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HALL OF FAME

Noted Nonagenarians and Centenarians Through the Years

"When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world."

  ~ Thomas Carlyle (1795 – 1881) ~

  Berenice Abbott
American photographer
07/17/1898 – 12/09/1991
  George Abbott
American theatrical director, producer, and playwright
06/25/1887 – 01/31/1995
  John Adams
American president (1797-1801)
10/30/1735 – 07/04/1826
  Konrad Adenauer
German chancellor (1949-1963)
01/05/1876 – 04/19/1967
  George Biddell Airy
English astronomer
07/27/1801 – 01/02/1892
  Judith Anderson
Australian actress, Rebecca
02/10/1897 – 01/03/1992
  Marian Anderson
American contralto
02/27/1897 – 04/08/1993
  Norman Angell
English economist, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and writer, The Great Illusion
12/26/1872 – 10/07/1967
  Sofonisba Anguissola
Italian painter
c. 1532 – 1625
  Michelangelo Antonioni
Italian motion picture director and screenwriter, Blow-Up
09/29/1912 – 07/30/2007
  Jean Arthur
American actress, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
10/17/1900 – 06/19/1991
  Gene Autry
American actor and singer, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
09/29/1907 – 10/02/1998
  Emily Greene Balch
American sociologist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient
01/08/1867 – 01/09/1961
  Roger Nash Baldwin
American civil rights activist, co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union
01/21/1884 – 08/26/1981
  Balthus
French painter
02/29/1908 – 02/18/2001
  George Bancroft
American historian and statesman
10/03/1800 – 01/17/1891
  Djuna Barnes
American writer, Nightwood
06/12/1892 – 06/18/1982
  Natalie Clifford Barney
American writer and salonnière
10/31/1876 – 02/02/1972
  Clara Barton
American humanitarian, founded the American Red Cross
12/25/1821 – 04/12/1912
  Bernard Baruch
American financier and presidential adviser
08/19/1870 – 06/20/1965
  Sammy Baugh
American football player
03/17/1914 – 12/17/2008
  Henry Beachell
American plant breeder, developed high-yielding "miracle rice"
09/21/1906 – 12/13/2006
  Milton Berle
American actor and comedian, nicknamed "Mr. Television"
07/12/1908 – 03/27/2002
  Irving Berlin
Russian-born American songwriter, "God Bless America", "White Christmas"
05/11/1888 – 09/22/1989
  Hans Bethe
German-born American Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist
07/02/1906 – 03/06/2005
  Antoinette Brown Blackwell
American social reformer and minister, first U.S. clergywoman
05/20/1825 – 11/05/1921
  Eubie Blake
American ragtime pianist and songwriter, "I'm Just Wild About Harry"
02/07/1887 – 02/12/1983
  Ernst Bloch
German political scientist
07/08/1885 – 08/04/1977
  Victor Borge
Danish-born American pianist and comedian
01/03/1909 – 12/23/2000
  Norman Borlaug
American Nobel Prize-winning agronomist
03/25/1914 – 09/12/2009
  Nadia Boulanger
French composer, conductor, and music teacher
09/16/1887 – 10/22/1979
  Adrian Boult
English conductor
04/08/1889 – 02/22/1983
  Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
English royal, spouse of King George VI and mother of Queen Elizabeth II
08/04/1900 – 03/30/2002
  William Brennan
American Supreme Court justice (1956-1990)
04/25/1906 – 07/24/1997
  Robert Bresson
French motion picture director and screenwriter, Diary of a Country Priest
09/25/1901 – 12/18/1999
  Ferdinand Buisson
French statesman, educator, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient
12/20/1841 – 02/16/1932
  George Burns
American actor and comedian, stage partner and spouse of Gracie Allen
01/20/1896 – 03/09/1996
  Frank Capra
Italian-born American motion picture director, It Happened One Night, It's a Wonderful Life
05/18/1897 – 09/03/1991
  Benny Carter
American jazz musician, composer, arranger, and bandleader
08/08/1907 – 07/12/2003
  Henri Cartier-Bresson
French photographer
08/22/1908 – 08/03/2004
  Barbara Cartland
English romance novelist
07/09/1901 – 05/21/2000
  Pablo Casals
Spanish cellist
12/29/1876 – 10/22/1973
  Marc Chagall
Russian-born French painter
07/07/1887 – 03/28/1985
  Gustave Charpentier
French composer, Louise
06/25/1860 – 02/18/1956
  Jules Chéret
French illustrator and graphic designer, known as the father of the modern poster
05/31/1836 – 09/23/1932
  Michel Eugène Chevreul
French chemist
08/31/1786 – 04/09/1889
  Julia Child
American culinary writer and television personality, The French Chef
08/15/1912 – 08/13/2004
  Winston Churchill
English prime minister (1940-1945, 1951-1955) and Nobel Prize-winning writer
11/30/1874 – 01/24/1965
  Arthur C. Clarke
English futurist and science fiction writer, 2001: A Space Odyssey
12/16/1917 – 03/19/2008
  Cassius Marcellus Clay
American antislavery leader
10/19/1810 – 07/22/1903
  Imogene Coca
American actress and comedienne, TV's Your Show of Shows
11/18/1908 – 06/02/2001
  Claudette Colbert
French-born American actress, It Happened One Night
09/13/1903 – 07/30/1996
  Alistair Cooke
English-born American journalist and television host, Masterpiece Theatre
11/20/1908 – 03/30/2004
  Aaron Copland
American composer, Appalachian Spring
11/14/1900 – 12/02/1990
  Quentin Crisp
English raconteur and writer, The Naked Civil Servant
12/25/1908 – 11/21/1999
  Walter Cronkite
American journalist and broadcaster
11/04/1916 – 07/17/2009
  Fanny Crosby
American poet and hymn writer, "Blessed Assurance"
03/24/1820 – 02/12/1915
  Imogen Cunningham
American photographer
04/12/1883 – 06/24/1976
  Merce Cunningham
American dancer and choreographer
04/16/1919 – 07/26/2009
  Michael DeBakey
American cardiovascular surgeon and medical researcher
09/07/1908 – 07/11/2008
  Giorgio de Chirico
Greek-born Italian painter and sculptor
07/10/1888 – 11/20/1978
  Willem de Kooning
Dutch-born American painter
04/24/1904 – 03/19/1997
  Sonia Delaunay
Russian-born French painter, illustrator, and textile designer
11/14/1885 – 12/05/1979
  Deng Xiaoping
Chinese communist leader
08/22/1904 – 02/19/1997
  Madeleine de Scudéry
French writer and salonnière
11/15/1607 – 06/02/1701
  Éamon de Valera
American-born Irish president (1959-1973)
10/14/1882 – 08/29/1975
  John Dewey
American philosopher and educator
10/20/1859 – 06/01/1952
  Marlene Dietrich
German-born American singer and actress, The Blue Angel, Morocco
12/27/1901 – 05/06/1992
  Jimmy Doolittle
American aviator and Army general, led the 1942 air raids on Japan
12/14/1896 – 09/27/1993
  Marjory Stoneman Douglas
American conservationist, champion of the Florida Everglades
04/07/1890 – 05/14/1998
  W. E. B. Du Bois
American civil rights activist, co-founded the NAACP
02/23/1868 – 08/27/1963
  Katherine Dunham
American dancer and choreographer
06/22/1912 – 05/21/2006
  Irene Dunne
American actress, The Awful Truth
12/20/1898 – 09/04/1990
  Will Durant
American philosopher and historian, author or co-author of The Story of Civilization series
11/05/1885 – 11/07/1981
  Gertrude Ederle
American athlete, first woman to swim the English Channel
10/23/1905 – 11/30/2003
  Gustave Eiffel
French civil engineer, designed the Eiffel Tower
12/15/1832 – 12/27/1923
  Alfred Eisenstaedt
German-born American photographer
12/06/1898 – 08/24/1995
  Erik Erikson
German-born American psychoanalyst
06/15/1902 – 05/12/1994
  Erté (aka Romain de Tirtoff)
Russian-born French fashion designer and artist
11/23/1892 – 04/21/1990
  Alice Evans
American microbiologist
01/29/1881 – 09/05/1975
  Arthur Evans
English archaeologist
07/08/1851 – 07/11/1941
  Lynn Fontanne
English-born actress, stage partner and spouse of Alfred Lunt
12/06/1887 – 07/30/1983
  Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle
French writer, Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds
02/11/1657 – 01/09/1757
  Gerald R. Ford
American president (1974-1977)
07/14/1913 – 12/26/2006
  Glenn Ford
Canadian-born American actor, Gilda
05/01/1916 – 08/30/2006
  E. M. Forster
English writer, Howards End, A Passage to India
01/01/1879 – 06/07/1970
  Viktor Frankl
Austrian psychiatrist, author of Man's Search for Meaning
03/26/1905 – 09/02/1997
  Milton Friedman
American Nobel Prize-winning economist
07/31/1912 – 11/16/2006
  Hans-Georg Gadamer
German philosopher, author of Truth and Method
02/11/1900 – 03/13/2002
  John Kenneth Galbraith
Canadian-born American economist and diplomat
10/15/1908 – 04/29/2006
  Abel Gance
French motion picture director, Napoléon
10/25/1889 – 11/10/1981
  Greer Garson
English-born American actress, Mrs. Miniver
09/29/1904 – 04/06/1996
  John Gielgud
English actor and director
04/14/1904 – 05/21/2000
  Lillian Gish
American actress, Way Down East, The Night of the Hunter
10/14/1893 – 02/27/1993
  Carlo Maria Giulini
Italian conductor
05/09/1914 – 06/14/2005
  Samuel Goldwyn
Polish-born American motion picture producer, Wuthering Heights, The Best Years of Our Lives
08/27/1882 – 01/31/1974
  François-Joseph Gossec
Belgian-born French composer, Te Deum
01/17/1734 – 02/16/1829
  Martha Graham
American dancer and choreographer
05/11/1894 – 04/01/1991
  Robert Graves
English poet and novelist, The White Goddess, I, Claudius
07/24/1895 – 12/07/1985
  Alice Guy-Blaché
French filmmaker, first female motion picture director
07/01/1873 – 03/24/1968
  Sarah Josepha Hale
American editor, novelist, and poet, "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
10/24/1788 – 04/30/1879
  Alice Hamilton
American industrial toxicologist, known as the mother of occupational medicine
02/27/1869 – 09/22/1970
  W. Averell Harriman
American diplomat and presidential advisor
11/15/1891 – 07/26/1986
  Helen Hayes
American actress, nicknamed "The First Lady of the American Theatre"
10/10/1900 – 03/17/1993
  Katharine Hepburn
American actress, The Philadelphia Story, The African Queen
05/12/1907 – 06/29/2003
  Caroline Herschel
German-born English astronomer
03/16/1750 – 01/09/1848
  Al Hirschfeld
American caricaturist
06/21/1903 – 01/20/2003
  Thomas Hobbes
English philosopher and writer, Leviathan
04/05/1588 – 12/04/1679
  Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
American Supreme Court justice (1902-1932)
03/08/1841 – 03/06/1935
  Joseph Dalton Hooker
English botanist
06/30/1817 – 12/10/1911
  Herbert Hoover
American president (1929-1933)
08/10/1874 – 10/20/1964
  Bob Hope
English-born American comedian, actor, and humanitarian
05/29/1903 – 07/27/2003
  Julia Ward Howe
American social activist and poet, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"
05/27/1819 – 10/17/1910
  Edmond Hoyle
English writer on the rules and play of card games
1672 – 08/29/1769
  Anna Hyatt Huntington
American sculptor
03/10/1876 – 10/04/1973
  William Henry Jackson
American painter and photographer
04/04/1843 – 6/30/1942
  Lady Bird Johnson
American First Lady (1963-1969) and environmentalist
12/22/1912 – 07/11/2007
  Philip Johnson
American architect
07/08/1906 – 01/25/2005
  Mother Jones
Irish-born American social activist
08/01/1837 – 11/30/1930
  Tamara Karsavina
Russian-born prima ballerina
03/10/1885 – 05/26/1978
  Yousuf Karsh
Turkish-born Canadian photographer
12/23/1908 – 07/13/2002
  Elia Kazan
Turkish-born American theater and motion picture director, On the Waterfront, East of Eden
09/07/1909 – 09/28/2003
  Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
American political matriarch, mother of President John F. Kennedy
07/22/1890 – 01/22/1995
  André Kertész
Hungarian-born American photographer
07/02/1894 – 09/28/1985
  Willem Kolff
Dutch-born American physician and inventor, known as the father of artificial organs
02/14/1911 – 02/11/2009
  Eva Le Gallienne
English-born American actress, director, and producer
01/11/1899 – 06/03/1991
  Leo XIII
Italian pope (1878-1903)
03/02/1810 – 07/20/1903
  Claude Lévi-Strauss
French social anthropologist
11/28/1908 – 10/30/2009
  Beatrice Lillie (aka Lady Peel)
Canadian comedienne and actress
05/29/1894 – 01/20/1989
  Anne Morrow Lindbergh
American aviator and writer, A Gift from the Sea
06/22/1906 – 02/07/2001
  Astrid Lindgren
Swedish children's writer, the Pippi Longstocking series
11/14/1907 – 01/28/2002
  Alice Roosevelt Longworth
American socialite, daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt
02/12/1884 – 02/20/1980
  Anita Loos
American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
04/26/1889 – 08/18/1981
  Al Lopez
American baseball player and manager
08/20/1908 – 10/29/2005
  Esther Pohl Lovejoy
American public health reformer
11/16/1869 – 08/31/1967
  Auguste Lumière
French inventor, pioneer of filmmaking technology
10/19/1862 – 04/10/1954
  Connie Mack
American baseball player and manager
12/22/1862 – 02/08/1956
  Harold Macmillan
English prime minister (1957-1963)
02/10/1894 – 12/29/1986
  Naguib Mahfouz
Egyptian Nobel Prize-winning writer, The Cairo Trilogy
12/11/1911 – 08/30/2006
  Mike Mansfield
American politician, Senate Majority Leader (1961-1977)
03/16/1903 – 10/05/2001
  W. Somerset Maugham
English writer, Of Human Bondage, The Razor's Edge
01/25/1874 – 12/16/1965
  Ernst Mayr
German-born American evolutionary biologist
07/05/1904 – 02/03/2005
  Barbara McClintock
American Nobel Prize-winning cytogeneticist
06/16/1902 – 09/02/1992
  Gian Carlo Menotti
Italian composer and librettist, Amahl and the Night Visitors
07/07/1911 – 02/01/2007
  James Michener
American writer, Hawaii, Centennial
02/03/1907 – 10/16/1997
  Czesław Miłosz
Polish-born American Nobel Prize-winning poet and novelist, The Captive Mind
06/30/1911 – 08/14/2004
  Joan Miró
Spanish painter and sculptor
04/20/1893 – 12/25/1983
  Ludwig von Mises
Austrian-born American free-market economist and social philosopher
09/29/1881 – 10/10/1973
  Jean Monnet
French political economist and diplomat
11/09/1888 – 03/16/1979
  Helen Wills Moody
American tennis player
10/06/1905 – 01/01/1998
  Henry Morgenthau, Sr.
German-born American diplomat
04/26/1856 – 11/25/1946
  Grandma Moses
American painter
09/07/1860 – 12/13/1961
  Scott Nearing
American social activist and writer, The Good Life
08/06/1883 – 08/24/1983
  Pola Negri
Polish-born American actress, Forbidden Paradise
12/31/1894 – 08/01/1987
  Florence Nightingale
English nursing pioneer, nicknamed "The Lady with the Lamp"
05/12/1820 – 08/13/1910
  Hermann Oberth
Romanian-born German rocket scientist, known as the father of space travel
06/25/1894 – 12/28/1989
  Georgia O'Keeffe
American painter
11/15/1887 – 03/06/1986
  Gordon Parks
American photojournalist, writer, and motion picture director, The Learning Tree
11/30/1912 – 03/07/2006
  Rosa Parks
American civil rights activist
02/04/1913 – 10/24/2005
  Maxfield Parrish
American painter and illustrator
07/25/1870 – 03/30/1966
  Louella Parsons
American gossip columnist
08/06/1881 – 12/09/1972
  Alice Paul
American suffragist leader
01/11/1885 – 07/09/1977
  Les Paul
American musician and inventor, developed the solid-body electric guitar
06/09/1915 – 08/12/2009
  Linus Pauling
American Nobel Prize-winning chemist and peace activist
02/28/1901 – 08/19/1994
  Norman Vincent Peale
American minister and writer, The Power of Positive Thinking
05/31/1898 – 12/24/1993
  Irving Penn
American photographer
06/16/1917 – 10/07/2009
  Marius Petipa
French-born dancer and choreographer, known as the father of classical ballet
03/11/1818 – 07/14/1910
  Pablo Picasso
Spanish painter and sculptor
10/25/1881 – 04/08/1973
  Karl Popper
Austrian-born English philosopher
07/28/1902 – 09/17/1994
  Katherine Anne Porter
American writer, Ship of Fools
05/15/1890 – 09/18/1980
  William Powell
American actor, The Thin Man, My Man Godfrey
07/29/1892 – 03/05/1984
  Qi Baishi
Chinese painter
01/01/1864 – 09/16/1957
  Willard Van Orman Quine
American philosopher and logician
06/25/1908 – 12/25/2000
  A. Philip Randolph
American civil rights activist and labor leader
04/15/1889 – 05/16/1979
  Jeannette Rankin
American suffragist, pacifist, and politician, first female member of Congress
06/11/1880 – 05/18/1973
  Ronald Reagan
American actor and president (1981-1989)
02/06/1911 – 06/05/2004
  Leni Riefenstahl
German filmmaker, Triumph of the Will
08/22/1902 – 09/08/2003
  Hal Roach
American motion picture producer and director, the Our Gang film series
01/14/1892 – 11/02/1992
  John D. Rockefeller
American industrialist and philanthropist
07/08/1839 – 05/23/1937
  Peter Mark Roget
English lexicographer, author of Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases
01/18/1779 – 09/12/1869
  Elihu Root
American statesman and Nobel Peace Prize recipient
02/15/1845 – 02/07/1937
  Arthur Rubinstein
Polish-born American pianist
01/28/1887 – 12/20/1982
  Helena Rubinstein
Polish-born American entrepreneur, founded Helena Rubinstein cosmetics
12/25/1870 – 04/01/1965
  Bertrand Russell
Welsh-born English philosopher, social reformer, and Nobel Prize-winning writer
05/18/1872 – 02/02/1970
  Frederick F. Russell
American physician, developed first successful typhoid fever vaccine
08/17/1870 – 12/29/1960
  Bernardino de Sahagún
Spanish missionary and Aztec archaeologist
c. 1499 – 10/23/1590
  Colonel Harland Sanders
American entrepreneur, founded Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant chain
09/09/1890 – 12/16/1980
  Gene Sarazen
American golfer
02/27/1902 – 05/13/1999
  Nathalie Sarraute
Russian-born French writer, Portrait of a Man Unknown
07/18/1900 – 10/19/1999
  Max Schmeling
German boxer
09/28/1905 – 02/02/2005
  Albert Schweitzer
German-born French physician, theologian, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient
01/14/1875 – 09/04/1965
  Andrés Segovia
Spanish classical guitarist
02/21/1893 – 06/03/1987
  Irena Sendler
Polish humanitarian, smuggled 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto
02/15/1910 – 05/12/2008
  Artie Shaw
American clarinetist and bandleader
05/23/1910 – 12/30/2004
  George Bernard Shaw
Irish-born English Nobel Prize-winning playwright, Major Barbara, Pygmalion
07/26/1856 – 11/02/1950
  Jean Sibelius
Finnish composer, Finlandia
12/08/1865 – 09/20/1957
  Mimar Sinan
Ottoman architect
c. 1490 – 07/17/1588
  Upton Sinclair
American writer, The Jungle, Oil!
09/20/1878 – 11/25/1968
  Margaret Chase Smith
American politician, Maine representative (1940-1949) and senator (1949-1973)
12/14/1897 – 05/29/1995
  Mary Somerville
Scottish scientist and mathematician
12/26/1780 – 11/28/1872
  Soong Mei-ling (aka Madame Chiang Kai-shek)
Taiwanese First Lady (1948-1975)
03/05/1897 – 10/23/2003
  Philippe Soupault
French poet and novelist, co-founded the Surrealism movement
08/02/1897 – 03/11/1990
  Benjamin Spock
American pediatrician, author of Baby and Child Care
05/02/1903 – 03/15/1998
  Edward Steichen
Luxembourgian-born American photographer
03/27/1879 – 03/25/1973
  Leopold Stokowski
English-born American conductor
04/18/1882 – 09/13/1977
  Antonio Stradivari
Italian luthier, manufactured Stradivarius violins
c. 1644 – 12/18/1737
  Edward Teller
Hungarian-born American physicist, known as the father of the hydrogen bomb
01/15/1908 – 09/09/2003
  John Tenniel
English satirical artist and illustrator, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
02/28/1820 – 02/25/1914
  Mary Church Terrell
American suffragist and civil rights activist
09/23/1863 – 07/24/1954
  Thomas à Kempis
German clergyman and mystic, author of The Imitation of Christ
c. 1380 – 1471
  Virgil Thomson
American composer, Four Saints in Three Acts
11/25/1896 – 09/30/1989
  Sybil Thorndike
English actress, Saint Joan
10/24/1882 – 06/09/1976
  Strom Thurmond
American politician, South Carolina governor (1947-1951) and senator (1954-2003)
12/05/1902 – 06/26/2003
  P. L. Travers
Australian-born English children's writer, the Mary Poppins series
08/09/1899 – 04/23/1996
  Harriet Tubman
American abolitionist, "conductor" on the Underground Railway
c. 1820 – 03/10/1913
  Henry van de Velde
Belgian architect and interior designer, co-founded the Art Nouveau movement
04/03/1863 – 10/25/1957
  Kees van Dongen
Dutch-born French painter
01/26/1877 – 05/28/1968
  Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
Dutch naturalist and microscopist
10/24/1632 – 08/30/1723
  Victor Vasarely
Hungarian-born French painter
04/09/1906 – 03/15/1997
  Alfred Russel Wallace
Welsh-born English naturalist, co-founded the theory of evolution
01/08/1823 – 11/07/1913
  Raoul Walsh
American motion picture director, What Price Glory?, White Heat
03/11/1887 – 12/31/1980
  Ernest Walton
Irish Nobel Prize-winning physicist, co-developed the first nuclear particle accelerator
10/06/1903 – 06/25/1995
  Izaak Walton
English writer, The Compleat Angler, or the Contemplative Man's Recreation
08/09/1593 – 12/15/1683
  Eudora Welty
American writer, The Optimist's Daughter
04/13/1909 – 07/23/2001
  Rebecca West
English journalist, novelist, and feminist
12/21/1892 – 03/15/1983
  Richard Widmark
American actor, Kiss of Death
12/26/1914 – 03/24/2008
  Simon Wiesenthal
Austrian human rights activist and Nazi hunter
12/31/1908 – 09/20/2005
  Billy Wilder
Austrian-born American motion picture director and screenwriter, Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot
06/22/1906 – 03/27/2002
  Laura Ingalls Wilder
American children's writer, the Little House on the Prairie series
02/07/1867 – 02/10/1957
  P. G. Wodehouse
English-born American writer, the Jeeves canon
10/15/1881 – 02/14/1975
  Fay Wray
Canadian-born American actress, King Kong
09/15/1907 – 08/08/2004
  Christopher Wren
English architect
10/20/1632 – 02/25/1723
  Frank Lloyd Wright
American architect
06/08/1867 – 04/09/1959
  Andrew Wyeth
American painter
07/12/1917 – 01/16/2009
  Adolph Zukor
Hungarian-born American film studio mogul, founded Paramount Pictures
01/07/1873 – 06/10/1976
  Vladimir Zworykin
Russian-born American electronic engineer and inventor, pioneer of television technology
07/30/1889 – 07/29/1982

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