Michael Riecken

What was your passion in fourth grade? Could you make a career out of it?

For Michael Riecken of Plainfield, N.J., a crocodile created out of egg cartons welcomed him into the fascinating and complex world of Ancient Egypt. Years later, that childhood inspiration has taken him around the world to study ancient objects of great value and significance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, at the country’s top universities with Egyptology programs, as well as to excavation sites, including the Temple of Mut in Luxor, Egypt.