New Collection Highlights Asheville Architect and Silversmith

Contributed by Sarah Downing

The Western Regional Archives recently acquired an important collection of personal papers and business records of William Waldo Dodge Jr. (1895–1971), an architect and silversmith of note who began his career in Asheville in the late 1920s and worked until his retirement in 1956.

Although born and reared in Washington, D.C., Dodge came to the Asheville area to convalesce at the U.S. General Hospital #19 at Oteen after sustaining injuries during World War I. It was at Oteen that Dodge became interested in metal work, a skill he learned as part of a rehabilitation program at the hospital. He married an occupational therapist, Margaret Wheeler Robinson, in 1921. 

Shortly after their nuptials, William suffered a respiratory relapse, and the couple moved to Connecticut, close to Margaret’s mother, where William would enter the Gaylord Sanitorium. Margaret joined the staff, and soon set up a silversmithing shop where patients could learn practical skills and the sanitorium could generate income from the finished silver pieces. It is believed that William Waldo Dodge honed his skills working under the direction of professionals from nearby silver manufacturers—R. Wallace and Son of Wallingford, Connecticut; International Silver of Meridian, Connecticut; and Gorham of New York.

The Dodges returned to Asheville in 1923 and, with the help of William Waldo Dodge Sr., bought a house near the Grove Park Inn. Dodge Jr. then opened Asheville Silvercraft in a small cottage on Charlotte Street. He began creating small utilitarian pieces such as serving utensils and sherbet dishes. Soon he caught the attention of the Country Club of Asheville, who commissioned Dodge to create silver plates and bowls to be awarded as prizes for golf tournaments.

By 1928, he had designed and built his own studio, The Dodge Silver Shop, in Biltmore Forest. His work was known for its heavy gauge and hammering techniques and was popular enough for Dodge to hire and train 3 additional silversmiths.

photo of the Dodge Silver Shop

In addition to silversmithing, Dodge, who earned a degree in architecture at MIT prior to his military service, worked as an architect, gaining commissions in the Asheville area, even during the early years during the Great Depression. His work included designing homes in Biltmore Forest, Grove Park, and Enka Mill Village, as well as a commercial building in downtown Asheville. In 1942, with opportunities for designing houses or selling silver slim, Dodge and five Asheville architects formed Six Associates, a firm specializing in defense contracts.

The collection is a donation from Bruce E. Johnson, who spent many years assembling original letters, photographs, drawings, articles, and notes relating to the life and work of William Waldo Dodge Jr. Johnson’s efforts culminated in an exhibit, Hand Wrought, the Artistry of William Waldo Dodge at the Asheville Art Museum in 2005, which he guest-curated along with authoring the exhibition checklist. Included in the Bruce E. Johnson Collection on William Waldo Dodge Jr. are materials given to Johnson by the Dodge family.

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New accessions to East Carolina Manuscript Collection

Contributed by Dale Sauter

#1342 Benjamin W. Daniels and Mabel A. Grant Daniels Papers

Included are a copy of the Daniels-Murphrey Family History compiled and edited by Eleanor Daniels Casey in 1993, a photograph of the USS Nebraska that Benjamin Daniels of Wayne County, North Carolina, sailed on to Europe in WWI, and three photographs of Benjamin Daniels in his WWI US Navy uniform

#1343 1st Battalion, 1st NC Volunteer Infantry, in Cuba Collection

The four-month stay in Cuba of the 1st Battalion, 1st North Carolina Volunteers, from December 1898 through March 1899 is documented in these sixty amateur albumen photographs with captions. The photographs are 3 1/2" x 3 3/8" in 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" mounts. The soldiers arrived in Havana, Cuba, the day after the Treaty of Paris was signed ending the Spanish American War.

#936 Vertical File Collection (Addition 15)

This ca. 1910 cabinet photograph is of the C. T. Munford store located at 402-404 South Evans Street in Greenvillle (Pitt County), North Carolina.

#1345 Goldsboro, NC, Store Ledger

This ledger (1873-1874) chronicles the stock sold at a Goldsboro, North Carolina, store including, among other items, turpentine, staves, hoops, chicks, postage, timber, and bbls (barrels), and also mentions labor, hauling, and "stilling."

#1346 Stallings Air Force Base, Kinston, NC, Collection

This collection documents Stallings Air Force Base for the years 1952 and 1953 through 44 slides (most are identified with names and dates) and ephemera such as scrapbook pages containing photographs and notes, a Christmas card, a dinner program, newspaper clippings, a base map, and a pilot training certificate

#0294 Pitt County Historical Society Papers (Addition 18)

This addition includes Historical Society minutes and financial information (2005-2014), photographs (original and copies) gathered for possible use in Vol. II of the Pitt County Chronicles, and documents related to the historic Red Banks Primitive Baptist Church after it was deeded to the Historical Society in 2000. The remaining material (previously stored in the Red Banks Church) includes published Primitive Baptist Association Minutes for North Carolina and other states, the Red Banks Home Demonstration Club minutes and correspondence (1946-1950), large oval photographs of George W. Stokes and his wife Mary Ann Hardee, scan prints of Cherry family members, old Greenville advertising fans, a scrapbook for the Town & Country Senior Citizens Club (1978-1999), and 35 8mm reels of home movies (1947-1967) made by the Keel family of Greenville, N.C. (North Carolina Primitive Baptist Assoc. minutes were transferred to the North Carolina Collection in Joyner Library.)

#1347 Brake Family Papers

Included are a Brake Family History; a survey (1984) and history of the Brake Family Cemetery located near the corner of Cokey Road and Calhoun Road in Rocky Mount, North Carolina; a deed and a marriage license; documents (1957-1980) related to the West Edgecombe Volunteer Fire Department which included volunteer firefighter Robert Earl Brake; tobacco sale bills (1926-1933, undated) from several warehouses in Rocky Mount;  and a 1931-1932 Faculty and Student Directory for N.C. State.

#CR0004 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Papers (Additions 1 and 2)

Records (1990s-2018) of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Greenville, North Carolina, including newsletters, bulletins, by-laws, reports, financial information, publications, photographs, correspondence, and clippings; and information concerning outreach ministries, the process of building and financing the new church building (including also the stained-glass windows), and the purchase and installation of the C. D. Fisk organ.

#1169-017 Stuart Wright Collection: Fred Chappell Papers (Addition 3)

This addition includes correspondence (2008-2017) between Stuart Wright and Fred and Susan Chappell, also containing drafts of poems, photographs, and programs; and an original painting (2012) titled “René Magritte, Siegfried, Wo bist du?” (After “The Hat” by René Magritte) by Fred Chappell’s good friend, artist and illustrator, Fritz Janschka.  The painting is part of Janschka’s Homages to the Masters (and Mistresses) series.

#MN0015 Miscellaneous Newspapers: The London American: London, England

Included is the July 30, 1862, issue of The London American.

#546 Hughes-Grimsley Family Papers (Addition #1)

This donation consists of thirteen tintypes of Hughes family members and of the Thomas Hughes, Jr., house at Lizzie in Greene County, North Carolina.  All the images are identified

#1301 Benjamin Holt Ticknor Papers

Papers (1862-1914) concern the life of Benjamin Holt Ticknor (1842-1914) of Boston, Massachusetts, after he enlisted in the 45th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, Co. G, in 1862 during the Civil War.  Included are thirteen letters written to his father during the war with nine (November 1863-March 1864) of them written from Fort Totten in New Bern, N.C.  Several documents relate to a court martial and trial in which he participated; other documents relate to his postwar involvement in the Loyal Legion and genealogy research. Also included are photographs of his funeral procession.  (Transferred from Denning House Antiquarian Books & Manuscripts.)

#1348 Michael J. Hamer Papers

This collection (1980s-2010s) contains material related to the life of Michael J. Hamer, an English professor at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, from 1986 through 2013, and a prolific songwriter, singer, and band leader who died in 2019.  Included are notebooks containing his handwritten lyrics, poems, photographs, reel to reel tapes, clippings, and other material pertaining to his musical career.

#1349 Henry A. Phelon Civil War Logbook/Scrapbook

Included is a logbook/scrapbook kept by Henry A. Phelon (1831-1902), who served as an acting Master in the Union Navy (1862-1865) during the Civil War. Orders, holograph letters, dispatches, handwritten copies of documents, and newspaper clippings glued into this scrapbook chronicle his wartime service under Rear Admiral Samuel P. Lee with the Blockading Squadron off the coasts of Virginia and North Carolina on the U.S. Steamers Shawsheen, Monticello, and Daylight, and U.S. Ironclad Steamers Canonicus and Atlanta. Later clippings (through 1900) and documents pertain to his post-war years, most of which was spent in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

#1350 Hometown Bethel Scrapbooks

Hometown Bethel was started in 2002 by local women as a way to restore and revitalize Bethel, North Carolina.  These five scrapbooks (2002-2016) were compiled by Frances Rogerson (and one by Annette Roebuck) as a way to preserve the history of Bethel and highlight events held to celebrate Bethel and encourage involvement.  Included are photographs, clippings, handwritten information, Whistle Worthy News newsletters, and photocopies documenting local history and events such as Harvest Festival, Easter celebrations, Christmas parade, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day.  Also included is a book they published in 2004 about Bethel veterans through the centuries

#1351 Hyde County, N.C., Land Records

This collection includes Hyde County, North Carolina, land records (1797-1825) for Benson, English, Bell, Carrowon, and Selby families; a will (1791) for Samuel Selby; and an 1824 letter.

#1352 Black Jack (NC) Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church

Included are five ca. 1950 black and white photographs of the exterior of Black Jack Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church in Pitt County, North Carolina.  The photographs show people standing outside the front and side of the building. Also included is a clipping about member Mrs. Ella Hudson’s ninety-third birthday celebration. 

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Lecture series at East Carolina University’s Laupus Health Sciences Library

Contributed by Marlena Rose

The Laupus Health Sciences Library will be hosting Medical History Interest Group lectures this fall as part of the Ruth and John Moskop Lecture Series.

All of these lectures will be hosted on Mondays, beginning at 4:30PM, on the fourth floor of the Library.

poster for Laupus Library lectures
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The Mayflower, A Ship of Destiny

Contributed by Travis Souther

When the ship name Mayflower comes to mind, many will undoubtedly first think of the vessel which carried the Pilgrims across the Atlantic to land at Plymouth Rock.  Though not the ship of 1620 fame, the Mayflower that I discuss today has seen just as much history.

The 273-foot steamship USS Mayflower was built in 1896 in Scotland by J. G. Thompson of Scotland for millionaire Odgen Goelet.  After Goelet died the following August, the ship was sold to the United States and commissioned as the USS Mayflower.  During the Spanish-American War, the ship blockaded the ports of Havana and Santiago.  After serving during the conflict, she twice served as Admiral George Dewey’s flagship.  In 1904, she was decommissioned from the US Navy to serve as the official presidential yacht.

Recommissioned in 1905, the ship was the place of welcome for delegations from Russia and Japan to sign a peace treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War, an action for which President Theodore Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  President Woodrow Wilson, who lived in Wilmington for a time, used the ship as a place to court Edith Bolling, who later became First Lady of the United States.  Of all the presidential yachts, the Mayflower may have been the grandest of them all.  The dining room was said to have been paneled with white and gold.  The vessel would serve as the official presidential yacht for Presidents Theodore Roosevelt through Calvin Coolidge.

When Herbert Hoover became President, one of his first acts was to sell the ship to save annual upkeep costs of $300,000.  The yacht was decommissioned and taken out of service.  Following a disastrous fire in 1931 that resulted in her sinking and subsequent raising, the ship came to the Broadfoot Iron Works in Wilmington, NC, for repairs.  During the Great Depression, the ship had a numerous owners who used the vessel for a variety of purposes including coastal trade in South America and a floating dance salon.  At one point, the ship was slated to be sold to the Japan for scrap metal, however a shortage of money left the ship languishing in a succession of Atlantic ports including the Port City, as can be seen in this March 15, 1938, image.

photo of the Mayflower in Wilmington

Following the United States’ entry into the Second World War, the War Shipping Administration purchased the ship from Broadfoot Iron Works for use in the United States Coast Guard.  Renamed the USS Butte, the ship patrolled the Atlantic to guard against German U-boat attacks.  At Norfolk and Boston, the USS Butte served as a radar training ship.

After World War II, the vessel was used to hunt seals in the Arctic and had a series of owners from around the world, including Panamanian and Italian interests.  A secret 1948 mission used the ship to bring Jewish refugees to Israel.  Purchased by Israel in 1950, the ship served in the Israeli navy until being decommissioned and broken up in 1955.

The Mayflower was one of the very few ships to have served during the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II.  It truly was a ship of destiny.

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New Student Success Librarian at UNC Greensboro

Contributed by Hollie Stevenson-Parrish

Melody Rood photo

University Libraries recently welcomed Melody Rood as the new student success librarian in Jackson Library. In her role, Rood will be working closely with student success initiatives across campus as a point person for collaboration, instruction, and research for University Libraries. She will also serve as the liaison for the International and Global Studies program.

“We’re extremely excited about Melody joining our team,” said Amy Harris Houk, associate professor and head of research, outreach and instruction. “Not only will she coordinate student success activities within University Libraries, she will also work closely with our campus partners, such as Students First, McNair Scholars, and Spartan Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR).”

Additionally, Rood will coordinate the department’s information literacy programming with area high schools as well as other outside groups. Prior to joining UNCG, Rood was a librarian at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, and interned at Queensborough Community College Library in Flushing, New York. She holds a master of library and information science degree from North Carolina Central University and a bachelor of arts in gender studies from UNC Asheville. Rood is a member of the North Carolina Library Association, the Asian Pacific American Library Association, and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Web Team.

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Gerald Holmes Receives the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award from the UNC School of Information and Library Science

Contributed by Hollie Stevenson-Parrish

Gerald Holmes photo

Gerald Holmes, associate professor and diversity coordinator at UNC Greensboro’s University Libraries, has received the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award from the UNC Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS). The award recognizes Holmes’ work at UNC Greensboro, UNC Chapel Hill, and professional library organizations. Through his work, Holmes has made the library profession more welcoming and opened it up to individuals from underrepresented backgrounds.

At UNC Greensboro, Holmes has spearheaded multiple diversity efforts, including the Faculty Senate Committee on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, the Chancellor’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Committee, the University Libraries’ Diversity Committee, and the University Libraries’ Diversity Residency Program. Holmes has also worked to mentor other employees and community members by working with stakeholders to build networks of diversity education.

Additionally, Holmes assisted in creating the Association of College & Research Librarians (ACRL) Residency Interest Group, has served on the Executive Board of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), and has served on the Executive Board of the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA) and chaired its Round Table for Ethnic Minority Concerns.

Multiple organizations have recognized Holmes for his contributions to diversity and equity. In 2014, he received the Outstanding Service Award from UNCG’s African American Studies program, and the American Library Association named him an Achievement in Library Diversity Research honoree. In 2015, he received the BCALA Distinguished Service to the Library Profession Award, the NCLA Distinguished Service Award, and the Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award from the UNC General Alumni Association. Holmes received his master of science in library science from UNC Chapel Hill and a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from UNC Charlotte. He is also a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

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Contributed by Kelly Spring

[This is the 5th in a series -- see also the 1st and 2nd and 3rd and 4th installments about ECU's migration to ArchivesSpace.]

Pirates aren’t normally known for their housekeeping skills. Cataloging pirates, however, are an entirely different story. In their quarters, name and subject authorities are kept as neat and tidy as possible. At ECU, authorities were added to finding aids by Special Collections Cataloging via a database external to Archivists' Toolkit. Given our move to ArchivesSpace for archival metadata with a simultaneous transition to Fedora for digital objects, the migration team needed to make some decisions about future workflow, guidelines, and storage of agents and subjects.

Initially, the team wasn’t sure if authorities would be duplicated across Fedora and ArchivesSpace, and, if so, which would be the database of record. But we’re not in the practice of raising a red flag on our own crew. Instead, we decided to create one central repository for authorities that will service both the digital objects in Fedora and the archival collections in ArchivesSpace. This repository is being developed in Fedora and will use linked data to connect with information on the Web and increase visibility of our resources by making them readable and accessible by machines. In other words, it’ll be as if we’ve gone from dancing a jig on our own vessel to participating in a pirate flash mob! 

To prepare us for our dancing debut, our Lead Programmer began by pulling subjects from the local database and organizing them in a spreadsheet by type and number of substrings. He then downloaded the Library of Congress Subject Heading (LCSH) dataset and created a trimmed down version to make loading and searching easier. Much like a game of cribbage, he created a console application to pull the local subjects from the spreadsheet and search for a match in the trimmed down authorities file. Unlike cribbage, if a match was found, the associated LCSH URI was added to the spreadsheet. If no match was found and there were multiple substrings, the last one was removed, and the new value was searched. Play proceeded through a succession of hands until all parts of the subject were searched, and, in the end, any unmatched subjects were considered locally sourced.

The finished subject mapping went to Special Collections Cataloging for review. A similar set of steps was completed for name authorities. Although the review of subject and name mapping is still underway, when completed the subjects will be added to Fedora, resulting in a newly minted, locally authoritative URL for each subject. 

Curious how the data is structured? For all you linked data pirates out there, the relevant predicates in the triple are

  • rdfs:label used for the full authoritative string value of the subject
  • owl:sameAs used to hold an LCSH URI, if it exists in the spreadsheet
  • rdf:list used to hold an ordered list of hashed URIs that each reference rdfs:label/owl:sameAs pairs that hold the substring values and any corresponding LCSH URIs.

In landlubber speak, an rdfs:label might be “Pirates.” An owl:sameAs link would point to the authority in the Library of Congress database, in this case, And the rdf:list would hold a list of references to subdivisions of “Pirates” such as "Pirates--Spanish colonies" or "Pirates--Social life and customs."

Blisterin’ barnacles, with this new structure to our data how will the cataloging team create, edit, and assign authorities? The Lead Programmer is building a web application on top of Fedora that will manage our authorities and integrate with ArchivesSpace. The application will communicate with Fedora to facilitate the creation, editing, searching and export of authority data and will communicate with ArchivesSpace to facilitate the creation of links between authorities and resources. The authoritative values for names and subjects will flow from Fedora to ArchivesSpace, but not vice versa. This gives catalogers the ability to maintain a shipshape authoritative list of names/subjects while continuing to allow archivists the ability to maintain contact information and other data not normally found in an authority.

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Laupus Library hosts Charlotte Perkins Gilman exhibit

Contributed  by Marlena Barber

Laupus Library at East Carolina University is hosting the National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit “The Literature of Prescription: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and ‘The Yellow Wall-paper’” in the Evelyn Fike Laupus gallery on the fourth floor of the library. On display June 10 through July 21, the six-banner exhibit explores a time during the late 19th century when women were challenging ideas about gender that excluded them from political and intellectual life. Artifacts from The Country Doctor Museum and books from Laupus Library’s History Collections will also be on display, including books by Dr. Weir Mitchell, Victorian era stimulants and tonics, and 19th century birthing supplies.

medical artifacts
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Story “Ark” from New Hanover County Library

Contributed by Travis Souther

From 1952 to 1961, the little floating restaurant situated at the foot of Princess Street was not well known outside of Wilmington. The 1961 arrival of the battleship changed all that.

The story of the Fergus Ark begins with its construction in the 1920s. Originally commissioned as the General Frederick C. Hodgkin, the 150-foot long vessel was built of steel-reinforced concrete and had 10,000 feet of deck space. The boat was supposedly first used as a banana boat, then a floating casino, and a floating barracks for United States Coast Guardsmen during World War II. From 1946 to 1951, it served as office space for the United States Maritime Commission. Eldridge Fergus acquired the Ark in 1951 and turned it into a floating seafood restaurant. The menu from the Ark seen here is housed in the North Carolina Room's collection.

Fergus Ark menu

1961 heralded the arrival of the USS North Carolina to the Port City. As the "The Showboat" was being moved into its permanent berth, the battleship had to swing wide in order to turn into its berth, in the process striking the Ark and severely damaging it in front of a crowd of onlookers. The damage forced the restaurant’s temporary closure. The incident caused quite the controversy as river pilots claimed that they had instructed Fergus to move the restaurant prior to the battleship’s arrival. The restaurant was able to reopen, however Fergus sued the state of North Carolina for $25,000 in damages. The lawsuit was settled out of court in 1965. That same year, the Ark closed so that a Coast Guard facility could be built in its place. The 1965 image seen here shows the Ark being moved away from its Princess Street mooring for the last time.

photo of The Ark

The Ark was eventually purchased by a series of Florida businessmen. Lee R. Bass bought the Ark for use as a seafood restaurant on the Tampa waterfront. A.P. Quails bought the boat moved it to Fort Walton Beach in 1974. James M. Tucker bought the boat in 1978. Renaming it simply “The Boat,” Tucker used the vessel for floating office space. Recent three dimensional photography by Google Maps shows the Fergus Ark still moored in Fort Walton Beach.

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Meet your Development Chair: Hugh O’Connor

Hugh O'Connor photo

What jobs have you had in the archival realm?
I started out as a Library Associate at Hill Memorial Library Special Collections at Louisiana State University. They placed me in the microfilm department where I spent most of my day in a dark room photographing historic newspapers on an old pedal-operated Kodak microfilm camera. I would end up running the microfilm processing department and engage in a neverending battle of wills with the microfilm batch processor. After my time at Hill, I was hired to curate a comic book exhibit at the LSU Student Union Art Gallery. This turned into six years of cataloging and archive work on the gallery records along with exhibit design and curation. Designing and mounting gallery exhibits remains one of my favorite work experiences I have ever had.

My next job was as a Documents and Reference Librarian for the Louisiana Department of the State Library of Louisiana. After we moved to North Carolina, I was hired as the Archives & Special Collections Librarian for Queens University of Charlotte, a position that I have held for two years.

What is your educational background?
I received my Master's in Library & Information Science from LSU in 2009. Before that, I received my B.A. in Psychology from LSU in 2003.

What is your favorite part of your job and what do you consider to be the most important part of your job?
My absolute favorite part of the job is interacting with the students
and the community. I love walking into a classroom and helping students
understand what an archive is and how it can be a resource for their
academic career as well as their broader interests.

Tell us about something you're particularly proud of from your job or your institution.
I collaborated with English professor Sarah Creech to create the Queens
Story Oral History Project. Inspired by NPR's StoryCorps model, Sarah
brought me in to help record the institutional memory of Queens from
faculty and staff who have 20+ years of service at Queens. We were able to record over nineteen hours of interviews with fifteen individuals. Not only did this project help fill in a gap in the archival record, but it also captured the invaluable perspective of faculty and staff.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a similar career?
Don't be afraid to reach out to someone in the field and ask questions.
Putting yourself out there can be difficult and scary but we've all been there and archivists help each other, especially when its the next generation.

Who has been key to shaping your professional outlook?
I have learned something from every position and institution I have
worked at. Each place has been a learning experience for me so it's
really a culmination of people and places rather than a singular person.

What do you hope to accomplish during your time in SNCA leadership?
Well, it's kind of like what my mom always taught me to leave things better than you found them. This is a new experience for me in my career and I wanted to challenge myself to bring something to the table. Plus, I just ordered this cape and scepter that I've been dying to wear in public and this seemed like a great opportunity to do so.

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