100 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to Forrest…….

  1. when i was 18, i went camping with some gals. we went on a beginners horseback riding thing. my horse freaked out and galloped (it felt like) away from the group on it’s own free will accord. i held on for dear life. my friends starting calling me “down wrong trail.” all these years later, everything is making sense to me. forrest fenn, i thank you for things i can’t even explain, and there is no use trying. just thank you. happy birthday. sincerely.

  2. Happy Birthday, to a great person, with a big heart. Hoping you have the best time ever. Sincerely Virginia Bennett

  3. I remember all the emails that you replied to, addressing me as “Sir”. And so this is for you.


    Several Advantages of Getting Old

    Kidnappers are not very interested in you.
    In a hostage situation, you are likely to be released first.
    No one expects you to run anywhere.
    People call at 9 PM and ask, ‘Did I wake you?’
    People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
    There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
    Things you buy now won’t wear out.
    You can eat supper at 4 PM.
    You can live without sex, but not your glasses.
    You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
    You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.
    You sing along with elevator music.
    Your eyes won’t get much worse.
    Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.
    Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.
    Your secrets are safe with your friends, because they can’t remember them either.
    Your supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size.



  4. Happy Birthday Mr Fenn!

    May your words inspire many more,
    the way they have so many before.
    Your stories of life, we truly adore.
    Cheers to you, starting year Forty-Four!


  5. Happy Birthday, Mr. Fenn! I hope you and Peggy have a wonderful day and create more memories to look back fondly on in the years to come. πŸ™‚

    And please make sure to kick back and have 3 beers (preferably not in ziplock bags)! πŸ™‚

  6. Happy Birthday, Forrest…I will celebrate you and the quest with a margarita on the back porch…wishing you many more!

  7. Happy Birthday ff. perhaps we can reflect on being born a hundred years too late as well. I thought the same about the time back when I could of witnessed the end. Thank you for showing us the road of knowledge as I will pass it forward.

  8. Who is that dapper young man??
    Happy day! As a collector of things, and someone who sees nature as you do, I think you’ve managed to not only live now , and live 100 years ago, but also lived -a little- 200 years ago, 1000 years ago , 5000 and even 10,000 years ago. Heck, in the right places in nature you can see a million years back.
    Not bad, sir. Some foolish folks only manage to Live a few decades.
    Not a bad vintage at all.

  9. I wanted to get you a nice Turquoise Bracelet for your birthday but I must have been a little off. Maybe next year? Anyways-Have a happy 42nd anniversary of the 42nd year of your birth.

  10. Happiest of birthdays Forrest, the card is in the as of mail yesterday. Dream a little dream today for yourself, something that makes your heart full and gives you a smile.

  11. Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday to you
    Happy Birthday Dear Forrest
    Happy Birthday to Youuuuu πŸ™‚ !!!!!!!

    Have a wonderful day Forrest

  12. Forrest,
    Wishing you have the Happiest Birthday ever. Hoping you are feeling well & I looking forward to visiting your beautiful Santa Fe a couple times this Fall.

  13. Thanks to all of you for wishing me a happy BD. I’m off to visit San Lazaro Pueblo with a friend I’ve known since 1942 or so. She was married to one of my best West Yellowstone friends who passed just last year. We hope to find a few shell beads in the ant hills and maybe an arrowhead or two. I wish all of you were here to go with us. I’ll drink a Dr. Pepper in your honor. (Dal, where did you get that terrible photo? It looks just like I used to look). f

    • While u are searching for arrowheads I will be searching to find the chest / title I’m so proud I get to search today and over the weekend.
      Good luck on your search today πŸ™‚

    • That is a wonderful, touching photo of you sir. I feel as if I’ve known you all my life and then some. It would be great to share a Dr. Pepper. Have fun searching today!

      Happy Birthday Forrest πŸ™‚

    • Happy Birthday, my friend! Here’s the lyric translation of the song that you inspired – Magic Forrest Treasure. Wishing you much peace and harmony!
      Music and Lyrics by Wendy Jo Bradshaw Β© 2013 , 2014 with keywords from Forrest’s poem

      Ooh dLa (BELIEVE in Navajo)
      Yo dia (TREASURE in Navajo)
      Navajo Chant
      Ooh dla (BELIEVE) Naa tsei lid (RAINBOW) Yo dia (TREASURE) He wi dee che eli (PEACE)

      Verse 1
      Traveling……..on a quest for treasures bold
      Secret where……hint of riches new and old
      Find where you begin, go from the place warm waters halt
      Traveling…..take it in the canyon down
      Not too far ….. put in below home of Brown
      Find the treasure trove, thrill of the chase but just beware

      Three Ravens Bridge (author unknown 1611 children’s song)
      There were three ravens sat on a tree, down a down a down a down
      And they were black as they might be, with down
      The one of them said to his mate,
      What shall we for our breakfast take
      With a down, derry, derry, derry, down….down……

      Verse 2
      On a quest ……end is ever drawing nigh
      Just beware……heavy loads and water high
      No place for the meek, There’ll be no paddle up your creek
      Traveling……if you’re brave and seldom weak
      In the cold, put in there for all who seek
      Find the magic peace, end of the rainbow’s what you seek

      Secret treasure, secret code, in a song from days of old
      If you find the secret key to have PEACE and HARMONY
      Navajo chant repeat

      Verse 3
      Find the blaze…..quickly down your quest to cease
      Marvel gaze….. take the treasure, go in peace
      Find the trove inside, you’ll have the key to harmony
      Listen good….when you’re brave and in the wood
      Tarry scant….go in peace for higher good
      Title to the gold, you had the gift inside of you

      Look inside your heart and you will find the key, if you live your life unselfishly.
      With the earth and creatures everywhere you see, WE THE PEOPLE CAN LIVE IN PEACE

      Navajo Chant repeat
      Navajo spoken word by Rose
      Ni hi Dine Hozgo Ke da we Ni Ledoo (WE THE PEOPLE CAN LIVE IN PEACE)

  14. Another mile stone passed! We are all grateful for whatever it was that the girls convinced you to try so many years ago. We thank God for the wisdom and humor he has given you in life to bring joy and adventure to so many.
    Thank you for taking us on the journey with you.

  15. Happy birthday
    When the end and the beginning meet the circle is complete. Just one more reason to celebrate. I think I will go with a 12oz Coke. This one says “Share a coke with your soulmate”. hmmm πŸ™‚

  16. Mr. Fenn thank you for your incredible example of generosity, hard work, dedication, and service. Your search for knowledge and beauty inspires. Thanks for bringing us together, such as we are, you lift us all. But especially, thanks for all the thrills.

  17. Forrest,
    On this, your special day, enjoy doing whatever you choose to do. May it be a day of adventure and thrills, memories, and being with those people closest to you. Wishing you many, many more to come! Happy Birthday! As always, Ellen

  18. Happy Birthday Forrest Fenn! Another year older, another year wiser. Remember, birthdays are good for your health. Statistics show that those who have the most live the longest. May you have many more.

  19. Happy Birthday Forrest. I’m so glad I found you on Easter Sunday 2 years ago. I have had such an uplifting life since then. I have read more books in the last 2 years than in my entire life. Sorry Mrs. Kainz I lied about you loosing my book reports. I have also enjoyed seeing the USA with a purpose. I love this country and you for all you have given.

  20. Happy Birthday, Mr. Fenn,
    The banquet is assembling,
    The cake is coming in.
    Blow hard the candles, yes both ends,
    for there’s Rain and Dream and Walking-Shoe
    to be fed before the finish.

  21. Dear Forrest Fenn,
    I used to do this for all of my friends on their birthdays. Although we have never met, I think if we did, we could become friends. I can count my real friends on my ten fingers, and I believe you understand that comment. Please enjoy this little trivial pursuit, and I honestly hope you have had a wonderful day! Looking forward to hearing from you 16 years from now on your 100th birthday!! Here’s to hoping your mind always stays about thirteen.
    Michael D

    August 22nd Birthdays throughout history
    1412 – Frederick II, Elector of Saxony (d. 1464)
    1601 – Georges de ScudΓ©ry, French author, poet, and playwright (d. 1667)
    1624 – Jean Regnault de Segrais, French author and poet (d. 1701)
    1647 – Denis Papin, French physicist and mathematician, developed pressure cooking (d. 1712)
    1679 – Pierre GuΓ©rin de Tencin, French cardinal (d. 1758)
    1760 – Pope Leo XII (d. 1829)
    1764 – Charles Percier, French architect (d. 1838)
    1771 – Henry Maudslay, English inventor (d. 1831)
    1773 – AimΓ© Bonpland, French botanist and explorer (d. 1858)
    1778 – James Kirke Paulding, American politician, 11th United States Secretary of the Navy (d. 1860)
    1800 – William S. Harney, American general (d. 1889)
    1800 – Samuel David Luzzatto, Italian poet and scholar (d. 1865)
    1827 – Ezra Butler Eddy, Canadian businessman and politician (d. 1906)
    1834 – Samuel Pierpont Langley, American physicist and astronomer (d. 1906)
    1836 – Archibald Willard, American painter (d. 1918)
    1845 – William Lewis Douglas, American businessman and politician, 42nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1924)
    1848 – Melville Elijah Stone, American publisher, founded the Chicago Daily News (d. 1929)
    1854 – Milan I of Serbia (d. 1901)
    1857 – Ned Hanlon, American baseball player and manager (d. 1937)
    1860 – Paul Gottlieb Nipkow, German inventor, created the Nipkow disk (d. 1940)
    1860 – Alfred Ploetz, German physician, biologist, and eugenicist (d. 1940)
    1860 – Eleonore Reuss of KΓΆstritz (d. 1917)
    1862 – Claude Debussy, French composer (d. 1918)
    1867 – Maximilian Bircher-Benner, Swiss physician and nutritionist (d. 1939)
    1873 – Alexander Bogdanov, Russian physician and philosopher (d. 1928)
    1874 – Max Scheler, German philosopher (d. 1928)
    1880 – Gorch Fock, German author and poet (d. 1916)
    1880 – George Herriman, American cartoonist (d. 1944)
    1882 – Raymonde de Laroche, French aviatrix (d. 1919)
    1885 – Thomas Cooke, American soccer player (d. 1964)
    1887 – Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, German politician, Foreign Minister of Germany (d. 1977)
    1890 – Cecil Kellaway, South African born character actor (d. 1973)
    1891 – Jacques Lipchitz, Lithuanian-Italian sculptor (d. 1973)
    1893 – Wilfred Kitching, English 7th General of The Salvation Army (d. 1977)
    1893 – Dorothy Parker, American poet and author (d. 1967)
    1895 – LΓ‘szlΓ³ AlmΓ‘sy, Hungarian pilot (d. 1951)
    1895 – Paul Comtois, Canadian politician, 21st Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (d. 1966)
    1902 – Thomas Pelly, American politician (d. 1973)
    1902 – Leni Riefenstahl, German actress and director (d. 2003)
    1902 – Edward Rowe Snow, American historian and author (d. 1982)
    1903 – Jerry Iger, American cartoonist, co-founded Eisner & Iger (d. 1990)
    1904 – Deng Xiaoping, Chinese politician, 1st Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China (d. 1997)
    1908 – Henri Cartier-Bresson, French photographer and painter (d. 2004)
    1908 – Erwin Thiesies, German rugby player and coach (d. 1993)
    1909 – Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter and producer (d. 2000)
    1909 – Mel Hein, American football player and coach (d. 1992)
    1909 – Lucille Ricksen, American actress (d. 1925)
    1913 – Leonard Pagliero, English businessman and pilot (d. 2008)
    1913 – Bruno Pontecorvo, Italian physicist (d. 1993)
    1914 – Connie B. Gay, American businessman, co-founded the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (d. 1989)
    1915 – David Dellinger, American activist (d. 2004)
    1915 – James Hillier, Canadian-American scientist, co-designed the electron microscope (d. 2007)
    1915 – Hugh Paddick, English actor (d. 2000)
    1915 – Edward Szczepanik, Polish economist and politician, 15th Prime Minister of the Polish Republic in Exile (d. 2005)
    1917 – John Lee Hooker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2001)
    1918 – Mary McGrory, American journalist (d. 2004)
    1920 – Ray Bradbury, American author (d. 2012)
    1920 – Denton Cooley, American surgeon
    1921 – Sotiria Bellou, Greek singer (d. 1997)
    1921 – Dinos Dimopoulos, Greek director and screenwriter (d. 2003)
    1921 – Tony Pawson, English cricketer (d. 2012)
    1922 – Roberto Aizenberg, Argentinian painter and sculptor (d. 1996)
    1922 – Theoni V. Aldredge, Greek-American costume designer (d. 2011)
    1922 – Harishankar Parsai, Indian author (d. 1995)
    1922 – Micheline Presle, French actress
    1923 – Theodore Zeldin, British philosopher and writer
    1925 – Honor Blackman, English actress and singer
    1925 – James Kirkwood, Jr., American playwright and author (d. 1989)
    1925 – Marc Bohan, French fashion designer
    1928 – Tinga Seisay, Sierra Leonean diplomat and activist
    1928 – Karlheinz Stockhausen, German composer (d. 2007)
    1929 – Valery Alekseyev, Russian anthropologist (d. 1991)
    1929 – Ulrich Wegener, German general and police officer
    1930 – Forrest Fenn, War hero, Archeologist, Art Dealer, Inventor of β€œThe Chase”
    1930 – Gylmar dos Santos Neves, Brazilian footballer (d. 2013)
    1932 – Gerald P. Carr, American engineer, colonel, and astronaut
    1933 – Sylva Koscina, Italian actress (d. 1994)
    1934 – Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., American general (d. 2012)
    1935 – Annie Proulx, American journalist and author
    1936 – Chuck Brown, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2012)
    1936 – John Callaway, American journalist (d. 2009)
    1936 – Dale Hawkins, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2010)
    1936 – Werner Stengel, German roller coaster designer and engineer, designed the maverick roller coaster
    1937 – Margaret Prosser, English politician
    1938 – Jean Berkey, American politician (d. 2013)
    1938 – Paul Maguire, American football player and sportscaster
    1939 – Valerie Harper, American actress and singer
    1939 – George Reinholt, American actor
    1939 – Carl Yastrzemski, American baseball player
    1940 – Bill McCartney, American football player and coach, founded Promise Keepers
    1941 – Bill Parcells, American football player and coach
    1941 – Hannspeter Winter, Austrian physicist (d. 2006)
    1942 – Uğur Mumcu, Turkish journalist and author (d. 1993)
    1943 – Alun Michael, Welsh politician and Police Commissioner for South Wales
    1943 – Masatoshi Shima, Japanese computer scientist, co-designed the Intel 4004
    1944 – Roger Cashmore, English particle physicist
    1944 – Peter Hofmann, Czech-German tenor (d. 2010)
    1945 – David Chase, American director, producer, and screenwriter
    1945 – Ron Dante, American singer-songwriter and producer (The Archies, The Cuff Links, and The Detergents)
    1945 – Erol Gelenbe, Turkish computer scientist and mathematician
    1947 – Donna Jean Godchaux, American singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead, Heart of Gold Band, and Jerry Garcia Band, and Donna Jean Godchaux Band)
    1947 – Cindy Williams, American actress, singer, and producer
    1948 – Eleonora Brown, Italian actress
    1948 – David Marks, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Beach Boys)
    1949 – Doug Bair, American baseball player and coach
    1949 – Þórarinn EldjΓ‘rn, Icelandic author and poet
    1949 – Diana Nyad, American swimmer and author
    1950 – Ray Burris, American baseball player and coach
    1950 – Scooter Libby, American lawyer, Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States
    1951 – Mary Allen, British broadcaster and arts administrator
    1951 – Chandra Prakash Mainali, Nepalese politician
    1952 – Peter Laughner, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Rocket from the Tombs and Pere Ubu) (d. 1977)
    1953 – Paul Ellering, American weightlifter and wrestling manager
    1955 – Chiranjeevi, Indian actor, producer, and politician
    1955 – Gordon Liu, Chinese martial artist and actor
    1956 – Paul Molitor, American baseball player and coach
    1957 – Steve Davis, English snooker player
    1958 – Colm Feore, American-Canadian actor
    1958 – Stevie Ray, American wrestler
    1958 – Vernon Reid, English-American guitarist and songwriter (Living Colour)
    1959 – Juan Croucier, Cuban-American singer-songwriter, bass player, and producer (Ratt and Dokken)
    1959 – Pia Gjellerup, Danish politician, Finance Minister of Denmark
    1959 – Kidd Kraddick, American radio host (d. 2013)
    1959 – Annie Tempest, British artist and cartoonist
    1959 – Mark Williams, English actor and screenwriter
    1960 – Holger Gehrke, German footballer and manager
    1961 – AndrΓ©s Calamaro, Argentinian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Los Abuelos de la Nada and Los RodrΓ­guez)
    1961 – Iain Coucher, English businessman
    1961 – Roland Orzabal, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Tears for Fears and Graduate)
    1961 – Debbi Peterson, American singer and drummer (The Bangles and Kindred Spirit)
    1963 – Tori Amos, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (Y Kant Tori Read)
    1963 – Terry Catledge, American basketball player
    1964 – Tom Gibis, American voice actor
    1964 – Diane Setterfield, English author
    1964 – Mats Wilander, Swedish tennis player
    1964 – Andrew Wilson, American actor and director
    1965 – Courtney Gains, American actor and producer
    1965 – Chen Liping, Singaporean actress
    1966 – Gza, American rapper (Wu-Tang Clan)
    1966 – Eric Andolsek, American football player (d. 1992)
    1966 – Brooke Dillman, American actress
    1966 – Rob Witschge, Dutch footballer and manager
    1967 – Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, English actor
    1967 – Ty Burrell, American actor
    1967 – Alfred Gough, American screenwriter and producer
    1967 – Yukiko Okada, Japanese singer and actress (d. 1986)
    1967 – Layne Staley, American singer-songwriter (Alice in Chains, Class of ’99, Mad Season, and Sleze) (d. 2002)
    1967 – Bill Welke, American baseball umpire
    1968 – Casper Christensen, Danish comedian, actor, and screenwriter
    1968 – Paul Colman, Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist (Newsboys and Paul Colman Trio)
    1968 – Aleksandr Mostovoi, Russian footballer
    1968 – Elisabeth Murdoch, Australian businesswoman
    1968 – Horst Skoff, Austrian tennis player (d. 2008)
    1970 – George Canyon, Canadian singer, guitarist, and actor
    1970 – Charlie Connelly, English-Irish author and journalist
    1970 – Giada De Laurentiis, Italian-American chef and author
    1970 – TΓ­mea Nagy, Hungarian fencer
    1970 – Shaun Steels, English drummer and bass player (My Dying Bride and Anathema)
    1971 – Richard Armitage, English actor
    1971 – Natalie Ceeney, English businesswoman
    1971 – Craig Finn, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Hold Steady and Lifter Puller)
    1971 – Rick Yune, American actor and martial artist
    1972 – Okkert Brits, South African pole vaulter
    1972 – Paul Doucette, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and drummer (Matchbox Twenty, The Break and Repair Method, and Tabitha’s Secret)
    1972 – Steve Kline, American baseball player and coach
    1972 – Pontus Schultz, Swedish journalist (d. 2012)
    1972 – Max Wilson, Brazilian race car driver
    1973 – Sornram Teppitak, Thai actor
    1973 – Howie Dorough, American singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor (Backstreet Boys)
    1973 – Beenie Man, Jamaican rapper and producer
    1973 – Kristen Wiig, American actress, producer, and screenwriter
    1973 – Eurelijus Ε½ukauskas, Lithuanian basketball player
    1974 – AgustΓ­n Pichot, Argentinian rugby player
    1974 – Lee Sheppard, Australian animator
    1975 – Clint Bolton, Australian footballer
    1975 – Davor KrznariΔ‡, Croatian footballer
    1975 – Sheree Murphy, English actress
    1975 – Rodrigo Santoro, Brazilian actor
    1976 – Marius Bezykornovas, Lithuanian footballer
    1976 – Bryn Davies, American bassist, cellist, and pianist
    1976 – Laurent Hernu, French decathlete
    1976 – Randy Wolf, American baseball player
    1977 – Jenna Leigh Green, American actress and singer
    1977 – Keren Cytter, Visual artist and writer
    1977 – HeiΓ°ar Helguson, Icelandic footballer
    1978 – Robert Levon Been, American singer and guitarist (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)
    1978 – James Corden, English actor, singer, producer, and screenwriter
    1978 – Ioannis Gagaloudis, Greek basketball player
    1978 – Ed Petrie, English comedian and actor
    1978 – Jeff Stinco, Canadian guitarist (Simple Plan)
    1979 – Brandon Adams, American actor
    1979 – Jennifer Finnigan, Canadian actress
    1979 – Matt Walters, American football player
    1980 – Roland Benschneider, German footballer
    1980 – Nicolas Macrozonaris, Canadian sprinter
    1981 – Alex Holmes, American football player
    1981 – Jang Hyun-Kyu, South Korean footballer (d. 2012)
    1981 – Takumi Saito, Japanese actor and singer
    1982 – Rodrigo Nehme, Mexican actor
    1983 – Theo Bos, Dutch cyclist
    1983 – Laura Breckenridge, American actress
    1983 – Justin Buchholz, American mixed martial artist
    1983 – Jahri Evans, American football player
    1983 – Dani Thompson, Australian-born, English actress, glamour model and TV presenter
    1984 – Lee Camp, English footballer
    1984 – Missy Monroe, American porn actress
    1984 – Lawrence Quaye, Ghanaian-Qatari footballer
    1985 – Kether Donohue, American actress
    1985 – Luke Russert, American journalist
    1986 – Lacie Heart, American porn actress
    1986 – Erika Hebron, American model, Miss Missouri 2010
    1986 – Keiko Kitagawa, Japanese actress
    1986 – Janis Vahter, Estonian basketball player
    1987 – Leonardo Moracci, Italian footballer
    1987 – Karlie Simon, English porn actress
    1988 – Sarah Major, New Zealand actress
    1989 – Chariz Solomon, Filipino actress
    1990 – Syque Caesar, Bangladeshi gymnast
    1990 – Randall Cobb, American football player
    1991 – Federico Macheda, Italian footballer
    1991 – Brayden Schenn, Canadian ice hockey player
    1994 – Olli Maatta, Finnish ice hockey player
    1999 – Dakota Goyo, Canadian actor

    August 22nd deaths throughout history
    408 – Stilicho, Roman general (b. 359)
    1155 – Emperor Konoe of Japan (b. 1139)
    1241 – Pope Gregory IX, (b. 1143)
    1280 – Pope Nicholas III (b. 1216)
    1304 – John II, Count of Holland (b. 1247)
    1350 – Philip VI of France (b. 1293)
    1358 – Isabella of France (b. 1295)
    1456 – Vladislav II of Wallachia
    1485 – Richard III of England (b. 1452)
    1553 – John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland, English admiral and politician, Lord President of the Council (b. 1504)
    1572 – Thomas Percy, 7th Earl of Northumberland, English leader of the Rising of the North (b. 1528)
    1584 – Jan Kochanowski, Polish poet (b. 1530)
    1599 – Luca Marenzio, Italian singer-songwriter (b. 1553)
    1607 – Bartholomew Gosnold, English lawyer and explorer, founded the London Company (b. 1572)
    1652 – Jacob De la Gardie, Estonian-Swedish soldier and politician, Lord High Constable of Sweden (b. 1583)
    1664 – Maria Cunitz, Polish astronomer (b. 1610)
    1680 – John George II, Elector of Saxony (b. 1613)
    1701 – John Granville, 1st Earl of Bath, English politician, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (b. 1628)
    1711 – Louis FranΓ§ois, duc de Boufflers, French general (b. 1644)
    1752 – William Whiston, English mathematician, historian, and theologian (b. 1667)
    1793 – Louis de Noailles, French general (b. 1713)
    1793 – CΓ€cilia Weber, German-Austrian mother of Constanze Weber and mother-in-law of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (b. 1727)
    1797 – Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser, French-Austrian field marshal (b. 1724)
    1806 – Jean-HonorΓ© Fragonard, French painter (b. 1732)
    1818 – Warren Hastings, English politician, 1st Governor-General of Bengal (b. 1732)
    1828 – Franz Joseph Gall, Austrian neuroanatomist and physiologist (b. 1758)
    1850 – Nikolaus Lenau, Romanian-Austrian poet (b. 1802)
    1861 – Xianfeng Emperor of China (b. 1831)
    1888 – Ágoston Trefort, Hungarian politician (b. 1817)
    1891 – Jan Neruda, Czech journalist, author, and poet (b. 1834)
    1903 – Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1830)
    1904 – Kate Chopin, American author (b. 1850)
    1909 – Henry Radcliffe Crocker, English dermatologist (b. 1846)
    1914 – Giacomo Radini-Tedeschi, Italian bishop (b. 1859)
    1918 – Korbinian Brodmann, German neurologist (b. 1868)
    1922 – Michael Collins, Irish politician, 2nd Minister of Finance for Ireland (b. 1890)
    1926 – Charles William Eliot, American academic (b. 1834)
    1933 – Alexandros Kontoulis, Greek general and diplomat (b. 1858)
    1940 – Oliver Lodge, English physicist (b. 1851)
    1940 – Gerald Strickland, 1st Baron Strickland, Maltese politician, 4th Prime Minister of Malta (b. 1861)
    1942 – Michel Fokine, Russian dancer and choreographer (b. 1880)
    1946 – DΓΆme SztΓ³jay, Hungarian general and politician, 35th Prime Minister of Hungary (b. 1883)
    1950 – Kirk Bryan, American geologist (b. 1888)
    1951 – Jack Bickell, Canadian businessman and philanthropist (b. 1884)
    1953 – Jim Tabor, American baseball player (b. 1916)
    1958 – Roger Martin du Gard, French author, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1881)
    1960 – Johannes Sikkar, Estonian politician (b. 1897)
    1960 – Eduard PΓΌtsep, Estonian wrestler (b. 1898)
    1963 – Lord Nuffield, English motor manufacturer and philanthropist (b. 1877)
    1965 – Ellen Church, American flight attendant (b. 1904)
    1967 – Gregory Goodwin Pincus, American biologist, co-created the birth-control pill (b. 1903)
    1970 – Vladimir Propp, Russian scholar (b. 1895)
    1973 – Louise Huff, American actress (b. 1895)
    1974 – Jacob Bronowski, Polish-English mathematician, biologist, and author (b. 1908)
    1976 – Gina Bachauer, Greek pianist (b. 1913)
    1976 – Juscelino Kubitschek, Brazilian physician and politician, 21st President of Brazil (b. 1902)
    1977 – Sebastian Cabot, English-Canadian actor and singer (b. 1918)
    1978 – Jomo Kenyatta, Kenyan politician, 1st President of Kenya (b. 1894)
    1979 – James T. Farrell, American author and poet (b. 1904)
    1980 – James Smith McDonnell, American pilot, engineer, and businessman, founded McDonnell Aircraft (b. 1899)
    1987 – Joseph P. Lash, American author and journalist (b. 1909)
    1989 – Robert Grondelaers, Belgian cyclist (b. 1933)
    1989 – Huey P. Newton, American activist, co-founded the Black Panther Party (b. 1942)
    1991 – Colleen Dewhurst, Canadian-American actress (b. 1924)
    1991 – Boris Pugo, Latvian politician, Soviet Interior Minister (b.1937)
    1994 – Gilles Groulx, Canadian director and screenwriter (b. 1931)
    2000 – Toru Tanaka, American wrestler and actor (n. 1930)
    2003 – Generosa Ammon, American wife of Ted Ammon (b. 1956)
    2003 – Imperio Argentina, Argentinian singer and actress (b. 1906)
    2003 – Arnold Gerschwiler, Swiss figure skater and coach (b. 1914)
    2004 – Konstantin Aseev, Russian chess player (b. 1960)
    2004 – Angus Bethune, Australian soldier and politician, 33rd Premier of Tasmania (b. 1908)
    2004 – Al Dvorin, American bandleader and talent agent (b. 1922)
    2004 – Daniel Petrie, Canadian director and producer (b. 1920)
    2005 – Luc Ferrari, French-Italian composer (b. 1929)
    2005 – Ernest Kirkendall, American chemist and metallurgist (b. 1914)
    2005 – Mati Unt, Estonian author and director (b. 1944)
    2006 – Bruce Gary, American drummer and producer (The Knack) (b. 1951)
    2008 – Gladys Powers, Canadian soldier (b. 1899)
    2009 – Elmer Kelton, American journalist and author (b. 1926)
    2010 – Stjepan Bobek, Croatian footballer and manager (b. 1923)
    2011 – Nick Ashford, American singer-songwriter and producer (Ashford & Simpson) (b. 1942)
    2011 – Gudrun Berend, German hurdler (b. 1955)
    2011 – Jack Layton, Canadian educator and politician (b. 1950)
    2011 – Jerry Leiber, American songwriter (b. 1933)
    2012 – Nina Bawden, English author (b. 1925)
    2012 – Larry Carp, American lawyer (b. 1926)
    2012 – Charles Flores, Cuban-American bassist (b. 1970)
    2012 – Paulino Matip Nhial, South Sudanese military leader and politician
    2012 – Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, Chinese cardinal (b. 1923)
    2012 – Martin Shikuku, Kenyan politician (b. 1933)
    2012 – Jeffrey Stone, American actor (b. 1926)
    2012 – AndrΓ‘s JΓ³zsef Szennay, Hungarian clergyman (b. 1921)
    2013 – Keiko Fuji, Japanese singer and actress (b. 1951)
    2013 – Petr Kment, Czech wrestler (b. 1942)
    2013 – William McIlroy, English journalist and activist (b. 1928)
    2013 – Ronald Motley, American lawyer (b. 1944)
    2013 – Jetty Paerl, Dutch singer (b. 1921)
    2013 – Paul Poberezny, American pilot and businessman, founded the Experimental Aircraft Association (b. 1921)
    2013 – Andrea Servi, Italian footballer (b. 1984)
    August 22nd Historical events throughout history
    392 – Arbogast has Eugenius elected Western Roman Emperor.
    476 – Odoacer is named Rex italiae by his troop.
    565 – St Columba reported seeing monster in Loch Ness
    851 – Erispoe defeats Charles the Bald near the Breton town of Jengland.
    1138 – English defeated Scots at Cowton Moor Banners of various saints were carried into battle which led to being called Battle of the Standard
    1454 – Jews are expelled from Brunn Moravia by order of King Ladislaus
    1485 – Battle of Bosworth Field – Henry Tudor’s forces defeat English King Richard III during last battle War of the Roses
    1543 – Emperor Charles V’s army occupies Duren
    1559 – Spanish archbishop Bartholome de Carranza arrested as heretic
    1572 – Failed assassination on Gaspard de Coligny, a French nobleman and admiral, a Huguenot leader in the French Wars of Religion
    1582 – King James IV of Scotland captured
    1603 – 1st stones layed in Zuiderkerk Amsterdam
    1614 – Trades people under Vincent Fettmilch chase & plunder Jews out of ghetto in Frankfurt
    1632 – Prince Frederik Hendrik occupies Maastricht
    1639 – Madras (now Chennai), India, is founded by the British East India Company on a sliver of land bought from local Nayak rulers.
    1642 – Civil War in England began between Royalists & Parliament
    1654 – Jacob Barsimson arrives in New Amsterdam (modern day Manhattan) aboard the Peartree, one ot the first Jewish colonists
    1707 – Prince Eugenius van Savoye siege of Toulon
    1707 – Sweden & Prussia sign military treaty
    1717 – Spanish troops lands on Sardinia
    1762 – 1st female (Ann Franklin) US newspaper editor, Newport RI, Mercury
    1770 – James Cook’s expedition lands on the east coast of Australia.
    1775 – King George III proclaims colonies to be in open rebellion
    1780 – Resolution, without Captain Cook, returns to England
    1787 – John Fitch’s steamboat completes its tests, years before Fulton
    1788 – Sierra Leone settled by British as a haven for former slaves
    1791 – Haitian Slave Revolution begins under voodoo priest Boukman
    1798 – French troops land in Kilcummin harbour, County Mayo, Ireland to aid Wolfe Tone’s United Irishmen’s Irish Rebellion.
    1826 – Colonies under Jedediah Strong Smith move near Salt Lake Utah
    1827 – JosΓ© de La Mar becomes President of Peru.
    1848 – The United States annexes New Mexico
    1849 – The first air raid in history; Austria launches pilotless balloons against the Italian city of Venice.
    1851 – Gold fields discovered in Australia
    1851 – Yacht “America” wins 1st Royal Yacht Squadron Cup (America’s Cup)
    1862 – Battle of Catlett’s Station, VA
    1862 – Santee Sioux indian attack Fort Ridgely
    1864 – Geneva Convention signed by 12 nations
    1864 – International Red Cross forms
    1867 – Fisk University forms, 1867
    1875 – The Treaty of Saint Petersburg between Japan and Russia is ratified, providing for the exchange of Sakhalin for the Kuril Islands.
    1877 – Nez Perce-indians flee into Yellowstone National Park
    1894 – Mahatma Gandhi forms the Natal Indian Congress (NIC)in order to fight discrimination against Indian traders in Natal
    1901 – Cadillac Motor Company is founded.
    1902 – Pres Teddy Roosevelt became 1st US chief executive to ride in a car
    1906 – 1st Victor Victrola manufactured
    1907 – Colin Buchanan, town planner
    1907 – Cyril Astley Clarke, British geneticist
    1910 – Japan annexes Korea after 5 years as a protectorate
    1911 – Mona Lisa stolen from the Louvre by Vincenzo Perugia (Recovered in 1913)
    1912 – England defeat Australia to win the Triangular Tournament
    1912 – Richard Catling, commissioner of police (Kenya)
    1913 – Robert Martineau, bishop of Blackburn
    1914 – Battle at Charleroi begins: Gen von Bulows troops beat French
    1914 – 1st encounter between British & German troops (in Belgium)
    1914 – Battle in Ardennen: Neufchateau, Rossignal, Tintigny & Virton
    1914 – Canada’s Finance Act, 1914, receives assent
    1914 – General Martos’ troops occupy Soldau/Neidenburg East Prussia
    1914 – German troops execute 384 inhabitants of Tamines Belgium
    1914 – Von Ludendorff & von Hindenburg move into East Prussia enroute to Russia
    1917 – Pittsburgh Pirates play 4th straight extra inning game, Carson Bigbee sets record of 11 at-bats, they lose in 22 innings to Dodgers
    1921 – J. Edgar Hoover becomes Assistant Director of the FBI
    1923 – Paavo Nurmi runs world record mile (4:10.4)
    1926 – Gold discovered in Johannesburg, South Africa
    1926 – Greek dictator Gen Pangulos driven out
    1927 – Babe Ruth hits 40th of 60 homers
    1930 – Australia regain Ashes on 6th day of 5th Cricket Test
    1932 – BBC begins experimental regular TV broadcasts
    1933 – Bill Veeck urges midsummer inter-league games & a split season
    1933 – International Zionists Congress opens in Prague
    1934 – Australia beat England by 562 runs to regain Cricket Ashes
    1934 – Red Sox pitcher Wes Ferrell hits 2 HRs to beat White Sox 3-2 in 12
    1939 – Dutch border guards take positions for German invasion
    1939 – Premier De Geer recalls Dutch holidaymakers in Black Forest
    1941 – Nazi troops reach Lenningrad
    1942 – Brazil declares war on Germany, Japan & Italy
    1943 – Soviet troops free Karkov
    1944 – Hitler orders Paris to be destroyed [or 23rd]
    1944 – Last transport of French Jews to nazi-Germany
    1945 – Bob Cristofani scores 110 for Aust Services at Old Trafford
    1945 – England defeat Aust Services by 6 wkts in 5th Victory Test Cricket
    1945 – Noel Coward’s revue “Sigh no More” premieres in London
    1945 – Vietnam conflict begins as Ho Chi Minh leads a successful coup
    1946 – Baseball approves a 168-game schedule, but later rescinds it
    1946 – Mikko Hietanen wins Oslo marathon (2:24:55)
    1947 – 14th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Chi Bears 0 (105,840)
    1950 – Abdel Rehim swims English Channel (10:50)
    1950 – Althea Gibson becomes 1st black competetor in a US national tennis competition
    1950 – Rotterdam dock strike ends
    1951 – Harlem Globetrotters play in Olympic Stadium, Berlin before 75,052
    1952 – The penal colony on Devil’s Island is permanently closed.
    1953 – John Norman Lewis contends players have no desire to form a union
    1953 – Shah of Iran returns to Teheran
    1954 – WPTV TV channel 5 in Palm Beach, FL (NBC) begins broadcasting
    1956 – Elvis Presley begins filming “The Reno Brothers” (Love Me Tender)
    1956 – Pres Eisenhower & VP Nixon renominated by Rep convention in SF
    1957 – Floyd Patterson KOs Pete Rademacher in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
    1958 – Argos’ Boyd Carter, Dave Mann combine for record 131-yd punt return
    1958 – Great Britain performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
    1959 – Cin Red Frank Robinson hits 3 consecutive HRs
    1960 – Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Asheville Golf Open
    1960 – Gil Hodges set NL righty HR record with #352
    1961 – Maris hits his 50th of 61 homers
    1962 – Failed assassination on French president Charles de Gaulle
    1962 – USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
    1962 – Savannah, world’s 1st nuclear-powered ship, completes maiden voyage from Yorktown, Va, to Savannah, Ga
    1963 – NASA civilian test pilot Joe Walker in X-15 reaches 67 miles (106 km)
    1964 – Guinee, Liberia & Ivory Coast form joint market
    1964 – Supreme’s “Where Did Our Love Go” reaches #1
    1965 – Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Omaha Jaycee Golf Open
    1965 – San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marachal hits LA Dodger catcher John Roseboro on the head with his bat causing a 14 minute brawl
    1966 – Beatles arrive in NYC
    1968 – 1st papal visit to Latin America (Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogota)
    1968 – Pope Paul VI opens Eucharistic congress in Bogota
    1969 – Beatles record a video for “Long & Winding Road”
    1969 – Gloria O Smith, (NY), crowned 2nd Miss Black America
    1969 – Hurricane Camille strikes US Gulf Coast kills 255
    1971 – Bolivian military coup under col Hugo Banzer, pres Torres driven out
    1971 – Pam Barnett wins LPGA Southgate Golf Open
    1971 – J. Edgar Hoover and John Mitchell announce the arrest of 20 of the Camden 28.
    1972 – Rhodesia is expelled by the International Olympic Committee for its racist policies.
    1973 – Chilean parliament accuses pres Allende violating laws
    1975 – McNichols Sports Arena in Denver opens
    1976 – Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
    1978 – Sandinistas occupy National Palace in Managua, Nicaragua
    1979 – 200 black leaders meet in NY to support Andrew Young
    1980 – Bill Veeck agrees to sell Chicago White Sox to Eddie DeBartolo Sr for $20,000,000, AL owners block the sale
    1980 – Leaders of Port Elizabeth’s Black secondary school children in South Africa decided to end a four month boycott of classes
    1982 – Israeli General Ariel Sharon urges Palestinians to discuss peaceful coexistence
    1982 – Joanne Carner wins LPGA Chevrolet World Championship of Women’s Golf
    1984 – Evelyn Ashford of US ties world women’s mark for 100 m, 10.76 sec
    1984 – Last Volkswagen Rabbit produced
    1984 – Met pitcher Dwight Gooden becomes 11th rookie to strikeout 200
    1984 – The United Democratic Front, an internal coalition of anti-apartheid groups in South Africa, organizes a highly successful boycotts of the Colored and Indian elections to parliament
    1985 – 30th Walker Cup: US wins 13-11
    1985 – Airtours Boeing-737 crashes at airport of Manchester, 55 killed
    1986 – Gas from Volcano Chamberoen kills 1,734 (Cameroon)
    1986 – NASA announces tests designed to verify ignition pressure dynamics
    1987 – Madonna’s “Who’s That Girl” single goes #1
    1988 – Australia unveils 1st platinum coin (Koala)
    1988 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
    1989 – 1st complete ring around Neptune discovered
    1989 – Nolan Ryan strikes out his 5,000th batter (Rickey Henderson)
    1990 – President Bush calls up military reserves
    1991 – Krizstina Egerszegi swims world record 100 m backstroke (1:00.31)
    1992 – Matthews & Warne spin Australia to a famous win v Sri Lanka
    1992 – FBI HRT sniper Lon Horiuchi shoots and kills Vicki Weaver during an 11-day siege at her home at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
    1993 – Hiromi Kobayash wins Minnesota LPGA Golf Classic
    1994 – DNA testing links OJ Simpson to murder of Nicole Simpson & Ron Goldman
    1994 – Wim Cook government forms in Netherlands
    1995 – FBI agent Lon Horiuchi shoots at Randy Weaver’s cabin in Idaho
    1996 – ANC makes its first submission to Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)
    2003 – Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is suspended after refusing to comply with a federal court order to remove a rock inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the Alabama Supreme Court building.
    2003 — NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal OJ Simpson sent to prison
    2004 – A version of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway.
    2007 – The Texas Rangers rout the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.
    2007 – The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day
    2012 – 48 people are killed in Kenyan tribal wars between the Pokomo and Orma
    2012 – Russia and Vanuatu become members of the World Trade Organization

  22. Happy Birthday Mr. Fenn!!!

    I hope you have sometime today.. to get out with that “Shakespeare Marvel” Flyrod….do not tarry!!!

    At age 84, a man has time to think about life
    And what matters, like his friends, his children, and wife.
    But in the back of his mind, he ponders the end,
    And longs for a way to stretch and extend
    His reach and influence on those that come after,
    To keep his book open and not pen the last chapter.
    The brilliance of Fenn like the bright Sun shines,
    Since he planted the seed in the soil of minds
    Of millions of dreamers with a drifting soul,
    Who now have a reason to chase their own goal.
    In hindsight, he may not have chosen this path,
    Since it brings him closer to our greed and our wrath,
    But most souls that search are golden, and shine,
    And understand the plan Fenn made is divine.
    Long after the man that created β€œThe Chase”,
    Searchers will continue to be caught in the race.
    And even if the chest is never found,
    The effect on our lives is, put simply, profound.
    Michael D
    Happy Birthday Forrest Fenn!!
    And thank you for waking me up again!

  24. Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that whoever has the most lives the longest. Which reminds me of the time the candle shop in town caught fire, everyone stood around singing Happy Birthday. Happy Happy Birthday Forrest Fenn!!!

  25. Dear Forrest,

    May your path be strune with interesting artifacts. And your days filled with the joy of discovery.
    Live long and prosper.

    Happy Birthday Forrest.

  26. Happy Birthday Forrest,

    Hope you are able to fill your pockets with shell beads and arrow heads before the lightning and rain arrives. Just looked at radar and it is on its way.

    Fred Y.

  27. Happy Birthday Mr. Fenn – Friday’s always a great day for a birthday – hope yours was great sir.

    Clayton Sherry & Briella


  29. Ok, so I already wished a Happy Birthday to you, f. As I have words to utter as a gift, I shall do so in hopes that they invoke a smile from you and, by chance, give a belly ache to others. The words are… well, the words I wanted to share for the necklace contest. Here’s my story, your gift…
    A Windy Night
    I began my search like most others. I felt like my beast could stay bedded for this particular adventure. I picked up supplies and headed out in my young truck to this great treasure hunting area. Trees did not hesistate to try to hug my truck on the way up to my parking spot (again, on the way back down). I parked and made sure my new backpack was in order. Gators, check. Snake bite kit, check. Water treatment, check.change of clothes, check. Cold weather gear (thermals), check. Food/snacks, check. Bear spray, check. Check, check, check. I left my vehicle and headed up the trail. It was a good little trail. I arrived at the cabin I knew of in 2.5 hours.
    I stayed long enough to eat a Kind bar (they are tasty!) and continued up. The trail disappeared quickly. I fought the vegitation as the trail deminished. Soon, I came across an old Native American burial site. Just one burial as I could tell and centuries old. The stone mound was not much of a mound any longer. I continued on, not hesitating. Moving along… I found a trail and found an older cabin and found my old camp site from a year ago. Then I made it to the lake that I intended to make camp next to. My friend had gathered fire wood the previous year and I located the wood . I wanted to stay by the lake but the ground was soaked, so I relocated camp to a dry rocky area. At this point, I’m well above 10,200 feet. Some of you may say that the treasure chest is below 10,200 ft, but this was before I discovered the 10,200 remark (I believe). I knew the night was suppose to be breezy and it had taken me 9.5 hours to get to this point in my journey. I figured that I had just enough time to set up camp and eat before turning in for the night. Clearing rocks and tying down my home for the night didn’t take too long and I looked forward to my search the following day. After some time, I was finally able to start my little forrest fire in a ring of rocks and get some water boiling. This was good as I already expected a cold breezy night. Even though the month was June, it was going to be a chilly one. I scarfed down my Louisiana Red Beans & Rice which was now hot and rehydrated. It was a bit spicy, but being from New Mexico, not too spicy for me. Minus the Kind bar, this was all I’d consumed I believe. It was deliscious! Worn out, the sun down, I knew it was time to turn in. I was surrounded by rock hedges and didn’t worry about the expected breezes of the night. I was a little worried about any little bears that might have caught wind of my dinner though. I donned the thermals, entered my sub zero Kodiak sleeping bag, zippered up my tent, then snaked my body arounf the ground-embedded boulders to get comfy. Sleep washed over Slurbs. Some time , several times, thoughout the night, I was awakend by discomfort from boulders assunder me. The winds outside were howling at about 50-60 mph! So much for being protected by stone hedges. I peaked out of my tent and saw white water rapids. Rezippered. Then came a clash of thunder! Thunderstorms were not in the forcast. I wondered what the heck was going on. Then, a second later, another clasp of thunder! Whew! What was that smell? OMG! Whew! Suddenly I remembered… the Louisiana Red Beans & Rice! Oh, disgusting! It was windy outside and very breezy inside! I quickly remembered the bears and thought, “Oh no, my tent smells like dinner to bears!” Then I realized that the winds outside were plenty enough to disperse the winds inside. Phew, this was going to be a long night! I tossed and turned because of the rocks in my back and legs. I also tossed at every flatulating moment! Did I have to eat two servings? Wow! That night was unlike any other I ever I have ever experienced. The next mornining, the winds, all of them, had calmed down. The lake was still and my mind was re-focused. This new morning, I searched a couple of hours higher in elevation in the same area where I had my photo taken a year earlier. I found a big coffee/tea cup I found a year earlier and slid down a snow slide and went back to camp. I did find an out of place aluminum which I placed in my pocket and returned to my truck. Days later I read that you, f, made two trips from your car and back to hide the chest AND you did it in one afternoon! The area I was In was too far away from a parking area to accomplish your feat. Anyway, that night was one I will not soon forget! I only had a walking stick and bear spray for protection and enjoyed a hearty
    meal. My wife of 23.5 years was happy to have me back home and laughed about the tale of my windy night.

  30. One of the best things I’ve found about getting older is you can hide your own Easter eggs πŸ˜‰

    Happy Belated Birthday!

  31. “O Muse!

    Sing in me, and through me tell the story

    Of that man skilled in all the ways of contending,

    A wanderer, harried for years on end.. “

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