Living: Source Book

A computerized store

For all the marvels of the miracle-chip revolution, home computers have remained expensive toys ($500 to $2,000) purchased mainly by hobbyists and electronics buffs. Reason: a paucity of programs available to make the investment worthwhile. Now, however, a department store of information called, appropriately enough, The Source is available to anyone with a simple terminal screen and a telephone coupler. Created by William von Meister, 37, chairman of Telecomputing Corp. of America, the new data bank is a pool of information from more than 2,000 programs.

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