Old Friends & Throwback Thursday…

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One neat aspect of social media is the ability to get in touch with old friends and this week I was able to do that again. It came about when I noticed a few visits to my blog from a site called AHRPS. After clicking on it I discovered the American Heritage Research & Preservation Society, a detecting site founded and captained by my old friend Monte Berry.

A young Monte Berry, hawking Compass detectors, Treasure Weekend, Atlantic City, mid 80’s…

Last time I saw or chatted with Monte was sometime in the late 80’s when he was the Marketing Rep and Dealer Coordinator for Compass Metal Detectors. Today’s he’s still involved and the advice he offers on the AHRPS site is on the money and unlike me he has stayed up-to-date with the technology.

Not often I recommend a forum but I’m liking this one so far. Oh and Monte has agreed to do a Q&A in the days ahead so stay tuned.


Observations (Okay, Brainfarts)

I’ve decided that the only way to get new sites to detect is to find an attractive young gal to do the bidding. At least it appears that’s only way.  The YouTube gals always seem to have enough places lined up to last the rest of their lives.

Speaking of the YouTube stars, it seems that’s all they do for a living. Must be a big profit in those T-shirts!

It’s beginning to cost a lot like Christmas!

Seems to be a run on Tesoro’s now that they’ve stopped production. 

I’ll give it to Garrett. Best website and catalog in the business! 

Have a feeling 2019 will see another manufacturer struggling to stay in business.

Used to send out Christmas cards to my close tekkie friends but stopped a few years back. I look at the list now and realize most of them are no longer around.


Okay, it’s Thursday and you know what that means….’Throwback Thursday”. This one is from February 2014..

Who Are the Best Hunters and Why?

Okay, so who are the Indiana Joneses in our pastime?  Who are the experts…the best of the best? The successful tekkies who always seem to bring home the bacon?  Do you know any?  If so what sets them apart from the rest of us?  What do they know that we don’t?  What’s their secret?

Well first maybe it’s a mistake to even throw such a label or designation out there?  I mean how do we define success within the pastime?  Just what sort of criteria would we use to determine that?  I know in my case success is just being able to swing a coil and find a coin or two, especially the older I get.  How about you?  What is your definition of success?  What keeps you going?  My guess is most of us are weekend warriors, just looking forward to spending some time in the field, looking for that one neat find that will make our day or better yet, put us on easy street.

I think it’s important too that we always remember that what we do is a hobby.  Some people love to fish, play golf, tennis or in the case of Paul Barford, piss and moan and play victim.  We tekkies just happen to like finding treasures big and small, and we all know the Mel Fishers within our ranks are nil and none.  It’s a fun pastime that offers outdoor exercise, a little mystery and a lot of excitement.  A manufacturer pretty much summed it up when he said….”we sell dreams”!

Chicago Ron

Chicago Ron

Now having said that, there are detectorists out there who are very successful in finding the better treasures and on a regular basis. They are few and far between but they exist. They exist because they have patience, perseverance and the time to pursue their dreams.  They’ve been there and done that a lot more than you and I. Chicago Ron is a good example.  He has pounded the beaches near his home day in and day out, and he knows when to hunt, where to hunt and how to maximize his time.  He is also fortunate enough to be able to spend a few weeks each year hunting Roman, Celtic and Anglo-Saxon treasures in the UK.  No question Ron lives and eats treasure hunting.

Ron is not the only successful detectorist out there.  There are a few others I can think of but I won’t throw names out there lest I leave someone out.  I use Ron because he is probably the most recognized name in the pastime.  There are others who are also well-known for mastering the sand & surf, and some who do themselves justice hunting old homes, cellar holes and Civil War sites . Their secret?  In my mind it’s their durability, their perseverance and their ability to keep at it day after day after day, no matter the obstacles or setbacks. They also know how to research,  how to ask the right questions and how to follow-up after the fact.

Terry Herbert

Terry Herbert

Now before some of you start getting discouraged, remember that Terry Herbert, the finder of the Staffordshire Hoard, was unemployed at the time of his discovery and while he had been detecting for almost 18 years, he was hardly an Indiana Jones kind of guy.  He merely happened to be in the right spot at the right time and as a result discovered what is considered to be the largest Anglo-Saxon treasure found to date (He no longer needs to think about working). I also doubt that Mr. Herbert was consumed with having the latest coil for his 14-year-old White’s Spectrum or a camera to stick on his head.  I suspect he, just like you and I, enjoyed the thrill of the search and nothing more.  So keep on keeping on….you never know what tomorrow might bring or what that next beep might be…

Charlie Parker, one of the greatest jazz saxophonists ever, used to say….

“You’ve got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice.  And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail….”


Happy 80th Birthday to my good friend Michel Tocque!!

Goofing off, Gironde, France…



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7 responses to “Old Friends & Throwback Thursday…

  1. “I think it’s important too that we always remember that what we do is a hobby.” is right on the money, even back in 2014. I get extremely tired of the glassy-eyed park sweepers who spend from dawn to dusk digging every dammed coin they can find, then move to the next park, and the next, all day, every day. I know people who do nothing BUT metal detect all day, and half the night, all the time. They even skip out on their jobs regularly to metal detect. This is when it ceases to be a hobby and becomes an addiction. Good post Dick!

    • Be careful there Jim, you will anger all those camo wearing tekkies who are “treasure hunters” and who watch the “The Curse of Oak Island” every year. They don’t like to be reminded that they’re only waving a plastic disc on the end of a stick.

      Just kidding…(hmm, maybe)

      • Well I think it’s become “The Curse of Oak Island’s Never Ending TV Show” not to put too fine a point on it. The fact that it has become an never-ending joke on the surface (pun intended) and has acquired an almost cult-like following of people who watch it, like those who stare at the night sky, thinking eventually something HAS to happen 🙂

      • Jeezus we’re sarcastic old buggers aren’t we….

  2. Sarcasm is a real skill in the 21st Century, Dick, and we do it so well 🙂

  3. Ed B.

    I consider success being….going out detecting for a few hours to a site, old or new, and digging some coins even if it’s only clad. Just being out there getting some fresh air, exercise, and a few coins makes it all worth it. I don’t put pressure on myself to find silver coins every time out or something from the 18th or 19th century. After the hunt is over, going to a decent restaurant for a meal and a couple of “pints” of my favorite brew is the frosting on the cake. NOW…that said my “success fantasy” is to find a site and get ALL the good stuff just before some camo wearin’ You Tuber gets there.

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