“Born in Arizona, moved to Babylonia…”

lightgold_35.jpg He’s baaaaack. The worldly possessions of arguably the world’s most famous pharaoh are making another journey across the country.

Those of us alive and aware between 1976 and 1979 remember the hype surrounding the King Tutankhamun exhibit of Ancient Egyptian artifiacts that were shown in several cities around the U.S. at the time.

Not to mention comedian Steve Martin hitting it big with his “King Tut” song.

Now if I’d known the line would form to see him (King Tut)
I’d take up all my money and buy me a museum (King Tut)
Buried with a donkey (funky Tut)
He’s my favorite honky…

Well, it was the 70s. I guess you had to be there. ;) Suffice to say the hype was huge and pervasive.

Anyhow, fast forward a couple of decades and change, and the boy-king is back for revenge!!!… er, a new tour, actually:

Marking the first time the treasures of Tutankhamun (King Tut) have visited America in 26 years, National Geographic, AEG LIVE Exhibitions and Arts and Exhibitions International, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, will bring an extensive exhibition of more than 130 treasures from the tomb of the celebrated pharaoh, other Valley of the Kings tombs and additional ancient sites to the United States on a 27-month tour beginning in Los Angeles on June 16, 2005.

The tour is scheduled to be at LACMA from June 16th to November 15, 2005, before heading across the country to Florida. If it’s anything like it was 26 years ago, you’ll want to buy your tickets early.

And, this being the 2000s, King Tut has his own website: kingtut.org. Check it out for some cool historical info.