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Phil Town

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Michael Shearn

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Herbert B. Mayo

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David Gardner,Tom Gardner

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Paul Mladjenovic

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Charles D. Kirkpatrick II

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Steven D. Levitt,Stephen J. Dubner

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Tycho Press

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Gordon Murray,Daniel C. Goldie

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David Stevenson

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Peter Mallouk

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