Back in 1982 a man named Byron Priess decided it would be a good idea to publish a treasure hunt. He spent a year or so traveling around the country, burying small ceramic boxes two feet underground. He wrote a few poems, and had a friend of his paint some images. The goal was to get the reader to match a poem with a verse, produce a treasure map of sorts, then go dig up the treasures.
He thought it would be easy.
40 years later we are finding out he was wrong.
So far two treasures have been found. One in Chicago, and one in Cleveland… so at least we know they are real. That’s about all we know for sure.
This project started with Byron recruiting a bunch of his friends. Sean and Ted to write some descriptions of strange creatures that Byron’s friend JoEllen sculpted out of clay and cloth, which were photographed by his childhood friend Ben. Then Byron’s friends John Palencar, John Pierard, and Overton Loyd made a bunch of images with the sole purpose of confusing all of us.
The project was created by a community of friends, and it is my opinion that a community of friends is the only way to solve it.
Did Alex find the Roanoke treasure?
According the the GPR... There is something in the park. It's right under home plate. Is it a casque? It would make sense.Join to podcast as we talk to Alex Sweeny about a trip he recently took with George to Roanoke. They were sure they would come home with a casque, but they didn't... now its your turn to try.
43. Secret adventures with Ben and Joellen
This week we talk to Ben Asen and Joellen Trilling about the adventures they shared shooting images for Byron Preiss' The Secret Treasure Hunt.
MW's Masquerade TRibute Hunt: https://mysteriouswritings.com/the-annual-masquerade-tribute-of-treasure-hunts/
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42. An Evening with Kit Palencar
In this episode we talk to Kit Palencar about the creation of the Tribute Treasure hunt. How he got started, how he created the painting, and what's coming in the future. Will there be a new painting? Will everything change? Will it ever be found?
Just a note, people seemed upset about all the cuts in the JJP interview. They seemed to think important details were cut out. So this interview is presented practically uncut.
41. The Secret of Byron Preiss Documentary review
George, Matt, Brett, and Cole review the Feature length documentary by James Renner, The Secret of Byron Preiss.... or Bryon Preiss? Look... you aren't going to believe what's in this, just listen to the episode.
40. The NY Meetup with Andy and Ben
On 10/23/21 George and Bradley interviewed Ben Asen and Andy Abrams for the first and last New York meetup. This audio was recorded live.
39. Did we find the books Byron used to create the Secret?
After years of telling listeners to use reference material from the 80's Cory Gilbert decided to do just that. Inside his World Book Encyclopedia he found direct links to the puzzle, and what may very well be Byron's reference material!
That Bradley guy sounds like a total babe. Is he taken!?!?
Why is there so much background noise?
Maybe is because I’m only 3 episodes deep. But there’s a LOT of background noises and people talking over one another that make this podcast really hard to listen to. I’m trying to push through the dog barking, bell jingling and mic cuts, but it’s a struggle. Music/TVs plying in the background. It’s all really distracting
Needs more wolfs and alligators
Excellent podcast with in depth discussion. Too much fun, especially when poking holes in crazy theories.