April 17, 1993 |
Prodigy, the information and entertainment service for computer users, announced a new pricing plan yesterday as some of its two million customers were participating in a boycott to protest the anticipated changes. In a message posted on one of Prodigy's many electronic bulletin boards, which customers can read in their computers through phone connections, Prodigy's president, Ross Glatzer, said the new rates, to take effect July 1, would increase costs for about one of every five households using the service, or about 20 percent.
April 16, 1993 |
Word of mouth can affect any company - especially one that provides a venue for chat. Consider Prodigy, the IBM-Sears partnership that provides interactive services to more than 2 million computer users nationwide. When its customers got wind that the company was considering a new fee structure, many used the Prodigy system to complain. And faster than you can say "electronic bulletin board," a boycott was born. It's as though a supermarket boycott was incited by a customer standing on a soapbox by the checkout counter.
September 15, 2010 |
HARRISBURG ? Gov. Rendell said Tuesday that he was "appalled" and "embarrassed" that his administration's Office of Homeland Security has been tracking and circulating information about legitimate protests by activist groups that do not pose a threat to public safety. Rendell said he did not know that the state Office of Homeland Security had been paying an outside company to track a long list of activists, including groups that oppose drilling in the Marcellus Shale, animal-rights advocates, and peace activists.
March 17, 1991 |
Daniel Pinkwater's collision with what he calls the electronic "ministry of thought" began when he tried to send a note to other authors. Pinkwater sat down at his computer, which dialed up Prodigy - a service that links nearly one million computer users. He typed out a note and dispatched it to one of Prodigy's computer bulletin boards, a sort of electronic party line. But his rather innocuous posting was rejected by the Prodigy monitors who patrol the boards. Pinkwater thinks they misunderstood a word in his message.
February 6, 1992 |
Personal computers have transformed America into one huge electronic community, and everyone who is computer-literate ought to plug into it, says a Yardley author. "The telephone wires are red-hot at night with people communicating through their computers," said Alfred Glossbrenner, a nationally recognized expert on how to buy and use computer hardware and online information services and how to take advantage of free bulletin boards and computer software. Typically, the nation's estimated 2 million personal computer communicators will check in nightly with several of the hundreds of electronic bulletin boards and on-line information services located across the country to ask questions or obtain information of personal interest, Glossbrenner said.
August 18, 2008 |
In the early 1950s, the hunt for communists disrupted careers not only in Hollywood and New York City. In Philadelphia, it forced two dozen teachers out of the public school system. Isadore Reivich had taught social studies at West Philadelphia High School for seven years when he was suspended in 1953 and fired in 1954 after an inquiry about "communist activities. " His daughter, Susana Silva, said last week that it took 15 years for Reivich to be reinstated. On Wednesday, Mr. Reivich, 88, died of renal failure at Pennsylvania Hospital.
April 29, 2008 |
Gaetano "Tommy" LaFauci, 79, of South Philadelphia, a retired newspaper mailer, union president and city employee, died of heart failure Saturday at home. From 1994 until retiring in 2000, Mr. LaFauci was president and business agent of Mailers Union Local 1414. He had previously held various offices in the union, which represents the workers who prepare newspapers for delivery at area presses including those of The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, and the Camden Courier-Post.
October 28, 1993 |
In an Information Age first, the White House yesterday gave reporters its hefty 1,336-page health-care reform plan on a pair of computer disks weighing less than 2 ounces. "Hey, this is the '90s. We're against killing trees," White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers said. Simultaneously, the White House distributed electronic copies of the plan to a federal computer bulletin board and a computer at the University of North Carolina. That made it instantly available to the estimated 15 million to 20 million people worldwide who tap into the global electronic neighborhood called Internet.
March 15, 1986
In a March 1 Letter to the Editor, a writer wrote, "At one time, two pennies bought a newspaper. " These youngsters don't go back far enough. As a boy, I sold evening newspapers for 1 cent each. The Bulletin cost me 1 cent for two, the Telegraph 1 cent for three and the Times 1 cent for 10. (You could only sell the Times when you ran out of the others, which was rare.) People mostly bought the papers for the baseball scores and the comics, and an occasional scare headline, like another war in the Balkans.
January 8, 1988 |
Adrian Lee, the Daily News' staunchly conservative editorial page columnist, is taking a leave from the paper to join an ideological soulmate - U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III. Beginning next Wednesday, and until the end of the Reagan administration in January 1989, Lee said, he will serve as a public-relations assistant to Meese - writing speeches, composing opinion articles that will be offered to newspapers around the country, and briefing...