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WOW! FROM COMPUSERVE WILL MAKE LEARNING AN ADVENTURE WITH TUTORS TO THE STARS

 New Online Service Is First To Partner With The Online Tutor


COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 11 /PRNewswire/ WOW! from CompuServe, the new consumer online service created for at-home use, today announced that it will feature The Online Tutor(TM), a new venture by On Location Education, an established teaching service for child performers. This exclusive partnership will enable kids using WOW! to receive fast homework help online from tutors of stars such as Macaulay Culkin and Brandy. As with all content on WOW!, The Online Tutor will not be a surcharged service.

Certified teachers will be available during prime time homework hours -- after school and on weekends -- to field questions and educate kids about how to use online resources to research school projects. Kids are guaranteed a response of 30 minutes or less when they contact The Online Tutor through a message board format. Less urgent requests can be submitted via e-mail. The Online Tutor also is creating a reference area of tips and frequently asked schoolwork questions. The company's tutors are famous for making learning fast, fun and friendly for even the most demanding students.

"On WOW!, 'real people' make the difference," said Scott Kauffman, CompuServe's vice president of consumer markets and general manager of WOW!, "The Online Tutor gives kids the individual attention they need to solve their toughest homework problems quickly and easily."

WOW!, to be launched by CompuServe at the end of this month, is a powerful new online service created specifically for at-home use. It offers each household member easy access to information, entertainment and communication, combined with the flexibility to customize and control the online experience. The service's many features include direct access to the Internet and a distinct online environment created especially for kids. WOW! recently announced a partnership with Sports Illustrated For Kids to provide content for the kids' sports section. Windows 95 users can reserve their copy of WOW! by calling 1-800-9GETWOW.

"We are proud to be a part of WOW!, the first service to offer a dedicated experience to meet all of kids' entertainment and education needs," said Alan Simon, founder and president of On Location Education. "With a unique expertise in tutoring, our teachers are also dedicated to delivering educational value while making learning a star-studded adventure."

Founded in 1969, CompuServe Incorporated provides the world's most comprehensive consumer online services, business network and Internet access. Through CompuServe, more than 4.5 million home and business users in 147 countries access the Internet and 3,000 plus online information, education and entertainment services and products. In addition, more than 950 corporate customers use CompuServe's value-added network solutions. Among its many uses, the CompuServe-owned network serves as the world's mailbox and check-out lane, hosting 40 million e-mail messages/month and more than one billion point-of-sale transactions/year. With world headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, CompuServe's 60 offices include European centers in Munich, London and Paris.

On Location Education is the nation's premier on-set teaching service for young performers in stage, screen and television. With teaching credits in more than 400 productions and more than 800 teachers in its registry, On Location Education provides extensive educational programs
for performers whose work keeps them from attending regular school.


WOW! from CompuServe is a service mark of CompuServe Incorporated
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/CONTACT: Aimee Munsell of Porter Novelli, 212-872-8051, for WOW!; or Nancy Curry of Curley & Pynn, 407-423-8006, The Online Tutor/

CO: CompuServe Incorporated; On Location Education ST: Ohio IN: CPR SU: PDT

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