and other services offered.
March 19-22 - Attending the annual meeting of the
Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) in Knoxville.
Updated Book Lists for the New Year
the Greats: Profiles of Turkey Hunting's Old Masters
Read a sample here (Chapter 2, on Simon Everitt).
Priced at $39.95 plus $5 shipping and handling, and of course I’ll be
honored to sign and inscribe it as per your request.
Contact me today or
order online now!
Sporting Classics Daily Book Expert
was announced in early January 2013 that Jim Casada has been named Book
Expert for Sporting Classics Daily. He will contribute several
columns online each week. From
Africana to upland game, Jim will provide a wide range of
timeless classics for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy and
cherish in the years to come.
The Literature of Turkey Hunting
(SEOPA) conference held in late
September 2012, my book, The Literature of Turkey Hunting: An Annotated Bibliography
and Random Scribblings of a Sporting Bibliophile, won two first
One in the Outdoor Entrepreneur category for promotional
efforts connected with selling the work and the second as the best
outdoor book of the year.
Copies of the
award-winning book are still
available. However, it was published in a signed and numbered limited
edition of 750 copies, and they won’t last long!
your copy today for just $100
postage and insurance).
The Complete Venison Cookbook: From
Field to Table
With fairly frequent inquiries
from folks asking if I had this book, I decided to dip my toe into a
pool of technological water I have heretofore avoided. I’ve
moved forward to make The Complete Venison Cookbook: From Field
to Table once more available. This
time around it is in both printed and e-book form.
The e-book is now available by checking
Amazon or other on-line sources.
Here’s the real skinny on the book. It is
paperbound, 201 pages, and contains 210 venison recipes, dozens of
sauces and marinades, a dozen full menu suggestions featuring
venison, and information on field preparation, aging, and care of
venison. The book’s sections include: Choice Cuts, Crockpot Cookery,
Venison on the Grill, Ground Venison and Cubed Steak, Soups and
Stews, Sausage, Jerky, and Little-Used Parts, and Suggested Menus.
The book is quite reasonably priced at $14.95, and for my
online customers only, from now through the month of June, I’ll
pay the postage. You can order through my website using PayPal, or
just send a check to me c/o 1250 Yorkdale Drive, Rock Hill, SC
29730. Bon appétit!
Introducing Close Calls
Jim Casada Wild Turkey Legend
Limited Edition Box Call
Master Call Maker Ron Clough of Close Calls maker of Hi End custom made
turkey box calls is now accepting orders for the 6th in his series of
Wild Turkey Legends — The JIM CASADA. Lid and front are made from Alaska
Yellow Cedar, a beautiful & rare turkey call wood. Artwork on lid is
hand painted over the lasering...note the colorized South Carolina state
quarter embedded into the unique fantail handle and the Collector’s
edition is autographed by Mr. Casada. Each call will be signed, # &
dated on the base by the maker. $100 each The Casada Legend is also
available in an AWESOME Hunters Edition. Lid is Black Locust & Front is
Wild Cherry. Great for the Collectors shelf or your turkey woods for $60
PRINT OUT & ORDER YOURS TODAY
Order online at www.Close-Calls.com.
For more information contact Ron Clough, 12940 Goosedown Farm Rd.,
Worton, Md. 21678. E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 410-778-4746.
Big Game, Natural History, And Exploration
I have finally
completed a massive “storage shed cleaning”
effort, at least for items having to do with Africa! Download the
complete list of over
Another effort recently undertaken was a thorough inventory of
turkey hunting literature and other related items I have available
Check out the
(of well over 200 items)!
The Bibliography is Here
The Literature of Turkey Hunting: An Annotated Bibliography and the
Random Scribblings of a Sporting Bibliophile
this week I received two preliminary copies of The Literature of
Turkey Hunting: An Annotated Bibliography and the Random Scribblings of
a Sporting Bibliophile from the printer. I’m delighted with the
appearance of both the book and the slipcase, and hope others will be
similarly pleased. As I have noted in recent newsletters, the book was
“done right” in terms of quality. It features Smythe-sewn binding,
classy Skivertex material for both the book cover and the slipcase, a
ribbon marker, all edges gilt, the use of gilt on the cover and spine,
80-pound stock, a selection of color photographs, and other attributes
of a fine book. The book’s cover is in a striking blue, nicely offset by
the maroon color of the slipcase and ribbon marker.
It is produced in a limited, number, and signed edition of 750 copies. The
book contains 580 annotated entries, current prices are given for books
dealing exclusively with turkey hunting, and there is coverage of
various matters which should be of interest to anyone who is a collector
or reader of the literature of the sport. My good friend and fellow
sporting scribe Jim Spencer lied most graciously in his Foreword. The
work’s 11 chapters cover the following subjects:
Chapter 1—“Suggestions on Forming a Turkey Hunting Library”
Chapter 2—“The Vagaries of Book Values”
Chapter 3—“Some Notes on Arrangement and the Scope of Coverage”
Chapter 4—“Books on Turkey Hunting”
Chapter 5—“Tom Kelly Books”
Chapter 6—“Scientific Books and Pamphlets on Turkey Hunting”
Chapter 7—“Pamphlets, Leaflets, Booklets, Bulletins, and Other
Chapter 8—“Books with Some Coverage of Turkey Hunting”
Chapter 9—“Elusive Items, ‘Ghost’ Titles, and Sights Unseen”
Chapter 10—“Magazines and Annuals”
Chapter 11—“A Peek in the Crystal Ball”
Appendix—“Book Terms, Condition, and Related Information”
The book contains 18 pages of introductory material, 171 pages of text, and
a separate section of color photographs. It is $100 (includes shipping
and insurance), and you can order through this Web site (use PayPal) or
by mailing payment to me c/o 1250 Yorkdale Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29730.
For those of you who ordered and pre-paid for the book, I will be
shipping your copies, via insured media mail, on September 27.
If you are interested but would like a bit more detail, you can
read a sample chapter
here, and there is a photo of the book and slipcase there as well.
Say NO to Backcountry Fees in the Great Smoky
Mountains National Park
No matter where you live, please sign this petition if you oppose the
'Restructuring Proposal' submitted by the Great Smoky Mountains National
Park to charge fees for the use of backcountry campsites.
Get more information and sign the petition here:
O’Connor, a sequel to The Lost Classics of Jack O’Connor,
more than forty of his great stories, none of which has previously
appeared in book form, have been carefully selected to reflect the
diverse interests and wide-ranging knowledge of the man. The book
includes a Foreword by his son, Brad; an Afterword by a close friend in
his later years, Buck Buckner; and an Introduction, Note on Selection,
and other material by yours truly. I also made the selections for the
book and did the editing, with plenty of assistance and input from Chuck
Wechsler, the Editor of Sporting Classics magazine.
Running to more than
400 pages, the book is illustrated by numerous photos, many of them
never previously published, and is a “must read” for all O’Connor fans.
I have the trade edition in stock at $35
plus $5 postage and handling,
and of course I will be glad to sign and inscribe copies. There is also a
limited, slipcased edition, and I expect to have a small number of these
to offer for sale (at $90 plus $5 shipping) in two or three weeks. I
will take advance orders for those as well.
Order online now through PayPal, or by personal check made to me and mailed to 1250 Yorkdale Drive, Rock Hill, SC 29730.
Want more O'Connor?
View the list of
duplicate books I've just compiled and have in stock. Please note
that some new items appear, as well.
A Southern Sportsman:
The Memoirs of Henry Edwards Davis
Edwards Davis is best remembered as the author of The American Wild
Turkey, a work published in 1949 which many feel is the finest
single volume ever written on the subject. Yet Davis was much more than
an accomplished turkey hunter. He was a skilled craftsman whose favorite
call (which he made) sold a couple of years back for $55,000, the
highest price ever paid for a turkey call. He was a fine wood worker, a
gunsmith who made many of his own guns, and as this new book reveals, a
sportsman for all seasons.
At some point in the
1950s Davis wrote his sporting memoirs and his secretary (he was a
lawyer by profession) carefully took his handwritten account and turned
it into a lengthy typescript. At that point in time Davis was
unsuccessful in finding a publisher interested in the book, although
just why this would have been the case, given the fascinating contents
of the book, is a mystery to me.
languished in obscurity for a half century, although there were several
copies floating around (I have had a photocopy for perhaps 20 years).
Then a retired South Carolina game warden with a nose for research and a
willingness to work ferreting out every possible detail, Ben Moise, took
the project in hand. The result is a lovely book, nicely produced by the
University of South Carolina Press.
My connection with the
project involved the writing of a Foreword offering a biographical
appreciation of Davis along with providing a bibliography and some of
the photos used in the book. I’ve been a student of Davis for years and,
as a collector, have accumulated various items connected with his
The book has a bit of
everything. If you are a fan of wings (or well-endowed young women), the
title of one chapter, “Hunting the Hooters,” will immediately catch your
eyes. Rest assured it has nothing to do with the popular chain
restaurant with its scantily clad waitresses; instead, Davis lived in a
time when it was legal to hunt owls; and he did so with a vengeance.
Similarly, there’s a chapter on hunting hawks, one devoted to the quest
for bobcats, and plenty of somewhat more predictable fare in the form of
coverage of hunting whitetails, squirrels, quail, and, of course,
The gun nut will find
plenty of interest, inasmuch as Davis was a man greatly interested in
flat-shooting rifles, the performance of various cartridges, the eternal
argument of shotgun versus rifle for turkeys, and the like. All in all
this is a delightful book which takes the reader back to a hunter’s
experiences spanning a period from late in the 19th century
(he hunted with Confederate veterans) to mid-20th century.
I’ve got it in stock,
signed by both Moise and me. The 400+ page book is $29.95 plus $5
shipping and handling, and I think you’ll agree with me that it takes
the reader back to a world we have largely lost in extraordinary
You can order by
sending a check or money order to Jim Casada, 1250 Yorkdale Drive, Rock
Hill, SC 29730-7638 or through my Web site
Fly Fishing in the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park: An Insider’s Guide to a Pursuit of
“I am fascinated by this book and will be from now
on. This is the complete book about fly fishing in the Smokies. It is
obvious that Jim Casada knows more about Park streams, the area’s
history and heritage, and our sport than anyone I have met. It is a
owner of Little River Outfitters
“If your passion is trout of the Southern
highlands, this book will prove to be as indispensable as a favorite rod
and wading boots.”
Venable, longtime columnist for the Knoxville News-Sentinel.
“This is a book anyone who knows or plans to visit
the Smokies will cherish, but also a book that anyone who takes pleasure
in fine writing about the outdoor world and especially fly fishing will
admire greatly. I do.”
Lyons, noted fly-fishing book author, from the Foreword
Out a Sample of the Book’s Contents
This is a book I’ve
mentioned repeatedly in my monthly newsletter and in public appearances,
and for me it is my “book of a lifetime.” The 448-page book features
detailed coverage of all the major streams of the nation’s most visited
national park along with insight on even the smaller feeders. In
addition, there are dozens of helpful graphs, scores of both vintage and
modern photographs, a detailed list of outfitters and guides, a folding
map which is tucked into the book and can be carried with you on the
trail, an extensive annotated bibliography, and much more.
With a Foreword by
acclaimed angling writer Nick Lyons, this book features a lifetime of
knowledge and insight gained from untold days and years of blissful
casting and wading in the finest wild trout water east of the Rockies.
If you are interested in the history of the high country of western
North Carolina and east Tennessee, want to know more about fishing in
the Smokies, or are seeking detailed information on tactics and
techniques which work well in the region, this book is for you. You’ll
enjoy all sorts of anecdotal tidbits, take to the stream with endearing
old timers, and find answers to about anything imaginable about the
Smokies and their fishing.
The samples will give
you a feel for the flavor and flair of the book. They include the Table
of Contents, the full text of two chapters covering streams (one in each
state), a selection from the coverage of “Seasons of the Smokies,” and a
stream graph of the type provided for all the Park’s major drainages. I
think you’ll find the material of interest, and it’s but a hint of what
The book is available
in both hardback and paperback formats. Both include the folder map
showing Park trails and designated backcountry campsites. For the
hardbound version, send $37.50 plus $5 postage and handling, while the
paperbound version is $24.95 plus $5 postage and handling.
You can order by
sending a check or money order to Jim Casada, 1250 Yorkdale Drive, Rock
Hill, SC 29730-7638 or through my Web site
using PayPal. I’m scheduled to have the books in hand on August 21
and will start filling orders immediately.
Download samples here (pdf file size 503KB) ...
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"Fly Fishing in the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park:
An Insider’s Guide to a Pursuit of Passion"from
High Country Press
Radio Station WRHI Interview
On Nov. 23, 2009, Jim Casada did a 30-minute
interview on local radio station WRHI’s “Straight Talk.”
Take a listen if you are so inclined.
(Please note, this page may take a moment to load.)
It deals, for the most part,
with the background to and nature of Jim’s new book, “Fly Fishing in the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park: An Insider’s Guide to a Pursuit of
Great Smoky Mountains TV Webcast
Smoky Mountains TV webcasting network offers unique and entertaining
programming from in and around the Great Smoky Mountains.
Jim Casada recently
sat down with host James Dukes to talk about his new book, Fly
Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park: An Insider’s Guide
to a Pursuit of Passion.
Jim says, “If you are
so inclined to listen to me ramble and reminisce for 20 minutes or so,
go to http://www.greatsmokymountains.tv/ (to the right of the video
screen, scroll down to "The Smokies Tonight, Jim Casada"). You don't need to watch much of
this, unless you are in desperate straits seeking an antidote for
But honestly, Jim’s
interview offers an inside look at the man behind the book and his
lifelong Pursuit of Passion.
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“The Best of Tom Kelly”
A long awaited book
sure to be a classic. After a lot of prodding from my good buddy Jim
Spencer and me, Tom Kelly agreed to let us select stories from his many
books to make up a new work, “The Best of Tom Kelly.”
The book, published in
a limited, numbered, and signed edition of 1,000 copies, bound in full
leather and with gold lettering on the spine, a ribbon marker, all edges
gilt, etc., is a dandy.
It contains 34 of
Tom’s finest stories, Spence and I wrote introductory comments, the
Colonel added his witty preliminary remarks, and the end result was a
book no Kelly fan can ignore.
Get yours while it is still available and
while I’ve got copies. $75.
biography of Robert Ruark (more info below) written by his secretary, Alan Ritchie,
“Ruark Remembered,” is a dandy, and I was honored to be chosen to edit
I also edited “The Lost Classics of Robert Ruark,” and I’ve got it back
Then there are three anthologies of Rutledge’s writings I’ve compiled,
“The Lost Classics of Jack O’Connor,” a couple of fly-fishing books,
several cookbooks, and much more.
Furthermore, I have some special recent acquisitions:
The Wilderness of the Upper Yukon. With a new Foreword by Jim
Casada (I'll gladly sign and inscribe if you wish). Camden, SC: The
Premier Press, 1987. Number 316 of a limited edition of 3000. Bound
in full leather, all edges gilt, ribbon marker, Smythe-sewn, raised
hubs on spine, and other features of the bookbinder's art. A true
classic. As new, xxxviii, 390 pages. $100.
Edouard Foa, After Big Game in Central Africa.
With a Foreword by Jim Casada.
Camden, SC: Briar Patch Press, 1987. Limited, numbered edition of
500 copies. This is #324. Full leather, all edges gilt, ribbon
marker, linen slipcase, and all the other attributes of a top-class
book. As new. I’ll gladly sign. Listed on the Internet for prices of
$500 or more; this one only $275.
Gordon-Cumming, A Hunter’s Life in South Africa. With a
Foreword by Gary Clendennen. Camden, SC: Briar Patch Press, 1987.
Limited, numbered edition of 500 copies. This is #324. Full leather,
all edges gilt, ribbon marker, linen slipcase, and all the other
attributes of a top-class book. As new. I could not find a copy
offered anywhere. A beautiful book in every sense. $300.
(Editor), Fireworks in the Peafield Corner. Clinton, NJ:
Amwell Press, 1986. Signed by the artist, publisher, and editor.
#786 of a limited edition of 1000 in a slipcase. Leather-bound.
About fine (slight signs of wear at top of spine) in a fine
slipcase. Even the trade edition of this book is now selling for
prices in the $400-$500 range. Extremely desirable and the first
I’ve offered in years. Only $450.
Order online now ...
Lost and Found
Check out the new listing of
Jack O'Connor books available for sale, as well as some great
Derrydale Press books!
As many of you
know, I’m a great admirer of the work (though not necessarily the
life) of Robert Ruark.
dug up a whole batch of Ruark-connected items I’ve had stored away
for a decade or more, added a few more recently acquired items, and
created a separate listing of them. Take a
look, and you’ll find
copies of most everything he wrote, along with material relating to
him. If you are a fan, I hope you locate something of interest to
you or that will fill a gap in your holdings.
I also made another delightful discovery amidst the dust and
toil. I served on the advisory board of the Premier Classics
published back in the 1980s and 1990s. These books were published in
beautifully done limited editions, bound in full leather, with all
edges gilt, ribbed spines, ribbon markers, marbled endpapers, and
in-depth new introductions by authorities in the field.
I found two copies each of three works in
Finally, I've updated
my complete list of Turkey Hunting Books,
and added some NWTF framed prints for sale!
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while back a fellow from over Wilmington,
N.C. way (that’s Ruark’s boyhood stomping grounds) whom I’ve known for a
good while, Steve Bliss, contacted me with some fascinating news. It
turns out that the manuscript of a lengthy biography of Ruark written by
Alan Ritchie, who served as Ruark’s secretary from the early 1950s up
until Ruark’s death in 1965, had just come to light. Steve and a
companion who is deeply involved with the Ruark Museum at Southport (and
who knew Ruark personally), George Saffo, shared that glad information
with me and did me the singular honor of asking me to edit the work for
Here are the details: Alan Ritchie, Ruark Remembered (edited
by Jim Casada). The trade edition is $40 and the deluxe edition
(leatherbound, slipcased, and with a photo of Ruark and Harry Selby
signed by Selby tipped in) is $90 (Sorry, the
deluxe edition is SOLD OUT).
Online Now ...
Cooking With Remington
A recently-released book by Jim and Ann Casada, Field to Feast: The
Remington Cookbook, is intended to round out the Remington
story as a sort of companion to The Art of Remington Arms and Remington, America’s Oldest Gunmaker.
Jim and Ann wrote the book drawing on experience they have garnered over the years in enjoying the results
of hunting and in the preparation of a number of prior cookbooks.
These include The Complete Venison Cookbook, The Ultimate Venison
Cookbook, Wild Bounty, Backyard Grilling, Wild Fare and Wise Words,
and contributions to several other culinary tomes. $35.
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Other Books of Interest
Beginner's Guide to Fly Fishing
Throughout my youth and adolescence I fly fished with a will, and
since some of the fine streams of the Great Smoky Mountains National
Park were almost literally in my backyard (one was within easy
biking distance), that meant plenty of marvelously misspent hours
astream. A half century has come and gone since those first
footsteps in the world of fly fishing, but my passion for the sport
remains unabated. Fifteen years ago or so I wrote an award-winning
book, Modern Fly Fishing, on the subject for the North
American Fishing Club. Now I have distilled a lifetime of experience
into a basic primer, Beginners Guide to Fly Fishing, on the
subject. It is just out, published by Barrons, and I'm delighted
with the job they did. The 96-page book features plenty of
illustrations, an attractive layout and design, and the finest
quality paper and binding I've ever seen in a paperback book. While
it is a basic guide, even veterans of the long rod and whistling
line should find tidbits of knowledge they welcome.
It is a pleasure to offer the book at a very reasonable price of
$12.95 plus postage and handling. Of course I'll be delighted to sign
and inscribe copies, and the book would make a great gift
for anyone interested in this delightful approach to angling.
Tall Tales, Gibberish & Malarkey While Hunting Wild Turkeys
For years I have periodically enjoyed a hilarious little newsletter
distributed periodically by the Rev. Bill Privette. The good
minister long since lost a little corner of his soul to the wild
gobbler, and now he has turned his adventures, misadventures, and
love of the sport to good effect in the appropriately entitled Tall Tales, Gibberish & Malarkey While Hunting Wild Turkeys.
The edition is limited to 500 numbered and signed copies, and I have
managed to procure a number of these. One goes directly into my
collection, but the others can be yours, as long as they last, for
$27.50. The 141-page paperback is perfect-bound and contains 12
chapters offering pure delight. Order Now.
Be sure to check out the
(over 200 items) that I have to offer on turkey hunting.
The Special Tom Kelly Collection
I have five low numbered sets (96, 97, 98, 99, and 101) of the
leather-bound Tom Kelly Collection. The set consists of eight books
in four volumes, together with a slipcase to hold the collection.
The books are Tenth Legion and Better on a Rising Tide
(Volume 1), The Season and Dealer’s Choice (Volume 2),
The Boat and A Year Outside (Volume 3), and Faces
in the Crowd and A Few Loose Chapters (Volume 4). These
sets are part of a special edition consisting of 1,000 numbered and
signed copies. The first 50 copies were reserved for the publisher
and are not for sale. I was fortunate enough to acquire these five
sets of numbers 51-250, which were reserved for subscribers. Number
251 through 1000 will be available to the general public. These
books are lovely to look at, with their bright maroon binding, the
gilt on the spines, the gilt edges and ribbon markers that
distinguish each volume, and striking color photos, protected by a
tissue sheet at the start of each volume. An absolute must for the
Kelly fan or collector. $250. Order Now.
Field to Feast: The Remington Cookbook
This cookbook is a celebration of Remington's
rich history and the way Big Green's guns and ammunition have helped
generations of American sportsmen put meat on the table.
Here's a sampling of
recipes from its pages, which are beautifully illustrated
with art work from the Remington collection featuring the efforts of
masters such as Lynn Bogue Hunt, Bob Kuhn, Tom Beecham, and others.
The book is published in both a regular edition and a special
limited, numbered one. Order yours today!
Fare & Wise Words: Recipes and Writing from the Great Outdoors
This is a collection of recipes (Ann and I were major
contributors) spiced up with apt quotations from great outdoor
writers from the past. Ann and I edited and compiled the work, and I
wrote the narrative portions that accompany it.
You can read a liberal excerpt
from my general Introduction to the book, along with a sampling of
fish recipes from its pages.
This is a joint project of the S.C. Outdoor Press Association, the
Harry Hampton Fund (a non-profit group in S.C. devoted to the
natural world), and S.C. Wildlife magazine. Appearance-wise
the book is a true “thing of beauty,” and at just $19.95 you'll want
to order yours today.
The Lost Classics of Jack O'Connor
boyhood I’ve been a great fan of Jack O’Connor, the greatest gun and
hunting writer of the 20th century. Finally that interest has come
to published fruition in a book entitled The Lost Classics of
Jack O’Connor. This work follows a format similar to that used
in The Lost Classics of Robert Ruark. I selected some 40 of
O’Connor’s finest stories; none of them ever published in book form.
I’ve also included detailed information on the man, a full
bibliographical essay, and other material. The book includes
extensive color and black and white photos. The Lost Classics of Jack O’Connor
is available in a hardbound trade edition of almost 400 pages
for $35 or a limited, numbered edition of 1,000 copies, bound in
genuine leather and housed in a slipcase, for $150. The limited
edition includes four extra stories and is signed by his son,
Bradford O'Connor. OUT OF STOCK.
The Marksmanship Primer
In recent years I’ve done considerable work for
Palladium Press as the Editor of their Firearms Classics Series that
reprints great gun books. Building on the success of that series,
they asked me to edit and compile a rifle and pistol marksmanship
primer. The result is a work entitled The Marksmanship Primer.
The 480-page book includes information and insight from many of
the greatest authorities on accurate shooting – Charles Asks, Jack
O’Connor, Townsend Whelen, Bryce Towsley, Wayne Van Zwoll, and a
host of others – along with my editorial input. Paperbound, $17.95.
In Backyard Grilling, Ann and I join two other
nationally known cookbook authors, Kate Fiduccia and Teresa Marrone,
in sharing 150 scrumptious recipes on grilling, smoking and deep
frying. Along with all sorts of tips and suggestions, these recipes
offer a simple, straightforward road map to being king or queen of
the culinary arts in your own backyard. Now available for
$21.95. Order Now.
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