Video transcript from KOAT 7 News interview with Forrest Fenn
Forrest Fenn Pens New Book
SHELLY RIBANDO: The man who inspire tens of thousands of people to search for a hidden treasure is now coming out with another book. It’s been a fascinating journey for Santa Fe author Forrest Fenn. He sat down today with KOAT Action 7 News reporter Alana Grimstad.
ALANA GRIMSTAD: Good evening. Forrest Fenn is an Air Force Veteran and former art gallery owner here in Santa Fe, but when doctors diagnosed him with terminal cancer, Fenn decided to leave a little something special behind - a hidden treasure chest. Well, turns out the 83 year old survived. His sense of adventure is just as alive, and contagious.
Somewhere out there, there’s a hidden 10 inch treasure chest. Don’t let it’s size fool you, it’s full of gold coins.
FORREST FENN: Rubies, and emeralds, and diamonds
GRIMSTAD: And here’s the man sending you on a thrilling chase to find it.
FENN: I smile at myself every day because I did that.
GRIMSTAD: Four years ago Forrest Fenn, an avid collector, hid the treasure and wrote a book about it.
FENN: My parents are dead, so I didn’t know who was going to buy my book.
GRIMSTAD: Twenty thousand people from all around the world...
FENN: Hungary, China, Germany, France, Italy, Spain,
GRIMSTAD: ...Have surprised Fenn and bought his book. He inspired them to get off the couch and into the outdoors following clues embedded in a poem…
FENN: Put in below the Home of Brown.
GRIMSTAD: ...Getting families together out on a quest and invoking something intangible within the human spirit.
FENN: The power of imagination
GRIMSTAD: If adventure is Fenn’s second love, his wife of 60 years is his first.
FENN: She is the best person that I ever met.
GRIMSTAD: But Fenn says even she doesn’t know where the treasure is.
FENN: Nobody knows but me.
GRIMSTAD: As far as Fenn knows, the game is still on.
FENN: As far as I know, the treasure is there.
GRIMSTAD: He doesn’t know if someone will find it tomorrow, or in a thousand years. Either way, he says it will be worth it when they do.
FENN: And when they’re sitting there, with the treasure chest on their lap, and they raise that lid, it’s going to be something amazing to them. They may faint. It’s such a beautiful sight.
GRIMSTAD: And so you think you get a lot of emails? Well Fenn says he’s gotten more than 22,000 emails - most people thanking him for inspiring such fun, but then there are those bad eggs too he says are threatening him to cough up some more clues. Let me tell you, it’s not going to work. Threats are not going to make Fenn give you any more clues. Reporting live in Santa Fe tonight, Alana Grimstad KOAT Action 7 News.
RIBALDO: Fenn’s new book is being printed and bound today. It will be available for sale very soon. It’s called, “Too Far To Walk” and talks more about Fenn’s life and his adventures.