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[This was sent to me from, of all people, Rob Glover, original editor of
Amiga Report.  Rob's now working at Walnut Creek, ex-publishers of the
Aminet CD, surrounded by a bunch of other ex-Amiga users. - Jason]

Found in the New York Daily News
 
 February 8, 1995.  (pg. 10)
 
 APPLE'S BIG BYTE OUT OF HISTORY
 
 Apple, the company that revolutionized the personal computer industry,
 apparently thinks Newt Gingrich's Third Wave Information Age means
 censorship is back - especially when it comes to abortion and gays.
 
 In a stunning move for a company long admired for its forward-looking
 policies, Apple last week suddenly notified the producer of an acclaimed
 American history CD-ROM that it was discontinuing shipments because of
 complaints about mentions of turn-of-the-century abortion, birth control
 and homosexuality.
 
 After failing to get Voyager Co.  - the producer of "Who Built America?"
 - to delete the controversial sections, Apple informed the company on
 Jan.  31 that it was discontinuing shipments of the disc to public
 schools.
 
 Apple's notice came only a few days after "Who Built America?" won the
 American Historical Association's bienniel prize for "the most
 outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history."
 
 Since November, Apple has distributed more than 12,000 copies of the
 Voyager disc, as part of its free software package bundled with new
 computer shipments to public schools.
 
 "Who Built America?" was a joint project between New York-based Voyager,
 the leading U.S.  publisher of CD-ROM discs, and the American Social
 History Project at the City University of New York.
 
 CD-ROM is the technology that combines text, photos, music and video into
 one multi-media experience on a personal computer.  Like cd music discs,
 CD-ROM discs can store immense amounts of information compared with older
 methods.
 
 Only a few minutes of viewing this disc shows you why Apple was at first
 so enthusiastic.  With it, history comes alive.  You get not only a
 standard text but original source documents, such as the complete video
 of "The Great Train Robbery," the actual voice of William Jennings Bryan
 giving his "Cross of Gold" speech, and survivors of the 1906 Atlanta race
 riot and the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire giving you firsthand
 accounts of those tragedies.
 
 But in early January, Apple executives notified Bob Stein, chief
 executive of Voyager, that they had recieved some complaints, the most
 troubling dealing with citations of abortion, birth control, and
 homosexuality.
 
 There was, for instance, the audio interview with Elizabeth Anderson, who
 recounted how, beginning in 1910, she had had 12 abortions.
 
 And the 1882 letter from a gay German immigrant explaining how he fled to
 America from his native land after being arrested for a homosexual
 relationship.
 
 And the 1901 New York Times account of Murray Hall, a well-known Tammany
 Hall leader who for 25 years masquereded as a man and was married twice,
 though "he" was secretly a "she."
 
 "Some people may not like the fact there was abortion in 1910, but you
 can't deny it existed," said Steven Brier, the CUNY history professor who
 authored the original two-volume "Who Built America" and then adapted it
 for CD-ROM.
 
 "It's unbelievable to have this project blown-off in this way," an angry
 Brier said yesterday.
 
 And for this to happen with Apple - long regarded by many as the most
 creative and visionary of companies - is especially troubling.
 
 I bought my first Apple 2E more than 10 years ago, and I came to believe
 that Apple's healthy irreverence toward narrow-minded thought and
 arbitrary authority was just the spirit that produced its pioneering
 innovations, things like the Macintosh and the powerbook laptops.
 
 It was Apple, remember, that not too long ago refused to build a new
 plant in Austin, Tex., after the local government tried to penalize it
 for providing medical benefits to same-sex domestic partners.  That time,
 Apple stood on principal and won.
 
 But now here was this public relations person, Carolyn Donohoe, giving me
 a prepared statement late yesterday on the "Voyager issue."
 
 Since the statement so clearly double-speaks for itself, I will quote it
 extensively:
 
 "It's not an issue of censorship.  However, Apple has recieved some
 customer complaints.  As a matter of course, Apple continually reviews
 the content of its bundles based on customer satisfaction and feedback.
 
 "Currently, Apple is evaluating the bundle titled 'Apple Educational
 Series: Elementary and Secondary Reference.' To date, Apple has neither
 formally notified Voyager nor made any public announcements about future
 versions of this bundle."
 
 With the November elections behind us, and with our nation's future being
 increasingly shaped by a rabid history professor named Newt Gingrich,
 Apple appears ready to join the cencorship posse, tossing its own
 once-proud rebel legacy into the trash bin it helped make famous.
 
 If you would like to respond in an official way, please email:
 michaels@voyagerco.com