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We think that is pretty good - and is a clear indication of our dedication to the success of all our clients. We would not be here without you and the trust you place in us to make you the best you can be. We have remained true to our roots of being an independent voice in the industry where too often hidden agendas and motives constantly rule the airwaves. We look forward to working with all of you for another 35 years, and I hope I can only be so lucky to be around that long!

So what has changed since we began airfare auditing? Let's take a look back at what was happening in the world in 1978:

Inflation in the U.S. was 7.6%.

A price of a gallon of gas in the U.S. was 63 cents.

German production of the VW Beetle stopped after a run of 30 years.

Gold reaches an all-time high of $200 per ounce.

Sweden become the first nation to ban aerosol sprays.

Pope Paul VI dies at age 80.

Pope John Paul I is pope for 33 days.

Pope John Paul II becomes pope.

World's population is 4.4 billion.

Illinois Bell introduces the first ever cellular mobile phone.

Space Invaders becomes a computer video game craze.

The first test tube baby was born in England.

Popular Movies included: Grease, Saturday Night Fever, Star Wars, and Animal House

Popular Musicians: Bee Gees, Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Wings and the Boss

Popular TV Programs: Happy Days, The Muppet Show, The Love Boat and Wheel of Fortune

It says a lot that Topaz has the same longevity as some of the above: after many Star Wars movies, they have announced another one (or more) to come; The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and The Boss continue to perform around the world to sold out fans; and they are still spinning the wheel on Wheel of Fortune. So thanks to everyone for your support over the years and we look forward to our next 35 years of helping a great industry with great people!

Topaz International, Ltd. | 503-622-8966

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