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Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

A Weekly Summary of Events and
Topics of Interest to Online Genealogists

Vol. 4 No. 16 – April 17, 1999

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- Gunman in Salt Lake City Family History Library
- On The Road Again
- Roots in Time
- Halberts (Again)
- Mattel to cut 3,000 jobs
- Archives of Kosovo in Danger
- Korean War Project
- Genelines Now Supports Family Tree Maker Versions 5 and 6
- The Family History Show Is Still on the Internet
- Home Pages Not Highlighted

- Gunman in Salt Lake City Family History Library

By now most everyone has heard the sad news from Salt Lake City: On April 15 a 71-year-old man calmly walked into the Mormon church's Family History Library and opened fire with a small-caliber handgun. Before it was over, the gunman had killed a church security officer and a library patron and wounded five others, including a police officer. He was fatally shot by police and died later in an ambulance.

Police knew of no motive for the gunman, identified as Sergei Babarin, age 71, of Salt Lake City. Babarin, a married man with children, was a Russian native often frustrated by his broken English, neighbors said. Babarin's wife told investigators he had not been taking his medication for schizophrenia and each day would walk a dozen-odd blocks from their home to the State Capitol and to Temple Square.

There was some fear that Babarin had left a bomb in a truck in a nearby parking area, adding to the confusion and concern, but this proven to be untrue.

The library has 200 full-time staff and nearly 400 trained volunteers. It hosts an average of 2,700 visitors daily. Among the visitors at the time of the shooting were Fred and Daisy Thomas, who reported on CompuServe that they were in the library at the time of the shooting. Fred was an eyewitness while Daisy was on the floor below when all the shooting started. Quoting from their message:

It has been a VERY long day. …Everyone in the library building was evacuated to a hotel next door, and then, because Fred was an eyewitness, these were herded to another area for interviews and statements. Others were evacuated from the first hotel to another building across the street. Soon the Wyndom Hotel was evacuated as were others closer to the library, because the so called "truck bomb" was in the parking lot across from the Wyndham Hotel. However Abvernall (sp?) Hall was set up with a quick lunch for us all, and the city ran free buses to get people to their homes or where ever. The LDS are doing a super job as is the City for our needs.

Right now, we are thankful that all is well, and that so few were hurt.

Tour guide, Jan Gow, from Auckland, New Zealand, recalled the most frightening moment of the siege:

The scary part was sort of being told to run like we've never run before and as quietly as we could across the library whilst we were being shielded by a machine gun-toting policeman. He was protecting us in case the gunman came down into that floor and we just had to run for our lives.

I believe that all genealogists’ hearts reach out to the innocent victims of this terrible tragedy and to their families.

 - On The Road Again

Much of this week’s edition of the newsletter is being written on a Toshiba palmtop PC on board Air Canada flight 807 to Toronto and also on flight 804 returning to Boston. I spent Saturday at the Colloquim meeting of the Ontario Genealogy Society Region V. This was a very nice genealogy meeting held at a Canadian military base north of Toronto. They ran two "tracks" all day with presentations on a variety of topics. I especially noted that they had presenters from three countries. I met a very enthusiastic group of genealogists at the Colloquim although I am still learning to pronounce that word!

I would especially like to thank John and Rita Turner who served as my hosts, tour guides and advisors on this trip. They are the greatest.

- Roots in Time

If you haven’t already seen it, anyone in the United States might want to obtain a copy Time Magazine’s April 19, 1999 edition. The front cover loudly proclaims "How to Search for Your Roots – Genealogy is America’s latest obsession. And thanks to the computer, it’s as easy as one, two… tree!"

Time Magazine - April 19, 1999Inside the magazine there is a 12-page story about researching one’s ancestry using modern high tech methods. Many of the genealogy articles I have read in past mass-circulation magazines have been superficial "hack jobs" written by people who obviously have little knowledge of the subject. The article in Time Magazine was a pleasant surprise; it is very informative and accurate. The authors obviously spent a lot of time and effort researching this article. They also quoted several experts, many of whom have been mentioned in past editions of this newsletter. The experts quoted included Steve Kyner, Cyndi Howells, Yvon Cyr, Albert Cheng, Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Tony Burroughs and Bob Velke.

The article prominently mentioned the popularity of genealogy searches on the World Wide Web. It says that, in the March Nielsen/Net Ratings, the tree top genealogy Web sites had an audience of 1.3 million individuals. That’s of people checking on their roots!

My favorite line in the article appeared on page 55: "Root seeking ranks with sex, finance and sports as a leading subject on the Internet." Time Magazine says that genealogy on the Internet is as popular as sex? All right! We have arrived!

I spent this weekend in Canada and noted that the Canadian edition of Time Magazine did not carry the article. In fact, I quickly thumbed through the Canadian edition but did not see the word "genealogy" mentioned anywhere. However, Canadians or anyone else can read the article on Time’s Web site at:,3392,0,00.html although I don’t know how long it will be available at that address.

- Halberts (Again)

I recently received an advertisement in the mail with the following words on the outside of the envelope: "A remarkable new book is about to be published – and you, Richard Eastman, are in it!" The signature of Doris C. Eastman appeared under those words.

Now, I don’t remember anyone ever mentioning a relative named Doris during family gatherings. And I question why anyone would want to write a book about my relatives. I don’t think we ever had any notables in our family tree. When I opened the envelope the first thing that fell out was a small card listing the name of Doris C. Eastman, 3687 Ira Road, Bath, Ohio, 44210 telephone 330-945-8200. The same card also claimed satisfaction guaranteed or else I would receive "an immediate and unquestioned full refund of the purchase price." The following disclaimer was also on the same card:

No direct genealogical connection to your family or to your ancestry is implied or intended.

OK, if this isn’t a genealogy book, then what is Doris Eastman of Bath, Ohio trying to sell? The advertisement had lots of words although it didn’t give much of a description of the offering:

Dear Richard Eastman,

I have exciting news for you and all Eastmans! Though we are probably not related, I want to tell you about extensive work done throughout the world on a project relating to the distinguished Eastman name. What might be the oldest facts about Eastmans in North America have been discovered. Now, an astounding new book, "the New World Book of Eastmans," is about to be published for you – and it features Eastmans that date back to 1620.

This unique new book also contains 54 rare Eastman immigration records of Eastmans who arrived between the 17th and early 20th centuries, each having a story to tell: like Roger, who arrived in New York State in 1620. We’ll give you the name, port of entry and year of arrival as recorded on the original ships’ manifests, or reference books indexing ships’ passenger list, genealogical registers and other official records. These hard-to-find Eastman immigrant records may help you determine if Roger is the connection to your Old World roots.

There are now over 7,930 Eastman households worldwide. In addition to facts about the earlier Eastmans, you’ll also be provided with the only International Directory of virtually every Eastman household (with up-to-date address) in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and South Africa. You, Richard Eastman, are listed in this section of the book.

This one of a kind Eastman book reveals reasons why European immigrants left the Old World; the incredible hardships they endured; and the new lives they began, dramatically told in firsthand accounts from letters, journals and diaries. Plus, you’ll…

Amaze yourself with historic Eastman facts from actual immigration records.

Discover how family names originated and what the distinguished Eastman name means.

See how family crests were developed and find a Eastman [sic] coat of arms, granted to an individual Eastman centuries ago, that is translated into everyday English.

Learn how you can trace your family’s history and how to use rare records to discover even more about your origins.

This remarkable collection of valuable information is available only in "The New World Book of Eastmans". Each first edition book is custom-made to order with informative maps and charts, historic woodcuts and archival photographs. You’ll be astounded by what you discover about fellow Eastmans each time you pick up this important new book. And best of all, your satisfaction is guaranteed!

You risk nothing. You can reserve your copy and send no money now. Please note, however, that you must reserve immediately. The number of copies printed will be determined by the number of print orders we receive. I urge you to order your copy today!


(signed by)

Doris C. Eastman, i.a.

Another piece of paper included within the envelope extolled the quality of the publication:

Your Personalized Heirloom Book is a full 8 " x 11’ in size. It is a limited First Edition and is numbered and registered in your name. A Certificate of Registration denoting this specific information accompanies each copy.

Using striking historical passages, you’ll relive the everyday life of those who’ve gone before you. Plus, you’ll enjoy beautiful full color illustrations, informative maps and archival photographs.

Your limited "First Edition" is handsomely bound in a woodland green leather-grained cover, imprinted in gold. This outstanding volume is an absolute must for you and your family, and makes a most appreciated gift!

The missive continued, announcing that the regular price was $49.50 but that a pre-publication price of $34.50 represented a 30% savings. However, they did ask for $4.88 shipping charges, making a total price of $39.38

The order form lists a company named Halbert’s but with a street address that is the same as Doris Eastman’s: 3687 Ira Road, Bath, Ohio, 44210.

Being of suspicious mind, I decided to check into things a bit. First of all, the letters "i.a." on Doris C. Eastman’s signature looked unusual. I don’t remember seeing "i.a." after anyone else’s signature. I consulted a legal dictionary and found that "i.a." stands for the Latin words "in absentia." In other words, Doris Eastman wasn’t present at the time and someone else signed the document in her name.

The apparently hand-written signature on the advertisement had the trailing letters "i.a." but those letters did not appear on the signature printed on the outside envelope. Yet the two signatures appear to be identical.

Next, I called the telephone number listed under Doris’ name, expecting to speak to her directly. It was evening and I was connected to a recording that said, "Our offices are closed at this time. Please call back Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern time." Strangely, the recording never gave the company’s name. It only said "Our offices…".

The following morning I called the number again. A pleasant-sounding lady answered the phone. When I asked to speak to Doris I was told that "she isn’t here right now."

I decided to see this "Personalized Heirloom Book" that would allow me to amaze myself "with historic Eastman facts from actual immigration records." I am an experienced genealogist who has spent hundreds of hours researching my family tree and I didn’t believe this book was what it claimed to be. For one thing, Roger Eastman arrived in Salisbury, Massachusetts in 1638, not in New York in 1620 as the advertisement claimed. In fact, the advertisement overlooks the fact that New York didn’t exist yet in 1620!

I filled out the order form and sent it to Halbert’s at 3687 Ira Road, Bath, Ohio, 44210.

Some weeks later a large envelope from Halbert’s arrived. I opened the envelope and found a cheaply bound paperback that clearly looked like it was a homegrown effort. About a third of the book was basic historical information about immigration in the United States, the same sort of stuff that you will find in a sixth-grade history textbook.

Next, I found about 25 pages of marriage records for people named Eastman from all over the United States. Some were in Massachusetts in the 1600s and others were for later years from all over the United States. The references are minimal, although sufficient: the names of the bride, the groom, the date, the county and the state. This section of the book does appear to live up to its advance billing.

That was followed by a few pages of "How Early Coats of Arms Were Granted" and then by "How Names Originated." Again, this was all generic information, nothing specific to the Eastman name. If Halbert’s prints books for different family names, they obviously can use these pages in every one of their books.

Next, a black-and-white drawing of an Eastman coat of arms appeared, along with its description from Burke’s General Armory. Again, this was accurate although I noted that the book failed to mention that there is no such thing as a "family coat of arms."

Many more pages were filled with the generic "How to Discover Your Ancestors." Again, there was nothing specific to the family name in those pages.

Finally, I arrived at the "Eastman International Registry" that had been glowingly described in the advertisement as "the only International Directory of virtually every Eastman household (with up-to-date address) in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and South Africa." Technically, that description is accurate. This "registry" was obviously a copy of telephone directory listings!

The advertisement I had received some weeks earlier spoke about the book in the most glowing of terms. However, comparing the final product against the advance advertisement shows a number of glaring shortcomings:

    • The "limited First Edition handsomely bound in a woodland green leather-grained cover, imprinted in gold" turned out to be a cheap paperback binding. "Imprinted with gold" is correct; the printing on the outside cover was in gold-colored ink. This was not the high-quality shiny gold that you see on quality books; it was obviously much cheaper ink. I would never describe this as "handsomely bound in a woodland green leather-grained cover." In fact, it is simply a paperback with a cover that looks like it was purchased at a local office supply store.
    • "Each first edition book is custom-made to order" is technically correct. This book looks like it was made to order on someone’s dining room table.
    • The phrase "Using striking historical passages, you’ll relive the everyday life of those who’ve gone before you" insinuates that I would read about the exploits of my ancestors who went before me. Not true. The only such passages in this "book" are similar to what you will find in most history textbooks used in elementary schools.
    • The words "Your Personalized Heirloom Book is a full 8 " x 11’ in size. It is a limited First Edition and is numbered and registered in your name. A Certificate of Registration denoting this specific information accompanies each copy" is an outright lie. The "certificate" is a blank page where the reader has to write in his or her own name, address and date of purchase.
    • The following is a well-crafted use of the English language to insinuate one thing while technically meaning something else: "This one of a kind Eastman book reveals reasons why European immigrants left the Old World; the incredible hardships they endured; and the new lives they began, dramatically told in firsthand accounts from letters, journals and diaries." It says "one of a kind Eastman book" and then goes on to describe generic information having nothing to do with that family.
    • The words "You’ll be astounded by what you discover about fellow Eastmans each time you pick up this important new book" are incorrect. I am only amazed that Halbert’s is still in business peddling this stuff.

In the summer of 1998 I traveled through Ohio to a genealogy convention held in Cincinnati. When planning my trip, I noticed that my route of travel would take me within five miles of Bath, Ohio. I decided to stop at 3687 Ira Road in Bath to look for myself.

I found Bath easily. It is a rather picturesque little town that consists primarily of two streets: Ira Road runs east-west, and the North Cleveland – Massillon Road runs north-south. The address of 3687 Ira Road is within a couple hundred feet of the intersection of these two roads. But there is no sign there for Halbert’s. In fact, I couldn’t find any trace of them at all not could I find Doris C. Eastman. The address of 3687 Ira Road should have been alongside Rurs-Puel Real Estate or Bech & Tabeling Architects. But there was no hint of Halbert’s there. This seems to confirm what I had been told earlier: the name and address shown in the Halbert’s ads is only a mail drop.

Halbert’s has been in court several times to answer charges lodged by the U.S. Postal Service. The court documents always list Halbert’s as a subsidiary of the Numa Corporation of 1566 Akron Peninsula Rd, Akron, OH 44313-5154.

Halbert’s and Numa were in court in 1988 as defendants in an action claiming false advertising. I don’t have the details of the 1988 action, but a 1995 complaint referenced an order in 1988 requiring Numa/Halbert’s to stop claiming that relatives of the addressee signed the advertising letters. The 1995 court session apparently took a dim view of Halbert’s fake signatures. Quoting from an announcement released later by the National Genealogical Society:

At that time Halbert’s was ordered to cease and desist from falsely representing ". . . that (1) a solicitation for a surname-related product was sent by a relative of the solicitee; (2) a relative of a solicitee was involved in preparing a surname-related publication; or that (3) a relative of a solicitee endorses a surname-related product." The Postal Service contended that the company's solicitations, which advertised books such as The World Book of [surname] and The [surname] Since the Civil War, violated the 1988 consent agreement, because they appeared to be letters from relatives of the addressees urging them to purchase a recently completed book on their family.

Obviously Halbert’s is still using fake signatures, as my ad signed by "Doris C. Eastman, i.a." attests. Halbert’s apparently complies with the wording of that court order, if not the spirit, by using the following in their advertisements: "Though we are probably not related…" I have one question for Halbert’s: "Is Doris C. Eastman, i.a. related to ANYONE? Does she even exist?"

A few months after I purchased the "New World Book of Eastmans" I received an ad from the "U.S. Information Bureau" that started off with an all-too-familiar refrain, "I have exciting news for you and all Eastmans." This advertisement went on at some length to extol the virtues of an upcoming book to be called "The Eastmans of the Civil War." The rest of the wording in the advertisement was quite similar to the earlier ad from Halbert’s with one notable exception: it wasn’t signed by anyone using an "i.a." after their name. Sharon Taylor signed this one. The enclosed envelope was addressed to: U.S. information Bureau – NUMA, 3220 N St., N.W., Suite 1400, Washington, DC 20077. Obviously the Numa Corporation uses their mailing lists for multiple mailings. The Washington, D.C. address is the third address I have found for the Numa Company and its subsidiary operations.

In later months I received still more advertisements from Halbert’s. One was for a "Eastman Classic Plaque" showing the "distinguished Eastman Coat of Arms." The same Sharon Taylor who signed the earlier advertisement from NUMA of Washington, DC, signed that advertisement from Halbert’s of Bath, Ohio. Still later I received a post card advertising a set of beer mugs with the "Eastman Coat of Arms" engraved on them. Finally! Something I can identify with: beer mugs! Doris C. Eastman, i.a, again signed this advertisement.

CompuServe members report that Halbert’s and their international "affiliates" have been sending similar advertisements for several years now to unsuspecting people in England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Switzerland and Australia. Some years ago the formerly well-respected firm of Burke’s Peerage had financial problems and eventually was bought out by Numa Corporation of the United States. Advertisements from Burke’s sent to British addresses now have almost the identical wording of the advertisements sent from Halbert’s.

Many people on CompuServe have reported receiving as for these "books" inserted into other pieces of mail. Frequently bills from credit card companies will include an advertisement stating "A remarkable new book is about to be published – and you are in it!" Halbert’s apparently develops partnerships with other companies who send out hundreds of thousands of pieces of mail.

When I was in Canada this week I saw such an advertisement that was included with an advertisement from Sears Canada. It seems a shame to see a respectable retailer like Sears in a partnership like this. If you have any suggestions for Sears regarding their selection of business partners, you might want to express your suggestions in a letter sent to:

Paul S. Waters
Chairman & CEO
Sears Canada Inc.
222 Jarvis Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2B8

Finally, while doing a search on the Web one day, I found an interesting site called This site coordinates the buying and selling of mailing lists amongst junk mail advertisers. These mailing lists are obviously worth a lot of money. I suspect that I am listed in the following mail list that is offered for sale:

Halbert’s Heraldic Book Buyers - Numa
List Number: 00272

List Description

This list offers over 7,600,000 individuals who have purchased Halbert's Heraldic Books. Halbert publishes unique personalised bound books containing the specific buyer's family name and history, together with a complete name and address directory of all those who share the same surname

They are 100% direct mail generated buyers who have all paid cash with order. Buyers are from well-established and affluent suburban and rural families.

"Well-established and affluent"? Maybe I should be flattered.

The information at claims that more than 7,600,000 individuals have purchased Halbert's Heraldic Books. If we assume a price of $39.38 per book, including shipping, then the total sales have been more than $299,288,000! Let’s round that off to $300 million.

The lists offered for sale include 67,035 names and addresses from the United Kingdom plus a total of 1,513,388 from three years of mailings in the United States. To read all the details yourself, look at:

If I ever receive another ad from 3687 Ira Road in Bath, Ohio, do you know what I will do with it? Wrong! I will buy it. I will not buy it because of the information contained within. Instead, I will buy it so that I can write another follow-up article to report what has changed, if anything.

I do have one piece of advice for you, however: if you receive an ad from 3687 Ira Road in Bath, Ohio, I suggest you throw it in the trash.

Caveat Emptor!

- Mattel to cut 3,000 jobs

As most readers of this newsletter already know, Mattel recently acquired The Learning Company, which, in turn, had early acquired several companies that produce genealogy software. The products now owned by Mattel include Family Tree Maker, Family Origins, Ultimate Family Tree and Family Heritage. Now Mattel is reducing its work force by 10%, roughly 3,000 positions. It also expects to close some facilities as part of a restructuring.

Mattel says the restructuring and costs related to its merger with The Learning Co. will result in a $300 million-$350 million pretax charge in the second quarter. Jill Barad, Mattel's chairwoman, said, "We expect these combined actions to result in cost savings of approximately $50 million in 1999 and at least $400 million over the following three years."

Mattel also said it will spend $50 million on a new Internet marketing initiative. That initiative is expected to result in a subsidiary and could lead to a public offering of part of it later this year.

On Thursday Mattel announced a first-quarter loss of $17.9 million, or 7 cents a share, compared with earnings of $12.7 million, or 4 cents a year earlier. Sales declined 2 percent to $692.1 million.

The impact of the job cuts on the production of any or all of Mattel’s genealogy software programs is not clear at this time.

- Archives of Kosovo in Danger

On April 14, 1999 the (U.S.) Society of American Archivists Council voted to approve the following resolution on the destruction of archives in Kosovo and Yugoslavia:

The Society of American Archivists notes with grave concern reports of the systematic destruction of archives in Kosovo and war-caused devastation to archives throughout Yugoslavia.

Archives hold the valuable records of the accomplishments of a nation, of a government's actions, and of its people's lives. Destruction of the archives eliminates a vital link in a nation's connection to its past and destroys a people's ability to learn about themselves and to defend their rights and interests.

Although felt most deeply by those directly affected, the loss of archives anywhere in the world is an irreparable tragedy for all humankind. Once destroyed, archives cannot be recreated, and the cultural patrimony of the world is permanently diminished.

With these considerations in mind, the Society of American Archivists deplores the loss of archives that has taken place to date in the Yugoslav conflict and urges all military forces to recognize the significance and sanctity of archives and to take all actions necessary to protect them to the greatest extent possible wherever they may be found.

-  Korean War Project

Marty O'Brien sent an interesting e-mail message that I will repeat here in its entirety:

Recently I asked Sen. Olympia Snowe to see if she could persuade ABMC (American Battle Monuments Commission) to put their interactive computer system database of Korean War era casualties on the Internet; I just got a reply from her office. At the present time, the only way that you can access the database is via the computer at the kiosk at the Memorial in D.C.

ABMC said that currently it is verifying the information in the database and that most of it has been verified.

The agency said that it will post the list (which at last look consisted of some 37,277 names) on its web site: when the verification process is completed. But the agency wasn't specific about when that would be done.

Included in the list are civilian and merchant marine deaths in Korea as well as post-war deaths in Korea - and a number of deaths which occurred elsewhere around the globe during the Korean War era.

It is my understanding that a printed list of the 37,277 can be purchased for several hundred dollars from ABMC.

Marty O'Brien

- Genelines Now Supports Family Tree Maker Versions 5 and 6

The following press release is from Progeny Software, Inc.:

April 15, 1999, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada -- Progeny Software Inc., publishers of Genelines -- a timeline charting program for Family Tree Maker and PAF, today announced that Genelines v. 1.1 is now compatible with versions 5 and 6 of Family Tree Maker.

Genelines allows users to display their genealogy database in the form of full-color, timeline charts that tell their family story. Data may now be exported directly from Family Tree Maker versions 4, 5 or 6, or from Personal Ancestral File version 3.

Those who purchased Genelines v. 1.0 (released in December, 1998) and have registered their copy with Progeny Software will receive a free upgrade to FTM v. 5/6 file format.

Genelines operates on Windows 95/98/NT, and requires 8 MB RAM. It is available for $29.95 US from Progeny direct or through most genealogy dealers.

For more information visit, or email

For my reviews of the earlier versions of Genelines, look at: and

 - The Family History Show Is Still on the Internet

Mike Matthews’ popular "Family History Show" is broadcast every week on a number radio stations in Texas. It was also was broadcast live on the Internet, but the station supplying the feed apparently "pulled the plug" a while ago. Now the show is back online and is available to listeners around the world.

Mike reports:

KTSA of San Antonio is now broadcasting ‘The Family History Show’ live on the Internet. I had heard they were planning to go on-line, but had not been able to confirm. It's a little hard to check things like this out while "on-the-air". Anyone who can confirm this would be appreciated. But in Houston this morning, a listener insisted that she had listened to the past couple of shows this way, and related some of the content.

The program has been pre-empted there for weeks. This is fairly good news for whoever might be interested in Internet listening, if anyone is, as long as we can keep the program alive on KTSA 950 in San Antonio (there is no local society support in the area). Internet listeners continue to be encouraged to participate with toll-free calls at: 1 (800) 765-1080

Michael Matthews
The Family History Show

You can check this out at:

- Home Pages Not Highlighted

When traveling, it is quite difficult for me to assemble a list of new home pages. I’ll skip it this week and do a double listing next week.

To submit your home page to this newsletter, enter the necessary information at: Due to the volume of new Web pages submitted, I am not able to list all of them in the newsletter.


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