Attending the book signing of Forrest’s new book was more eventful than I expected. I had the opportunity to meet Forrest, thank him for the adventure and clear up some questions I had. Forrest and two other renowned authors sat in front of a full house to talk and answer a few questions. I enjoyed using NLP techniques as I watched for a clue to come to the surface that had not been filtered by the conscience mind of Forrest. First the clues Major Fenn did know he gave:
1. It is below 20,000 feet.
2. It is not on a mountain top.
3. There is one clue in his new book.
Now the clues or clue he did not mean to give. Fenn said he did not put a clue in the book on purpose but a lady who helped him produce the book pointed out a clue he did put in the book. Here is the unspoken meaning behind that statement; This lady knows enough to know a clue how would this lady point out a clue if only Fenn knows the location of the treasure? Let’s hear some comments on this. Fenn agrees it is a clue but how would she know?
Fenn shows his wit by misdirecting the audience’s attention to the cover pictures. Dal’s shadow is on the cover with a background of Forrest’s favorite bathing hole somewhere in Montana along side the Madison river. Later he talks about the larger background on the cover saying it came from another spot on the same river. BUT he never said they were the clue in the book. Earlier it was a clue – one clue- in the book and the bait and switch was talking about the cover outside the book (cover) of two not one picture outside the cover. This is the challenge, knowing what is a distraction and what is a solid clue.
Now, here is the unfiltered clue he gave without much thought. He responded to the question would you take me to the treasure (in jest) he answered do you have a plane. Need a plane to go an hour or two in New Mexico? Maybe but a plane suggest more than a short drive and also suggest an airport near by the treasure. Just how near an airport is still a mystery but it is his vehicle of choice to go to the area.
Ok, your turn, what do you think? Anything pro or con is welcome.
Last thought Forrest is either ambidextrous or left handed. I say he is left handed but learned to use his right hand early. He uses his left hand to hold a glass. This may not be important but as a lefty it can make a lot of small differences.