Todd Bachman
Todd Bachman, father-in-law of U.S. Olympics men's coach Hugh McCutcheon, has died. Bachman died Saturday when he and his wife Barbara were attacked at Beijing's ancient Drum Tower.
Published by Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News from Aug. 10 to Aug. 20, 2008.
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Loss of Todd was a loss of very a fine man. It has taken me this long to add my memories. I was slow to learn of his death as I was out of the loop living close to the Canadian border. I was a bit older but remember Todd as a very respected member of Delta Theta Sigma Fraternity. He was kind, thoughtful, engaging and dedicated to the cause of any group that he was part of. I was truly saddened by his loss. Blessed be his memory.
Alan Pikop
February 13, 2019
Valenda Newell
January 21, 2017
Your family continues to be in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you.
N. Charles
August 16, 2009
I was just reading the Fall Wartburg Magazine and learned of this terrible tragedy for your family. I just wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you and praying for you as you deal with this loss in your family. I'm so sorry that you have had to go through this. Peace be with you this holiday season. With love,
Sara (Max) Ceresa (Wartburg '96)
December 25, 2008
My heart goes out to this family. It was such an unnecessary waste of a valuable life, thinking of you from down under in Australia
David Hartshorn
September 22, 2008
My condolences to all of you who have shared lovingly in Todd Bachman's life. I don't know any of you personally, but can relate to his story as my father also died suddenly and tragically. Your family closeness is also shared by our family. Words cannot express the pain felt after such a great loss. Your family will be in my prayers. As difficult as it to understand, we are told that God is intimately aware and in control. In this confusing and difficult time, I grant you God's peace that surpasses all understanding. May you be comforted in the days ahead. Sincerely, Jill Lacher
jill lacher
September 18, 2008
It's been a long time, and we were never close friends, but I remember Todd as a thoroughly decent guy. I am very saddened by his death.
Bob E. Nelson (Washburn '64)
September 9, 2008
Dearest Barbara and Family,
We met our first year at the University.
Barbara, I have rich memories of your warmth, honesty, and humor.
I have joined all others, in constant prayer, for your comfort and healing. Warmest Sympathy. Mary Crane Grove
Mary Crane Grove
August 31, 2008
I am so sorry to hear of such an unexpected and tremendous loss. I also just unexpectedly lost my sister and know what you must be going through during this time. I remember he was always such a wonderful person when I used to work there. I pray that you will find the strength to move forward keeping him in your hearts and the wonderful memories you shared. Someone told me to keep my eyes on the stars in the night sky and to think of them as porch lights waiting to welcome your loved one home. So everytime you watch the stars think of him waving back letting you know he is happy and will always be watching over you.
Maggie Navarro-Bowring
August 29, 2008
I am sorry to be so late with my sympathies. I was in Minnesota on a vacation for three weeks. The tragedy occured on my second day there. I always felt that the Lord moves in mysterious ways. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to be there for my daughter who has been devastated with this loss. Cherie, my daughter, had been a part of the Bachman family for many years. Barbara, she always spoke of your kindness and the loving family. I always felt that her position as Todd's assistant was a blessing. She kept me informed each day on your progress. I also felt the Bachman's were extended family.
I know this is not going to be easy for you and the family, but with strong faith and belief you will feel his arms around you.
Have faith that the Lord is there for you and will see you through this.
God Bless you and your family and keep the faith.
Dee Fiedler
August 29, 2008
I went have known Mary Lou ever since elementary school and lived only a few blocks from their home in Richfield. I just saw Mary Lou at our class reunion a few weeks ago and spoke with her a good part of the evening. I was at the wake today and the turnout should bring you comforting thoughts of how many people Todd, and your entire family, have touched. My thoughts and prayers are with Mary Lou and your entire family as you deal with this untimely tragedy.
Darcy Debing
August 28, 2008
Dear Lloyd, Barbara and family: I was a classmate of Todd at the U of MN. He was a great friend and was a leader in the Horticulture Club. I have many wonderful memories of all the activities we were involved in. After graduation I didn't see him often, but always looked forward to speaking to him when I did. I thank God that I had the chance to visit with him at Don White's retirement reception in January. You all have been in my thoughts and prayers constantly since I heard the terrible news. I especially pray for your complete healing, Barb, since your family will need you so much. May you all be able to find God's blessings as you move forward in life. Love, Bonnie (Olesiak) Dinehart
Bonnie Dinehart
August 28, 2008
While working at Todds property he and Barb made us feel like family. Todd worked right along side us, and touched the hearts of all. I was shocked to hear of your loss. I know the thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
David Nordgaard
August 28, 2008
Susie I was saddened to hear about your families tragic loss, I'm truly sorry. I pray for your mom's quick recovery and for all your family at this very difficult time, God Bless.
Kimberly Hornyak Mohr
August 27, 2008
As a former Plymouth Bachman's employee, I am deeply saddened by the passing of Todd Bachman. I feel a certain connection to the entire Bachmans family having worked there for many years. I have found myself reading through the many entries of sympathy and memories on the Bachman's website over the past couple weeks and it's comforting to know that so many people in the world knew what all of us employee's knew. Todd was a great man, respected by all and will be forever missed. Thinking of you in heart and prayer over the next couple difficult days.
August 27, 2008
May you find comfort in the memories that are yours to cherish always, and strength in the companionship of those who share your loss...
Karen Haracz (Fridley Bachmans)
August 27, 2008
My deepest sympathy goes out to the whole Bachman family. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with Barb to continue a full recovery.
Tracy Davis (Duncan)
August 27, 2008
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Byron Gustafson
August 27, 2008
My deepest sympathies to the entire Bachman family and all of Todd's wonderful friends. I worked for the American Nursery and Landscape Association for several years and knew several of the Bachman family. My heart breaks and goes out to you all.
David Peiffer
August 26, 2008
Bob and I send our prayers and thoughts to the entire Bachman family in this difficult time. We hope that you will find peace and comfort from all the people who remember Todd with fondness and respect.
Barbara Higgins
August 26, 2008
We are so sorry for your loss and hope the thoughts, prayers and good wishes from people around the world are soothing at this difficult time. We wish the best to Barbara and all of the family.
Former Minneapolitians
August 26, 2008
May the love of family and friends comfort you during this difficult time. I have bought flowers from the White Bear Ave. store many times. I have always been satisfied with the service I was given. With deepest sympathy to the whole Bachman's family. God Bless always
August 25, 2008
My sincere condolences. Such a tragic event. Please remember the love that is so evident in hearing the family shared.
August 25, 2008
My heart goes out to your entire family. May the Lord give you the strength during this difficult time.
Deepest Sympathies.
Shannon Iten
August 25, 2008
Sorry about your family's loss. God be with you.
J Christensen
August 25, 2008
To Walt, Missy, and the entire Bachman Family-we send you our love & deepest sympathy.

The Reid Family
Lori Reid
August 25, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss of such a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. God bless you.
August 25, 2008
God knows all and will bring us to the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ. We love and support you in this time of grief.

God Bless, Steve
Steve Quist
August 24, 2008
I was a neighbor to the wonderful Bachman Store at 60th and Lyndale for many years. When my daughter entered the work force, one of her first jobs was at Bachmans. I have only good memories of the Bachmans and I am saddened by the senseless act of violence that has befallen your family in China. Having been to China and standing outside the Drum Tower as recently as March, 2008, I sincerely feel you pain. I pray for peace, healing and comfort for your family.

Dave Seed, Colfax Lane
David Seed
August 24, 2008
My sympathy to the Bachman family

It was tragic death and loss.

I nebver knew Mr Bachman but he must have been a great person

I hope that he has receives alot of llowers

I hope Mrs. Bachm,an that you will continue to recover and live a happy life

Mary Christianson
805 wildwood road Apt 317
Mahtomedi Minn 55115
marychristianson Christianson
August 24, 2008
You brought joy through the years to numerous person with your wonderful flowers. Todd will be missed but not forgotten. We send to you, Barbara and family our thoughts and prayers.
The Steve Konrad Family
August 24, 2008
Such a tragedy~
Our prayers go to all Todd's loved ones & to Mrs. Bachman speedy recovery. May the Lord completely embrace you with his Love & Healing. Trust God, he is there for you.
Becky Cram
August 24, 2008
My sympathy to all of the Bachman family. May you find comfort in the promise of life everlasting.

Pastor Ed DuBose
Ed DuBose
August 23, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
K Peterson
August 22, 2008
To Barbara & Bachman Family,
I hope you know how much your husband meant to everyone. I worked at a small Bachmans when I was 19 in St. Paul, I loved working there with flowers and using them as expressions of love. What a wonderful company to work for and Todd was truly behind the company that it has become. Your great family is truly the result of his everlasting love. Just remember all the wonderful times you have shared, and forgot the way he passed on. He will always be around your family and watch over all of you.
August 22, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
August 22, 2008
We are truly sorry for the loss of Todd Bachman. We enjoy the aspects of the floral business also, as that Bachman family has for decades. Our sympathy and good wishes go out to Barbara Bachman for her continued healing and for the difficult days ahead.

Woodlands Floral & Antiques
Gary & Jane & Allison Bachmann
August 22, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Glen Hausfeld
August 22, 2008
I am a high school classmate of Paul Bachman and lived in the same neighborhood. I am soooo very saddened by this loss of the Bachman's. Please know that I will have you all in my prayers at this time.
Cindy Krider
August 22, 2008
My condolences to the Bachman family.
Paul Sevald
August 22, 2008
Bachman's have always been an answer to our many social obligations. God Bless your lovely family, and guide you through this tradegy. Bernard and Isabelle Schulte
Isabelle Schulte
August 22, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Dennis Pelletier
August 21, 2008
Blessings are sometimes hard to find.
They elude us often, escape the mind.
We grasp at things we see and hear.
Often ignoring what is even more dear.
Blessings are muddled in pain and sorrow.
But blessings are what make us reach for tomorrow.

I do not know you but I wrote this for you because you trully are a blessing. I grieve for you and your family and the pain you are enduring. I also celebrate the blessing of your life being spared so you may continue as a person of value to this often cruel and non-sensical world. Know how much you are loved even by those you have never met. Your husband and his legacy are immense...all the joy just one single flower sold and given in love is immeasurable. Thank you for giving so much. I admire you immensely!
Todd.....know how much you meant to the MPLS. community and the impact you made great or small. All was good. Be assured that Barbara will be well taken care of by all of her family, friends and neighbors far and wide.
Bachman prayers are with you.
August 21, 2008
My husband spoke frequently of the time he worked for Bachman's while he went to school. He truly enjoyed his job and the people he worked with thanks to the Bachman family. Tom passed away Feb 2007 after a two year battle with extremely aggressive cancers from his service in Vietnam. He enjoyed bringing flowers to me for special times or just because. God be with your family.
Jeannette Nilsson
August 21, 2008
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
Chris & Jenny Martin Martin
August 21, 2008
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
August 21, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.
Norma Macdonald
August 21, 2008
Words can not do justice to ever help the sorrow for your families loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you through this very hard time. May Gold hold your hand and hug your heart.
Laura A
August 21, 2008
As a a life-long resident of the Twin Cities, I join the many friends, relatives, and patrons of Bachman's in mourning the loss of a great man.
May his legacy live on.
Deb Schoenack
August 21, 2008
My prayer is that the joy and thoughtfulness that Todd brought to so many people will return and wrap itself around your grieving hearts. The strength to forgive, heal and go on in hopefulness and newness of life comes from the Creator of flowers... and all life.
Tinka Bloedow
August 21, 2008
To each of you my deepest sympathy. Todd and your family have a long tradition of bringing beautiful things into this world. Now his beautiful soul will brighten the stars of the heavens. To each of you, please remember you are not alone, Todd is not truly gone, only gone from your sight. Live and love knowing you will be together again one day. God Bless you all.
Kimberly Lang
August 21, 2008
My sincere condolences in your loss and best wishes for a speedy recovery for Barbara.

I grew up in South Minneapolis and the Bachman family was a part of our lives, whether or not you knew the Bachman's personally. This attack is felt personally by everyone whom Bachman's has touched, especially those of us living in the shadows of the greenhouses, stores and lilac trucks.

Our shock and sorrow is real. Our gratitude to the Bachman family for years of joy, even in times of sorrow, is real. Our sincere wishes for the healing of this family is also very real.
Community members
August 20, 2008
We are so sorry for your loss. My husband and I also being from Minnesota were in Beijing the same time for the Olympics as well, we just arrived back home on August 16th. When we were there and heard the news we were shocked and deeply saddened. That was suppose to be a wonderful time for your family with great memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We wish Mrs. Bachman a fast recovery.
Sandra Weibye
August 20, 2008
I was fortunate to meet and know Todd and Barbara through my work at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Their generosity and kindness of spirit was what always struck me most about both of them. Their love and commitment to family was humbling and that extended to friends who included their circle of employees was incredible. Todd will be missed by all and Barbara is in the thoughts and prayers of many - near and far.
Janell Marmon (nee' Stevens)
August 17, 2008
I'm deeply sad for the loss of life during what should have been the happiest time for the whole entire family. Mrs. B, you are source of great example and strength at this time for many of us. God bless you in your recovery and rest in peace, Mr. Bachman. We love and pray for peace and harmony.
Emmanuel Reyes
August 16, 2008
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Victoria Mezzapelle
August 15, 2008
The AOII family offers our support and condolences to the Bachmans. We continue to have our AOII sister Barbara and the Bachman family in our thoughts and prayers.
August 13, 2008
my prayers are with you all.
Fred & Dawn Benner
August 13, 2008
My prayers are with your family during this very difficult time, knowing that the God of all comfort is also the Giver and Sustainer of life. He also knows the number of our days from before our birth. He alone knows why such a tragedy should have to happen. We are strangers to each other but like many who have written I have appreciated the wonderful service of your company gives when I need to send flowers or gifts to a loved one. Your company and family are one of a kind. God bless you.
August 13, 2008
Anyone who has lived in Minnesota is familiar with the Bachman name. This is an absolute tragedy for the Bachman’s & our Minnesota family. I don't know the Bachman's personally but from what I have read, they symbolize all that is positive about this great state and the people who reside in it.

Rest In Peace Mr. Bachman. My prayers are with the Bachman's.
L.H. Mathis
August 13, 2008
We are so sorry for your loss! It seems so unfair. We hope for a fast recovery for Mrs. Bachman. We don't personally know the Bachman family, we are just a family who loves to shop at Bachmans, but we are so extremely sorry for your loss.
Becki Boldt
August 13, 2008
I will pray for your family. What a tragic loss...I am so very sorry.
Sarah Hornig
August 13, 2008
Dearest Bachman Family-
You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of Todd Bachman. We lived in Rosemount for 10 years and counted on Bachman Floral (the best) to deliver flowers to our daughters for their birthdays or special occasions. A wonderful family, wonderful company of dedicated employees and a wonderful man that has left a great legacy. May God wrap His loving arms around the family and extended family with prayers for Barb as she continues to heal.
Mike & Carol Wood
August 13, 2008
Many have spoken before me, but I too extend my sympathy to the family and friends of this gentleman I never met. I pray that God will have mercy on us all.
s b
August 13, 2008
We have all been shaken and saddened by the tragic circumstances of this senseless attack on the Bachman's and their guide. All of us in the Swedish-American community are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Bruce Karstadt
August 13, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bachman family.
We hope Barbara has a quick recovery.
Dick & Barbara Berg
August 13, 2008
I was privileged to care for Mr. Bachman as a family physician at Family Physicians, PA, Southdale Medical Bldg. some years ago. At that time, he had just completed a Twin City Marathon in good time.
He was a just and honorable man. We are all the richer for having known him, as he touched the lives of all who knew him.
Stephen Hanson, MD
August 13, 2008
Bachman & McCutcheon Family,

I was shocked as I watched the Olympics to hear of this senseless tragedy. I lived in MN for 30 years & now 11 years in AZ. I have been a customer of Bachman's for a long time & I still use them from AZ. My sincere thoughts go out to Mrs Bachman who I pray has a complete recovery in the next days, weeks & months. My prayers & thoughts go out to the Bachman & McCutcheon family.
Dolores Brown
August 13, 2008
I went to school with Missy Bachman at Boston University and we hung out a few times as fellow Minnesotans. I was very sorry to hear of this tragedy, my heart goes out to you and your family.
Jef Mehr
August 13, 2008
Dear Bachman family and employees,

Please accept sincere condolences from our family. As Wisconsin residents with a daughter and son-in-law in the Minneapolis area for over a decade now, we regularly depended on the Bachman's floral business for all sorts of occasions. We were never disappointed in the level of creativityand the beauty of their product. Standard of service was always extraodinary. Employees were consistantly informed, professional, helpful, and delightlfully friendly.
I mention this to illustrate a point that was made by us so many times. And that is that it was our belief that the owners must surely have hired very carefully,trained earnestly, and lead wisely for such unfailing excellance. And we were always so very grateful for that dedication.
Even from afar we share your grief. It must be profound.
Jan Nichols
August 13, 2008
I was so saddened to hear the news of the death of Mr. Bachman. I live in Kunming, Yunnan, China but am originally from Battle Lake, Minnesota. The minute I saw Mr. Bachman's name I thought of my dad, Bob Swedberg, and knew that he always spoke so highly of the Bachman family. I am praying for Mrs. Bachman and her recovery. It has to be a very difficult situation for the family to be so far from home at a time of such heavy grief. My prayers are with all of you.
Lynne Picker (Swedberg)
August 13, 2008
The only good I can envision from this terrible, terrible tragedy, is -- that the whole entire world has gotten to see one of God's shining examples of what He intended people and families to be like. The love-filled faces of Todd and Barbara and Wiz and her caring husband Hugh shine like a bright light. God bless you in His care in the days ahead.
Mike and Julie Miller
August 13, 2008
Sending prayers and sympathy in the loss of Todd Bachman.

I have never been to Bachman's in MN but plan to visit when I return there.

I wanted to mention a web page that may be of support to all of you when you return--Lotsa Helping Hands.It serves as an area to coordinate meals, rides, etc.

I offer this suggestion up to many families who are grieving or have a long recovery ahead.

God Bless
Wendy D
Wendy D
August 13, 2008
Barb, I am so sorry to hear about what has happened to your family. My prayers and thoughts are with you during your recovery.
Jane Bianchi
August 12, 2008
Words cannot express how saddened I am by the loss of Todd. I did not know him personally but was touched by the many, many folks who shared how incredible he was. May God give strength to the Bachman and McCutcheon families and the countless number of people Todd inspired.
The Lukes
August 12, 2008
Condolences and sorrow but joy that Todd Bachmann is in peace with Jesus Christ. May his wife regain wellness and peace on earth.
Tom Normile
August 12, 2008
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I have to say that all the folks at the Bachman stores are friendly, helpful and truly know customer service. That is definitely a reflection of the wonderful family behind the stores. Peace to you...
A Minnesotan in Iowa
August 12, 2008
Our deepest sympathy for Todd's family and friends. Our prayers are with you and Barbara. We met Todd and Barbara on a cruise ship where we all were using as a hotel during the Athen's Olympics. I introduced Todd and Barbara to pin trading and I'm so sorry for the terrible loss. God bless you all. Bob and Gerri McKeon
Bob McKeon
August 12, 2008
I am heart broken over this senseless tragedy. Though a complete stranger, we are all apart of the American Family. My sincere prayers for healing go out to the entire family.
Teresa W
August 12, 2008
With prayers that God will wrap His loving arms around your entire family.
so that you will feel His love, His presence, His peace and His hope.

My Dad Gordon Smith was Lloyd's cousin. Betsy Bachman was my grandpa Andrew's sister. I have always felt a love and kinship for all the Bachman's.

With love and prayers,
Sandy (and Ron) Haberkorn
Sandy Haberkorn
August 12, 2008
Dear Bachman Family,
We are so sorry to hear about your tragic loss. As fellow florists, we respect and appreciate all that Bachman's is and does for the floral industry and the community.
We are also praying for a quick and complete recovery for Barbara.
With Sympathy,
Dotty and Everyone at Boulevard Gardens
Dotty Bieurance
August 12, 2008
Our hearts are heavy with sadness for your loss. As many others have expressed, we have enjoyed the beauty the Bachmans have given Minnesota and many family and friends throughout the years. Our prayers are sent up for Barbara to recover in both health and heart, and for the whole Bachman family whom this senseless act has touched.
Susan & Harlan Rose
August 12, 2008
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Todd Bachman. Our Twin Cities have been immeasurably enhanced by the Bachman family and business, so we mourn the loss along with those who knew and loved Todd Bachman.
Chris & Kathryn Johnson
August 12, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Julie E
August 12, 2008
August 12, 2008
My deepest sympathy and prayers go to Susie, Sarah, Elisabeth, Barb & the entire Bachman family.

Liz Carpenter
Wartburg College '96
August 12, 2008
I have heard the Bachman name for years as a collector of D56 and was shocked when I saw the news of the family tradgedy. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Natalie Lundschen
August 12, 2008
What a senseless loss of life. One never really knows, do we. My prayers go out to the Bachman family. Praying for total healing for Barbara as she deals with this tragic loss of Todd. God Bless You.
Mrs. Jacqui Frank
August 12, 2008
We are sorry for your loss of Tom and are praying for the recovery of Barbara. Our deepest sympathies to your whole family,

Dan and Jill Schaefer
Rock Creek Companies

Jason Gentz and crew
Rock Creek Landscape
August 12, 2008
To the Bachman Family, Friends and Employees:

My prayers are with all of you during this time of difficult transition. I have read about the care and compassion Todd exhibited during his lifetime. By all accounts his life has touched thousands. Please don't stop doing the good you do as the world needs more people like all of you in it. You have my deepest sympathy. May you find comfort in your time of need.
Christopher Rigler
August 12, 2008
Sincere condolences to the Bachman family on this terrible tradegy in the wake of great joy.
Bernice Bailine
August 12, 2008
Our deepest sympathies to everyone in the Bachman family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Lindstroms and Minnesota Valley Companies
August 12, 2008
August 12, 2008
Dear Bachman Family:
I am so sorry for the lost of your love one under these tragic conditions. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and may God Bless and Keep you.
Linda Busby
August 12, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with the Bachman Family! My heart grieves with your entire family in this tragic loss. We will miss you Todd! Your family and friends will be missing you and always thinking of you! Thanks for being part of our lives and making it bright and beautiful!
Rachel Tranby
August 12, 2008
Words cannot express our sincere sadness about your tragedy in your family. I pray for your speedy recovery, Barbara. I always enjoyed you both with your beautiful smiles in the NW Worldclub in Minneapolis.
Heidi & Kent Lagro
August 12, 2008
We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are all in our thoughts & prayers at this hard time. Barb taught my son Tony many years ago. She is such a wonderful, kind person. We pray for her recovery. My daughter Sara played volleyball at LHS with Elisabeth. May God give you strength to get through this hard time.
Barb (Burtzel) Twedt
August 12, 2008
Mis sinceras condolencias a todos los familiares del Sr. Todd Bachman. Tuvimos la oportunidad de conocer su empresa en la Convencion de FTD en Miniapolis. Orlando Preliasco . Montevideo - Uruguay - Sud America
Orlando Preliasco
August 12, 2008
My thoughts are with you all.
August 12, 2008
Dear Ones,
Todd as CEO of Bachmans lived the family tradition of spreading beauty across this earth. I can think of no greater legacy.My heart goes out to all of you.
Lynne Holman
Lynne Holman
August 12, 2008
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