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Paul Tainter's Treasure Expos were legend back in the 80's and 90's, and if you were fortunate enough to attend one you will appreciate the following. I asked Paul a while back if he had any photos from these events, and damn if he didn't dig out some. As I said before, if you are newcomer to the treasure hunting pastime these photos will probably not mean a lot to you. For the rest of us...Jeez I hate to say oldtimers....they should bring back a lot of great memories.


The photos are scanned and not all that crisp, but they still evoke a time when all was well and all was fun within the treasure hunting pastime. Hopefully I have attributed the correct names to the correct faces, but if have not please let me know and I will make the necessary changes.


It was at Expo that you could and would meet up with all the legends of the pastime. You would learn, you would share, and you would always have fun 24/7.



Gang at Expo Dick Stout/Bob Podrasky Michael Paul Henson
l to r: Phils Uncle, Phil Caldwell, Paul
Tainter, Abe Lincoln and Glenn Carson
Dick Stout and Bob Podrasky
Garrett Electronics booth
Michael Paul Henson
checking out bourse
Paul, Sondra & Danny Bernzweig Larry Hamilton Stan Grist and Van Fossen
Paul, Sondra & Danny Bernzweig
Larry Hamilton
Stan Grist and Van Fossen
Alan Canon, Compass Detectors Crowd at Expo Terry Humphries & Galen Young
Alan Canon, Compass Metal Detectors
Some of the Expo Crowd
Terry Humphries and Galen
Young, Fisher Labs

Attending Treasure Expo in Ames was a yearly must and if you didn't happen to attend you always wondered what you missed, and in many cases, what trouble you averted. The group I remember most? The late Gary Bischke, Fred Brust, Herb Dunn and Rich Green. Join up with them, take your chances and don't even count on turning in before 4 or 5 am in the morning. Add in the local watering hole "Boomer's" and you were in a whole lot of trouble. Details to this day remain misty and purposely lost in the deepest recesses of my mind....



Alan Canon, Carl & Gary, Outdoor Outfitters Dick Stout/Lee Pavel Lee Harris, Lost Treasure
Alan Canon, Carl Mathias
and the late Gary Bischke
Dick Stout and Lee Pavel
Lee Harris, Lost Treasure
Joe Two Dogs Inside Research Unlmited Bill Sweetland, FMDAC
Joe Two Dogs
Inside Research Unlimited
Bill Sweetland, FMDAC
John Repa & friend, FMDAC Rich Green, Hole Hog Jimmy, Paul, Jim, Michael Paul & Bill
John Repa and friend, FMDAC
Rich Green
Jimmy Sierra, Paul Tainter, Jim
Detloff, Michael Paul Henson and
Bill Smith
Charles Garrett & Roy Volker Bill Smith & Jimmy Sierra Bill Smith & Paul Tainter Richard Ray & Paul Tainter
Charles Garrett & Roy Volker
Bill Smith & Jimmy Sierra
Bill Smith & Paul Tainter
Richard Ray & Paul Tainter
Jimmy and Paul Rod Hamilton Richard & Abe Paul and Randy Smith
Jimmy Sierra and Paul
Rod Hamilton, Tesoro Detectors
Richard Ray & Abe Lincoln
Paul and Randy Smith
Richard Ray's Boot Bill Smith & Jimmy Sierra Bill Smith & Paul Tainter Richard Ray & Paul Tainter
Richard Ray's Boot
Charles Garrett in Paul's shop
Paul and Carl Fismer
Bob Podhrasky & Dick Stout
watching one of the many hunts
Jack Lowry/Garrett Bob Brewer Some of the crowd
Jack Lowry/Garrett Electronics
Bob Brewer, KGC Authority
Some of the crowd at Expo


I've been very fortunate to have been involved in this pastime when the treasures were plentiful, and the characters were one of a kind. I was privy to a lot of expert advice and a lot of legendary stories. What I learned was that no matter your quest, or no matter the outcome, you will have had a helluva lot of fun along the way, and you can't ask for anymore than that!