Mike Douglas
Entertainer, talk show host
Mike Douglas
Mike Douglas was an American "Big Band" era singer, entertainer, and television talk show host.
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A Look Back At 28 Memorable 'Soul Train' Performances
Huffington Post - 19 days
In 1970, Don Cornelius created the first musical television show catered to black audiences with the cultural phenomenon of “Soul Train.” Launched as a local television program in Chicago in 1970, the music variety show ― hosted by Cornelius ― was syndicated in other national markets a year later and it ran until 2006. Similar to Dick Clark’s music-performance show “American Bandstand,” “Soul Train” featured guests dancing to latest music hits and served as a platform to showcase black music acts, including Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Janet Jackson, and Destiny’s Child.  The influential show also spawned the creation of the Soul Train dance line and, eventually became the longest running nationally-syndicated music program in television history. Cornelius said during a 2010 USA Today interview that he launched the show to give viewers an alternative to then-popular talk shows, “The Mike Douglas Show,” and “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” which were mostly targete ...
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Does Not Play Well With Others
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Today I was privy to a phone conversation that has left me in a complete state of amazement, I mean talk about shock and awe. You tell me what YOU think. Much to my dismay at 7:30 M's phone rings. Yes 7:30. This morning. On my day off. Apparently it was his friend confirming that there was a foursome ready to go for a 9 a.m. tee time. This is what I heard: M: Yes we are meeting at 9. B and H are playing with us, you've never met them, but they're great guys, it will be fun. See? I am still in total disbelief. Is this guy really committing to a four-hour golf game, plus lunch and a scotch or two with two guys he's never met? Ladies, correct me if I'm wrong but crazy right? If this was me, and I called my friend to see if we were still on for a day of, let's say shopping as opposed to a physical activity, because she works out like a fiend but I only do pilates twice a week, and by pilates, I mean I lay on the reformer and move my legs around in between sips from my coffee cup, a ...
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'The Loudest Voice in the Room,' by Gabriel Sherman
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
The Loudest Voice in the RoomHow the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News - and Divided a CountryBy Gabriel Sherman(Random House; 538 pages; $28)Gabriel Sherman's biography of Fox News boss Roger Ailes has just been published, but it's already a classic in a subgenre that might be called Enraged TV Executives Throwing Things. Here's another, from his days as a political consultant, as recalled by one of Ailes' colleagues: When he would have his emotional moments, he'd throw his donuts across the room. ... According to Sherman, he once said the following to then-Sen. A lack of cooperation didn't deter Sherman, who traces the start of his subject's career back to the 1960s, when Ailes was a producer for "The Mike Douglas Show" and a TV consultant for Richard Nixon's 1968 presidential campaign. The general public is just not sophisticated enough to wade through answers. [...] at least some of Mr. Nixon's answers should end with a ... specific, graphic, succinct, memorable ...
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The Political TV Commercial as a Pivotal Component in American Presidential Politics and National Leadership by Q Score
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Ever since Madison Avenue advertising man Rosser Reeves convinced Dwight Eisenhower to use him and TV commercials to run for the presidency in 1952, the political TV commercial has become a pivotal component in American presidential politics. Four years earlier Reeves tried to interest the then Republican candidate, Thomas Dewey, in the approach. But Dewey "did not buy the idea of lowering himself to the commercial environment of a toothpaste ad," related Robert Spero in his 1980 book The Duping of the American Voter, Dishonesty & Deception in Presidential Television Advertising. The Eisenhower commercials were coordinated with the campaign's slogan -- "I Like Ike." Indeed, one spot featured a song especially written by Irving Berlin titled "I Like Ike." There was an early understanding by Reeves that television best communicates feeling and emotion, not information. TV, as media theorists later described it, is a "non-cognitive medium." Thus the Eisenhower ads -- stressing ...
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My Occult Boyhood
Huffington Post - over 3 years
For me Halloween has always been more than just a holiday for costumes, parties, and trick-or-treating. It is a time of year that summons up occult interests that grew deep in me in childhood -- that stage of life when mysteries could appear wherever you looked. Especially when you weren't sure what you were looking for. My earliest brush with the occult began on a quiet Sunday morning in the mid-1970s at a diner in the Queens neighborhood where I grew up, a place of bungalow-sized houses and cracked sidewalks that straddles the invisible boundary between the farthest reaches of New York City and the suburbs of Long Island. As a restless nine-year-old, I fidgeted at a table crowded with parents, aunts, and older cousins. Bored with the grown-up conversation, I wandered toward the front of the restaurant -- the place where the real wonders were: cigarette machines; rows of exotic-looking liquor bottles above the cashier counter; brochure racks with dating-service questionnaires; a ...
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'Sunday Kind Of Love' Singer Dies At Age 87
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
LOS ANGELES — Fran Warren, whose 1947 recording of "A Sunday Kind of Love" was one of the classic hits of the big band era, has died. Alan Eichler, a spokesman for the singer-actress, said Tuesday that Warren died March 4 of natural causes at her home in Brookfield, Conn. She was 87. Warren's career spanned more than 50 years with hits that included the Tony Martin duet "I Said My Pajamas (and Put On My Prayers)," the Lisa Kirk duet "Dearie" and "It's Anybody's Heart." Her films roles included "Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd." She frequently appeared and performed on the talk shows of Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin and Steve Allen. Warren is survived by two daughters, a son-in-law and two nieces.
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Mark Anthony Neal: Reflections: The Supremes and the Politics of Image
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The meteoric rise of The Supremes in the 1960s can be best measured in the context of singular tragic events in American history: When President John F. Kennedy was murdered in Dallas in November of 1963, few knew who The Supremes were, yet when Dr. Martin Luther King was murdered in Memphis in April of 1968, Diana Ross and the Supremes appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson to help bring sense to the tragedy. That many of the front-line Civil Rights activists like Bob Moses, Diane Nash, Stokely Carmichael and the Greensboro Four -- Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair, Jr., and David Richmond -- were barely out of high school, like The Supremes, is a reminder of how these young folk literally changed the world. While no one will ever mistake the Freedom Summer of 1964 for a groundbreaking appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the Supremes and Motown were waging a battle on behalf of African-Americans within the realm of image making. The success of the Sup ...
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Bryan Cain-Jackson: The Amazing Kreskin Express Concerns on Today's Social Habits and Makes New Prediction
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The Amazing Kreskin is perhaps one of the most fascinating personalities of our time. He has made many predictions that have come to pass. Mr. Kreskin is known as an entertainer, however, he should be considered in the truest sense -- a mentalist. Having appeared on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show more than any other guest has in its history, in addition to multiple guest spots on David Letterman and tens of thousands of public appearances; Kreskin has lived a truly unique and adventurous life that has culminated in his latest book, Conversations with Kreskin. The legendary mentalist and I sat down for a truly enriching conversation. Thank you so much, Mr. Kreskin for taking the time out to talk with me today. I can't express to you how much of an honor this is to me. I appreciate you taking the time, Bryan. I really do. How are you today? I'm doing just fine, thank you for asking. How are you doing? Well, believe it or not I actually have some good news - ...
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WATCH 17-Month-Old Boy Drives Golf Balls Like A Pro
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
This 17-month-old boy goes by "Peanut," and the Internet is going crazy over how he can crack a golf ball. In this YouTube video titled "Golf Baby," the talented tot cleanly makes contact time after time with a full swing. The performance is both impressive and cute. And if you've ever been to a driving range, you know that many adults have trouble hitting the ball squarely. Of course, the sight of a tyke displaying ability off the tee immediately brings to mind Tiger Woods, who, as Yahoo! pointed out, was showing off his skills on the "Mike Douglas Show" at age 2. (See video below.) But Peanut's left-handed swing (with a right-handed club, as many YouTube watchers point out) is more reminiscent of southpaw stars, such as Woods rival Phil Mickelson and reigning Masters champ Bubba Watson. Needless to say, other outlets are picking up on Peanut's viral video. After all, everybody loves a prodigy in the making. But maybe we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves. T ...
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Al DeLuise: Mistaken Identity: How I Suddenly Became A Movie Star (In Iceland)
Huffington Post - about 4 years
From the moment I began writing my blog, and then when The Huffington Post picked it up, I have been having a blast. My whole life I got rejection letters from strangers and praise from family and friends for my writing. I was skeptical of both. But with my blog suddenly literally thousands of strangers are reading my writings and, although I do get some negative feedback, most responses have been wonderful. Above and beyond the writing two things happened that had me absolutely laughing out loud. When I was first invited to have my blog on the Huffington Post, the editor also asked me to provide to her 10 things I learned about women now that I was over 50. Considering I haven't been in a real relationship in quite a while it took me some time but I was able to piece some together. I passed it along to my editor and waited to see it online. After a few months of not seeing the article I forgot about it and continued to post to my blog. One thing that I found very ...
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Myra Chanin: Happy Birthday to the World's Weirdest Comic: Professor Irwin Corey, the Gibberish Maven
Huffington Post - over 4 years
At the ripe age of either 98 (per Wikipedia) or 100 (per his faded driver's license), Professor Irwin Corey, "The World's Foremost Authority," is still a man of many words, usually multisyllabic and unintelligible. No other comedian is so eloquent in his use of vocabulary and so incoherent through his abuse of it. Mostly self-educated, a voracious reader, still spry, hip, impish and still performing, albeit not as often as during his glory days, Corey built a thriving career on the synthesis of erudition and gibberish. Actually, he knows the meaning of every word he misuses. He appears on stage disheveled, wearing a cutaway, string tie, baggy pants and sneakers and wanders anxiously around. To remind himself why he's there, he removes some notes from his pocket, laughs silently at their hilarity, replaces them, pulls them out and reads them again before holding up his index finger for attention. He always begin by uttering the same word, However, followed by as many minut ...
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Kiss: monsters of rock
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
Warpaint, concept albums, 'misdeeds' and being embraced by middle America: Kiss tell their rock'n'roll tale in their own words You have to wash your hands before touching Kiss's new book. Given that only 1,000 have been printed, one would imagine the copy being shown to journalists in a hotel basement in London will be given a wipedown and sold along with the other 999. It would be a very Kiss thing to do. On the one hand, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons – long the only two members of Kiss who matter, and around whom drummers and lead guitarists rotate and revolve – want to make a statement about their legacy. On the other, their chosen instrument is an extraordinary collection of photos, almost as large as life – Kiss Monster Book is 3ft high and opens to 5ft wide – that won't fit on your bookshelf and will cost you $4,299. Kiss at their peak permeated American popular culture. Even now, after 39 years, they are still loved around the world, and still working – a new album, Monster, ...
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Former Georges Marciano homes for sale
LATimes - over 4 years
The three Beverly Hills trophy estates once owned by the apparel firm co-founder include the former home of Columbia Pictures honcho Harry Cohn and, later, talk-show host Mike Douglas. It's listed at $24.5 million. A trio of Beverly Hills trophy estates once owned by Guess co-founder Georges Marciano are being sold through a bankruptcy proceeding.
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Warriors Scoreboard: Softball Shuts Out Norton; Girls' Tennis Remains Perfect
Medfield Patch - almost 5 years
Warriors Spring Sports Scoreboard: Team (Record) Last Game Next Game Baseball (8-3, 8-2)  Beat Norton, 3-1, May 4 Monday, April 7 vs. Hopkinton, 3:45 p.m. Softball (6-6, 5-4) Beat Norton, 5-0, May 4 Medfield head coach Travis Taliaferro called Friday's victory the team's "best complete game of the season." Jackie Flint was dominant on the mound, not allowing a runner to reach second base while striking out eight to pickup the shutout victory. Ali Lucchesi led Medfield's offense, going 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored and Flint helped her own cause with two runs scored. Monday, May 7 vs. Hopkinton, 4:30 p.m. Boys' Lacrosse (8-3, 6-1)   Beat Holliston, 14-2, May 4 Eleven Warriors scored Friday to end Medfield's two-game slide and pick up a decisive TVL victory. "We were able to move the ball and control possession time throughout the game," said Medfield co-head coach Mike ...
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D-S Boys' Lacrosse Beats Rival Medfield
Dover-Sherborn Patch - almost 5 years
The Dover-Sherborn boys’ varsity lacrosse team took a huge step towards a potential Tri-Valley League title with a 7-5 victory over two-time defending Division 2 State Champion Medfield in Dover Friday night. Jared Spence scored a hat trick for the Raiders and Ben Newbert added two goals of his own, as D-S won its second in a row over their neighbors. The D-S defense handled a dominant Warriors attack thanks in part to goalie Ryan Goodall’s 8 saves. D-S Head Coach Brian McLaughlin was proud of his team’s effort, “Any time that you can come out on top against Medfield it’s a good night. The defense played really well tonight, Ryan played well in net.” Medfield had strong goaltending of their own from goalie Dougie Nelson who made nine saves, many of them from point-blank range. Medfield Co-Head Coach Mike Douglas praised his goalie, but could not hide his disappointment at the result, “He kept us in the game, gave us a chance going down the stretch. We just didn’t get it ...
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Warriors Scoreboard: Boys' Lax Wins 'Close Game' vs. Xaverian Saturday
Medfield Patch - almost 5 years
Warriors Spring Sports Scoreboard: Team (Record) Last Game Next Game Baseball (2-3, 2-2)   Lost to Wellesley, 7-6, April 17 Monday, April 23 @ Holliston, 3:45 p.m. Softball (3-3, 2-1) Beat Needham, 5-3, April 20 The Warriors pulled their record back to .500 with a two-run victory over Needham Friday. Jackie Flint earned the win from the mound, improving as the game went on. With a runner in scoring position in the seventh inning, Flint rose to the challenge and struck out the side to end the game.   In addition to Flint's effort on the mound, Medfield head coach Travis Taliaferro said he was proud of Ali Lucchesi's effort Friday as she started at third base for the first time this season. "She epitomized what we need to do to be successful this year," he said. "She played a complete game, making key plays in the field, going 2-for-2 with an RBI at the plate and perhaps most important was her instinctual play ...
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EXCLUSIVE: Kathy Griffin’s New Bravo Show Might Be Too Gay To Function
Queerty - almost 5 years
Kathy, Kathy Griffin’s new weekly series on Bravo, is not another season of her life on the not-so-D List. And it’s not a talk show in the traditional sense. Premiering Thursday night at 10pm EST, the hourlong show will be very free-form: No band, no skits—and no celebrities. Not that the stars foibles won’t be discussed. Griffin just wants to be able to snipe at them in peace. “I am not gonna have celebrity guests. Why would I?” she exclaims. “Nothing is off limits—no person is off limits. I just have to surround myself with civilians. I want to really be able to talk smack about [them], which I can’t do if they’re sitting in a swivel chair two inches away from me.” In fact, the only star sharing the stage with the redhead spitfire is her mom, Maggie, who will be Chuy to Griffin’s Chelsea. “Now that my mother’s become an international superstar, she’s trying to pull some difficult diva b.s,” teases Griffin. “Now she wants wine in a bottle.” Queerty’s Evan Mulvihill chatted wit ...
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Warriors Scoreboard: Baseball, Softball and Track Lose; Girls' Tennis Wins
Medfield Patch - almost 5 years
Warriors Spring Sports Scoreboard: Team (Record) Last Game Next Game Baseball (1-1, 1-1)   Lost to Hopkinton, 8-7, April 9 Wednesday, April 11 vs. Dover-Sherborn, 3:45 p.m. Softball (1-2, 1-0) Lost to Seekonk, 9-1, April 9 Monday's loss should have been a pitcher's duel, according to Medfield head coach Travis Taliaferro, but costly fielding errors led to a 9-1 defeat. Jackie Flint took the mound Monday in her first career varsity start and did not disappoint – hurling seven innings and striking out nine. Seekonk's Lindsey LeClerc stuck out 10 Warriors' batters and allowed just one run. Medfield took a 1-0 lead early but "several key errors" led Seekonk to the decisive victory. Lucy Allen scored the lone run for the Warriors, driven in by Allie Gianci. "Seekonk's steadfast defense was the difference because Jackie sure pitched a great game in her first career start," said Taliaferro. "She dominated some very ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mike Douglas
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2006
    Age 80
    The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia posthumously inducted Douglas into their Hall of Fame in 2006.
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  • 1990
    Age 64
    Douglas developed prostate cancer in 1990, but after surgery he was cancer-free and remained in good health until almost the end of his life.
    More Details Hide Details He died suddenly on his 81st birthday, at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Although the exact cause of his death was not revealed, his widow, Genevieve, told the Associated Press that he had become dehydrated while golfing a few weeks earlier on a blazing hot Florida summer day. Douglas had been treated at a hospital following this episode, but was apparently unable to make a recovery. Douglas was also survived by his daughters Kelly and twins Michele and Christine, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
  • FORTIES
  • 1971
    Age 45
    Douglas sang the "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the first Philadelphia Phillies game at Veterans Stadium on April 10, 1971, and also sang the national anthem prior to a Cincinnati Bengals-Miami Dolphins playoff game on December 23, 1973.
    More Details Hide Details He wrote two memoirs: My Story (1979) and I'll Be Right Back: Memories of TV's Greatest Talk Show (1999). He also wrote a cookbook, The Mike Douglas Cookbook (1969), featuring recipes from him, his family, and the show's guests. 40 years after Douglas began his talk show at KYW-TV, his granddaughter Debbie Voinovich Donley designed successor WKYC's new broadcast facility on Lakeside Avenue, completed in 2002. In 2007, a new documentary film Mike Douglas: Moments and Memories was shown on PBS stations. The Lily Tomlin comedy The Incredible Shrinking Woman shows the dwindling Pat Kramer appearing on Douglas's show, where he sings "Little Things Mean a Lot" in her honor.
  • 1967
    Age 41
    By 1967, The Mike Douglas Show was broadcast to 171 markets and 6,000,000 viewers each day, mostly women at home.
    More Details Hide Details It earned $10.5 million annually from advertisers, while its host was paid more than $500,000. In 1967, the program received the first Emmy Award for Individual Achievement in Daytime Television from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In July 1978, the talk show's home base was transferred to Los Angeles, where it remained until finally going off the air in 1981. Near the end of its run, the series switched to a traveling roadshow format and became The Mike Douglas Entertainment Hour, but this change failed to boost falling ratings. After his series was cancelled, Douglas hosted CNN's Los Angeles-based celebrity interview show, People Now, taking over the hosting duties from Lee Leonard. He was replaced in January 1983 by WTBS personality Bill Tush. Douglas became a local cultural icon in Philadelphia, often inviting prominent players from the city's professional sports teams to be guests on his show (he had a particular affinity for the city's pro football team, the Philadelphia Eagles, constantly referring to the team as "Our Eagles", and he could often be seen in attendance at Eagles' home games, especially whenever they appeared on Monday Night Football). He also assisted in mayor Frank Rizzo's campaign against derisive jokes often told by outsiders about the city, acting as chief spokesperson for the "Anti-Defamation Agency" Rizzo had set up for this purpose.
  • 1966
    Age 40
    The show helped introduce entertainers such as Barbra Streisand and Aretha Franklin. After the move to Philadelphia, Douglas also attempted to revive his own singing career, logging his lone Top 40 single as a solo artist, "The Men In My Little Girl's Life" in 1966.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1963
    Age 37
    The Mike Douglas Show rapidly gained popularity, and ultimately, national syndication in August 1963 on the five Westinghouse-owned stations.
    More Details Hide Details The show was broadcast live on KYW-TV in its city of origination, but this practice ended in 1965 after guest Zsa Zsa Gabor used the phrase "son of a bitch" when referring to stand-up comedian and comic actor Morey Amsterdam of the Dick Van Dyke Show. As KYW-TV's owner, Westinghouse Broadcasting, successfully had a station swap with NBC overturned by the FCC, Westinghouse returned to Philadelphia on June 19, 1965 with call letters KYW, along with the station swap came The Mike Douglas Show, which aired its first Philadelphia-based show on August 30, 1965. Even after ownership reverted to NBC, WKYC in Cleveland continued to carry the program for many years afterward. Guests ranged from Truman Capote and Richard Nixon to The Rolling Stones, Herman's Hermits and Kiss, with an occasional on-camera appearance by Tim Conway (who would later be discovered at WJW-TV, also in Cleveland). Moe Howard of "Three Stooges" fame was a guest several times, with a pie-fight inevitably happening at the end of the interview, and platform speaker on nonverbal communication (body language) Dr. Cody Sweet.
  • 1961
    Age 35
    Douglas next surfaced in 1961 in Cleveland, where a onetime Chicago colleague hired him for $400 a week as an afternoon television talk-show host at WKYC-TV, then known as KYW-TV.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1950
    Age 24
    In 1950, he provided the singing voice of Prince Charming in Walt Disney's Cinderella.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1950s, Douglas, living in Burbank, California, tried to keep his singing career going, working as house singer for a nightclub and going on the road to stay busy. By the middle of the decade, rock-and-roll and doo wop had taken over the charts, which left many older performers in the musical dustbin. In the leanest years, Douglas and his wife survived by successfully "flipping" their Los Angeles homes.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1925
    Born
    Douglas was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 11, 1925, and began singing as a choirboy.
    More Details Hide Details By his teens he was working as a singer on a Lake Michigan dinner cruise ship. After serving in the United States Navy in World War II and as a "staff singer" for WMAQ-TV in Chicago, he moved to Los Angeles. He was on the Ginny Simms radio show. After that, Douglas joined the big band of Kay Kyser as a singer. Although big band swing faded from popularity as WWII ended, Kyser had to continue performing due to contractual obligations, and continued to log a few hits with Douglas, including two notable hits, "Ole Old Buttermilk Sky" in 1946 and "The Old Lamplighter" the following year. Kyser was responsible for giving him his show business name, and he continued to perform with the band until Kyser retired in 1951 due to health problems.
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