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Kent Weeks

Living Legend of Egyptology

I have always had the greatest admiration for elementary school teachers. They've got a hard job to do, and these people really did it extremely well. If it hadn't been for them, I might well be out selling shoes or insurance today, I don't know. In any case, it was reading the books that they offered, it was talking to them. When I was about 12, discovering that there were places in America that taught Egyptology, I wrote off to various universities. I said, "Excuse me for interrupting, Professor sir, but I'm a 12-year-old. I want to become an Egyptologist. What should I do?" And without exception, every one of those people wrote back long letters. "You should study this languages are important get some history. A good liberal arts education is the basic foundation for anything you decide to go into. Keep in mind that you're never going to be rich. Keep in mind that you may not get a job..." because even today, in 1996, we've got probably 350 professional Egyptologists in the world, and that's it. And many of those are not gainfully employed doing Egyptology. There aren't enough museums, there aren't enough universities around to keep them employed. So it's a dicey business. But fortunately, because of the letters I got, the advice I got, I think I structured my high school career and my college career in such a way that I could finally get into the field.
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