Bob Haag scours the world looking for rocks. Rocks from outer-space. He is the self-proclaimed Meteorite Man.
Whenever and wherever rocks fall from the sky, The Meteorite Man shows up. He is not subtle in putting out the word that he is ready to buy. He drives down roads shouting his intentions through loudspeakers. He puts up wanted posters. He passes out business cards. He always brings along a big wad of cash ready to buy the rocks that can be worth 100 times more than gold.
When a meteorite falls to earth, Haag is in a race with his competition that plays out like a scene from an Indiana Jones movie. He has driven for days across the Libyan desert through blinding sun and sand hoping his gas and water didn't run out and constantly getting stuck in the sand. He crashed his plane in Baja and landed in jail in Argentina in his quest for the space rocks.
"Whatever it takes. If you got to sing and dance and charm them a little bit to get them to sell it to you. I'm going to try all of the above," said Haag. "I've traded meteorites for gold, cars, guns, smiles, you name it."
He claims to have the largest private collection of meteorites in the world and has sold millions of dollars worth of rocks.
Haag has a long mane of hair that reaches past his shoulders and an energized persona that may remind you of an extreme sports athlete or "the Motorcity Madman" Ted Nugent- careening around a stage. His friends say his personality "just fills up a room."
He says, "You gotta go for it, because if you're going to sit around watching TV, that's all you're going to know, brother!"
His competitors may call him a circus showman, a P. T. Barnum, but he prefers being compared to a super hero. That is why he adopted that nickname METEORITE MAN.
Haag got started buying and selling meteorites about 20 years ago. He took his $400 savings and bought his first piece of a meteorite. He sold it for $2000, then, reinvested the money in ads and more space rocks
The Meteorite Man's home base is Tucson, Arizona, but he is constantly traveling the world. His friends say that he will pick up at a moments notice and go off on his quest. One week he was in Texas. The next week, Africa. On his way back, he stopped in England to find a man who was walking to a pub and was almost hit by space rocks. The man thought someone was throwing rocks at him.
In 1990, a man in Argentina sold him a 37 ton meteorite, the second biggest in the world. He rushed down to Argentina, took along a film crew, then rented the biggest crane in the country. They picked up the giant meteorite and trucked it to a ship that was waiting for them at the coast. He paid the man tens of thousands of dollars for the rock, but neglected to get a receipt.
The Meteorite Man was arrested and thrown in jail. It turned out that the man did not own the meteorite. The government of Argentina did. By the end of the week, Haag and his jailer were best buddies and drinking wine together.
Haag was acquitted and was forced to leave Argentina without his meteorite and without his money.
The publicity generated caused people from all over the world to contact him with their meteorite finds.
He says, "Indiana Jones would have been proud."
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