What Was Your First Taste of Gold?
Just thought I'd ask what it was that drew you all to gold and treasure in the first place. Inspired by Indiana Jones's enticing combination of scholarly respect for treasure and the excitement that went with it? Did you find gold on your property? Did a woman you love have a fascination for expensive decorations?
I can tell you I had an experience when I was in my teens that led me here. I was working for a gold mining company in their aviation department. I always have loved flying, and I would wipe down the oil stains and windscreens on the company's Learjet and Boeing 727. They'd come in for crew changes and cargo (the big plane was a combi) and then...they would carry out the gold.
It was nothing like you see in the movies, yet the movies still got it right. The gold had already been melted into bars, and the bars were in what looked like ammo boxes. They'd unload a small pallet of them, I don't think I remember seeing more than 20 boxes at a time. The guys opened one for me to have have look once, and there in front of me was an unbelievable fortune.
It didn't immediately transform me into a treasure hunter, and I'm still really not. More of an armchair adventurer, for now. I have a first edition of The Treasure Hunter, some correspondence with the author, found Stan's newsletter years ago and wondered what had happened to it. Now I know, and I'm having fun already!
Maybe we'll meet on some windswept plain on a dig someday.
Stan's response: Awesome story! I loved reading it. Thanks for getting my pulse rate up.
I remember seeing gold in my pan for the first time near Placerville, CA. It seems like such a short time ago. It has actually been 43 years. I have never been the same since. I'll tell you all about it sometime soon.
For now, we want to hear YOUR stories. Bring 'em on...!