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 fashioned court cases. Over time, they were reversed. Around that time, IBM and Sears had determined to enter the net world witha dial up online carrier 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 rate content material. They had walked into Tribune, and askedif they can get star sportscaster Howard Cosell to write down a customcolumn for them. The Tribune folks laughed and said, "Howard Cosellwon't light his cigar for you for less than $10,000. " The Prodigyfolks said yes without blinking, due to their rich mommy anddaddy. Thus a division to sell to online amenities was created.