MICHAEL MCGARRITY: This book, in my estimation is right up there in terms of personal memoirs

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26-02-2011 Collected Works Bookstore Video Click Here
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Video transcript from interview with Forrest Fenn at the Collected Works bookstore 02/26/2011 MICHAEL MCGARRITY: This book, in my estimation is right up there in terms of personal memoirs. You’re a good writer, you have clarity, humor, you write sometimes tongue in cheek. And there’s so much more to this treasure story than this crazy thing that you’ve done with $1,000,000 worth of gold that you could have just given to me (laughter) as your friend, you know, your buddy. Mark Howards out there (inaudible) he’s looking for this treasure. And so, you know, you really messed up a lot of people in a lot of ways with this treasure. Peggy’s not happy either. But, that aside, Forrest, you wrote a really really good book. Just the other day, it talks a lot about things that you don’t normally talk about. It talks about the fact that you are a true American hero. I’ve seen the medals that you earned, and they were all genuinely earned. It’s not like the generals that fly over a combat zone and give themelves a medal. (inaudible) And it talks about all of the things that you’ve done in your life that are all really, really special and remarkable. So, talk about that a little bit, Forrest. Talk a little bit about yourself. Let these people know who you really are.

FORREST FENN: My father was a school teacher and a principal and he was my principal through the 7th grade. And he was an arrowhead collector, so he and I used to walk through the plowed fields and look for things. I would remember very vividly the first little arrowhead I ever found. It was in a plowed up field, and I’ll tell you it had been resting in the earth there for 1200 years waiting for me to come by and pick it up. It was such a thrill to me.

OFF CAMERA VOICE: Where was that?

FORREST FENN: And I’ve always been a collector. I collected bottle tops. I collected string. I collected match boxes. In Germany, I collected wine glasses in a little town that has their own wine and their own glasses, so I collected all those things and when I came back from the Air Force over there, they were all broken… But anyway, I’ve always been a collector, and I loved that kind of thing. When I got sick in 1988, nobody thought I was going to live and, about that time one of my clients was over. Ralph Lauren. He came in - was in my house and I had some things. One of which he wanted. And I said, “I just really don’t want to sell that.” And he said, “Well, you have so many, you can’t take it with you.” And I said, “Then I’m not going.” And I said that without even thinking, but I did start thinking about it and that lead to different ideas and I said, “You know, if I’ve got to go, why don’t I take it with me.” That’s what this treasure chest is all about. It’s not as much fun having it, as it is collecting it. If you have something in your house that - when you were 15 years old that you really treasured, you look at it today, you may not treasure it as much today as you did then.

MCGARRITY: (inaudible)

FENN: (nodding) I talk about that in my book. But I’ve been the type of person that always, fortunately, has been been consumed by things. If you’ve never been consumed, you should order yourself to do that.

MCGARRITY: That’s real serious stuff. You believe that wholeheartedly don’t you?

FENN: Absolutely.

MCGARRITY: You’ve got to have such a laser focus that you can’t let go. And this guy is dogged. He is one of the most persistent people I’ve ever met in my life right? The man does not know what the word know means.

FENN: That’s the nicest thing you’ve ever said to me.

DOUG PRESTON: I wanted to go back to your book because the thing that you just - one of the most profound truths I think that I’ve learned in my life is communicated so clearly in your book. And you were just talking about it, but it’s that there’s nothing worse in life than arriving then having everything you want. And you see how people out there, who have everything they want, they arrive, they often ruin their lives. Drugs or alcohol or just self-indulgence. It’s the thing that never quite getting there that’s what makes life worth living. And when I read your book, it never really struck me so strongly that truth is something you’ve figured out with so many people. And also communicated so beautifully. It’s a wonderful book. And even if there weren’t a million dollar treasure behind it, it’s still worth - the real treasure is the book.

FENN: This guy robbed a casino in Las Vegas was the son of a police officer that (inaudible) caught recently because he was bragging about robbing the casino in Las Vegas.

PRESTON: I’ve actually seen this treasure. I’ve handled these nuggets with my own hands. And it is…

MCGARRITY: The chest itself is an amazing, amazing artifact. But he has buried more than that treasure. He’s buried these - he went out and fabricated these bells and he’s written little things on them for people. So those are just spread out all around aren’t they?

FENN: I created eight of those things, and I buried them deep enough so a metal detector can’t find them because I don’t want anyone to find them for 10,000 years. In 10,000 years from now, they’re going to think a lot of me. The Rosetta Stone went undiscovered for 2,000 years and don’t you know that guy is proud?

MCGARRITY: One thing you can say about Forrest is that he doesn’t suffer from ego deficit. Question back there?

OFF CAMERA: In the course of writing “The Thrill of The Chase” there was to add more. Now there’s a blog spot where he’s expanding and telling more of the story.

MCGARRITY: Alright.

FENN: What’s the question?

MCGARRITY: You have a blog spot where you’re telling more of your story. You’ve got somebody back there talking for you on this issue. Why don’t you tell us about this?

FENN: He earns a commission. Well I started writing a blog about a month ago, and I have a niece-in-law that’s a computer genius. She set this up on my computer, so I just sit there and I write these things. I have the best time. But she also put on my blog a place where you click to see the stats to see how many people read my blog. I don’t have but one a day. And I think that’s me. But anyway, I’m having a lot of fun with it. If you want to read my blogs, I’ve written 14 of them and I’m very proud of them.

PRESTON: It’s good to read the blogs because he drops hints to where the treasure is. For example tonight, he just said it’s not in Nevada. That’s a pretty good hint. Also on the blog, this was back in January, he said something like “Well it’s probably under the snow now.”

FENN: I gave a really good clue to a friend the other day and I’ll give it to you because it’s very important. That treasure chest is more than 400 miles west of Toledo.

PRESTON: Then he gave me another clue. I was talking about “where are you burying the treasure, where are you burying the treasure” and Forrest said, “Doug, I just want to point out something. Have you ever heard me use the word bury?”

MCGARRITY: The other thing is that, uh, Toledo is in Ohio and there’s Cleveland and we got a Cleveland, New Mexico.

FENN: Is that a clue?

OFF CAMERA: Are there any good photographs?

MCGARRITY: Of the treasure?

OFF CAMERA: Yes.

MCGARRITY: It’s in the book. There’s a great one in the book, yeah.

FENN: (gesturing) Yeah, in the back of my book. She’s holding it up.

PRESTON: I also posted that on our Facebook page too. But there’s nuggets in there that are the size of your fist.