Prodigy: A 5 Year Old Underachiever

When it went online in 1990, Prodigy was a true trailblazer. Corporate parents IBM and partner Sears, Roebuck & Co. had recognized the potential for bringing the information revolution to consumers. For just $9.95 a month, Prodigy Services Co. offered push-button access to all sorts of information, an electronic shopping mall, and E-mail. In two years, 1 million people had signed up.

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