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Class ring found in bass fish 21 years after it was lost

The Associated Press reported via the Chicago Sun-Times that the blue-stoned class ring of a Texas man was found inside an 8-pound bass 21 years after the man lost it while fishing on Lake Sam Rayburn.
The ring was engraved with the man's name, Joe Richardson. The fisherman who discovered the tarnished ring inside his catch contacted Richardson on Nov. 28 in Buna, which is located about 100 miles northeast of Houston. The fisherman hero, who asked to remain anonymous, tracked Richardson down using the Internet.
“My first reaction was — you gotta be kidding,? Richardson said Wednesday.
Richardson, 41, said he lost the ring about two weeks after his 1987 graduation from Universal Technical Institute in Houston. His mother paid about $200 for it and was not happy it had gone missing.
Richardson said his career as a mechanic does not allow for the wearing of jewelry, so he tucked the undamaged ring away.
“I have not cleaned it,? he said. “I told my wife I don’t want to clean it.?