by Pat Prince
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. But if I saw Bill Wyman at my local beach with a metal detector, I might just cry.
I’ve heard that the Rolling Stone legend was an archivist and an avid collector of history but I never knew that he was a metal detector enthusiast. And he has launched his own line of “signature” metal detectors.
In a story that sounds right out of the pages of The Onion, Wyman launched this beauty of a detector a few years ago. It even comes with a special toggle switch that goes easily from “beach” to “inland.” And, who knows, there may be more models on the way.
“Metal-detecting is not just for anoraks or eccentrics; it’s probably the best and the most enjoyable way of learning about our history,” says Wyman. “On any garden, country field, footpath, woodlands, beach or moor land you can find a huge variety of historical objects, all easily located with this high quality metal detector.”
Now, before you think of Bill Wyman as one of those crazy guys you see combing the beach for old coins, think of the English booty that one could find. In England, metal detecting is a hobby that comes off as a lot more lucrative — given their rich history. In America, it’s just pathetic.
It makes me, as a Rolling Stones fan, thankful that the rest of the guys have not quit playing rock and roll.
Some of you out there might have picked up the bass because of the influence of Bill Wyman. This time you can pick up a metal dectector. Here’s the link to get one, if you’re interested: www.billwymandetector.com