|Web-Account Since||02/23/2008 02:13:56|
|Last Online||05/11/2016 03:26:00|
|Last Updated||10/18/2013 17:58:18|
|Interests:||Tektites & Meteorites|
|Website URL (e.g. "www.imca.cc"):||www.starcatching.com|
I've been collecting meteorites and impactites since December of 2007,
but my fascination and love of space and science has been with me for
As with most children, I loved space. I have vivid memories of
the pride I felt when I memorized the 9 planets of our solar system
(Yes... back then it
was 9!) I can remember watching some of the early Apollo
missions on television and dreaming of being an astronaut. One of my
favorite Christmas gifts
was a little telescope. Even though it was barely good enough
to look at the moon, I spent many evenings outside staring up at the
Jump forward to November of 2007... I was watching a about show Libyan Desert Glass (LDG) called
"Ancient Asteroid" on the
National Geographic Channel
was fascinated about its meteoric origin and place in Egyptian
history. It was an amazing thing to consider... a natural event that
was so powerful that
it could literally melt the earth into glass. I watched the
show on my DVR several times over and decided that I would try to get a
piece of LDG. After
a little research, I found that the North Atlanta Trade
Center, Norcross, Georgia was hosting the
North Atlanta Gem, Mineral, Fossil, & Jewelry Show.
I decided that I would head over to the show and see if there
were any specimens of these glasses available from the the dealers.
On the way out of the center, I noticed that there was a small table near the entrance with a sign reading "Meteorite Association of Georgia (MAG.)" I thought to myself that this would be an opportunity to show the meteorite to some of these folks and confirm if I had purchased the real thing, and if I had paid a reasonable price for the specimen. I produced the rock for their inspection and to my surprise one of the members, a collector named Dave Gheesling, was able to tell me the type of meteorite it was as soon as he saw it and given the weight and the aesthetics of the specimen I'd gotten a very good deal. Little did I know, but Dave had also taken a picture of me when I came up to the table... so I have a photographic record of my first meteorite purchase and meeting with the MAG folks. You can see the picture in my website. After a brief conversation, I decided to join the group and learn as much as I could about tektites and meteorites.
Since that time my involvement in the hobby has been meteoric -- in all senses of the word. I attended my first MAG meeting in January of 2008 and created a Website for the group focusing on Georgia meteorites and tektites. I joined the International Meteorite Collectors Association (IMCA #3138) in February of 2008. I've had the opportunity to be out in the field hunting meteorites in Georgia and Arizona, as well as hunting tektites in the North American Strewn field. I have even spoken to elementary and middle school children about tektites and meteorites. My meteorite collection has grown to more than 800 specimens from over 225 locations, and my impactite collection is even more extensive, covering all of the major strewnfields and impact sites. And recently, in April of 2011, I was elected to the position of President of the Meteorite Association of Georgia, following the term of the founding President, Anita Westlake.