If you’re interested in being interviewed for this series, please click on the Podcast Form link in the menu at the top of the page, fill out the form, and send it to me. I’ll contact you via email shortly thereafter.
But, I’m taking a few minutes away from the holiday festivities here on the East Coast to announce the latest addition to this blog: a weekly podcast containing an interview with one of the active hunters in the community of Fenn Hidden Teasure searchers.
I’m very interested in learning more about who everyone is without the filter of anonymity. The conversation will be about the person, and not their search solutions or strategies. Although, we’ll finish every interview with the following two questions:
I plan to post the first interview with a surprise guest on Monday, January 6, 2014, and then every Monday thereafter with a new guest every week.
If you think you have an interesting story to share with the rest of the search community, please click on the “Podcast Form” link at the top of the page, fill it out completely, and submit it. I’ll schedule them in the order in which your response appears in my mailbox.
In my response, you’ll receive a tentative date for the interview confernce call, the log in for the converence call, and the set of questions I’ll be using to conduct the interview. The first three interviews of the year are already booked with special guests, so yours will be scheduled sometime after that.
I have often said of this treasure hunt, “While the clues are in the poem, and the hints are in the book, the key is in the man.”
You can quote me.
Thus, it is highly likely I spend more time reviewing videos of Fenn’s various interviews than I do reading the poem (which I have already memorized anyway), or scrounging through Fenn’s “The Thrill of the Chase” with a magnifying glass and eye loupe.
I found this gem in the video produced by HDNet and hosted by one of their digital correspondents, Jennifer London. (You can find it here.)
In the video, beginning at the 4:15 mark, Fenn is showing London around his archeological dig, the San Lazaro ancient pueblo, the ruin on property he purchased from the Pueblo Tribes, and has been excavating since the 1980s.
(Note: I own a signed first edition of his book entitled “The Secrets of San Lazaro Pueblo.” If you had told me, prior to buying this book, I would have read, cover-to-cover, any book on an excavation of a single ancient pueblo in New Mexico, I would have laughed. Not at you, but at the thought of it.
Yet, I did. I read it cover-to-cover.
Because, it is easily read. And, it is written in the same down-home style of his other books. In it you can see his love for the project, and his pride at the discoveries he’s made.)
The clip starts with London’s voiceover background on the project.
Then, we see the two of them and hear this conversation (As usual, my comments are in italics.):
Fenn: Look here what I just found. I started to pick it up, but I thought you might wanna get a shot of it.
London: Oh, this?
London: Is this an arrowhead? (You can hear Fenn’s excitement in the short breaths he’s taking before his response.)
Fenn: See…the wind has uncovered that. It’s an arrowhead.
London: Wow…look at that!
London (in voiceover): Fenn bought the land in the early eighties and has been excavating the pueblo ever since. Unearthing treasures isn’t simply a pastime for Fenn…it’s a passion.
Fenn (on camera, but in voiceover): Y’know…there are millions of treasures out here. (Emphasis because he’s referring to San Lazaro.)
(Audio cut) Fenn (continuing): And..y’know…it’s…it’s part of my demeanor, I think. I mean, I live for things like this…a good fishing hole…an Indian ruin. (In B-roll, he’s picked up part of animal’s jaw bone.)
(Video cut to two-up) Fenn (continuing): When I found my first arrowhead when I was nine years old I told myself “That thing has been right in that very spot for thousands of years waiting for me to come along.” That’s a thrill to me.
London (in voiceover): Which leads us back to Fenn’s book, “The Thrill of the Chase,” and the hidden treasure. You see, everything with Fenn is an intricately laced story.
Fenn has said, on more than one occasion, that he hid the treasure in a place that was special to him.
It sits there, waiting for you to come along, and I’ll bet there’s a good fishing hole and an Indian ruin nearby.
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This video recording documents a presentation (followed by a book signing) by author Forrest Fenn in front of an audience of 40 to 45. The occasion was the launch of Fenn’s newest book, “Too Far to Walk,” at Moby Dickens Book Shop in Taos, New Mexico, although, as can be seen in the video, more time was spent discussing the treasure and Fenn’s last book, “The Thrill of the Chase.” The video is about an hour long and provides a great deal of insight into Fenn, his book, his treasure, and his reasoning.
This video documents a conversation (followed by a book signing) between Forrest Fenn and two friends who happen to be novelists in front of an audience of 70 to 75. The occasion was the launch of Fenn’s newest book, “Too Far to Walk,” at Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe, New Mexico, although, as can be seen in the video, more time was spent discussing the treasure and Fenn’s last book, “The Thrill of the Chase.”
You can view the video at: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/fennatmobydickens