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#1 RD Milhollin

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Posted 04 August 2006 - 01:21 AM

http://en.wikipedia....:Fort_Worthians

This is a list of famous people with some significant attachment to Fort Worth, some were born here, like Fess Parker, and moved away, others were born elsewhere but were raised here, like Willie Nelson. Jody Dean, who was a pretty good friend of my sister back in Middle School at McLean, made the list.

Who else can you think of should be included?

I didn't see Charles Tandy. Nor John Nitzinger. Only one of the Bass Brothers in included. Davey O'Brien isn't at all.

Who would you add to the list?

And of course you can! Wikipedia actively solicits input from regular people.

Have fun!


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Posted 04 August 2006 - 07:41 AM

Here's a few:
Alan Bean
Betty Buckley
John Denver
Ben Hogan
Yale Lary
Lee Harvey Oswald
Bill Paxton
Rod Roddy
Johnny Rutherford

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Posted 04 August 2006 - 09:43 AM

Larry Hagman was born in FW but I think he grew up in Weatherford.

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Posted 04 August 2006 - 12:46 PM

What about the Big Band guys, Tex Beneke and Ray McKinley?

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Posted 05 August 2006 - 09:05 AM

QUOTE(Buck @ Aug 4 2006, 01:46 PM)  

What about the Big Band guys, Tex Beneke and Ray McKinley?


What about Les Brown and the Brownies with beginnings at Crystal Springs?

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Posted 05 August 2006 - 11:50 AM

QUOTE(DrkLts @ Aug 4 2006, 10:43 AM)  

Larry Hagman was born in FW but I think he grew up in Weatherford.


No one has yet said Amon Carter? newlaugh.gif Do they have to be born in Fort Worth or live hear a while?John Denver went to Arlington Heights. But just like Mr Carter. Jim Wright is not from Fort Worth. Wright in fact grew up and went to High School in Dallas! newlaugh.gif

Oswald lived everywhere. Even in the Soviet Union. He was living in Dallas when he killed Kennedy. How about Bob Shiefer from CBS ? Did work for the Star Telegram also. Most babies in the burbs and towns around Fort Worth get born in Harris and Baylor. Just like most babies around Dallas go to Dallas hospitals.

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Posted 05 August 2006 - 11:55 AM

QUOTE(Now in Denton @ Aug 5 2006, 12:50 PM)  

No one has yet said Amon Carter?


I think the point of the thread was to identify people who weren't already on Wikipedia's list.


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Posted 05 August 2006 - 12:05 PM

QUOTE(JBB @ Aug 5 2006, 12:55 PM)  

QUOTE(Now in Denton @ Aug 5 2006, 12:50 PM)  

No one has yet said Amon Carter?


I think the point of the thread was to identify people who weren't already on Wikipedia's list.


Ohhhh? My Bad. unsure.gif



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Posted 06 August 2006 - 09:59 PM

Van Cliburn would be an obvious addition.

Was Bob Lilly from here? He went to TCU.

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Posted 07 August 2006 - 01:29 AM

I did not see (one the Wikipedia list) Thomas Thompson, who wrote, Blood and Money, Serpentine, and Celebrity. Celebrity and Blood and Money were made into TV mine series in the 70's.
Celebrity it a must read for any Fort Worthophile. It tells a story of three men growing up in FW's Westside and their lives. I highly recommend it.
Although there was not much about him in Wikipedia, in the 70's and 80's he was a very popular writer.

Here is a link regarding him:

http://www.tsha.utex...s/TT/fth53.html

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Posted 07 August 2006 - 03:14 PM

Walter and Wallace Scott of The Whispers grew up in Como.

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Formed in the Watts section of Los Angeles, California, USA in 1964, soul group the Whispers were originally comprised of Nicholas Caldwell (5 April 1944, Loma Linda, California, USA), twin brothers Wallace and Walter Scott (b. 23 September 1943, Fort Worth, Texas, USA), Marcus Hutson (b. 8 January 1943, St. Louis, Missouri, USA) and Gordy Harmon. The group recorded its first single, "It Only Hurts For Awhile", for Dore Records but it was not until 1969 that they reached the R&B charts with "Time Will Come", on the Soul Clock label. Their first Top 10 soul record, "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong", followed in 1970 and the group switched to Janus Records for the next four years, during which time Leaveil Degree (b. 31 July, 1948, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA) replaced Harmon. In 1975 the group switched labels again, to Soul Train, and scored such hits as "One For The Money" and "Make It With You", a remake of the Bread pop hit. The Soul Train label evolved into Solar Records in 1978, where the Whispers stayed for 10 years, reaching their commercial peak. Emphasizing lush arrangements and sweet vocal harmonies, the group earned hits with the US number 1 R&B single "And The Beat Goes On", which also reached number 2 in the UK pop chart. The group continued their success in the US R&B charts with six Top 10 entries; "Lady" (1980), "It's A Love Thing" (1981, also a UK Top 10), "In The Raw" (1982), "Tonight" (1983), "Keep On Lovin' Me" (1983), "Contagious" (1984), and another R&B number 1 and their only US Top 10 pop entry, "Rock Steady", in 1987. Maintaining the same line-up, the group signed to Capitol Records in 1990, releasing More Of The Night, which still stressed a refined, slick soul sound. In 1993 the Scotts began recording as Walter & Scotty, releasing the My Brothers Keeper album. They carried on working with the Whispers, however, who chalked up 30 years in the music business the following year.

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Posted 07 August 2006 - 03:18 PM

The rock group The Toadies! A member wore a Fort Worth Fire hockey jersey in a video.

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Posted 08 August 2006 - 07:58 AM

QUOTE(DrkLts @ Aug 7 2006, 04:18 PM)  

The rock group The Toadies! A member wore a Fort Worth Fire hockey jersey in a video.


She had several of them...and wore them just about every day. That brings back some good memories of going to Mad Hatter's back in high school.


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Posted 08 August 2006 - 10:33 AM

While I don't remember all their names, there is Bloodrock from the '70s; all from FW. Lee Pickens was one of the band, and a Rutledge I think. They toured a lot with Grand Funk (for anyone too young to remember all of that). Saw them 2 or 3 times at the Convention Center.

Also there are the Lea boys et al from Flickerstick.

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Posted 08 August 2006 - 12:03 PM

Dan Jenkins the writer. Didn't he and his wife have a restaurant in Sundance named Juanita's?

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Posted 08 August 2006 - 10:17 PM

QUOTE(seurto @ Aug 8 2006, 11:33 AM)  

While I don't remember all their names, there is Bloodrock from the '70s; all from FW. Lee Pickens was one of the band, and a Rutledge I think. They toured a lot with Grand Funk (for anyone too young to remember all of that). Saw them 2 or 3 times at the Convention Center.


Bloodrock was probably the second most high-profile, probably most talented, rock band ever from Fort Worth. Lee Pickens was original guitar, Jim Rutledge vocals, the other band mates were Ed Grundy-bass/vocals, Stevie Hill-Keyboards/vocals, Nick Taylor-singer/guitarist, and Rick Cobb-Drums. Nitzinger wrote a lot of their songs, Terry Knight, producer for Frand Funk produced them as well, and Southwest-High's own Hamm Brothers were part of the band in later years. Steve Taylor sat in on a reunion concert in 2005 at the Ridglea. I remember in the early 1970's I wanted to go hang out in Trinity Park on Sundays but the folks were on to it and the bike tires were always flat and no pump in sight.

RUMOR says there may be a new studio album...

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Posted 09 August 2006 - 07:45 AM

Ahhh P-pup - we of our generation!! Trinity Park on Sundays, or Saturdays, or basically any day back then was a whole 'nother world. I was always warned not to venture that way.



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Posted 09 August 2006 - 03:48 PM

Well what was the drinking age back then. Hittin the SCHNAPP'S in your early days could be a recipe for disaster. biggrin.gif

Now it's like bikers, and Shakespeare in TIGHTS, and Reggae Fest hittin that BONG-OHS!
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Posted 09 August 2006 - 09:23 PM

QUOTE(safly @ Aug 9 2006, 04:48 PM)  

Well what was the drinking age back then. Hittin the SCHNAPP'S in your early days could be a recipe for disaster. biggrin.gif

Now it's like bikers, and Shakespeare in TIGHTS, and Reggae Fest hittin that BONG-OHS!


Yeah, well, it wasn't drinking that was the problem back then..... rollwink.gif

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Posted 09 August 2006 - 09:32 PM

Don't know if they actually fit the definition of "Fort Worthians," but Sam the Sham and the Pharohs, and Paul and Paula recorded over off 7th Street not far from Trinity Park.

I can just hear the younger folks going.... who?????? cool.gif

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Posted 09 August 2006 - 10:15 PM

QUOTE(seurto @ Aug 9 2006, 10:32 PM)  

Don't know if they actually fit the definition of "Fort Worthians," but Sam the Sham and the Pharohs, and Paul and Paula recorded over off 7th Street not far from Trinity Park.

I can just hear the younger folks going.... who?????? cool.gif


Didn't Sam the Sham and the Pharos used to play at The Cellar?

Again the young whippersnappers go "Where?????)

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 01:58 PM

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 08:27 PM

Anybody say Townes VanZandt yet? He wrote one of my favorite country & western ballads, "Pancho & Lefty" and was descendant of Fort Worth developer, K.M. Van Zandt, and Republic of Texas pioneer, Isaac Van Zandt (for whom Van Zandt County is named).
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Posted 22 August 2006 - 08:55 PM

I would give props , but KM had some TICK about zoning out alcohol natured businesses from his treasure chest of land. So I've heard. PRUDE. laugh.gif

BTW, PONCHO and Lefty. GREAT SONG! Best part is when "Poncho was a bandit boy". Just build s up PERFECTLY.
"Up there" with Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground. Recorded by Bob Dylan, Infidels sessions. GREAT OPENING vocals with acoustic string, harmonious.

Now THAT was REAL country back then. Sadly, they don't make songs like that anymore. Would be great if FW could create some kind of incubating TEXAS SONGWRITERS Workshop of a venue in DTFW. A tradition worth PRESERVING. No more of that Chris Gaines CRAPOLA!
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Posted 23 August 2006 - 07:44 AM

QUOTE(safly @ Aug 22 2006, 09:55 PM)  

Now THAT was REAL country back then. Sadly, they don't make songs like that anymore. Would be great if FW could create some kind of incubating TEXAS SONGWRITERS Workshop of a venue in DTFW. A tradition worth PRESERVING. No more of that Chris Gaines CRAPOLA!


Or we could get our own radio station, with a studio right in Sundance Square, dedicated to playing a lot of Texas songwriters' music. And they could do a free showcase concert downtown every week...maybe on Wednesdays...the outdoor stage at 8.0 would be perfect. tongue.gif

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 08:26 AM

QUOTE(safly @ Aug 22 2006, 08:55 PM)  

I would give props , but KM had some TICK about zoning out alcohol natured businesses from his treasure chest of land. So I've heard. PRUDE. laugh.gif


K.M. was in the Temperance Society and as a land developer he put the no alcohol clause in all his deeds (not zoning). Even the deed to Trinity Park. Seems to me that you could make a case of abandonment by acquiescence since none of his heirs have requested enforcement of that provision. He also wrote racial provisions into his deeds, but those have since been deemed illegal and unenforceable.

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Posted 23 August 2006 - 08:50 PM

Well I did some weighing in on some of the negatives with his DEEDS. And the alcohol one just REALLY struck a chord with me initially. No that the other DEED Restriciton was any less significant, but when you have a late night urge or cause for celebrating/unwinEding down, I choose to appreciate an ICE COLD Heineken and a sentimental SRV jukebox track over a big GULP of Mochasomethingsomething and a "verbatim" reaccount of LBJ's signed Civil Right's Act on a regular basis.

Maybe it's just me. eek.gif
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Posted 04 December 2007 - 06:59 PM

Johnny Rutherford published his auto-biography (get it? Auto... biography?) recently. He went to North Side High School and has a great deal to say about growing up in Fort Worth. The title? _Lone Star J. R._


Bob Schieffer's autobiography (called _This Just In_) has a few tidbits about living in Fort Worth in his youth, too. He went to TCU and worked at the _Star-Telegram_. Not long ago he was being interviewed on WBAP and someone phoned in to ask him a question... the caller claimed that he lived in what had once been Bob Schieffer's apartment in FW. He gave the address and Schieffer confirmed it. "Still has that leaky faucet, huh?" smile.gif



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Posted 04 December 2007 - 08:58 PM

Richard Rainwater hasn't done too bad in the financial circles - Paschal 1962.

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Posted 04 December 2007 - 09:01 PM

I think Jack Binyon, along with several other noted gambling tycoons, got their start on Jacksboro Highway.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 03:18 AM

Liz Smith, the NY columnist, went to Paschal. Ginger Rogers spent part of her childhood in FW in the teens or twenties.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 12:11 PM

What about rappers Twisted Black and Six-Two? cool.gif


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Posted 07 December 2007 - 04:28 PM

QUOTE(Papaw @ Dec 4 2007, 09:01 PM)  

I think Jack Binyon, along with several other noted gambling tycoons, got their start on Jacksboro Highway.


It was Benny Binion - of Binion's Casino in Las Vegas - got his start in Arlington running Top O' The Hill Terrace - un underground, illegal gambling joint. It is a fascinating story.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 07:16 PM

I went to Monnig Middle School and was the counselor's assistant for one trimester (remember those, along with "new math"). Once for fun, we looked in the archives for the report card and class schedule of a prominent alum named "John Deutchendorf" a.k.a. John Denver. By the way, he made some good grades in his days as a Monnig Mustang....

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 08:56 PM

QUOTE (Prairie Pup @ Aug 4 2006, 02:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
http://en.wikipedia....:Fort_Worthians

This is a list of famous people with some significant attachment to Fort Worth, some were born here, like Fess Parker, and moved away, others were born elsewhere but were raised here, like Willie Nelson. Jody Dean, who was a pretty good friend of my sister back in Middle School at McLean, made the list.

Who else can you think of should be included?

I didn't see Charles Tandy. Nor John Nitzinger. Only one of the Bass Brothers in included. Davey O'Brien isn't at all.

Who would you add to the list?

And of course you can! Wikipedia actively solicits input from regular people.

Have fun!

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 08:57 PM

QUOTE (Prairie Pup @ Aug 4 2006, 02:21 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
http://en.wikipedia....:Fort_Worthians

This is a list of famous people with some significant attachment to Fort Worth, some were born here, like Fess Parker, and moved away, others were born elsewhere but were raised here, like Willie Nelson. Jody Dean, who was a pretty good friend of my sister back in Middle School at McLean, made the list.

Who else can you think of should be included?

I didn't see Charles Tandy. Nor John Nitzinger. Only one of the Bass Brothers in included. Davey O'Brien isn't at all.

Who would you add to the list?

And of course you can! Wikipedia actively solicits input from regular people.

Have fun!

also Paulie Ayala

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 11:55 PM

QUOTE (DrkLts @ Aug 4 2006, 09:43 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Larry Hagman was born in FW but I think he grew up in Weatherford.


That's right.
His mother was Mary Martin (Peter Pan). And the house he grew up in is owned and preserved by Roger williams.
A pretty two story victorian just SW of the square.



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Posted 08 February 2008 - 12:01 AM

My dad used to play with Trini Lopez when they were kids on the old S side.



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Posted 08 February 2008 - 12:14 AM

Isn't Molly Ivins, The satirist and writer, from here? (Her brother goes to my church.)



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Posted 08 February 2008 - 12:17 AM

Molly was from Houston.

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 12:22 AM

Also, people forget that Byron Nelson hailed from FTW, as did Sandra Palmer...

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 12:27 AM

QUOTE (cbellomy @ Feb 8 2008, 12:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Molly was from Houston.


Oh, sorry



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Posted 08 February 2008 - 12:30 AM

Janine Turner, From Northern Exposure.



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Posted 08 February 2008 - 09:15 AM

QUOTE (M Andrade @ Feb 8 2008, 02:30 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Janine Turner, From Northern Exposure.


Euless... but close.

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 04:47 AM

The tall guy who's on the original Las Vegas CSI--you know, the only one who doesn't have an accent. I've heard he's from Fort Worth. He also played a Texas vampire in an X-Files.

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 08:17 PM

Actually, the television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (correct title) has two Fort Worth born actors in their regular cast. This is pretty unusual, since the cast is not that large. They are George Eads and Wallace Langham. I'm not a regular viewer of the show, but I have seen it a few times. Eads has a definite Texas accent, while Langham does not. I did a quick search online and found out that Eads grew up in Belton, Texas. I couldn't find much history on Langham.

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 05:48 PM

QUOTE (JBB @ Aug 5 2006, 11:55 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Now in Denton @ Aug 5 2006, 12:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

No one has yet said Amon Carter?


I think the point of the thread was to identify people who weren't already on Wikipedia's list.

I was gonna say Bill Paxton, But You say this is people NOT so well known yet still famous right?

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 05:51 PM

QUOTE (fwpcman @ Aug 4 2006, 07:41 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Here's a few:
Alan Bean
Betty Buckley
John Denver
Ben Hogan
Yale Lary
Lee Harvey Oswald
Bill Paxton
Rod Roddy
Johnny Rutherford

Seems Paxtons been said I see, Well I went to IMDB and found one of the members of Phish was born here, but not raised...dont care for the band anyways.

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Posted 16 September 2008 - 08:06 PM

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I went to Monnig Middle School and was the counselor's assistant for one trimester (remember those, along with "new math"). Once for fun, we looked in the archives for the report card and class schedule of a prominent alum named "John Deutchendorf" a.k.a. John Denver. By the way, he made some good grades in his days as a Monnig Mustang....


During my student days at Arlington Heights HS, John Deutchendorf was there. He also hang out with my church youth group, and came to several of the Sunday night parties we had at my mouse (the members would take turns hosting). He was shy and undistinguished, but Mom remembered him from the yearbooks after he changed his name and became famous.

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 03:50 PM

QUOTE (Owen @ Sep 16 2008, 09:06 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (ramjet @ Dec 7 2007, 06:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I went to Monnig Middle School and was the counselor's assistant for one trimester (remember those, along with "new math"). Once for fun, we looked in the archives for the report card and class schedule of a prominent alum named "John Deutchendorf" a.k.a. John Denver. By the way, he made some good grades in his days as a Monnig Mustang....


During my student days at Arlington Heights HS, John Deutchendorf was there. He also hang out with my church youth group, and came to several of the Sunday night parties we had at my mouse (the members would take turns hosting). He was shy and undistinguished, but Mom remembered him from the yearbooks after he changed his name and became famous.



Charlie Applewhite, who had a couple of hits in the '50's lived in Fort Worth. He and Pat Boon each had a Saturday dance party (similar to American Bandstand), but I don't know if Pat Boon actually lived here. If I remember correctly, Roy Orbison was on with PB at least once, maybe more.




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