Left Turn at Albuquerque!
I grew up on Bugs Bunny; his clever wit, his diabolical mind, and well, he's just a plain stinker. But oddly enough, I learned a few history lessons about World War II from Bugs, such as what "war rations" and "lights out" were and why they recycled rubber. I learned that Alburquerque is to the left, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was a real book, and duck season follows rabbit season. So I too, wanted to share some education with my young readers and listeners. The facts in my story are true. There was a 4th Dynasty in Ancient Egypt and it does coincide with the step-style pyramid that I write about, as well as the burial facts. The gods mentioned, as well as Amaunet was a true egyptian goddess (although I give her a nickname, Shalimar). Khol was used as eye-liner, and the stones of the palace, just like Kazmir, were made from limestone. When Michael-Ann and her father travel from the Alexandria Hotel to their excavation site, there is a city named Alexandria, although I named the hotel after the city, today it would probably be a Radisson. However, I did fudge the facts on the Jeep they drove. So I'll set that story straight right now. The first Jeep was actually a creation by Willys-Overland in response to the demand by the US Army for a four-wheel-drive reconnaissance car. It was created in 1940, 10 years after the use in my story, but Willy-Overland had been producing cars since 1908, so this is a stretch of the truth, more than a bold-faced lie. The name Jeep appeared on the first Civilian Jeep (CJ) in 1945.