Meet The American Digger®
At American Digger®, we talk the talk and walk the walk! With over
eighty years of combined digging experience, don't be surprised to see one
of our staff out in the woods, swinging a metal detector or waist deep in
a bottle dump.
just write about digging,
we actually dig!
||Publisher and native
Georgian Butch Holcombe has over thirty years experience as a relic hunter
and metal detectorist, and has written numerous metal detecting articles as
well as two books documenting the adventures of digging for history. He has
been known to forgo lunch to buy enough metal detector batteries to see him
through the day.
|Marketing Director and North Carolina
native Anita Holcombe is a former columnist for a national magazine,
and discovered the world of metal detecting and digging for history four
years ago. As with most who try their hand at recovering lost history,
she became hooked on the hobby immediately.
||Editorial Assistant Eric
Garland of Georgia can be found on the internet when he's not out digging,
in both cases looking for things related to history. Eric has been a relic
hunter for over twenty years, and his experience with the technical side of
publishing and printing and is helping bring American Digger®
into the 21st century.
|Copy Editor Wylene Holcombe of Georgia
has spent most of her life proofing the works of others, and now spends her
time working hard for American Digger®
Magazine, making sure that the released issues are free from errors. She
also does her part to make sure our offices run smoothly, and while not
actually a digger, has spent a lifetime cleaning up after them.
Photographer Charles Harris is the author of the best selling Civil War
Relics Of The Western Campaign, and has penned over a hundred articles
related to the recovery and identification of historical artifacts. A
lifetime relic hunter who still digs almost every weekend, we welcome him as
a contributing editor and columnist to American Digger®.
Webmaster Pat Smith, a
West Virginia native, hobbies include gardening, reading, sewing
and a passion for genealogy and programming.
A retired Senior Software Engineer she recently
relocated from the DC suburbs to the beautiful/peaceful countryside of
Walkerton, VA Pat is the wife of a retired 22 year Air Force
veteran with whom she traveled the world. The mother of four, grandmother of eight
and great grandmother of one Pat is totally enjoying her retirement.
She is currently maintaining six websites from home including
American Digger® Magazine
Editorial Assistant Teresa Harris is the wife
of Charlie Harris. She is a quality wood carver specializing in
animals. She and her husband also carved the Sea Horse (Nemo) that is
now on the Chattanooga TN Carousel. She is also a contract Travel
Agent with AAA Travel, specializing in Ocean Cruises. She says that
she is not much of a relic hunter because her husband tends to lose her in
the woods, but she does enjoy the Civil War history. Teresa also
specializes in the collecting of glass baby bottles dating back to the
1750's & is the historian for the ACIF (American Collectors of Infant
|Copy Editor John Velke has been dirtying
up the bathroom sink with Civil War relics for 37 years. His wife claims
that he “never throws anything away” and that old metal detectors are
cluttering up the garage.
spends his free time visiting his five adult children and researching new
locations to relic hunt. He is also in the process of restoring a historic home in
hopes of having it listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Assistant Bob Roach, who started off
with a Metrotech metal detector, has been searching for military artifacts for
about 38 years. He is retired from the
Navy, and his now frequent travels overseas allow him to explore a great many
old battlefields, especially those from World Wars I and II. He has one son currently living in China, and
a daughter attending college in Virginia.
The vast majority of his artifact collection was stolen in early 2008,
and he is now busy trying to dig up as much as possible to replace what was
Copy Editor Bill Baab was born Jan. 29, 1935 in Glenside, Pa., Baab moved to
Atlanta in 1937 and to Augusta in 1940. He started collecting antique
bottles in 1969 and in 2007, he and his wife, Bea, self-published “Augusta
on Glass” and other bottle books later. He is a retired journalist.