JASPER JOTTINGS Week 22  - 2017 May 28   

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College



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POSITRACTION: Jonathan Myrick Daniels — martyr of the Episcopal Church



2017 05May 14 Daniels

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I was out for my daily steps and came across this.

I was struck by “… … … is one of only two Americans listed in the Memorial Book of Heroes and Martyrs at the Canterbury Cathedral in England.”

What might have been.

Reading the Wikipedia article, the killer was acquitted.

“Coleman continued working as an engineer for the state highway department. He died at the age of 86 on June 13, 1997, without having faced further prosecution.”

What a national disgrace!

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MOBIT: Hanna, Annabel Saiz [MCspouse RIP] on 2017-05May-17



Annabel Saiz Hanna
1947 - 2017

HANNA, ANNABEL SAIZ of Barrington, passed away with her family by her side on May 17, 2017, at the age of 69.

Annabel was beloved by all for her unforgettable warmth, boundless selflessness, and loving spirit. She cast a radiant light of pure love, she opened her heart to all, and she could make a stranger feel like family in a single greeting. Annabel's legacy is her love and devotion to family, her depthless generosity, and her indomitable optimism and positivity.

Annabel was born November 24, 1947 in New York City, New York, to parents Alfonso and Clissi Saiz and brother Alfonso Saiz Jr. Her early childhood was blissfully spent between Manhattan and Cuba, from where her parents had emigrated. She attended Elizabeth Seton College in Yonkers, New York, where a blind date with a Manhattan College student would forever change her life.

From the moment Annabel and Mark met, it was love at first sight. He was a dark haired Irish boy from rural upstate New York, she was a vibrant blonde city girl, and they couldn't have been more perfect for each other. Their love story was the likes of which were usually only seen in movies. Annabel & Mark's devotion to each other for over 50 years is an inspiration to all. The beautiful family they would create is an everlasting reflection of their unique and unwavering love.

They married on June 1, 1968 in Riverdale, New York, and honeymooned road tripping across Europe. In 1970, they welcomed their first child Erik. Their second child, Todd, came in 1974, followed by daughter Erin in 1980, and son Ryan in 1983. In 1985, the family moved from Long Island, New York, to their waterfront dream house in Barrington, Rhode Island, which to this day remains the heart of holidays and family gatherings.

Throughout her life, Annabel was active in the community, supported countless charities, and ran a successful luxury linens business. But little would make her happier than seeing her beloved children find their soul mates and begin their own love stories. The addition of Erik's wife Roxanne, Todd's wife Karla, Erin's husband Khushal, and Ryan's wife Jessica brought her immeasurable joy, rivaled only by the welcoming of her cherished grandchildren Owen, Gabby, Gavin, Nico, Karoline, and Inez.

Annabel loved life deeply and fully, she wore her beautiful smile everywhere she went, and her unending positivity was legendary. She often and famously proclaimed everything she encountered as "the best ever." And while everything wasn't truly worthy of that designation, undoubtedly Annabel herself was. She was the best ever – the best wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and grammy ever.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, May 23rd, 4-8pm, at Perry- McStay Funeral Home, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence, Rhode Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, May 24th, 10am, at St. Luke's Parish, 108 Washington Road, Barrington, Rhode Island. Burial will follow at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 550 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence, Rhode Island.

Flowers are welcome at the funeral home or church. Alternatively donations can be made in Annabel's honor to Special Olympics Rhode Island (www.specialolympicsri.org) or the Women's Ordination Conference (www.womensordination.org).

Published in The Providence Journal on May 21, 2017


Hanna, Annabel Saiz [MCspouse RIP]

Hanna, Mark [MC????]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

            I believe that Annabel’s husband Mark is a member of the Class of 1968.

              May She Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Hanna, Mark [MC1968]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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JOBIT: MacLellan, Ronald Doyle [MC???? RIP] on 2017-05APR-20



Ronald Doyle MacLellan
1934 - 2017

Ronald Doyle MacLellan, age 82 of Hendersonville, passed away on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at the Elizabeth House.

He was born October 19th, 1934 in New York, New York; a son of the late John S. MacLellan and Janet E. Doyle MacLellan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 51 years, Lillian C.; and by their infant daughter, Karen S.

He graduated from Bishop Dubois High School and studied at Manhattan College. He was employed by AT&T Long Lines as a Design Engineer for 35 years. Ronald married his second wife, Vickie Lee Gardner MacLellan nine years ago. They loved to travel with their dog Molly in their retirement.

In addition to his wife, Ronald is survived by his five sons and their wives, Steven and Ute, John and Roxanne, Michael and Heather (formerly Olga), Andrew and Linda and Peter and Dawn; one step-daughter, Gigi and Mitchell Teague; two step-sons, Scott and Deana and Chad; ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; two brothers; three sisters and their spouses; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

His memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Brevard, NC, officiated by Father Shawn O'Neal. Inurnment will follow the service in the church columbarium.

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.

Published in The Times-News from May 20 to May 21, 2017


MacLellan, Ronald Doyle [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

            I do not find anything in my 'stuff' for Ronald.

                   May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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JUPDATE: Castro, Jordan [MC2001] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JNEWS: Castro, Jordan [MC2001] published ‘Smoke and Mirrors: Police Dreams’


Police Service Area 7 sergeant Jordan Castro debuts novel, ‘Smoke and Mirrors: Police Dreams’
By Robert Wirsing

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Dear John,

I believe that Jordan is a member of the Class of 2001.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Castro, Jordan [MC2001]

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JLINKEDIN: Casale, Pasquale [MC1992] Pediatric Urologist at Columbia UMC



Casale, Pasquale [MC1992]
Pediatric Urologist at Columbia University Medical Center
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
New York, New York

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JOBIT: Ryan, Henry Francis [MC1960 RIP] on 2017-05May-21



Dr Henry Ryan
1938 - 2017

AUGUSTA - Henry Francis Ryan, M.D., was the second Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maine, appointed in 1976 by Governor James B. Longley. He served 22 years before retiring to part time service.

Dr. Ryan, age 78, a former resident of Blaine Avenue, died May 21, 2017, at MaineGeneral Rehabilitation and Nursing Care at Glenridge Drive after an extended illness.

He was born in New York City on the Feast of St. Nicholas, Dec. 6, 1938, the son of Henry M. Ryan and Frances A. (Heckel) Ryan.Dr. Ryan graduated from All Hallows High School. He obtained a B.S. degree from Manhattan College of New York City. He received his M.D. degree from New York University School of Medicine. His internship and residency training in Pathology was at the New York University - Bellevue Hospital Medical Center in New York City.

Employment prior to coming to Maine included Director of Hospital Laboratories, United States Army Hospital, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, attaining the rank of Major; Deputy Chief Medical Examiner and Deputy Director of the Department of Laboratories and Research, Westchester County, NY and Associate Pathologist Vassar Brothers Hospital, Poughkeepsie, NY. He served on the faculty of New York University Medical School and New York Medical College.

Dr. Ryan was a communicant of St. Michael Parish at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Augusta. He was active in the church, serving as a lector, sacristan, altar server and Eucharistic Minister for many years.

He was a member of the Kennebec Historical Society and the Maine State Retirees Association.

Dr. Ryan was predeceased by his parents; and by a brother, Richard H. Ryan.

Surviving is a nephew, Michael Ryan and several cousins.

Henry tried to live his life according to three mandates: Be honest, be temperate, and be loving as the Holy God is loving. May he rest in peace.

Visitation is from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Thursday May 25, at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday May 26, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Western Avenue, Augusta. Burial will follow in Forest Grove Cemetery, Augusta. Condolences, photos and memories may be shared at www.plummerfh.com.

Memorial donations may be made to:St. Michael Parishco/ Pastoral Center 24 Washington St. Augusta, ME 04330 or: St. Michael School 56 Sewall St. Augusta, ME 04330

Plummer Funeral Home Inc 16 Pleasant St Augusta, ME 04330 (207) 622-9311

Published in Central Maine on May 23, 2017


Ryan, Henry Francis [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/mainetoday-centralmaine/henry-ryan-condolences/185588951?cid=full

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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Dear John,

            I believe that Henry is a member of the Class of 1960.

                    May He Rest In Peace


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Ryan, Henry Francis [MC1960 RIP]

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JNEWS: Viola, John [MC1978] CFO Ocean Pines Association



Ocean Pines picks new chief financial officer
Doug Ferrar, dferrar@delmarvanow.com 8:30 p.m. ET May 22, 2017

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The Ocean Pines Association announced in a press release that John Viola, the former chairman of the Ocean Pines Budget and Finance Advisory Committee, has been hired as the association's new chief financial officer.

Viola, who began his employment with Ocean Pines on May 22, will be responsible for the association’s budgeting, forecasting and accounting practices, maintenance of its fiscal records and the preparation and interpretation of financial reports.

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Viola is a certified public accountant who received his master’s degree in taxation from Pace University and bachelor of science in professional accountancy from Manhattan College.

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Viola, John [MC????]
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Dear John,

            I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1978.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Viola, John [MC1978]

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JNEWS: Seebode, Joseph [MC1979] finalist in the Career Achievement category



Seebode named finalist for Service to America Medal
by Staff Report • May 23, 2017
Army Corps Leader Recognized for Career Achievement

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Joseph J. Seebode, Deputy District Engineer and Chief of Programs at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New York District

Joseph J. Seebode, Deputy District Engineer and Chief of Programs at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New York District is a finalist in the Career Achievement category for the 2017 Service to America Medal.

The medal honors excellence among federal employees and Seebode was nominated for his selfless service, outstanding leadership and management excellence during a 35-year career.

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Seebode is a resident of Clark, New Jersey and a proud Jasper who earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Manhattan College after graduating from Seton Hall Prep.

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Seebode, Joseph [MC????]

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Dear John,

              I believe that Joseph is a member of the Class of 1979.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Seebode, Joseph [MC1979]

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JLINKEDIN: Degirmencioglu, Evin [MC2017] ME @ Kohler Ronan



Degirmencioglu, Evin [MC2017]
Mechanical Engineer @ Kohler Ronan 
New Rochelle, New York

Plumbing/Fire Protection engineer with two years intern experience across New York and Connecticut locations. Proficiency in Revit and Auto-cad.

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COMMENT: Mohen, Joseph Conrad [MC1956 RIP] had several alumni children


RE: JOBIT: Mohen, Joseph Conrad [MC1956 RIP] on 2017-05May-13


Joe has several children that are MC alumni. His sons: Joseph Thomas Mohen, Timothy Gerard Mohen, James Michael Mohen, Daniel Gerard Mohen, and his daughter Kerry Cashin (new Mohen). Kerry was also the first recipient of a softball athletic scholarship and a member of the Athleic Hall of Fame with the Women’s 1993 Softball Team. — Kerry Cashin

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JOBIT: Santini, Adele [MC???? RIP] on 2017-05May-23



Adele Santini
1928 - 2017

Adele Santini passed away suddenly in Point Lookout, NY on Tuesday, May 23. Born in the Bronx on September 29, 1928, she was 89 years young.

Most recently, she spent the Winter in Bonita Springs, Fla. and Summer in Point Lookout, NY.

She was an avid golfer and recently landed her 3rd hole-in-one.

She will be remembered for her loving and embracing demeanor of all who touched her life. She had a special love for her nieces & nephews, Denise, Adele, Rob, Dave Lise and Steve and she treated them like her own.

She leaves behind her sister Dolores and brother Bob in addition to their 6 children as well as 18 great-nieces & nephews and their siblings.

She graduated with honors from St. John University with a Psychology degree, then Manhattan College with a degree in Mathematics and from Providence College with a Masters Degree.

She then joined the sisterhood and was a nun in the Dominican Order for over 25 years later to become a NY State Parole Psycologist for prisoners.

The family will receive friends at Farenga Bros. Funeral Home, Bronx on Friday, May 26 from 2-5 pm and 7-9 pm. The Mass will be Saturday morning at 11:15 am at Holy Rosary Church, Bronx.

Published in the The Journal News on May 25, 2017


Santini, Adele [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

            I do not find anything in my 'stuff' for Adele.

               May She Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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JNEWS: Casella, Gene [MC1955] comments about hazing



Letter to the editor: Fraternity hazing needs to be addressed
12 hrs ago


I don’t know what it takes to put a stranglehold on college fraternities, in particular, hazing. How many more young men must we lose before we stop the idiocy? What’s with fraternities? Why does initiation require blood curdling tests of terror? My close call was the fright of my life. I’ve never forgotten what a close shave it was. Things haven’t changed since.

Manhattan College had three fraternities. I was determined to join the best, Phi Rho Pi, with all the campus jocks. Subjected to most unusual treatment to be one of “the boys,” in most cases, I enjoyed my assignments. I didn’t mind proposing to the ugliest girl on nearby Mt. St. Vincent campus, nor attending class in the hip boots of 6’ 10” basketball star Junius Kellogg despite my size. Even the assignment of securing and providing a pound of belly button lint unfazed me. Who was to say what I really presented them with? But hell night, I’ll never forget.

We were re-dressed in each other’s clothing so we couldn’t hide money on our person when finally dropped off in the middle of nowhere. Our foreheads were painted with fraternity letters. Our eyes were blindfolded with bread slices secured by Kotex. I rode in the trunk of the car and whenever stopped, climbed out and ran into a roadhouse to beg for beer. When finally successful, it was another’s turn in the trunk.

Suddenly, a passing police car became suspicious. We were immediately pulled over. The pledge jumped out of the trunk shouting, face painted in orange and black, clothes shabbily misfit. As we disembarked the car, a terrified policeman’s hand shook visibly as he waved his gun at all. What restrained him, I’ll never know.

Gene Casella, Queensbury

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Casella, Gene [MC????]

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Dear John,

           I believe that Gene is a member of  the Class of 1955,and a former Woodlawn guy!


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Casella, Gene [MC1955]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Ashley


Good Afternoon All,

Mike McEneney shares a prayer request from Granddaughter, Lauren Johnson '05. Our prayers are requested for Ashley, Mother of three young Children. Ashley has been diagnosed with Stage three Cancer. Please raise the volume for Ashley and her young Family. As we raise our voices in prayer, let God's Healing Touch be felt by Ashley. Please keep the volume up. Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Sent from AOL Mobile Mail

-----Original Message-----
From: Mike McEneney
To: 'Phil Colon'
Sent: Thu, May 25, 2017 11:54 AM
Subject: Prayer Request

Dear Phil,

Please pray for Ashley, a young mother of 3 small children, who
has been diagnosed with stage three cancer. She is a friend of
granddaughter Lauren Johnson, '05.



McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Smith, Jim [MC1960]


Good Afternoon All,

Father Erwin Schweigardt has just let me know that Jim Smith has been in Hospital (Roosevelt) for over a week now. He has an infection that they are having difficulty tracing back to the source. Father Erwin tells us that hopefully he will go to The Osborne in Rye today. This infection may be related to the Sepsis Jim had a few years ago while he and Kathleen were in Florida. Jim needs our prayers. Please raise the volume once again for this good man. We pray for the elimination of infection and treatment to remove it totally from Jim's system. Please keep Jim and Kathleen in your prayers. Please keep the volume up.Thank you Father Erwin. Thank you all. God Bless.

Phil Colon
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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Smith, Jim [MC1960]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Manny


Good Evening All,

I ask for your prayers for a dear and old friend and relative if mine, Manny Casiano, United States Marine Corps Veteran, successful Entrepreneur. He was called home, not unexpectedly but suddenly. We pray for Manny, his Wife of 65 years, Nora, their Daughter Kimberly, Son Manny, Grand Children, Family and Friends. We pray for the repose of Manny's soul as he is in God's Eternal Embrace in the Kingdom of Heaven. Semper fi, Manny. You are missed. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JHQ: Reunion Weekend 2017 deadline extended


If you have already signed up for Reunion Weekend, we can't wait to see you back on campus, June 2 - 4. If you haven't, the deadline to register has been extended to this Sunday, May 28.


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JEMAIL: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) on Memorial Day's meaning


Good Afternoon Fellow Americans,

Memorial Day, like Veteran's Day, always brings me to tears, a feeling of great pride and loss pervades, remembering can be painful but we will never forget our Veterans: " All gave some, some gave all."

I am taking the liberty of sharing with you the following which was sent to me by a good and respected friend, Fellow Jasper, Ed Riely. Some of us have seen some of these places, some have seen some of these Photographs, many of us have never seen them all brought together in remembrance and tribute. They are incredible and magnificent places, justifiably so, where so many of our heroes rest. They are beautiful in their serenity, overwhelming in the emotions that arise upon seeing them and a rightous tribute to our Fallen. No, we will never forget.

Thank you for your service. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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[JR: The attachment is to large to include. Drop me an email and I’ll forward it.] 

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JHQ: Manhattan College Undergraduate Commencement 2017



Manhattan College Undergraduate Commencement 2017

[JR: 2½ hours] 

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ENDNOTE: All life is “sacred” and precious. Even some dumb cow.



Twenty-five cows destined for slaughter were given a rare second chance. Watch as they greet the beginning of Spring — and the start of their new lives — in a display of some of the purest joy you will ever see.

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Now, I’m not yet a vegan. Nor a Buddhist. But I am pro-life and pro-choice.

I watched this video.

It reinforced my prejudice that all life is “sacred” and precious. Even some dumb cow.

It teaches us humanity and, obviously based on the fundraising for a foundation, it’s strikes a common chord.

Maybe it’s when we look at individuals or a specific instance, our “soul” is awakened.

I’m not sure that cows feel “joy”. I know that humans anthropomorphize and see pattern in clouds; our minds make us see what we want to see.

But there is a beauty in life and nature far beyond my ability to comprehend or create.

So I’ll just be in awe of what I don’t understand.

Somewhat like those “cargo cults” in the South Pacific waiting for the planes bringing stuff to come back. Uncomprehending of the exernal realities.

Just like me!

Except I’m a fat old white guy injineer and I “know it all”. (Just ask my fiancée or my relatives!)

I just watch the video of these cows and wondered who’s the “dumb one” now.

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