It began as the GODFATHER OF MATH, evolved into the GOODFATHER OF MATH. Now this. Go figure...


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The kind of humor I like is the thing that makes me laugh for five seconds and think for ten minutes = G. CARLIN...Stain glass, engraved glass, frosted glass
–give me plain glass = JOHN FOWLES...Music is the mathematics of the gods = PYTHAGORAS... Nothing is more fluid than language = R. L. SWIHART
I cannot live without the oxygen of laughter = DAWN POWELL + + + But please be sure to season that with the hydrogen of gravitas = PAUL OLIVERIO
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Photoverio © (#207): Please Do Not Be Offended By The Palmistry

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Plug into Christianity
OR
The God of your choice

Keeping in mind that
GOD is and acronym for
Group Of Deities

Including the non-Deity for atheists.  
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Footnote
The photograph and text are copyrighted property
of  LCSoL.
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Multi-Faceted Talent Of Grammy Award Nominee JOHN LURIE

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John Lurie
(1982)
Jeanette Montgomery Barron

John Lurie
(2013)


John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards
performing
Tarantella

Fishing with John
(in Thailand w/ Dennis Hopper) 


Down By Law
(with Tom Waits and Roberto Begnini)

Marvin Pontiac
(a/k/a John Lurie)
performing
I'm a Doggie 

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

HER Poem De Jeuer

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DO PEOPLE THINK?


Can books do the job?
Leave your emotions
at the movies. Don't
need to show what
the show can show.


Don't go there. 

Be cool.
 

So
Do books have
the "interior life"
the reflective know
so daily life can be
fine and look so
smooth?


Slam the book
on any questions


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Footnote
DO PEOPLE THINK is the copyrighted property
of the Lewis Carroll School of Logic (LCSoL). 
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Monday, June 27, 2016

The Split Formation Of The Proust Questionnaire

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For more answers and questions
about MARCEL PROUST,
click  here.

The questionnaire  originally
appeared  there.




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No One Except HER

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© Oliverio

No one, I think,
is in my tree

I mean it 
must be
high or low
...
But it's 
all right
I think
it's not
too bad
  
Beatles 
Strawberry 
Fields
Forever





 
The next Beatles' page is  here.
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.1% Of A Thousand Quotes From A THOUSAND CLOWNS

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If things aren't funny
then they're exactly what they are; 
and then they're like
a long dental appointment.

A THOUSAND CLOWNS
(1965)
Written by
HERB GARDNER 
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Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Grate Thing That Rhymes With Newer

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© Oliverio

TRIANGULATION STATION

ironized shadowfication
east coast location
but could be 
anywhere

they show their rust
better that than dust
but they must 
be there

ninety degree rotation
not for purification
but water washes
through here

together they meld
what someone did weld
with flame, caution,
talent and care.

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Footnotes
TRIANGULATION STATION is the copyrighted property
of the Lewis Carroll School of Logic (LCSoL).

The image is Photoverio # 207.5
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Friday, June 24, 2016

If This Were A Cartoon...

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© Oliverio






The earth would be
a bowl of bubbles.

The pipes would be
a pack of sippie straws.
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Photoverio © (#207): Please Do Not Be Offended By The Palmistry

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Plug into ChristianityOR


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Photoverio © (#206): In The Hour Of The Blue Light

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© Mrs. CarPeo
Her Favorite Tree
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The 65th Bullet: About Your Cheek

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If you turn your cheek too many times,
you will never see straight again.
  
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 Footnote
THE 65th BULLET  is the copyrighted property of  LCSoL.   ________________________________________________________________________________________________


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Presumptive Republican Presidential Candidate's Latest Gambit

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Cash-Strapped Trump Campaign auctions
Chris Christie on eBay


Borowitz
Report

The next GoFather reference
to Donald Trump is  here. 
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Twenty Elvis Presley Fingerprints + Autograph For $50,000???

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Elvis Presley's gun license, reported to be
the only original document that includes
all the legendary singer's fingerprints,
will be auctioned in Switzerland in July.
Estimated auction price = $50,000

©
Art Daily
6/22/16
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A Song By Jonathon Richman About His Sense Of Humor

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I got a  fine sense of humor 
but  she doesn't laugh at my jokes
well  I wake up great
my sense of humor really rates


I wake up hilarious
how come she's so serious

I think I'll call up 
somebody important
maybe sigmund frood
and say hello hello
I'm a hilarious dude
 

Well, did something in her childhood 
bother her bad, now? 

I think so!
cause like, I'm  really really funny
and it's just making her mad now



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Footnotes
Jonathon  Richman,  a fellow Taurean,
is exactly two years minus two days
younger than Paul Oliverio.

I apologize for distorting his image
but that is just my sense of humor.

Bully on us! 
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Monday, June 20, 2016

It Is Foreign To Call FOREIGN AFFAIR "A Romantic Comedy"

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In the opening scene
of this 1948 film,
you see the actual ruins
of World War II Berlin.

The airplane,
whose shadow is visible,
is transporting a fact-finding
Congressional committee.

There will be no shortage
of laughter or romance
but describing
FOREIGN AFFAIR
as a Romantic Comedy
is like describing the Beatles
as a Rock n' Roll band.

They are so much more than that
and  Billy Wilder's 
FOREIGN AFFAIR
is so much more than
a funny romantic
triangle.


Heaping praise on everything
about this movie
upon its 1948 release,
the New York Times'
Bowsley Crother
alludes to the 
lead actors
in a war-torn environment
where the blood is still wet
but everything is shot
in Black and White:

Particularly, their interest is in how
human beings behave when confronted
by other human beings—especially those
of the opposite sex. 
And their logical conclusion
is that, granted attractions back and forth,
most people—despite regulations
and even differences in language
and politics—are likely to do
toward one another that which
comes naturally.

 If this film were made by someone
other than  Billy Wilder–
who escaped from Nazi Germany–
the reflection in the window
would clearly show the face
of Phoebe Frost as 
portrayed by
 Jean Arthur.

***

IMDB  accurately describes
the story line:

In occupied Berlin, an army captain is torn
between an ex-Nazi cafe singer
and the U.S. congresswoman
investigating her.

I will let you guess which role
is played by  Marlene Dietrich.

Here are the lyrics
to one of the songs:

Want to buy some illusions,
Slightly used, second hand?
They were lovely illusions,
Reaching high, built on sand.
They had a touch of paradise,
A spell you can't explain:
For in this crazy paradise,
You are in love with pain.
Want to buy some illusions,
Slightly used, just like new?
Such romantic illusions -
And they're all about you.
I sell them all for a penny,
They make pretty souvenirs.
Take my lovely illusions -
Some for laughs, some for tears.


Maybe the best thing to be said
about FOREIGN AFFAIR
is that it was denounced
on the floor of
the House of Representatives
and the Army banned the film
from being screened in Germany.
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Another Way To Humble Someone Who Calls Himself Photoverio

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Just allow him
to "discover"
the photography of







The artist in his own words:
CUBAN ART NEWS

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STREET ART UTOPIA (#21): No Joke Joke ... This is Oak Oak

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Oak Oak
 is literally
a street artist.



STREET ART UTOPIA's
home page is  here. 

The next page in this series is  there. 
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Photoverio © (#205): Superimposure

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© Oliverio 
The Next Bullet

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Commuter Lines: Westchester County To Grand Central Station

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Oh, that light
Oh, that white!

'Chester fantasies
both day and night

If these rails I did ride
it would hinder
the great divide***

If these rails
were daily travel
I would give
no thought to gravel

  From a  bedroom town
with no lunch pail
and never a thought
about the third rail

To  a Manhattan office
scraping the sky
with male secretary
serving home-made pie

Then back home
to this station
where life with her
begins the vacation.


© Oliverio

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Photoverio © #204: Watching The Paint Peel With Mr. Rorschach

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The windblown face,
with double-head
and distended gut,
is carrying a torch
(or is it a rose?)

Propelled by
one peeled leg
and disbelief

The windblown face
is chasing
a leaf.

© Oliverio 

The next Rorschach page is  here. 
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Photoverio © (#203): Mr. Pipes

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Mr. Pipes
has no gripes
with over-
or under-flow
He just
lets it go

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Quoting Mama Zimmerman's Bedtime Essay For Baby Bobby

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We grasp at everything
but clasp nothing but wind.

(1553-1592)



The "Baby Bobby" in the title
became  Bob Dylan
and wrote a song
 about the wind.

A bedtime poem
Mama Zimmerman
read to her son
is  here. 

More quotes
from Montaigne
are  there. 
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Three Palindromes (Comic Relief #1221)

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Donald Reilly
Mom
+
My favorite
palindrome formula 
+
Number of this page
1221
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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Photoverio © (#202): Less Than Twelve Hours In New York...

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I already had a vision of 
Catcher In The Rye
 
And I can't wait to wear
my Catcher In The Rye t-shirt
when we picnic at the
JD Salinger Memorial Park
in Chimerica Falls.

 © Oliverio (2x)


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Footnotes
The floral photo was taken one hour ago.

The photograph of me leading
a Holden Caulfield chant
was taken one year ago
by Mrs. CarPeo.

We had breakfast
one half hour ago.
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In-flight Encounter With The Arithmetic Of Ocean's 11

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Fifty percent of something 
is better than 
One Hundred percent
of nothing.

"Duke Santos"
portrayed by
Cesar Romero
 Ocean's Eleven
(1960)
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Footnotes
A flight attendant told me that in her twenty+ years
with American Airlines, it was the first time
the entire flight crew (two pilots + five stewards)
was ALL FEMALE.

Besides enjoying the hell out of this movie,
how did Paul react to being on this historic flight
from LAX to JFK yesterday?

The two thousand pounds of anxiety
I had accumulated in preparation
to this flight were reduced
to buttered popcorn!

PS
If you do not have the time
or opportunity to watch
the original OCEAN's ELEVEN,
please take five minutes to enjoy
the title sequence created by
Saul Bass.
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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Some Facts Are Funnier Than Fiction

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Purchase price  =  $100,000,000




Playboy Mansion Sold
To Twinkie King 




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Imagine This: YOU Playfully Discover A Cure For Asthma...

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Then there is the distinct possibility
of YOU making it all the way
to the White House.

FBP—not fact—prevents me
from providing any hyperlinks
other than to say the girl
in the image is
Michele Obama.  
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Footnote
FBP stands for Fear of Big Pharma.
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... Woman In Gold ... Inspires Bi-Partisan Bill In Washington DC ...

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What makes this particular crime
even more despicable
is that this art theft,
probably the greatest in history,
was continued by governments,
museums and many knowing collectors
in the decades
following the war. 

This was the dirty secret
of the post-war art world,
and people who should
have known better,
were part of it.


Mr. Lauder's quote was given
as testimony, earlier this week,
at a Senate hearing.

Helen Mirren,
who starred in 
Woman in Gold,
also testified. 
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Thursday, June 9, 2016

He Said ... She Said ... (He/She #48) ©

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"The man with no hands can count
  on his fingers all the genuine intelligence
  involved in the 2016 Presidential Election."

"But the man with no hands has no fingers."

"Precisely."

"The man with 1001 hands can count
  on his fingers all the genuine deception
  involved in the 2016 Presidential Election."

"That might not be enough fingers."

"You might be correct."

"The only question that remains is:
  How much money will Donald Trump 
  pay to finance Bernie Sanders
  as a 3rd Party candidate?"

"The Republican Party will be
  more than willing to provide
  a matching fund for Bernie."
The next Trump page is  here.

"Precisely. But I hate it 
  when you are smarter
  than me."

"Sorry, Paul, but it is just
  a case of getting 
  the candidates
  we deserve."
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Muhammed Ali + J.D. Salinger + Mort Meclosky

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In a future life, I would not
want to meet my heroes
because I would melt into
a blob of idiocy in their presence.

But, in a future life,
 I would want to be re-united 
with what I wrote 
about my heroes
forty-five years ago.

My first two college research papers
were written about
Muhammad Ali and J. D. Salinger. 

Neither paper received 
the highest grade in the class
but I was the only student invited 
into the faculty offices to have 
my brain picked and provide
comic relief for my teachers.

I am eternally indebted to Joe Juettner,
Professor Gallagher,  Daniel DiMaria
and  Mort Meclosky. 

The next Salinger page is  here.  
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Imagine Quoting The Guy Who Wrote GodFather of Math Trilogy

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The difference between the philosopher
and the non-philosopher
is a matter of pronouns.

For the non-philosopher, comments about human behavior
begin with  "They do this..." or "They do that..."

For the philosopher, comments about human behavior
begin with "We do this..." or "We do that..."

 Paul Oliverio
The 65th BULLET 


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Footnote
IMAGINE QUOTING THE GUY
WHO WROTE GODfATHER OF MATH TRILOGY
is the copyrighted property of LCSoL.
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

...........Imagine Quoting The Guy Who Wrote Les Miserables...........

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Reason is intelligence taking exercise.
Imagination is intelligence
with an erection.

Victor Hugo
(1802-1885)
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Monday, June 6, 2016

What Muhammad Ali Meant To Billy Crystal [M.A.T #4]

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In 2010, 
actor and comedian Billy Crystal
wrote an essay for USA TODAY Sports
on what Muhammad Ali means to him.
  
Ali and I had been friends for years as we sat next to each other at the funeral for Howard Cosell. I had done my first television appearance back in 1974 on a special honoring Ali, where I imitated Ali and Cosell.

   
He loved it and started calling me  “little brother,”
the nickname he still uses for me to this day.

It was a somber occasion, to be sure. Howard and Muhammad had done so much for each other over the years.


 Looking at the closed casket, he nudged me and whispered,

“Do you think he’s wearing his hairpiece?”
“I don’t think so.”
“Then how will God recognize him?” 
“Once he starts complaining, He’ll know.” 
 We both shared a muffled laugh. 
 Then he looked at me and said, 
“He was a good man.”
 
He once asked if I’d like to run with him on a golf course. 
He loved to run there for privacy.

Sure, I said, but when he told me where we would run, I told him they didn’t allow Jews there and I couldn’t go. He got angry.


“They don’t allow Jews? I’m a Muslim and they allow me! 
  I will never run there again, little brother, I promise you.”

And he didn’t. 

That was the Ali I will never forget.
  
I was honored by the Hebrew University in Jerusalem with its highest honor, the Scopus Award. The dinner was in Los Angeles, and Muhammad was the dinner chairman. Not only did he lend his time to it, but he also came and sat with my family at our table, and kept calling my mother “Mama.” 

She told him how important he was to her.

During Vietnam, my older brother, a schoolteacher, was about to be drafted. My father had died recently and now Joel, Mom’s sole support, was about to be taken from us. With Bobby Kennedy gone, and Martin Luther King gone, Ali took his stand and refused induction. He became a great force against the war. Some hated him for it; others like me loved him for it. The government stripped him of his rights. He faced prison. He was the fighter who wouldn’t fight. My mom was inspired by him.

She gave a speech to the draft board, and told them they couldn’t have her son. She won, the way he would eventually win. So, that night at this dinner, she thanked him. They hugged, and Ali said he was glad she got her boy back.

Mom got it right. He was the voice we needed to hear. He put his life on the line. Would any other athlete do that today?
 
Two years ago, I was on tour in Phoenix with my one-man show 700 Sundays. I got a call from Ali’s camp that he was 65 that day, and he wanted us to come over for breakfast and could he see the show that night. We spent the morning together. 

“Little brother, you looking good. Not as pretty as me, but good.” 

That night, he came to the show, but we didn’t let him sit in the audience because with all his majesty, he can be a distraction. 

We got him a big easy chair and put it
in the wings out of sight of the audience.
 
My mind raced through our now-30-year relationship. How strange it is that we were at this point now: Ali no longer the brash-talking, wide-eyed genius of the ring, but now a quiet Buddha in some ways more eloquent in his silence. I finished the first act, and before we went to intermission, I surprised the audience and brought him out to a three-minute standing ovation.
 
After introducing him as the “greatest senior citizen of all time,” he blew kisses to the crowd as we sang Happy Birthday, made a few jabs at me and looked like he loved the attention. Afterward, we shuffled to the wings where he was helped into a golf cart that would take him to his car. 

Would I come over tomorrow, he asked in a whisper.

“Yeah, if you wanna run a golf course or something.” He perked up, “We can, little brother. There’s a lot of Jews here.”
 
I watched him go as his wife, Lonnie, held his hand
and best friend  Howard Bingham  guided him. 

I felt a tear welling up, but he wouldn’t want me
to be sad, because he isn’t. 

He believes this is what was chosen for him: 
to be the great ambassador for peace and understanding.
 
Our teacher, our healer...He is a good man.


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Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Death Heard 'Round The World [Muhammad Ali Tribute #3]

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Art Daily loves you, Champ
and so does everyone else!

MUHAMMAD ALI TRIBUTE #4 is  here. 
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Five Of A Kind [Muhammad Ali Tribute #2]

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To talk of Ali as a champion heavyweight boxer
is like saying the Beatles had
a collective ear for melody.

His skills in his chosen vocation were unmatched,
but the effect they had on the world went
far beyond those narrow proficiencies.


Photograph by Gordon Parks
(2/25/64)

MUHAMMAD ALI TRIBUTE #3 is  here. 

The next Beatles' page is  there.  
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