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Louis S. Meyer Papers

Introduction

The Louis S. Meyer Papers were donated to the University Archives on February 27, 1988 by Mr. Meyer. Louis Meyer is active in consumer affairs and national, state and local consumer organizations. He was a faculty member at Edinboro State College from 1968-1983 and director of the Institute for Community Services, 1974-1983. He presently is the director of the Pennsylvania Institute for Community Services, Edinboro, P.A.

The Meyer Papers are part of the Consumer Movement Archives (CMA) established by the K-State Libraries in 1987. The purpose of the CMA is to provide a national repository for historical materials of leaders in the consumer movement and for records of consumer organizations and to promote scholarly research in the field.

The papers are contained in fourteen document boxes (6.10 linear feet) and span the years 1973-1986. The collection contains correspondence, reports, minutes, lectures, legal and financial documents, government documents, printed conference material, newspaper clippings and audio visual material. The papers are organized in the following series; 1) legislative and consumer issues, 2) Conference of Consumer Organizations (COCO) and, 3) COCO and the telecommunication industry. A fourth series contains audiovisual material including audio cassettes of various conference lectures and video cassettes of telecommunications information. This series comprises an additional 6 linear feet of material.

The bulk of the collection documents the relationship COCO, Meyer and AT&T had during the deregulation period of the telecommunications industry. The papers describe the activities the Joint Advisory Panel of COCO and AT&T performed from 1975-1985.

The literary rights of the unpublished writings of Louis S. Meyer have been transferred to the University Archives of Kansas State University. There are no restrictions regarding access to the papers.

The Louis S. Meyer Papers are identified as University Archives accession number 105 (revised number PC 1988.30). Processing of the papers was completed by Lynda L. Bachelor in June 1988.

Related collections in the Consumer Movement Archives include: Richard L.D. Morse Papers and Currin V. Shields Papers.

Biographical Sketch

1925      Born, Erie, PA

1943-1946 Active duty, United States Coast Guard

1949      B.A. degree, Allegheny College, PA

1949-1956 Department Manager and Buyer,  P.A. Meyer and Sons, Erie, PA

1956-1959 Executive Vice President/General Manager, P.A. Meyer and Sons

1958      Married, Kay Elsie Lawrence

1958-1959 Member: Board of Directors, Greater Erie Industrial Development Corporation

1960-1961 Graduate Assistant, political science department, Arizona State University

1961-1962 Research Assistant, Bureau of Government Research, Arizona State University

1962      M.A. degree, Arizona State University

1963      Faculty, University of Arizona

1963-1964 Faculty, AFL - CIO Labor School, Arizona

1964      Ph.D. degree, University of Arizona

1964-1965 Assistant Professor, Arizona State University

1965-1966 Administrative Assistant, Governor Samuel Goddard, Arizona

1966-1967 Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming

1968      State Coordinator, Shields for Governor, Arizona

1968-1983 Professor, Edinboro State College, PA

1970-1973 Director: Bureau of Government Services, Edinboro State College

1974-1983 Director: Institute for Community Services, Edinboro State College

1975-1977 Member: National Joint Panel Conference of Consumer Organizations and Direct Selling Association

1975-1985 Member and Chairman: National Joint Panel, Conference of Consumer Organizations (COCO) and American 
             Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T)

1977-1985 Chairman: National Steering Committee, COCO

1978 -    Member and Chairman: Consumer Advisory Council Pennsylvania Power and Light Company

1978-     Member and Co-Chairman: Commonwealth Joint Panel, Pennsylvania Citizens Consumer Council/Bell 
             Telephone of PA        

1982 -    Member: National Advertising Review Board, Council of Better Business Bureaus, Washington, D.C.

1982-1983 Moderator: 36 conferences on Deregulation and Divestiture of the Telecommunications Industry

1983 -    Director: Pennsylvania Institute for Community Services, Edinboro, PA

1984 -    President: Pennsylvania Citizens Consumer Council

Scope and Content Note

The Louis S. Meyer Papers reflect the varied consumer interests and activities Louis S. Meyer participated in from 1969-1986. His involvement in the consumer movement began as a successful businessman. With a degree in political science, he pursued a political life as a state campaign coordinator and became an expert in government and community interrelationships. With this latter expertise, Meyer became the consumer advisor and moderator for conferences held on the deregulation of the telecommunications industry.

This collection is organized into four series; 1) legislative and consumer issues, 2) organizational files of the conference of Consumer Organizations (COCO), 3) the relationship between COCO and the telecommunication industry, primarily with the American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) and, 4) audio visual material.

The first series of the collection demonstrates Meyer's concern with various consumer and legislative issues, such as medical malpractice reports, health and nutrition pamphlets, transcribed lectures on children's television advertising, pamphlets on the national use of the metric system and the Universal Product Code for pricing. His interest in rural and utility legislation led to a close contact with Senator Lee Metcalf of Montana who pursued such legislative acts as the Family Farm Development Act, the National Electrical Energy Conservation Act and the Consumer Representation Plan of 1975-1976. This close contact is seen by the correspondence in the series with the Senator and the numerous Congressional Records found in the collection.

In 1975, Meyer became an active member of COCO and later held numerous administrative positions with the organization. The second series contain organizational files from COCO which includes annual and financial reports, memberships lists, and minutes from the Steering Committee from 1976-1985. In this series, there is extensive conference material the donor collected and filed in notebooks. The conference material has been removed from the notebooks and filed in folders and boxes according to its original order.

The third series contains the bulk of the collection and documents the important role COCO and Meyer played in advising AT&T on consumer/community relations during the deregulation of 1979-1986. This series is divided into five sub-series; 1) conferences on deregulation, 2) Joint Consumer Advisory Panel Meetings, 3) reports and transcribed lectures concerning telecommunications, 4) information from other telecommunications companies, 5) judicial information and government documents.

Community impact conferences were held on deregulation throughout the United States in 1982-1983. Meyer monitored the conferences and compiled material from each of these conferences. This material has been kept intact and is largely made up of pamphlets, agendas and reports.

COCO and AT&T organized a Joint Consumer Advisory Panel in 1975 which met on a regular basis until 1985. All correspondence, minutes and agendas have been placed in chronological order and maintained as Meyer had compiled it.

The collection contains numerous reports and transcribed lectures on telecommunication legislation and deregulation from 1979-1986. The processor placed these within the third sub-series due to related content.

COCO advised other telecommunication companies. The fourth sub-series documents the advisory meetings between companies including ATTIX, NACAA, and API, Southern New England Telephone and PCC from 1980-1984. The agendas and minutes of these meetings are within this sub-series.

The final sub-series contains various judicial and government documents. The judicial information describes court cases of Western Electric (1982) and the New England Telephone and Telegraph (1983). There are Federal Communication Commission hearings concerning different telecommunication topics such as customer equipment and services, AT&T regulation of domestic and interstate services, and the MTS and WATS structure inquiry. This sub-series also contains legislative acts and bills including the Communications Act of 1978, Telecommunications/ Deregulations Act of 1981 and 1982 with their respective amendments, the Disabled Act of 1982 and various unnamed bills H.R. 13015, H.R. 4102 and 4103, H.R. 5421 and H.R. 6121.

The fourth series is audio visual material and contains recordings of audio and video cassettes. The audio cassettes are 60- and 90- minute tapes of various speakers at the Food and Education Conference (1974), Erie Consumer Credit (1976), COCO Internship Conference (1976), Utility and Energy Conference (1976), the Legislative and Regulatory Process Workshops (1976), and the Consumer Protection Conference (1977). There are also recorded lectures by Meyer on subjects such as the future of rural America, the food industry and consumer protection.

The video cassettes' are primarily concerned with the telecommunications industry. Some deal with public relations, others are recorded interviews, still others are speakers at a utility conference. A 30 minute 16mm film, produced by COCO, called "Keeping Up With Technology" is also found in this series

Container List

Box  Folder Subject File

01    01    Arizona Consumers Council

            Childrens Television Advertising
      02       "Selling the Child" by Robert B. Choate, 1973
      03       Television License Renewal and Restraints on
                 Television Advertising to Children, 1974
      04       Regulation of Children's Television Advertising,
                 1975

      05    Consumer Action

            Consumer Product Safety Commission
      06       General Information
                 Fact Sheet
                 Statement of Policy
                 Responsibilities - Federal Register, 13 Aug 1977
                 Proposed Regulations - Federal Register, 23 Mar
                    1977
      07       Aerosol Products
      08       Fact Sheets
      09       Home Canning Lid Safety
      10       Remarks by R. David Pittle, Consumer Problems, 24
                 Mar 1975
      11       Remarks by R. David Pittle, Improving Quality of
                 Presidential Regulatory Appointments, 08 Sep 1976
      12       Remarks by R. David Pittle, Dynamics of Decision
                 making on the Stratosphere, 16 Sep 1976

      13    Consumers Counsel Governing Board

            Health and Nutrition
      14       Egg Nutrition - Consumer Action, 1975
      15       Food Day, 1975
      16       Meat and Poultry Product Standards

            Insurance
      17       Health Services - Pima Health Council, 1976
      18       Medical Malpractice
      19       Medical Malpractice - Testimony by William Sheppard,
                 Insurance Commissioner, Jul 1975
      20       Medical Malpractice - Claims, Dec 1975

02          Metcalf, Senator (D-Montana)
      01       Correspondence
      02       News Release
      03       Special Reports
      04       Statements/Testimonies
      05       Sub-Committee Releases

      06    Metric
      07    Municipal Public Power
      08    National Consumer Affairs Training Center

            Newsletter
      09       Consumer Affairs, 1985
      10       PIRG News, Sep 1974-Sep 1975

      11    Rural Electrification Administration

            Universal Product Code
      12       Price Awareness Study, 1975-1976
      13       Point of Sale Training Seminar, 1976 U.S.

            U.S. Congressional Records
      14       90th Congress
      15       91st Congress, Feb-Dec 1969
      16       91st Congress, Jan-Jun 1970
      17       91st Congress, Jul-Dec 1970
      18       92nd Congress, Feb-Dec 1971
      19       92nd Congress, Jan-Sept 1972
      20       93rd Congress, Jan-Jun 1973
      21       93rd Congress, Jul-Dec 1973
      22       93rd Congress, Jan 1974-Jan 1975
      23       93rd Congress, Jan-Dec 1975

03          U.S. Congressional Records
      01       94th Congress, Jan-Jun 1976
      02       94th Congress, Jul-Oct 1976
      03       95th Congress, Feb 1977-Jan 1978
      04       96th Congress, Apr 1979

            U.S. Legislative Acts
      05       Consumer Representation Plan, 1975
      06       Consumer Representation Plan, 1976
      07       Family Farm Development Act
      08       National Electrical Energy Conservation Act

            Conference of Consumer Organizations (COCO)

            Correspondence
      09       1973-1974
      10       1976
      11       1977
               1978
      12         Jan-Jun
      13         Jul-Dec
               1979
      14         Jan-Apr
      15         May-Sept
      16         Oct-Dec

               1980
      17         Jan-Feb
      18         Mar-Apr
      19         May-Jun

04             1980
      01         Jul-Sept
      02         Oct-Dec
               1981
      03         Jan-Feb
      04         Mar-Apr
      05         May-Jun
      06         Jul-Aug
      07         Sept-Dec
               1982
      08         Jan-Apr
      09         Apr-Dec
               1983
      10         Jan-Apr
      11         May-Dec
               1984 
      12         Jan-June
      13         Jul-Dec
      14       1985-1986

05    01    Annual Reports, 1978-1980
      02    Financial Reports 1977-1985
      03    Membership, 1974-1978
      04    Oil Company Survey, Mar-Apr 1981
      05    Organizational Information
      06    Steering Committee, 1976-1985

            Printed Material
      07       Community Development in Non-Metropolitan Arizona 
                 Oct 25-26, 1973
                 Oct 29-30, 1973
      08       Consumer Affairs Seminars, 1975-1977

            Eastern Consumer Conference, 1979 (5th )
      09       Information
               Remarks
      10         Shooshan, Harry "Chip" (U.S. Congressman)
      11       Health Care Management
      12       Trucking Deregulation
      13       Petroleum Marketing Practices Act
      14       Telecommunications Legislation

            Eastern Consumer Conference, 1980 (6th )
               Remarks
      15         Consumerism in the 1980's
      16         National Foods Policy
      17         Small Farming
      18         Commodity Dumping-CPSC
      19         Intergovernmental Relations Workshops (1973-1974)
      20         National Consumer Affairs Internship Program
                   (1977-1980)
      
      21    National Conference of Consumer Organizations, 1978

            National Conference of Consumer Organizations, 1979
      22       Correspondence
      23       Federal Regulatory Actions
      24       CPSC
      25       Office of Weights and Measures
      26       Center for Public Representation
      27       Closing-Dr. Louis S. Meyer

06    01    National Symposium on the Consumer Movement (1st ), 1973
      02    National Symposium on the Consumer Movement (2nd ), 1974
      03-04 National Consumer Symposium (3rd ), 1975
      05-06 National Consumer Symposium (4th ), 1976
      07    National Consumer Symposium (5th ), 1977
      08    National Consumer Symposium (7th ), 1979

            Articles
      09       Magazine/Journal
      10       Newsletter
      11       Newspaper

            Utility-Consumer Energy Conference, 1976
      12       Correspondence
      13       Electric Regulation
      14       Energy Conservation Training Institute
      15       Finances
      16       News Releases
      17-18    Program
      19       Remarks   
      20       Scholarships

            COCO and AT&T

07          Conferences-Deregulation of Telecommunications: Its
               Impact on the Community, 1982 
      01       Erie, PA (Mar 19)
      02       Chicago, IL (Jun 15-16)
      03       Pork, PA (Aug 26)
      04       Chicago, IL (Sept 17)
      05       Johnstown, PA (Oct 14)
      06       Oak Brook, IL (Oct 18)
      07       Peoria, IL (Oct 22)
      08       Reading, PA (Nov 1)
      09       Louisville, KY (Nov 15)
      10       Little Rock, AR (Nov 29)
      11-12    Springfield, VA (Dec 6)
      13-14    Springfield, VA (Dec 6)
      15       Syracuse, NY (Dec 8)

            Conference-Deregulation of Telecommunications: Its
               Impact on the Community, 1983
      16       Columbus, OH (Jan 27)
      17       East Lansing, MI (Feb 8)
      18       Albany, NY (Mar 2)
      19       Buffalo, NY (Apr 29)
      20       New Haven, CT (May 24)
      21       Charleston, WV (May 26)
      22       New York, NY (June 14)
      23       Baltimore, MD (June 28)
      24       Elkhart, IN (July 15)
      25       Erie, PA (Sept 12)
      26       Piscataway, NJ (Sept 23)

08          Conference-Deregulation of Telecommunications: Its
               Impact on the Community, 1983
      01       Woodbury, NY (Oct 7)
      02       New Albany, IN (Oct 11)
      03       Montepelier, VT (Oct 31)
      04       Hagerstown, MD (Nov 2)
      05       White Plains, NY (Nov 16)
      06       Clarksburg, WV (Nov 29)
      07       Indianapolis, IN (Dec 6)

            Joint Consumer Advisory Panel
      08       General Information, 1975-1983          
      09       Accomplishments/Annual Reports
      10       Appointments
      11       Survey
               Meetings
      12         1975 Dec 08
      13         1976 May 12
      14         1976 Aug 16
      15         1976 Nov 07
      16         1976 Dec 16
      17         1977 May 16
      18         1977 Dec 12
      19         1978 Mar 10-11
      20         1978 Jun 01-03
      21         1978 Jul 27-28
      22         1978 Sept 28-29
      23         1979 Jan 09-11
      24         1979 Mar 14-15
      25         1979 Jul 22-24
      26         1979 Oct 18-20
      27         1979 Dec 05-07

09             Meetings
      01         1980 Feb 13-15
      02         1980 Apr 08-10
      03         1980 Jun 04-06
      04         1980 Dec 03-05
      05         1981 Feb 11-13
      06         1981 Mar 25-27
      07         1981 Jun 03-05
      08         1981 Aug 05-07
      09         1981 Oct 07-09
      10         1982 Jan 06-08
      11         1982 Apr 14-16
      12         1982 Jun 02-04
      13         1982 Jul 18-19
      14         1982 Aug 04-06
      15         1982 Oct 06-08
      16-17      1982 Dec 01-03
      18         1983 Feb 02-04
      19         1983 Aug 24-25
      
10             Meetings
      01-02      1984 Jan 18-20
      03         1984 Mar 07-09
      04-05      1984 May 09-11
      06         1984 Jul 11-13
      07-08      1984 Sept 26-28
      09         1984 Nov 07-09
      10-11      1984 Nov 07-09-DTS Applicants
      12         1985 Jan 09-11
      13         1985 Mar 13-15
                 
11          American Telephone and Telegraph Co. (AT&T)
      01-02    Communications Information Package
      03       Complaints
      04       Countryside Council
      05-10    North American Telephone Association (NATA)

            Reports
      11       Transition Requirements of Proposed Communication
                 Act Legislation, 1979
      12       How to Talk Back to the Telephone Company, 1980
                 Proposed Legislation Affecting the
                 Telecommunications Industry, 1980
      13       Deregulation: Ringing the Changes for the Telephone
                 Industry, 1982
               Implications of the Restructuring of AT&T, 1982
                 Social Responsibility, Contributions and Consumer
                 Affairs, 1982
               Long Distance Communication and the Distribution of
                 Local Telephone Subsidies, 1982
      14       Christmas 1982 Telephone Rate Massacre, 1983
      15       Telecommunications Research and Action Center, 1984
               The National Association for Better Broadcasting and
                 Black Citizens for a Fair Media, 1984
               How to Regulate AT&T, 1984
      16       Consumer Concerns Impacting the Telecommunications
                 Industry  (American Association of Retired
                 Persons, Consumer Federation of America), 1984
      17       Disconnects from the Local Telephone Network, 1984
      18       Local Connection Fees, 1984
      19       Telephone Industry-An Overview, 1984
      20       Older Consumer and the Breakup of the Bell System,
                 1985
      21       Meeting the Consumer Challenges of Divestiture, 1986
      22       Consumer's Guide to Telephone Service, n.d.
      23       Living in a New World, n.d.

12          Reports
      01       Rhode Island Consumer's Council
      02       Statements
      03       Telecommunications Environment

            Printed Material
      04       Articles and Clippings
      05       News Releases/Bulletin

            Telecommunications

            Advisory Meetings
      06       Bell/PCC, Apr 1982, Jan 1983
      07       COCO/American Bell, Apr 1982
      08       COCO/AT&T Communications, Jun 1984
      09       COCO/ATTIX, Jun 1983
      10       COCO/NACAA/API, Apr 1980
      11-12      Energy Dialogue Retreat, Sep 1980
      13       Indiana Bell Advisory Council, 1982
      14       Southern New England Telephone Consumer Advisory
                 Panel, Jan 1981
      15       Southern New England Telephone Consumer Advisory
                 Panel, Apr 1981

13          Legal Documents
      01       New England Telephone & Telegraph Co., 1983  
      02       U.S. vs. Western Electric Company, 1982

            FCC Hearings
               Customer-Premises Equipment and Enhanced Services
      03         Furnishing of, CC Docket No. 85-26
      04         Procedures for Implementing the Detariffing of,
                    CC Docket No. 81-893
      05-06      Implications of the Telephone Industry's Primary
                    Instrument Concept, CC Docket No. 78-36
      07         MTS and WATS Market Structure Inquiry, CC Docket
                    No. 78-72
      08         1982 May 27
      09         1982 Aug 06
      10         1982 Sept 15

               Long-Run Regulation of AT&T's Basic Domestic
                 Interstate Services, CC Docket No. 83-1147
      11         1984 Apr 02
      12         1984 May
      13         1984 Jun 04
      
            Legislative Acts
      14-16    Communications Act of 1978
      17       Analysis of Telecommunications Industry
               Restructuring

14          Legislative Acts
               Communications Act of 1978: 
      01         Statement by Richard R. Hough
      02         Statement by William M. Ellinghaus
      03         Speeches by James A. Lovell
      04         Remarks by Joseph R. Fogarty
      05-08    H.R. 13015
      09       Disabled Act of 1982
      10       H.R. 4102 and 4103
      11-14    H.R. 5421
      15       H.R. 6121
      16-18    Telecommunications/Deregulations Act of 1981
      19-20    Telecommunications/Deregulations Act of 1981: S 898

            Amendments
      21       Telecommunications Act of 1982

            Audio-Visual Material

Row         Cassettes

01          Education Congress - Joe Biden, 1976 Apr 26
            Workshop - McHale, 1974 Oct 26
            Food Conference - J. Hightower, 1974 Oct 26
            Education Con. - Jim Turner, 1975 Mar 24
            Erie Cons. Credit - Bill Taggart, 1976 Feb 14 (2
              cassettes)
            PA Cons. Conf. - Patton/ Knauer
              #01     1976 May 09
              #02     1976 May 10

02          COCO Internship, Kansas City
              #01-06  1976 Jul 12
              #07-14  1976 Jul 13
              Jeff Edelstein
              Role of FTC  1976 Jul 13

03          COCO Internship, Kansas City Final Session, 1976 Dec 10
            Pre-Internship Conference, Kansas City, 1976 Jul 13
              "Food Industry" - Louis Meyer
            Pre-Internship Conference, Kansas, 1976 Jul 12
               "Consumer Protection" - Sol Harge
            "Future of Rural America" - Louis Meyer, 1976 Aug
            "Food Industry" - Louis Meyer, 1976 Jul 22
            Utility Conference, Cleveland Ohio - Louis Meyer, 1976
               Nov 27 (2 cassettes)
            Foods-Supermarkets - Louis Meyer, n.d.

            Audio Cassettes

01          Hershey, PA - Busby/Sheilds
               Sheilds/Kalodner, 1976 Feb 12/13
            Hershey, PA - Phil Kalodner, 1976 Sep 13
            Utility Con. Energy Conference, Radio Tapes, 1976 Sep (4
               audio cassettes)
            Biography of a Steak - WIND Radio, n.d.
            Regulatory Process Workshop - Lessig (ESC)
               O'Bannon (PA PUC), Boynton (Department of Ins.)
               Groome (FDA), 1976 Oct 08

02          Regulatory Process Workshop
               Lessig, O'Bannon, Boynton, Groome, 1976 Oct 08
               Groome, Elish, Frank, Smith, 1976 Oct 08
               Smith McEwen, O'Bannon, Groome, Elish, 1976 Oct 08
               Mel Boynton, 1976 Oct 08
               Peter Elish, 1976 Oct 08
            Rate Hearing Workshop
               #01-04    1976 Nov 05
            Regulatory Process Workshop
               H. Heath, 1976 Nov 12

03          Regulatory Process Workshop
               R. Budd Dwyer
               "The Flow of a Bill", 1976 Nov 12
               Ben Prybutok , 1976 Nov 12
               1976 Nov 12
            Rural PA
               Dr. Chester McNerney, 1977 Mar 27
               James G. Patton, 1977 Mar 27
               Pierce, Patton, McHale, 1977 Mar 29
            Consumer Protection
               Joel Weisberg, 1977 Apr 22
                  Bureau of Consumer Protection
            Consumer Protection Workshop
               Louis Meyer, Weisberg, 1977 Apr 22 

            Video Cassettes
 
Cassette No.

01          Unmarked KCS-10
02          "Generation to Customer" KC-30   :13 30 sec 
               1976 Feb 09
03          "Managing the Network" KCA-60      45:30
               AT&T Long Lines-Bob Sageman
               1979 Mar 13
04          "The Consumer and the Corporation" KCA-60    43:00
               Part I-Speakers only
               Bell of PA
               n.d.
05          "The Consumer and the Corporation" KCA-60    49:13
               Edited Version
               Bell of PA
               n.d.
06          "Consumer Interviews" KCA-60    1:00
               Part I
               1978 Jan 13
07          "Consumer Interviews" KCA-60      :10
               Part II    
               1978 Jan 13
08          "Measured Service: An Interview with Lou Meyer, COCO and
               Jim Smiley, AT&T" AT&T     14:20
               Edited Copy
               1979 Feb 15
09          "COCO on Deregulation" Illinois Bell TV Center      :10
               Answer Print-Audio Track 2 only
               1982 Oct 20

10          "Tomorrow/Today" SoWest Bell
               Program 3
               1982 Jun 04
           
Added:
11          Lou Meyer T-30
               C&P and Bell of Pennsylvania
               Length Undetermined
               n.d.
12          "Why Federal Regulatory Policies May Drive Up Home
               Telephone Prices"    UCA 20
               Length:   :16
               n.d.

            Film

            COCO "Keeping Up With Technology"   16mm
               Length:    :30
               n.d.




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