No one epitomizes the soul of Lost Treasure magazine than the late Michael Paul Henson. For 20 years, Henson was the primary voice of our series of treasure tales. In addition to the hundreds of feature stories he wrote for this magazine, Henson answered readers questions and compiled our state treasure tales series.
He couldnt have done any of this without his secret weapon: his extensive collection of newspaper clippings.
Actually, his weapon wasnt so secret. If there was one piece of advice he always gave to aspiring treasure hunters, it was to start collecting information about potential caches.
Hensons method of collecting newspaper clippings was done the old fashioned way: cutting articles out of the paper and meticulously filing them. It was a ritual he performed every day and we are all richer because of it.
Henson never used a computer, but if he were alive today, he would be undoubtedly be tempted to get his feet wet in the ocean of information available on the World Wide Web.
Dozens of major daily newspapers now provide the full text of their stories on the Internet, and some even offer free searching capability of their archives. Although some archives are kept for only a few weeks, other archives go all the way back to the 1980's.
You can start building a clip file very quickly by scouring these newspapers for information. By using a computer to collect this information, it can be stored in electronic form and printed only when you need to carry it into the field.
If you know how to use a database, you can plug this information into the database and quickly access the information later on.
You may never become the treasure hunter Michael Paul Henson was, but youll have advantages he never had.
Desperately Seeking Something
Want to search more than 100 newspapers with a single click? Thats something the Newsworks website offers absolutely free. Newsworks (http://www. news works.com/) even gives you the ability to create your own home page a place you can return to periodically to check on new articles of interest to you.
If you want to search individual newspapers, there are several that let you search and read articles absolutely free. Here is a list of some of these papers:
Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union, Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call, Athens (Ga.) Daily News/Banner Herald, Austin (Texas) 360, Bozeman (Mont.) Daily Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, Cincinnati Enquirer, Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph, Corpus Christi (Texas) Caller Times, Deseret News (Salt Lake City), Detroit News, Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Houston Chronicle, Idaho Falls Post Register, Kansas City Star, Keene (N.H.) Sentinel, Las Vegas Sun, New York Daily News, Norfolk Virginian Pilot/Ledger-Star, Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer, Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, Salt Lake Tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, and St. Louis Post Dispatch.
For a list of these free and other pay-per-view newspaper search sites, go to the following web page: http://sunsite.unc.edu/slanews/internet/archives.html.
Many other newspapers charge a small fee in order to display stories from their archives. The largest service doing this is Infinet, which provides a universal access account to newspapers.
Although searching Infinet newspapers is free, it costs about $1 to view the entire article. You can sign up at https://cs002.infi.net/library card/signup/.
The Infinet newspapers include: Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal, Biloxi (Miss.) Sun-Herald, Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera, Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, Duluth (Minn.) News-Tribune, Gary (Ind.) Post-Tribune, Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, Long Beach (Calif.) Press-Telegram, Macon (Ga.) Telegraph, Miami (Fla.) Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, Roanoke (Va.) Times, San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press Dispatch, Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat, and Wichita (Kan.) Eagle-Beacon.
The most comprehensive list of newspapers online is available at the American Journalism Review website: http://www.newslink.org/statnews.html.