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MEAD DATA CENTRAL, INC. ACQUIRES FOLIO CORPORATION

 DAYTON, Ohio, Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Mead Data Central, Inc., provider of the LEXIS(R) and NEXIS(R) services, today announced that it has acquired Folio Corporation, a pioneer in the development of information management software products.
 Folio is headquartered in Provo, Utah, and had been owned by a small group of shareholders, including its management. The transaction was completed on Dec. 31.
 "The Folio software products are fast becoming the leaders in PC and LAN-based information management," said Rodney L. Everhart, acting president of Mead Data Central. "This is a natural match with the value provided by the LEXIS and NEXIS services and the products of our other subsidiary companies. We expect great benefits for our legal and business customers."
 Henry E. Heilesen, chief executive officer of Folio, said the company is excited about the future. "We have had a fruitful relationship with Mead Data Central for several years, and look forward to having the resources of the company behind us," he said.
 Everhart said Folio will continue to be based in Utah, with the current management team remaining in place. He said Folio's existing relationships with customers, publishers and licensors will not be changed. The company has 60 employees.
 Folio was founded in 1986, and in March 1989 released its Folio VIEWS(R) infobase software. Folio VIEWS, now in Version 2.5, enables researchers to collect, organize, use and share information more effectively through infobases. An infobase is analogous to a database, but much more effective at managing the free-format and semi-structured kinds of information that people deal with most often.
 In December 1991, Folio MailBag(R) software was introduced. MailBag is an infobase application that stores and retrieves electronic mail messages on Novell LANs.
 Folio software is used by more than 80 commercial publishers in creating and distributing electronic versions of thousands of popular printed works, principally on compact discs and magnetic media.
 Folio will host Infobase Conference '93 on February 3-5 at Symphony Hall in Salt Lake City. At that time, the company expects to make a significant product announcement and further discuss its direction for the future.
 Folio will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Mead Data Central. Other units of the company include Jurisoft, of Cambridge, Mass., a software publishing company; The Michie Company, of Charlottesville, Va., a legal publisher; and LEXIS Document services, of Springfield, Ill., a provider of public records research and retrieval.
 Mead Data Central reported 1991 revenues of $469.5 million. The company and its subsidiaries have more than 4,100 employees worldwide.
 LEXIS is the world's leading full-text computer-assisted legal research service, with caselaw, statutes and specialized law libraries. NEXIS is a computer-assisted electronic information service offering full-text articles and broadcast transcripts from the world's leading news and business sources.
 Mead Data Central, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Mead Corporation (NYSE: MEA), a leader in forest products and electronic publishing. Both companies have headquarters in Dayton, Ohio.
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 /CONTACT: James M. Joseph of Mead Data Central, Inc., 513-865-6958/


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