This is the story of a NASA intern, Gary George who picked up something very valuable without realizing it and then carried it with him for decades as he moved around the country.
It’s not known who the winning bidder was. The winning intern, however, is pretty clear.
- Gary George, who interned at NASA when he was studying engineering at Lamar University in Texas long ago, that kind of packrattedness ultimately paid off big time–to the tune of almost $2 million in a single day.
- George had a side business while he worked at NASA. He’d buy things from government auctions and resell them.
- One day in 1973, he bought a truck full of used raw videotape from government agencies.
- George paid about $218 for more than 1,150 videotapes (about $981 today). He then sold eight of the tapes for $400 and planned to donate the rest to a church for the tax write-off.
- With no way to watch the videos, George didn’t have the proper equipment. He simply held onto them for decades, taking them every place he moved during his career as a mechanical engineer.
- The videos have only been watched three times since they were originally recorded in 1969.
- First, when George watched them in California, and next when he had contents of the videos copied and digitized.
- The videotapes were sold last Saturday (the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing) for the cool price of $1.82 million.