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    Ring found 30 years ago - returned!

    The owner of a ring, that I found 30 years ago, has been finally reunited with his 1968 High School ring.
    It was found close to first base on a baseball diamond behind a old grade school. One of the problems
    with finding owner was the middle initial in Script could have been three different letters. And there were 1900
    kids in that class.

    Two people helped in this project. the first was a classmate who provided names of people from the
    correct yearbook. The second was someone very good at finding people's location today with current
    phone numbers. Many thanks to both of you!

    We met on Sunday, on the original ball field and I showed him exactly where his ring was found. He
    could not believe that someone would go to all the trouble I did to find him. He thought the ring
    had long been melted down for scrap gold value. He was very happy and gave me a nice reward. As it
    turns out, his daughter actually lost the ring, because she was taking the ring and wearing it at the time.
    He was amazed that anyone was still this honest. I just laughed and said, 'sure, you just never
    hear about them on mainstream news.'

    The original ring cost him $27. Today the same exact company sells that white gold ring for between
    $365 - $465.

    The whole area is under construction and they are tearing down the school and building townhouses
    on that plot of ground. I have no idea if the ballpark will go or stay.

    After false starts, assuming wrong middle initial, and many dead ends and no responses returned -
    a 46 year old ring was finally back in it's proper owners hands. He was a very nice person and well
    worth the trouble that it actually took to find him. It was a happy ending!

    p.s. I intend to contact local newspaper to see if they want to cover the story. I don't know what their policy is regarding photos
    (exclusive rights) and all that fine print.

    Last edited by Ocean7; Jan 30, 2015 at 01:25 AM.
    Everybody has an opinion - this is mine. Humor will be part of that opinion. I've found things - some can only dream about. Some was pure luck, some was pure knowledge and skill. After 40 years at MD'ing (off and on), I know a few things about finding treasure lost in the ground. As a retired software engineer, I now have unlimited time on my hands. Life really doesn't matter unless you are true to yourself and in your dealings with other people.

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    Sorry Honey, I can’t. I’ve got plans with my metal detector.

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    Very cool, he must have floored to get the news of his found ring.
    EVERY COIN, SILVERS, AND TOKENS FOUND IN FLORIDA I SOLD...STARTING FRESH IN MARYLAND

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigWaveDave View Post
    Very cool, he must have floored to get the news of his found ring.
    yeah he thought I was joking with him or something. He was pretty bowled over after all those years!
    Everybody has an opinion - this is mine. Humor will be part of that opinion. I've found things - some can only dream about. Some was pure luck, some was pure knowledge and skill. After 40 years at MD'ing (off and on), I know a few things about finding treasure lost in the ground. As a retired software engineer, I now have unlimited time on my hands. Life really doesn't matter unless you are true to yourself and in your dealings with other people.

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    now I have to see if I can promote the hobby by contacting local newspapers to see if they want to print the story!
    Last edited by Ocean7; Jan 30, 2015 at 01:26 AM.
    Everybody has an opinion - this is mine. Humor will be part of that opinion. I've found things - some can only dream about. Some was pure luck, some was pure knowledge and skill. After 40 years at MD'ing (off and on), I know a few things about finding treasure lost in the ground. As a retired software engineer, I now have unlimited time on my hands. Life really doesn't matter unless you are true to yourself and in your dealings with other people.

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    Congrats on the "Happy Return" may the good Karma follow you !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoinandRelicMan View Post
    Congrats on the "Happy Return" may the good Karma follow you !!
    Thanks C&RMan! It has so far in life - maybe I'll find that cache now.
    Everybody has an opinion - this is mine. Humor will be part of that opinion. I've found things - some can only dream about. Some was pure luck, some was pure knowledge and skill. After 40 years at MD'ing (off and on), I know a few things about finding treasure lost in the ground. As a retired software engineer, I now have unlimited time on my hands. Life really doesn't matter unless you are true to yourself and in your dealings with other people.

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    Congratulations on the finding and locating the owner of the ring.

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    Nice job on the return! Your persistence has paid off and is inspiring me to try again to locate the owner of a 1967 Class ring that I found in the late 1970s. I gave up trying to locate the owner after several unsuccessful attempts.

    "...if this is tea bring me coffee, and if it is coffee bring me tea."
    An unidentified “distinguished citizen of North Carolina, January 1840 in the “Madison Courier” of Madison, Indiana

 

 

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