You’ve heard me talk about Dave Wise and Todd Hiltz here a few times (see here). They are very successful colonial cellar hole diggers in the Northeast and their finds never fail to knock me out. In any case Dave, (a.k.a., Heavy Metal Nut on all the forums) for whatever reason, has decided to start a Facebook page Legends & Inspirational People of Metal Detecting.
I was not aware of this until he messaged me the other day and mentioned that I was one of his first inductees, nominations, flunkies, brainfarts, whatever. Needless to say I was flattered, but also somewhat embarrassed since I don ‘t consider myself legendary or inspirational. You see his first four names were Jimmy Sierra, Ron Guinazzo, Ken White Jr. & I. I think I understand why Dave came up with these names but found it a somewhat interesting mix. Now Dave is being inundated with names for both categories and the list is growing by the minute.
When Dave first messaged me about being included in the first four, I tried like hell to opt out, and even told him to kiss my butt. Apparently he really liked the thought of that (talk about grossing me out), and my name stayed on the page. Anyway I then started throwing out a few names of my own, and yep, he wasn’t familiar with any of them. He wasn’t familiar because he is from a whole new generation of TH’ers, detectorists, diggers, tekkies (thanks Wally) and hunters. Understandable for sure. I must say I was not familiar as well with a few of the names thrown into the ring from the younger detectorists as well….obviously “after my time” (now that’s a first)
So, who were my old idols and inspirations? In no particular order…Karl von Mueller, Charles Garrett, Bob Marx, Hardrock Hendricks, Abe Lincoln, Ray Smith, Lucille Bowen, Betty Weeks, Eleanor Hube, Kay Modgling, George Mrockzkowski, Richard Ray, Roy Lagal, Paul Tainter, Ernie Curlee, Van Fossen, Sandy Cline, Larry “Packrat” Bateham, Jim Warnke, Glenn Carson, Roy Volker, Dick Richman and W.C. Jameson.
I would also have to add in three from the manufacturing genre….the late Ken White, Sr., the founder of White’s Electronics (whose phone calls and correspondence were what kept me going early on), Alan Holcombe, currently the Corporate Manager at Whites, and the late Jim Lewellen (Fisher Research Labs). I am sure I have left out a few names here and will do my best to add them later.
And so Dave Wise you have your work cut out for you. Be prepared for lots of other names to be added to your Facebook page. It’s an effort that is fraught with yea’s and nay’s and bravo’s and hisses. Everyone has their own opinions and it really depends on who you ask and how far back they go.
There’s no doubt that today’s hunters are in a league of their own, and should most certainly be recognized and remembered for years to come. My hope, however, is that they will make room for those who came before. They were my idols and heroes for good reason…
Dave, good luck with this new Facebook page. It should be a fun one, and it will be interesting to see where it leads. I also promise not to sabotage your effort with bawdy photos and corny jokes (well, maybe..).
A FEW MORE BRAINFARTS
Why do detectorists keep bringing up the age old question of “do items keep sinking in the ground?” No one knows the answer to that, nor does anyone really care! Just go hunt for crissakes
If deer hunters wore pink, would tekkies do the same?
Suggestion to all coinshooters. Start hunting rural fields. Easy to get permission, less worry with digging techniques, and chances are that farmer or land owner can steer you to a few old cellar holes (and don’t forget those stacked stone walls).
I once asked a female tekkie why there weren’t more gals in the pastime? After all it was a healthy outdoor pastime and you can come home with money in your pocket. She replied, “Easier to marry a lawyer or doctor”.
If camo is now the rage, can face paint and swat teams be far behind?
Lastly, from the Malamute Saloon…
“As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind – every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder”..John Glenn