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“Fibonacci Expansions and ‘F-adic’ integers,” The Fibonacci Quarterly, v. 34, 1996

“On the Sums of Digits of Fibonacci Numbers,” The Fibonacci Quarterly, v. 35, 1996..

A Modification of Shanks’ Baby-Step Giant-Step Algorithm,” Mathematics of Computation, v. 69, 2000

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History of Rock and Roll

Rock and roll has been one of the most influential music genres. It went through several phases from about 1955 to 1989.

The early years of rock and roll were quite exciting. Most people consider "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley & His Comets to be the first rock and roll record. It was used as the music theme to the movie "Blackboard Jungle", during which teenage fans rioted at several screenings, screaming and tearing out seats. Elvis Presley made his debut during this period and had numerous chart-toppers, including "Don't Be Cruel", "Love Me Tender", "All Shook Up" and "Jailhouse Rock". Other big artists of this period included Chuck Berry, The Platters, Buddy Holly, and Ritchie Valens, the latter two of which were killed in a tragic plane crash on February 3, 1959.

Rock and roll went into decline during these years, following the death of Buddy Holly. Several record companies were accused of payola, the practice of paying money for the broadcast of their records on music radio. Nevertheless, some genres of rock and roll fluorished during these years, such as the California surf sound of The Beach Boys and Jan and Dean, and Phil Spector's girl group sound as recorded by artists such as The Crystals, The Chiffons, and The Ronnettes. The Motown label also got is big start in 1960 with "Shop Around" by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. This label would remain strong for the next three decades with numerous artists, such as The Supremes, The Temptations, The Marvelettes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Martha and the Vandellas.

The Beatles created a sensation which became known as Beatlemania with the release of their first #1 record, "I Want to Hold Your Hand". Shortly thereafter, they toured America for the first time, greeted by huge restless crowds of teenage fans. The Beatles' success was followed by the British Invasion, a host of British rock and roll musicians including The Dave Clark Five, Herman's Hermits, The Kinks, Gerry and the Pacemakers, and The Rolling Stones. Folk rock, popularized by Bob Dylan and The Byrds, also hit the scene during these years. Protest music also became popular, mainly due to American involvement in the Vietnam War.

Drug-induced psychedelic rock, recorded by artists such as Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead, made its debut in 1967 and remained popular for the next two years or so. The summer of 1967 became known as the Summer of Love, during which thousands of hippies flocked to the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. The Beatles stopped performing live concerts in America, but recorded innovative music albums such as "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "Magical Mystery Tour". This period culminated with Woodstock, a three-day rock festival held in Bethel, New York in August 1969, with an estimated 500,000 participants.

1970 was marred with several tragedies, including the deaths of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin as well as the breakup of he Beatles. The return of American troops from Vietnam led to a cooldown of anti-war sentiment, which is reflected in the music of the time. Rock and roll became much more mellow and commercialized, although many innovative new artists appeared. Popular artists of this period included Elton John, Led Zeppelin, and The Carpenters.

A new genre of dance music known as disco hit the scene with popular artists like The Bee Gees and Donna Summer. The Bee Gees scored big with "Saturday Night Fever", the soundtrack album to the movie with the same name, which made disco immensely popular in 1978. Mainstream rock and roll also remained popular during these years. Among the big rock artists were The Eagles, The Steve Miller Band, and Fleetwood Mac.

Several new genres of popular music appeared, including new wave and big hair bands. MTV made its debut in 1981, making music videos popular. Big artists of this period included Blondie, Men At Work, and Duran Duran. The biggest sensation of these years was Michael Jackson, whose "Thriller" became the biggest album of all time. Other artists which got their start during this period included Madonna and Prince.

Several benefit concerts and recordings were performed during these years. 45 popular artists teamed up to record "We Are The World", raising money to help starving children in Ethiopia. The concerts "Live Aid" and "Farm Aid" were other benefit concerts. Michael Jackson remained popular during these years. Some big artists to hit the scene included WHAM!, Whitney Houston, and The Bangles.