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  • Mar 14, 2012
  • 12:49 PM

Hieroglyphics turn prisoner away from a life of crime

Thomas H. Maugh / Los Angeles Times
Using the cartons from his allotment of morning milk, Fenstermacher would make flashcards, each bearing a single hieroglyph — four a day for a decade. He read the cards while he worked out, forcing himself to get five right before switching exercises. "Fortunately, I've been blessed with a phenomenal memory," he said. He now has what he calls "a small dictionary in my head."

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