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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

How a 1934 movie is making American airports safer

By Andrew D. Smith


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) If American airports have become safer after the Sept. 11 attacks, travelers owe some thanks to the 1934 movie "Treasure Island."

That picture set Charles Garrett on a lifelong quest for treasure, a quest that led him to invent his own metal detector and build the thriving Garland, Texas, factory that now supplies airports, schools, bars and, of course, treasure hunters worldwide.

Surging demand since the terrorist attacks in 2001 has the 120 employees at Garrett Electronics overflowing their 30,000-square-foot building, so the company plans a 45,000-square-foot expansion with room for another 120 employees.

Garrett, who lives in Garland and describes a Cadillac as "fancy," never expected such success. He rejoices, though, in the growing appreciation for his product.

"You can hardly imagine what metal detectors can do," he said. "Right now, at the Dallas Zoo, they use metal detectors on their penguins. Yep, penguins.

"People throw coins into the penguin tank, and the penguins eat them because they're attracted to shiny things.

"Trouble is, coins can kill penguins, so the zoo scans the penguins every day. Metal detectors see through penguin as easily as dirt."

Garrett grew up in the East Texas town of Lufkin, and buried treasure always beckoned. Howard Carter had excavated King Tut's tomb, National Geographic ran frequent treasure stories, and Garrett's father told tales of the bank robber Jesse James, who was rumored to have stashed loot in river caves near Lufkin.

"Treasure Island" cinched the deal. The 70-year-old memory still excites Garrett.

"There's this one scene, when they first see the treasure," he said, his eyes bulging, his outstretched hands tense. "It's more spectacular than you could have imagined. It is every boy's dream."

Garrett left boyhood long ago, but his younger self lives on inside his 74-year-old body. Egyptian busts decorate his office with gold. Mementos of Jesse James adorn the Garrett Electronics museum, a small room stuffed with treasures found by Garrett products.

Antique binoculars, Indian arrows, Civil War pistols, rare coins and German army helmets all greet museum visitors. There's even a spherical bell built for Roman pets. Aside from 1,800 years of tarnish, it looks exactly like modern pet bells.

The bell, like many other exhibits, was discovered by one "C. Garrett."

"When I saw the treasure in that movie, something inside me clicked," he said. "I didn't consciously know I'd spend my life seeking treasure around the world, but I knew it deep down."

Modern metal detectors still operate much like their earliest ancestors from the late 19th century. A power source sends a current through wire coils and creates a mild electromagnetic field. Metal, which conducts electricity, distorts the field. Nonconductive materials do not.

These constants aside, detection technology has developed tremendously since Garrett founded his company in 1964.

His first machine could "see" a coin only 5 inches into the earth. Current models can detect a coin 12 inches deep. They can also tell a soda can from a belt buckle, distinguish among coins and reveal, within an inch or two, a treasure's depth.

A quarter might be worth a 2-inch dig but not a 9-inch dig. A gold coin, however, probably would justify a foot of spadework.

The coin example may reinforce a myth about metal detection - that it draws only nerdy coin hunters - but Garrett sales show otherwise. Aging change-hounds share the pursuit with other eccentric types.

One breed of treasure hunter buys metal detectors, advertises retrieval services and then charges a fee to help people find wedding rings and other missing valuables.

Relic hunters use metal detectors to scan battlefields, Roman ruins and other historical sites.

Treasure hunters seek valuable artifacts such as sunken pirate booty. (Garrett makes a submersible metal detector.)

Competitive hunters, another distinct type, join clubs that seed hunting grounds and award prizes to those who find the most "treasure" in a set period.

And then there are the gold and silver hunters. Modern prospecting may sound quixotic, but big scores still happen. Garrett says he discovered a million-dollar silver vein in an old Mexican mine. One of his customers found a 61-pound gold nugget in Australia. (The original was bought by the Golden Nugget casino in Las Vegas. A replica sits in the Garrett museum.)

All those customer types add up to robust sales: 4,000 units a month for the most popular of Garrett's eight hobby lines.

Garrett's security business, which contributes 60 percent of revenue, moves more than 5,000 hand wands a month, and that number has been growing more than 15 percent a year.

With prices ranging from $180 for the cheapest hobby model to $6,000 for the walk-through flagship, those sales generate big revenues for Garrett and his wife, Eleanor, who still own the company but do not disclose profits.

Garrett says he has all the financial treasure he'll ever need, but it's not the sort that interests him. He likes the hidden kind.

"A lot of people believe that all of the good treasures have been found, but they're wrong," Garrett said. "There's treasure everywhere.

"There are places in Europe where you can't help but find Roman coins. There are American battlefields littered with Civil War relics. And then there's Mexico, where the people have never trusted banks. A lot of people there hid fortunes and died before digging them up. They're all still out there, waiting to be found."

Garrett's heart clearly lies more with treasure hunting than security, a business line that grew from a 1982 Boy Scout convention.

The Garretts were demonstrating handheld metal detectors at the convention when they captivated Dave Loveless, a Scoutmaster and FBI agent who figured that metal detectors could improve crime scene analysis.

One year later, when Loveless was planning security for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, he recommended Garrett products.

At the time, Garrett made no walk-through detectors, but company engineers whipped up a prototype, flew it to Los Angeles and won a contract for 60 walk-through machines and hundreds of metal-detecting wands.

From that start, Garrett's security division has grown rapidly. It supplies all of the hand wands and a third of the walk-through machines in America's airports, the company says.

"My guess is that the market will keep on growing," Garrett said. "The technology keeps getting better, which opens up new uses, and people are thinking more creatively about metal detection. If people can find a need to use metal detectors on penguins, I figure there's no end to what they'll think up."

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