National Obituary Review

Dead Person of the Day – December 19 – Mel Fisher

0 Comments 18 December 2012


As the year – and possibly eternity – is winding down we’ve got one hell of an American story for your daily dose of DPD today.

Mel Fisher.

He was known for his optimism despite skeptical investors, mixed luck in the law courts, outstanding hand eye coordination, a leaky houseboat, and debts.

Mel was born in the murder capital of the world Gary, Indiana. He went to Purdue, majored in fencing then did the logical next step…which was move to California to raise chickens. We’ve all been there.

What made Mel different is that he had that good ole American wahoo spirit engrained in him. He wanted adventure. He wanted romance. So he married a woman named Delores. Then things get interesting.

He got into diving in SoCal, and started exploring. Upon moving to Florida he gave up those goddam chickens and began exploring below sea level full time. Nuts right? Thats what most people thought.

Mel thought he was crazy like a fox. In 1985 Mel struck pay dirt. He found the remains of a Spanish ship that had sunk in 1622 along with millions of booty. Booty!

Known as the “Atocha Motherlode,” Mels booty included 40 tons of gold and silver and was estimated at $450 mil.

Nice job Mel.

There’s a lesson to be learned here folks. When you’re down on your luck and people think you’re crazy….double down on the absolute craziest thing you can and everything will work out and you’ll become a millionaire.


Stuff your stocking with this obit and get me some fudge you animal.

Mel Fisher, 76, a Treasure Hunter Who Got Rich Undersea

Mel Fisher, a former chicken farmer who became a Horatio Alger figure among undersea treasure hunters, died on Saturday at his home in Key West, Fla. He was 76.

The cause was complications from cancer, the Mel Fisher museum in Key West announced. Continue

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