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Newspaper on the Internet -- a view from 32 years ago

by Alan Herzberger Modified: August 15, 2013 at 1:05 pm •  Published: August 15, 2013

It’s not new.

It’s been shared all over the place since first appearing on YouTube in 2008 and on TechCrunch in January of 2009.

But it’s still fun to watch if you haven’t seen it.

A newspaper veteran who has experienced firsthand every part of our own company’s transition into the digital space shared it with me last week.

So enjoy this 1981 news piece from KRON in San Francisco about the San Francisco Chronicle‘s and San Francisco Examiner‘s early plan for delivering news to personal computers. (Who would ever want that?)

There are a lot of interesting gems in this piece, but the close of the video from 32 years ago is most fascinating to me.

“It takes over two hours to receive the entire text of the newspaper over the phone. And with an hourly use charge of $5, the new telepaper won’t be much competition for the 20-cent street edition.”


by Alan Herzberger
Digital Managing Editor
Alan Herzberger is the Digital Managing Editor for NewsOK.com and The Oklahoman. He focuses on content within OPUBCO Communications Group’s variety of digital products. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports...
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