Finding Treasure in a Book

If you open to page 63 of the children's book "A Treasure's Trove" by Michael Stadther, you might not realize you're looking at a treasure map.

In fact, almost every single page in the book contains a clue that points to the locations of more than a million dollars in prizes.

Thousands of amateur treasure hunters have analyzed the book for clues in hopes of finding one of the tokens that can be redeemed for part of the treasure: a jeweled bug.

Arlington resident David Somers opened to page 63 and eventually, saw the clues.

He recently solved the twelfth puzzle in the book — traveling to Badlands National Park in South Dakota to discover a jeweled rhinoceros beetle worth more than $50,000.

WBUR's Bob Oakes speaks with Somers and author Michael Stadther.

This story was produced by Matt Largey.

This program aired on September 22, 2005. The audio for this program is not available.

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Bob Oakes was a senior correspondent in the WBUR newsroom, a role he took on in 2021 after nearly three decades hosting WBUR's Morning Edition.



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