John Grasson was born in the gold country of California but grew up in the heartland of the Midwest in a small town. He spent nearly nine years in the US Army and is a traveler, explorer, research technician, desert photographer, and avid truth seeker. He is considered the leading authority on the Lost Ship of the Desert, the Black Gold of Pegleg Smith, and is a PROUD member of the Billy Holcomb chapter of E Clampus Vitus. John has been featured in Newsweek magazine along with Lost Ship episodes on the American Heroes Channel, the Science Channel and the Travel channel. For a while he was the co-host of the Death Valley Jim Radio program out of Palm Springs California. John is currently working on the most complete book about the Lost Ships of the Desert which will be due out in summer of 2018.