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  1. Some of you may have known Skip Mendenhall who passed away last Thursday after a long bout with cancer. He was 82 years old and was survived by Sally, his wife of 62 years, and his daughter Charis. Skip was very active in the Roadrunners Prospecting club in the 2000's so many of you may have run into him along the way. He was my old prospecting buddy and like a second father to me. In fact he came into my life just before my father died. We talked several times a week every week and we adopted each other's families. We first met about 20 years ago at Rich Hill and hit it off like we had k
  2. I have a friend who has a couple pounds of mercury he would like to sell. I don’t know how much he wants for it yet but if anybody is interested I’ll ask him.
  3. Sonny wins. Skip is a great guy and has quite a legacy there in Roosevelt County. I was so impressed with him that I wanted to post his photo to let people who are interested in meteorites but haven’t heard of him have a chance to find out about him for themselves. One meteorite he found has been cited in over 100 scientific publications. He witnessed the Portales meteorite fall in 1998. One of those stones hit a barn right behind his house. Those are Roosevelt County meteorites.
  4. I had the great pleasure of meeting him recently.
  5. It was definitely humid but it didn't get wet. It was still the same this morning. I already tried the simple manual reset to FP by holding the on switch at startup. I sent it to Minelab West this morning. Thanks guys.
  6. I was out detecting today and discovered my LCD screen went blank. I can change functions and settings and it beeps appropriately but can't see what they are. The screen is still on but is blank or shows vertical lines. Does anybody know if there is a simple fix? I tried disconnecting the power and switching coils but no luck. If I need it fixed where do I send it? Thanks
  7. Did you find those by sight or with a detector? With all the trash there I can't imagine running a detector.
  8. I went to the City Center Hotel. Lots of good stuff. Bought some fossils, Libyan desert glass and one tiny piece of etched iron meteorite to use for educational purposes. Probably the most impressive thing I saw was a giant soft shell turtle fossil. It was a beautiful specimen but $300,000 was a little out of my budget.
  9. Heading down to check out some meteorites at the Tucson show but don't know where to go to see the most. I'm particularly interested in achondrites. Suggestions? Thanks.
  10. Hey Bill! I've been preoccupied with other things in life for a while but I hope to get back out in the goldfields again this winter. I really miss it. Glad you are out of hibernation. Thanks for all the good things you do for the hobby and nugget hunters. Now you are making liquid gold too!
  11. Mike, I'm not messing with anybody and I'm NOT trying to get in an argument with you or question your expertise. I didn't say it was or was not a meteorite because I wanted to make the point above which I think was very well made. I wasn't trying to "fool people" I was pretty clear about my intention, just getting an opinion to see if anybody would dare say that it actually is a meteorite. If I said it was a meteorite that had been classified it would defeat the whole point. If I had said it was a meteorite initially what would you have said? Would that have changed your opinion? It
  12. Cut it open! The suspense is killing me.
  13. The stone I posted actually is a meteorite which makes my point of how hard they can be to ID just from a photo. Although it definitely meets the "poop brown" criterion. It is not even a particularly odd stone, just another ordinary chondrite. If you saw it in person you would have little doubt. On the other hand I have seen other ordinary chondrites that even when in my hand I wasn't totally convinced. I only engaged in this thread because I think people are often too quick to judge a photo posted by a "newbie" as not being of a meteorite. In this case I have seen meteorites that lo
  14. I foolishly thought that since it fell to the ground and didn't go of that it was a dud so I picked it up and took photos. I hid it under a tree thinking that I might take it home later for a yard ornament. The YPG guy really freaked out at that suggestion! If it had gone off I would have been in the news and gone out with a bang! I just had to say that.
  15. OK, but I just don't know how you (and many others usually, but you are the only one to respond here) can make such definitive statements from a photo and no other info. Is it just because 99 times out of 100 when people post photos of suspect meteorites they turn out not to be, so you (and most others) are just playing the odds, or is there something that is so obvious about meteorites that they are easy to discriminate from just a single photo? What specifically are you looking for that is missing here? What about it makes it look so clearly like iron ore? To educate myself I've looked at
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