The Yearlong Trek To At&T's Safari

On Apr. 11, 1990, Donald Genaro, a senior partner at Henry Dreyfus Associates, got a surprise phone call from one of the firm's biggest clients, American Telephone & Telegraph Co. "Clear the decks. We're going to proceed with the laptop project," said Edward Cote at AT&T's Data Systems Group. After four years of false starts, ill-fated foreign partnerships, and chasing ever-changing computer technology, AT&T was finally committing itself to the hot laptop market. It would build the Safari, a slim, 7-pound notebook computer powered by an Intel 80386 microchip.

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