John Wasson has passed. I attended his lectures several times at UCLA. The lectures will continue including this Sunday on Zoom.
I just wanted to pose a question to all DP user's. Who is your detecting Hero, mentor or person who gave you the detecting/prospecting interest???? or you just plain admired for the dedication and promotion of the hobby. This can be anyone who influenced or inspired you to do what we all enjoy so much. Please share your stories about these people for all of us to enjoy. We do not want their legacy to be forgotten!! I would like to start with Jack Gifford of Tesoro, For actualizing Tesoro detectors. His life and endevors are what we all strive to accomplish. A truly great person in so many ways. There are also many contributors on this forum that have helped me become a better more informed detector. GB, Kac, Chase, Joe D, T Vallen, and so many more. I also have to include Mr. Herschbach for creating the best detecting forum on the old interweb. Thanks to all who contribute to this great site.
After reading many sad recollections of White's Electronics and the lamenting of the state of metal detector companies I was wondering what things were like back in the beginning. I happened to see and subsequently acquire the Annual Treasure Edition of Frontier Times Magazine issued in September, 1964. Although you need to go back to the 19th Century to find the real beginning, this is about the time that metal detectors became both portable and affordable (thanks to the recent development of low cost solid state electronic components -- transistors and diodes).
In addition to five full length articles, here's a summary of the ads (full page all the way down to 2 line classifieds) in this issue relevant to the general topic of treasure hunting:
Published materials -- 25.
Build-your-own instructions -- 1,
Panning, sluicing, etc. -- 3,
Multiline dealers -- 3,
Clubs -- 2,
Scams -- 5.
Besides those, here's a listing of metal detector manufacturer ads with state of location. See how many you recognize -- order is as found paging front to back:
Raytron (CA), Relco (TX), Fisher (CA), White's (OR), Metrotech (CA), Art Howe & Co (KS), D-Tex (TX), Gardiner (AZ), IGWTT (NM), Goldak (CA). (Carl probably has at least one from each company. )
The only one of these with an ad of any size (second largest was D-Tex's 1/4 page) is Relco's two page spread shown here:
Noteworthy in its absence is Garrett. According to Charles's 2015 obituary, the company was formed in 1964 so they were likely still a year or two away from their first ad.
Adendum: I've added a scan of the White's ad later in this thread. The very small Fisher ad showed (in tiny drawings) part of a modern style detector and a 2-box, but hardly any detail.