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Participating in the Arts Creates Paths to Healthy Aging We all know to eat right, exercise, and get a good night’s sleep to stay healthy. But can flexing our creative muscles help us thrive as we age? Ongoing research looking at singing group programs, theater training, and visual arts for older adults suggests that participating in the arts may improve the health, well-being, and independence of older adults. “Researchers are highly interested in examining if and how participating in arts activities may be linked to improving cognitive function and memory and improving self-esteem and well-being,” said Lisa Onken, Ph.D., of the National Institute on Aging’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research. Lifting Their Voices for Healthy Aging “Scientists are also interested in studying how music can be used to reduce behavioral symptoms of dementia, such as stress, aggression, agitation, and apathy, as well as promoting social interaction, which has multiple psychosocial benefits.” “There’s a pressing need to develop novel, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches to improve the lives of older adults,” said Julene K. Johnson, Ph.D., of the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. “Singing in a community choir may be a unique approach to promote the health of diverse older adults by helping them remain active and engaged. It may even reduce health disparities.” Johnson tested this approach, leading Community of Voices, the largest randomized clinical trial to test the impact of participating in a community choir on the health and well-being of nearly 400 culturally diverse adults, age 60 and older, from 12 senior centers in San Francisco. The centers were randomly chosen to conduct the choir program immediately (six intervention groups) or six months later (six control groups). Outcome measures were collected at baseline

(prior to starting the intervention), six months (end of randomization phase), and 12 months (one year after enrollment). Each choir met once a week in 90-minute sessions for 44 weeks and performed in several informal concerts. At weekly rehearsals, professional choral directors from the San Francisco Community Music Center trained in the intervention-led activities to promote health and well-being. Researchers assessed participants’ cognition, physical function, and psychosocial function, as well as their use and cost of healthcare services, before they started the choir program and again after six and 12 months. A unique aspect of the study was its use of community partners to engage, enroll, and retain a large group of racially and ethnically diverse and low-income older adults. Participating in the community choir showed positive results within six months. In particular, it reduced feelings of loneliness and increased interest in life. However, cognitive and physical outcomes and healthcare costs did not change significantly. Johnson attributed the improvements to the choir providing a meaningful, regular opportunity to meet new people, build social support, and increase a sense of belonging. “The study showed increased interest in life because singing in the choir provided a regular, structured activity for participants,” Johnson said. “Access to regular activities in diverse, low-income communities is vital for older adults to remain active and engaged in their community.” “As these studies continue, we expect the results to show us how we can implement cost-effective, community-based programs that benefit older people,” Onken said. Theater Improvising to Cope with Dementia Northwestern University is looking to another art

form, theater improvisation, to help older adults with early-stage dementia be social and improve their quality of life. “The Memory Ensemble is for people newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia who are looking for opportunities to engage in programs that fit their needs,” said Darby Morhardt, Ph.D., outreach, recruitment, and education core leader at Northwestern’s Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease. The Memory Ensemble’s 69 participants learn how to use their instincts, creativity, and spontaneity to explore and create improvisational theater. The program, developed in 2010 by Northwestern and the Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago, seeks to improve the quality of life for people living with Alzheimer’s and related disorders and to transfer these benefits to other communities. As part of the eight-week program, groups of 10-15 participants, age 50-90, attend 90-minute sessions that are purposely repetitive and follow a specific pattern. Two facilitators — a clinical social worker and a master teaching artist in theater and improvisational techniques — guide participants through various activities. Many Memory Ensemble exercises involve practicing observation, listening, and then using one’s imagination to find creative solutions. Here are some examples: •P  articipants’ moods are assessed at check-in with “smiley faces” • A metaphor exercise: “If my feelings could be a color, they would be …”

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•A  gentle warmup of stretching and breathing •A  skill-building exercise in which participants imagine a character in a challenging situation or pretend to turn an object into something else • Th  e “checkout” activity, another smiley face assessment “We wanted participants to be in a safe but challenging environment,” said the program’s co-founder, Christine Mary Dunford, Ph.D., of Lookingglass Theater Company. “We’re putting them in situations where they may feel anxiety. But our motto is, ‘When I feel anxious or uncertain, I can stop, breathe, observe, and turn to my imagination, and an answer will come.’ As a result, we’ve found they feel more successful and empowered.” The program does not aim to slow decline or improve cognition but to help people with dementia enjoy their lives, according to Morhardt. “There are limits to medical treatments for people with dementia,” she said. “Patients and families are looking for ways to continue to engage. For participants in the program, it’s about being in the moment and using their imagination. We enhance their remaining skills and mood. “As the condition progresses, it can become challenging to communicate with words, so we really focus on nonverbal means of expression.” Preliminary results show participation in the Memory Ensemble improves mood, decreases anxiety, and increases a sense of belonging, normalcy, and de-stigmatization, said Dunford. Participants also report feelings of achievement, empowerment, and self-discovery. Future plans include developing an evidence-based curriculum for researchers, arts therapists, and theater professionals to replicate the program in other communities and a theater intervention program for caregivers. Research on music, theater, dance, creative writing, and other participatory arts shows promise for improving older adults’ quality of life and well-being, from better cognitive function, memory, and self-esteem to reduced stress and increased social interaction. For more information, visit NIA at

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The History of Military Service Star Banners By Doris Montag A service flag or banner is one that family members of those serving in the U.S. Armed Forces can display. It is officially defined as a white field with a red border, with a blue star for each immediate family member serving during any period of war or conflict. According to the Department of Defense code, the flag size ratio must be 10:19, the same as the American flag. The service flag was designed and patented by World War I Capt. Robert L. Queisser, whose two sons were serving on the front line. The flag was intended to be displayed in the front window of people’s homes to indicate one or more family members were in the Armed Services. In 1918 President Wilson approved a request from the Women’s Committee of the Council of National Defense that American women who had lost a child serving in the war should wear a black mourning band on the left arm with a gilt star for each child lost. This approval led to the tradition of a gold star covering the blue star on the service flag to show that the service member had passed. The gold star represented valor and sacrifice to the cause of freedom. (It is believed Wilson coined the term “Gold Star Mother.”) Just after World War I, the Gold Star Mothers Club was formed by Grace Darling Siebold (her son was Lt. George Vaughn Seibold) to support other mothers who had lost children in the war.

The club’s other purpose was to give loving care/visits to hospitalized veterans confined in government hospitals far from home. American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. was founded in 1929 as a nondenominational, nonprofit, and nonpolitical organization. Twenty-five mothers living in Washington, D.C., were original members of the group. Other clubs across the nation quickly requested membership. Still active today, there are over 900 members. In 1936, the United States began recognizing mothers of fallen service members by observing Gold Star Mother’s Day on the last Sunday of September. Amended in 2011, President Barack Obama made this commemorative day Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day. May 1 has been designated as Silver Star Service Banner Day to honor the sacrifices of combat-wounded, ill, and dying service members. For those who serve in the U.S. military, 1 in 10 suffers a severe injury. Most of those injuries are combat related. Since World War II, the use of service flags and wearing of Gold Star pins (issued by the Defense Department) has declined, but their meaning as symbols of sacrifice remains significant and relevant yet today. In a proclamation issued Sept. 24, 2015, Obama said that most Americans cannot fully comprehend the price Gold Star family members have paid: “Their sleepless nights allow for our peaceful rest, and the folded flags they hold dear are what enable ours to wave. The depth of their sorrow is immeasurable, and we are forever indebted to them for all they have given us.”

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70% of Americans Have Experienced Trauma: Recognize the Signs of PTSD By Brian Reese

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect any of us. Recent statistics suggest that up to 70% of all adults in the U.S. — that’s 231 million Americans — have experienced a traumatic event that’s significant enough to cause PTSD or lead to the development of mental health symptoms.  While experiencing trauma doesn’t necessarily mean you have symptoms that warrant a PTSD diagnosis, you may benefit from getting help from your doctor, psychologist, or psychiatrist.  Several factors can increase the likelihood that someone will develop PTSD, many of which are not under that person’s control. For example, while women are more likely to experience sexual assault and child sexual abuse, men are more likely to experience serious accidents, physical assault, combat, or disaster, or to witness death or injury. Children can develop PTSD, too.   What is PTSD? According to the American Psychiatric Association, PTSD is a mental health condition that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, severe accident, terrorist act, war/ combat, or rape, or who have been threatened with death, sexual violence, or serious injury. Those with PTSD typically have intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their traumatic experience that last long after the traumatic event itself. People living with PTSD may relive the traumatic event repeatedly via flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, depression, fear, anger, and detachment.   While a formal diagnosis of PTSD requires the person to have been exposed to a traumatic event, the exposure could be indirect rather than first-hand. For example, PTSD could occur in an individual learning about the violent death or suicide of a close family member or friend.    Common Signs and Symptoms of PTSD  PTSD symptoms can begin at any time after exposure to a traumatic event, but sometimes symptoms may not appear until years afterward. These symptoms can cause significant problems in your work, life, or social functioning. They can also interfere with your ability to accomplish routine tasks. In addition, the severity of your symptoms can vary from person to person over time. The Mayo Clinic divides PTSD symptoms into four types:  1. Intrusive memories – These include: recurrent, unwanted, distressing memories of the traumatic event; reliving the event as if it were happening again (flashbacks); upsetting dreams or nightmares about the event; and/or severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the event.


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2. Avoidance – Symptoms may include trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event and avoiding places, activities, or people that remind you of it. 3. Adverse changes in thinking and mood – These may include: negative thoughts about yourself, other people, or the world; hopelessness about the future; memory problems, including not remembering important aspects of the traumatic event; difficulty maintaining close relationships; feeling detached from family and friends; lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed (depression); difficulty experiencing positive emotions; and feeling emotionally numb.   4. Changes in physical and emotional reactions – Also called arousal symptoms, changes to these reactions could include: anxiety and depression; being easily startled or frightened; always being on guard for danger; selfdestructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast; trouble sleeping; trouble concentrating; irritability, angry outbursts, or other aggressive behavior; and overwhelming guilt or shame.   Living with PTSD I suffer from PTSD, and for me, it negatively impacts every aspect of my life. I have trouble sleeping and suffer from daily battles with anxiety, depression, anger, and disturbing thoughts and memories about the trauma. In addition, I live with emotional detachment; I can be in a room full of people and feel completely alone.  I generally don’t trust people; I’m most comfortable in the confines of my own home and typically go out of my way to avoid certain situations.   When to Seek Help  If you have disturbing thoughts and feelings about a traumatic event or if you feel you’re having trouble getting your life back under control, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional right away. Getting treatment as soon as possible can help prevent PTSD symptoms from getting worse. If you or someone you know has suicidal thoughts, get help right away through one or more of these resources: • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 to reach a trained counselor 24/7/365. Use that same number and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line. • Reach out to a close friend or loved one. • Contact a pastor, spiritual leader, or someone in your faith community. • Make an appointment with your primary care doctor or mental health professional.

Those with PTSD aren’t crazy or broken. It’s called life, and stuff happens. You matter — your life matters. The truth is we all have things going on in our lives that others know nothing about. Getting help is not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of strength. Mental health is health, and it must be prioritized in the same way we prioritize our physical and spiritual health. I still take medications, go to therapy, and practice mindfulness. And it’s OK not to be OK. Please look out for each other and ask the hard questions of those around you. Doing so might save someone’s life.  A leading expert on veteran benefits, Brian Reese is the author of You Deserve It and founder of VA Claims Insider ( He’s a former activeduty Air Force officer and received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. He is a Distinguished Graduate of Management from the United States Air Force Academy and earned his MBA as a National Honor Scholar.

Free ‘Medicare Checkups’ Encouraged for Current and New Enrollees Lancaster County Office of Aging is urging residents with Medicare to schedule a free “Medicare checkup” with PA MEDI volunteers in advance of this year’s open enrollment period, Oct. 15 – Dec. 7. Medicare providers often make yearly changes to cost and coverage. Medicare beneficiaries can meet with a Lancaster County PA MEDI-certified volunteer for a free, confidential, and unbiased review of their plan during annual open enrollment. Those with Medicare policies should check the mail for important notices from Medicare or Social Security. During an appointment, PA MEDI counselors can help individuals review their Medicare coverage materials to note any cost or benefit changes and consider their Medicare coverage needs for 2022.  During open enrollment, people with Medicare can switch Medicare Advantage plans to another Advantage plan or to original Medicare. They can also change Part D prescription drug plans. Changes made during open enrollment will go into effect Jan. 1, 2022. Those turning 65 or new to Medicare can also meet with a counselor any time for an “Introduction to Medicare” presentation or to get information. Volunteer counselors can answer questions about enrolling in a required-bylaw prescription drug plan or a GAP/supplementary plan. Set up an appointment with PA MEDI at their Lancaster County Office of Aging office, 150 N. Queen St., Lancaster, or at one of many local sites available throughout the county during the open enrollment period. For more information, contact Kim Skinner, PA MEDI coordinator with Lancaster County Office of Aging, at (717) 299-7979 or kskinner@lancaster.

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SILVER ECONOMY? Which buyers make up the Silver Economy? • 962 million men and women over the age of 60 • A group with 11 times more wealth than millennials • Persons with a life expectancy in the U.S. is about 78.87 years • Persons who prefer in-person contact when possible • A group that wants to age at home as long as reasonable

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• Security technology – mobile apps, sensors, wearable devices, smart clothing, etc. • Pet care – pet sitting, walking, grooming, food, accessories, etc. • Gardening/lawn services combined with snow removal • Mobile esthetic and concierge services – hairstylist, manicurist, massage, facials • Personal services – running errands, shopping

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The History of Ordinary Things

Doris Montag

The Legacy of Sears, Roebuck & Company Catalogs

In 1887, Richard W. Sears hired stubble plows (the 12-inch model for Alvah C. Roebuck to repair watches $8.50), egg incubators, blacksmith tools, while he established a mail-order and windmills. business to sell the watches using a free catalog. Two years later, R.W. Sears sold • Appliances in this era meant the watch business. iceboxes, coal and wood stoves, and In 1893, Sears, along with Roebuck, treadle sewing machines ($10.45). founded another mail-order operation Sears sold silverware, dishes, linens, known as Sears, Roebuck & Company. iron beds ($2.45 to $14.90), paint, Two years later, Julius Rosenwald and wallpaper. bought out Roebuck’s interest, but the company retained his name. Richard • Domestic wares included stockings Sears, meanwhile, wrote the company’s in cotton and wool, hats, corsets, soon-to-be-famous catalogs. suspenders, shoes, fabric (percale 10 The advent of Rural Free Postal cents per yard), and patterns. The 1897 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Richard Warren Sears Service Delivery in 1896 and Parcel catalog. (1863–1914), founder of Post in 1913 made distribution of the Sears also had a range of interesting Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalogs economical. The postal system pseudo-medical and related products: classified mail-order publications as “aids in the dissemination of • Dr. Worden’s Female Pills (35 knowledge,” qualifying the catalogs for cents per box) are described as the postage rate of 1 cent per pound. “a great blood purifier and nerve Sears was able to send its catalogs tonic; cures all diseases arising and merchandise across the country to from a poor and wasted condition even the most isolated customers, selling of the blood when worn down by a wide range of goods at low prices to overwork, worry, excesses, and people without access to retail outlets. indiscretions of living.” The 1902 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue had 1,162 pages printed • Dr. Rose’s Arsenic Complexion in font size eight. Customers were Wafers (50 treatments for 35 cents) encouraged to “read the policies” and are described as “perfectly harmless to forgo sending nuisance letters when when used in accordance with our the information was provided in the directions.” The wafers reportedly Jiffy Way egg scale (weight determined assigned size of an catalog. “produced a transparency and egg). Farm Master by Sears, Roebuck & Co., circa 1950s. Sears accepted “cash only — remit by pellucid clearness of complexion” post office money order, express money (while slowly poisoning the user). order, bank draft, cash, or stamps.” At the time, a white complexion There were no installment payments. was a symbol of status. Shipping was by post office mail — registered recommended — or by freight. A few of the products sold in 1902 are named below. As a reference, $1 in • “If Nature has not favored you with that greatest charm, a symmetrically 1902 was equivalent to $30 in today’s money. rounded bosom, full and perfect,” then for only $1.50, you could get either Bust Cream and Food, or the Princess Bust Developer. Looking • A new price list for groceries came out every 60 days. They even sold much like a toilet plunger, the Developer was available in 3.5- and 5-inch Cracker Jacks at 82 cents for 24 packages! Groceries were discontinued in diameters and was guaranteed to get results. 1941. • Sears manufactured guns and sold cartridges, automatic revolvers ($2.95), air shot rifles, derringers, shotguns, and more. • There was a large section dedicated to horse supplies, harnesses, and saddles ($3.75 to $22.85), along with buggies and wagons. • Farm goods ranged from cast iron pig troughs ($4.85) to horse-drawn


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Sears, Roebuck & Co. mail-order business was vital to meeting the needs of town and country folks for over a century, and many of us have fond catalog memories to be recalled with this history. Doris Montag is a homespun historian and an exhibit curator who researches and displays historical collections of ordinary things, such as can openers, crochet, toy sewing machines, hand corn planters, powder compacts, egg cartons, and more. Contact or follow her on Facebook, HistoryofOrdinaryThings.

The Beauty in Nature

Interesting Local Insects Clyde McMillan-Gamber

July to the end of October is the time crescent butterflies, which have 1-inch of insects in southeastern Pennsylvania wingspans, swarm upon thousands because those invertebrates are coldof lovely aster flowers in sunny fields, blooded and active only during warmer meadows, and roadsides to sip nectar. weather. Asters are one of the last big sources Some of the more interesting, and of nectar at the end of each growing obvious, insects in this area include season. fireflies, true katydids, snowy tree Also during October, as a response crickets, monarch butterflies, pearl to colder nights, many differential crescent butterflies, differential grasshoppers and wooly bear caterpillars grasshoppers, wooly bear caterpillars, cross country roads. ladybug beetles, and ash-leafed maple, The large, gray-green grasshoppers or box elder, bugs. leap across those rural roads to find These insects are either courting for favorable places in soil to spawn eggs reproduction or preparing for winter, before they die in frost. Wooly bears Photo courtesy of Micha L. Rieser depending on the life cycle of each undulate over the blacktop to find Wooly bear caterpillar. species. sheltered places in the ground to spend Male fireflies flash their cold the coming winter. abdominal lights as they emerge from By late October, swarms of attractive vegetation most every July evening. ladybug beetles and ash-leafed maple Those fireflies continue lighting their bugs, or box elder bugs, congregate in beacons every few seconds as darkness groups of their own in sheltered places, descends across the countryside. including under logs, leaf litter, or rock And, in the dark of night, their piles, where they will spend the winter thousands of lanterns sparkle beautifully in relative safety. among trees and grass as males and These great gatherings are seldom females congregate to breed. seen by most people, but it’s still Male true katydids begin scraping interesting to acknowledge their their wings together continuously each presence. evening in August and September to These are just a few intriguing insects make a courting sound that resembles living in southeastern Pennsylvania. “katy-did, katy-didn’t.” There are many other kinds that offer These treetop grasshopper interest to times spent outdoors. relatives look like green leaves, which   Photo courtesy of Kenneth Dwain Harrelson Clyde McMillan-Gamber is a retired camouflages them, and are seldom seen. Pearl crescent butterfly. Lancaster County Parks naturalist. But their uproarious fiddling in woods and older suburbs, to bring the genders together for mating, is unmistakable.   Male snowy tree crickets live in shrubbery and chirp steadily every night during August and September to invite females of their kind for mating. These pale-green, 1-inch crickets are also called temperature crickets. By counting their wing-produced chirps in 15 seconds and adding 40, one can estimate the outdoor temperature. The handsome monarch butterflies are famous for migrating to Mexican A nature blog forests each fall to avoid northern winters. But it’s only the fourth generation by Clyde McMillan-Gamber, retired Lancaster County Parks naturalist of monarchs each year that makes the trip south during September and and longtime 50plus LIFE columnist October. Each spring, monarchs that spent winter in Mexico push north, sip flower Each story is like a walk with your own naturalist. nectar, lay eggs on milkweed plants, and then die. The next two generations each summer consume milkweeds as caterpillars, pupate, and continue north, sipping nectar, laying eggs on milkweed, and dying. But each year’s fourth generation journeys to Mexico to escape winter. During October, many hundreds of fluttering, orange-and-brown pearl

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The ‘Automatic Renewal’ Ploy Arthur Vidro

“Automatic renewal” is when a publication extends your subscription without first asking you and then demands payment. I first experienced such a renewal back in the 1990s. I thought it was bold of the magazine to say they had taken it upon themselves to renew my subscription, and I would now pay the bill. Instead, despite its being a quality publication, I canceled. I might have renewed if they had asked politely. But they didn’t. Automatic renewals may help some folks who aren’t on top of their paperwork. But let’s face it: Publishers came up with this device to benefit themselves, not to benefit readers. A publisher playing this game of renewing your subscription on your behalf spends less money mailing out reminders and offers. Plus, by skipping the step of asking the customer, its renewal rate goes way up. Automatic renewal keeps the periodical’s circulation numbers as high as possible, and it’s those numbers — which are subject to audit — that determine rates for advertising, which is the biggest source of revenue for most magazines and newspapers. Automatic renewals can cause confusion. Many people, especially the elderly, receive these renewals and conclude — despite having no memory of having done so — they must have renewed. And so they pay the requested fee. Even if they no longer want to subscribe. It’s also confusing for the estates of people who have passed away when these bills continue to pour in, demanding money for subscriptions that live on — sometimes for years — after the reader has died. Even more egregious is when the automatic renewal occurs via deduction from a bank account, without any action needed by the so-called subscriber. A dead person’s joint account keeps renewing automatically, much to the glee of publishers. A neighbor named Lila showed me a letter she received from a women’s lifestyle magazine. Lila had purposely let her subscription lapse, or so she thought. But this letter confused her. It began by thanking her for “choosing to be part of our Continuous Service Program. As we recently notified you, your renewal … has been processed. By renewing your subscription, you have guaranteed yourself considerable savings off the newsstand price, hassle-free service, and uninterrupted delivery. You won’t miss a single issue!” One sentence was underlined, for emphasis: “Payment is now due.” It concluded, “Please enclose your check with the invoice below and return it in the pre-addressed envelope.” The detachable portion, to be returned with a check, contained the word INVOICE in capital letters. It was the largest word on the document. It made Lila think she owed money to the publisher. “Did you renew your subscription?” I asked. “Not that I know of,” she answered. “Do you want to renew it?” “No. I want it to end. But this invoice says I renewed. So I’ll have to pay. Otherwise, it might hurt my credit rating.”

“Have you phoned the publisher?” “I don’t know how. There’s no phone number on the letter. I looked in the magazine, but there’s no number there either.” It was true. Over the decades, many magazine publishers, wishing to avoid having to pay folks to answer the phone, have stopped publishing their phone numbers. Instead there’s an instruction to go to a website, so the company can garner as much information as possible about you for marketing and resale purposes. “Let me help,” I offered. I made a photocopy of the letter from the magazine, stuck it in a typewriter, and I typed — and Lila signed — the following: Dear Publisher, Why do you think I owe you money? I NEVER agreed to be part of a “continuous service program” with you or with any other magazine. I have NEVER taken part in any such program. My instinct was to telephone you and discuss the misunderstanding. However, you have consciously decided to omit your telephone number from your communications. Perhaps if you had invited me to renew, I would have considered it; but your telling me that I already made a commitment to renew smacks of a lack of ethics and, quite frankly, rubs my fur the wrong way. We mailed the letter. Don’t know if it was the letter or not, but soon enough the magazine stopped hounding Lila for money. If you receive a bill for a subscription that you wanted to let lapse, but the publisher insists otherwise, what should you do? If the bill contains a phone number for customer service, call and explain. If it doesn’t contain a phone number, then they don’t merit an explanation. Just throw the bill away. And if magazines continue to arrive, that’s the publisher’s problem, not yours. Arthur Vidro worked for a decade in the stock industry. Before and after, he wrote newspaper articles and edited a few books. He has served as treasurer of theater and library organizations. He’s been cautious with money ever since a dollar was worth a dollar.

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Sixties Flashback

The Misadventures of a Bottle(d) Blonde Randal C. Hill

It’s the 1950s. Gorgeous Barbara Eden sits in the Hollywood office of a Warner Brothers casting director. “You’re a very nice girl from San Francisco,” the man explains with a grin. “But I really think you should go home and marry the boy at home. This isn’t the town for you. You’re just not pretty enough.” ... Eden didn’t follow his advice, however, and when she was cast later in the TV adaptation of How to Marry a Millionaire, Eden became a respected comedic actress. Eventually, she won the role that brought her superstardom as the bottle-dwelling beauty on NBC-TV’s I Dream of Jeannie series. The hit show was inspired by the 1964 movie The Brass Bottle. Originally a 1900 novel, it later became a film that featured Tony Randall, Burl Ives, and — lo and behold — Barbara Eden. In Jeannie, Larry Hagman, the son of Broadway legend Mary Martin, co-starred as straight-arrow astronaut Capt. (later Maj.) Tony Nelson. But Hagman often proved disgruntled during the 139 I Dream of Jeannie episodes, as

we’ll see later. The opening show, set on a deserted island beach, saw Capt. Nelson stumble across Jeannie’s bottle home, where she had been imprisoned for two millennia. Soon, in a puff of pink smoke, the striking beauty was set free — and that’s when the fun began. The show’s success meant keeping network censors busy trying to maintain a morally upright offering. Even though Jeannie slept in her bottle and Tony in his bed, it could never be shown that the bottle was in the captain’s bedroom. (They weren’t married until the fifth and final year of the show.) Also, Eden wasn’t supposed to expose her navel, although it did appear occasionally. Along the way, some morality-oriented gatekeepers groused about her parading around in a “nightie.” Eden dismissed that, explaining, “It’s what she wore during the day. That was her dress; that was her uniform.” Publicity photo of Barbara Eden Finally, some feminists protested that Eden subjugated from I Dream of Jeannie. herself to Hagman. This brought about her miffed response: “She called him ‘master,’ but who was the real master there? She was … She wasn’t his subject; she was his equal.” Hagman’s solo star turn would arrive later when, in 1978, he became infamous as the ruthless oil baron J.R. Ewing on the CBS-TV nighttime soap opera Dallas. Its success allowed him to abandon comedy. Jeannie creator Sidney Sheldon (later the author of 18 hit novels) has admitted that not all went swimmingly on the I Dream of Jeannie set during its five-year run. “The problem was Larry Hagman,” Sheldon has candidly admitted. “He wanted to be the star … [But] it was Barbara who was getting all the magazine covers and interviews. Larry wanted to show the world that he could be as successful as his mother … “I began to write scripts to build up Larry’s character and make him more prominent. But when an actor is in a show with a scantily clad actress as beautiful and enticing as Barbara Eden, it is very difficult to become the star.”

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When Women Invented Television Terri Schlichenmeyer

Turn it up. several decades into a mere 276 pages of narrative, This is the best part of the whole series; it’s which doesn’t seem enough. a great bit, the funniest one. You’ve seen every Or maybe it’s because few of the stories come episode of this favorite show multiple times, and directly from the women themselves (three of them you know the must-watch scenes, every line, every are deceased). Perhaps streaming the shows or outfit change, new set, and new character. finding clips online might help give a better frame And in When Women Invented Television by of reference. Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, you’ve still got a lot to And yet, if you’re hooked on TV, this is a book learn. for you. Gertrude Berg clearly understood how much The remarkableness of these four women’s power she wielded — still, in the fall of 1948, when history-making achievements is clear when she walked into the Madison Avenue office of the Armstrong puts them into a time-perspective, Photo credit: A. Jesse Jiryu Davis man in charge of CBS, she knew she was taking a and it’s easy to get a bit outraged that their When Women Invented Television: chance. accomplishments have been forgotten. This book The Untold Story of the Female Powerhouses For years, she’d been the writer, casting director, fixes that oversight. Who Pioneered the Way We Watch Today star, and force behind the network’s most popular And so ignore your streaming queue this By Jennifer Keishin Armstrong radio show, The Goldbergs. Berg wanted to take that weekend, turn off the screen, and settle in to c. 2021, Harper popularity to the new medium of television, and watch a good story unfold. When Women Invented 334 pages she told William S. Paley so. Television is must-read TV. Don’t turn it down. He agreed, and by the end of 1949, The Goldbergs The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years was a hit with a solid sponsor, and Gertrude Berg was a television star. old, and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin It was not quite as easy for Irna Phillips. with two dogs and 14,000 books. Today, we’d tell Phillips to slow down. She was a hundred-mile-an-hour single mother of two adopted children and the creator, solo writer, and daily juggler of multiple radio “soap operas.” She saw the coming of television and its irresistible possibilities, but getting her work there was a struggle. Hazel Scott had no problem transitioning from live concerts to TV: The DuMont Network had approached the piano “genius” with the offer of a primetime show. No more dealing with Jim Crow laws. No more on-tour weeks away from her husband and son. A steady job close to home was a dream for Scott, until the Red Scare of the 1950s targeted this Black woman. Betty White had one motto: “Always say yes.” So when career opportunities were offered, she took them, transitioning from radio to TV easily and moving up the ladder to stardom. But, says Armstrong, White’s decisions affected her personal life for decades to come. For a classic TV watcher, When Women Invented Television is gold. It’s a delight in ink and paper, like reading about the outtakes of your favorite shows. But it seems to be … off. Like something is missing, perhaps because author and journalist Jennifer Keishin Armstrong chose to shrink four stories and

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The Reel Deal

Cry Macho Randal Hill

The new Clint Eastwood film Cry Macho — he directs and from 1958 to 1966. stars in it — is based on N. Richard Nash’s 1975 novel of the After it was axed, Eastwood turned his attention to movies. same name. In Cry Macho, Eastwood becomes Miko, a washed-up Texas Nash had originally written it as a Western screenplay. When widower who had once been a celebrated rodeo star and a it didn’t sell as a film script, he turned his tale into a successful respected horse breeder. novel and later explained to the Orlando Sentinel, “I had a Bitter and broke, he is offered a small fortune — $50,000 — screenplay called Macho that nobody wanted. It occurred to me to by an ex-boss to go to Mexico City to kidnap and bring back his do a quick novelization. I got a $10,000 advance and completed it 11-year-old son Rafo (Eduardo Minett), whose mother (Fernanda as Cry Macho in two weeks … Urrejola) is an alcoholic. “When [a movie studio] asked me to do the screenplay, I gave On their journey back to America through the harsh rural them what they had rejected — didn’t change a word — and they landscape of Mexico, Miko teaches the boy what it means to be a loved it!” good man. In doing so, Miko comes to reflect on his own life. Image © Warner Bros. Pictures. Nash’s script ended up being passed around for decades, with Nick Schenk wrote the scripts for the Eastwood gems Gran such Hollywood heavyweights as Burt Lancaster, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Turino (2008) and The Mule (2018). Nash died in 2000, but screenwriter and Pierce Brosnan showing interest but never bringing the story to the silver Schenk has turned Nash’s story into a highly watchable tale. screen. (Eastwood had first considered Nash’s gritty story back in 1988.) Nobody doubts that Mr. E, at age 91, can still “bring it” in a movie. Of Both Nash and Eastwood had been showbiz personalities since the 1950s. course he can. Still, he undoubtedly spoke with tongue planted firmly in cheek Nash had written the 1954 Broadway hit The Rainmaker, which years later when he recently proclaimed, “I think being able to age gracefully is a very was filmed as a musical under the title 110 in the Shade. important talent. It is too late for me.” After Eastwood was drafted into the Army, he fulfilled his military The PG-13 Warner Brothers release opens Sept. 17. obligation as a Fort Ord (California) pool lifeguard. He found stardom at age Randal C. Hill enjoys getting sneak peeks of forthcoming movies from his home on 28 as Rowdy Yates on the blockbuster CBS-TV series Rawhide, which ran

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result of the passage of the Older Americans Act. This act directed states to develop a network of services and supports to help keep older adults healthy and independent. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging was created to fulfill this mandate. In turn, a network of 52 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) was established throughout the commonwealth to carry out this mission at the local level. Funding for aging-related services is a combination of state and federal monies, with the Pennsylvania Lottery providing the major source of funding. In Lancaster County, the AAA is part of county government. We are dedicated to providing Lancaster County residents, 60 years of age and older, with a wide range of informational resources and services as well as advocacy efforts and elder abuse protection. The LCOA offers the following services:

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Over 2 Million Americans May Have Undiagnosed Atrial Fibrillation More than a decade ago, afib was a littleknown condition. After creating Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month, patient advocacy organization StopAfib. org worked with medical society partners to get the U.S. Senate to designate September as National Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) Awareness Month, which they did, in 2009. “That’s why now is the perfect time to remind people what afib is and how to recognize it in themselves or others, so they can get treatment (or ensure their loved ones do) before they develop a stroke, heart failure, or dementia,” said founder Mellanie True Hills. Afib is the most common irregular heartbeat. Having afib increases a person’s stroke risk by 500%. According to the Framingham Heart Study, after the age of 55, there is a 1-in-3 lifetime risk of developing afib. It affects over 6 million people in the U.S., a number that will increase as the baby boomers age. Most people with afib experience palpitations, fatigue, shortness of breath, and sometimes a racing heartbeat. Some report that their heart feels like a fish that is flopping around in their chest. “Still, about one-third (over 2 million people in the U.S.) may be walking time bombs … they don’t feel any symptoms at all but are at risk for an afibrelated stroke,” True Hills said. “And because COVID-19 causes heart damage for many, including arrhythmias (heartbeat issues), we will likely see an increased number of people living with afib. That’s why it’s more important than ever that people know

what it is and how to recognize it.” After having a procedure that made her afibfree, True Hills founded to help others living with afib and to prevent afib-related strokes. Because afib can take a physical, emotional, and financial toll on patients and their family members, has curated a collection of news stories, webinars, and masterclasses to help increase knowledge about afib, so those living with it can improve their quality of life. To learn more about the risk factors for afib, how to identify it, and/or how to manage it for those who already have it, visit In honor of National Atrial Fibrillation (Afib) Awareness Month, recommends taking these steps: 1. Stop and listen to your heart for racing, palpitations, or an irregular heartbeat. 2. Visit the doctor if you suspect you might have afib. 3. Get checked for underlying risk factors, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea. 4. If diagnosed, make a plan with your doctor for managing your afib so you avoid a stroke, heart failure, and even dementia. Just as importantly, tell friends and family members about afib to help increase awareness, and visit for more information.

Only Living WWII MOH Recipient to Speak at Meeting The Central Pennsylvania World War II Roundtable will welcome the only living World War II Medal of Honor recipient, Hershel “Woody” Williams, to its monthly Zoom meeting, Thursday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. Williams received the U.S. military’s highest decoration for valor for heroism above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Williams receiving the Medal of Honor The West Virginia native, from President Truman in 1945. who will turn 98 in October, received training as a demolition man with a focus on the use of flamethrowers. He eventually joined Company C, 1st Battalion, 21st Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division at Guadalcanal. In July and August 1944, he was attached to Headquarters Company and saw combat during the Battle of Guam.

Back with Company C, Williams earned his Medal of Honor in February 1945, during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Covered by only four riflemen, all of whom became casualties, Williams engaged the enemy for four hours under heavy fire, singlehandedly destroying several Japanese reinforced-concrete pillboxes with his flamethrower. His actions allowed American tanks to open a lane for infantry. Williams continued to fight during the five-week Williams today. battle, despite being wounded in the leg by shrapnel. He was presented the Medal of Honor by President Truman on Oct. 5, 1945, at the White House. The Sept. 2 Zoom meeting is open to the public, and no registration is required. To attend, look for the information and Zoom password located on the organization’s website:

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Our America: Remembering 9/11 20 Years Later By James E. Patterson

After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, author and TV personality Hugh Downs edited My World: What My Country Means to Me by 150 Americans from All Walks of Life. Downs, who died in 2020 at age 99, explained the book’s purpose in his introduction. “People might wish both to express and to hear from others how they feel about the nation in light of the jarring events of Sept. 11, 2001.” Downs received a variety of responses from celebrities, 9/11 firefighters flag memorial. politicians, athletes, and religious figures. Some replies were “insightful.” Some were “philosophic.” Some expressed “deep personal outrage.” All of them, Downs wrote, had “a newborn or reawakened feeling about the country we live in.” Many of the contributors, including poet Maya Angelou, civil rights leader Coretta Scott King, journalist Helen Thomas, and TV personality Art Linkletter, are now deceased. Each made memorable contributions to the book.

“Let us vow that Sept. 11 will only strengthen the bonds of solidarity between all of America’s races, religions, and cultures,” wrote King. Linkletter, a professional lecturer in later life, wrote, “When I talk about our freedoms, our opportunities, and the wide horizons of life in the U.S.A., the [audience] response is like touching an electric switch.” Angelou wrote about the courage of the first responders at the World Trade Center, who “gave us the handhold we needed to pull ourselves up.” Grammy Award-winning 9/11 memorial wall. singer Jose Feliciano wrote that America is “a beacon of freedom and opportunity.” He added, “This title, however, seems not to be possible without criticism — even, at times, conflict.” These words from 20 years ago are a valuable lesson for today. Feliciano ended with another valuable lesson: “We must band together in solidarity, for as a nation, there has never been an equal, and as a people, there will never be a dilemma that we cannot overcome.” please see OUR AMERICA on facing page

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Safe Communities, a Lancaster organization dedicated to preventing child sexual abuse and supporting adult survivors, has a variety of programs to offer survivors and the community this fall. A Men’s Group for Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse will run four virtual sessions on Zoom for education and connection, Wednesdays, Sept. 8, 15, 22, and 29, from 6:30-8 p.m. Survivor Voices, an interview with Cathy Collyer, author of Staying in the Room, provides trauma survivors with tools to face any medical or dental appointment and educates therapists and healthcare providers.

It will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 6:30-8 p.m. Journey with Tamar: A Retreat for Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, a day of reflection, connection, and education, will take place in the Manheim area Saturday, Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Circle of Hope, for adult survivors of child sexual abuse, will run four virtual sessions on Zoom, Tuesdays, Oct. 19 – Nov. 9, from 6:30-8 pm. All programs are free of charge and require registration at or at (717) 560-9989.

OUR AMERICA from facing page TV personality Regis Philbin, who died last year, wrote of his feelings of “sorrow, doubt, and fear” after seeing the planes go into the World Trade Center. “We have survived the most savage attack on our nation in modern times and have answered it swiftly and bravely,” he wrote. “I used to wonder if we had the guts and character of our predecessors. I don’t anymore.” Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, upon visiting Ground Zero, recalled the words of President Abraham Lincoln.

When Lincoln dedicated a portion of the Gettysburg battlefield for use as a cemetery, he said it was the duty of the living “to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they … have thus far so nobly advanced.” Bloomberg noted that “the same spirit that guided the soldiers at Gettysburg flowed through the rescuers of Sept. 11.” Hugh Downs did a great job editing My America. In these pages, readers will find encouragement for 2021 and beyond. James E. Patterson is a writer and speaker based in Washington, D.C.

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A circa 1995–97 oil-on-canvas portrait painting by the The painting was discovered in the summer of 2020, when late music icon David Bowie sold at auction for $108,120 many people were donating objects galore as a result of the Canadian recently. That statement in and of itself is not all that widespread home and storage cleaning sparked by lockdown groundbreaking until the rest of the story is told. time at home. The painting was purchased for $5 Canadian at a thrift store According to the auction house, which worked to or donation center in northern Ontario. authenticate the painting, DHead XLVI was purchased by an David Robert Jones is the given name for the music legend American collector for more than 10 times the pre-auction David Bowie (1947–2016), who is best known, not for his fine estimate. art, but instead for his music. Of course, the auction sales price sets a new record for His final album, Blackstar, was an international hit. Many of a painting by David Bowie; a similar work from the series his albums entered the Billboard 200, including The Rise and sold shortly after the musician’s death in 2016 for $39,000 Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Hunky Dory, Canadian in the United Kingdom. Let’s Dance, Aladdin Sane, Low, and The Next Day. It is not unusual to see active bidding when a celebrity name Compilation albums like Best of Bowie are established hits. is attached to a work of art that is up for bid at auction. This Bowie had the most albums in the Top 40 at one time with 12, painting was rare because not only did the piece come from a along with the likes of Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. famous collection, but the artist had star power as well. David Bowie died in Manhattan, New York, in 2016 after Even more interesting was the situation surrounding the suffering from liver cancer for more than a year. discovery of the painting: at a Canadian donation center for a Early in his life, Bowie studied art and design as a young few dollars. David Bowie on stage man, and throughout his life, he collected fine art of the Such finds have been much more commonplace in the wake during the 1983 th 20 century, including pieces by the German Expressionists, of the global COVID pandemic and resulting home cleanouts, Serious Moonlight tour Francis Bacon, and many British painters. with increased donations of unwanted vintage art and antiques. The painting that sold for $108,120 Canadian recently at Dr. Lori Verderame is the award-winning Ph.D. antiques appraiser on History Cowley Abbott auctioneers in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was entitled DHead channel’s The Curse of Oak Island. Dr. Lori offers free information about antiques XLVI. An abstract portrait head in a turquoise, white, and red palette, DHead appraisals and selling at and XLVI was part of a series of paintings dating to the mid-1990s.

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Willing to Wander

History Tucked into the Suburban Present Victor Block

Stepping off the train serve as an art gallery. after a short ride from a The tower of the modern metropolis, I was Columbine Mill, built in immediately introduced 1901 as a grain elevator, to a world that no longer looks out over the town. exists. The charming Louthan More than 50 houses, House (circa 1905business establishments, 1909), named for its churches, and other builder, is home to the buildings provide an Café Terracotta, one of a introduction to small-town number of restaurants that th America during the 19 make Littleton a miniand early 20th centuries. magnet for foodies. The tower of the Columbine Mill, built in 1901, Louthan House (circa 1905-1909) is now home A tiny log home built in Shopping also has a looks out over Littleton. to the Café Terracotta. 1861 is dwarfed by a larger local focus. One example dairy spread. A general is Reinke Bros., a store that operated in the Halloween superstore with late 1800s stands near a a focus on ghosts, goblins, depot where trains of the and ghouls. Strolling fabled Atchison, Topeka, through the twisted tangle and Santa Fe Railway once of aisles brings shoppers stopped. face-to-face with skulls, This setting greets skeletons, and other passengers disembarking merchandise that ranges from light rail trains from fun to frightening. connecting Denver with Walking provides an Littleton, Colorado, 20 introduction to a virtual minutes away in time outdoor art museum. but more than a century Some three dozen removed in atmosphere. sculptures — plus friezes, Passages, painted by Michelle Lamb in 2000, Year of Sundays by Rich Sargeant The setting is akin to paintings, and other th is a 40-foot-wide mural sitting just below commemorated Littleton’s 100 anniversary entering a Norman works — adorn sidewalks, the historic Denver and Rio Grande railroad in 1990. Rockwell painting of life buildings, and parks. depot. as it used to be and, in Not to be outdone some ways, still is. by art aficionados, The first view of Littleton that people arriving theatergoers are drawn to the Town Hall Arts by train encounter is displayed on a 40-foot-wide Center. Over time, that elaborately decorated mural on a wall of the railroad station platform. Italian Renaissance building has housed the town The colorful composition depicts more than 50 offices, volunteer fire department, court, and jail. historic structures, some long gone and others still It’s now the site of theater productions, concerts, standing. and other cultural offerings. The seeds of the settlement were planted in A very different aspect of the past is explored at 1859, when the Pikes Peak gold rush attracted the Littleton Museum. In keeping with its name, miners to the community, along with merchants that institution has permanent exhibits that trace and farmers who came to supply and feed them. the area’s history, from the time when Arapaho, Since that modest birth, Littleton has expanded Cheyenne, and Ute Native Americans passed into a suburban community. The action is through to the pioneer era to more recent days. centered around a stretch of Main Street. Its role as an affiliate of the Smithsonian A walking tour is a good way to take in historic Institution, along with the attractions of two Since its start as a gold-rush settlement in 1859, buildings and get a feel for the setting. Begin Littleton has expanded into a suburban community living history farms, are part of the reason why centered around a stretch of Main Street. at the light rail depot, a Victorian-style stone it’s ranked among the most outstanding history building constructed in 1875. Another train museums in the country. station and a vintage caboose parked next door The favorite attractions for many visitors are


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two living history settings that recreate farm life in the 1860s and 1890s. The older spread represents a pioneer homestead during the area’s settlement period. Wandering from a modest, and modestly furnished, cabin to a reconstructed log barn, sitting at a desk in a one-room schoolhouse and chatting with a blacksmith as he toils at his trade, increased my appreciation for modern-day amenities often taken for granted. Adding to the realistic setting are costumed interpreters who demonstrate quilting, plowing, cooking over a fire, and other chores. A virtual “zoo’s-who” of farm animals, including oxen, mules, sheep, chickens, and honeybees, enhance the experience. Also adding authenticity are livestock, crops, and plants that were common during the time. The Hudson Gardens boasts a collection of beehives that held as much interest for me as its extensive plantings themselves — not that areas devoted to roses, herbs, fragrance, and nearly two dozen other floral themes aren’t eye-catching and aromatic, or that signs identifying displays with names like Balloon Flower and Fat Albert don’t elicit a smile. It’s just that when a town resident is on hand to attend to one of the hives that locals are allowed to place in the garden, visitors are likely to learn more than they thought possible about the lifestyle of bees. If learning that there are nearly 20,000 species of bees isn’t your cup of honey, perhaps reliving farm life from a bygone area will grab your attention. Whatever your interests, you’re likely to find enough to fulfill them only a short train ride from downtown Denver. For more information, log onto After gallivanting around the world, Victor Block still retains the travel bug. He believes that travel is the best possible education. A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Victor loves to explore new destinations and cultures, and his stories about them have won a number of writing awards.

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