59th Edition
First issue         November, 1920


                                 DECEMBER, 2011


Trojan Head designed by  
Kermit Ruyle '47

10 Months until

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Christmas 2011 --
Birth of a New Tradition

by: Glenda (Barker) Heaps '57  - 6507 Curtis

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that at gift giving time nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper? Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.  Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plunking down the Benjamin's on a Chinese-made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. If your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint? Remember folks, this isn't about big national chains -- this is about supporting your hometown Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people could use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day. My computer could use a tune-up and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner-operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. How about going out to see a play or a ballet at your hometown theatre? Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of lights, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. When we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine.

THIS could be the new American Christmas tradition.



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    How do you store your pictures?   Framing, scrapbooking or storing them in shoeboxes? With the advent of digital photography, there are several options for sharing the photos you love, making them last a good, long time: You can either: Email,  scan  or use US Postage (If photos are to be returned, please include return US Mail postage.)            

At a (1945) poster exhibit held in the bookkeeping room, first place was awarded to Jack Brockman '46. A reproduction of Jack's poster appears on the left. It was included in the ten best which were sent to the St. Louis Public Library for final judging. These were made for the St. Louis Christmas Carolers Association.

The other nine posters chosen were created by: Don Faaciendini, Darlene Haefner, Glenn Eaton, Joy Juter, Lucille Busche, Bob Rowland, Lillian Eddington, Billie Smith and June Oswald.

(Double click picture to read original Flashlight article)






1958 Desoto Firesweep 4-door sedan
O'leary - McClintock Motors, Inc - 6300 Wells Ave - Wellston Missouri 14

Nancy Moellering '57, owner of Star Stamps & Coins at 500 s 5th Street (St. Charles) found a treasure in a batch of post cards she had purchased - a 1912 Wellston post card. It was sent to Eleanor Branneky - It would be interesting if this lady was any relation to the Branneky Hardware people located in Bridgeton.
The Moellering's lived at
1607 Kienlen Ave double click picture to enlarge


We never seem to get tired of looking at the Wellston Loop. Here is a picture found on the Internet of the loop around 1964. Click the picture to enlarge and read the advertisements on the buildings and the street car. That's a trip down memory lane all by itself!

Double click the picture to enlarge.

There are many willing to work---and many willing to let them.



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I read Roger Noon's Wellston Flashlight column each month and enjoy it. I just finished the November issue. His column, as usual, is a good one, but I thought others might want to know that Norm Siebern, who was mentioned, does come to the WHS reunions and makes himself available to everyone who wants to visit with him. (I’m attaching a photo from the last reunion. He is, of course, the good looking guy on the left.)

I don't have any information on Don Carter, but I agree that he would be an interesting person to talk with if he would attend our reunions. 
Bill Voos '48
1292 Delaware Ave

I don't know anyone with a better memory about Wellston than Sandy Gibbons (class of '57.) If you ever have any questions, just call Sandy. She brought back memories of Miss Niles. Can't believe she remembers all those things.

Also, wanted to let all know my daughter, Katrina, has been a school bus driver for over 20 years. When she told us that was what she was going to do, we panicked and were "worried sick." She loved it then and still loves it now, which we don't understand. She is 43 years old, has a real "connection" with the kids and still gets "carded." Can you imagine being in high school 20 years ago and having this blonde be your bus driver?

It takes a special person to do this job and have the kids love them and have them love the children. She occasionally meets her previous children and they all remember her. I was with her last week when one of her 5th graders said "Katrina." She had three children and was in fifth grade when she was one of her "kids."

Katrina gave us our only grandchild 8 years ago and she is the light of our lives and my "namesake." Taylor.     Peggy (Taylor) Carnes '57 
6440a Suburban

On seeing the news piece in the Flashlight (November-2011) on the 1961 class reunion beings to mind a school assembly at the old high school. My mind may be playing tricks on me but the subject was a hypnotist.

Part of the program included having five students, one of which was Mike Smith, who were on stage and put under. I think he was student body president or running for office at the time. They were given suggestions which made them act very funny. The last suggestion was that they were driving on a sunny Sunday afternoon and having a good time. They were shifting gears and moving the steering wheel like they were driving. He then added that the radio was on and that a politician was coming on the air to give a four hour speech.

Mike jumped forward reached out for the radio and turned it off. All the students started laughing so hard. I was up in the spotlight booth and almost fell out I was laughing so hard. I don't know if Mike recalls this but it started my lifelong interest in hypnotism.  Terry Franklin '64
6128 Wagner Avenue

Bobby Dearin '62 and Phillip Crownover'60 enjoyed a day of fishing at Phillip's farm in Troy, Mo. Looking at the size of those fish it sure looks like his lake is a very 'well' stocked. Somebody had a good dinner.

Both men are enjoying their retirement with lots of hunting and fishing.

Bobby (pictured on the left) lived at 1282a Morton
Phillip (Pictured on the right) lived at 6149 Plymonth
double click pictures to enlarge

Annual Norte Dame Reunion looking for volunteers'

Jerry Sullivan who has been in charge and hosted the Norte Dame Grade School reunions for the last 11 years passed away on November 25th.

The reunion has always been held at Grappa Grill in St. Charles. Jerry has the database to work from.  His dying wishes was that someone would step up and not let all his hard work go to waste. Everyone has such a great time at this reunion, it would be such a shame to let it die along with Jerry.  If you would like to take it over please contact Lil, Jerry's wife and she will give you all the information.

Lil Sullivan *  314-843-5529 [email protected]

People have stories---and need listeners





 When elections were fun!

Double click the stamp picture to enlarge so  you can see the details of the stamp with a Wellston, MO stamp mark. This 50 cent stamp was found on Ebay, selling for $154.00.

Does anyone remember where the Post Office was located in Wellston?
double click pictures to enlarge


The Friday Mixer and Saturday Night Dinner/Dance will be held at the St. Charles Convention Center. The picnic is being moved back to the St. Peters Cultural Arts Room located in St Peters city Hall (5200 Mexico Road) which is the same place it was held in 2006. It is easily accessible, has plenty of parking and is enclosed for inclement weather. The room will hold 325 people.  If the weather permits, the park can be used too.

The past two yearly picnics have been very successful. Judy Hagan ’72 has done a wonderful job of organizing them and has agreed to organize this one. More of the younger alumni seem to enjoy the picnic and getting together in a more relaxed atmosphere.

At the past multi-class reunion picnics food was served but this year we are going to keep the same theme as the last two years – bring your lunch and drinks and lots of memories to share with others!

Invitations will be sent out soon. As in the past there will be an early bird special pricing as a thank you for giving us working capital.  Please remember that if you have paid and are unable to attend, we will refund your money, however, we will require a week's prior notice.

Reminder to class callers: please call in your changes so the database can be updated. Everyone should have been called by now. If you were not called and have changes to your address, phone number and/or email address please notify the alumni club so your information can be updated at [email protected] 

The reunion committee wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

WHS Club Membership for 2012 are now due.  Please click (application) so you will not miss the January Newsletter link.
Don't forget to send your birth date and the address you lived at in Wellston.



It has been almost sixty-six years since WWII ended, however, the memorial to those who served was dedicated May, 2004.  In May 2005 the first flight consisting of six private planes took some veterans to see their memorial and soon the Honor Flight Network was born and is now nationwide, using commercial airlines. 

I learned of the program from a neighbor a couple of years ago. Some time later Bill Braucksieker '45 went on a flight and encouraged Pete Briscoe '45 and me to apply which we did in September, 2010.  I was called to join the November 8, 2011 flight. This turned into a wonderful, unforgettable memory which began before 4:00 a.m. at the airport for registration and meeting my “guardian.” (Each veteran is assigned someone to assist them by helping with medications, wheelchairs, etc.)  Our group consisted of twenty-six veterans and their guardians plus flight leaders.  Six veterans of our group were in wheelchairs.

After breakfast at the airport we flew to Baltimore and then took a tour bus ride to Washington D.C. to visit the WWII Memorial. Next we toured the city and visited several other memorials including the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial. At Arlington National Cemetery we witnessed the “Changing of the Guard” ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown then it was time to head back to Baltimore for our flight home.We arrived home at about 10:30 pm.  It was a long exhausting day for us “old geezers” but we will never forget it!

Why have I written this?  I hope that alumni will tell friends or relatives who served in the military in WWII, even one day, to consider applying for a future flight.  There is absolutely no cost to the veteran.  When WWII is finished, Korean Veterans will be next.  If you would like more information you may write to me at the Alumni P.O. box or contact me at 636-379-4576.  Jim Shaw (WHS ’45) 1464 Morton Ave

Wagner Electric
Retirees' Christmas Party

December 8th at St. Rita's Church
10:30 am to 1:30 pm
North and South Avenue @ Page Avenue
Admission Fee: $3.00 - light lunch served
For more information contact: Jerry Blankenship 314-808-4209

Thanksgiving should be more than a holiday on the calendar.



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                             December, 2011



Our Wellston Trojan

Classmates Remembered List
Rest in Peace



Gerry Phillips '54 passed away approximately two years ago from heart failure.

Gerry was retired from the Air Force with the rank of Technical Sargent.

The Phillips family grew up on Grove Avenue

James Manley '69 passed away 5/20/1988 from non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Jimmy had worked as a telecommunications installer.

The Manley family (Tom, Bob and Jim) lived at 6220 Lenox

Rebecca (Presson) Bray '66 passed away November 18 after a month long infection fight from an insect bite. 

Rebecca relocated to Salem, Mo where she and her husband raised their family and Rebecca had a very successful daycare business for over 29 years.

Rebecca attended the last two class reunions and was a WHS Alumni Club Member.
Guest Book  The Presson family (Rebecca, Theresa, and Dennis)  lived at 6310 Wells Ave

Jerry Thomas Sullivan, passed away peacefully at the age of 80 on Friday Nov 25, 2011 at his home in St. Louis County. Fortified with the sacraments of Holy Mother Church.

Jerry Sullivan attended Notre Dame Grade School. Jerry was instrumental is starting the Alumni Reunions for Notre Dame which are now held annually. Jerry graduated from McBride High School in 1950, after which he enlisted in the Navy.
 Guests Book,

The Sullivans (Jerry, James, and John) lived at
5906 Highland Ave before moving to Kennerly Ave 


I remember how well Jim Manley treated me when I first came to high school. Shortest kid in the school at 4'8.

I remember Jimmy got the school record for unlimited sit-ups in Mr. Beilik's gym class. He did over 900 from what I remember. I tried to beat his record and did get the sophomore record with 850 but Jimmy's record was out of reach. I doubt that anyone ever did beat his record. He was also at Drury College when I got there my freshman year. I will always remember Jimmy. Ralph Giddens '70 1710 Glencort
Condolences to:
Carol Larr '55 in the passing of her mother, Irene Larr on 11/3/2011 at the age of 95.
Marie '69, John '71, Shelagh '73 and Paula '74 Ehlhardt
in the passing of their mother, Cornelia Ehlhardt  on 11/14/2011
Guest Book 
Theresa Presson '67 in the passing of her sister Rebecca '66 on 11/18/2011 Guest Book 
Don Bray '64 in the passing of his wife, Rebecca Presson '66 on 11/18/2011 Guest Book 
Reitha Bray '62 in the passing of her sister-in-law Rebecca Presson '66 on 11/18/2011 Guest Book 


Dec 1

Dec 4

Whiat, Tom '63

Williams, Ted '64

Dec 12

Dec 13

Dec 14

Blackwell, Millie '65

James, Mary Alice '46

Kearey, Ed '49

Dec 23

Dec 24

McQuay, Boyce '54
Baum, Shirley '55

Campion, Donna '56

Dec 5

Dec 6

Bauer, Norman '53
Ruff, Carolyn '62

Gernier, Bob '48

Dec 16

Dec 17

Scott, Charles '56
Miner, Carolyn '60

Saffley, Jim '59

Dec 26

Dec 28

Pappas, Bill '64

Gehlert, Florece '41


Bennett, Doris '55

Dec 18

Baker, Don '51
Miner, Ken '65
Dec 31 Stege, Ralph '43
Mueller, Carol '55
Dec 9

Dyer, Mary Alice '41
Franklin, Terry '64
Stephens, Danny '67
Dec 19 Rolfe, Gerry '56
Wright, Jeanie '61
Beebe, Al '62
Cole, Mike '67

Missing Birth dates for 2011 club members:
Happy Birthday to all!!

Serkes, Milton '40
Shamel, Marge '41
Eyster, Bernette '41
Moss, Casey '45
Brown, Rosalie '49
Leach, Lois '50
McKee, Sam '55
Hoesli, Evelyn '56
Burlew, Wm '57
Hawkins, Pat '61
Douglas, Bob '62
Byington, Bev '66
Conroy, Maggie '68
Jones, Ken '69
Dec 11

Daniels, Paul '58
Cain, Sharon '65


Dec 20

Dec 22

Voepel, JoAnn '56

Bollinger, Larry '60


This concludes the Birthday list for 2011.  Be sure you add your birth date and Wellston Address on the 2012 application when remitting your dues.

Thanks for everyone's support! Our readership has almost doubled since getting fresh news and comments from our alumni.  Thanks for your help in keeping our newsletter current and interesting.




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By Joyce (Perkins) Sudbeck '53 
1853 Irving Avenue

Earlier this month I moved my summer clothes to the downstairs closet and brought my winter things upstairs. While in the process, something sparked a memory. I thought of the uniforms we wore back at Wellston High School.

What’s that you say? “We didn’t wear uniforms to school. It was only the parochial schools that wore uniforms, like Notre Dame.” I beg to differ. If you think really hard about what you wore, I think you’ll see my point.

We basically all wore the same things every day starting with a short sleeved crew-neck sweater. Of course, they were not all the same color or weaves, but accomplished the same general look. If you were lucky, your parents could afford cashmere, soft and rich looking. If not, a wool sweater worked just as well for “the look.”

Our skirts ranged from mid-calf to a little below. The more affluent wore pure wool skirts whereas corduroy was the fabric of choice for others. The skirts were “pencil” straight, with a waistband and a back zipper and were color-coordinated with our sweaters.

Below these sweaters and skirts we wore white “bobby sox”, crew length or longer, with rubber bands to hold them up, cuffed just where the skirt hem ended. On our feet, we wore either “white bucks” or “saddle oxfords” to complete the ensemble.

To top things off, we wore a small silk, rayon, or nylon scarf, folded diagonally into an approximately 1”-1 ˝” band that we tied around our necks with the tails hanging down in back. These were also color-coordinated with our sweaters and skirts.

Once the outfit was complete we carefully donned our make-up with “cat eyes” (eyebrow pencil extended up from the corner of our eyes) and, possibly, a fake “beauty mark” (a round dot made with our eyebrow pencil just above the side of our lip). Many of the girls were into pancake make-up which produced a flawless look, and many wore “Tangee Natural” lipstick which was purported to change, magically, to blend with your skin tones and add radiance for a natural look.

The hairdos were the icing on the cake, so to speak. I remember a lot of people wearing straight, short bangs. Quite unlike the teens today who have their hair in their eyes most of the time, except when they deftly (and repeatedly) tuck the straying strands behind their ears. “Flips” were popular, along with many other styles that were in vogue. Hair color (tint or dye) wasn’t nearly as popular as it is currently, at least, not the blackish-purple, maroon-reds, and multi-colors you see on the teen heads, today. We certainly didn’t wear navy blue or black nail polish, either, however, some of us were adventurous enough to bleach a strip in the front of our hair with, of all things, ammonia and peroxide. It’s a wonder our hair didn’t fall out.

We smelled sweet with Arpege or Chanel #5 cologne (if we could afford it) or Coty cologne (if we couldn’t). Whatever fragrance we chose enhanced the glowing images we created (or so we thought).

Okay, girls, if you wore most or “all of the above” then you were “in uniform.” Right?

Apparently, the mode of dress at WHS dominated the “teen scene” even outside of our school. When I transferred to Normandy High School, mid-term, in my senior year, guess what all the girls were wearing?

Our uniforms.

Giving opens the way---for receiving.



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Thanksgiving/Christmas Traditions

by: Roger Noon '62 | FLASHLIGHT REPORTER
(6418 Mount Avenue)

1.     The holidays are an opportunity to rehearse “traditions” in the home. When you marry, you, you out of necessity, merge these traditions by given up some and compromising on others.

          Thanksgiving was always a time for having people over. As a child it was my mother and her sisters and brothers’ families who met on a rotation basis. There was food galore and fun with my cousins afterward. The variety of items stuffed our stomachs in no time. Turkey, ham, chicken, roast - they were all there. Try as we may, it was impossible to eat everything we saw! And desserts- for me, it was always mincemeat pie with ice cream. I would try to sneak in an extra piece of cherry pie and maybe a chocolate one before the feeling of “stuffed” began to show up.  It was a delightful supreme effort. But It also left me sitting on a chair holding my stomach for a while before I joined the cousins at play or whatever we did then.

          Today, after thirty-eight years of marriage, I “sometimes” get the mincemeat pie with ice cream. But no one else likes it, so I wind up eating it for days! The family gathering is still there, but all my relatives live many states away, so instead, we invite people from the congregation or others we know who would eat alone at Thanksgiving and our children who still live in the area. It’s an impressive number that gathers. There are babies crying, kid’s playing, people chatting and food galore. The prayer thanksgivings to God during church and before the meal implore His mercy so that all His people everywhere might be fed.

          Christmas also revolves around church. As a boy I would either attend the Christmas Eve or Christmas Day service. Since I am a pastor, I conduct both of them so they became a standard part of our Christmas tradition. In my family we didn’t open gifts until Christmas Day so you can imagine my brothers and me gathering around the tree at first light! In my wife’s family, they opened many on Christmas Eve following worship, especially family gifts to one another. So now, we open some gifts to each other on Christmas Eve following the worship service and the rest on Christmas Day following the service and lunch. We take turns to watch each other open gifts, comment, have Christmas Eve snacks (cookies my wife only makes at Christmas) and enjoy listening to Christmas carols. And on Christmas Eve, we then put the figure of the Christ Child in the nativity manger scene to recognize His presence among us. The countdown of our “advent calendar” is completed.  

          I like to open my gifts “carefully”, if it’s possible to save the paper for another Christmas. My family however, likes to open gifts by quickly tearing into them. Guess who lost that “tradition”! Yep, me!

A new tradition we added early in our marriage was to follow up on Christmas Eve Service by driving around the various neighborhoods of the city to look at the light displays. We could spend up to about an hour going “ooh” and “aah” over the various forms of creativeness.  When we are together at Christmas Eve, even now that they are married and have children of their own, we still like to do it.

Whatever cultural, religious or social traditions you employ and enjoy during the holidays, take time to reflect upon the joy they bring and the blessings they represent. Roger Noon WHS ‘62      

Wellston High School Flashlight
 shining a light on our traditions, our history and our future


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                               DECEMBER, 2011

Bill Voos (’48)
Sandy (Gibbons) LaRouche ’57
JoAnn (Williams) Croce ’60
Bea McBride '66

Mary Kay (Parker) Morse '56

Jim Shaw '45

Joe Hunter '54
Gloria (Schwenk) Turner '59
Larry Turner '60
JoAnn (Williams) Croce '60
Phyllis (Crouch) Russom '62

Buzz Book
Pat (Miner) Slatton '62

ClassMates Remembered
Carol (Beeman) Hathaway '60

WHS Alumni Club
P.O. Box 774
O'Fallon, MO 63366

Phone  636-696-4693


[email protected]


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Reconnect to your class friends and neighborhood playmates.
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Did you know?

Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to pick the little 'stringy things' off of it. That's how the primates do it. Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil..
It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich, add a couple of
spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them.

For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt chocolate mint patties in double boiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting.

Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

Leftover Snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!

Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a non stick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it really works.

Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly. Cut the tip of the baggie and squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

Expanding Frosting
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cakes/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

Reheating refrigerated bread
To warm biscuits, pancakes or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

Newspaper weeds away
Put in your plants and work the nutrients into your soil. Wet newspapers and put layers around the plants overlapping as you go. Cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will come through some gardening plastic, but they will not get through wet newspapers.

Send in Your Story! Let us know where you’ve been and what you’ve done with your life.  Everyone loves a good story – what better reading then about someone you know!! 

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