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NEW OFFICE SOFTWARE PROMISES TO MAKE PRODUCTIVITY PLUMMET

     NEW OFFICE SOFTWARE PROMISES TO MAKE PRODUCTIVITY PLUMMET
    COARSEGOLD, Calif., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- American industry has survived recession, retooling, and a full-court press from foreign competition, but it may never get over the newest addition to the workplace: inefficiency software.
    Billed as a collection of MS-DOS computer programs for "everything you do at the office that has nothing to do with work," The Laffer Utilities from Sierra On-Line debuts today, promising to provide "a plethora of non-productive pastimes."  This assortment of guaranteed time-wasters is hosted by the most curious cult hero of the computer age, Leisure Suit Larry Laffer.  Larry is the star of a series of bawdy adventures that have been unofficial fixtures on office PC's for years.
    The Laffer Utilities includes an interactive joke data base (featuring an adjustable 'filthOmeter') an executive decision maker, a battery of funny fax covers, programs to manage parties and betting pools, and even a quasi-scientific process for determining where you want to go for lunch.  Formerly productive employees can now spend company time reading bizarre "horrorscopes" or writing sleazy tabloid headlines about one another.
    "Supply-side splitting humor," said economist Arthur Laffer (no relation).  "Is this what we've trickled down to?"
    In all, The Laffer Utilities includes 18 different programs, some of which come dangerously close to being useful.  Among these are a birthday database, computer screen savers, miscellaneous office forms, and a sign printing program with hundreds of cartoons and borders.
    The Laffer Utilities is shipping with four 3.5-inch or 5.25-inch High Density disks.  Suggested retail price is $34.95 and it supports EGA or VGA graphics adapters.  Hard disk is required.  And TLU supports Postscript, H-P Laser, Epson, IBM Graphics, and all compatible printers.
    Sierra On-Line, located in Oakhurst, Calif., develops and publishes entertainment and education products for home computers. It is one of the oldest and largest developers of home computer applications.
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    /NOTE:  The Laffer Utilities is not affiliated with Peter Norton.
    /CONTACT:  Anita Greene of Sierra On-Line, 209-683-4468, ext. 504/ CO:  Sierra On-Line ST:  California IN:  CPR SU:  PDT EH-AL -- LA033 -- 6111 11/21/91 17:25 EST
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