Computers: Here Come the Networkers

A new communications medium gives birth to its own stars

Mike Greenly had been trying for weeks to interview Ed Koch about New York City's handling of the AIDS epidemic when he finally buttonholed the mayor on the steps of city hall. "There I was," Greenly typed into his portable computer soon afterward, "cheek to jowl with His Honor." Two hours later he had plugged his Tandy Model 100 into a telephone line and dispatched the first installment of his exclusive interview.

Greenly was not reporting for any newspaper or wire service. For the past two years the former vice president of Avon Products, who always dreamed of being a news...

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