Recently Butch Holcombe, publisher of The American Digger magazine, mentioned my website, and also went on to say that I was one of the true pioneers in the hobby. While I appreciate that kind comment, I must take umbrage to it. I am most certainly not a pioneer. I didn’t blaze any trails, nor did I ever enter into unknown territories. I will accept the term “oldtimer” or “old fart”, but not pioneer.
I got to thinking about who are the real pioneers in this great pastime, and started jotting down names. I hesitate to share them only because I will surely leave a few out. Let me know your thoughts on this, and tell me who I left out, and who “inspired” you most early on.
Then again maybe pioneer is not the word to use here…. Perhaps hero, inspiration, teacher or mentor might be a better choice? I also could have added a lot of great people involved in the manufacturing arena, but tried to keep to those who really did it “in the field” (and yes John Howland, I know you did it in the field quite a few times, but I am talking about something entirely different).
A few names that came to mind…..
Charles Garrett, Richard Ray, Abe Lincoln, Hardrock Hendricks, Karl von Mueller, Glenn Carson, George Mroczkowski, Ken White, Sr., Roy Lagal, A. M. Van Fossen, A.T. Evans, Bob Marx, Roy Volker, Rocky LeGaye, Jimmy Sierra, Ray Smith, Bill Mahan, Ernie Curlee, Ty Brook, Jack and Eleanor Hube, Betty Weeks, Lucile Bowen, Paul Tainter and Michael Paul Henson, Mel Fisher and Karl Fismer.
I’ve read about these people, their adventures, and was privileged to meet most of them. Fascinating individuals and true pioneers….
Here again, I know I am forgetting a few others, and hope you will help add to this list, if not for any other reason, than for the fun of it. You can email me at Disc440@tx.rr.com, or you can enter a comment here on my blog……
PACKRAT ON THE MEND
Larry Bateham emailed me the other day and shared the following…”Just wanted let everyone know what’s happening. I go back to work on August 1st with no restrictions. I am taking preventative chemotherapy for a while, but only 1 day a week with 2 drugs. Everything is still good, no signs it has gone anywhere. This is just to increase the odds of nothing else happening. Had my first treatment yesterday, and I feel fine so hopefully it will continue with no problems.”
Terrific news Larry, stay in touch. You have a lot of friends in this pastime who care….
TREASURE LOST….OF A DIFFERENT SORT
Found this artilce and found it rather amusing. What a shame. Cannot imagine the tension, the feedback, the guilt and the sense of loss…..