Got thinking about a few of my old coin hunting haunts back in New Jersey, and the Flemington Fairgrounds was one of them. The Flemington Fair (or Hunterdon County Fair as it was called early on) started in the 1850’s and continued until 2003, attracting thousands year after year. It was also the site of the famous Flemington Speedway.
I was fortunate enough to be able to hunt there, and the number of old coins I found there would probably fill a cigar box, but I have to also add that I worked my ass off to find them. The grounds were littered with bottlecaps, pulltabs, you name it. In amongst them….Liberty Seated, Barbers, Indian Heads and even a few Large Cents, not to mention the newer silver coins.
Today, on this site you have a huge shopping center, featuring a WalMart and a Lowes. I thought I would bring this up because just recently the Erie County Parks Commission in New York was talking about restricting detecting in their “historical” parks. Well folks there was nothing more historical than the Flemington Fairgrounds, yet the local powers to be decided it was better to replace it with big box, bullshit stores (you know, exactly like the same ones a few miles up the road).
So, don’t sit on your butt. Knock on that door and ask. Find out who is in charge and go for it because tomorrow it might be gone… I get mad every time I think about this, and it’s only one of a number of sites that I hunted years ago that are not available today. So much for the preservationists!
WHY OLD MEN DON’T GET HIRED!
Human Resources Manager: “What is your greatest weakness?”
Old Man : “Honesty.”
Human Resources Manager: “I don’t think honesty is a weakness.”
Old Man : “I don’t really give a shit what you think.”
This courtesy of John Howland (of course).
A VISIT WITH OLD FRIENDS
When Robert Proenza emailed last week wanting to donate a detector to the Ken MacIntyre effort, I promised I would get in the Pug Bug and visit American Detector Distributors. I did that yesterday and met up with Robert and his father Bill, whom I’ve known for over 25 years. American Detectors is located in Bedford, Texas, about an hour from where I suffer here in Texas, and is a wholesaler/distributor for many of the top line detectors.
I must say I was knocked over at the operation and it’s new setup. I say that because years ago I worked for Bill after leaving Garrett, and ADD was just starting to grow. Today they occupy three store fronts, and if it’s related to treasure hunting in any way shape or form, they have it! Their stock room is chock full to the point where they can’t open any of the incoming shipments, and the shipping department was humming.
After a tour of the various areas, I spent some time checking a few of the various models hanging on the wall, and was impressed with Robert’s knowledge of each one I picked up. He could answer all my questions quickly, and he even shared a few tips on various setups and nuances. He most definitely knows his business, and was straight forward with his opinions and thoughts on each one I looked at.
It was great to see Bill again, and we spent some time talking about the good ole days, the people and characters we had both lost touch with, and of course some of those fun times we had. Fun times that I would love to share here but cannot. You see both Bill and I are married….
While American Detector Distributors is primarily a wholesale operation they also have a retail store front, and I highly recommend a visit if you live in the Dallas, Fort Worth area. They are located at 510 Hardwood Road, Suite K and if you need directions, give them a call at the 800-933-2897. They carry metal detectors, both hobby and security, pin-pointers, diggers, pouches, books and so much more. They not only welcome shoppers, they have a dining room table in the front of the store if you want to just sit down and talk treasure hunting (hint…donut store a few doors down). If you do decide to visit be sure and tell them Dick Stout sent you.