He began acampaign to shut down the newsgroup. While largely laughed atby the USENET community, he found some sympathetic press willingto post reviews in regards to the scandalous things these brand new computernetworks were really for. Front page thoughts appeared in the localnewspaper where I lived, pushing the University of Waterloo, which was mygateway to the community, to cut me off. To the surprise of many, they did. Sometime later, fear of political incorrectness led Stanford to also banthe newsgroup. In both places, and on the net, the bans generated muchmore protest than the usual complaints. Over time, they were reversed. Around that time, IBM and Sears had determined to go into the net world witha dial up online provider called Prodigy. Prodigy was intendedto be highly polished and content material focussed, as a substitute of a moreopen forum like Compuserve. They decided to spend so much tolicence top class content. They had walked into Tribune, and askedif they can get star sportscaster Howard Cosell to write a customcolumn for them.