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The Golden Olde - The Friend I Never Met
Posted by: Arkie John
Date: July 05, 2007 04:31PM
The Golden Olde

I stumbled upon his website,, quite by mistake. This guy is just amazing. He has story after story about beach hunting. Some of it is quite technical but so informative. I was with him as he traveled down the road with his sweet wife in their newly-acquired motor home. Much traveling and many beaches makes for some very, very interesting stories. I became like a sponge, returning to the site every chance I got. I'd kick in to the home page and immediately go to the "stories" tab and read as long as I could. This guy is just a prolific writer. I could wait to see what he pulled from the sand next.


I too followed norms site Arkie...
Posted by: Mikie
Date: July 05, 2007 05:19PM
I have not been there for a long time. Royal knew him... I only knew him from the site when it was active.

I still have it on my bookmarks though. Probably time for a re-visiting.

Thank you for the prompt.

Fair winds


"There's no present like the time"

"A dog is better than me, for she has love and does not judge"

"Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most; That people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love... true love never dies. You remember that. Doesn't matter if it's true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in"

Great post Aj and I agree with you 100%, get out while the getten is good, I will check out Norms site forsure, thanks for a wonderful post and wake up call :thumbup:N/T
Posted by: General Ray
Date: July 05, 2007 06:26PM

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when i first started surfing the net
Posted by: david(tx)
Date: July 05, 2007 06:54PM
i happened upon detecting sites,bob bailey i think in arizona,and a few others,one site use to have a bunch of information on whites detectors,then i came upon the golden olde,i think he was sick when i found his site,i think he was partial to fishers,but i don't remember him bad mouthing any.

I just got back from Norms site, I loved your post and Norms site so much I copied and pasted your post to my forum Aj and Royal, hope you don't mind but it is truly a great post and .......
Posted by: General Ray
Date: July 05, 2007 07:05PM
excellent site for in formation, he was a gifted hunter and wealth of information, thanks AJ!

I have often thought to myself, we should merge the two forums!,552529,552529#msg-552529

One of the first detecting sites I ever found......
Posted by: Dan-MO
Date: July 05, 2007 07:48PM
And I credit Norm with much of what I have learned about the hobby.Like you,I considered him to be a friend I never met and was saddened by his passing.His advise is as fitting today as it was when he wrote it and should be required reading for all who swing a coil.

I will retire the very moment I can see the way clear to do so.My wife and I have worked hard for many years preparing for retirement and we are getting close.....I have always said that I work to live....not live to work

Yeah, Norm was a good guy. I have broken bread in his home
Posted by: Royal
Date: July 05, 2007 08:44PM
and detected the Galveston Beaches with him and his wife. He was a little guy but full of energy and information. I first ran into him on the Tnet and then the Christian Forum. It was a great loss when he passed.

The taught me tons about detecting and some interesting things about life in general.
Posted by: bdahunter
Date: July 05, 2007 08:44PM
Norm was honest and forthcoming about our hobby and about his life. I wish I'd known him but he was already gone by the time I discovered his site. Every Newbie that asks questions on the Beach and Water Detecting Forum gets directed to the, it is a plethora of valuable information and a treasure to all treasure hunters.

Rest In Peace Pirate Norm,


I agree,Arkie, I printed every page a year ago,in case the web sight went down! Great guy! He wrote from the heart!N/T
Posted by: Ron J
Date: July 05, 2007 09:17PM

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Johnboy,........don't you find this a bit ironic that most of these guys on the forum
Posted by: Sunny
Date: July 05, 2007 10:11PM
had been to Norm's sight, and Royal even knew him? I have visited it a few times since you gave me the website months back, but I too, did not see the "In Memory" of. I was saddened by this, because he was a very smart man and talented writer!

I'm sorry WE did not get to meet him, but as shown, his stories live on!

Your post was really good, and I'm sure Norm would have loved talking to you too! ILY, :)

Some of the best beach info ever found! MD'rs everywhere lost a good one here!N/T
Posted by: VT Dave
Date: July 06, 2007 06:40AM

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A sad but great story Arkie.........I'll have to check it out:thumbup:N/T
Posted by: Rob/Windsor, Ont.
Date: July 06, 2007 10:39AM

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Re: The Golden Olde - The Friend I Never Met
Posted by: Tony
Date: October 10, 2007 12:24AM
I have all of Norm's pages saved to CD and regularly throw it into the CD drive and then all of a sudden 3 hours have passed and I'm still reading.......I think it's not just detectorists that could gain so much from his writings as much of it can be applied to so many aspects in life. I've just turned 40 and do all I can to get out to the beach and water for some serious detecting. When I retire, hopefully I will have had 30 years of detecting already behind me. I work hard but I always play harder. I've now got all of the information on a USB drive so if I'm having a bad time at work then.....well you know the rest !

Happy hunting to everyone,
Perth, Australia

Hey Tony! Good to read your post!
Posted by: Arkie John
Date: October 10, 2007 07:34AM
One of the best treasures I ever found was Mr. Norm's Golden Olde site! The old guy really had it together didn't he? He approached detecting from a scientific point of view to the point of spinning my head. However, he truly knew that the REAL treasure was not found in the sand but in the Lord!

That is a good idea about putting his stuff on a separate drive. I never thought of that. I copied every story and put them in document protectors and have a good, thick, packed 1" binder just FULL of good reading.

He was certainly one of a kind and I miss him. I will be retiring in 14 months and 21 days (but who's counting) and plan to switch to another gear. Most of my detecting will be water detecting in freshwater lakes here in Arkansas USA. Occasionally I hope to venture to the Treasure Coast or somewhere along the salt waters.

Good to read your post. Hope to hear from you more. You really live in the land of Treasure, down under.


anybody know what happend to this website?N/T
Posted by: JT in Virginia
Date: July 20, 2009 09:45AM

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