California Here I Come

Feb 18, 2019 by

The LA Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale

Although PulpFest 2019 is still six months off, there are other collectibles conventions fast approaching. For instance, on Sunday, March 24, the annual Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale will take place at the Glendale Civic Auditorium at 1401 North Verdugo Road in Glendale, California from 9 AM to 4 PM. It’s the best bargain in town, featuring an admission price of five bucks!

Now in its fortieth year, the convention was started by Tom Lesser in 1980. Since then, it has grown to be the world’s largest vintage paperback gathering. This year’s show will feature over 80 dealer tables with tens of thousands of vintage paperbacks for sale, from inexpensive filler copies to the most elusive and rare collectibles in the hobby. In addition to collectible paperbacks, you’ll also find pulp magazines, original illustration art, hardbound science fiction and mystery books, and more. There is no telling what might show up! Even with a crowd of collectors around, it’s possible to be the first person to discover a hidden gem during the event. Each year there are great finds reported by folks who attend the show. This year, you could be the person telling the story.

Over the years, an important attraction of the show has been its exciting roster of guest authors and artists. It has included such notables as Robert Bloch (18 years); A. E. Van Vogt , Ray Bradbury, Poul Anderson, and Fredrik Pohl (all for over 10 years); and the show’s champ, William F. Nolan (with over 33 years of appearances). This year’s show will feature about sixty guests greeting attendees and signing their works for free! Click here for a schedule of this year’s guest writers and artists.

You’ll find more information on this great collectors gathering at the convention’s website, its Facebook page, or by calling Tom Lesser at 818-855-1786. While you’re at the show, pick up a PulpFest 2019 post card to learn more about “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” The convention will begin Thursday evening, August 15, and run through Sunday afternoon, August 18. It will take place just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, PA. To learn how to join PulpFest 2019, click the register button below our home page banner.

(The Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale’s characteristic poster images were originally designed by the late Glenn Souza, starting in the early 1990s and continued by him through 2007, when he handed the job to Tony Gleeson. Pictured here is the convention’s 2019 poster, featuring the artwork of the prolific and talented painter and illustrator Robert McGinnis.)

About New Pulp Tales

Feb 15, 2019 by

Over the years, PulpFest has been a strong supporter of New Pulp: stories by modern writers who recreate the style of fiction that appeared in the pulp magazines of yore. The authors who labored for the rough paper industry liked to call themselves scribes, word-slingers, penny-a-worders, and, perhaps the most favored term of all, fictioneers. At PulpFest 2019, we’ll celebrate today’s fictioneers — the authors writing the new pulp fiction! On Friday and Saturday, the convention will feature a variety of authors reading from their works and fielding questions and comments from their listeners.

On Saturday, August 17, you can also join PulpFest 2019 for “Contemporary Pulp: Writing the New Pulp Fiction.” Moderated by Fu Manchu author William Patrick Maynard, this panel will feature some of today’s leading New Pulp authors. Joining Bill will be John Bruening, Christopher Paul Carey, and Will Murray.

While you’re waiting for the convention, why not try New Pulp Tales? It publishes weekly installments harkening back to the golden era of magazine storytelling. The website was born as a result of Chinese food and a Heidi Ruby Miller class on the rising genre of New Pulp. Like-minded classmates in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction Master’s Program joined together to create a web platform where they could create original pulp tales for a modern audience. These tales span the genres of Sword and Sorcery, Weird Fiction, Detective Tales, and Science Fiction. There are currently six ongoing stories to dive into on the site.

Give them a try. You’ll find New Pulp Tales at

(At the urging of Death, even The Shadow is giving New Pulp Tales a try. At least that’s what we think George Rozen was trying to depict when he painted the cover art for “The Book of Death.” It was the lead novel for the January 15, 1942 number of Street & Smith’s THE SHADOW.)

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Advertise in THE PULPSTER

Feb 11, 2019 by

THE PULPSTER #27As we learned last week, Bill Lampkin is hard at work on the next issue of THE PULPSTER. You can expect another great issue from the esteemed editor and designer of our award-winning program book. Every member of PulpFest will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER.

Why not be part of the 2019 PULPSTER by placing an advertisement in the magazine? You have until June 15 to do so. All advertising is sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with payment expected upon reserving a space. Our cover spaces sell almost immediately.

Advertising rates for THE PULPSTER are very reasonable: color back cover – $250; inside front color cover – $150; inside back color cover – $125; inside color full page – $100; inside black-and-white full page – $80; color half-page – $80; black-and-white half-page – $50; black-and-white quarter page – $30. Please write to PulpFest marketing director Mike Chomko at to reserve your space in the magazine. THE PULPSTER has a circulation of 450+ copies.

Another way to advertise at PulpFest is to donate material for our members or to serve as door prizes. Over the years Chaosium, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, Radio Archives, Stark House Press, and other organizations have donated a variety of materials that have been given away free of charge to PulpFest attendees. Your donation will be acknowledged on our website and at the convention. If you’d like to offer something for our giveaway table or a door prize, please contact Mike Chomko at

Sponsorships are also available. You can sponsor our 2019 “Welcome to PulpFest” banner for $150. For a contribution of $50 or more, you can be a hospitality suite sponsor. The annual cost of a website sponsorship is $150 per year. That’s just $12.50 per month. Your link will appear in the bar along the right side of our home page. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities at PulpFest, please contact PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at

(The cover art for our 2018 PULPSTER was originally painted by Rudolph Belarski  for the April 1940 THRILLING ADVENTURES, published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines.

Copies of THE PULPSTER #26 and 27 are available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books, one of the leading purveyors of pulp-related publications in the field. The cost of each issue is $13 or $24 for both, postage paid in the United States. Buyers from outside the United States should inquire about shipping charges, prior to placing an order. For additional information, please write to Mike at

Going, Going, Gone! PulpFest Auctions

Jan 28, 2019 by

PulpFest auction bannerAre you thinking about selling off part or all of your pulp collection? Has a relative left a pulp or book collection that you want to offer for sale? Do you have a collectible magazine or perhaps a cover painting that you’d like to sell? Over the last few years, PulpFest has sold three major collections of pulps, books, fanzines, and related materials. Please consider using PulpFest‘s annual auction to reach an enthusiastic group of collectors, willing to bid on your memorabilia.

Our convention has the buyers you seek. PulpFest is attended by collectors of pulp magazines and related materials, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, series books, reference books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, newspaper adventure strips, and other pop culture collectibles.

If you’d like to learn more about PulpFest‘s auction services, please write programming director Mike Chomko, at You can also reach him at 2217 West Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104. Although the convention welcomes the selling of large collections through our auction, smaller accumulations are also welcome. PulpFest will help you reach many collectors of pop culture memorabilia, the sort of people who will treasure and appreciate your collection or unique collectible.

All members of PulpFest 2019 are also invited to submit items to sell in our auctions. The convention charges all sellers ten percent of the gavel price for items sold at auction. Please write to programming director Mike Chomko for additional details.

PulpFest 2019 will take place from August 15 through 18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” in the town of Mars. You can click here to download the convention’s 2019 member registration form. For additional information, please click the “register” button below the PulpFest banner at the top of our home page.

You can also book a room at our host hotel through our website. Just below the PulpFest banner at the top of the convention’s home page,  you’ll find a button that reads “Book a Room.” Click it and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can place your reservation.

(Bill Lampkin, the convention’s advertising director, designed the PulpFest auction banner.)

Selling at PulpFest 2019

Jan 21, 2019 by

Are you interested in selling at PulpFest 2019? If your specialty is pulp magazines, genre fiction, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers, original art, series books, dime novels, men’s adventure, true crime, digest, or slick magazines, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related collectibles, old-time-radio shows, or Golden, Silver, or Bronze Age comic books, then PulpFest is for you.

The people who attend PulpFest are vintage pop culture enthusiasts and lovers of genre fiction and art. So it’s a great place to sell science-fiction, mystery and detective fiction, adventure or western fiction, original artwork, and more. And it doesn’t have to be old! Publishers such as Adventures in BronzeAge of Aces, and Murania Press do well selling their pulp reprints and related materials. So do resellers such as Mike Chomko, Books and Martin Grams. Authors and new pulp publishers such as William Patrick MaynardFlinch Books, and Meteor House have found PulpFest to be a great event to market today’s genre fiction.

The exhibition hall at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will enable PulpFest 2019 to have over 100 six-foot tables in its dealers’ room. Wall tables — which are limited — will cost $100 and island tables will be $90. Dealers and their helpers will also be required to purchase full weekend memberships. Advance memberships cost $35 – 40. You can click here to download the convention’s 2019 member registration form. For additional information about registration, please click the “register” button below the PulpFest banner at the top of our home page.

To book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton, please click the button that reads “Book a Room.” It’s just below the PulpFest banner at the top of the convention’s home page. Two complimentary breakfast coupons are included in our hotel’s nightly rate as well as free wifi. Parking is free. Rest assured, PulpFest is very appreciative of all the dealers who help to reduce the convention’s substantial costs by staying at the DoubleTree.

Our dealers’ room will be open at 10 AM on Friday and Saturday, August 16 – 17, and remain open until 4:45 PM. It will also be open on Sunday, August 18, from 9 AM until 2 PM. And don’t forget about our early-bird shopping hours on Thursday evening, August 15, from 4 to 8 PM. Dedicated fans of popular culture will be there to enjoy an extra four hours of shopping.

The convention will be promoted through Internet advertising and post-card giveaways at book and comic shops, collectibles events, and other venues. PulpFest will also be advertising in ALTER EGOPAPERBACK PARADE, and other periodicals.

Later this year, we’ll be writing about all of the dealers who will be selling at PulpFest 2019. Our marketing and programming director, Mike Chomko, will be putting these posts together and releasing them through our home page and social media sites.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning now to attend PulpFest 2019 as a dealer and sell to hundreds of pulp fiction fans at the pop-culture center of the universe!

We look forward to seeing you from August 15 – 18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of Pittsburgh in Mars, Pennsylvania. Please join us at PulpFest 2019 — “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” — where your sales will simply be FANTASTIC!

(If you have a display rack and a nice run of pulps for sale, why not create a modern day newsstand such as the one pictured in our post? It’s a photograph of a St. Louis newsstand , circa January 1939. Featured are pulp magazines and comic books dated February and March 1939. Many thanks to The Pulp.Net for sharing the photo from their wonderful photo gallery.

We’ll be exploring the profound effect of the pulps on popular culture across the globe at this year’s PulpFest. The fiction and art of the pulps reverberated through a wide variety of mediums — comic books, movies, paperbacks and genre fiction, television, men’s adventure magazines, radio drama, and even video, anime, and role-playing games. Please join us at PulpFest 2019 for “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories.”

For more information on selling at PulpFest, please contact Jack Cullers at or by regular mail at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305.)

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Charles Beaumont — A Child of the Pulps

Jan 2, 2019 by

What were the pulps?

Cheaply printed, luridly illustrated, sensationally written magazines of fiction aimed at the lower- and lower-middle-classes.

Were they any good? No. They were great.

DOC SAVAGE, THE SHADOW, THE SPIDER, G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES, THE PHANTOM, ADVENTURE, ARGOSY, BLUE BOOK, BLACK MASK, THRILLING WONDER STORIES, MARVEL TALES — and all the hundred-and-one other titles that bedizened the newsstands of America in the halcyon days — provided ecstasy and euphoria of a type unknown to this gloomy generation. They made to crawl deliciously young scalps. They inspired, excited, captivated, hypnotized — and, unexpectedly, instructed — the reckless young . . .

We gave ourselves over wholly to the habit and pursuit of the most potent literary drug known to boy, and all of us suffer withdrawal symptoms to this day.

Charles Beaumont wrote these words for the September 1962 issue of PLAYBOY. He later expanded “The Bloody Pulps” into a chapter for his last book — REMEMBER? REMEMBER? — published by MacMillan in 1963.

A prolific writer of both fiction and nonfiction, Beaumont was born Charles Leroy Nutt on this very day in 1929. According to award-winning writer and editor Roger Anker, “In a career which spanned a brief thirteen years,” Beaumont wrote and sold “ten books, seventy-four short stories, thirteen screenplays (nine of which were produced), two dozen articles and profiles, forty comic stories, fourteen columns, and over seventy teleplays.”

As a teenager, Charles Beaumont published his own fanzine, UTOPIA, and began writing letters to the science fiction pulps. He also began to draw. Collaborating with Ronald Clyne, Beaumont broke into print with a cartoon, published in the October 1943 number of FANTASTIC ADVENTURES. Although he “worked hard, managed to crack most of the pulp magazines with illustrations, graduated to book jackets and slick magazine cartoons,” Beaumont decided he was not an artist. Instead, he turned to writing.

During the summer of 1946, Beaumont met author Ray Bradbury in Los Angeles. Through a mutual interest in comic strips, the two became friends. Bradbury also became Beaumont’s writing mentor, reading and critiquing the budding author’s work. “When I read the first one, I said: ‘Yes. Very definitely. You are a writer,’ recalls Bradbury. ‘It showed immediately. . . . Chuck’s talent was obvious from that very first story.'”

Charles Beaumont’s professional writing career began with the novella, “The Devil, You Say?” published in the January 1951 issue of AMAZING STORIES. Before long, he was appearing in the pulps of his day — primarily digest magazines — IF, IMAGINATION, INFINITY SCIENCE FICTION, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, MANHUNT, ORBIT SCIENCE FICTION and others. In September 1954, Beaumont’s “Black Country” appeared in PLAYBOY. Before long, his stories were appearing in prestigious magazines such as COLLIER’S, ESQUIRE, and THE SATURDAY EVENING POST.

Beaumont also began to write for television, authoring episodes for programs including ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, THE D. A.’S MAN, FOUR STAR PLAYHOUSE, HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL, NAKED CITY, ONE STEP BEYOND, ROUTE 66, THRILLER, WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE, and, most importantly, THE TWILIGHT ZONEBeaumont wrote twenty-two episodes for Rod Serling’s classic series. He also penned a number of screenplays including THE HAUNTED PALACE, THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, and THE CIRCUS OF DR. LAO.

At the height of his writing career, Beaumont began to suffer from a mysterious ailment. “By 1964, he could no longer write. Meetings with producers turned disastrous. His speech became slower, more deliberate. His concentration worsened. . . . after a battery of tests at UCLA, Beaumont was diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s Disease; he faced premature senility, aging, and an early death.” Charles Beaumont died on February 21, 1967 at the age of thirty-eight.

Today, we honor the ninetieth anniversary of the birth of Charles Beaumont. From August 15 – 18, PulpFest 2019 will celebrate this fine author and other “Children of the Pulps.” You can click here to download the convention’s 2019 member registration form. You can also book a room directly through the PulpFest website. Just below the PulpFest banner at the top of the convention’s home page,  you’ll find a link that reads “Book a Room.” Click the link and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can place your reservation.

We hope to see you this August at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, PA.

(Charles Beaumont was about ten years old when the first issue of PLANET STORIES — dated Winter 1939 and featuring front cover art by Frank R. Paul — appeared on American newsstands. He was the perfect age to become “A Child of the Pulps.” Again, we quote from Beaumont’s “The Bloody Pulps,” first published in the September 1962 PLAYBOY:

“If you were a prepubescent American male in the Twenties, the Thirties or the Forties, chances are you performed the ritual. If you were a little too tall, a little too short, a little too fat, skinny, pimply, an only child, painfully shy, awkward, scared of girls, terrified of bullies, poor at your schoolwork (not because you weren’t bright but because you wouldn’t apply yourself), uncomfortable in large crowds, given to brooding, and totally and overwhelmingly convinced of your personal inadequacy in any situation, then you certainly performed it.

Which is to say, you worshiped at the shrine of the pulps.”

Although Beaumont would break into the pulps proper with a story in the January 1951 issue of AMAZING STORIES, most of his early fiction would appear in the science fiction digests. One of these — ORBIT SCIENCE FICTION — featured three Beaumont tales, including “Hair of the Dog” in its July-August 1954 number. Leading pulp artist, Rudolph Belarski, would contribute the front cover art for the issue.)

Happy New Year from PulpFest!

Dec 31, 2018 by

Your PulpFest organizing committee — Jack and Sally Cullers, Mike Chomko, Bill Lampkin, and Barry Traylor — would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy new year.

You can ring in the new year by registering for PulpFest 2019! Join us to celebrate mystery, adventure, science fiction, and more as we explore “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories.” The convention will focus its sights on the pervasive influence of pulp magazines on contemporary pop culture. We’ll also be honoring the life and legacy of science fiction author and pulp fan Philip José Farmer with the members of FarmerCon XIV.

Of course, PulpFest 2019 will also have a dealers’ room filled with detective and adventure pulps, science fiction books and magazines, westerns and digest magazines, original art and illustrations, vintage paperbacks and collectible comic books, unique films, and much more.

Running from August 15 – 18, 2019, PulpFest will be back at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” in Mars, PA. Conveniently located at the intersection of three major roadways, the DoubleTree boasts a world-class restaurant in an open air setting. There are many other restaurants nearby — some within walking distance — suitable for a variety of tastes. The more adventurous can discover plenty of dining, shopping, and nightlife just a short drive away in downtown Pittsburgh. The DoubleTree offers ample free parking, free wifi for its guests, and two complimentary breakfasts per room during your stay.

You can book a room at the DoubleTree simply by clicking the “Book a Room” button right below the PulpFest banner.

To thank those members who will be supporting PulpFest by staying at our host hotel, the convention will offer free early-bird shopping on Thursday evening in the PulpFest dealers’ room. That’s a savings of $35 if you stay at the DoubleTree and register in advance! What a great deal for the holidays!!!

(Since Thanksgiving, PulpFest has been saluting Street & Smith’s terrific general fiction pulp, THE POPULAR MAGAZINE. We’ve been turning to the magazine for our holiday covers, including the First February number for 1929 — dated January 7, 1929 — with cover art by Stockton Mulford.

If you’d like to learn more about THE POPULAR MAGAZINE, visit PulpFest dealer and presenter Ed Hulse’s Murania Press. Ed’s book, BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER PRESENTS: PRIDE OF THE PULPS features a lengthy, in-depth survey of Street & Smith’s prestigious all-fiction magazine.)

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Season’s Greetings from PulpFest

Dec 24, 2018 by

The PulpFest organizing committee — Jack and Sally Cullers, Mike Chomko, Bill Lampkin, and Barry Traylor — would like to wish everyone a healthy and happy holiday season.

Why not treat yourself to a holiday gift and register for next year’s convention? Better yet, bring your entire family to PulpFest. Pittsburgh is a great city to visit, particularly when the Pirates are in town!

From August 15 – 18, 2019, PulpFest will be back at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” in Mars, PA. We’ll be celebrating mystery, adventure, science fiction, and more as we explore “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories.” PulpFest 2019 will focus its sights on the pervasive influence of pulp magazines on contemporary pop culture.

The fiction and art of the pulps continues to reverberate through a wide variety of mediums — comic books, movies, paperbacks and genre fiction, television, men’s adventure magazines, radio drama, and even video, anime, and role-playing games. The rough and ragged pulp magazines have had a profound effect on popular culture across the globe.

PulpFest 2019 will have presentations on Sherlock Holmes, western, detective, and science fiction, WEIRD TALES author Arthur J. Burks, the pulp influence on comic books, sword and sorcery, women pulp artists, Rod Serling’s THE TWILIGHT ZONE, and more. We’ll also be celebrating the life and legacy of science fiction author and pulp fan Philip José Farmer with the members of FarmerCon XIV. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Grand Master of Science Fiction.

So happy holidays to one and all. We hope to see you at the DoubleTree. To make a reservation, just click the button below the PulpFest banner to “Book a Room.”

(Beginning with Thanksgiving, PulpFest has turned to Street & Smith’s general fiction pulp, THE POPULAR MAGAZINE, for its annual holiday greetings. We’ll continue with the Second January 1930 number — featuring front cover art by Edgar Franklin Wittmack — for December. The issue was released on December 20, 1929. Come back in a week to catch our cover for the new year!)

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Catch “Children of the Pulps” on Instagram

Dec 12, 2018 by

PulpFest has started a series on Instagram called “Children of the Pulps.” We’re discussing the profound effect of the rough-paper magazines on the evolution of popular culture across the globe.

The creators of the pulps, as well as their fiction and art have reverberated through a wide variety of mediums. Pulps have influenced comic books, movies, paperbacks and genre fiction, television, men’s adventure magazines, radio drama, and even video, anime, and role-playing games.

Today, we feature a short historical review of continuing characters. Tomorrow . . . The Shadow knows!

You should too! Follow PulpFest on Instagram at

(“Odysseus in the Cave of Polyphemus” was painted by Jacob Jordaens, c. 1635.

We also hope you join PulpFest in August 2019 for “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories.” We plan to explore the many ways pulp fiction and pulp art have influenced writers, artists, film directors, software developers, game designers, and other pop culture creators over the decades. Click the registration button below our home page banner to become a member of PulpFest 2019!)


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Help Choose the 2019 Munsey Award

Dec 10, 2018 by

Every year, PulpFest recognizes those who work to keep the pulps alive for this and future generations with the Munsey Award. A service award, it honors Frank A. Munsey, the publisher of the first pulp magazine. William Lampkin won our 2018 Munsey Award. You can read about Bill by clicking here.

We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 Munsey Award. Previous winners of the Lamont, Munsey, or Rusty Award are not eligible for the award. Click here to see our previous winners.

To nominate someone for this prestigious award, please provide a brief statement of your reasons. Send it to PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at You can also reach Mike at 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542.

The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2019. The living Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Award winners will select the receipient. The award will be presented on Saturday evening, August 17, at PulpFest 2019.

The convention will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. It will begin on Thursday, August 15, and run through Sunday, August 18.

(Pictured above, the Munsey Award was created in 2009 by artist David Saunders, the son of legendary illustrator Norman Saunders. Dan Zimmer of The Illustrated Press and publisher of ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE produced a limited signed and numbered edition of the award. The PulpFest Committee is indebted to both David and Dan for their generous support of our community.)

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