GPAA founder George "Buzzard" Massie featured in TV promo
6/22/2011 12:44 PM
The Buzzard is Back!
By Brad Jones
The Gold Prospectors Association of America has recently unveiled the third of six commercials featuring GPAA founder George “Buzzard” Massie which is now airing on Outdoor Channel. In them, the Buzzard shows his infinite wisdom as far back as the early 1980s about the erosion of your right to access, prospect and mine on public lands.
In the third commercial, Massie says politicians are not the enemy, but panned them for failing to uphold the rights of the public and wasting your tax dollars.
"You know, we fought long and hard to make sure... two-thirds of the 11 western states would be public lands to start with. Yet, that public land is being used and abused and your rights of access to it are being denied... " he says. "Ladies and Gentlemen, you're talking about a massive waste of public money."
Massie issues a plea to protect the public right to prospect and preserve the heritage of prospecting.
"There’s a freedom there that we are gonna lose if we don't do something about it," he says.
"What are you gonna leave your kids, if you don't leave 'em freedom?"
Massie makes some profound statements about “wacko environmentalists,” that ring eerily true to this day. Foremost a patriot, Massie shows his undying love for this country and the both the pride and humility of swinging a pick and shovel as a proven gold prospector.
“Remember that there's only two places everything comes from. It either comes from minin’ it, or growin’ it,” Massie says in the first commercial as he explains the importance of mining and that less than five percent of the gold in America has been recovered — a fact that remains true to this day!
George Massie was born in Norfolk, Virginia Sept. 1, 1939. He was the founder of the GPAA, which is now run by his youngest son, Tom Massie. The GPAA is based in Temecula, Calif.
The Buzzard founded the GPAA in his garage in 1968 and the Lost Dutchman’s Mining Association in 1976. He first published Gold Prospectors Magazine in 1973, started his Prospecting for Gold TV series in 1988 and co-founded the Outdoor Channel in 1993, not long before he passed away Dec. 26 that year.
The Outdoor Channel now boasts Gold Fever, hosted by Tom Massie and produced by GPAA Productions, as one of its highest-rated TV shows. GPAA also produces Alaskan and continues to publish Gold Prospectors Magazine and has recently relaunched the Pick & Shovel Gazette.
In case you missed them, here are the links for the first and second commercials of the Buzzard that were recently aired:
Buzzard 1 Commercial
Buzzard 2 Commercial