For the French Government and industry, the sophisticated videotex network is a profitable enterprise with virtually unlimited growth potential. from additional telephone usage, cost savings and terminal leasing, according to Georges Nahon, managing director of Intelmatique, the P. and the Times Mirror Company, two initial investors who spent millions of dollars, are forging ahead with redesigned systems. To accomplish this, the utility employed an existing state-owned national data communications network, Transpac, to enable ''dumb terminals'' - which resemble personal computers but actually lack computing power - to communicate with computerized databases around the country. The Paris metropolitan area went on-line in late December 1983."I look for them when the first strawberries come off," said Capt.Grant Corbin, one of Deal Island's most skillful crabbers (you'll find two chapters about crabbing with him in William W. Grant was talking about the "peeler run," when the Chesapeake's crabs slough (shed) for the first time each year, as water temperatures reach the mid-60s (Fahrenheit). Lonnie Moore, CBF's Fleet Senior Manager, says that on Tangier Island, he looks for the locust trees to bloom.On the Severn River around Annapolis, Lonnie's locust tree cue is just as accurate.Both Dali's extraordinary talent and odd personality helped him to rise above the rest of the Surrealists of the 20th century.His artwork and influences can be seen almost everywhere around the world.‣ The Great Masturbator is a self-portrait painted in July 1929.
Each unit is known as a ''Minitel'' (which is also the popular name for the entire system) and consists of a keyboard, screen and modem, an instrument that translates telephone signals into computer-readable graphics. But Minitel is far more than a consumer toy or a way to meet new lovers. Although several early forays into commercial videotex in the United States failed miserably, American communications companies like Knight-Ridder Newspapers Inc. reasoned that it could increase usage of its 23 million telephone lines and cut printing and personnel costs by replacing some of its telephone books and directory-assistance staff with a nationwide electronic telephone and address directory. Although the videotex concept predated the election of President Francois Mitterrand, whose inauguration coincided with the experimental project, Minitel was quickly incorporated into the Socialist vision of a high-tech France, and used to help stimulate the growth of the French computer industry.The word ''Bonjour'' flashes across the screen, followed seconds later by the sudden question, ''Veux-tu qu'on fasse l'amour ce soir? '') The question is signed ''Sex Fiend.'' ''Times have changed,'' sighs Prinet, a 42-year-old marketing executive for Citibank France.Leaving Sex Fiend's query unanswered, he types a second number. Prinet frowns as his outstanding credit card balance appears on the screen.and creator of “Abe Martin,” delighted “millions of Americans” through his folksy-cartoons and down-home, Midwestern wit.Abe Martin as a character represented the “nineteenth-century crackerbarrel figure traditionally focused on political involvement, rural residency, the fatherly image, employment, and success.” Hubbard developed the character during the 1904 Presidential Election and its success endured in the pages of the until his death in 1930.