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     I was born in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, on September 4'th, 1954, and became an ardent Egyptophile before I could even read or write. One of my earliest memories is of my mother reading me the article Fresh Treasures from Egypt's Ancient Sands in the November, 1955, issue of The National Geographic Magazine. The photos of the sphinx and pyramids, with exotic looking Egyptians mounted on camels in the foreground, filled me with an overwhelming desire to visit the ancient monuments. My grandfather gave me a wonderful two volume edition entitled Wonders of the Past, and I spent hours studying photographs of mummies and mummy cases. I probably heard the tale of Howard Carter's discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen more times than most kids heard about the Three Little Pigs or Little Red Riding Hood, and the account of Tuthmosis IV's dream between the giant paws of the great sphinx became my favorite bed-time story! After I learned to read, my parents bought me books on ancient Egypt. My father returned from a business trip with a copy of Pierre Montet's Eternal Egypt as a surprise. I still have that dog-eared paperback on my shelves today,  along with my grandfather's well-worn Wonders of the Past. Today, I'm a retired psychotherapist who has 36 years experience in the mental health field. My own son, Max, grew up amid the many ancient Egyptian curiosities with which our home is filled. One of our chief delights is watching the expressions of guests when they enter our living room and see the seven-foot mummy case which stands imposingly by the doorway! They always ask me if it contains an ancient Egyptian mummy or even, sometimes, a local specimen of more recent origin!--William Max Miller



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