Personal GDB Query Problem with a dash

This post should have been narrated by Rod Serling. I was trying to select some records from a feature class. I noticed that the fields were in brackets [FIELD1] which I thought was different from what I usually see and I tried querying using the LIKE operator MDE_BNUM LIKE 'GA120208%' which should have retreived a number of results. I thought it must have something to do with the hyphen (aka dash) in the value but I can put a hyphen in a shapefile with no problem and select it this way. I suppose it is because this was in a personal geodatabase (thats all I can figure). It had an mdb extension. Just another reason not to use the personal geodatabase.
Query that bombs

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