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Speckle has been a great nuisance in the field of holography. In optical readers and other optical processors, too, we have learned to provide a "smooth" input format or else suffer the disaster of speckle. These limitations have been understood for a number of years. Still there is no simple, direct cure for speckle, and logically, no hope for one. Why then a Topical Meeting on Speckle at Asilomar?