I’ve always been big on research and trying to make my trip out into the field more efficient time wise, but no one is better at it than my good friend Paul Tainter. Paul probably knows more about treasure than anyone else out there.
He’s not only read about them, researched them and he’s hunted them. His library, or “man cave” if you will, is filled with books, manuscripts, magazines, microfiche and maps, much of it not available anywhere else….the kind of stuff you and I would drool over.
Just one room of Paul’s massive collection
I first met Paul and his wife Joan back in the 80’s, when they owned Research Unlimited (formerly Exanimo), in Ames, Nebraska. They invited me to be part of Treasure Expo, an annual event that attracted the treasure hunting greats of the time. Needless to say I was honored. Treasure Expos were legendary, lots of fun and something you had to experience to appreciate.
Just a few of the participants in the early Expos…Michael Paul Henson, Richard Ray, Carl Fismer, Glenn Carson, Abe Lincoln, Bill Smith, Jimmy Sierra, Phil Caldwell, Jim Detloff and Paul Tainter.
I have stayed in touch with Paul and Joan over the years, and while both have retired, Paul still writes the “Treasure Hunter’s Express”, a quarterly newsletter, filled with stories, tips and useful information. When not in the field, or when winter snows come, you will find him in his library, books, pad and pencil at hand, and if his library doesn’t provide the answer he will turn to his treasure hunting friends, of which there are many. Old timers, seasoned and savvy when it comes to treasure hunting, who like Paul, know what it takes to find the big one. Just don’t ask them about it.
I know there are still a lot of older TH’ers out there who know Paul or at least remember the Exanimo Express newspaper and Treasure Hunter’s Express. While the new version is smaller, it still offers a lot of great reading and food for thought. I miss a lot of what happened early on in this pastime, but Paul doesn’t let me forget thanks to his quarterly newsletter. The latest issue also features a guest article “The Cache Hunter” by Missouri Nick.
The Treasure Hunter’s Express is published quarterly and costs $20 per year. If you like, Paul will send you a sample issue for $3. For more information email Paul at email@example.com or write him to at Treasure Trove Archives, 335 North William Avenue, Fremont, Nebraska 68025
No matter those of you who think you know all about metal detecting/treasure hunting, the groundwork was laid by people like Paul Tainter, and I am proud to be his friend
Paul & Joan Tainter today