Grayton’s meteoric moment: 30 years later, resident recalls discovery

Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 03:12 PM.

DuPont and two bodyguards flew in his private jet, complete with the DuPont logo, to the Pensacola Airport with cash stuffed in Delchamps paper bags. Gibson met Dupont at the terminal and walked the industry giant to his car, where the meteor was tucked in the trunk.

"I was numb all over," Gibson said. "I just kept thinking, 'Oh my Lord, this looks kinda shaky.'"

While Gibson politely declined to discuss the amount of money he received in the stellar sale, he did note that DuPont had paid him an extra $500.

Gibson called DuPont to let him know of the overcharge, but DuPont said to keep it for his time driving back and forth to Pensacola .

Even with the meteor out of his home, it has not left his mind.

The feeling of finding the meteor — once it was a confirmed meteor — has never gone away, Gibson said.

"I'd do it again in a heartbeat," he said. "I feel very privileged."

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