Please don't enter the cemetery when graveside services are in progress. This cemetery may seem different than others you have visited, however, please offer the same respect to these sacred grounds and other visitors here. In particular, you may see various pebbles and rocks laying loose on the grave markers. Please don't disturb or remove these. Visitors leave these instead of flowers. If you are curious as to their meaning, I’d I encourage you to Google: “stones on graves" or read more here.
Now on to the puzzle.
Anyone familiar with the University of Iowa has probably heard mention of or visited “Wild Bill’s Coffeeshop.” It is located at 321 North Hall (School of Social Work) and is a learning service project operated by adult persons with disabilities. More information can be found here:
The first proprietor of the coffee shop was Bill Sackter, a man who helped changed the nation's attitudes toward people with disabilities. In 1920, when Bill was 7, the state of Minnesota determined that his learning difficulties made him a “burden on society,” and he was institutionalized at the Faribault State School for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic. He remained there for 44 years. More of his story and how he came to Iowa can be found here. Two award-winning movies, a feature-length documentary, and a book also tell his story.
Although Bill was diagnosed as intellectually disabled, later tests showed that his intelligence was near normal. In today’s world, Bill would have been given the same benefits of special education and mainstreaming that my sons (who also have learning and neurodevelopmental disorders) have been offered. It is in honor of the struggles and accomplishments of Bill, my children and other individuals with special needs that I’m placing this cache.
To solve the puzzle, find the grave marker of William “Bill” Sackter. The given coordinates should take you close to it. On that marker are two words. Use that phrase and information in the text above to solve the following:
- What would have been Bill's age, in years, on the date this cache was placed? The last number in that digit = A
- What year did Bill die? The last digit of that year = B
- On which day of the month did Bill die? The second digit in that day = C
- In what year was bill released from the state institution? Subtract 4 from the last digit of that year = D
- There is a two-word phrase on Bill's grave marker. What is the third letter of the first word? Convert that letter to a number (a=1, b=2, c=3, etc) to find E
- What is the second letter of the second word in the two-word phrase (see E above)? Convert that letter to a number and subtract 2 = F
- How old was Bill when he was institutionalized? Age in years = G
- What is the fourth letter of the first word in the two-word phrase (see E above)? Convert that letter to a number and add 2 = H
The final is located at: N 41 4A.BCD W 091 3E.FGH
Good luck and happy caching!
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