WHEN I WAS WEALTHY
Not too long after I left Garrett Electronics, the late Ron Mack, owner of Compass Electronics, called me at home, and wanted to ask a favor. He wanted me to call Charles Garrett and ask him if Garrett Electronics was for sale.
At the time Compass was floundering, and virtually out of business. Sad too because they made a quality product, and Ron Mack was a quality guy. Anyway Ron claimed a group of investors from Japan was interested in buying Compass, but would only invest if they could add one of the other major players to the deal. He called me, thinking I was on good terms with Charles (I was not, having just lost my job), and asked if I would talk to him directly about selling.
Because it was Ron, I called Charles but couldn’t get past his secretary (pretty sure he wasn’t keen on talking to me either). Anyway I was able to leave a message on his answering machine, telling him that there were people wanting to buy the company if he was interested. I left it that if I didn’t hear back from him within two weeks time I would assume the company was not for sale.
Exactly two weeks later, Charles called and left a message. He said the company was doing exceptionally well, and that he was not interested in selling. He thanked me for my interest, and wished me luck in my efforts to buy another company. I almost fell on the floor laughing.
After passing this information along to Ron I got a couple of calls from people in the industry, wanting to know if I had hit the big one. The reality was I didn’t have two nickels to rub together, nor a pot to piss in, but for that one very brief period I was a big player with money to spare….
Sadly, Compass was not able to recover and went out of business. Ron Mack passed away about ten years ago.
WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN?
Back in 1987, when I was planning the 2nd FMDAC Treasure Weekend, I received a call from someone, wanting to know if I was interested in having a future Treasure Weekend on TV. I do not remember his name, but he said he and another producer wanted to discuss it with me. I remember thinking that it had to be a scam of some sort. TV? Metal Detecting? Nah…
Anyway they wanted to know if I would be available to talk in Atlantic City, during Treasure Weekend. I responded in the positive, and sure enough on the very first day they showed up on the beach, dressed in sport coats, and very much out of the norm. They had apparently witnessed an organized hunt before, and had this vision of putting them on TV, with clubs competing against one another and winning big prizes. They also wanted the FMDAC to be a co-sponsor or host. I said I would have to know more before committing, and they promised to draw up a formal proposal and send it to me the following week.
The TV producers, or so they said….
Not surprisingly that was the last I heard from them. Something just didn’t jive, but I often wonder just what might have been if it had been legit….
IN THE NEWS
Thanks to Andy Baines for sending along the following…. Sad story for sure.
MUSEUM SELLS HERO’S MEDALS ON EBAY
And another thank you goes to Gary Kilmer for sharing the following…..
RESURRECTING THE ORIGINAL ROAD TRIP
DON’T THROW AWAY THOSE OLD SPOONS
THE LOST ART OF PROBING
Allyson Cohen, a.k.a. the Detecting Diva, recently shared an interview she did with Eleanor Hube. During the course of the interview the topic of probing came up, and you already know how I feel about the subject. It’s a lost art, but not one that can’t be resurrected. Eleanor and I come from that era where probing got you access to a lot of areas that otherwise would have been off limits.
Then, just this morning Dan Hughes sent me his latest podcast and the subject was, you guessed it, probing. Dan even explains how you can make your own. I hope you will take the time to read Allyson’s interview with Eleanor and listen to Dan’s podcast.
AN INFORMAL INTERVIEW WITH ELEANOR HUBE
IN THE TREASURE CORNER – COIN PROBES
While I doubt it will happen I would love to see today’s detectorists learn to use a probe. It’s not that difficult to do and it would be a big plus when it comes to how others view us.