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BOONE PICKENS, ASA JOHAL, SIDNEY TASSIN TO JOIN LESSONWARE TEAM

 BOONE PICKENS, ASA JOHAL, SIDNEY TASSIN TO JOIN LESSONWARE TEAM
 DALLAS, July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas oilman and entrepreneur Boone Pickens, Canadian businessman and philanthropist Asa Johal, and Boone Co. principal Sidney L. Tassin will become advisors to Lessonware, Inc., the Dallas-based manufacturer of multi-media educational products, according to its president, Chris Tyler.
 Boone Co., a private investment company majority-owned by Pickens, has been engaged by Lessonware to act as financial advisors, and will serve as advisor to a private debt offering. Upon its completion, Pickens and Johal will officially join Lessonware's board of directors as advisory members, and Tassin will join as a member.
 Founded in 1990, Lessonware trades on the Vancouver Stock Exchange under the symbol LWL.V. Lessonware is the developer of The Study Game(R), a video-based learning system designed to encourage academic excellence through the promotion of good study habits. It features athletes Joe Montana, Magic Johnson, Chris Evert, and Wayne Gretzky, along with educator Marva Collins, explorer and oceanographer Robert Ballard, astronaut Sally Ride and author George Plimpton.
 "Boone's, Asa's and Sidney's entrepreneurial instincts and business leadership will prove invaluable as we expand into new markets," said Lessonware's Tyler. "We expect to reap many benefits from their business talents, and from their demonstrated commitments to education."
 A Dallas resident, Boone Pickens is chairman and CEO of Mesa, one of the nation's largest independent natural gas producers. In recent years, Pickens has spoken to more than 100,000 students at the high school and college levels, served as a college regent, and provided financial support for a wide variety of educational programs and activities. He also serves as chairman of the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, and as an advisor to the National Campaign for a Drug Free America.
 Asa Johal is chairman of Terminal Forest Products, Inc., one of Canada's leading lumber companies dedicated to manufacturing and marketing high quality lumber products from British Columbia's coastal forests. Johal has been a leader in providing assistance and funding to numerous organizations and charities, and is an advocate of community service and education. Johal is a member of the board of governors of the University of British Columbia, and also is a director of the Council of Forest Industries, Forest Industrial Relations, Ltd., the Canadian Development Investment Corporation and the British Columbia Children's Hospital. In 1991, Johal received the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada in 1992.
 Sidney Tassin, also of Dallas, is the president and principal owner of BTC Partners, Inc., a firm which provides financial advisory services to Mesa. Tassin is also vice president-finance and a principal of Boone Co. and has worked with Pickens for the past 12 years.
 The Study Game features athletes and educators in vignettes that convey how their achievements stem from good study skills. Viewers then use a workbook and assignment planner to develop and practice skills. Designed by leading educators and scholars, each component of The Study Game is part of a system that helps achieve maximum retention. The Study Game is available in three versions designed for elementary, high school and college students.
 The Study Game recently became the first multi-media educational tool of its kind to be mass merchandised through national retail chains. In addition to retail distribution, Lessonware will market The Study Game through corporate sales, and direct response television, or "infomercials." The company's infomercial is hosted by celebrated actor James Earl Jones, and features presidential award-winning teacher Rene Maule and former under secretary of education and current presidential advisor Linus Wright.
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