DON'T LIKE `INFOBAHN'? HOW ABOUT `INFOSTRADA'?
Your articles often tend to use "Infobahn" as a synonym for the Information Highway ("Infobahn Warrior," Science & Technology, Aug. 8). The German name does not sound nice. It recalls the military applications of the autobahn developed by Hitler in the 1930s. I would like to offer another name that sounds much more intriguing: "Infostrada." La strada is an Italian term for a highway.
It even has some historic roots, since in 1972, the first Infostrada was set up in Poland between Gdansk-Warsaw-Katowice with the collaboration of Singer Business Machines. Since the totalitarian regime could not allow for the horizontal flow of information, the project has been killed.
The Infostrada name is nice and more "spiritual" than Infobahn. This name also happens to be reminiscent of a beautiful movie with Anthony Quinn and Julietta Massina.
Andrew S. Targowski
Professor of Computer Information Systems
Western Michigan University