I interviewed **Dick Anderson** for \\fathom\\ and arrived at his home hoping to get a glimpse of a huge gold nugget he was reported to have found using a dredge.
To our amazement the nugget was sitting there, on the dining room table when we arrived.
The story got sidetracked and never went to print in \\fathom.\\ \\SKIN DIVER\\ had already run it over three pages but that wasn’t the reason we didn’t get around to it.
Dick Anderson was and maybe still is the most entertaining of the Californian divers with many interesting stories up his sleeve.
A close associate of the old Skin Diver magazine team. He was married to Hillary Hauser (noted diving journalist) when she kindly suggested Dick Anderson MC our Australian Underwater Film Expo film show at Santa Monica.
The venue was already established by regular underwater film festivals at the same venue.
Underwater film festivals in the USA always seemed to have the latest Dick Anderson 16mm documentary, narrated live, in a huge auditorium seating 2000 or more divers and friends.
The Anderson specialty was humor. He was the first and only one – although humor was nothing new in surf films which also were incredibly popular at the same venue each season.
Mac the Dog featured a cocker spaniel who could retrieve large abalone shells from the depths of a swimming pool.
Divers are Nuts was his classic.
Demonstrating his strength on a beer can, above, at the Man Sea 1970 film festival afternoon party in San Francisco.