I Wish I Could Have Says Forrest Fenn


Hi Forrest,
I think all of us at one time or another dream about being someone else or wish to have lived in a different time. You have said you were born 100 years too late. If you could live a wish for one day, what would you ask for? Or an era, religious views aside? ~ Jeanie


Jeanie, you sure ask interesting questions and this one reminds me of the illiterate Greek who was offered one wish. He could have anything he wanted. So Socrates asked for wisdom, and as soon as he said it he knew he should have asked for money. There are so many people I’d like to be for one day.

I wish I could be Adolph Hitler on September 1, 1939, the day Germany invaded Poland, so I could have taken poison 11 years earlier than he did.

Or I’d wish to be JFK on November 22, 1963 so I could reverse my decision to visit Dallas.

There are so many others, and as for an era. I would like to know the biographies of all my ancestors, starting with the very first one. Where did it all start for me, and with whom? I’d hope there is a pirate in there somewhere. Do you think that’s asking for too much?f



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12 Responses

  1. Jenny Kile says:

    I think we all need some pirate ancestry! And those involved in the Chase, probably have it!

    Such thoughtful wishes, Forrest. I need to think who I wish I could have been….and why? Hmmm, it is a worthy question..

  2. rick says:

    Would like to be me and the best possible me:)

    If I could meet some people:

    George Clooney:

    The man has so much class and social graces with everyone. Maybe some would rub off.

    Taylor Swift:

    Believe she’s a genius and worked very hard to be where’s she at. Would be fun just to hang out for a day:)


  3. waterhigh says:

    I like Forrest’s vision/version of ‘preventive medicine’.

  4. E* says:

    Forrest – You asked, “Where did it all start for me, and with whom?”. I would say that would be Ut-Napishtim or Noah (I just read “Gilgamesh: A New English Version” by Stephen Mitchell,…where he finds his flood surviving human-turned God ancestor):


    Have you ever watched the TV series, “Who Do You Think You Are?”,…by any chance? Maybe you could be their next featured celebrity?

  5. E* says:

    Forrest – Maybe they could start by researching your possible connection to the pirate, John Fenn?:


  6. Joe Sparrow says:

    I know this is over two years later, but Hitler took poison, or shot himself in 1945. September 1939 is not eleven years earlier. Why didn’t anyone catch that? I’m a little surprised. 😁

  7. ROLL TIDE says:

    Joe Sparrow ,
    By all accounts, Hitler died from a self-inflicted gunshot. His wife Eva, died with him by taking cyanide.

  8. Heidini says:

    “We must love one another or die”

  9. Heidini says:

    “We must love one another or die” if we are wise enough.

  10. Ron Ricker says:

    If i were potus, i would carry my own little fire at my side. As would mrs. potus. Had this been the case with jfk, mrs. jfk could have retaliated and shot the ss driver back in his face. However, i do agree with forrest, avoidance is better than violence. If, in fact, the tragic event could have been avoided.
    dont tread on me

    This post cried of loneliness….

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