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BELL ATLANTIC SPINS OFF THINX (R) SOFTWARE

 BELL ATLANTIC SPINS OFF THINX (R) SOFTWARE
 PHILADELPHIA, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Bell Atlantic Corporation


(NYSE: BEL) today announced that it has spun off its Thinx(R) software product to its creator, Jack Coppley, who has launched Thinx Software Inc., a newly formed independent company.
 Thinx software is the brainchild of Coppley, who developed it through Bell Atlantic's Champion Program, an intrapreneurial venture begun by Bell Atlantic in 1988 to encourage employees to conceive and market new products and services. Coppley developed and marketed Thinx software to software industry and user acclaim in just two years.
 Coppley is president of the new company, responsible for overall direction, financial objectives, long-range plans, and policies. Coppley plans to expand Thinx software into a family of products, including custom applications and pen-based products.
 "This is a wonderful opportunity. The new company will focus all of its resources on marketing Thinx software in a very competitive arena and on developing offshoots of Thinx software to meet user needs," said Coppley.
 "We are proud of the innovative spirit at Bell Atlantic that Thinx software typifies," said John F. Gamba, president-Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. "We believe this spin-off will allow Thinx software to develop even faster, as Thinx Software Inc. will provide the kind of environment needed to target the customers of this type of software product."
 Thinx software, which operates on Microsoft Windows, combines graphics with database functions and spreadsheet formulas, enabling users to manipulate raw data in the form of images and graphics rather than simply crunching numbers. For instance, a user can plan office space and simultaneously update costs as configurations change; generate a map linked to geographic data, providing sales results versus forecast; automatically highlight desirable retail locations based on the user's criteria; or provide a point-of-sale system to help customers configure a personal computer or stereo within a pre-set budget.
 Thinx software and Coppley are the recipients of several awards and nominations, including:
 -- Jerry Pournelle's "1991 User's Choice Award" for "Best DOS and Windows Applications" in Byte magazine
 -- "The Ones to Watch" for the 1990 PC/Computing magazine's "Most Valuable Product Awards"
 -- Nomination for DISCOVER magazine's "1990 DISCOVER Awards for Technological Innovation"
 -- Nomination for "Best Business Application: Graphic or Display Orientation" in the Software Publisher's Association "1990 Excellence in Software Awards"
 DISCOVER magazine said, "Thinx software allows computers to function visually in much the same way as the human mind. Imagine a program that combines Designer with Excel and you have Thinx."
 "Thinx is wonderful. I've always said that what it will take to make Windows take off is a series of indispensable applications that run only on Windows. Thinx software may be one of those," said Jerry Pournelle in Byte.
 A network planning engineer of a New England transportation authority commented, "I find Thinx software very useful in planning local area networks for my company because I can visualize them. Thinx software made the task easy and fun, which made me more productive."
 Thinx Software Inc. is located at 9104 Guilford Road, Columbia, Md., 21046; 301-604-2588. The toll-free number remains the same: 800-688-4469.
 Bell Atlantic Corporation, based in Philadelphia, is the parent company of New Jersey Bell, Bell of Pennsylvania, Diamond State Telephone (Delaware), and the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Companies of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
 Bell Atlantic also is the parent of one of the nation's largest cellular carriers and of companies that provide business systems services for customer-based information technology, including software, systems integration, hardware and software service and support, and financial services, throughout the U.S. and internationally. In addition, Bell Atlantic International offers network services and consulting to telephone authorities throughout the world and, in conjunction with Ameritech, owns a majority interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand.
 (Windows is trademark of Microsoft Corporation.)
 (Designer is a trademark of Micrografx, Inc.)
 (Excel is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.)
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 /CONTACT: Cynthia M. Ciangio of Bell Atlantic, 215-963-6306/
 (BEL) CO: Bell Atlantic Corporation; Thinx Software Inc. ST: Pennsylvania, Maryland IN: TLS CPR SU:


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