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The Nearly Astonishing Tale Of Bill Warren, Treasure Seeker

"Americans are overreaching; overreaching is the most admirable and most American of the many American excesses."—George F. Will

"Why don't you forward it over to CJ?" my editor said to the senior reporter. "He likes weird stories."

Which was how, on a pretty fall afternoon a couple years ago, I had ended up in this driveway in Fallbrook, California—a rural town nestled away in the San Diego County backcountry. The house in front of me was a well-kept one-story affair sitting on a quiet residential street. I was a cub reporter at the San Diego Union-Tribune. And I did indeed like weird stories. Anything to get away from city councils [...]