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 NEW YORK, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- CBS News, The New York Times Company and Apple Computer, Inc., today announced that they will jointly produce an interactive multimedia software encyclopedia of the Vietnam War. The interactive CD-ROM title, "The Vietnam War," will be based on the news archives and unique reporting experience of CBS News and The New York Times. Scheduled for release in late 1994, it will be published, marketed and distributed by Apple's StarCore software group.
 The chief correspondents in the CD-ROM encyclopedia will be Dan Rather, anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News, and R.W. Apple Jr., Washington bureau chief of The Times. Both journalists reported extensively from Vietnam.
 Eric Ober, president, CBS News, said: "The melding of the CBS News and The New York Times archives will provide people of all ages with one of the largest and best collections of Vietnam War material and analysis that has ever been gathered. What makes this effort even more exciting is that anyone can now have volumes of information on Vietnam at their fingertips because of this innovative and state-of-the-art medium."
 The CD-ROM software will enable users to explore in great detail the important events of the Vietnam conflict, its prelude and its aftermath, including film and videotape from CBS News and more than 700 news articles from The Times. The content will be totally interactive, allowing users to explore photographs, video, maps and audio recordings using a computer and then print material, if desired.
 James A. Cutie, president of the Times Company's Information Services Group, said: "The New York Times and CBS News are joining the wealth of their editorial material and journalistic expertise to produce the definitive documentary of the Vietnam War era, made possible by the latest interactive technology, and the expertise of Apple Computer. This project is a natural considering the breadth of our archives and the continuing interest in the Vietnam War by both individuals and institutions."
 Ken Wirt, director of marketing for Apple's Personal Interactive Electronics division, said: "We believe that the journalistic expertise of these two companies, combined with Apple's strength in interactive technology and marketing, will produce the most complete, insightful and accurate consumer guide to the Vietnam War."
 Other highlights of the CD-ROM project include:
 -- A time-line that will enable users to pick any point during the Vietnam era and call up pictures and text related to important events in Vietnam and at home in the U.S.
 -- Interactive maps that can be used to view geographical and political detail of Vietnam.
 -- Maps with overlays that allow users to follow the order of battle during various stages of the war.
 -- An extensive photo library of the weapons used by the United States and Vietnam.
 -- Access to vital information: biographies of political and military leaders; important documents from the war; a comprehensive bibliography with thousands of titles; a listing of the more than 58,000 U.S. military personnel who died and the locations of their names on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C.; a list of the missing in action, and a roster of winners of the Congressional Medal of Honor, including the details of their heroic acts.
 The CD-ROM encyclopedia's editorial content will be developed by Mr. Apple and Joel Heller, an executive producer for CBS News. During a 30-year career with The Times, Mr. Apple has reported from more than 100 countries including Vietnam, where he was Saigon bureau chief. He has received numerous awards including the George Polk Award. Mr. Heller, the recipient of eight Emmy and two Peabody Awards for excellence in television journalism, has worked for CBS News for 37 years.
 Dan Rather's 31 years with CBS News spans conflicts ranging from Vietnam to Afghanistan to the Persian Gulf war. He covered the Vietnam War for CBS News in the mid-1960s, and was CBS News's Saigon bureau chief in 1966. He returned to Vietnam in 1992 to report for the highly acclaimed CBS News documentary, "CBS Reports, Schwarzkopf in Vietnam: A Soldier Returns."
 CBS News Productions, a unit of CBS News, is producing the CD-ROM title in conjunction with The Times and StarCore. CBS News Productions produces programs for distribution to cable television, the home video market, the CD-ROM and multi-media markets, international broadcasters, schools, libraries, airlines and other potential off-network sources. Joe Peyronnin, vice president, primetime, CBS News, is executive in charge of CBS News Productions. Sam Roberts is director of programming and executive producer.
 Apple Computer Inc.'s StarCore group publishes and distributes software on CD-ROM for Macintosh and Windows platforms and on PCMCIA cards and floppy diskettes for the Newton technology platform. The StarCore product library is focused around six software categories: "edutainment," sports, entertainment, reference, business applications and self-improvement.
 The New York Times Company has the following lines of business: newspapers, magazines, broadcasting, information services and forest products. The Information Services Group includes The New York Times News Service and Syndication Sales, The Times Index and Times On-line, NYT Custom Publishing and TimesFax. This week the Times Company announced plans to distribute same-day electronic news reports from The New York Times News Service via Dow Jones's online services.
 Apple and Macintosh are registered trademarks and StarCore and Newton are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Nielsen, 212-556-7078, or William Adler, 212-556-7077, both of The New York Times Company; Tom Goodman or Jill Bernstein of CBS News, 212-975-2329; or Heidi Davis of Apple Computer/ StarCore, 213-933-4959/

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