[meteorite-list] The True Story of Ann Ho dges: History’s Only Meteorite Victim
From: Frank Cressy <fcressy_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:06:57 -0800
Dug deep into my files to get this data.
Two specimens from the Dr. Elbert King collection were sold in 1999. These were described core samples and I can only believe they were from the "Hodge's" stone. The core fragments weighed 3.2 grams and 39.1 grams.
Dr. Jim Schwade had a 162 gram slice from the second stone that he received in trade with the Smithsonian. I believe that most of the samples one sees for sale now are from this slice. (My 0.44 gram part slice came from that slice :-)
Don't know how much more, if any, has been deaccessioned by the Smithsonian.
On Sunday, January 18, 2015 12:46 PM, Michael Farmer via Meteorite-list <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com> wrote:
None, not a gram.
> On Jan 18, 2015, at 1:42 PM, Shawn Alan via Meteorite-list <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com> wrote:
> Hello Frank and Listers
> And its the second stone that was donated to the Smithsonian that is on
> the meteorite market from time to time. I wonder how much of the first
> stone that hit Mrs. Hodges is available to collectors?
> Shawn Alan
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>> -------- Original Message --------
>> Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] The True Story of Ann Ho dges: History?s
>> Only Meteorite Victim
>> From: Frank Cressy <fcressy at prodigy.net>
>> Date: Sun, January 18, 2015 11:37 am
>> To: Shawn Alan <shawnalan at meteoritefalls.com>, Meteorite Central
>> <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com>
>> Hello all,
>> The article isn't clear where the stones are. The meteorite that hit Mrs. Hodges is in the Alabama Museum of Natural History. A second stone (3.75 kg) was purchased by Stuart Perry and donated to the Smithsonian.
>> On Saturday, January 17, 2015 12:23 PM, Shawn Alan via Meteorite-list <meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com> wrote:
>> Hello Listers
>> I wish I was a victim from a meteorite Lunar fall :)
>> Enjoy the TRUe STORy
>> Shawn Alan
>> IMCA 1633
>> ebay store http://www.ebay.com/sch/imca1633ny/m.html
>> Website http://meteoritefalls.com
>> The True Story of Ann Hodges: History?s Only Meteorite Victim
>> January 16, 2015
>> By First to Know
>> Getting hit by a falling meteor is far more uncommon than getting struck
>> by lighting. How uncommon you might ask?
>> There is only one confirmed person in history to have ever been hit by
>> one. And she had the evidence to prove it.
>> Back in November 1954, Ann Hodges was taking a nap in her Sylacauga,
>> Alabama, home when a rock about 12 inches in circumference came crashing
>> through the ceiling. The meteorite then collided with her thigh, leaving
>> behind a large, conspicuous bruise. Thankfully, it didn?t smash into
>> her head, or the scene would have been much more gruesome.
>> When word got around about the meteor, the entire town flocked to her
>> home. There were so many people curious to see what happened that she
>> became extremely nervous and had to be taken to the hospital. Because
>> she was a simple country woman, she wasn?t used to all the attention.
>> It made her frenzied.
>> The incident didn?t end there.
>> Despite a government geologist confirming that the object was, in fact,
>> a meteorite, police confiscated it and requested the Air Force?s
>> verification. Many people in the tiny town thought the smoke trails in
>> the sky and loud explosion meant a plane had crashed, while others,
>> paranoid by the Cold War, blamed the Soviets. The object needed some
>> clearing up.
>> Once verified, the only other thing left to do was figure out who the
>> rock belonged to. Of course, Hodges believed it was rightfully hers to
>> ?I feel like the meteorite is mine,? she said, according to the
>> Alabama Museum of Natural History. ?I think God intended it for me.
>> After all, it hit me!?
>> But, as luck would have it, she wasn?t the only person wanting to
>> stake a claim for the space rock. Her landlady, Birdie Guy, wanted to
>> keep it for herself.
>> Guy found a lawyer and sued Hodges, alleging that it was hers because it
>> landed on her property. Although the law was leaning in her favor, the
>> community wasn?t too happy about that verdict. So, in exchange for
>> $500, they settled out of court.
>> Soon after, the woman and her husband, Eugene, received an offer from
>> the Smithsonian for the rock, though they turned it down ? hoping to
>> score a better offer. An offer they?d never get.
>> No one approached them to purchase the controversial entity. In 1956,
>> the Hodges wound up donating it to the museum. If you?re interested in
>> checking it out, it?s still on display.
>> The entire story is just a little heartbreaking, especially when you
>> consider that Ann suffered a nervous breakdown from the meteorite
>> According to the museum, ?she never did recover? from the frenzy
>> that followed that fateful day.
>> The couple later separated, and, in 1972, she went on to die of kidney
>> failure in a nursing home.
>> She ?wasn?t a person who sought out the limelight. The Hodges were
>> just simple country people, and I really think that all the attention
>> was her downfall,? explained museum director Randy Mecredy.
>> What makes this woman?s story so rare is that meteorites typically
>> fall into the ocean or land somewhere desolate (not on top of a woman
>> napping on her couch), according to Michael Reynolds, a Florida State
>> College astronomer.
>> ?Think of how many people have lived throughout human history,?
>> Reynolds said. ?You have a better chance of getting hit by a tornado
>> and a bolt of lightning and a hurricane all at the same time.?
>> In the photo above, Moody Jacobs reveals her bruise from the incident.
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