Forrest, What’s Your Most Significant Act?

golf TForrest; What would you say the most significant single act you performed in your life would be? ~Jdiggins

 

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Most significant act? Hmmmm…
I guess it would be when I married Peggy almost sixty-one years ago, because she has played a major role in everything that has happened to me since then. But I don’t think you were asking for that kind of answer, so let me think.

In 1954 I played golf at Scott AFB with Lt/col Bill Hale. I was a lowly 2/Lt but we became fast golfing and fishing friends. He was the administrative assistant to the general who commanded all of the combat crew training in the Air Force. At Bill’s prompting, the general asked me to become his aide de camp.

The three of us travelled a big hunk of the world meeting with commanders who would influence my assignments for the next fifteen years. I was able to pick what I wanted. When the general retired Bill and I served together in Europe and Africa. He named one of his sons Forrest. Later Bill worked for me in our Santa Fe gallery. So I guess meeting Bill Hale was the most significant act I performed in my life. He’s gone now but his influence lingers.f

 

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24 Responses

  1. Jenny Kile says:

    Thanks Forrest!

    How special your friendship with Bill sounds, and your answer of ‘marrying Peggy’ is……..Although it has only been 26 years for me, ‘marrying Mahlon’ would have to be my most significant act. He’s been my most valuable treasure found.

    Over sixty years of marriage…..seems like you should be asked the customary question of ‘what’s your secret to a long marriage?’ I’m not thinking you will offer a standard answer…lol….. Do you think we can guess it?

  2. Forrest Fenn says:

    Funny you should ask that question Jenny. A few years ago Peggy and I were having lunch with Senator Alan K. Simpson and his wife Ann. They were celebrating 47 years of marriage and I asked him the question you just asked me. He said, “Ann and I have a rule, we never go to bed mad.” And Ann quickly replied, “Yeah, we just stay up and fight.” Of course we all laughed and I learned later that they used that comic routine every time the question came up. I was going to tell that story in my book TFTW but Peggy talked me out of it by saying that someone might believe it’s true.

    I have had a few arguments with my wife but she has never had one with me. She learned early in our 61-year old marriage that when she sensed a serious discussion was on the way she would say, “Well honey, I’m sure you’re right,” and she’d walk away. That always worked for us because she was willing to let me win, knowing that in 5 minutes we were going to do it her way. And I was always happy because I won the argument. f

  3. Don Luenser says:

    Marriage has to be one the most significant things people do. I’ve been married since 1979. I say it that way because I don’t have my calculator to know how many years that’s been. Our secret is that we have different locations in the house we retreat to in the evening. Kind of like, making bells during dancing with the stars 🙂

  4. Mark J says:

    I hope that I can be married to my wife for 61+ years, that means I will live to be at least 99, lol. Congratulations on such a long marriage and for finding someone that lets you win.

  5. Carolyn says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary coming up in a month. Anyone being married as long as y’all have are truly in love and know how to live together. It seems so many don’t understand it. I just shared my 14th year anniversary with the love of my life a few days ago. It’s always an adventure and lots of fun. Congratulations again!

  6. 42 says:

    Mr. Fenn, your career took you so many places. I know the AF emoys thousands, but wondered if you crossed paths with my uncle. He’s gone now but was such a fascinating person. Even while undercover in Russia he thought to send young nieces Christmas toys. here’s his obit.
    http://m.mtstandard.com/news/local/obituaries/col-thomas-kevin-gallagher/article_f1d58f26-1d6e-11e1-8762-001871e3ce6c.html?mobile_touch=true

  7. Raven says:

    Forrest Fenn, I admire the fact that you choose to talk about two influential people when answering this question rather than talking about your many accomplishments. I think you prove the point of the old saying that the way to great friendships is to be a great friend.

  8. jdiggins says:

    Thank you for answering my question, Forrest. I admire your decision that your most significant act(s) involved others. Congratulations to you and Peggy for your blessed marriage. And, it just so happens, much of my own significant acts have to do with a man named Bill too! 🙂

  9. JC1117 says:

    That’s a great response, Forrest. The fact that you put Peggy first…in your answer…and in life…is exactly why you’ve “made it”. Regarding good friends I found lots of great quotes on Pinterest. Isn’t the internet great? 🙂 http://www.pinterest.com/lover2387/friendship-quotes/
    “Significant Act” made me think of this. http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/rush/limelight.html

  10. djjmciv says:

    Don’t know how you get on the waiting list of asking Fenn questions through here but here is a most:

    f,
    Correct me if I’m wrong but you once said there are lots of placed warm waters halt in the Rocky Mountains. Now would you say there a lot of home of Brown’s as well? Or would the answer to that be too revealing.

  11. rmannaa says:

    It’s heartwarming to know that Forrest and Peggy have been married almost 61 years. I love that. That is truly an outstanding act. The longevity of his friendships also speaks loudly of his character.

  12. 23kachinas says:

    Forrest’s most significant act: Meeting William H.Wilbur because his influence still lingers.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_H._Wilbur

  13. Jdiggins says:

    Wow, this means so much more now. As does everything. I think we are truly blessed with you, Forrest. Truly blessed. Regardless of what anyone else might say, I think you’re alright! I hope you are feeling well, and enjoying the warmth of test questions and your little fire. God Bless.

  14. Jdiggins says:

    Lol! Test questions! Haha! My spell check must know you! I meant *Tesuque
    🙂

  15. Twingem says:

    So, something I predict, Forrest Fenn has achieved legend. No matter how many years, decades, millennia….Forrest shall never be forgotten. He is the embodiment of what legends are made of.

    Thank you Mr. Fenn, for your investment in the future. Thank you for making a profound difference in our lives.

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