Twenty eight years ago seems like a century, especially if you've spent that time in the newspaper business.
Yes, for sure, newspapers were using computers back then -- had been doing so, in fact, since the 1970s, though the machines were, well, primitive by today's standards.
I just did not recall that there were credible (and very effective) efforts being made toward putting news articles into personal computers of subscribers.
But here it is, a TV news report from 1981, revealing the collaboration between the San Francisco Examiner, the San Francisco Chronicle and a bunch of other papers, which were uploading articles that were then downloaded -- oh so slowly -- into rotary phone lines of readers.
In their commitment to do this in a seemingly pure way, unconcerned about cost and payback, the pioneers inspire a feeling of reverence. And knowing what we know today, a certain teariness is allowed.