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Last night I took the time to review and partially read all of the back issues of the "Explorer", official publication of the International Association of Space Philatelists. The IASP was founded by Herbert Rosen and Ralph Engel in 1968. There were over 60 "Explorer" issues produced during the period 1968-1989.

Once I started reading the "Society News" column in each issue, I could not stop until I had read every issue. I could see how every issue progressed and every issue got better and larger than the previous issue. The activities of the NY Chapter were recounted often and in detail. We were very active with monthly meetings, trips, and other activities. Does anyone remember this?

The IASP was a family. We welcomed every new member and we said good bye to those members who died.

But what was most disturbing about reading these back issues of the "Explorer" were the details of an attempted "take over" of the IASP by a few members in 1978. The details are all mentioned. It is difficult to believe that something like this could happen in a hobby, but it did. Somehow, the IASP survived this attempted "coup d'etat".

At one time the IASP had over 1100 members. We participated in many of the ASDA stamp shows in the NY area. The last issue of the "Explorer" was issued in 1989. My divorce and resulting personal bankruptcy made further issues impossible to produce. Does anyone remember the IASP and the "Explorer"?

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Bill--Sure do. The IASP was a very active space philately organization that I was a member of since the early 1970s. I can well remember getting my Explorer issue and reading it all the way thru as there was so much space philatelic news, special cover studies, feature stories, history pieces, and reports. Sure do miss it. It was journals like the Explorer/IASP and others within the country and worldwide that were a help and motivation to me in forming my own space cover related business in 1983, and still, in full operation today.
Thank you, IASP, in helping make such an impossible dream in my life became a reality.

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Thanks for your comments Ken.

The Explorer was a "labor of love". I wanted to make it as useful as possible. This was in the days of "cut & paste". There were no computers and no Internet. The Explorer would have been much better with these inventions.

I tried to re-start the Explorer twice in the period 1990-1999 with the help of space philatelists John Paul, Roland Mantovani and others. We no longer had a membership and there was no money in the IASP treasury. We prepared an 8-page issue that we hoped to publish. The issue was in full-color and was very impressive. But it was impossible to publish it with no funds.

Some of the articles in this issue were later used in the Astrophile when I became Editor of that publication in 2001.

Bill York

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I was an IASP member, too (#691) and certainly remember "The Explorer" as a well-done and informative publication. That was back in days before the Internet and space and space collecting news and information wasn't as readily available and accessable like it is now and such publications were very important and useful to collectors. And back then, space collecting was much more exciting and there was much more interest and enthusiasm in the space hobby than now IMO. Im sure that fellow "old-timer" Ken will agree, that the 1970's and 1980's were a great, fun and exciting time to be a space collector.

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While looking through the old issues of the Explorer, I often saw articles by Ken Havekotte, Bob McLeod, John Macco, Bob Ekas, Bob Boudwin, and many others. It was exciting and I have been told that collectors looked forward to every issue. Did anyone save their issues? I have only one copy of each issue, including the Chaffee Auction of 1978, which raised $3,665 for Mr. Donald Chaffee, father of Apollo 1 astronaut Roger Chaffee.

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Bill- I often take out the Explorer's and read them remembering the days gone by. I saved all issues. What I want to do is scan each issue to CD as the paper is aging and I want a permanent record.

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John:

I too hope to scan every page of every issue of the Explorer. My copies are still in good condition even after 20 years because they are sealed in very strong boxes meant to protect documents.

I would like to scan every issue and make them into a PDF file, but I do not know how to make a PDF file.

Dr. Ross Smith, webmaster of the Space Unit website, and I also hope to scan all of the older issues of the Astrophile and place them on the Space Unit website. Do you have copies of all of the older issues of the Astrophile? I only have the Astrophile from January 1999 to the present. At one time I had all issues of the Astrophile, The Dish by Bob Ekas, and the early issues of the Explorer. However, I moved many times in the past 15 years and something had to go. Wish I had them now.

What I do have are the IASP Explorer from January 1971 to Vol. 24 - #1 - 1988. Do you have Vol. 23 - #5 - 1987 and Vol. 23 - #6 - 1988 of the Explorer? These three issues are 8 1/2" X 11" and each is 12 pages long. They were done by a printing company in Tennessee. They are professionally typeset. I asked them to do these three issues to allow us to catch up.
However, when they finally came, many months later at enormous cost, we were unable to mail most of them because we did not have the funds. I used my personal money to pay to have them printed.

Perhaps I should start scanning with these three issues and I could send them to anyone who does not have them.

I also have many back issues of the AFA's Jack Knight Air Log, which we discovered recently in the ex-basement of my ex-house. They contain many articles on space philately. I may take every issue apart and save only the space philately pages, unless someone wants the complate issues. There are 16 different issues (and 10 duplicate issues), dated from 1984 to 1989, in perfect condition. I do not know why I would have 10 duplicate issues of this publication. Makes me wonder what else is in that basement.

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Bill--I have all of my old issues somewhere in one of my offices here. One of the best Explorers, that I can recall, was during the mid/70s as there was so much going on with our nation's first Skylab Space Station, Apollo-Soyuz (a real biggie for us collectors), the twin Viking Mars probes, new satellites, the Russian Soyuz/Space Station Salyut program, NASA's preparation for the 747/Shuttle Enterprise flight test series, and many milestone Shuttle development activities. Yep--for all of these space events--covers were prepared and it was lots of fun collecting and producing many of them. As Bob pointed out, those were exciting days to be a space collector with hundreds of worldwide space enthusiasts "out there" and in contact with each other, that did in fact "collect space." The majority of those 1,000+ collectors were astrophilatelists in one way or another. Why hasn't there been more interest in collecting space covers, autographs on them, and stamps? Such is a question, often thought about, that I can't fully underdstand/nor fully answer. Even autograph collecting was quite popular with many subscribers in that era as it continues to be today, but probably much more so now than it was decades ago with so much renewed interest in signed photos and other Space Age memorabilia. The hobby was--and still is to some degree--so much fun, enjoyable, educational, and yes--even challenging by "expanding the envelope," so-to-speak, especially in those "days gone by" as John nicely put it. In the decades of the 70s and 80s, of course, we had no personal computers at our fingertips, no internet, and certainly no email. Gosh--How did we survive in those days!

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Ken:

I do not know how we survived in those days. But we would sign up 10 or 20 new members at every show. In those days we got a lot of publicity in the philatelic press.

A publication about space philately needs to be better these days than they were then because a lot of information is now available on the Internet. Printing lists of any kind (launch schedules, astronaut lists, publication lists, autograph lists & addresses) is useless because this information can be obtained elsewhere on the Internet for free.

Since a society's publication is often the only membership benefit that most members receive, it has to contain more than lists and graphics. They need eyewitness accounts of space philately events (First Days, auctions, meetings, etc.), interviews, good photography, and good articles with good illustrations. Looking back, I know that the Explorer could have been better. But we did the best that we could. Editor's these days must encourage members to write and obtain good articles from other sources. It is not easy, but the membership will increase if the publication is useful to space philatelists.

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All back issues of the IASP Explorer (1971-1988) to be made available on CD

Recently I took the time to read through many of the articles in the award-winning IASP Explorer from 1971 to 1988. It was a remarkable trip into the past and it brought back many memories, both good and bad.

I have one complete set of these issues, some are already showing signs of age in spite of being housed in sealed protective boxes. I bagan to scan the issues of the Explorer, beginning with the issues of 1988. So far, four complete issues have been scanned (52 pages). It is amazing to see each issue on the screen of my computer and to realize that these issues will never be lost. I can zoom in on every page and I can view the whole set of scans on one page and go to one page directly.

It occurred to me that I could scan ALL issues of the Explorer and make them available to space philatelists, many of whom may have never seen this publication. Hopefully, I can scan every issue and save it to a CD and make many copies of the CD.

Included will be the 48-page IASP Catalog of American Space Covers by Ralph Engel, the 38-page IASP Cover Guide to the ASTP by Dean Perry, the 12-page Official IASP Series of Space Covers by John Zaso and the 52-page IASP Roger Chaffee Memorial Mail Auction of 1978 (which raised $3,665 for Donald Chaffee, father of Apollo 1 astronaut Roger Chaffee).

This will be an enormous project, requiring hundreds of scans. I hope that my scanner holds out. It could take months to complete. I will keep you informed of my progress. Hopefully, one CD will be enough for this project. If it requires two CD's, I will place the cover catalogs and auction catalog on a separate CD.

A sample page is shown here:

As I was reminded recently when I began to read each issue, the IASP Explorer resulted from the merger of the IASP Newsletter with the Space Craft Explorer. If I can locate any copies of the IASP Newsletter or the Space Craft Explorer, I will include them on a third CD.

That is my plan. There are several other old space philately publications that may still be available. Bob Ekas' The Dish is one of them. Does anyone have copies of these older space publications? I would like to hear from anyone who has copies of other old space philately publications.

So far, 9 Explorer issues have been scanned (140 pages - 28MB). There are 73 issues remaining to be scanned (total pages unknown), + the four catalogs (140 pp).

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Bill....
Good Luck on your project. You certainly have your work cut out for yourself....but then I know you ALWAYS did !

Your work on the Explorer is legion.....just like Ekas' The Dish and Don Schutz Inner and Outer Space, Les Winick and Dr. Ramkissoon's work on the Space Unit.....LEGION !

To have these issues on a CD will be good.....hope it all works out.

I never pitched anything.....glad you have each issue to be able to produce such a product.

Cheers !


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Thanks for the comments Gene.

It will be a big job to scan 86 issues + the 4 catalogs. Going through each issue brings back a lot of memories, particularly the "Society News" section. In those days we had limited resources. There was no Internet. Illustrations were difficult because we had to prepare a "velox" of a photo before we could print it. Even then, the photos often turned out too dark when printed.

I hope to scan two issues every night. That would still take 45-50 days to complete the project. When finished, it will benefit the entire hobby of Space Philately.

Do you have any issues of the "Explorer Newsletter" (1968-1970)? These were mimeographed 8 1/2" X 11" printed on one side. Before that there was the "Space Craft Explorer". If you have any copies of these, I would like to borrow them. You will receive a free copy of the CD or CDs when it is finished. If you have any, contant me at york780@aol.com.

What about other publications, like "The Dish" and "Inner & Outer Space" and others. Is it possible to save these for future space philatelists on a CD? I have asked Tom Steiner if he will do the same with the old (8 1/2" X 11") "Astrophile" issues.

Take care,

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Great idea, Bill, and I wish you the best in scanning and putting every issue of The Explorer on CDs. The Explorer records a time long ago and mostly gone - a time when the space hobby was more innocent and fun and before it become so commercialized and money-oriented.

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I for one would be most happy to purchase such an cd if it is burned.

This is a fantastic idea, and many of us do not have access to these back issues.

It would be a great service to all of us!

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Originally posted by DOX32:
I for one would be most happy to purchase such an cd if it is burned.
This is a fantastic idea, and many of us do not have access to these back issues.
It would be a great service to all of us!

Woody


Woody:

So far, I have scanned 292 pages - 25 issues of the Explorer (61MB). This is an enormous job, but it is like resurrecting the Explorer (1971-1988). I hope that many more space philatelists will find the CD useful when it is completed.

While scanning these pages I came across articles by G. Borrowman, W. Breyer, J. Paul, S. Rodman, K. Havekotte, M. Merger, H. Scheuer, H. Darvick, R. Schuft, T. Doss and many others. Many of the issues are from 8pp to 24pp long. A few are much longer, such as the 38-page July-Aug 1976 issue shown here.

If there is room on the CD, I am considering adding scans of IASP news items from "Linn's" and other philatelic publications. I have a scrapbook containing all publicity items about the IASP that were printed in the philatelic press. It is the illustrations (photos) with these news items that are interesting to see again.

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Bill,

Wow what a job!

Keep up the good work.

Let us know when the CD is available.

P.S. I am a ATA Space Unit member.

Woody

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I am finally getting back to my project of scanning all issues of the "Explorer" of the IASP. So far I have scanned 308 pages - 27 issues (65.5 MB). After scanning that many pages I had to take a break and my scanner needed a rest. When completed, the scans will be transferred to a CD and copies of the CD will be available to other space philatelists.

I have been reading through every issue as I scanned them. Publishing the "Explorer" was a great deal of work in those days of typewriters and "cut & pasts". I could have used a computer in those days. I remember working on the first issue in 1971 and the last issue in 1988, and all of the issues in between. It will take many months to complete this project.

I have also begun to scan magazine articles about space. So far I have scanned 40 pages in full color. This will be a very useful CD when it is completed. I am only scanning those articles that I have. It is not meant to be a CD of all space articles. This CD will be sent FREE to those who purchase the "Explorer" CD.

I will keep you informed of my progress. How many space philatelists will be interested in these CD's?

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Bill- I would definitely be interested in your CD.

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EXPLORER CD progress report

So far I have scanned 29 issues of the EXPLORER of the IASP. They contain 336 pages (76 MB). There are 57 issues remaining to scan + the 4 catalogs mentioned above, and many of these issues are over 24 pages in length.

I have also scanned 80 pages of space articles from magazines in high resolution color. These pages required 40 MB after scanning them. My scanner is showing the stress of this project. It often shows black lines on the screen and the color is deteriorating. I may have to buy a new scanner if I cannot fix this one.

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Today, while scanning the 30th issue of the Explorer of the IASP, my scanner finally gave up and died. I tried to repair it, but it was impossible to fix. I have used this scanner thousands of times since I bought it in 1999. Tomorrow I will buy a new scanner and will continue scanning all issues of the Explorer and many space articles from magazines.

It is interesting reading the old issues of the Explorer and to see the large amount of information in every issue that was useful to space philatelists. There are very few illustrations in each issue because it was very expensive in those days (1971-1988) to insert illustrations into an issue. Usually there were five illustrations per issue. The latest issue of the Astrophile contains 70 illustrations.

The new scanner should allow me to go much faster in this project.

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Today I purchased a new HP Scanjet 4370 Scanner. Now I can get back to scanning the issues of the Explorer. My old scanner had a max resolution of 600 dpi. This scanner has a max resolution of 9600 ppi and hundreds of colors. The Explorer pages should come out much better with this scanner.

I also used the old scanner to scan space stamps and photos of space stamps for the Space Unit website. Many of them were in low resolution. Now the scans will be much better.

A few Space Unit members have expressed an interest in the CD that I am preparing of all issues of the Explorer of the IASP. I plan to make 10 copies of the CD's of the 90 issues (including 4 catalogs and 3 Membership Directories). Hopefully I will be able to fit all of the scans on one CD, but more likely it will require 2 CD's. I am also preparing a CD of all of the space articles that I have saved from science magazines, mostly from the 1989's. They are in full color.

I know of at least 20 Space Unit members who post to this message board. Are there other Space Unit members out there who never make a posting here? If so, I would like to hear what they think of this project of scanning all issues of the Explorer.

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Bill -
I think its a great project and would like a copy of the CD when you have completed your work as it will have a lot of reference material on the CD(s).

Looking forward to the even better scans of the stamps on the SU web site.

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Hi Bill:
Sign me up for a CD of the Explorer issues.
I was a member of the IASP too. (#133)
and a long time member of the Space Unit becoming a member in 1961.
Joe http://spacecovers.com/

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Status Report - EXPLORER scanning project

So far I have scanned 36 issues of the IASP Explorer. This includes 444 pages (92.8 MB).

I have also scanned 54 space articles from science magazines, mostly from the 1980's, some more recent. These articles are scanned in high resolution color. They range from one page to eight pages in length - 211 pages in total (66.5 MB). When this CD is completed, it will be a useful reference tool for anyone who is writing articles on space or space philately for the Astrophile or any space-related publication. One of my favorite articles is a brief 3-page summary of the six manned landings on the Moon (1969-1972), complete with images of the Moon showing each of the six landing sites.

Even with the new scanner, the work is slow. There are 47 Explorer issues left to scan, plus three membership directories from the 1970's and 1980's and four catalogs (including the Chaffee Auction Catalog).

The new scanner makes much better scans that the old scanner. I have therefore rescanned several issues with the new scanner. This project will require at least three more months to complete.

If you have copies of the Space Craft Explorer or the old IASP Explorer from the 1960's, please inform me and I will include them in this project. Contributors to this project will receive a free copy of the CD's when the project is completed.

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My scanning project has reached a milestone. So far I have scanned 38 issues of the Explorer, this includes 500 pages (100 MB). I would estimate that this is 1/3 of the total number of pages that must be acanned. Each CD holds 700 MB of information. I may be able to place the entire 90 issues on ONE CD.

As for the scanning of the space articles from science magazines, 56 articles have been scanned so far. This includes 225 pages (70 MB). I have many long articles to scan. The articles cover both the Challenger and Columbia accidents, missions to the planets, and many other interesting space topics.

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IASP Explorer to "return to space"

Recently, while scanning the back issues of the Explorer (1971-1988), I had the idea that it may be possible to resurrect the Explorer. It would be very difficult starting from scratch, but it is a possibility.

My plans for the The New Frontier Explorer include the following:


  • Explorer to be issued monthly
  • 12 pages per issue - more if possible
  • Every issue printed in full color
  • Exclusive articles - $5 paid for exclusive illustrated articles over 1000 words
  • Free IASP patch, IASP lapel pin and membership card to members
  • Dues $10 per year for first 100 charter members ($12 per year after that)- no life memberships
  • No advertising or auctions
  • Up-to-date news on space philately
  • Articles on all areas of space collecting (stamps, patches, memorabilia, etc.)
  • Free Space Cachet Service
  • Free member ads (four lines)
  • 50% discount on CD of Explorer back issues

These are my preliminary plans. There is a lot involved in this project. A bank account and PO box must be opened and other legal requirements must be complied with.

In 1999 I attempted to restart the Explorer. Shown here is the first page of The New Frontier Explorer that I prepared in 1999. Eight pages were prepared before the project was abandoned due to lack of funds.


Does this sound like an interesting and useful publication. I had hoped to begin in January 2007, but that date is fast approaching. March of 2007 may be a more realistic starting date. Your comments would be appreciated.

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It sounds amazing! Please include me in, $12 sounds a little too cheap, even for a labour of love! Have you considered distributing it electronically?

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Shown here is another page from the preliminary 1999 The New Frontier Explorer of the IASP. You can easily see how color makes all the difference.

The New Frontier Explorer will be a "labor of love." It will be a one-man operation for now and will be printed at home on my laptop. A professional printer will not be involved. The New Frontier Explorer will be the same size as the old Explorer - 5 1/2" X 8 1/2". It will not be transmitted electronically, but it may be available on a CD instead of or in addition to a hardcopy.

This new publication, while much smaller than the Astrophile of the Space Unit, is meant to be innovative and creative, bringing all areas of space collecting together in one publication. It is hoped that this new publication will both resurrect the IASP and rekindle an interest in space philately and space collecting in general. The number of pages will increase as time goes by.

Anyone who would like to help with this project is asked to contact me at Bill30park@aol.com.

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The scanning project is progressing very slowly. Scanning the IASP Explorer issues has come to a halt while I re-scan a few issues with the new scanner at a higher resolution.

Scanning of the space articles from science magazines is progressing slowly also because many of the articles are very long. Today I scanned a fascinating 11-page article from the June 1984 Astronomy magazine. The well-illustrated article is devoted to "Space Stations." 242 pages have been scanned so far (74.8 MB).

Both of these scanning projects will take considerable time, but they will eventually be finished. If you have old science magazines containing articles on space, send them to me and I will scan them for this project. This also applies to anyone who has copies of the old Space Craft Explorer or old IASP Explorer from the 1960's. Send the articles or publications to:

Bill York, 30 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016

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posted 05-02-2007 10:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Astro Bill   Click Here to Email Astro Bill     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The scanning project of IASP "Explorers" came to a sudden halt a few months ago when I had to again move because of an enormous unexpected rent increase. I am now settled in my new "digs" that are slightly larger than the proverbial "cracker box." I will resume the scanning of the EXPLORER issues ASAP. I was offline for several weeks and this too caused a halt in my efforts to reincarnate the IASP and the "Explorer." I still intend to do this, but it will take a great deal of effort and cooperation from fellow space philatelists. If interested in helping with this project, please contact me.

While packing for the move, I came upon four issues of the "IASP Newsletter" from 1969. Each issue is mimeographed on one side of 8 1/2 " X 11" paper with no illustrations. They are collector's items now. There are 27 pages in total for the period July-Dec 1969. They were edited by renowned space philatelist and author of the first "Catalog of American Space Covers," Ralph Engel.

These were not the first issues of the "IASP Newsletter," but they were the first that I received in the mail when I became a member of the IASP. You can still see how they were folded to fit into a #10 envelope. It was during this time in 1969 that I moved to New York City, met IASP President Herbert Rosen and later became Editor of the "Explorer."

I will scan a page or two of these issues and will enter them here so that you can see how far space philately has progressed since 1969. I have three photocopies of the four issues. If you would like to receive a copy of each for free, contact me by e-mail.

york780@aol.com

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posted 05-05-2007 08:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Astro Bill   Click Here to Email Astro Bill     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My scanner is now connected and running, following my recent move to a new NYC apartment. Shown here is page one of the July 1969 issue of the IASP Newsletter, edited by Ralph Engel:

As you can see, it was mimeographed, on one side of 8 1/2" X 11" paper, with no illustrations. This was the beginning of the IASP, but it was not the first issue of the newsletter. If you have copies of issues of the IASP Newsletter other than the four issues that I have (July - Dec 1969), please contact me so that these issues can be entered on the CD of ALL back issues of the IASP Newsletter and the IASP Explorer that I am preparing.

There are also many other space publications that should be entered on a CD for distribution to all space philatelists. I recall Inner and Outer Space, Rendezvous, and many other space philately publications that are unknown to new space philatelists. Contact me at:

York780@aol.com

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