Tci's Endless Morning After

To those who fear him--and there are many--John Malone inspires any number of dark images: Darth Vader, the Godfather, you name it. But as he settled deeply into his office sofa recently, hands cradling a cup of hot tea, the chief executive of Tele-Communications Inc. (TCI) looked anything but fearsome. Malone was still suffering the lingering effects of a flu that had swept through TCI's management ranks. He had spent the previous week at home, glued to the O.J. Simpson trial. "I got mad every time Judge Ito adjourned early," he joked halfheartedly. Even his smile looked tired.

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