OLLI E-News #35-11 of September 16, 2011
Issue #35-11 of Sep 16, 2011
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> NEW MEMBER COFFEES: TWO THIS TERM. Fri, Sep 23, 10:00, at Tallwood and Mon, Sep 26, 11:15–12:15 at Loudoun, Room 217. New members and all other members are invited to either or both for refreshments, conversations and information.
> PHOTO CLUB MEETING RESCHEDULED. The Chuck Veatch presentation to the OLLI Photography Club
that was cancelled when OLLI closed Sep 9 is rescheduled to next Friday, Sep 23, 10:00 in RESTON (note time & place). Read details about the meeting's content.
CONTENTS FOR FRI, SEP 16, 2011 About OLLI E-News
> ANALOG VS. DIGITAL. From the executive director. By Thom Clement
Success – thanks to many. By John Woods
New Board member Ernestine Meyer. By Helen Ackerman
> LIST OF NEW MEMBERS. More than 90 members joined for the fall term.

You're going to love OLLI. By Martha Scanlon
> OLLI TRIP OUT WEST. Montana and Wyoming next June.
> DOCSTORE AND COPYRIGHTS. The solution for copyrighted materials. By John West
Selected by the OLLI Poetry Workshop.
> MASON ARTS AND MUSIC. Upcoming Fairfax performances. By Jan Bohall

> MASON HIGHLIGHTS. Other Mason events. By Helen Ackerman

> HYLTON ARTS AND MUSIC. Upcoming Manassas performances.
By Sheri Siesseger
> COMING ATTRACTIONS. Upcoming non-class events at OLLI.

From the executive director
By Thom Clement, Executive Director
I LOVE TO READ RESEARCH about generational characteristics and how they relate to social history. For this reason, I am enjoying Geeks and Geezers – How Era, Values, and Defining Moments Shape Leaders by Warren Bennis and Robert Thomas. Since many OLLI members fall in the Geezers group, you may share my interest in the authors' ideas about the relationship between the very different historical eras represented by young leaders and their grandparents.
     "The ability to learn is a defining characteristic of being human; the ability to continue learning is an essential skill of leadership. When leaders lose that ability, they inevitably falter. When any of us lose that ability, we no longer grow." With these words, authors Bennis and Thomas introduce their book, and their thinking certainly relates to the mission of OLLI.
     "Geeks" are defined primarily as those under 30 years of age – "Geezers," as those mostly in their 70's and 80's. The authors state that "the world has changed more in the eighty or so years since our oldest leaders were born than it had in the previous millennium." To make comparisons between these two groups, people who have achieved success were interviewed with questions such as, "What were the defining moments of your life?" "How do you define success?" and "What makes you happy?"
     Analog is the term used by the authors to describe the older leaders' era in this study; Digital characterizes the era of the younger leaders. An example of a key difference was that the Analog leaders more typically thought in linear patterns; they believed in organizational hierarchy and chain of command – whereas the Digitals came of age in a world that is nonlinear and where organization is flat. While leaders from the Analog era understood their world via maps that emphasized the "known world," the Digital leaders thought in terms of a compass (and global positioning), which are used when your location is uncertain and you need a sense of direction.
     For details of this insightful analysis, you'll need to read the book.
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Success – thanks to many

By John Woods, Development Committee Chair
HAPPINESS IS... achieving our goal of raising $20,000 for Mason's Office of Military Services in our "OLLI Supports Our Vets" campaign in commemoration of OLLI's 20th anniversary and the exceptional support by the University to our Institute. The Board selected this Mason office for OLLI's donation because of the important role it is playing in supporting veterans and its mission of lifelong learning. OLLI's check will be presented to Mason President Alan Merten at a special breakfast reception for University leaders hosted by the OLLI Board on October 21 at the Mason Inn.
     The purpose of this article is to thank the many people who helped with this successful campaign. First of all, to everyone who contributed: you made it possible; THANK YOU! As of Wednesday, September 14 we have collected $20,418 in contributions from 257 members plus those who attended Beauty and Her Beasts.
     We thank Jennifer Connors, director of the Office of Military Services, and her staff for
attending our annual meeting/picnic and providing information and musical talent. Veteran Jim Miller agreed to be interviewed on video.
     There are many OLLI members to thank. Former president Jan Dewire coordinated OLLI's 20th anniversary activities and strongly encouraged the campaign. Dave Mason conducted a video interview of veteran Jim Miller. Kathie West designed and produced the posters and goal charts in addition to leading the Drama Club presentation Beauty and Her Beasts, with net proceeds going to the campaign. Rod Zumbro designed our logo shown above, posted Jennifer's video and Dave's video interview on the OLLI Video News web page and regularly publicized our campaign in this newsletter. John West kept up-to-date information about the campaign on our website. Manny Pablo and Benny Meyer both wrote E-News articles supporting the campaign. Karen Nash handled all the contributions and provided us with weekly updates on the progress, and the office staff at the three locations updated the goal charts and made sure the posters and contribution forms were always available. I am sure that there are others who also made important contributions to the campaign, and I apologize for not mentioning their names.
     Again, OLLI at Mason; we did it! Thanks to all of you.
Editor's note. Mason is a leader among educational institutions in providing support for veterans. Without such dedicated support, it can be a struggle for veterans ... as an article in Wednesday's Post reveals.
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Ernestine Meyer
New Board member Ernestine Meyer

By Helen Ackerman, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
NEW BOARD MEMBER Ernestine Meyer is a self-confessed "gadget person" who has an iPhone 4, an iPad, several digital cameras and four computers—a Mac and three PCs—to prove it. Her enthusiasm for technology emerged in the late 1980s – the beginning of the computer age for schools. To help her learn how the individual components in computers worked together, she built her own computers. She later went on to build computers for her two children when they headed for college and needed their own PCs.
     Ernestine began her career in 1964 as an elementary school teacher in Texas, subsequently teaching in North Carolina, Colorado and Virginia. When she learned about a computer teacher position with Fairfax County Public Schools, she was quick to apply. She soon became a "teacher of teachers" as an Instructional Technology Specialist for the school system, and then moved on to technical support, eventually becoming a supervisor in tech support as a Senior Technology Support Specialist.
     OLLI is now a beneficiary of her expertise. Ernestine was aware of OLLI because her husband, Benny, has been a member since 2002. She joined OLLI in 2008 and was soon invited to join Paul Howard's Tom Swift Squad, where she is now the vice chair. "Once you're into technology," she says, "you are hooked." Also a member of the Communications Committee, she accepted the challenge of learning how to produce the OLLI E-News, and she has already completed three weekly issues on her own as backup editor. "I am very happy to have the opportunity to continue web publishing," she says.
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More than 90 members joined for the fall term
PLEASE LOOK FOR RED DOTS ON NAMETAGS in classes and greet these new members who joined our OLLI community starting this fall term...

John Apollony, Ashburn
Thom Blain, Burke
Frank Boberek, Sudley Springs
Rita Boos, Springfield
Dan Brandel, Leesburg
Pamela Brennan, Fairfax
Shirley Brown, Alexandria
Joanne Burger, Chantilly
Ute Christop-Hill, Fairfax
Jeanne Coglianese, Fairfax
John D'Elia, Oakton
Donna DiRicco, Woodbridge
Judiann Dobrin-Carey, Springfield
Foroogh Elguindi, Vienna
Barbara Freund, Springfield
Janet Geffner, Falls Church
Susan Gershon, Reston
Sally Gnam, Fairfax
Allen Greenspane, Fairfax
Vijay Gupta, Springfield
Sylvia Hall, Fairfax
Cliff & Louise Harbourt, Springfield
Carla Harding, Annandale
Patricia Heidt, Ashburn
Bob Hitlin, Reston
Ileene Hoffman, McLean
Roberta Hoffman, Ashburn
Bonnie Hunter, Alexandria
Benno & Carol Isaacs, Reston
Peggi Johnson, Vienna
Irene Johnson, Alexandria
Katharine Kamminga, Burke
Beverly Kemmer, Springfield
Andre Kettel, Purcellville
Farrokh Khambatta, Fairfax
Sherry Kirk, Clifton
Marge Kristen, Ashburn
Catherine Kubo, Fairfax
Clodagh Lee, Fairfax
Jerry Levy, Vienna
Alana Lukes, Burke
Alexis Lukes, Burke
Lynn Lueders, Lake Ridge
David Lynch, Springfield
Chris Lyons, Fairfax
Kelli Martin, Vienna
Bill McFadden, Fairfax Station
Doris McKee, Dumfries
Caroline McNeil, Reston
Kathy Menth, Fairfax Station
Marianne Metz, Annandale
Vincent Modugno, Fairfax
Jean "Jay" Moody, Falls Church
Patricia Moore, Ashburn
John Morgan, Springfield
Paul Murad, Vienna
Jean Murphy, Reston
Fay Muth, Fairfax
Alice Nerenstone, Chantilly
Yolanda Nicely, Springfield
Carlos Otal, Fairfax
Alan & Judy Page, McLean
Charles & Ruth Perry, Fairfax
MaryAnn Pugliese, Vienna
Julia Rachiele, Alexandria
Corky Rainey, Burke
Mary Schaefer, Vienna
Jim Scheeler, Reston
Carol Schlifke, Fairfax
Joe Seifried, Falls Church
Sandy Siemens, Fairfax
Steve Simon, Oakton
Susan Snyder, Fairfax
Bill Stapp, Vienna
Anita Stowe, Sterling
Jane Swinehart, Reston
Agatha Taormina, Sterling
Linda Temple, Woodbridge
Diane Thompson, Reston
Linda Tracy, Alexandria
Paul & Susan Van Hemel, Fairfax
Sheila Van Lare, Reston
Naomi Vitti, Fairfax
Dagny & Richard Wilcox, Reston
Bob Williams, Springfield
Lorraine Woods, Chantilly
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You're going to love OLLI
By Martha Scanlon, Member Services Committee Chair
WHAT A GREAT YEAR TO JOIN! Did you know that we are celebrating OLLI's 20th anniversary in 2011? I suspect our founders never envisioned that in 20 years, membership would be close to 1,000 and the Institute would be offering almost 100 courses and more than 35 special events on three campuses in one term. How did this come about?
     You have probably been told that OLLI is member-driven, and truer words were never spoken. Our multi-talented members develop and frequently teach our courses. Our computer techies and editors have created this unique weekly email newsletter and a website chocked full of information. (I believe that our OLLI-Mason website is the best of all the OLLIs anywhere.) Members run our clubs and social events, coordinate special activities, help the office staff, and even landscape the beautiful grounds at Tallwood. Yes, OLLI is member-driven!
     And new members are the critical ingredient to the continued success of OLLI's program. With new members come new ideas, new skills and up-to-date experience. We hope, as you become comfortable with OLLI, that you will share your expertise and interests with us. In classes, feel free to ask questions and to relay information gained from your personal experiences. Soon, you may find you want to teach a class yourself or volunteer in other ways.
     But right now, just relax and enjoy the courses you plan to take this fall. If you have time between classes, drop by our social rooms for coffee, cookies and company. Don't forget to wear your nametag; the ability to remember names is not the forte of most members. And please join us for our New Member Coffee at Tallwood on Friday, September 23 at 10:00 or at Loudoun on Monday, September 26 at 11:15. More questions? Don’t hesitate to ask other OLLI members. After all, asking questions is what OLLI is all about. Enjoy!
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Montana and Wyoming next June

Custer Battlefield, Montana
PLANNING IS UNDERWAY for a five-day, four-night OLLI bus trip in Montana and Wyoming June 4-8, 2012 – led by OLLI member/instructor Dick Cheadle, Park Ranger Mike Kelly and OLLI history instructor Jim Anderson. The trip will be limited in size based upon the capacity of the bus. Locations to be visited include the Custer Battlefield in Montana, Fort Phil Kearny-related locations in northeastern Wyoming and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. The bus trip will start and end at a designated hotel in Billings, Montana, with participants responsible for their own travel arrangements (including any desired pre- or post-trip travel).
     TRIP OVERVIEW: Friday, October 7, 1:30, TA-3. Interested OLLI members should plan on attending a one-hour detailed trip overview on October 7, given by Dick Cheadle, Mike Kelly and Jim Anderson – all three of whom will be available for questions immediately after the briefing.
     SPRING COURSE: The Plains Indian Wars, 1862-1890. The early June trip will be preceded by a spring course on the Plains Indian Wars, whose battles relate to the sites to be visited. The first five sessions will cover the Plains Indian Wars (instructor for each session not yet determined), and the sixth and final class will be on The Life and Times of William F. ("Buffalo Bill") Cody, presented by Jim Anderson.
     If you have any interest in going out West next summer and visiting these historical sites with other OLLI members, mark your calendars now for the October 7 trip overview to learn all about the trip ... and keep your June 2012 calendar clear!
-- Submitted by Dick Cheadle

The solution for copyrighted materials
By John West, Webmaster

A little-known gem: class documents on DocStore (click above to view).
DURING A RECENT RESOURCE GROUP MEETING, a course instructor said she couldn't submit her material to DocStore because her illustrations were copyrighted. Other presenters have probably had similar concerns and declined the opportunity to share their presentations.
     They are correct in their concerns about copyright issues. The solution: For DocStore posting, remove the copyrighted material and replace it with a link to the original source. (The link is the web address that appears at the top of your web browser when you're viewing the original material. Don't be concerned about whether or not it's a working link; I'll fix it and test the link before I post the material to DocStore.)
     Feel free to contact me for more information or assistance.
Online resources:
  • Click here for the DocStore document posting policy; this link also appears on the main DocStore page.
  • A comprehensive and highly recommended source for information and guidance on copyrights, public domain, educational fair use, and website permissions is the Stanford University Copyright and Fair Use website.
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Order sweatshirts, shirts, caps and tote bags with the OLLI/Mason logo at any time directly from the vendor for delivery to your home. At the store, click "OLLI-GMU Store" to see the pictures, then click on each item to see details. Note: The pictures do not show our logo but it will be embroidered on items that you order.

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OLLI members are encouraged to join the OLLI Facebook group as a means of enhancing intra-OLLI communications. Recent articles: how to join; how to post photos. (The icon is also under the Quick Links table on our Home page and What's New page.) Note: Once you join the OLLI group, you can access the group from your personal Facebook page by clicking on "Groups" or "More" in the left-side navigation area.

Selected by the OLLI Poetry Workshop

His Wake

Three days dead,
My father waked;
He waked, was said to
Have said,
"There's a hard last bed!"
And, "Michael, is our thirst
Then slaked?"

Oh, father, before we laid
You in the heather,
From the church in Liam's old black lorry,
Wither, hither, and yon to fade,
I said I was sorry, sorry
We drank so seldom together.

For you had much to say in The Moon and Star,
For me to learn as a young man should;
While neither knew how all things are
Or the rift between would and could,
There's wisdom, though, in a publican's bar;
And a line through father and son
That speaks of ultimate things to come.

Mike McNamara
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Upcoming Fairfax performances, Sep 16 - 25
By Jan Bohall, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
FOR TICKETS, call 1-888-945-2468 or buy online (phone and online orders are handled by tickets.com; a service charge applies) or visit the Center for the Arts Box Office, Tue-Sat, 10:00-6:00. More info on tickets is at the CFA tickets page.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Guest Conductor: William Boughton
Karina Canellakis, violin
Sat, Sep 17, 8:00
     The season opens with a program of romantic works by a contemporary American composer,  John Corigliano, and three French composers, Saint-Saëns, Berlioz and Ernest Chausson, the latter revered for his introspective romantic music. Click here for more info.
Admission: $55, $45, $25  Students ages 6-18, $5
Concert Hall
Come at 7:00 for a pre-performance artistic discussion on Grand Tier III
A Grand Piano Celebration
Featuring Linda Apple Monson
with faculty colleagues
Sun, Sep 18, 3:00
     This gala event will launch the Dr. Linda Apple Monson Music Endowment Fund, which will support student scholarships and programs. Dr. Monson will include solo works by Ravel and duo piano works by Aram Khachaturian with her colleague, pianist Anna Balakerskaia; works by Schubert with tenor John Aler; and collaborative piano with jazz trombonist Harry Watters in a new work by Dan Bowyer. A piano ensemble work will be performed by Dr. Monson, Anna Balakerskaia, Kelly Ker-Hackleman, John Healey, Joanne Haroutounian and Patricia Parker. Several student recipients of scholarship support will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy and Lutoslawski.
     Click here for details, including info about the separate Elegant Lunch at 1:00 ($50) and Reception at 5:00 ($30); package for 3 events, $75.
Admission: $20
Concert Hall
Keyboard Conversations®
with Jeffrey Siegel
A Beethoven Bonanza
Sun, Sep 18, 7:00
     Mr. Siegel opens his 19th season at the Center for the Arts with his "concert with commentary" program honoring Beethoven. We will hear the composer's lighthearted Sonata Opus 31, No. 3; his fiery Sonata Pathéthique, Opus 13; and his Sonata, Opus 109, written after he had become completely deaf.
Admission: $38, $30, $19
Family Friendly: Youth Grade 12 and under, half price with an adult
Concert Hall
Michael Feinstein & Marvin Hamlisch
The Great American Songbook
Sat, Sep 24, 8:00
     Two revered personalities team up to highlight popular music from Broadway to Hollywood. Mr. Feinstein—vocalist, pianist, musicologist and foremost interpreter for the Great American Songbook—with his rich voice has been nominated for five Grammies. Mr. Hamlisch—composer, conductor and musical director—has won numerous Oscars, Emmys, Grammys, Golden Globes and  a Tony. He is known for his film scores for The Way We Were, The Sting, Sophie's Choice and Ordinary People and for the music of The Chorus Line. Each artist will play and sing his own choices, then perform together. For details and two short videos, click here. This concert is part of the ARTS by George! benefit (click here for info).
Admission: $70, $55, $40
Concert Hall
Come at 7:15 for a pre-performance artistic discussion on Grand Tier III.

Other Mason events, next two weeks
By Helen Ackerman, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
  • Fall for the Book. Writers at George Mason's annual book festival include Stephen King, Amy Tan, Jim Lehrer and Allegra Goodman among a variety of novelists, poets, historians, mystery writers and food writers. Sun, Sep 18-Fri, Sep 23. Free. Click here to view the full schedule of events at a glance.
  • Constitution Day Discussion. Join Mason's Prof. of Legal History Joyce Malcolm and Prof. of Government and Politics David Ericson for a discussion of the 14th Amendment, a consequence of the Civil War which sought to clarify who was a citizen of the United States. Today there is a debate over the clause that states "all persons born in the United States" are citizens. Should the 14th Amendment be changed because of immigration issues? Lecture followed by question and answer session. Mon, Sep 19, 1:30-3:00, Lecture Hall, Room 1. Free.
  • Vision Series. Kim Blackwell, Professor, Molecular Science of the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study will present "Dopamine, Parkinson's Disease and Habit Learning." Dr. Blackwell will discuss the role of dopamine in Parkinson's, addiction and memory storage in the brain; she will also explain how experiments and computer simulations advance our understanding of dopamine, with the potential benefits of developing novel treatments for Parkinson's and addiction. Details. Mon, Sep 19 at 7:00, Center for the Arts, Concert Hall. Free; tickets no longer required. Each lecture is followed by an informal reception with the speaker; light refreshments are offered.

Upcoming Manassas performances, Sep 16 - 25 
By Sheri Siesseger, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
FOR TICKETS, call 1-888-945-2468 or click "Buy Tickets" at the event listing in the calendar (phone and online orders are handled by tickets.com; a service charge applies) – or visit the box office in the lobby of the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Mason's Prince William Campus in Manassas, Wed-Sat, noon to 6:00. More info on tickets is at the ticket purchase page. Note: Two OLLI members have advised E-News that tickets for events at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas are also routinely available at the Center for the Arts box office on the Fairfax campus, open Tue-Sat, 10:00-6:00.

The Flying Karamazov Brothers
Sat, Sep 17, 8:00
     This quartet of comedians has been performing since the 1970s, appearing on Broadway and late-night television. They are not brothers, or Russian, and do not fly, but are renowned for their juggling skills. The program is a mix of music, comedy, dance and theater.
Admission: $28, $36, $44
Merchant Hall
Alexandria Harmonizers
Road to Harmony
Sat, Sep 24, 2:00 and 7:30
     This DC-area a cappella-performing chorus has performed at the Supreme Court, the White House and Carnegie Hall. They are 2010 bronze medalists of the International Barbershop Harmony Society (IBHS). They will be joined by Crossroads, the 2009 IBHS quartet champions and Da Capo, the 2011 Harmony Sweepstakes Champions. Click here to watch a video on the Harmonizers' web site.
Admission: $25, $30, $35
Merchant Hall

Upcoming non-class events at OLLI
THE FOLLOWING LIST covering the next two weeks is extracted for your convenience from the master calendar maintained by the office, with direct web links added when available. OLLI members are welcome at all Board, committee and resource group meetings. For more activities specifically related to the Loudoun site, see Roberta Sherman's latest Loudoun Notes (pdf). For more activities specifically related to the Reston site, see Sharon Gilman's latest Eye on Reston (Word document).
     Note: The below list is accurate as of mid-week but for the very latest information, please see Upcoming Non-Class Events to view the real-time OLLI online calendar maintained by the office.
Fri Sep 16   10:00   Recorder Consort - TA-2
     10:00am   Board of Directors Meeting - TA-1
     10:00am   Photography Club - Tallwood Rescheduled at RESTON, note time
     11:00am   Homer Club - Annex
     2:00pm   20th Anniversary Reception - Church of the Good Shepherd
Sat Sep 17   1:00pm   OLLI Personal Computer User Group - TA-1
Mon Sep 19   Fall Term Begins - Tallwood, Reston, Loudoun
Wed Sep 21   1:45pm   Tallwood Bridge Club - TA-3
Fri Sep 23   9:00am   Travel Club - Cottage
     10:00am   New Member Coffee - TA-1
     10:00am   Loudoun Classic Fiction Book Club - Room 205
     10:00am   Recorder Consort - TA-2
     11:00am   Homer Club - Annex
Wed Sep 28   1:45pm   Tallwood Bridge Club - TA-3
Fri Sep 30   10:00am   Recorder Consort - TA-2
     11:00am   Homer Club - Annex
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How to contact OLLI
HERE IS A READY REFERENCE on how to contact OLLI. For email addresses and phone numbers not listed below, please consult the online Membership Directory (log in to Member Portal).

About OLLI E-News and the member/volunteers who produce it

Rod Zumbro

Barbara Kyriakakis
Associate Editor

Ernestine Meyer
Backup Editor
Review Team: Gordon Canyock, Barbara Kyriakakis, John West
Database Manager: Barbara Kyriakakis
  • About this newsletter. OLLI's weekly newsletter, OLLI E-News, is emailed to current OLLI members with email addresses on Fridays. When classes are in session, printed copies of this newsletter are distributed in classrooms. Comments, suggestions or complaints? Please contact Editor Rod Zumbro or Communications Committee Chair Gordon Canyock.
  • Submissions. We encourage members to submit news items, articles and photos for this newsletter. The deadline to the editor is 7:00 pm Wed (7:00 pm Mon for letters to the editor for which an OLLI response is appropriate) for that week's issue; submissions earlier in the week are strongly encouraged and greatly appreciated. Please limit articles to about 250 words. Submit material via email to Editor Rod Zumbro (email rzumbro@gmu.edu).
  • Read the latest issue early. The new weekly issue of OLLI E-News is posted to the OLLI website Thursday evening. Read it by visiting http://www.olli.gmu.edu/pubs.htm#enews, where you will find a list of the last 12 issues; click the latest issue listed.
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Updated: September 16, 2011

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