their
same address) whether she can help you resolve your suspicions since
she has responsibility in the matter as well.
She apparently is a member of the large worldwide organization Altrusa,
an NGO which is dedicated to community service for the betterment of
the world and especially those less fortunate and I am sure they would
take it upon themselves to set the record straight, much like the IMCA
If you truly think there is something not right about the stones, Ms.
Sandra can be reached at : LEETYLER6 at GMAIL.COM according to Mr.
Curry's Colorado Charitable organization application in 2011,
Google-able on the internet. But if the email doesn't work just call
or email the Montrose Altrusa and I'm sure they'll offer to help out in
any dispute among its members since as the Chairman/Treasurer of the
Charitable organization Mr. Curry is working under, it is actually she
who would be responsible for the money generated by the charitable
meteorite sales, not Mr. Curry, who is simply the president, according
Altrusa Montrose is at:
However if you contact them and it turns out the rocks are authentic,
you should publically apologize profusely. I haven't seen the stones,
so actually I don't know anything about this dispute, but it is tying
up a lot of bandwidth so that is my 2 centavos.
Received on Wed 31 Aug 2011 11:17:09 AM PDT