Al Mitterling

AL Mitterling of Mitterling Meteorites bio

I’ve been collecting and selling meteorites since the late 1980’s when there wasn’t an internet and communications were by mailing letters back and forth. Back when there was less than two dozen dealers. Much has happened since then both good and bad.

I started out in the business in order to offer some much needed competition as there was very little and to offer up specimens at a fair price which was lacking then. My first "catalogs" were carefully type up lists with a picture or two. Later I produced 20 to 28 page color catalogs sending them to several hundred customers for several years.

My successes are: getting hard to find historical and rare specimens to buyers who want them. Keeping detailed records of transactions with museums and sellers for authenticity. I also don’t exaggerate claims on my specimens but simply state the interesting facts.

I have been an author in Meteorite Magazine multiple times and have written about major collections in the United States. This including the ASU Collection that include a major portion of the Nininger Meteorite Collection. I am also author of the Nininger Moments.

I don’t consider myself a meteorite hunter but do go out and hunt when time permits each year. I have been successful in finding meteorites in known locations when hunting.

If you have comments or questions please contact me at: almitt2 *at* localnet.com

Nininger Moment #20 The Science Of Learning To Recognize Meteorites

Nininger Moment #20 The Science Of Learning To Recognize Meteorites

In America Nininger noted that it was the village of Weston Connecticut that was first to realize a fall in the New England area and at a time when knowledge traveled slow and new ideas took time to be accepted. On the December Morning a Judge Wheeler witnessed the fall and asked to himself if […]

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Nininger Moment #21 The Tough Early Years

Nininger Moment #21 The Tough Early Years

A number of lessons that Nininger learned in the beginning of his quest for finding meteorites taught him early on that a program of hunting down meteorites would be a rewarding but difficult endeavor. In one of the early chapters of Find a Falling Star, at the beginning of each chapter is a wise saying. […]

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Nininger Moment #22 Changing The Main Stream Thinking On A Program Of Meteorites

Nininger Moment #22 Changing The Main Stream Thinking On A Program Of Meteorites

Besides Hunting for meteorites and his growing program of recovery, Nininger had a passion and a dream that there would sooner or later be an area of science of meteorites. His first efforts talking to a number universities, colleges, institutions, and museums that some sort of a program should be funded for their understanding and […]

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Nininger Moment #23 Not All Of Nininger Hunts Are Smooth, The Trip To Loreto, Baja California

Nininger Moment #23 Not All Of Nininger Hunts Are Smooth, The Trip To Loreto, Baja California

Often turning his travels, letters from various people, and talking to farmers, ranchers and many other sources, Nininger would run into stories about where a meteorite was thought to exist if he would only go and check it out. Early on he often would make special effort to check out such stories but in his […]

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Nininger Moment #24 The Springwater Pallasite

Nininger Moment #24 The Springwater Pallasite

One of the many letters Nininger received was one dated August 1931 from Saskatehewa, Canada. A meteorite was said to have been found in a field near the city of Springwater. This meteorite was of unique interest as only eleven others had been found in North America and none had been found in Canada. This […]

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Nininger Moment #25 The Sale of the Nininger Collection Part 1

Nininger Moment #25 The Sale of the Nininger Collection Part 1

Since there is a current discussion on the meteorite list of where the Nininger Collection is currently at, I thought it would be appropriate to generate this Nininger Moment. From the 1920’s to the late 1950’s Nininger had hunted meteorites and amassed a collection second to none. Hundreds of meteorites had been located, bought and […]

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Nininger Moment #26 The Sale of the Nininger Collection Part 2

Nininger Moment #26 The Sale of the Nininger Collection Part 2

With the sale of the first part of the Nininger Collection the Niningers for the first time in thirty five years were able to pay off debts, their mortgage, and go on a cruise. Nininger had carefully filed away many letters from people that had meteorite related stories that he wish and hoped to someday […]

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Nininger Moment #27 The Bondoc Philippine Meteorite Recovery Story

Nininger Moment #27 The Bondoc Philippine Meteorite Recovery Story

One of the largest and best meteorites might have gone undiscovered in not for Nininger’s effort and that of his friend John A. Lednicky. Only 2 other Philippine specimens had been found prior to the Bondoc find. It started when Nininger and Addie were on their 5 month long tour and after the sale of […]

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Nininger Moment #28 A Brief History About The Man

Nininger Moment #28 A Brief History About The Man

Harvey Nininger Meteorite Hunter Apply your mind to at least one problem which has never been solved, which in general is considered impossible of solution, but which, being solved would benefit humanity. Do with your life something that has never been done, but which you feel needs doing. From the time of Peter Pallas, Ernst […]

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