Received an email from Mark Schuessler, president of the FMDAC, and in it he mentioned that he has sent out inviations to all the metal detector manufacturers, magazine publishers, as well as the Task Force, and WWATS groups. The purpose of the invitations? To have them participate in a sit down, face to face meeting, resulting in a coming together of forces for the betterment of the pastime. This proposed meeting would take place during their 2013 convention.
I and many others have suggested such a meeting for years, and I thank Mark for attempting to make it happen. Here’s hoping the response is good, and that the varied interest groups understand the importance of it. I see no down side to this at all….
ONE YEAR AGO I LOST A FRIEND
I suspect most of you reading my blog have no clue who Joe Cook was, but one year ago Thursday , Joe Cook, a good friend, a dedicated and caring treasure hunter, an ambassador for the pastime, passed away.
Joe took over the presidency of the FMDAC when I moved on to work at Garrett, and he took the organization to new heights, creating regional chapters, something I was unable to do during my term. He was also responsible for moving the yearly convention around the country instead of holding in Atlantic City. I could go on and on, but I won’t here. If you would like to know more about Joe go to my website, today’s date, and click on the link I provided.
Joe I will never forget all the good times and I will never forget you. RIP….
TO MARY HAND….MY THANKS AND BEST WISHES!
On Friday of this week Mary Hand, secretary to Alan Holcombe, corporate manager at White’s, will retire. I have known Mary for some time now, and she is without a doubt something akin to a saint. Besides all of her routine duties, she has been the creative genius behind all of my books, correcting my errors, doing the layout and design, all the while putting up with my frequent emails, phone calls and tantrums. I will miss her greatly and wish her well in her retirement. She will be hard to replace and I know Alan agrees.
Mary, congratulations, have fun and please stay in touch, if for no other reason than to keep me on the straight narrow! Lastly, have one (or two) for me!