Eddie Hudson also remembers hunting birds to add to his family's rice pot for dinner. He says times were hard but life was good when he was growing up in the 1940s and 50s.
The find stirred renewed interest in the Vero Man archeological site.
Tommy Gore says it wasn't unusual for divers to bring up hundreds of pounds of silver a day during that era.
Waldo Sexton adorned the dig pile of fill dirt with tiles, statuary and a pair of thrones. Sean Sexton talks about the mountain and its ultimate fate.