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Millennium Society Says Bush May Attend 1999 Bash in Egypt

December 31, 1988

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President-elect Bush is spending this New Year’s holiday at Camp David, Md., but in 11 years he may be in Egypt.

Organizers of the Millennium Society say he’s already committed to ushering in the next century at the Great Pyramids of Cheops in Giza, Egypt.

The society, founded in 1979 by New York attorney Edward McNally, holds annual balls in several cities around the world, with ticket contributions channeled to charity.

But those parties are just a warm-up for the big bash in 1999 at 12 noon, Greenwich Mean Time, outside Cairo.

McNally, who was a student at Yale University when he conceived of the society, nine years ago invited Bush to attend the 1999, black-tie ceremony. At that time, McNally was at Notre Dame law school.

Bush, in a tongue-and-cheek vein, responded to McNally in a hand-written note dated Jan. 7, 1999.

″Dear Ed,″ Bush wrote.

″The last two decades have been rough, but you are doing well on the Supreme Court. We are still fine. I think back to Jan. 21, 1980, when we did well in Iowa. (We did - didn’t we.) I’m getting older, but we still miss you.

-George Bush″

In 1985, Bush, then the vice president, prepared a statement that was read at the society’s New Year’s Eve balls here and in Beijing, China.

″Barbara and I wish you the best of luck in the next year, and we’re looking forward to your celebration in Egypt in 1999,″ Bush said.

He said he and his wife ″fervently support the society’s dedication to education, international understanding and world peace.″

The society, which charged $70 for tickets, is a non-profit group that donates money to an international scholars program. The students are selected to attend the United World Colleges, a worldwide group of colleges headed by the Prince of Wales.

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