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May 23, 2009


Karla Lofgren Davis

I am working on this idea of a new post and inviting you to join me in its construction. Please send me information and suggestions through e-mail or comments on the blog.

I'll be experimenting for a while, so you never know what you'll find here. Please join me in the project... sort of a "Habitat for Humanity" in the minds of old folk. Karla

Laura McNeil Burns

Harrisburg, once a city in itself, is an important neighborhood for Milby, which took over what was the Harrisburg High School when that neighborhood became part of Houston.

John Echoff

Karla, great idea! I was living in Manchester on Ave. L when I started the 1st grade at John R. Harris (founder of Harrisburg, I believe). Later (Deady) I lived on Capitol and then on Ithaca until graduation from Milby. After graduation my mom & step-dad bought a house on Park Place Blvd.

I know a lot of kids started out in Manchester, then moved or lived there all the way thru school. Linda Ross was one, and Lareda Ferguson was another. Perhaps the others will sign on.

Ann Herman Beatty

Karla, Think the idea of the streets where we lived is fantastic. I was probably one of the few minister's kids to live in the same house from birth to finishing H. S. I was an old Park Placer and finally googled down to the main part of Park Place. I lived in that little 10 square block area between Charlton Park, the Gulf Freeway and the gold course. I did not remember how large an area Milby covered.

When I was in Houston (other than to take I-10 through the city) a few years ago, I called my dad's former secretary (she lived in Meadowbrook) and she met us at the church. My son had been sent to MD Anderson (all is well, he has a skin problem and is a staph carrier and is now on medication daily). She gave him the grand tour - we walked around and he walked up the steps to see what he wanted to see. We then went around the neighborhood and saw PPElem. She said there was quite an upset among the older people of the community (probably some of our parents or of those not much younger) and said it had been PPElem for however many years and they thought it should stay so. It did.

She also took us down Broadway to see Deady and Milby and I was shocked to see them look like fortresses. What an innocent time we lived in. Can't believe those ratty apts. on Lynn street--first street south of PPBlvd. were still there. They were an eyesore 50 years ago. What I remembered as stately small mansions on Broadway, were in serious disrepair and overgrown with grass, weeds, trees, shrubbery, and ivy. Perhaps Kay Lively can add to this as she lived in the immediate neighborhood, as did Betsy Friesner, Kay Knobloch, Camille Hartman, Mary Beth Pohler and a few others I cannot remember. Believe it or not, K. Neal Parker lived there with his parents the first year he taught at Milby.

Need to go back to the blog and see how far away some of the kids in Manchester and Denver Harbor lived. We did not have free transportation (those lovely non torsion air yellow busses) at that time, but took city busses at a reduced price of ten cents a ride--even on weekends (having to show your pass). Certainly the bus drivers knew that we were kids and not adults. There were some grocery stores authorized to sell 20 ride passes for $1.75. At that time .25 was .25. Several treats. I also remember walking home on some nice days with Norma Williams, Billie Jean Trombatore, and a few others.

Those in Meadowbrook, Oak Meadows and Forest Oaks also rode a shuttle and transferred onto the same bus that stopped in Park Place. My brain is getting old too and a lot of things I don't remember, not having lived there since 1961 when my parents moved to San Diego, Calif. My poor sister, 3 yrs younger but 4 yrs younger in school (Oct birthday) had to start high school twice in 3 months. What had been bobby sox and loafers in Houston became tennis shoes (the ones that looked like saddle shoes, but all white) and nylon hose. AHB

Bob Neal

Life on Broadway.
Karla, your remarks of Broadway are great and I’d imagine there are war stories like this from many folks. I moved from New England to 3116 Broadway shortly before starting kindergarten at Park Place Elem. Going to school meant I had to start wearing shoes more often than Sunday.

The ditches, esplanade and oleander bushes offered places to catch crawdads and lizards. I ripped the skin off my ankles a number of times riding my scooter on the sidewalk. The scars are still visible. An old timer across the street had chickens and taught me how to wring their necks. What a great impression on a kindergartner and I learned fast.

I only lived there thru the second grade but managed to do so safely thanks to a neighbor. On the corner lived Louis (Little Man) Montrose in a big brick house. He and I were fairly adventuresome and heard of men in battle using Molotov Cocktails as an offensive weapon. Sounded simple to make so we found a canning jar, filled it with lawnmower gas, stuffed a rag in it and was ready to let fly. Almost ready! No matches, but in my great wisdom I asked a neighbor if she had matches I could use. Some women just don’t understand that guys have to express their emotions and learn by doing.

As Paul Harvey used to say “Now for the rest of the story”. My dad past away and we moved to Indiana for a short while and then returned to Pecan Park & Mason Park. After graduation my bed could be found from Boston to Puerto Rico to Antarctica, but I wound up in a garage apartment on Broadway and Joplin somewhere around 1967. At 4am on a Sunday morning, a neighbor came over and asked if we were supposed to have a fire in the garage. Even I could respond to that question. Fifteen minutes later a fire truck arrived and the apartment burned down. I now understand the impact of living in a burning building and the trauma that may reoccur in later years of life. I’ve never lived on Broadway since.

A last note. I taught Drivers Education in Clear Lake ’72-’76 and would have the students enter the Park Place circle. After several cycles, they realized the meaning of “going in circles”. My philosophy in teaching was “you can chew the covers off books all day but I believe you learn by doing!”

Brenda Collins Burnett

We moved into our house (brand new!) on Hemlock Street in 1950. Had lived in the Coleto Courts off Park Terrace for a couple of years, went to PPE at that time. Then transferred to second grade at Southmayd. Loved School!! Favorite teacher was Mrs. Norma Stubbs (5th grade). Marilyn Frenchmeyer (class of '61) lived across the street, Bessie Palms lived on Williford. Ann Hughes, Sue Sanford, Carol Smith, Barbara Touchstone, Kathy Ross - all lived closer to the school. I always walked to all three schools. We crawled under trains until they opened Junius in 1960. Kay Broughton and Sharon Glasson lived on Fennel (closed now) and the street in back of Fennell. I rode my bike everywhere, walked to Gulfgate. Went to Park Place Baptist and Woodridge Baptist Churches.

It was a safe environment I remember. Going anywhere I wanted by myself, riding the city bus into town to the Ice Capades with Judy Stephens, buying caramels at Foley's. I liked Harrisburg - the bank was pretty, Jack Roach was full of stuffed animals (a polar bear), and there was a Danburg's department store. The bridge raised up over Buffalo Bayou for ships. The Milby house was still there.

There were movie theaters in all the neighborhoods - the Vogue, Bluebonnet, Avalon and, My Very Own, the Broadway. Memories are made of this!

Gladys Payne Bohac

I remember one day when Charlotte Vann Casselberry and I were driving around Milby and we were looking for our old homes and the streets where we lived. To my dismay, we could not find my street (Blackburn) and my old home. This was just so sad for me. I lived down the street from Sellars Grocery Store. We kept driving around and began laughing so much because I kept saying, "I know they don't just make a street disappear", but sure enough they did. Hwy 225 has taken over where I grew up.

Another old home where I lived, just off of Evergreen next to Office City, is still there.

I remember the snow we had in our junior year. It was so beautiful on our terrace with no footprints on the lawn, just beautiful.

I can also remember going to the Saturday Fun Club at the old Broadway Theater. It cost a whole $.09 to get in the movie. I would take $.25 and have popcorn, drink and sometimes candy. That was the good ole days.

I took my two grandkids and a friend of theirs to the movie last weekend and ended up spending almost $60 for the outing. WOW! what a shock that was. I think it would be cheaper to just buy the DVD when it comes out than going to the movie theater. How times have changed. WOW!!!

Gladys Payne Bohac

Brenda, reading your post brought up some more memories for me. I did not remember you going to Woodridge Baptist Church. I grew up in Woodridge BC. I started going there when I was just 8 years old. I went there until I got married in 1964. What a beautiful church and many many good memories. The other night after we took Charlotte to the airport we drove by the place where Woodridge was and it was gone. What a shame.

Yes, back then it was a safe enviroment for all of us, so sad that we have to worry about our grandkids and their safety now.

Sonny Jones

I went with Margie Heinlein for 2 1/2 years before going off to Sam Houston. She was a member at Woodridge and I went to Broadway Baptist. I would often alternate and go with Margie on either Sunday morning or evening. Unfortunately, during the 70s Woodridge really declined down to a small percentage of what it was in the 50s and 60s. An evangelist named Phil Arms bought the church, referbished it and was pretty successful at resurrecting it to a younger congregatiion. Seven or eight years later, his congregation moved to the west side of the city and he sold the church to a Hispanic group I believe. Anyway, I think around '95, it was finally torn down and became commercial property. You're right about one thing. It was a much safer, much gentler time. We had many good times attending Woodridge.

Gladys Payne Bohac

Sonny, I did not remember you going to Woodridge either. My how my memory has left me on many things.
I have so many wonderful memories of my childhood at Woodridge. Those were in my formative years. I still remember so many people from my home church that have gone on to meet the Lord. Remember Jeanette Coleman Craig and John Craig, so sad they are gone. I have to stop and think a minute to remember others. Mary Lou Allen, another classmate whose family were members also. I will just have to put my thinking hat on. Yes, those were very special times in my life and wonderful memories. Also, remember Alana Collins, married to Rod Steward. She to was a member of our church many, many, many years ago.

Are you still going to Sagemont? A really good friend of mine was baptised and started going to church there. I visited Sagemont when she was baptised. I remember Buddy Griffin and his wife Sandy. Sandy was a member of Woodridge also. How time flies.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Big 50 Reunion. So glad that you are still using your beautiful voice. Maybe they will let you sing again for us at the reunion. That would be fantastic.


Mary Nelle Dudley Figart

Hi Karla, Let's reconnect, your cousin, Mary Nelle Dudley.

Karla Lofgren Davis

Hi, Mary Nelle!!! How in the world did you hook up with me on this blog? But so glad you did!!! [For the rest of you, let me say that we are not first cousins who lost touch - more distant than that - but cousins nonetheless! I think we share the same great grandfather] Randy sent me your e-mail address and I will get in touch with you there. We are in the middle of moving and have been on and off with internet service, so it will be a few more days until I get to it. Much love!!! Karla

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THE SHOOTOUT: Part Deaux (June 2009)

  • Ga - A Happy Bunch of Buffalo
    June 6, 2009 - Eight Milby Buffs and their spouses gathered at the home of Larry and Charlene Smith for a little target practice and a lot of eating and visiting. A great time was had by all!!! Click on title or thumbnails to view and read more.

Charleen's Beautiful Crazy Quilt (June 2009)

  • B - And Then the Quilts Came Out
    One of the REAL treats at "The SHOOTOUT, Part Deaux" was the viewing of Charleen's quilts. Click thumbnail or title to see photos. Once inside be sure to read the captions.

Echoffs in Colorado

  • C) Crossing the Continental Divide
    John and Linn Echoff recently had an exciting expedition northward into Colorado. Click on title or thumbnail to read the narrative and view the sights they saw.

Wilson's 50th Anniversary

  • A) Laura and Loyd in 1960
    Laura (Striegler) and Loyd Wilson recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Click on titles or thumbnails to view photos and read the narrative.

Ladies Luncheon July 27, 2010

  • A) The Gathering at the Black Lab
    Once again the invitation went out - and was answered by 17 of our classmates. Click on the title or thumbnail to view photos and read the captions.

Barker/Davis Reunion, 7/26/2010

  • A) Ed, Karla, Cathie, and Thurburn
    Enroute from their home in North Carolina to a conference in Colorado, Thurburn and Cathie Barker stop for a visit with Ed and Karla Davis in Waco, Texas. Click on title or thumbnail to view photos and read narrative of this reunion.

Charles and Dolly in Hawaii, May 2010

  • B) The Oahu Beaches
    Charles Crider wrote, "In mid-May, we departed Houston and flew to Honolulu for a duel celebration of Dolly’s birthday and our 45th anniversary." Click on the title or thumbnail to see enlarged photos and read the captions.

John Echoff's Retirement Celebration

  • B) The Echoffs - Looking Mighty Happy!
    May 15, 2010 was the date for a grand retirement celebration for John Echoff. Click on titles or photos to enlarge the photos and read the captions.

Ladies' Luncheon Held May 13, 2010

  • A) Millby Girls Gathered May 13
    Jody Bugg orchestrated the May 13, 2010 luncheon and wrote: “We had 19 attend the luncheon today. We had a great time.” Click on thumbnails or titles to enlarge the photos and read the captions - more narrative to follow.

50th Reunion Friday Night "Meet and Greet"

  • G) Milby 50th Reunion Friday Night 016
    Here are the First Photos of the Milby 1960 50th Reunion - much more to come, including captions!!! Click on photos to open and enlarge.

50th Reunion Saturday Lunch

  • Milby 50th Reunion Saturday Lunch  064
    The threat of inclement weather dictated a change of venue. However, that did not in any way change our enjoyment of the company. Click on photos to open and enlarge. (Captions will follow)

50th Reunion Saturday Night Dinner and Dance

  • Milby 50th Reunion Dinner Dance
    Glamorous duds and a four course meal were advertised for the Saturday evening gala, but laughter and love were the main attractions. Click on photos to open and view. (captions will follow)

50th Reunion Sunday Morning Brunch

  • Milby 50th Reunion Sunday Brunch 142
    It was difficult to say farewell on Sunday morning, but already there was talk of "the next time we get together..." Click on thumbnails to enlarge photos. (captions will follow)

Criders' Albino Bluebonnets

  • D) Rare Occurence
    Charles and Dolly Crider enjoy the flora near their Marble Falls cabin. Click on thumbnails to read captions and view enlarged photos of rare albino bluebonnets.

Click on Links to Pages and BIOGRAPHIES

Brenda Burnett's Elementary Photos

  • 7) Bob Neal - Park Place Elementary 1950
    Brenda Collins Burnett has sent the photos from her elementary years. She started school at Park Place Elementary (2 years) and finished at Southmayd Elementary. Can you find yourself in any of these photos? Perhaps you can help her fill in the gaps on her identification. Post your info via a comment under the post "Photo Albums". Now click on this thumbnail to open the album. and then click on each thumbnail inside to see the enlarged photos and descriptions.

The Kids in Our Lives

  • 1A) Charlene Hickman Family
    We all have them - whether sons and daughters, grandkids (or great grandkids), nieces and nephews, or the kids next door. And we all love them - especially when they are being their best selves and looking adorable. So how about sending some photos of the kids in your life!?!?! (Click on each photo to open.)

Reunion Planning Committee

  • EA) A Quorum Assembled
    Click on thumbnails or titles to see photos from recent gatherings of the Milby 1960 Reunion Planning Committee. To return to the main post, click on the phrase "milby1960.typepad.com" at the top left of this album.

Beverly's Valentine's Day Concert (2010)

  • B) Milbyites in Attendance
    Beverly Frankinson Allison invited us all to attend her Amadeus Woodwind Quintet concert on Feb. 14. Click on thumbnails or titles to see photos of the event.

Feb First Lunch Bunch 2010

  • Conclusion
    Jody Bugg invited the Ladies of the Milby Class of 1960 to meet for lunch on Monday, February 1. Click on titles or thumbnails to see the photos of this occasion and read the narrative.

Milby Class of '59 Reunion

  • Zc
    October 16-18, 2009 was the weekend for the 50th Reunion of the Milby Class of 1959. These guys were our heroes - the "older" classes always are! Click on titles or thumbnail to see photos of that great group of Buffalo.

Current Photos of 1960 Milby Grads - Photo Album

  • Ac) Alton Couvillon
    Current photos of Milby grads and their friends and families (especially grandkids and great grandkids and/or other 2nd and 3rd generation youngsters). Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images. Send your photos and narrative to your blogmeister. ([email protected])

Milby's Jim Post in Concert, November 2009

  • S - Jim and Karla
    Going back in time to make a new set of memories, Ed and Karla joined Randy and Jeanine on a pleasant 2 hour drive in the country to the sleepy little town of Crockett. Click thumbnails or titles to see the photos and read the narrative.

John, Larry & Charles ~ Just Hanging Out, Oct 2009

  • F - Tasha
    Three Buffs and their brides had a great time hanging out at a campground "somewhere in East Texas". Click on titles or thumbnails to view and read.

Charlotte's Wedding Album (Oct. 2009)

  • J - God's Plans
    Remember the lovely Cinderella Story Charlotte shared with us a while back? Well, here's the beginning of the next chapter - HER Wedding!!!. Click on the titles or thumbnails for a larger view and narrative.

Sonny Jones & "American Boogie" ~ June 2009

  • D) The Pastels circa 1960
    A group of Milby Buffs gathered in Kemah to enjoy Sonny Jones and the band "American Boogie" perform. Click on titles or thumbnails to view photos and read captions. June 27, 2009

Karla's African Adventure in the 60's

  • Sb) Shopping with Masai Along the Road
    Check out the adventurous life Karla and Ed Davis lived in Africa in the 60's. Made memories to last a lifetime! Click on titles or thumbnails to enlarge photos and read captions.

Kemah and Galveston After Ike, March '09

  • Zm) An Encouraging Symbol
    While there is still much devastation, and much more work to be done, the rebuilding efforts along the Gulf Coast are in full swing. Click on title or thumbnail to see photos and read narrative of the trip Karla and Ed Davis took to that area during Spring Break.

What I Did This Summer ~ 2009

  • Z) Charlotte, Bo, and Gladys at a Luau
    Do you remember this favorite topic teachers assigned for a first writing project when school started each fall? Let's revisit it through our classmates' photos and captions. Click photos to open/enlarge and to read narrative.

Holiday Gatherings, 2008

  • (Od) Icicles
    Click on each title or thumbnail to enter the album and see enlarged views. Then send us some photos of your Holiday Gatherings (folks and activities) so we can e-congregate with you! (send to Karla as e-mail attachments).

Favorite Fall Photos 2008

  • (Ace) - Sunrise in Marble Falls
    Click on titles or thumbnails to view enlarged images and read captions for these often gorgeous, sometimes humorous, and usually informative Favorite Fall Photos submitted by our classmates.

Bikers and Babes (2008)

  • B - Bikers and Babes
    Enjoy this report of a party hosted by Charlotte Vann Casselberry. Click on titles or thumbnails to view enlarged images.

Hurricane Ike Scenes

  • A - Kemah after Ike
    Click on the titles or thumbnails to show enlarged views of these photos of the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. September 13th, 2008

Sheila's Flora and Fauna ~ 2007

  • E - Honey Bees and Bumble Bees
    Click on titles or thumbnails to enlarge photos and read comments about "the animals that visit us at our place in the country".

Larry's Nightly Visitors, '08 & '09

  • H - The Whole Gang Came Along
    Click on titles or thumbnails to enlarge photos and read comments about the Raccoons in Larry's world.

Larry's Incredible Century Plant, Spring 2009

  • N - All But the Top Four in Bloom - June 28, 09
    Throughout the Spring and into the Summer we have watched as Larry Smith's Century plant "does its thing"! Click on thumbnails or titles to see this incredible sight. Read captions for details.

Destination Kenney (AKA Sheila's TAG SALE) 2008

  • G - A Gathering of the Herd
    The idea is conceived, the adventure ensues, the saga unfolds... On 5/9/2008, Sheila Steele Howard sent an e-mail to this blogmeister, inquiring about the possibility of advertising a TAG SALE that was to be held in the Ag Hall in Kenney, Texas on June 6 & 7. Click on this title or image to view more on this topic. Then click on the thumbnail of each photo to view the enlarged picture.

On the Road with John and Linn, June 2008

  • A - John and Linn, "Partners" on the Road
    John and Linn Echoff recently returned from a 3492 mile road trip, taking time to “smell the roses” throughout the heartland of America. Click on this title or image to view some of the sights they saw and to read John’s narrative. Then click on the thumbnail of each photo to view the enlarged picture.

Travel with Gladys

  • O - Versailles
    "Bo and I have been blessed to travel to a lot of different countries over the last 17 years. What a joy to see so many of the beautiful places in this world." Click on this title to see the places in the world that Gladys Payne Bohac has been privileged to visit. Once inside the album, click on each thumbnail for an enlarged view and the accompanying narrative.

"Holiday Expressions", Charlotte and Gladys (2007)

  • "Razzle Dazzle Red"
    Charlotte Vann Casselberry Dew and Gladys Payne Bohac create beautiful Christmas decorations and gifts and sell them through their business, "Holiday Expressions". Click on the title or thumbnail to open the album. Once in, click on each thumbnail to see an enlarged view of some of their creations and to read other information about their business.

Karla's Projects

  • AD - Kaleidoscope of Ryan
    My sense of personal fulfillment seems to be somewhat dependent on having a creative project in progress. My projects seldom conform to anything seen in hobby shops or magazines. They are, however, creative, and they are all mine! Double click on this title to open. Inside, double click on any thumbnail to see an enlarged image and read about the project. (Then - as always - send me your stuff so I can create a project photo album on the blog for YOU!)

Ken Corey - Our Man in Macedonia, 2008

  • 01 - Ken Corey on the "Boardwalk" in Macedonia
    Ken Corey and his wife Carole spent a few years in the beautiful city of Skopje, Macedonia while Ken managed a building project. Let's view this part of the world through their eyes and experiences! To open this album, click on the title or the photo. Once inside, be sure to click on thumbnails to view larger images and read narrative.

Paul Schrader's Gorilla Trek, July 2007

  • A Bit of Paul's Bio
    Paul Schrader and his wife, Carolyn, recently (July 2007) returned from a trip to Africa during which they were privileged to engage in a trek to view the mountain gorillas of Uganda . Click on this album title to view the pictures and read Paul's commentary. When viewing the photos, click on the thumbnails for an enlarged image.

Christmas 2007 Photo Album

  • P - Larry Smith Family, Christmas 2007
    Let's share the photos that we took at Thanksgiving or over the Christmas Holidays this year (2007). Click on this title or thumbnail to open this album. Then, as you look at each image, double click on the thumbnail for an enlarged view.

Elementary Class Photos

  • Immaculate Conception Catholic School
    These will take you WAY BACK! Here are photos from our elementary school classes. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) If you can supply more info or other photos, contact your blogmeister. ([email protected])

Photos from Deady Junior High

  • Deady Band - Our 8th Grade Year
    For most of us, this age was pretty awkward as we were continually changing in every way. But it was an exciting time too, as we met and made new friends from the other elementary schools that fed into Deady. See if you recognize the Milby 1960 graduates among these smiling faces. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) Submit other photos or information to your blogmeister. [email protected]

Various Milby Era Photos (1957-60)

  • Austin 1961
    Our Milby Buffalo yearbooks contain many photographs that serve as the basis for memories of our days at Milby. Some of us have other photos of various activities and events during the years we were in high school that were not in the Buffalo. This album contains photos that fit in that category. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) Send your photos and info to your blogmeister. [email protected]

1958 Carats Program

  • '58 Carats Program Cover
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos of the 1958 Carats Program to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.)

1959 Carats Program

  • '59 Carats Cover
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos of the 1959 Carats Program to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.)

1960 Carats Program

  • '60 Carats Show Cover
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos of the 1960 Carats Program to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.)

Milby Kaleidoscope Programs

  • Kaleidoscope Stars, 1959
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos from the Plainsman produced Kaleidoscope Program to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) Please send any related photos that you have to add to this collection. [email protected]

Milby Drama Department Productions

  • "The Good Hope", Stage 59
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos from various productions and activities related to the Milby Drama Department to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) Please send any related photos that you have to add to this collection. [email protected]
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