National Geographic : 1996 Sep
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC n.Assignment U SCYTHIANS Her Golden Opportunity ALL-AROUND ASSISTANT for GEOGRAPHIC staff working in the former Soviet Union, Ludmila Mekertycheva had gotten used to not being fol lowed in recent years ... until a visit to Kiev's Ukraine Historic Treasures Museum. "Every where we went an official kept her eye on us and on all that gold," says Luda, who helped photographers Sisse Brimberg and Chuck O'Rear and writer CHARLES O'REAR Mike Edwards on the Scythians story. "When she left the room, I couldn't resist. I held up this necklace-a 3.3 -pound gold pectoral from the fourth century B.c. - and begged Chuck to take my picture." Luda grew up in Oskemen, Kazakstan, then lived in Siberia before moving to Moscow four years ago. She doesn't spend much time at home, though. In the past five years she's worked on ten ten of our stories. Says Luda, "I'm on the road eight months of the year for the GEOGRAPHIC." ADRIELHEISEY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC(ISSN 0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHENATIONAL GEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,1145 17TH ST. N.W .,WASHINGTON, D.C . 200364688. $25.00 A YEAR,$5.00 A COPY. PERIODICAL POSTAGEPAIDATWASHINGTON, D.C., ANDELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC,P.O .BOX2174, WASHINGTON,D.C . 20013.