Ira Progoff, in his book At a Journal Workshop, tells the story that in the middle of the nineteenth century a remarkable discovery was made. An ancient Egyptian tomb was opened and many fascinating artifacts from that distant time were uncovered and examined. Among other things scientists found a portion of a tree, and embedded in the wood was a seed. Out of curiosity the scientists planted the seed to see if anything would happen. Progoff says, "Behold, after three thousand years the seed grew.