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In contrast to his father who toiled for the same firm for forty-five years, Thomas Boyd spent his working life in a variety of endeavors: electronics, civil engineering, archaeology, urban planning, real estate appraisal and government. The most memorable of those were the two decades worth of summers excavating in Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Italy and Egypt on sites ranging from the Early Neolithic to the Late Roman periods.
Those summers brought occasional moments of consternation and amusement: a pack of wild dogs once had him trapped on the roof of the excavation house in rural Turkey; an Egyptian taxi driver once said he was a dead ringer for Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi; and the police in a small Greek town once held him for several hours on the suspicion that he was too young to be able to afford the motorcycle he was riding. The list goes on.
He now lives with his wife and daughter within spitting distance of Puget Sound in Washington State (USA).