There’s an old saying in the intelligence community. We stole it from Ian Fleming. “Goldfinger,” if I recall correctly.
It goes like this: “Once is happenstance, twice coincidence, and three times, enemy action.
As we predicted, the search community, for the most part, has been sent into a tizzy over the release of the foreword to Fenn’s upcoming book, “Once Upon a While.” The book, according to the announcement, will be “launched” at an event at the Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe on November 2. It is, apparently, a reediting and reorganizing of 39 of Fenn’s previously published “Scrapbooks.”
We conclude that the foreword, while written by Preston, was produced with the council and edit of Fenn. It does exactly what was intended.
At this juncture, the only prediction we can make with a high level of confidence is that, before the end of 2017, some poor soul will be arrested attempting to dig in or around the Denver Museum of Nature and History.
The treasure has not been found, and none of this Fenn-driven effort will get you any closer to finding it. On the other hand:
- It will sell books on behalf of Fenn’s beneficiaries, Susan and Lou.
- It will guarantee a standing room only crowd at Collected Works and very likely, media coverage.
- It re-energizes a flagging search community. (Although some of the more “introspective” have already announced their departures from the search in long, boring, pedantic and manipulative missives. You know who you are, cowboy, don’t you?)
- It waves yet another shiny object to simultaneously misdirect and enthuse searchers who will question the validity of the “solves” they have been nurturing for years.
There are easily recognizable patterns in this, all of which are in the benefit of Chief Marketing Magician, Fenn – and, none of which will get searchers any closer to the treasure than the infamous map included in “Too Far to Walk.” Contrary to what some are already imagining, this is not a Fenn attempt to ensure the treasure is found before his death. If anything, it ensures that it will NOT be found before his death. A happy Fenn is a Fenn that dies knowing his legacy is intact.
More analysis and conclusions to follow in an upcoming video. You can download the full version of Preston’s foreword here: Treasure of Another Kind.
Until then, here’s the short version of our advice: Believe the poem, and question everything else from the master of misdirection, especially when it includes a dozen or more distinct rabbit holes in a single pass. If you needed any more evidence that Fenn’s treasure is hidden in New Mexico, Preston’s Foreword to Fenn’s next book is it.