Friday March 6 | Remembering Donald Haack

March 6, 2009 at 9:00 am | Posted in Coming Up | 1 Comment

Local diamond merchant, philanthropist and adventurer, Donald Haack passed away last Sunday. He’s written about his life mining diamonds in the jungle and joined Mike Collins in 2004. As a way of remembering a Charlottean who will be greatly missed, we share the conversation again.
Donald Haack – Diamond Merchant and Author of Bush-Pilot in Diamond Country

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  1. Thanks Charlotte Talks for introducing me to the late Donald Haack. Although the tales of the Bushmaster stare-down following an air crash, the looped turn on instruments to escape a boxed canyon, and an encounter with four armed desperadoes while using a sensory enhancing drug can never be corroborated they convinced me than Haack was a master mesmerizing storyteller. His explanation of telepathic ESP (receivers and senders with the animal kingdom involved- jungle telegraph) was one of the best I’ve ever heard. I only hope young Americans realize Donald Haack was of a different era and that similar entrepreneurial adventures are no longer feasible, if they ever were.

    I imagine that buying diamonds at his shop might be akin to staring down a giant pit viper, but if he threw in a story he earned the price. The archive of this particular Mike Collins show is a gleaming jewel, expertly cut and polished.

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