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2021 Fall Convention: SCHEDULE

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September 15, 2021

2021 Fall Convention Scheduled September 17th – 19th

The 2021 Fall Convention is scheduled to take place in Bloomington September 17th – 19th. Learn more at the Event

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January 27, 2021

2021 Spring Convention – Cancelled

The Illinois District Spring Convention has been cancelled. The Fall Convention is scheduled to take place September 17-19th in Bloomington.

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August 5, 2020

Harmony College Midwest 2020

February 14, 2020 at 6:00 PM UNTIL February 17, 11:30 pm Remember IDAH? Well, the new Harmony College Midwest 2020

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September 24, 2019

2019 Fall Convention – September 27th – 29th

The Illinois District Convention will take place in Bloomington, IL September 27th-29th. Event Tickets Purchase your Event Tickets here. Competitor

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August 10, 2019

The West Towns Chorus Presents #HARMONY

Sunday May 5th, 2019 at 3:00 PM Trinity Lutheran Church, Green Trails 2701 Maple Avenue Lisle, IL 60532 United StatesJoin

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April 5, 2019

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What is a Qualified Charitable Distribution? And Why Should You Consider Making One To IDEA?

If you are over 70 1/2 and have an IRA, you are required to annually withdraw money from your IRA.

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March 13, 2019

IDAH 2019

February 16, 2019 at 8:30 AM UNTIL 9:30 pm We’re excited to bring IDAH 2019 to the IL District!! What

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December 18, 2018

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2019 IDEA Kingdon Challenge

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December 18, 2018

Illinois District of Harmony Academy

February 16, 2019 at 8:30 am – 9:00 pm The Illinois District Academy of Harmony, IDAH, will be taking place

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November 30, 2018

Raffle Winners

Winners of the Illinois District Fall Contest & Convention Raffle are as follows: Autographed Bryant/Cubs Jersey: Amy Sessner, Wheaton, Illinois.

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October 26, 2018

Illinois District Quartet Scores

The full score reports are available here. 2018 Fall Chorus Finals Quartet Semi-Finals Quartet Finals Youth Quartet Finals Senior Quartet

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October 6, 2018

BCPA

2018 Fall Convention

The Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts was the venue for the Illinois District chorus and quartet competition Oct. 5-7,

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August 27, 2018

More prizes added to this year’s raffle!

Anyone interested can purchase a ticket from any member of the Illinois District. Prizes include: A framed, autographed Kris Bryant

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July 25, 2018

After Hours brings gold back to Illinois!

After Hours is the Illinois District quartet that won the gold medal at our 2018 competition and convention in Orlando,

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July 25, 2018

2017 Fall Convention Results

Results for the convention will be posted here as soon as they are received. International Prelims & Quartet Semi-finals –

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October 7, 2017

2017 Fall Convention

The Illinois District Convention will take place in Bloomintion, IL October 6th – 8th. Registration is now open! Event details:

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August 27, 2017

Illinois District Spring Jamboree

The 2017 Spring Jamboree will take place March 31 – April 1 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites East

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February 10, 2017

Message from District President Jim Waldorf

Greetings Members of the Illinois District! As the newly elected president I thank you for your support in our great

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January 26, 2017

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Greetings and Happy Holidays to members of the Illinois District!

I hope this note finds you well. I just wanted to take a few minutes during this time of reflection

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December 20, 2016

2016 ILL Fall Convention Results & Scores

Quartet Results Score Sheet: ILL District Quartet Pre-lim Finals Score Sheet: ILL District Quartet Finals District Quartet Champion – The

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September 30, 2016

What is “The New Performance Category”? One Judge’s Take

From Mike Lietke In late July, the Barbershop Harmony Society invited me to the first ever Performance Category Judging School

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September 12, 2016

2016 Fall Contest Quartet & Chorus Draw

Here is the singing order for the 2016 Fall Contests Quartet Semi-Finals Friday evening Start time 6:30 PM Top 10

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September 10, 2016

2016 Summer/Fall Attacks & Releases

The 2016 Summer/Fall issue of the Attacks & Releases is now available. Click here to view it

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August 30, 2016

2016 ILL District: International Preview

The Illinois District is honored to have four groups heading to the international competition this July. Each of the groups

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April 11, 2016

Quartetting…..for Life !

By Bob Squires, ILL District Historian Take a look at this photo. You old timers will recognize those faces in

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March 25, 2016

Mt. Zion ‘Excellent’ as Illinois’ First-Ever Festival Competitor

Mt. Zion’s Some Assembly Required drew a standing ovation from the BHS Midwinter convention crowd attending the International Youth Barbershop

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February 8, 2016

Spring Harmony Jamboree registration now open!

Registration is now open for the 2016 Spring Harmony Jamboree! Click HERE to register! And click here for a schedule

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February 7, 2016

Happy New Year from President Hansen

Greetings, members of the Illinois District! It’s hard to believe another year has flown by – and I am already

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January 1, 2016

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Contest Winners & Convention Recap

Union Station Wins Buzz Haeger Trophy, Qualifies for Nashville Posting qualifying scores in both the semi-finals and finals, Union Station

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September 30, 2015

2015 Fall Contest & Convention Results

What a great contest weekend in Bloomington! Congratulations to all of our competitors who joined us at the BCPA. A

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September 29, 2015

BCPA

2015 Fall Convention Schedule Released

FRIDAY- September 25 1:30 pm: House of Delegates Meeting – Marriott Hotel (Beaufort Room) 3:00 pm-6:00 pm: Convention Registration/District Historical

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September 23, 2015

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

Competitor Order of Appearance Announced

Quartet Order of Appearance (Friday Night): Happy Hour Abilene Paradox Upside Downers Tinnitus Ringtime Land Of Lincoln 4 Q’d Up

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September 15, 2015

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Jim Moses Visits Sound of Illinois Rehearsal

Former Pekin Chorus director Jim Moses stopped by the Sound of Illinois rehearsal on Tuesday, September 8th, to lead a

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September 10, 2015

The Best Seat In The House!

This fall, Harmony Foundation International and the Contest & Judging program are again teaming up to auction off the Best

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August 21, 2015

Bloomington High School Barbershop Reunion

Who: Former Bloomington (IL) High School Barbershoppers The Bloomington High School Barbershoppers Reunion will be happening Sept. 25-27th, as part

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August 8, 2015

Fall Convention Coming Soon!

Our annual convention is fast approaching! Check out the events page here to get a preview of the schedule and

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July 29, 2015

215 Years of ILL District Experience

These four men are well known for their barbershop activities in the Illinois District. They all attended the 64th Annual

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May 8, 2015

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IDAH 2015 Recap

Last Saturday, February 21st, 2015, over 200 people gathered at the Parke Regency Hotel in Bloomington, Illinois for a day

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February 27, 2015

YIH High School Contest Results

Members of the Elgin Fox Valley Men of Harmony chapter sponsored and helped organize their annual Youth in Harmony Contest

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February 27, 2015

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2015 NIBC Leadership Summit Summary

Last Saturday, Jan 24th, 2015, some 33 chapter officers and members from Elgin, Arlingtones, Aurora, Northbrook, Lake County, Greater Rockford,

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January 28, 2015

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QCA’s 2015 Music Man: John Hanson

John Hanson he Twenty-Fourth QCA Music Man Award is hereby presented to John Hanson to recognize his pioneering contributions to

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September 26, 2014

Fall Convention Scores

e appreciate your patience as we waited for the official, double-checked and final scoresheets from the fall convention. They are

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September 24, 2014

Hail to the Champions!

he Illinois District’s first all-in-one convention was a big success as 11 choruses and 17 quartets crossed the stage in

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September 23, 2014

Brat Bash 2014, New ABE winner Frank Fabian

Thanks from Frank

We are honored to share this heartfelt letter to the Illinois District from 2013 ABE recipient Frank Fabian. — Ed.

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September 22, 2014

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Wally Ryan 1931-2014

Wally Ryan ally Ryan, nineteenth president of the Illinois District, passed away in the early hours of Saturday, August 9,

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August 14, 2014

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Rod Hupach Brat Bash Tradition Continues

Eating brats at Brat Bash 2014 (click photos to enlarge) A day of food, fun, and four-part harmony were featured

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July 20, 2014

The Brotherhood

New Contest Format This Fall

t our 2014 Spring House of Delegates Meeting, a motion was discussed, voted upon and passed to change our Illinois

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July 15, 2014

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Illinois Represents in Vegas!

The Committee onstage at the 2014 International Quartet Competition (photo by Jim Finch) hile the Illinois District competition representatives did

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July 15, 2014

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A Brief History of Barbershop Chapters in Illinois

John Hanson directs the Illinois Cornbelt Chorus, 325 men from central Illinois barbershop chapters, in Peoria May 6, 1946 (click

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June 5, 2014

After Hours Returns to International

Congratulations to 2013 International Quartet Finalists After Hours! They join the New Tradition and Sound of Illinois as the Illinois

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May 5, 2014

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Spring Contest Results

Salty Dog crowd of barbershop enthusiasts from the Illinois and Central States Districts enjoyed some wonderful performances in the specially-renamed

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April 28, 2014

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Take Note Takes Medal

Take Note: Rick Anthoney (T), Ralph Brooks (L), Dick Kingdon (Br), Ed Chapman (Bs) ake Note, the lone Illinois quartet

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February 5, 2014

Upcoming Convention Dates

Spring 2014 (Joint convention with Central States District) – April 25-27 – RiverCenter, Davenport, IA Fall 2014 – September 19-21:

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January 1, 2014

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Will-Cook Gets Its Charter

Will-Cook Knights of Harmony Musical Director Bill Kerschbaum, Illinois District President Jeff Bowyer, Will-Cook President Lou Gonzalez, and Immediate Past

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October 31, 2013

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Fall Contest: Chronicle, Take Note, Sound of Illinois, New Tradition on Top

great contest venue, strong performances in the quartet and chorus contests, and the 45th anniversary reunion of one of the

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October 6, 2013

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Grandma’s Boys Reunite at Fall Convention!

Grandma’s Boys: Jay Giallombardo (Br), John Miller (Bs), Hank Brandt (L) and Jeff Calhoun (T) he 1968 Illinois District Quartet

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September 12, 2013

Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts

Spring House of Delegates Meeting — Plans for Joint District Convention

The semiannual meeting of chapter delegates of the Illinois District was held Friday afternoon, April 12, at the Stoney Creek

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April 28, 2013

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Chiefs of Staff Highlight Spring Convention

[T]he 25th Anniversary Reunion of our 1988 International Quartet Champions, Chiefs of Staff, was more than worth the price of

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April 15, 2013

Illinois District in the News

The Illinois District was featured on the evening news Friday, April 12 by WMBD-TV (Channel 31) in Peoria. It was

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April 13, 2013

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Farewell to Two Illinois District Icons

It is with great sadness we report that two longtime Illinois District brothers in harmony have graduated to the Chapter

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April 11, 2013

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Barbershop: A Cappella’s Martial Art

By Deke Sharon, Founder of CASA (the Contemporary A Cappella Society) Republished with permission You’re young, you’re scrappy. You want

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April 4, 2013

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Spring Convention Extra: Chiefs of Staff 25th Anniversary!

[F]our more reasons to be at the Spring Convention: Tim McShane, Chuck Sisson, Don Bagley, and Dick Kingdon. In other

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February 24, 2013

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The Harmony Platoon Wants You

[T]urn your spring convention experience all the way up to 11! The Illinois Harmony Platoon is a new program available

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February 21, 2013

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IDAH pumps up the valiant few

[T]here are 41 listed quartets in the Illinois District, and there are probably that many more floating around unregistered. Yet

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February 20, 2013

Barbershop at Music Educators Conference

For some time now, Terry and Michelle Adams – he of the Bloomington Chapter and she from the Vermillionaires Sweet

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February 19, 2013

New Things for Spring Convention

[T]he Illinois District Spring Convention returns to Peoria! There are some changes this year: The 2013 spring convention features the

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February 1, 2013

Joliet + South Cook = Will-Cook

by Earl Meseth [D]oubtless by now, you’ve all seen the picture with the caption, “Illinois District’s Newest Chapter” on the

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January 21, 2013

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Illinois District’s Newest Chapter

[T]he members of the Joliet and South Cook chapters have voted to merge with each other and, as of last

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December 1, 2012

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Political Harmony

[I]n a rare display of political compromise, the Democratic governor of Illinois and the Republican mayor of the state capital

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November 13, 2012

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What a great program idea!

[A]t a Tuesday night rehearsal on August 28 in Belleville, Program VP Bob Cearnal had a great idea. One of

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November 8, 2012

Training Chapter Leadership

[W]hile we may be members of a singing society, we depend on our chapters to give us the framework for

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November 8, 2012

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SE Illinois Youth in Harmony Festival a Success

Submitted by Coles County Chorus YIH Coordinators Dave Clausing and Tom Woodall [T]he 9th Annual Southeastern Illinois Youth in Harmony

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November 4, 2012

Velvet Hammer

Thanks from the new district champs

A letter to the district from our new quartet champions, Velvet Hammer: [O]n behalf of Velvet Hammer Quartet, we extend

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October 28, 2012

Velvet Hammer

2012 Quartet Champs: Velvet Hammer

Velvet Hammer: 2012 Champs he Illinois District quartet championship seemed to be up for grabs this year with at least

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October 15, 2012

Velvet Hammer

2012 Quartet Champs: Velvet Hammer

[T]he Illinois District quartet championship seemed to be up for grabs this year with at least half a dozen quartets

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October 15, 2012

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Sound of Illinois and New Tradition: Toronto Bound!

Sound of Illinois’ “Oliver” medley he Illinois District’s Fall 2012 chorus contest promised to be a good one, and it

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October 6, 2012

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Sound of Illinois and New Tradition: Toronto Bound!

[T]he Illinois District’s Fall 2012 chorus contest promised to be a good one, and it certainly lived up to expectations.

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October 6, 2012

Attacks and Releases

Summer '12 Attacks & Releases available

Editor Craig Rigg has released the Summer 2012 edition of Attacks and Releases. Download the PDF document by clicking here.

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August 11, 2012

Attacks and Releases

Summer '12 Attacks & Releases available

Editor Craig Rigg has released the Summer 2012 edition of Attacks and Releases. Download the PDF document by clicking here.

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August 11, 2012

BCPA

2018 Fall Convention

The Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts was the venue for the Illinois District chorus and quartet competition Oct. 5-7,

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January 1, 1970

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