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Friday August 30, 2013
 

By Phil Smith

Sixty years ago in 1953, Red Foote was the Wednesday night Modified winner at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Fred Luchesi was the Saturday night winner. Bud Matter and Johnny Savage were the non-Ford winners.

Fifty five years ago in 1958, Don Collins was the 25 lap Modified winner on Wednesday night at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl. Charlie Webster was the non-Ford winner. Johnny Sandberg took the Modified win and Ted Stack, the non-Ford win, at the shoreline oval on Saturday night.

Fifty years ago in 1963, Ray Delisle won a 50 lapper for the Modifieds at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl on Saturday night and Don Collins took a 25 lap Modified feature on Sunday. Walt Dombrowski and Jerry Dostie took Bomber events. George Janoski was the winner on the dirt at Stafford. The NASCAR Modifieds had a Championship event at the Southside Speedway in Richmond, VA. Ray Hendrick took the win over Red Foote, Mel Bradley, Eddie Crouse and Sonny Hutchins. The Eastern Bandits didn't fare so well. Eddie Flemke started on the outside pole but crashed out of the event and finished 28th. Dennis Zimmerman started on the pole and ended up 17th and Rene Charland finished 11th.

Forty five years ago in 1968, the weekend action started at Lee Raceway on Thursday night where Fred DeSarro took the win. It rained at Stafford on Friday night. Albany-Saratoga ran on Saturday night with Andy Romano taking the win over Maynard Forette, Lou Lazzaro, Rene Charland and Richie Evans. Bugsy Stevens ruled Norwood and at Islip, it was George Brunnhoelzl Sr. Dick Caso was the Modified winner at Waterford. Bill Sweet made it two in a row in Late Model Daredevil action. Bill Rafter won the 100 lap Langhorne qualifier at Lancaster. Gene Bergin, in the M-6 was the Sunday winner at Thompson.

Forty years ago in 1973, Tioga ran on Saturday night. Geoff Bodine took the win over Richie Evans and Jerry Cook. Bugsy Stevens blew the engine in the Koszela No.15 and ended up driving Pete Fiandacca's No.135 to an 11th place finish. Art Moran took the Modified feature at Waterford. Ron Cote was the Grand American winner. At Malta on Sunday, Richie Evans won a 150-lap contest. Bugsy Stevens, driving for Joe Brady, finished second. Leo Cleary finished third with Fred DeSarro, fourth.

Thirty five years ago in 1978, Roland LaPierre jr. recorded a popular win at Waterford. Dickie Doo Ceravolo finished second with Dick Dunn, third and at Seekonk it was Ronnie Bouchard over Geoff Bodine. Islip ran a 300 lapper on Sunday. Richie Evans took the win over Wayne Anderson, Jerry Cook and Satch Worley. Geoff Bodine won at Thompson over Ray Miller and at Monadnock it was Red Kimball over Pete Fiandacca.

Thirty years ago in 1983, Gomer Taylor was the winner at Waterford on Saturday. Eddie StAngelo won at Seekonk and Jim Spencer won at Tioga. Richie Evans won the annual Thompson 300.Corky Cookman finished a strong second with Kenny Bouchard, third. In Winston Cup action at Richmond, Bobby Allison took the win and Randy LaJoie won Rookie of the Year honors in the Grandnational division.

Twenty five years ago in 1988, Jerry Marquis put the Bob Judkins mount in victory lane at Riverside Park and Mike Stefanik won the Thompson 300 over Reggie Ruggerio, Doug Hevron and Mike McLaughlin.

Twenty years ago in 1993, Stafford ran on Friday night with Mike Christopher taking the win over Mike Paquet, Ted Christopher and Dennis Gada. At Waterford on Saturday night, Chris Jones took the win over Mark LaJunesse and Jerry Pearl. Eleven cars were taken out in an early race wreck. At Riverside Park it was Jerry Marquis over Ed Kennedy. Mike Ewanitsko, in the Art Barry No.21, won the annual Thompson 300 over Mike Stefanik and Charlie Pasteryak. Pasteryak led three times for over 100 laps and was headed for victory lane when his tires went away with 20 laps to go and was passed by Ewanitsko and Stefanik. Ted Christopher won the SK event, which was run in conjunction with the 300. Mark Martin was the Busch Grand National winner at Richmond and Rusty Wallace took the Winston Cup honors. In other news, it was announced that Geoff Bodine was released by Bud Moore and would be driving his own car the following week at Dover and Bentley Warren won his fifth Star Speedway Supermodified Classic.

Fifteen years ago in 1998, Tucker Reynolds was the Saturday night winner at Waterford as he beat out the high flying Dennis Gada. Jeff Pearl finished third. Mike Stefanik continued his dream season as he took the lead from Bryan Wall on lap 284 of the BGNN Thompson 300.Wall finished second with Jamie Aube, third. Bert Marvin won the companion SK-30 lapper. Ted Christopher finished second with Mike Christopher, third. In Winston Cup action at Richmond, Jeff Burton beat Jeff Gordon by inches. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Grand National preliminary.

Ten years ago in 2003, Ted Christopher passed Lloyd Agor after a late race re-start and went on to record his 68th win at the Stafford Speedway. Agor finished second with Bo Gunning, third. Dennis Gada hustled his way to the front on Saturday night at Waterford as he recorded yet another victory, which brought him closer to his fifth track championship. Rob Janovic finished second with Jeff Karns, third.

Out on Long Island at the Riverhead Raceway Chuck Steuer took the win over Dan Jivenelli and Wayne Anderson and at Wall Township Speedway in New Jersey Frank Polimedia was the victor.

The NASCAR Featherlite Modified Tour Series was at the Thompson Speedway for the annual Thompson 300. Forty-one Modifieds were on hand for the series’ longest event that carried a purse of $114,475. Tony Hirschman was the Busch Pole sitter and the winner after taking the lead from Jerry Marquis on lap 273. Marquis was strong but was no match for the Pennsylvania driver and had to settle for the second spot. Jeff Fuller finished third with Ricky Fuller and Tom Bolles rounding out the top five. Former series champion Mike Stefanik was an early leader until getting a flat tire on lap 99. NASCAR punished Stefanik two laps for intentionally bringing out the caution. On learning the penalty, Car owner Art Barry made the call to park the car.

Twin Sunoco SK-type modified events were run with Todd Ceravolo and Chuck Docherty taking the wins. In Winston Cup action at Richmond, Mike Skinner, pinch-hitting for injured Jerry Nadeau took the Busch Pole but was forced to start last after he wrecked in Happy Hour final practice. Ryan Newman took the win as the action was heated behind him. Kevin Harvick was running second with nine laps to go when Ricky Rudd hit him and parked him in the wall. Harvick went after Rudd in the pit area following the event. For his post race actions Harvick was fined $35,000 and put on probation for the rest of the year. It was a rough weekend for Harvick as he was bumped out of the lead the night before on the last lap of the Busch Series event. Johnny Sauter, who did the bumping, won the event.

In other news of the week, Joe Lewandowski accepted a position as Director of Business Affairs at the Waterford Speedbowl, Kurt Bush dropped his assault complaint against Jimmy Spencer and long time fan and friend of Bugsy Stevens, Ed Kearney Jr. passed away after suffering a heart attack.

Five years ago in 2008, The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour had the Labor Day weekend off before moving on to Thompson International Speedway for the Sunoco Modified Mania 150 on Sunday, Sept 7. Ted Christopher led the point standings as he had a 60 point lead over Chuck Hossfeld. Matt Hirschman sat in third spot, 26 points behind. Mike Stefanik and Ronnie Silk rounded out the top five. Sixth through 10th were Todd Szegedy, Eric Beers, Jimmy Blewett, Ed Flemke Jr and Rowan Pennick.

Don Lia, who was the series champion in 2007 was released from his NASCAR Craftsman Truck ride. He had 12th at Bristol in his last outing in the #71 Chevy TRG Motorsports entry. Lia recorded a win in the truck series earlier in the year at Mansfield Ohio and had been a consistent top ten finisher. Word had it that Lia will be entered in the upcoming Whelen Modified Tour Series event at Loudon and will be driving new '09 Troyer House car normally driven in the New York Race of Champions Series by Chuck Hossfeld.

It was literally “Showtime” at the Thompson Speedway on Thursday night as the Sunoco Modifieds (SK type) took center stage with a 50 lap event. Jimmy Blewett, driving the Eddie Partridge owned No. 12 started fifth on the grid and wasted little time in marching to the front. Kerry Malone was the initial leader but could not hold back the advances of Blewett who took the lead on lap four. After withstanding numerous restarts Blewett streaked under the checkers almost a half straightaway over Woody Pitkat and Malone. Todd Ceravolo who entered the event as the point leader increased his lead by two points over Danny Cates as he finished fourth. Cates, who has come into his own this year, has been persistent as he continues to keep Ceravolo in sight. Cates rounded out the top five. Keith Rocco, who had been fourth in track points plus is ranked high in NASCAR Whelen Weekly Racing Series points suffered a major setback when his engine expired shortly after the opening green.

In other Thursday Night Thunder action at Thompson George “MadDog” Bessette cleaned house in the Pro Stock division. Rick Gentes made it two in a row in the Late Models. Scott Sundeen MA, took top honors in the Limited Sportsman feature. Scott Michalski scored a victory in Mini Stocks while Leo Oliveira triumphed in the TIS Modifieds.

The Stafford Motor Speedway was the scene of another classic battle between Ted Christopher and Keith Rocco. Christopher, fresh off his recent NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Series win in Mansfield, Ohio won out over his former crew chief as he scored his 102nd career win at the Arute Family oval. Christopher and Rocco are also locked into a torrid battle for the track’s SK Modified Championship. Christopher is the defending champion. With the Stafford season rapidly winding down there won’t be too many opportunities left for Rocco to overtake his mentor. There are only two more Friday night dates remaining before the season ending Fall Final on September 28.

In other Friday night action at the Nutmeg oval, Dillon Moltz won his second consecutive and fifth overall Late Model feature of the 2008 season. Matt Chiarizio took the 15-lap DARE Stock feature and there were two first-time winners as Raymond Grassetti took the 20-lap SK Light feature and Darrin Havenec won the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature.

In the 40-lap SK Modified feature event, Christopher outlasted Rocco to take home the victory. Corey Hutchings jumped out to the early lead from the outside pole, but gave way to Curt Brainard on lap-3. Rocco moved by Brainard one lap later to take the lead and had Zach Sylvester hot on his bumper. Sylvester moved by Rocco for the lead on lap-10, but Rocco took the lead back on a lap-11 restart. Rocco held the lead to the half-way point of the race, which is when Christopher moved to the front of the field for the first time. Rocco gave chase to Christopher the entire second half of the race, but was unable to get by as Christopher took down his fourth victory of the 2008 season. Rocco finished second, with Jeff Malave, Sylvester, and Richie Pallai, Jr. rounding out the top-5.

In the 30-lap Late Model feature event, it was Waterford High School student Dillon Moltz taking his second consecutive feature win. Scott Cook took the early lead and led the first two laps before spinning in turn 2, which handed the race lead over to Michael Bennett. Bennett held the lead until lap-6 when Moltz charged into the lead. Moltz held the lead until lap-14 when Bennett went back to the front, but Moltz went back by Bennett on the next lap to retake the race lead. The race went green to the checkered flag with Moltz pulling away from Bennett to take his second consecutive feature win and fifth overall win of the 2008 season. Bennett finished second, with Ryan Posocco, Woody Pitkat, and Mike Mordino rounding out the top-5.

At the Waterford Speedbowl, the action began with Wacky Wednesday where Ryan Morgan, 14, scored his third Legends Cars victory of the season. Morgan absolutely dominated 20-lap Legends feature action. The Ledyard High School student had the field fully-covered by the early laps, and went on to triumph over perennial front-runners Jason Palmer and Max Zachem by a wide-margin.

On Saturday, heavy fog rolled into the area before the Waterford Speedbowl’s Double Down Shootout presented by Mohegan Sun Casino could be completed. Only three of the scheduled eight main events were run before cancellation. Winning features in the abbreviated event were Bruce Thomas Jr., (Late Model), Walt Hovey Jr. (Sportsman), and Randy Churchill Jr. (Mini Stock). Both 25-lap SK Modified features were victims of the cancellation.

Phil Rondeau, who has over 100 career victories at the shoreline oval, returned to action in the Late Model ranks and recorded a ninth place finish.

The New London Day reported that Terry Eames, the principal owner of 1080 Hartford Road, LLC, which owns the Waterford Speedbowl, would be in court on Sept 2 after filing a suit against Jerry Robinson, the leaseholder and president of the New Waterford Speedbowl, LLC, which ran the day-to-day operations of the track.

The suit was filed Friday, Aug. 15 in New London Civil Court. Eames said that Robinson had failed to pay property taxes in the neighborhood of $45,000 and had also failed to meet a payment plan for rent money from 2007, when he began running the track, as well as this year. Eames admitted the property taxes are ultimately the responsibility of both he and Robinson, but said, “it's fairly common for a tenant to lease things on what they call a triple-net lease.”

A triple-net lease is a lease agreement on a property where the tenant agrees to pay all real estate taxes, building insurance and maintenance on the property, in addition to any normal fees that are expected under the agreement, including rent. In such a lease, the tenant is responsible for all costs associated with repairs of the structural building elements of the property.

The True Value Modified Series suffered a rain-out at their scheduled holiday event at the Seekonk Speedway. With a steady rain through mid afternoon, a forecast that showed more of the same for the evening, and rain in surrounding areas, Seekonk management was forced to cancel the Del's Lemonade 100 for the True Value Modified Racing Series.

Get well wishes went out to three time NASCAR National Modified Champion Carl Bugsy Stevens who was recovering from the effects of Lyme disease.

In some good news, the Wall Township Speedway, which had remained closed for the 2008 season will host the annual Turkey Derby on Thanksgiving weekend. Former Public Relations director Mike Clayton made the announcement. Turkey Derby XXXV was a go for November 28th and 29th, 2008. Practice the two weekends before. Jim Morton is renting the track to run this race. No track owners involved. More details will be available next weekend, September 7th.

Kyle Busch was dominant Saturday night on the 2-mile oval at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., leading 144 of the 150 laps to race off with his seventh Nationwide Series victory of the season. Busch held off Sprint Cup rival Carl Edwards on a pair of late-race restarts, piling up his record 18th NASCAR victory of the season, including eight in Cup, and three in the Craftsman Truck Series.

Edwards, the defending Nationwide champion who was locked in a three-way points battle with leader Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski, finished second, followed by Brian Vickers, Jeff Burton, Jamie McMurray, Joey Logano and Clint Bowyer. Jimmie Johnson overpowered the field Sunday night at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., for his third NASCAR Sprint Cup victory of the season. Runner-up Greg Biffle had the next best car throughout the race, but he couldn't keep up with Johnson's No.48 Chevrolet, finishing more than 2 seconds back.

The Charlotte NC Business Journal reported that Bruton Smith, the Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman and chief executive expects the $78 million acquisition of the Kentucky Speedway announced in May to be completed later in the month. Concord-based Speedway Motorsports (NYSE:TRK) had a 90-day option from the time the deal was announced to make the purchase. With that deadline arriving this month, Smith says an announcement on the completion of the deal could come within a few days.

Last year, 2012, The Valenti Modified Racing Series made its first of two visits of the 2012 season to the Stafford Motor Speedway drawing 31 Modifieds for the 3rd Annual Shark Cycle 80. Tommy Barrett, Jr. was the big winner of the night, coming from the back of the pack to pick up his first career VMRS victory.

A restart with 15 laps to go saw Jon McKennedy briefly take the lead from Rowan Pennink before Pennink went back to the point. McKennedy settled into second with Barrett in third. Barrett made a strong move in turn 3 on lap-68 to move into second with Doug Coby fourth and Ted Christopher in fifth. Jimmy Zacharias came to a stop in turn 2 to bring the yellow back out with 68 laps complete. The restart was called back and on the next restart, Pennink and Barrett were side by side for the lead with Pennink the leader by a nose. Richie Pallai, Jr. and Norm Wrenn spun on the frontstretch to bring the yellow back out with 11 laps to go.

Barrett and Pennink were side by side on the restart with Barrett taking the lead at the line by a nose. Barrett got clear of Pennink the next lap and took over the lead but the race was slowed again by the caution as Joe Doucette spun in turn 4 with 10 laps to go. Barrett was the leader back under green with Pennink, McKennedy, Coby, Christopher, and Owen lined up behind him. Barrett was beginning to stretch out his lead over Pennink while Christopher was now fourth behind McKennedy with 2 laps to go. Barrett led Pennink back to the checkered flag to pick up his first career Valenti Modified Racing Series victory. McKennedy finished third, with Christopher and Owen rounding out the top-5.

The final Thursday night Thunder at Thompson for 2012 saw Lite Modified driver Cam McDermott secure his 12th victory of the season. Other winners in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action included Woody Pitkat in the Sunoco Modifieds, Tommy O’Sullivan in an action packed Late Model feature, Jay Sundeen in the Thompson Modifieds, Larry Barnett in the Limited Sportsman, and Chad Baxter in the Mini Stock division.

Woody Pitkat held off Ryan Preece in an exciting Sunoco Modified 30-lap feature. Pitkat took the lead on lap six and battled Preece until lap 20 when he was able to shake him off his rear bumper and drive on to the checkered flag. Kerry Malone held off Todd Ceravolo at the start to take the early lead. The top-four – Malone, Ceravolo, Woody Pitkat, and Ryan Preece – were bumper-to-bumper until lap three when Ceravolo went underneath Malone to challenge for the top spot. Malone held him off as Pitkat and Preece drove by Ceravolo using the outside groove. On lap six, Pitkat went underneath Malone and maneuvered around a lapped car to take over the lead in turn four. Preece moved into the second spot on lap 10 and attached himself to the back bumper of Pitkat. On lap 13, Preece went to the inside and took over the lead in turn three, but Pitkat retaliated and reclaimed the lead on lap 14. In a nail-biting duel, Preece challenged Pitkat several times, but Pitkat continuously closed the door. On lap 19, Pitkat pulled away enough from Preece to have some breathing room. The field began to stretch out until Pitkat took the checkered flag a commanding ten-car lengths over Preece.

Ceravolo finished third with Ted Christopher a distant fourth. Christopher was gunning for his 98th win at the speedway. Kerry Malone rounded out the top five. Jim Zacharias, who normally races in the Race of Champions Series in New York state was a surprise entry and found that the boys who run up front at Thompson play hardball. Zacharias finished sixth and was followed by Ricky Shawn and Wayne Arute.

NEAR Hall of Famer Leo Cleary predicted that Larry Barnett would win the Limited Sportsman feature despite never leaving the bottom groove on the track with the exception of two restarts in which he elected to take the outside. During his 40 plus year racing career Cleary was never shy about going "up top" to make a pass. Cleary stated, "when we ran the Firestone steamroller tires at Norwood Rene Charland and Ernie Gahan would block up the front row so no one could pass and the only way to go was up top and on the boards".

At the Stafford Motor Speedway on Friday night in NASCAR Whelen All-American Series feature action, Sean Foster was a first-time feature winner in the 40-lap SK Modified® feature, Adam Gray used a last lap pass to beat Tom Fearn in a thrilling Late Model finish, Ronnie Williams was a first-time winner in the 20-lap SK Light features, Carla Botticello picked up her first win of the season in the 20-lap Ltd. Late Model feature, and Kyle Casagrande took his 6th win of the season in the 15-lap DARE Stock feature.

Foster, who led from lap 1 led Ted Christopher to the checkered flag to pick up his very first career SK Modified® victory. Danny Cates, Dave Gervais, and Woody Pitkat rounded out the top-5.

In Saturday night action at the Waterford Speedbowl it was called Thunder on the Sound. The Thunder fizzled after five laps were run of the 150-lap Budweiser Modified Nationals SK Modified feature as rain started falling while the field was under caution for a turn two crash by Shawn Monahan. The event has been postponed to Sept 15 when the final 141 laps of the $5,000 to win SK Modified feature will be completed. The track will also run twin Late Model features on Sept. 15. September 15 is also the rescheduled date for a Whelen Modified Tour Series event at the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island. Among those who will have to decide on where to race on that date is Rowan Pennink who was in the field at Waterford and possibly Keith Rocco who may be back in the Boehler No.3 by then.

When the rains came Joe Perry was leading the SK Modified feature with Ed Puleo running second and Tom Abele Jr. running third. Nine events were scheduled for the program in total with five feature races completed before rain began falling.

Taking victories in the races completed included Todd Bertrand in a special tribute Northeastern Midget Association race. Keith Rocco scored a career first win in the NEMA Lite series after making his first-ever start in the division. Cam McDermott took home the checkered flag in a rain-shortened NASCAR Whelen All-American Series SK Light Modified feature and in INEX racing action, Joe Mucciacciaro landed his first career Speedbowl win in the Legend Cars and Ken Morin Jr. was declared the winner of the Bandolero feature.

The completion of the 16th annual Budweiser Modified Nationals SK-150 will take place on Saturday, September 15th along with the make-up Bob Valenti Auto Mall Late Model 30-lap feature from Thunder on the Sound. The remaining 141-laps of the SK-150 will join twin 30-lap Late Model features plus the Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Legend Cars on that date. This event has not been rain checked.

Special congratulations to Keith Rocco and Cassie Ceravolo who were united in marriage on Sunday, Sept 2. The bride is the daughter of Todd and Terri Ceravolo and the granddaughter of Dick and Joyce Ceravolo.

Ted Christopher took the NASCAR Modified win at the Riverhead Raceway on Long Island. Christopher and Ryan Preece have been regulars at the Long Island oval this year. Preece was not as fortunate as he was trashed by another competitor. Howie Brode finished second with Justin Bonsignore, third. According to those who were there Preece was passing Shawn Solomito on the outside for 3rd. Shawn stuffed him in the wall coming off turn 2. Two or 3 back markers ran into the back of him about 5 seconds later.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Series was at the Newport News Shipbuilding/Bayport Credit Union 150. There were 16 cars on hand. Jason Myers ended a 71-race winless drought with a NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour victory on Saturday at Langley Speedway in the Newport News Shipbuilding/BayPort Credit Union 150. Myers took advantage of some bad luck at the expense of Corey LaJoie to earn his first win since Aug. 5, 2006 at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. LaJoie, who led a race-high 71 laps, experienced transmission problems while leading the field to the green flag on a Lap 107 restart.

LaJoie, son of Randy and grandson of Don LaJoie was filling in for Burt Myers, who injured his left arm in a shop accident on Friday and looked to have the car to beat after rookie Danny Bohn experienced mechanical problems at the outset of the event. Bohn, earlier in the day, won his first career Coors Light Pole Award. Frank Fleming finished second followed by Andy Seuss in third. John Smith and Tim Brown finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Burt Myers stated that an air grinder exploded and a piece of disc went in his arm and cut a muscle.

In NASCAR Nationwide Series racing at the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ricky Stenhouse took advantage of a controversial late-race restart, which allowed Brad Keselowski and Justin Allgaier to stop for fresh tires and left Kevin Harvick, who dominated the race as a sitting duck. Harvick led 157 laps of the 1.5-mile superspeedway in his Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, but blamed eventual runner-up Brad Keselowski and the water bottle he tossed out the window of his No. 22 Dodge, for the final yellow flag and Stenhouse’s ability to pass him on the final lap.

Denny Hamlin won his second straight Sprint Cup race, holding off Jeff Gordon at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night. Martin Truex Jr. appeared to be positioned for his first win since 2007 until Jamie McMurray smashed the wall on the front straightaway, bringing out a caution with three laps to go. The leaders went to pit road, and Hamlin's crew got him back on the track first, just ahead of Truex.

While Truex struggled to get up to speed on the restart, Hamlin pulled away with Jeff Gordon right on his bumper. Brad Keselowski finished third, and Truex faded to fourth.

This week are several vintage racing photos from the Danny Pardi Collection, courtesy of SpeedwayLineReport.com & VintageModifieds.com.
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Phil Smith has been a columnist for Speedway Scene and various other publications
 for over 3 decades.

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