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Ann Hodges
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    Born in Sylacauga, Alabama
    Only documented person (as of 2007) to have been struck by a meteorite as it fell from the sky (November 30, 1954)
    Meteorite was 8.5 pounds in weight and the size of a grapefruit
    Object crashed through the roof, bounced off a large wooden radio (destroying it)and struck her on the arm and hip
    Donated the meteorite to the University of Alabama's Museum of Natural History (1956)
    Her birth date has been given as 1920 and 1923, and the only blurb about her death was 'died of kidney failure in a nursing home in 1972.'
    First the government took her rock, then when she got it back her landlady sued for it.
    By the time the courts gave her control, interest in it had waned and she donated it over her husband's strong objections.
    She was always uncomfortable with the publicity given to her and her 'visitor.'
    The meteorite severely bruised her and some believe she never fully recovered.
    Her husband never completely got over her decision to donate the rock and divorced her in 1964.
    Though the museum calls the object the Hodges Meteorite, it incorrectly lists her injury from it as 'only a bruised leg.'
    A neighbor found a piece of the meteorite down the road and sold it for a large sum of money while she never earned a cent from her misfortune.

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