05.PS160.suffolk

by Kevin Walsh

49 comments

Ronald M. Levy March 16, 2013 - 11:55 am

Hello,
My mother Fannie S. Levy was the Assistant Principal and then acting Principal at PS 160 from about 1963 to 1973. She grew up a few blocks from the school in the 1920s and 30s. She died in December 2012 at 91. When my mother was working at PS 160, the children were mostly from Puerto Rican immigrant families. The Head Start program which many of the PS 160 school children participated in started while my mother was working at PS 160 and it made a big difference to the welfare of the children. Once my mother invited the Poet Carl Sandberg to visit the school. He came and read poems to the children.
Sincerely,
Ron Levy

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HAYDEE June 18, 2014 - 6:46 pm

I WENT TO THAT SCHOOL IN 1967TO1975 FROM PREKINDERGARDEN TO 6TH GRADE I REMEMEBER MISS PORCORCHAK WOW LONG TIME I WOULD LIKE TO FIND FRIENDSFROM THAT TIME I FOUND ODETTE AND HER SISTERS

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Pedro Perez December 27, 2018 - 6:39 am

Oh my god so did I remember oddette

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Pedro Perez December 27, 2018 - 9:26 am

I attended P.S.160 1969-1975 there where only 2 maybe 3 Dominican kids including myself .I remember the name Odette she was sort of bully.

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Mila Ramos March 5, 2019 - 6:58 pm

Hi Haydee! I remember Ms. Pakorchak. A petite woman with light brown short hair and glasses. The most evil tempered woman I’ve ever met.

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Paul Mazur January 29, 2019 - 3:22 pm

Was your mother a first or second grade teacher as well? I was in her class 1961-62. My mother Rachel was a school aide during most of the 6 yrs I was there. She became friendly with Mrs. Levy and both yr parents came to my Bar Mitzvah party at Juniors restaurant in downtown Brooklyn! I have a photo somewhere of yr parents taken at the party. What a small world!
Paul Mazur

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Mila Ramos March 5, 2019 - 7:06 pm

Hey Paul Mazur! I think I remember your Mom as a good looking woman with very blonde perfectly coifed just above the shoulders hair, and nice fashion sense. The woman I remember resembled the other beautiful school aide Ms. Mango. Thoughts, clarification?

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Joseph Ciolino April 16, 2020 - 1:04 pm

Hey Paul,
You probably don’t remember me. We were in Mrs. Nemiroff’s class. Let’s see, who else do I remember..
Martin Nurudin (sp?) Fred Harris, Michele McKenzie, Vlady, Akim, Jaqueline, Stan…Mitchell Cohen… Anyway, if you read this look me up on FB and write me a message, let me know how you’re doing!
Joe Ciolino

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Mila Ramos March 5, 2019 - 6:55 pm

Hey Ronald M. Levy! I remember your mother. A woman of about average height for that era. Well groomed and stylishly dressed. Stearn but kind. I attended in the years starting with first grade, from 1963-1969.

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Blanche Kruk July 22, 2013 - 7:21 pm

My bothers and i attended ps 160 myself from kindergarden in 1961 through 6th grade in 1967/8 a time when the school and the neighborhood was still 50% european imergrants. i remember Mrs levy and our Principle mr Benjamin Katz. Carl Sandberg was friends with one of the teachers mrs micheal ann Neimeroff she used her maiden in previous years but i do not remember what it was. She was a 6th grade teacher when i got to 6 th grade there was a chair in our classroom signed by Carl Sandburg. Mrs Neimeroff was also friends with Charity bailey a famous folks artist educator her son JohnWhite was in my class. Your mom was a lovely lady she and Mr Kat were wonderful role models. I am sorry to hear of her passing. I have recently visited the halls of the old PS 160 which is now. Cultural center.
Regards
Blanche Kruk Garbarini

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Opal Ingram October 8, 2017 - 10:48 pm

Hello I went to Ps160 I have good memories it was a good school I remember Mr Katz our family live on Suffolk street I can remember as far back as 1964 –

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John Helak October 3, 2018 - 11:21 pm

The teacher associated with Carl Sandburg was Mildred Parsons, my 5th and 6th grade IGC teacher at PS 160. I would love to know what happened to her, to Mr Dubrowsky, and so many of my classmates. I still have my copy of “Rootabaga Stories” autographed by Mr. Sandburg, and remember the fresh pickle stand on Clinton & Rivington – fresh pickles or saurkraut for a nickle!

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Anonymous January 29, 2019 - 4:03 pm

Mrs. Parsons Nemiroff was my 6th grade teacher in the IGC class. We kids heard rumors she had Parkinson’s disease. She was quite nuts and seemed to enjoy embarrassing students. Did u have a bad experience in 6th grade as well?

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Paul Mazur January 29, 2019 - 3:47 pm

I was in Mildred Parsons Nemiroff’s 6th grade IGC class with my best friend. I hated her. She was a bully and seemed to enjoy embarrassing kids to tears (including me) All the kids hated her. She would bring her stepson into school when his private school was closed. A group of us would be given babysitting duty during lunch break. The rumor was she had Parkinson’s. Do you remember the orthopedic shoes she would wear? Also I remember a pickle stand on Essex St. right off Rivington. Don’t remember one on Clinton and Rivington but could have been. Regards, Paul Mazur

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Joseph Ciolino February 5, 2019 - 1:44 pm

Hi Paul the Internet is an amazing place. You probably don’t remember me but I was in you are six grade class with Mrs. number off and yes, I remember it as a living Hell. I don’t thinkMrs. number off had Parkinson’s but I’m pretty sure she had some kind of nervous condition that caused her to twitch and flinch and spasm she was just impossible, although quite a beautiful woman

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Mila Ramos March 5, 2019 - 7:15 pm

Hey Blanche Kruk! I attended school there and I remember you were in my sister’s class (her name was Elizabeth Osorio).

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Randi Feingold-Ramos January 15, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Hi…I went to P.S. 160 from Kindergarten (1964) to 6th grade (1970). You have opened up my memories. I remember Mr. Katz & Mrs. Levy. I lived directly across the street from the school on Suffolk Street. Our living room window looked into the assembly. My mother worked in the school. SHe started in 1964 as a school aide. Her name is Rhoda Feingold. She still lives at the same address. Do you remember other school aides, Evelyn “Mimi” Nuruddin, Shirley Steinberg & Lillian Hart?

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HAYDEE June 18, 2014 - 7:09 pm

I USE TO LIVE ON SULFFOLK STREET FROM 1964 TO 1975
WISH I CAN FIND MORE PEOPLES OR PICTURES GOOD MEMORIES

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Kathy Aleman May 17, 2018 - 5:02 pm

I believe Ms. Hart and Ms. Nuruddin went on to P.S. 142 on Attorney Street.

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Paul Mazur January 29, 2019 - 3:33 pm

My mother was a school aide as well (Rachel Mazur). She knew all the aides you mention. She was close friends with Evelyn Nurrurdin and I was friends with her son Marty. They stayed close until we moved to Brooklyn years later and Marty went to different schools after P.S. 160. I also knew Lillian Hart’s 2 daughters.

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Marc Josephson February 18, 2016 - 11:17 am

I went to PS 160 from 1956 to 1961. I remember Mrs Bard my 3rd Grade Teacher, and
Mrs Parsons my IGC 6-1 Teacher. We used to play Kickball in the schoolyard during recess. I lived on Delancey Street and used to walk to and from school with my mom. Sure wish I had some Class Pictures from back then. I remember buying sour pickles from a barrel across the street from the school. There was also a Matzoh bakery across the street that used to give the kids broken pieces for free. A great big “HI” to all of my PS 160 schoolmates!!!

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Amolia March 6, 2017 - 6:54 pm

why did ps160 close in the 1970s?

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Cheryl Brown Falcone April 10, 2017 - 9:44 pm

They built a new school that I think opened in either 1976 or 77. It was a round building about 4 blocks away. I can’t remember the name of it. I moved out of the neighborhood before having a chance to attend that school.

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Cheryl Brown Falcone April 10, 2017 - 9:41 pm

I went to PS160 from 1971 to 1975 when I moved to New Jersey. I lived on Norfolk Street the block over from the school. I remember Mrs Levy and I think Mr. Katz was a tall guy. My memories are a little different. My second grade teacher was Mrs Grant. She was amazing! Back in the days when there was no breakfast in schools she would bring in cereal, fruit milk and juice. She charged 2 or 3 cents for it but if you didn’t have it she would give you some anyway. She had what you call an opened classroom where we had free time to roam around the room and find thing to learn about. She built this cardboard house we could play in and I remember doing puppet shows in class. The sad thing is that the year after I was in her class, she was killed in a car accident. I was so upset. I couldn’t sleep for days. I also had Mr. Swizen, (not sure of spelling) I also remember Mrs Susman and Mr Berman who became the guidance counselor the following year. Also, we had a fire in the hallway closet when I was in 2nd grade. We had to evacuate and walk through smoke and stand out in the cold for an hour. There was also a rumor that the 5th floor That was closed off had a fire and a student was killed. Not sure how true that was but it was pretty scary for me passing the gated stairwell. Kids would say it was haunted and you could hear the kid crying up there. Boy that terrified me!! LOL!! Also, there was a shooting in the school yard. The crazy thing was that it happened at 3pm when the kids were suppose to get out of school. Only it was a half a day and the school yard was empty when it happened. I remember running to the school yard when I saw all the police cars and seeing two people laying covered with blankets. That was one of the things that made my mother want to move out of the neighborhood. I missed it when I left. I want to mention my friends Glenda, Yvette and Luz from Norfolk Street. Lunch times we were free to roam around. We would Go to the pickle stand on Essex and get 3 pickles for 5 cents. Also, We would go to those two candy stores on Norfolk Street or the cheap pizza shop on the corner of Essex and Delancy. I had another friend Grisella who lived on Suffolk and her building had a fire and they were living in a burned out building. I would love to contact them again.

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Linda Griggs January 23, 2020 - 9:45 pm

Hi all,
I would love to know more about the fire story CHERYL BROWN FALCONE mentioned. Did the rest of you hear it when you were kids there too?
I have a studio on the fourth floor in a classroom. The building is now an arts center.. Artists on the fifth floor still tell that story, ghost of a little girl and all. But I haven’t heard anyone saying she could be heard crying.
I actually can’t find any evidence about a fire either. It’s a commonly held belief and it’s on the art center’s website (minus the ghost girl). The architect of the building, C. B. Snyder, was an innovator of fire safety measures for schools so I’d hate for his name to be besmirched by fictitious fire.
So, for it to be a true story, the timeline is off. One website says the fire was in the 1970s. But kids were telling the story before 1970.
Another website says the city closed PS 160 in 1973, but there’s another ps 160 in Queens so maybe there’s some confusion?

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Rosalia May 3, 2017 - 10:13 pm

I went to ps160 too,live in suffolk st.Spoky school.It was a castle to me those days,so big!And yes there were lots of P.R. People from P.R.nice place.yes this cookie fabric.IWent to school in 1965until 1971.Nice thoose está!

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Marina Kapassakis June 26, 2017 - 6:20 pm

I remember PS. 160. I attended from 1948 to 1952, then went to Sumner JR HS 65 on Forsyth Street. I lived at 142 Suffolk Street. I remember how much fun school was and all the wonderful teachers. Mostly, I remember, Mrs Meehan, Ms McLaughlin amd Mrs Ratkowski, My very favorite was Mrs Charlotte Walsh. She was my fourth grade teacher who used to tell us… “Put your Thinking Caps on.” She said this when she was giving us an oral test. I passed this saying on to my grandchildren. Mrs Dawley was the Principle and everyone was scared of her as she was very strict! I remember Flag Day as we did the Maypole Dance and everyone dressed in red, white and blue.My best friends were Rose DiGaetano (wish I could locate her), Arline Silverman, and Maria Flores. I have soooo many memories of PS 160!!
I loved growing up in the lower east side. The people there were like family and we were mostly Immigrants, who loved America and the opportunity it gave us.

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Angela Cannata August 3, 2017 - 8:57 pm

I was excited to read your comments on PS160. I lived across the street on Rivington where I was born. I also attended the school from 1948 to 1952. You brought to mind Mrs. Ratkowski. She was a heavyset women who always wore a pretty watch or pin on her blouse or dress. I remember the fire drills in the basement. Scared me to death! Remember the lunch area too and after lunch playing dodgeball in the schoolyard. Do you remember leaving every Wednesday afternoon to go to religious instructions at Our Lady of sorrows church? Wish you were here to sit and talk to. ☺️☺️

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Melvin Orlinsky May 10, 2018 - 2:59 pm

Hi,
I went to PS 160 from, I think 1945 until I went to a Junior High located in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge several years later.

I lived at 55 Suffolk Street. A few doors down from my building was a poultry shop where two identical heavyset women worked, often plucking feathers from chickens. They always wore wide flowing dresses with colored flowers printed on them. The women looked just like my teacher at PS 160, Mrs. Ratkowski. One day while walking by the poultry shop I noticed that the two women had been joined by a third heavy set identical woman in yet another colored flower print dress. Mrs Ratkowski was part of a team of triplets! In fact I wonder if the sisters didn’t alternate teaching us at PS 160. If not they shared the flower print dresses.

Excuse me but if you were in her class when the weather was hot you must remember Mrs. Ratkowski’s overwhelming body odor…. I sat in the front row!

I remember the schoolyard of PS 160 where stick ball games were organized by kids and the sidewalk where only boys played marbles and I remember the corner candy store where I would buy a chocolate drink we called an egg-cream… I don’t remember too much abut the school classes but I was taught to read and write and I only remember Mrs. Ratkowski doing that.

And I remember the wonderful odor of the freshly baked bagels from a basement shop next to the school…

And my best friends… Andrew, Sheldon, Carlos. Black, White, brown… In those days at P.S. 160 it didn’t what color or religion you were, and in my life it hasn’t mattered since to me, my kids or grand kids.

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Opal Ingram October 8, 2017 - 11:00 pm

wow I remember Mrs Charlotle Walsh I remember that line I say that all the time when I want to remember something Let me Put my thinking caps on one of my friends was name vilma and petra – vilma live in the same building on Suffolk street

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Mickey January 2, 2019 - 10:29 am

I attended the same years also, lived at 107 Clinton Street. I remember the same Principal you mentioned. Also remember Mrs Reilly, Mrs Feldmeser. I clearly remember during a fire drill i accidently stepped on her foot in the stairway. She kicked me in anger.., and my leg was bruised. When my mother was told by me she went to my school the next morning and proceeded to choke her until Mrs Dawley and other teachers stopped her. After that Mrs Feldmesser gave me straight A’s
I also attended PS 65

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Marta January 14, 2018 - 5:37 pm

Does anyone remember the name of the student burned/killed in the school. Was she Puerto Rican?

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Annette (then-Andu) March 18, 2018 - 11:42 am

Attended 160 from 1951 to 1957. Remember Ratkowski and Walsh, had her in 4th grade, winning 3rd grade class spelling bees against the twins Lance and Vance, working on projects with Ellen and Martin and ending up at PS 188 for the SP program, not to mention the social fun I had after school with names I won’t mention. Great memories! Hot dogs at the deli on Rivington st. yum.!.

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Elba February 3, 2019 - 4:01 pm

I attended ps 160 from 2-6 grade 1951- 1956-1957 my Name is Elba Natal my bff back then was Digna Sanchez

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Manuel Medinauguración Jaca. February 26, 2019 - 11:55 pm

My brother and I lived in Norfolk St and attended PS 160 from kinder Garden to first grade between 1959 to 1961.My brother keeps a 1959 group photo.It a beautiful school,where jewish , chinese,Puerto ricano. Children learned to live togetter.

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Mila Ramos March 5, 2019 - 7:30 pm

It was such a pleasure to find this site. I attended from 1963- 1969. Starting from first grade to sixth, my teachers were Ms. Walsh. Ms. Probouce. Ms. Sufferin. Ms. Diamond. Ms. Esperson. Mr. Dubrosky. Music teacher Mr. Genero. Princpals Ms. Levy and Mr. Katz. I also remember the Custodian Charlie. In my fifth grade class he had a fight with my best friend Vandela Power’s father. Charlie hit him over the head with a hammer and Mr. Power never regained conscious. The cops deem it self defense and Charlie was back at work within days. Yes. I should be in therapy!

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Gregory Ramirez April 14, 2019 - 1:21 pm

Wow great memories to my mind . Looking to visit the place were we I studied.Please be free to reply.

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Mila Ramos March 5, 2019 - 7:47 pm

Would love to know if anyone remembers. Ms. Harts daughters, Linda and Dawn, the twins Betty and Terry, and their cousin Cherie. Dinorah and her sister Lillian. Sahyllis Diaz and her cousin Fransisco Diaz. Herman Figaroa and Hector Ayuso. Spresha and Shepye.

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Peri March 29, 2019 - 9:30 am

Wow, I had been looking for the school my mother went to as a young girl (she is now 92 years old) and today I found it. She lived directly across the street and I remember her apartment building had the school across from their home which I would see when I would visit my grandparents. Nice to see your memories and finally find the block-Suffolk. My grandparents had a dress store on Clinton Street and that was so much fun to visit as a young child too. My job was to close the belts on the dresses. Memories are great…

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Gregory Ramirez April 14, 2019 - 12:08 pm

Hi my name is Gregory Ramirez and i lived just across the school ,back in fith grade 1965 Norfolk St. Wonderful school were kids lived together . I remember Mt. Katz ,Mrs Ratkoswski and and i think her last name is or was Mrs . Pokorshop best teacher. Nice nemories back there .My friends , that i remember , Paul Troyano , Stanley Davis. I live now in Puerto Rico and work in a Youth Detaine Center as Director of the Correctional facility. Hope some one sees my comments.

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Paul Kklempner April 28, 2019 - 3:21 pm

1948 Mostly Jewish back then. Better times.

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Mila Ramos June 3, 2019 - 12:38 pm

Hi Peri! Was her dress shop called Miller’s?

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Jeffrey Knopman September 3, 2019 - 4:31 pm

I attended PS 160 from 1956-1961 and then went to JHS 22. I was in the 6th grade IGC class with Mrs. parsons. And yes i was incredibly scared of her. She had to be pulled off of me by other teachers as she was choking me with both of her hands because I spilled a bottle of brown paint on a project we were working on. And yet, she truly was the best teacher I ever had.

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Aurea Santaliz October 9, 2019 - 7:30 pm

I went to P.S.160 from 1956-1962…great memories and great teacher and awesome classmates! 2 girls remain on my mind and I wish I could communicate with them…Maria Morales and Magda Matias!… hope they are well.Favorite teachers… Mr.Dubrowsky, Ms. COHEN, Ms.Esperson, Mr. Taylor and Mr. Siederman…my Principle was Mr.Katz .

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Nina demertizis November 3, 2019 - 10:44 pm

Wish we could meet to reminisce

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Roy Bohlin December 30, 2019 - 12:41 pm

I attended PS 160 3rd to 5th grade from 1955 – 1958. I remember Mrs. Walsh and her having us put on our “thinking caps,” she was easily my favorite teacher there too! I have wondered what happened to her.
I lived on Clinton and worshipped at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. My best friends were Roberto Santiago and Andrew (forgot his last name). I would love to connect with old acquaintances.

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Angel Diaz March 4, 2020 - 9:17 pm

YES, I attended from 1965 to 1972, my brothers and sister also attended, I remember Ms. Levy and Mr. Katz and teachers Mr. Benjamin Mr.kremin and Mr . Arguia,

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Tommy hammond April 11, 2020 - 2:50 am

Hello everybody how much is 160 and used to live by Norfolk Street I remember miss Sussman Mrs parade is Mr. Berman Mr. Swinson Mrs. washer is my first grade teacherI played basketball for the team that I was number two when Danny Aguilar moved to 142

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Juan SANTIAGO May 19, 2020 - 8:28 pm

I went to PS160 from 1960-1966. I lived at 142 Ludlow. I loved going to school there. I remember Mrs Levy. She taught me how to read. When I left to go to JHS 22. My most
Significant memory was in Nov 22, 1963. We were in the auditorium when a teacher came and whispered to the teacher our President JFK was murdered in Dallas. They
Dismissed us early and went home. My mother and father were watching the TV and crying. Other than that I loved living in the LES.

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