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An Apple for the teacher.

An Apple For The Teacher

City Business Machines has landed the Apple Computer contract for school systems in the state. They take over the account, which they hope will be worth $4 million in sales, on April 15.

Terry Johnson's Micro Computer previously had handled the contract, but Johnson decided to let it go when Apple wanted him to stop offering to distribute IBM and IBM compatibles.

"Apple told [school dealers] they had to drop all other vendors," Johnson says of the Apple directive that came down in recent months. "It was just the principle of the thing. It didn't seem fair to not tell schools they had a choice."

Johnson says he was surprised by the move. "We viewed it as a panic move."

CBM had been supplying Ricoh copiers to the Little Rock School District and apparently was in the right place at the right time to make the bid.
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Title Annotation:City Business Machines gets Apple computer contract for Arkansas school systems
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Apr 15, 1991
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