Michele Olmsted Archer/M.L. Archer

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M.L. Archer was born in Los Angeles, kid number four in a family of six.  One of her favorite activities in those days included swapping stories with her friends. She learned all sorts of tales ranging from, ’I Want My

Golden Arm,’ to ‘The Lady in White.’ She added a story of her own. One that years later, her son would ask to hear over and over. It involved a large mechanical duck…