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have always been fascinated with treasure and treasure hunting. I do not know if it was
about the money, the thrill of the hunt or the excitement of trying to solve a mystery.
I remember spending hours trying to solve the 1885 Beale Ciphers–one of which
allegedly states the location of a buried treasure of gold and silver estimated to be worth
over 20 million US dollars in today’s money.
I also think back on my trip to New York City, convinced I had solved the puzzle in the
1984 book, „Treasure: In Search of the Golden Horse,„ where I had hoped to discover the
1 kilogram golden horse that was buried in a box somewhere on public land within the
continental United States. Of course, I didn’t solve the Beale Ciphers and I didn’t find the
golden horse (although I spent a lovely day digging around under the Queensboro Bridge).
But those disappointments never quenched the fire that burned within me to discover. I
know that passion for hidden treasure will always be a part of who I am. I AM a seeker
of secrets .a solver of mysteries and a revealer of the hidden, and I believe those pas-
sions have become the foundation for my love of the Public Domain.
The Public Domain, in my opinion, represents the ultimate treasure hunt. It literally
contains more treasures than you or I could ever discover and enjoy in several lifetimes.
Perhaps you are wondering, „Well what exactly IS the Public Domain, and where do I
find this treasure?„ I’ll explain what the Public Domain is in just a moment, but first, I