Well on Wednesday, the newest detecting show on TV, Dig Fellows will air at 8pm Eastern Time on the Travel Channel. Bill Ladd & Howard Hewitt are not new to the pastime, and have shared their adventures on YouTube for some time. Simply type Dig Fellas in the search area and watch.
While no one has yet seen this show or has any idea of what it will be like, the reviews are already out there. Just go to any detecting forum and you will find the pans, put downs, and verbal wishes for a quick demise. Seems everyone has become a television critic, and most of the criticisms usally come from the “I can do it better” folks. They are worried about the competition this and other detecting shows might produce. A Valid criticism? Perhaps, but I prefer to look at these shows as entertainment and an introduction to the masses of what it is we do. Yes, I know there’s some over-the-top silliness and overacting, but face it…. what we do can be boring as hell, and if you prefer that, there’s already a zillion videos out there from tekkies who love wearing cameras on their head.
Will an influx of new detectorists hurt your chances of finding that next coin or relic, or might they help save the pastime by adding their voices to our never ending battle against restrictive legislation? Remember, as our numbers grow so does our clout. Will they get out there and leave holes unfilled? Maybe, but we have had this problem for years and we will always have to police our own and educate the newcomer.
I know I am in the minority, but I think these shows are getting better with each new series, and over time we will have a treasure hunting show or two that we will enjoy and be proud of. Just hang in there, give them a chance and for crissakes stop your pissing and moaning. That’s my job and I don’t appreciate the competition!
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW…THE PRIZE LIST CONTINUES TO GROW…
The number of prizes for the Relic Roundup drawing on October 21st continues to grow, and I want to thank Mike from K.B. Slocum Books for donating over $200 in books. We now have over $7,000 in prizes, and hope you will consider buying a few tickets for a chance to win one of them, and in the process help a friend in need. I also have no doubts that this prize list will continue to grow in the coming days.
Please, if you are a member of a club, pass this information along to your members, and urge them to participate. Better yet, take up a collection, and send the money in to Anita at American Digger magazine, and she will send you your tickets (self addressed envelope please). To see a listing of all the prizes, and to find out how to participate click HERE.
I want to also thank Butch, Anita and Jeff at American Digger Magazine for all their hard work. They are the heart of this effort and I cannot thank them enough.
I also urge you all to stay abreast of Ken’s situaton by clicking on this early photo…
WHAT TO SAY?
I recently agreed to be a guest speaker at a local club meeting and have absolutely no clue what to talk about. I have not been detecting in a while, not up on the latest detectors, and don’t want to rehash the good ole days. If my arthritis wasn’t so bad Id take my guitar and play a ditty or two or tap dance. Also most of my jokes I got from Howland, and they are not fit for mixed company so that rules out stand up comedy. I thought about just leaving it up to the club members to ask me questions, but I have a feeling they would tire of me saying “I don’t have a clue” or “nope”.
This dilemma is nothing new. I have been asked numerous times to speak at meetings, and always feel unqualified. There seems to be a perception out there that I am an authority on all things detecting and treasure hunting and nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, I have been at it for some time, have written about it and worked briefly for one of the manufacturers. Other than that? Just an old guy with a metal detector that enjoys looking for old coins.
So, if you have any suggestions let me know. Otherwise I will show up, wing it, improvise, vamp some, fudge a lot and play possum. To be honest I am only doing it because I heard the food was good!