IMCA Insights – May 2008
It was always still mighty cold
where I lived in Michigan when the Tucson show rolled around each year
so flying to Tucson to add Arizona weather and good friends to my
passion for meteorites and rocks was something I always really looked
forward to. Instead of traveling my usual 2,000 miles in early February
to bathe in rocks, this year I only had to travel 211 because late last
year I moved from my home state of Michigan to the Southwest I have
grown to love over the years. Moving across the country was not as
pleasant for my furniture as it was for my stony friends, my cat, and
Bob Coty, Jeff & Malin Krosschell, Zann Ovitt and Adam Hupe
Adam provided us a vacation into the Lunar highlands with his new NWA 5000, an 11.5 kilo feldspathic breccia. We’ve all seen the pictures but they do not do this beauty justice. It is truly breathtaking in person. Adam watched the Lunar eclipse in late February through an ablation hole in an end cut of this incredible stone. Wouldn’t we all have loved to do that!
Mike Bandli, Eduardo
Jawerbaum, Lauren (Steve’s daughter) and
The flower arrangements on the tables were door prizes and a little oriented Sikhote Alin was tucked into each. The winners were Don Edwards, Adam Hupe, Anne Black and Carol Falls (Bob’s wife).
Don Edwards, Mike
Bandli, Eduardo Jawerbaum, Lauren &
It’s always nice to see
Don Edwards at the show each year. Don arranged to purchase/pick up
several items from Anne Black, Andi Gren and Erich Haiderer (all IMCA
members) and also added a piece of NWA 5000 to his collection.
IMCA Vice-President, Anne Black
Anne (Impactika) shared room 230 of the Inn Suites with Geoff Notkin (Aerolite). Even though they had a hugely impressive display of meteorites there, I am hereby nominating their room this year as the “fun room”. There were always laughing meteorite people mulling about in the hallway upstairs and the courtyard below their room. We send our condolences to Anne, whose father took ill during the show and passed away shortly after.
Lane & Theresa Moss, Carol & Dr. Art Ehlmann
At this year’s show Dr.
Art Ehlmann celebrated the birth of his The Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite
Collection Catalog, published by our very own Geoff Notkin of Stanegate
Press. If you don’t already have your copy, send an email to Geoff. It’s
not really a conventional catalog but instead it is Oscar Monnig’s
passion, nurtured and fed by Dr. Ehlmann with the help of many very
special meteorite guardians. Speaking of very special meteorite
Clockwise from left -
Fredrick "Fritz" Stephan, Larry Lebofsky,
Larry Atkins will tell
you came to the show to buy meteorites and socialize but he really came
to Arizona from Michigan to hunt with his metal detector. I know this
because I hunt with him. After the show this year Larry, Mark Bowling,
Floyd “Griff” Griffith and I headed northwest from Tucson. We didn’t
hunt Holbrook because it was flooded but we went to Franconia, Gold
Basin and Red Dry Lake. A lot of us are wearing the “skunked” hat after
a hunt but Larry hardly ever returns without something. Larry was
successful at Franconia and Red Dry Lake and Mark Bowling found his
first walnut-sized Gold Basin. I left northwest Arizona with good
memories, a few pieces of chalcedony, and pneumonia.