Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc. et al v. Camdenton R-III School District et al
REPLY SUGGESTIONS to motion re 6 MOTION for preliminary injunction , 33 MOTION to dismiss case (Surreply Suggestions) filed by David A. Cortman on behalf of Amicus Alliance Defense Fund. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 Part 1, # 2 Exhibit 1 Part 2, # 3 Exhibit 1 Part 3, # 4 Exhibit 1 Part 4)(Related document(s) 6 , 33 ) (Cortman, David)
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To my beloved Hedy Lamarr,
The names.of some students ana other characters in this
story have been changed.
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First Alyson edition: April
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An AlyCat Book, published by Alyson Publications, Inè:,
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40 Plympton Street,
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Typeset and printed in the United States of Am~rica.
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Copyright ~ 1981 by Aaron Fricke.
and Sasha A lyson, witkout whom 1 would never have had
the opportun~ty to write this book.
and Judge Pettine
Afterword 1) 5
After the Prom 105
The Prom 99
Before the Prom 93
The Decision 71
Senior Year 57
C 0 'N T b- -N T -6
Ex. 1 - 3
R~FLb.CTION6 OF A
eyes she :vas another
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mention my féelings to anyone. After the ,Batman inci-
my male playmates, but it never crossed my mind to -
/ .This was the first time I had
'spoken of my sexual
thoughts, although I .had been having tpose thoughts for
as long as I could reinember.Already I wasundre~ing
my G,I. Joe dolls, and I hadJPessed around with some of
we spent lhe d~y reading
that I liked what I saw. Cheryl freaked out. It was my first
lesson that talking woutJ:his sUbjectmade p'eople upset. '
we coulçl hide on rainy days while our mothers prepared
. We found vestibules around his house and mine where
ity to its fullest, . /"
~oo~s and building racetracks and phiying sex therapist .
in h1s basement, We were human beings who knew no
social inhibitions and were wiling to explore our sexual-
,down to Bil~' s ~ouse, where
to stifle my aroused ,sexual feelings, so I 'just mentioned
ing sandcastles. on the beach. On rainy days I'd walk
viewed it as a fun sort of confidential activity, N ;ne of us
hád any guilty feelings about it; we'figured everyone did
it, Why shouldn't they?
, One friend I. was very close to was Bily Marlen, Bily,
was a year behind me in school, yet we got' along well
together, In our friendship, a special camaraderie existed
rare in my other friendships. There was a brotherhood that does not often occur even between brothers,
ny on Tues~ay after school; Fred and Timmy at noon
Wednesday; Aaron and Timmy aft~r school on Thursday, None of us ever got caught, but we never worried
wout it ányway, We all understood that what we were
doing was not to be discussed freeiy with ad~lts but ~e
in the grammar school lavatory to perform fellatio on
one another: A typical week's schedule would be Aaron
and Michael on Monday du~ing lunch; Michael and J ohn- i
~any friends. In fact, a small group of us regularly met
toddler years, By first grade I was sexually active with
, !1y sexual.exploits with my neighborhood playmates continued, I hved a busy homosexual childhood, somehow managing to avoid venereal disease through all rny
considered "wrong." -
d.ent; I n~ver expressed my sexual observations to my
s1ste~ again, But beyond' that, this incident had
effect on me, I stil had no idea that my sexuality was
Roc¡. LO~6 T6-Q.
:v e shared our toys and sp'ent many summer days build-
the anatomical proportions of Ba'tman, I knew no reason
Batman episode with Cheryl, I casually commented on
was really closer to my status leveL.
One day when I was about six, while watching a
my parents reprimanded her as they did me, so I knew ~he
adult, almost a third parent, and I looked :up to her, Yet
larly-close during childhood. In my
our greafage difference; my sister and I were not particu-
op~d a deep love for my mother aad for, my fathér,
Cheryl was born eight years' before me. Because of
my sister, CheryL. Mom did a very good job, and I devel-
, ,My,mother never worked outside the home after she
~arried. She spent ~ost oflier time taking care of me and
to make'that time for me. ' "
_ unconventioiialschedule infringe on our relationship. ~
We spent much time together,sin;ply ~ecause he wanted
dence to New York or N ew- London, But he didn't let his
"-" impossible for him to be present all the time during my
childhood, There were no nine-to-five hours for Dad, Hè
could be'" èalled out at five o'clock in 'the morning and'
spend days piloting a singl~' ship from the port of Provi-
end street ~t the top of a liil in North CUmQerland, with
a beautiful view óf the neighboring. tpwn of Lincoln.
My father worked as an' independent ships' pilot out'"
career made it
of the'port of Providenc~. His seagoing
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On page l:H, four lines are reprinted fi'om "A Song" by James CliHoline Morris. Copy-
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Colledion mpyright (Ç 1998 by Clifford Chase.
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Ex. 1 - 5
Three from Thirteen
1. The Greeks Came First
Jacking off into the toilet, into the slit between pushed-together beds,
into paper-towel tubes (Ugh, my little sister shouts, what's this stuf?),
in the shower, while standing in the crotch of a tree, while standing on
my head. What belongs to me except the next orgasm? Even shame is
not mine. I can't afford to fantasize or to connect mind and body. Strip
poker with Mike Cogan: Since we're naked, we might as well masturbate.
. Don't look, he keeps whining. His orgasm is like him, a pipsqueak.
Lessons at the Art Shack, an artist-supply store in Sherman Oaks,
taught by Dagmar, the local Flemish master's vivacious daughter. I paint
a courtier playing a lute as though I were already safely dead and great.
Rembrandt shadows surround and define the musician; he wears tights
and sort of floats above a relenùess one-point-perspective checkered
floor. My smock is too short to hide my random boner, but Dagmar is
European about it. Her father, the old master, strolls among us; he takes
my brush and palette and lays a few bright swatches on my canvas,
alarmng until I gain distance by squinting and see that my mud puddle
has been given a shape.
Ex. 1 - 6
an idea from books: Viewing my neighborhood from above wil give me
perspective, as though looking down through the years. It's stil dark
when I reach the top, and I'm afraid of the tree---what if a snake or rat
or an insect lives in it? The air is too weak to carry a scent.' For some
reason the ground is lit, a sparse layer of dry weeds and grasses.
I stand above my tract. In the clear darkness, the sky seems manageable. Below, streetlights iluminate ranch-style houses, mirror images that
are raucously artificial. I assume the humans in these identical dwellings
are robbed of dignity, that dignity means living beautifully. Under these
roofs, families are sunk in mute desolation and each family member
labors under the curse of unrelenting failure. Weakened by sleep, they
invent a useless hodgepodge of dreams. I'm the only one awake, too
excited below the sky and above the eàrth. Morning, yet to begin, is
already old and jangled from my weariness.
Fatigue is disheveled isolation. I don't know how to be part of the
world. When darkness disappears and light has not yet come, pale
gray turns to mist white. A bird makes frail peeps. If I had the knowledge, I'd recognize that rare bird and know it never flew through
Woodland Hils before. It's an exhausted thought because what would
I know if I knew that? In Will and Ariel Durant's history, I read that
the Greeks came first, then the Romans. That's consoling somehow. Is
the march of civilization heading my way? Wil I be allowed to join
the parade? Its splendor seems undermined by fatigue and wasted
I want someone to love me. I already love whoever it is. Somehow
the first light makes my grief explicit-so much endlessness stored up and
£n store. The sunless light casts no shadows, yet it reveals my dense
flesh to itself and shrinks my emotions by making them seem organized.
My face, struck by the light, feels caked and rigid. I sit down on the
hard ground and cry a little. J fish my aged cock out of my jeans as
though I can mark the scene with pleasure so later I can find it and
reread it for understanding. Once imagined, it is my responsibility to
jack off in front of it alL. The air feels funny on my cock, which usually
squirms like a larva in the darkness; it's more sensitive than I am to the
prickle of a slight breeze. There is nothing to arouse me except myself.
My tract looks so boring, its emptiness so lacks potential, that I can
almost believe in reality, since here is appearance spreading out at my
Ex. 1 - 7
Three from Thirteen
feet. It only taes a minute. My crotcli rings like an alarm clock, some
pump mechanism kicks in, and after short flights my sperm falls on the
gray dirt. I feel edgy and shallow, emptied out by the day ahead, and
twinges of residual pleasure make me twtch.
The white is replaced by pastels. I have not prevented the sunrise-a
red. smudge on the horizon-or the flat mineral-blue.
2. Do Be. Don't Be.
My Hollywood cousin says watch out for queers in theater toilets; if they
bother me, I should punch them in the shoulder and they'll go away.
I'm impressed by my cousin's sophistication. I'm a country mouse and
he is letting me feel the difference between Hollywood savoir, faire and
the barbarism of the West Valey. An'd sure enough, the next time I go
to the movies in Hollywood, a queer speaks to m~. I don't remember
the movie; I do remember the bathroom but so what? It was empty even
though we were in it. The little man in a checked sports jacket stands
too close to me at the urinaL. Is he subnormal? Doesn't he understand
social distance? He has an accent-British? Cockney? Maybe he's wear-
ing a bowler? "Excuse me?"
~~Xxxx'x x xx xxxx xx xx xx."
"That's a nice cock you have there." He's offering his, a prim pink
boutonniere; I can see why he likes mi,ne better. A nice cock? Is it
separate from my body, which is not nice? Separate, like my beautiful
eyes? He's will-less as a dust bunny, and when I tap him on the shoulder,
he drifts away.
Later, in a smelly gas-station toilet, I realze the wad of toilet paper
left on top of the dispenser is filled with someone's sperm. Some pervert
left it there, I tell myself wonderingly. to be found, I add. And recognized. As what? An offering, an assertion? I don't forget to be grossed
out. I smell it-sure enough, sperm. Consciousness the predicament,
orgasm the escape. I look around for the masturbator as though I'm
dreaming, as though I can hear his I'm coming noises. Obviously no one
else could fit inside the tiny stinking cinder-block cell. I try to remember
the face of a man slouching outside the door, and the face of a man who
gave me the key.
Ex. 1 - 8
The Beginning of My Worthlessness
At the start of every school year I had to get a set of passport-sized
photos taken. These were used for bus passes, library carùs, report
carùs, health reports, and other documents. I would comb my hair, put
on my school unifomi, and set off to the Cathay, studio, which was run
by four old men who always seemed to be in their pajama trousers and
white undershirts. 'The equipment in the studio was as old as the pro-
prietors. The photographer would put me on the stool and make me
hold up a stick on which the serial numbers were composed out of wood
chips, then he would putter around to adjust the golden umbrellas that
were strategically placed to reflect light. The old, old camera was huge,
on a trolley and covered with a black cloth-the kind you see in movies
of the thirties. The old man would crawl under the cloth and try to
adjust his equipment. Usually I was made to sit at a slight tilt to match
the tilt in the camera. Then, with a final admonition to hold still, there
was a massive supernova and the pictures for the year were taken.
All this has given me a record of myself growing older in bits, year
by year in the same pose, same frame, and a similar white shirt, not
unlike the evolutionary table found in biology textbooks. Looking at the
photos of myself at thirteen, I am amazed at how very young I look.
Baby fat, chubby cheeks, doleful eyes, crooked teeth-braces would
come the next year. Sure, puberty had hit, my voice had changed, and
I was finally granted divine reason to quit the Sunday school junior
choir. Small scraps of hair had started to peek out of my pubic region
and under my arms. But in the photo I look ten. The only giveaway is
the school uniform.-I'm wearing a school badge instead öf a patch.
I was in Secondary One (seventh grade). It was to signify a Great
Change in my life. "You wil no longer be spoon-fed! You are no longer
children, you are all young adults and you wil conduct yourselves as
such!" boomed principal Ernest Lau over the P.A. of the auditorium on
i: ., Ii
Orientation Day. Secondary school was diffcult: a new series of subjects,
a new environment, new expectations. I did not feel any older or more
mature even though I was consúmtly told I was.
One day, on the bus to shop class, this ugly' fuck of a man sat behind
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me and put his foot in the crack of my seat. He was skinny, with a
patchy, pencil-thin mustache that besotted his oily face. I ignored him
for most of the trip. I did notice that he changed buses when I did, but
this time he sat beside me. He tried a little smal talk, but then he
Ex. 1 - 9
suddenly and very nervously put his hand on my crotch. It never occurred to me to tell him not to. I'm not sure if I agreed to it or not, but
he managed to get me to follow him to a nearby rest room at another
secondary school "to play." In the bathroom sta, lit by two scant rows
of fluorescent lights, half of them burnt-out or flckering, he tried to kiss
me, but I was too nauseated to do that. He sucked my nipples and
played with my cock. I had no idea what to do. He then tried to get
me to suck his. Somehow I knew this was expected of me, but I just
could not put his ugly, foul-smelling penis into my moUth. When he
forced it in I gagged so hard I started vomiting. Undaunted, he tried to
put his cock in my ass. Thankflly, he came prematurely. He pulled up
his trousers and left me in the toilet stal confused, frightened, crying,
and praying to God for forgiveness of my horrile sin. I spent a good
deal of time locked in the stall, trying to clean up, trying to wipe the
smell of that act off with wet toilet paper, but I was doused in the stench
of that man and what he had done.
This incident should have soured me on men, but it only made me
more confused and needfuL. One day later, something accidenta hap-
pened that would change my life. I discovered that at a urinal I could
actually see someone else's penis. I was ecstatic and fearful, but I wanted
more. One day, at a local shopping mall, as I was tryng to sneak a peek
at penises in the rest rooms, a man at the urinal actualy turned to me
and started playing with himsel£ He flashed me a gold-toothed smirk
and motioned for me to come over. Shocked, I zippered up and ran
out, but the seeds had been laid. The whole world of rest-room sex had
opened itself up to me.
Soon I was spending a great deal of time hanging out in shopping
malls and cruising the rest rooms for sexual encounters. My rest-room
exploits started to be a great burden on my mind. The better part .of
the year was spent making deals with God, asking for a sign, then ignoring and rationalizing everything I perceived to be a sign, praying for
forgiveness, and being obsessed with raging hormones and a seemingly
endless supply of dicks. I believed that it was all part of a test by God
to see if I was a sinner. I was.
I had known before that something was up, and that I was attracted
to men, but this toilet thing was a whol~ new realm of sin and Satan, a
Ex. 1 - 10
The Beginning of My Worthlessness
new level that I had never before imagined. The following years were
spent praying for forgiveness and trying to purge my homosexuality
through prayer and Bible study. While my dassmates wondered what
sex was like, content to masturbate over pinups, I was out there having
my cock sucked and my ass fucked. These were grown men I was
tricking with. Some were nice, grateful f()f a young boy t~ have their
way with. Some were harsh and mean. There were a few nasty encounters, brutal and painful experiences, near-rapes, but through it all, I never
thought that I had the ability to say no.
I was scared about what I was doing, \scared of God's judgment and
of being caught in all those rest rooms and parks, but I really did eajoy
those sexual encounters. That feeling of doing it to them and them doing
the same for me was just too damn good.
This is what I knew of homosexuality: That it was a sin. That gay men
wanted to have their penises cut ofl: That they all wanted sex-change
operations. That the transvestites on Bugis Street and Rochor Canal
were bad people. That poor transvestites who could not aflord the sex
change and hormones had crumpled-up newspapers for tits and hung
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out in dark parking lots at n~ght whoring. T'hat you had to be effeminate.
¡O ~¡I pI1~:
That it was to be made fun of. That the boys in the Drama, Club were.
That they could never have children. That in a gay couple, one would
play the woman and the other the man. That it meant a life of suffering,
loneliness, fear, secrecy, shame.
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This was the year I realized I was helpless, di£lerent, wholly alone and
defenseless. This was the beginning of my worthlessness. It was always
pointed out to me that I wasn't good enough aiid that there was always
someone somewhere doing better, and that no matter what I did, I could
stil have done better.
The adults in my life held my brother up as an example for me to
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emulate. He excelled in mathematics aiid the sciences and had no prob-
lems with his second language, even taking on a third. He got good
grades and was always in the top dass'es. He competed in chess tour-
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Ex. 1 - 11
to make the image real, eliminating anything that threatened it. So just
before my twelfth birthday, I took that photograph of my brother
Charles, my cousin Charles, and me standing in front of the Big Tree
in Grandmom's backyard and ripped it to shreds. For years I had looked
at it, a bit of my self-esteem fading each time. Later I actually felt the
jab to my stomach each time Mom hauled down the
album. One day I
taped a piece of carpet lint over my hands in the picture. The next time
Mom showed off "her boys,", she reprimanded me for defacing the
photo. She peeled off the tape, makng everyone even more conscious
of the incriminating pose I had tried to conceal. The next time she
looked the picture was gone. I destroyed it and cursed myself for not
doing it earlier. She never mentioned it again. Maybe she forgot it, or
was she as relieved as I was?
I could destroy evidence and conceal gestures, but I couldn't change
what I felt Despite my best efforts, someday the artifice of "normality"
had to fall away. It did, early one Sunday afternoon when I was tWelve.
My cousin was sixteen.
I put on my blue velour robe and padded down the rickety stairs.
My cousin was watching an old black-and-white movie on our black-
and-white TV set. He wore only his Ewing High School J.V. basketball
shorts, black with waxy yellow lettering. I sat next to him on the couch,
silent. He would occasionally sneak glances at me. The glances grew
longer and longer.
I noticed his slightly parted thick lips. Uncomfortable, I stood up and
went to the front door. I pretended to look out the window up Field
Avenue. The street was empty.
My cousin got up from the couch and stood behind me. He lightly
brushed the soft fabric of my robe. "Let's get gay," he fawned in a mock
faggy tone. "Let's get gay." He rubbed his huge hands over the thin
fabric that separated them from my behind. . He pulled up the robe.
Exposed and naked, my erection to the wind, I wanted to melt into
his arms, to be held by him, to desperately answer the questions my
soul had been avoiding, but I also wanted to shield my eyes from what
We went back to the couch, and I felt someone's hands on my genitas
for the first time. They were boiling-his hands and my genitals. I sat
back and closed my eyes.
Ex. 1 - 12
Mud Pies and Medusa'
My ecstasy from his touch. My relief from loneliness. Momentarily
overcoming fear and' shame. Then, the falL. Each of the half-dozen times
we did it over the next four years it would be that way. While we were
in the act, it was good. His heavy brown body lying against mine, pro-
viding the warmth I never thought I would have. He was tender and
sweet. But after I came, shame tumbled on top of me, the pleasure
buried, suffocated. The disgraceful white goo the physical proof of my
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Only once' did my cousin and I mention our misdeeds outside the
sacred and profane boundaries of our time together on Sunday after-
noons when everyone else was out of the house or, later, when I came
home from boarding schooL. We were fighting over the TV or something
equaly important. He wanted to watch footbalL. I wanted to watch Be-
witched. I said, close to him, my lips tight, "I'm gonna tell my mother
what we do."
"Nobody makes you do anything," he snarled.
I felt like a baby for whining that I would tattle. But, for me, the fact
that I liked it-and I didn't really want it to stop-or I wanted it to
continue at least as much as I wanted it to stop-sealed my damnation.
I was, going to hell. From then on I multiplied the shame of being gay
by the shame of incest. They became one. And they both grew bigger,
badder, blacker. It would take another child's lifetime, three thousand
miles, an ocean, and the refuge of Europe for me to pick up where I
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Ex. 1 - 13
"I mean. . . I'm stil waiting."
Donnie looked at me surprised. "You mean you haven't got any
"No, I mean, well, kind of. I mean I don't have very many." I picked
up the Playboy again and flipped through it, not really looking at anyÙ1ing.
"How old are you, twelveP I had pubes when I was twelve," Donnie
said in disbelief.
"I'm thirteen and I do have some pubes," I said. 'Just not a lot."
Donnie moved toward me. "Let's see. I bet you've got more than you
think." I started to unzip my fly to show him when his mom yelled again
for us to turn the music down before she came down and did it herself.
I nervously zipped my jeans back up.
Donnie said, "It's weird. I'm only two years older than you, but look
at mine." He sat on the edge of his bed and slid his jeans down to his
knees. He pulled on his pubes and showed me how thick his hair was.
He wasn't self-conscious at all. It felt like he was showing me a science
prqject or something. He let me examine his dick
and pubes close up.
I had never seen that much pubic hair that close before. I only had a
few pubic hairs, but I kept a vigilant watch over them. I counted them
and watched them grow. I knew wheneyer a new one appeared. Donnie's
pubes looked so good, so exciting to me. Blood started rushing around
me. I felt warm. I felt happy and hopeful at the thought that someday
soon I would have that much, too. Donnie was proud of himself. That
close, his pubic hair looked like a dense forest. There was a dark moist
smelL. Kind of familiar, but different from my own. More like a man
smell than a boy smell. I was in awe not only of his pubes but because
I wanted to have a dick the size of his, with all that hair. Compared to
Donnie's mature dick with that thick bush at its base, mine was a naked
penciL. I was surprised that his dick was big. He was kind of oveiweight,
just a big kid really. I told him I thought fat guys had small dicks. He
didn't get upset that I caled him' fat. He said matter-of.factly, "Some of
He spread the Playboy open on the bed and showed me how he
jacked off. I sat next to him and watched as he spit in his hand and
Ex. 1 - 14
rubbed it on' the head of his dick. Then he wrapped his hand around
his dick and moved it quickly up and down. He didn't get very hard.
It was just a demonstration. I was too shy to tell him how I did it. When
I masturbated I had to be quiet so I wouldn't wake up my brothers. I
lay on my stomach and humped the mattress until I came. My sheets
always had yellow crusty stains on them, but my mother never mentioned
it even though she was the one who washed them.
I wanted to watch Donnie some more, but he lost interest. He was
more excited about the new Beatles record. He zipped up his jeans,
scooted ofl'the bed back to the £1001', and propped himself against the.
bed. He picked up the album jacket and started reading the lyrics along
with the music. I sat on the bed reading over his shoulder for a little
while, then my eyes started wandering around the room. I looked up at
his window and saw a little gray frog about an inch long jumping up
over and over trying to get out of the window well. The music was
soothing in a weird way. I liked it, but if I listened to it too closely, it
made me a little uneasy. Donnie kept saying, "Wow!"
"Hey, Joe, I've got something else you might be interested in," Donnie said as he put the Playboy back in his dresser drawer. "Can you
'secret?" He pulled a little brown pil bottle out of the back of
'the drawer. He held it close to me and asked if I knew what it was. He
shook the bottle a little bit in front of me. I re~ched out and held his
hnnd stil so I could get a closer look. It looked like what I'd imagined
marijuana to look like, only I never thought of it being kept in a pil
"WhatP" 1 asked.
He leaned over close to me and whispered reverently, "It's pot!" I
thought he was bullshitting me. He took the white cap ofl' the bottle. It
couldn't be pot, it looked just like he'd picked off the top of some weeds
and crunched them into the bottle. He held it under my nose and told
me to take a whifl. I didn't recognize the sweet odor. He sat down on
the floor and opened up the double album, and ther~ sprinkled some
out OIl the inside. "Come here," he said. "I'll show you how to rolL." I
sat down on the £1001' next to him. I was nervous. What if his mom
decided to check in on him? At my house someone was always walking
in and out of my room. There was never a long time alone.
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