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Oral History Interview with Giancarlo Quijano, October 11, 2012

Oral History Interview with Giancarlo Quijano, October 11, 2012

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Date: October 11, 2012
Creator: Duque, Samantha & Quijano, Giancarlo
Description: Interview with Giancarlo Quijano, West German-born Colombian immigrant to Denton, Texas, for the DFW Metroplex Immigration Oral History Project. The interview includes Quijano's personal experiences from his childhood in West Germany, life in Colombia during the 1990s violence, his family's immigration to Texas, his expectations of the U.S., and the subsequent culture shock. Quijano talks about the transition to American life, attending college as an international student, his experiences with the citizenship process, and his thoughts on the immigration debate.
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Oral History Interview with Miguel Soria, October 2, 2012

Oral History Interview with Miguel Soria, October 2, 2012

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Date: October 2, 2012
Creator: Duque, Samantha & Soria, Miguel
Description: Interview with Miguel Soria, Mexican-born immigrant to Plano, Texas. The interview includes Soria's personal experiences about childhood in Mexico, his first visit to the U.S., illegally crossing the border to live in Dallas, Texas, and experiences with a human smuggler, along with his experiences as an undocumented person and with discrimination. It also includes his thoughts on the DREAM act and the immigration process, and advice for future immigrants.
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Oral History Interview with Mae Cora Peterson, July 25, 2012

Oral History Interview with Mae Cora Peterson, July 25, 2012

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Date: July 25, 2012
Creator: Moye, Todd & Peterson, Mae Cora
Description: Interview with South Carolina-born African American resident of Fort Worth, Texas, Mae Cora Peterson, a non-profit administrator and educator. The interview includes Peterson's personal experiences of childhood on the South Carolina State College campus in Orangeburg, South Carolina, life under the Jim Crow laws, working at Border Mission, her move to and impressions of Fort Worth under Jim Crow laws, graduate school at the University of Michigan, and colorism. Peterson talks about her husband's job at Maxwell Steel in Fort Worth, taking a cruise to Havana, Cuba, on a Jim Crow passenger ship, other blacks' disbelief of privileged childhood and insulation from the full effects of segregation, education jobs at various colleges, working as Executive Secretary for the Fort Worth YWCA, and working as the dean of girls for Fort Worth ISD. Additionally, Peterson gives details on segregated Fort Worth high schools and desegregation, and her trip to London and Paris with her daughter. The interview includes an appendix with letters, contracts, job registration forms, yearbook excerpts, and an article about Mae Cora Peterson.
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Oral History Interview with Charles Weldon Burgoon, May 23, 2012

Oral History Interview with Charles Weldon Burgoon, May 23, 2012

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Date: May 23, 2012
Creator: Fox, Lisa A. & Burgoon, Charles Weldon
Description: Interview with Charles Weldon Burgoon, life-time Denton resident and owner of Weldon's Saddle Shop. The interview includes Burgoon's experiences as a child in Denton, his genealogy, and Denton city and country history. Burgoon gives details about area rodeos, schooling in Denton, his summer job mowing lawns, experience with country living, and other various jobs including leather-working and tooling. He talks about the lack of shotgun shells and metal bathtubs during the Second World War, the courtship and marriage of his wife, the Cowboy Turtle Association, selling hand-made goods at rodeos, the Dallas Sportatorium, and professional wrestling. The interview also includes the opening of Burgoon's saddle shop and western store, Harpool's Farm Store, changes in his saddle shop, and the involvement of his daughter in the saddle shop. Burgoon talks about his son's college years and move to California, rental properties and the effect of the recession, and his thoughts on work ethic. It includes an appendix with photographs, a list detailing the images, and an article on The North Texas State Fair and Rodeo.
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Oral History Interview with Cece Cox, March 14, 2012

Oral History Interview with Cece Cox, March 14, 2012

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Date: March 14, 2012
Creator: Mims, Michael & Cox, Cece
Description: Interview with Cece Cox, Executive Director of Resource Center of Dallas and longtime activist in the LGBT community. The interview includes Cox's personal experiences of childhood in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, her college years at Northwestern University, and coming out the family, friends, and co-workers. Cox talks about the awareness of her sexual orientation, the supportive reactions of family, her decision to move to Dallas, Texas for a job, her involvement in the Dallas LGBT community, thoughts on Texas Penal Code 21.06-the Sodomy Law, the struggle for gay men to receive AIDS treatment at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas Gay Alliance's activism in AIDS treatment and care as well as in the struggle for equal treatment and human rights. Additionally, Cox talks about her impressions of Don Baker, Judge Jerry Buchmeyer and his decision to overturn penal code 21.06, changes in Dallas's LGBT community, family life, and Resource Center Dallas's history and services. The interview also includes an appendix with articles, Vol. 4, No. 2 of the THRF News newsletter, and a certificate of incorporation for the Foundation For Human Understanding.
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Oral History Interview with Rula Walid Bibi, April 24, 2011

Oral History Interview with Rula Walid Bibi, April 24, 2011

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Date: April 24, 2011
Creator: Abigail, R. Matthew & Bibi, Rula Walid
Description: Interview with Rula Walid Bibi, Palestinian-born immigrant to Plano, Texas, for the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Bibi's personal experience with discrimination of Palestinians in the Middle East, childhood in Kuwait City, education at the University of Kuwait and Midwestern State University, family experiences during the First Gulf War and circumstances surrounding her immigration to Texas in 1990, thoughts on religion, experiences as a single mother as well as experiences of living in Wichita Falls, Dallas, Richardson, Garland, and Plano. Bibi talks about her first impressions of the U.S., her career in medical technologies, her marriage to an American man and his conversion to Islam, her involvement with political organizations, and thoughts on American education and foreign policy.
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Oral History Interview with Pierina E. Mercado Beckman, April 19, 2011

Oral History Interview with Pierina E. Mercado Beckman, April 19, 2011

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Date: April 19, 2011
Creator: Clower, John & Beckman, Pierina E. Mercado
Description: Interview with University of North Texas Professor Dr. Pierina E. Mercado Beckman, Mexican-born immigrant to Denton, Texas, for the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Beckman's personal experiences about childhood in Mexico City, relocating to the U.S., her decision to attend Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, her culture shock and homesickness, marriage to Curt Beckman, the decision to earn a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Iowa, being hired at UNT, and her efforts to remain in touch with family members in Mexico.
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Oral History Interview with Alessandro Buccilli, April 6, 2011

Oral History Interview with Alessandro Buccilli, April 6, 2011

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Date: April 6, 2011
Creator: Alexander, Matthew & Buccilli, Alessandro
Description: Interview with Italian immigrant Alessandro Buccilli, Director of Marketing and Sales Administration for Peterbilt Motors Company, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. Buccilli discusses his family background in Rome, Italy, his education, employment in the U.S., the shifts in perceptions about Italy and the U.S., social responsibility, learning English, his perspectives on the importance of language and culture, raising American children, and his legacy. The interview also includes Buccilli's comparisons of opportunities, bureaucracy, culture, and national immigration debates in Italy and the U.S.
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Oral History Interview with James F. Brede, 2011

Oral History Interview with James F. Brede, 2011

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Date: March 30, 2011
Creator: Fox, Lisa A. & Brede, James F.
Description: Interview with James F. Brede, dentist and U.S. Army Air Forces veteran. The interview includes his personal experiences in World War II as a B-17 co-pilot with the 8th Air Force in the European Theater, his childhood in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, enlistment in the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1943, preliminary training in Tennessee, Alabama, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas, his active service with the 379th Bomb Group in Kimbolton, England, combat experience in 35 missions, return to the U.S. and continued military service as a flight instructor in Lakeland, Florida and Wichita Falls, Texas, as well as the return to civilian life, marriage, dental school under the G.I. Bill, reenlistment in the Air Force as a dentist, his deployment to Korea, his discharge from the Air Force, and the establishment of his dental practice and experiences since retirement. The interview includes an appendix with a copy of his book.
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Oral History Interview with Armaiti Shahidi Fitzgerald, March 17, 2011

Oral History Interview with Armaiti Shahidi Fitzgerald, March 17, 2011

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Date: March 17, 2011
Creator: Kilgore, Deborah & Fitzgerald, Armaiti Shahidi
Description: Interview with graphic designer, business owner, and beauty pageant winner Armaiti Shahidi Fitzgerald, Iranian-born immigrant to Plano, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Fitzgerald's personal experiences of childhood and home life in Tehran, Iran, attending Al Zahra University in Tehran, coming to America as a young bride, attending the University of North Texas and finding a career as a fine artist in Dallas. Fitzgerald talks about serving as Mrs. International 2009 and establishing the Fight Oral Cancer Foundation. The interview includes photographs and articles about Fitzgerald.
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Oral History Interview with Pedro F. Franco, March 10, 2011

Oral History Interview with Pedro F. Franco, March 10, 2011

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Date: March 10, 2011
Creator: Nabors, Daniel & Franco, Pedro F.
Description: Interview with Colombian-born oral surgeon Pedro F. Franco as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Franco's personal experiences about childhood in Cali, Colombia, attending college and dental school in Bogota, playing on the college soccer team, and working for a new constitution in Colombia. Additionally, Franco discusses family background, his father being kidnapped by a guerrilla group, his residency in the guerrilla-dominated portion of Colombia, educational experiences in Chicago, returning to Colombia, his decision to come to Dallas after being threatened by guerrillas, the impact of his father and mother shaping his values and work ethic, dealing with American stereotypes of Colombia, the apathy of the new generation in America, the legalization of narcotics, his expectations upon coming to America, his thoughts on the importance of philanthropy, and the importance of immigrants in making American great.
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Oral History Interview with John Connolly, June 22, 2010

Oral History Interview with John Connolly, June 22, 2010

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Date: June 22, 2010
Creator: Moye, Todd & Connolly, John
Description: Interview with John Connolly, veteran of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The interview includes Connolly's personal experiences of childhood in Whitney and Amarillo, Texas, Civilian Conservation Corps camps in Cleburne and Hillsboro, Texas, and Grand Junction, Colorado, as well as his World War II-era experience in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Additionally, Connolly discusses his family's difficulties in the Great Depression, his decision to enroll in the Civilian Conservation Corps, his work as a tool and dye manufacturer, and Republican Party politics in Dallas County.
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Oral History Interview with Joe Tison, May 11, 2010

Oral History Interview with Joe Tison, May 11, 2010

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Date: May 11, 2010
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Tison, Joe
Description: Interview with Weatherford resident Joe Tison, school administrator and mayor, as part of the Weatherford Oral History Project. The interview includes Tison's personal experiences of childhood, education in Weatherford public schools, Weatherford College, and North Texas State College, as well as his career as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in Aledo and Weatherford ISDs. Tison also discusses the racial integration of Weatherford schools, his career as interim superintendent at various North Texas ISDs, and his experience as mayor. The interview includes an appendix with photographs and articles about Tison.
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Oral History Interview with Raymond Curtis, April 29, 2010

Oral History Interview with Raymond Curtis, April 29, 2010

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Date: April 29, 2010
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Curtis, Raymond
Description: Interview with Raymond Curtis, longtime resident and school administrator of Weatherford, Texas, as part of the Weatherford Oral History Project. The interview includes Curtis' personal experiences of farm life in the Great Depression, childhood in Collin County, Texas, and education at the University of North Texas under the GI Bill. Additionally, Curtis discusses his family history, his career as a teacher, administrator, and coach in various public school districts, the integration of Weatherford schools, the school-building program, and his career as CEO of the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce.
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Oral History Interview with Bob Glenn, March 30, 2010

Oral History Interview with Bob Glenn, March 30, 2010

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Date: March 30, 2010
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Glenn, Bob
Description: Interview with Bob Glenn, longtime resident of Weatherford, Texas, as part of the Weatherford Oral History Project. The interview includes Glenn's personal experiences of childhood and education in Weatherford, his 1961 enlistment in the U.S. Army, service at various stateside bases, and his career in the banking industry. Glenn also discusses changes in the Weatherford economy.
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Oral History Interview with Roy J. Grogan, March 16, 2010

Oral History Interview with Roy J. Grogan, March 16, 2010

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Date: March 16, 2010
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Grogan, Roy J.
Description: Interview with Roy J. Grogan, longtime Weatherford resident and elected official, as part of the Weatherford Oral History Project. The interview includes Grogan's personal experiences of childhood and education in Weatherford, Depression-era struggles, enlisting in the U.S. Navy, and World War II. Additionally, Grogan talks about his studies at Weatherford College, Duke University, and Duke Law, his legal career with the FBI and as a land developer, his political career on the Weatherford City Council and Weatherford College Board of Regents, the integration of Weatherford schools, and his involvement in state party politics. The interview includes an appendix with Grogan's resume.
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Oral History Interview with Louise Young and Vivienne Armstrong, February 24, 2010

Oral History Interview with Louise Young and Vivienne Armstrong, February 24, 2010

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Date: February 24, 2010
Creator: Wisely, Karen; Young, Louise & Armstrong, Vivienne
Description: Interview with Louise Young and Vivienne Armstrong, longtime activists in the Dallas lesbian community. The interview includes Armstrong's personal experiences of childhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, New Jersey, and California, as well as her decision to study nursing and settle in Denver, Colorado, and her coming out narrative. The interview also includes Young's personal experiences of childhood in Ada, Oklahoma, her education at East Central State University and the University of Colorado, and her coming out narrative. They talk about their meeting and early relationship, give descriptions of Denver's gay and lesbian communities, their involvement with various groups such as the Daughters of Bilitis and Gay Liberation Front, their decision to move to Dallas, their involvement with groups such as the National Organization for Women and Dallas Gay Political Caucus/Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance in various political campaigns, and Young's career at Texas Instruments and Raytheon and efforts to create more equitable human resources policies from within the corporations. Additionally, Armstrong and Young talk about the effects of the HIV-AIDS crisis on Dallas's gay and lesbian communities, their 2008 marriage, relationships with family members, and secrets to a long relationship.
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Oral History Interview with Billie Joyce Towles, February 18, 2010

Oral History Interview with Billie Joyce Towles, February 18, 2010

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Date: February 18, 2010
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Towles, Billie Joyce
Description: Interview with Billie Joyce Towles, longtime resident of Weatherford, Texas, as part of the Weatherford Oral History Project. The interview includes Towles' personal experiences of childhood and education in Weatherford, Depression-era struggles, and living in Weatherford during World War II. Towles also discusses her father's work with the Works Progress Administration, marriage to Norman Towles, her family's switch from Democratic loyalty to Republican, her personal evolution on race issues, and religious devotion.
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Oral History Interview with Jonathan Forbes, December 1, 2009

Oral History Interview with Jonathan Forbes, December 1, 2009

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Date: December 1, 2009
Creator: Truxal, Luke & Forbes, Jonathan
Description: Interview with Jonathan Forbes, Canadian-born immigrant to Plano, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Forbes' personal experiences of childhood and education in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and dealing with the U.S. immigration and customs bureaucracy. Forbes also talks about his parent's decision to immigrate to the U.S., the similarities and differences of life in Canada and the U.S., his perception of changes due to 9/11 attacks, his intention to remain in the U.S. and gain citizenship, and views on contemporary political issues.
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Oral History Interview with Kirthica Chandrasekar, November 20, 2009

Oral History Interview with Kirthica Chandrasekar, November 20, 2009

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Date: November 17, 2009
Creator: Teel, Katherine & Chandrasekar, Kirthica
Description: Interview with Kirthica Chandrasekar, Indian-born immigrant to Carrollton, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Chandrasekar's personal experiences of childhood and education in India, her arranged marriage to a family friend living in New Jersey, and working in the insurance industry. Chandrasekar talks about her first impressions of the U.S., struggling to keep close ties with her family in India, and the contrast of life in India, New Jersey, and Texas.
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Oral History Interview with Cece Cox, November 6, 2009

Oral History Interview with Cece Cox, November 6, 2009

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Date: November 6, 2009
Creator: Wisely, Karen & Cox, Cece
Description: Interview with executive director of resource Center Dallas Cece Cox. The interview includes Cox's personal experiences about childhood in Ohio and Bartlesville, Oklahoma, education at Northwestern University, moving to Dallas, and having a career as a photojournalist and studio photographer. Additionally, Cox discusses her coming out narrative, involvement with groups such as Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and Dallas Gay Alliance/Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance, as well as her decision to enter SMU Law School, and her relationship with her partner, adopted son, and family members. The interview includes an appendix with newspaper articles from the Dallas Morning News and flyers.
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Oral History Interview with Andrew Joseph Brenner, Sr., November 3, 2009

Oral History Interview with Andrew Joseph Brenner, Sr., November 3, 2009

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Date: November 3, 2009
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Brenner, Joseph Andrew, Sr.
Description: Interview with Joseph Andrew Brenner Sr., Hungarian-American immigrant to Weatherford, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Brenner's personal experiences of childhood and education in Budapest, Hungary, having a career as a tool and die machinist, the involvement with his brothers in anti-Soviet and anti-Communist resistance movements, being captured by Hungarian political police and subsequent torture, his sentence in a Soviet work camp, escaping across the Austrian border, and coping with memories of torture. Additionally, Brenner discusses his father's service in the German Luftwaffe, memories of the Soviet Army entering Budapest in 1945, immigrating to the U.S., settling in Weatherford, his efforts to maintain connections with family in Hungary, and the process of earning his citizenship. The interview includes an appendix with photographs.
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Oral History Interview with Eleonore Greenfield, November 2, 2009

Oral History Interview with Eleonore Greenfield, November 2, 2009

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Date: November 2, 2009
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Greenfield, Eleonore
Description: Interview with Eleonore Greenfield, Germany-born immigrant to Weatherford, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Greenfield's personal experiences of childhood and education in Germany, escaping to Berlin from the Soviet army, and again to Bavaria, and marriage to an America GI. Greenfield also discusses her family's experiences with occupying U.S. Army forces, the decision to settle in Weatherford, the struggle to pass on German language and culture to her children and grandchildren, and her family history. The interview includes an appendix with photographs.
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Oral History Interview with Michael Flight, 2009-2010

Oral History Interview with Michael Flight, 2009-2010

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Date: November 2, 2009
Creator: Park, David & Flight, Michael
Description: Interview with Michael Flight, Argentinian-born immigrant to Roanoke, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Flight's personal experiences of childhood and education in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo, Brazil, being a university student, and the September 11, 2001 attacks and aftermath. Additionally, Flight discusses his parents' backgrounds, life under military dictatorship, perspectives on the Cold War, the Argentinian government's inability to manage the economy, the Falkland Islands War, Argentinian politics, effects of hyperinflation, his work in import-export and manufacturing fields, his wife's work in the information technology field, the 2001 economic collapse and ensuing constitutional crisis, the "cacerolazo" and "choripan and a coka" protests, his decision to emigrate, acculturation struggles, the difficulty finding work in the midst of recession, his perspectives on various aspects of American culture and politics, and his participation in the North Texas Caledonian Pipes and Drums Band.
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