Santa Fe Proclamation….

MAY 2015


Santa Fe Mayor’s Proclamation to Forrest

As most of you heard, the Mayor of Santa Fe proclaimed Friday, May 29th to be “The Thrill of the Chase” Day in Santa Fe. He and the city officially recognized Forrest for his contributions to their community through his philanthropic endeavors and increased tourism due to The Thrill of the Chase. The formal presentation of this Proclamation took place Wednesday afternoon, May 27th, at the Collected Works Bookstore in Santa Fe.  I was fortunate to be able to attend…here are a few pictures from the event…

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A few searchers showed up for the event…it was like a mini-Fennboree as we huddled in groups and discussed Fenn’s poem and our ideas as we waited for Forrest and the mayor to arrive…

Here are Lana, Bajaau, and Radcrad (Roger) with new-searcher-from-Chicago Karen in the background

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Below photo: Bajaau, Lowi, Lana, and Radcrad … (Lowi told us her search area…I needn’t worry!)

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Below photo:  Local Santa Fean Elizabeth and her son Josh…Elizabeth also took pictures which I hope she will share with Dal to post…

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Below photo:  New to the search, Karen and her son Garrett who arrived from the Chicago area to spend a few days searching for the treasure…they were refreshing and fun to talk to…so much enthusiasm …and they confirmed a few of my previous search areas that the treasure chest is NOT there…or is it and we missed finding it? Hmmm…

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Below photo: The man and woman talking to Forrest are CBS News Senior Correspondent Barry Peterson and his wife Mary Nell who are in town for the CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood segment that is currently being filmed at Forrest’s home. I asked when it would air and the fellow said probably in a couple weeks…look for it on your TV next month. (Is FF drinking milk?)

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Forrest was kind enough to pose with most of us searchers/fans individually for pictures…he’s such a rock star…

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Below picture: Forrest and Bajaau … I believe ff just told Bajaau where the chest is hidden…Bajaau’s gesture  reads “I don’t think so because I’ve already looked there…”

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Below picture: Radcrad (Roger) shaking hands with Forrest after ff told him “something”…

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The Mayor of Santa Fe finally arrived and greeted Forrest near the stage…I believe that’s ff’s granddaughter Noah in the background  holding ff’s great-grandchild (different mom, the little girl would be Noah’s niece.)

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Below picture: The mayor is handing his TTOTC book to Forrest to sign while someone hands him a drink…may be water, may be vodka.

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Below picture: Peggy (ff’s wife who secretly whispered to me she wishes I would find the treasure so this fiasco would end!), Zoe ff’s oldest daughter holding the little one, Noah ff’s granddaughter and daughter of Zoe, the mayor Javier Gonzales, and the back of ff’s head.  (Holy moly, I need ff’s family tree to figure out all these people…hopefully I got it right…not sure, though.)

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Below picture: Mayor Javier Gonzales smiling as he watches ff sign his book…he thinks just because he’s mayor, ff will give him a clue…

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Mayor Gonzales squinting to see what that circle, omega looking drawing is above the inscription……holy moly, I think ff drew a picture of where the treasure chest is hidden…and it looks like my primary search area…not to worry, though, as the mayor probably doesn’t have time to go look…but I do!

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Below picture:  The mayor conducting the official ceremony with Forrest standing at his side to accept the Proclamation

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Below:  Forrest and Mayor Javier Gonzales exchanging a handshake after the mayor’s speech

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Below:  Forrest speaking… thanking the mayor and the city for their recognition.

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Below:  The official ceremony comes to a close…Forrest is whispering to the mayor (facing away from us searchers so we can’t read his lips) … hmmm, did ff just give him another clue?

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Below:  The ceremony is over… Forrest is holding his Proclamation…both guys are really smiling…Forrest is happy because he can go sit down or go home now…the Mayor is smiling because he thinks ff gave him some clues today…

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I hope this little document and pictures help bring some of you along as yesterday’s event took place…it was a wonderful ceremony to attend in person, and I am fortunate to live close enough to attend such happenings…my intent was to both inform and entertain you. My words are “in my opinion”…whatever  words Forrest exchanged between individual searchers and the mayor are between them, although I like to speculate and stir the pot, so to speak…

To Forrest and Dal: Thanks for informing us of this event…I feel privileged to have been able to attend …