April 1, 1988 |
From the folks who brought you "Return to the Titanic . . . ," the second-highest rated special in syndication history, comes now "Mysteries of the Pyramids . . . Live," set to air around the country on April 20 (KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles). However, the program's main focus won't be the pyramids--or Egypt, for that matter. Most of the action will emanate from England.
May 29, 2005
In summer 1978, I suffered the mummy's curse when I nearly fainted in the stuffy, overcrowded heat of the first King Tut show at LACMA ["Curse of the Blockbuster?" May 22]. Fortunately, I'm tall enough so I could see over the many heads to enjoy the art at the Van Gogh show, but the bad part was the annoying buzz from people with their museum headsets turned up too loud. In recent years I've been favoring smaller, less-crowded exhibits. I appreciate the value of all of the artifacts, but if the Tut show promotes itself as a blockbuster event, yet doesn't include the king's beautiful burial mask, it's not worth the $30. It sounds like the curse of the lackluster to me. Judging by Mike Boehm's article, Steve Martin had it right when he paid homage to Tut by placing a blender at his feet.
June 25, 2005
I was very disappointed in the King Tut exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art ["Audience With the Boy King," by David Pagel, June 17]. When we got there with our advance tickets, we had to wait in four sets of lines to get into the museum, which wasn't as bad as it sounds, but it should have prepared me for the hundreds of mini-lines you have to wait in once you get inside. You see, each artifact has a line. The exhibit is not in one large room but in many small, dark, claustrophobic rooms with multiple objects to view in each one. We were packed in there like sardines and it made viewing these precious items miserable.
May 23, 2010 |
Strange that no horror movie ever featured these creatures from the crypts of ancient Egypt — crocodile mummies. The toothy reptiles were embalmed and wrapped in worship of the crocodile god Sobek, and two painstakingly preserved 2,000-year-old specimens are now on display at UC Berkeley in an ancient Egypt exhibit that marks a sharp departure from touring King Tut spectacles. Berkeley's show at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology is free, small and devoid of crowds.
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June 28, 2011
Christiane Desroches Noblecourt Pioneering Egyptologist saved antiquities from Aswan flooding Christiane Desroches Noblecourt, 97, a pioneering French Egyptologist who helped salvage Nubia's vaunted antiquities from flooding caused by the construction of the Aswan Dam, died Thursday at a hospital in Epernay, east of Paris, after a stroke. Born Nov. 17, 1913, in Paris, Desroches Noblecourt developed an early passion for Egypt after reading about the discovery of King Tut's tomb in the early 1920s.
April 3, 2011 |
CT scans of Egyptian mummies show that many of them suffered from hardening of their arteries, researchers said Sunday. Cardiologists have generally believed that atherosclerosis is a byproduct of the modern lifestyle, caused by eating foods that are too high in fats, lack of exercise and smoking. The new findings indicate that "we may understand atherosclerosis less well than we think," Dr. Gregory S. Thomas, a cardiologist at UC Irvine, told a New Orleans meeting of the American College of Cardiology.