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I like to bowl 

Wednesday, January 05, 2011 11:57:39 AM

I like to bowl though it's hard to fit it into my schedule. I've been bowling since I was a kid and as an Air Force brat there were only 2 things to do on base, swim or bowl. I did both, but in the winter there wasn't much swimming. Lately I like to get my bowling balls at http://WholesaleBowler.Com whom I've been doing business with for years. I like the people I work with and all my interactions have been pleasant and productive. Datapoint computers were the mainstay of Information Technology at Columbia Industries, Inc. the predecessor to http://WholesaleBowler.Com. Please consider http://WholesaleBowler.Com for your future bowling needs.

 

2010 Reunion survey responses 

Sunday, November 21, 2010 1:15:18 PM

An email survey was sent out to gather the thoughts of the people on our email contact list. Here are the results from that survey.

 

 

Datapoint – IT Reunion Survey Results

October 30, 2010

 

Surveys Sent - 99

Completed the survey – 42

Response rate 42%

 

1. What is your overall rating of this gathering?

Response Percent

Count Count

Excellent 52 22

Very Good 43 18

Good 2 1

Fair 2 1

Poor 0 0

 

Answered Question: 42

Skipped Question: 0

 

2. Please rate the quality and functionality of 2 Bros Barbecue as a venue for another reunion.

 

Response Percent

Count Count

Excellent 36 10

Very Good 33 23

Good 21 6

Fair 5 4

Poor 5 0

 

Answered Question: 42

Skipped Question: 0

 

Comments:

 

1. Two Bros BBQ was great! Let's go there again next year.

2. Have announcements be more of a "center stage", maybe elevated on a platform if possible. It was still hard to hear some of the speakers.

 

We have had challenges with our announcement system and hope to have the problem corrected in time for the next party.

 

3. Accessible area for dining and parking. Some of our past employees are mobility challenged.

 

We feel that Two Bros already provides adequate facilities for mobility challenged people.

 

4. A little too much sun for some of the folks and fortunately the weather was not too bad. Also mosquitoes were a bit of a problem for some later in the PM. As far as an outdoor venue though, this was not bad.

 

We apologize for the hot sun, but most people thought that the weather was gorgeous! We were worried about what to do in case of rain!

 

6. Not crazy about the BBQ. It was nice of them to provide a special plate at a reduced price.

 

Some folks loved the BBQ, and some didn’t, but we agree that the restaurant was nice enough to provide a special plate at a reduced price.

 

7. Overall- Good - Food-Kitchen-Service- Poor-- Hot Beer - No Change & unorganized - Facility- Great

 

We put a strain on the limited restaurant staff, and we apologize for some of the little inconveniences that happened. Perhaps next year if we go back, they will be better prepared.

 

8. Recycle beer bottles and have wheat bread as a choice. It was a great outdoor gathering place with plenty of shade and tables and benches. The acoustics for the speaker were better, too.

9. Venue was great, the food was not. Meat was tough and fatty.

 

Some liked the food and some did not. Our primary reason to gather was to meet and talk with old friends.

 

10. The venue was great. The ordering/paying for food process was rather awkward.

 

Yes, we agree that the ordering and paying process could be improved. A bunch of hungry Datapointers put a strain on their process, for sure!

 

11. The courtyard area was great. The same or something similar should work again.

12. Maybe next time they can have cash on hand.

13. Its a perfect place - keep it there...I don't think the restaurant was prepared for us, I went up there and they had no change - not ya'll fault though

14. Some assistance parking cars. There were a lot of spots where cars could have been parked but could not get in.

15. It appeared that there may not be enough parking if the group were any larger.

 

We did not predict that parking would be a problem. If we return to Two Bros next year, we will try to improve that problem.

 

16. Liked the fact that it was in town, but the outdoor patio (although the weather was great) and the landing planes made it difficult to hear Ed Gistaro and the announcements

 

We seemed to be in a flight path to the airport, but short of holding the party out in the country or indoors, there’s probably nothing that can be done about this problem.

 

17. Poor parking. I came and left at noon, no parking. only came back at 2:30 and even then found only one or 2 spaces, almost left again. Not worth getting your car banged up or trapped in situ. I won't attend next year if this site repeats. Why did we leave "hanging tree?"? It had everything including parking.

Very unique place.

 

In our opinion, parking at Two Bros is superior to Hanging Tree for a group of our size. We simply outgrew Hanging Tree, and loud music and no place to comfortably sit and talk to friends was absent there.

 

18. Would have enjoyed a larger portion for the brisket, OK... tended to usually be running low on the lemon wedges.

 

As previously stated, we came to meet and talk with friends. The solution for the portion size is to simply order a larger portion next time! Yes, they did run low on lemons, but they did refill them when they ran out.

 

19. Possibly schedule a little later in the year

 

October seems to be a great time to hold an outdoor event because the weather is cooling off and it’s after summer vacation and before the holidays which start at Halloween. Any later than that, we’re bumping into Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the possibility of cold and nasty weather. We were worried this year what we would do if it rained. We really did not have a contingency plan for that.

 

3. How would you rate the choice of venue in the following categories?

 

% Excellent % Very Good % Good % Fair % Poor Count

Location 55 38 5 2 0 42

Food 23 44 18 13 3 39

Drinks 33 52 10 2 2 42

Parking 14 29 24 17 17 42

 

Answered Question: 42

Skipped Question: 0

 

Quick analysis: Most people though the location was great, the food so-so, the drinks very good, and parking not so good. For a free venue, we think we did pretty well! Thanks to the planning committee for organizing the details, and thanks to YOU for making a party a success!

 

 

4. How would you rate the planning and communication of the reunion?

 

Response Percent

Count Count

Excellent 71 30

Very Good 19 8

Good 7 3

Fair 2 1

Poor 0 0

 

Answered Question: 42

Skipped Question: 0

 

Comments:

 

1. How about some background music, oldies of course. Also I spoke to some people who received an email last year, but not this year. What about mailing invites to those who do not have email or their work blocks/rejects notices

 

The committee has discussed providing music, but because of varied tastes, the loudness of music drowning out conversation, etc., we have opted to NOT have music, preferring “chin music” (conversation) to tunes! Sorry! You could always bring your IPod next time!

 

2. I've worked with planning large parties and the committee did a wonderful job.

3. Very good job in putting this event together.

4. It was excellent, although neither Shirley nor I got an Evite. Larry Proffitt

called to ask if I was coming.

 

We had some technical issues with the mailer, which caused some folks to not receive communications. Rick Hilton will take the blame on this one. Please let him know who did not receive emails! rhilton@satx.rr.com

 

 

5. Planning was EXCELLENT-VERY ORGANIZED THANKS GROUP

6. Some confusion about Grady's being the location

 

Huh? Originally we considered Grady’s, but changed our minds after visiting Two Bros. We loved the place with its country atmosphere, shade, and pleasant surroundings! We don’t know why you thought Grady’s was where we were having the party. Sorry for the miscue!

 

7. The location and parking were more convenient.

8. Did not receive reunion news or invite from the committee, forwarded to me by former DPT'er. Called several employees who attended last year and they had not received an invite. What happened?

 

See point number 4 above and send Rick Hilton an email.

 

9. Hard work, everyone did a fine job of finding and organizing!

10. The old photos were fun to look at. Perhaps more could be collected and displayed.

 

We have to get ‘em before we can display ‘em! Send Rick Hilton your photos by email and we can post them to our website.

 

11. Parking and cold beer in that order...everything else is "gravy" Does Luby's have beer?

 

The last we checked, Luby’s does NOT serve beer. Seriously, would you want to meet at Lubys? If so, we’re open to suggestions! That would solve the problem of rain

 

12. The best ever.

 

We thought so, too! Thanks!

 

13. I thought Two Brothers was a perfect place to have our reunion

 

The committee says, “DITTO!”

 

 

 

5. What was the most important benefit you received from this event?

 

Answered Question: 30

Skipped Question: 12

 

Comments:

 

1. Seeing all the past employees in one location. Some went indoors but

most everyone was outside with enough sitting area.

2. See old friends

3. Seeing friends I use to work with

4. Seeing people I haven't seen in a long time. reconnecting...

5. Opportunity to see and visit old friends.

6. Got to see old friends I hadn't seen in 20-25 years

7. Seeing old friends and co-workers and meeting new ones.

8. Seeing OLD FRIENDS!!!!

9. Meeting old acquaintances

10.Seeing old friends and finding out how they are doing and what they are up to.

11.Visiting with people we haven't seen in a long time

12.Saw some long time friends I hadn’t seen in years. Very enjoyable!

13.Seeing how everyone has fared over the years and hearing great stories about how DPT is still alive and breathing at customer sites that still love the technology.

14.Seeing so many friendly faces from my past.

15.Visiting with old friends, although they might not like me using that adjective!

16.Seeing old friends.

17.seeing old friends

18.Keeping in touch with old friends and co-workers. Their well being is important to me.

19.A chance to see people that I have had no contact in a long time.

20.Fun seeing people I'd worked with so long ago.

21.Meeting friends and watching people enjoy themselves

22.Was nice to reconnect with several old friends I hadn't seen in a long time!

23.Visiting with some folks I had not seen in over 25 years

24.Talking to old friends and fellow employees

25.Seeing lots of friends

26.Got to see a lot of friends I use to work with

27.Meeting old friends

28.spending time with people

29.Seeing and talking to former co-workers

 

Your planning committee reviews its statement of purpose every year, and this appears on top of the minutes after every meeting to continually remind ourselves they reason we formed a committee:

 

Datapoint Remembered Statement of Purpose:

To plan and organize reunion events for past employees of Datapoint and Intelogic Trace in a suitable setting where old friends can talk and reminisce about old times.

 

 

 

 

 

6. What would you like to see next year?

Answered Question: 18

Skipped Question: 24

 

Comments:

 

1. Better parking, complete address & phone number to location. Accessible services for those in need.

2. no changes I liked the place

3. Nothing, it seemed great the way it was presented!!

4. Suggest a campaign to get more email addresses for DPT/IT alumni. I could probably provide probably 6 - 10 myself.

 

Please send Rick Hilton an email with these names and we’ll add the names we don’t have to our database! rhilton@satx.rr.com

 

5. KEEP ON TRUCKIN' FOLKS!!!!!

6. Nothing I can think of. Great event!

7. They could use more signs near the road.

8. Two Bro's signage is not eye-catching. Maybe more signage at the street.

 

It is a little tricky finding it. We hope that the signs we prepared helped!

 

9. Enjoyed as is.

10.No suggestions at this time.

11.more parking

12.Nothing really.

13.Has anyone considered the possibility of a web cam for those who cannot attend due to distance or disability?

 

Thanks! That is a great idea! We will discuss this possibility! If you’d like to help set this up, contact Rick Hilton.

 

14.I'd like to see more invited from the marketing departments.

 

So would we! If you are in contact with these folks, PLEASE let them know! We do not have a roster of old employees, so it’s kind of word-of-mouth getting the word out.

 

15.Dancing girls for each table. I want to know if anyone reads the survey.

 

Dancing girls would be nice. Can you arrange it? Rick says he likes blondes! And yes, we DO read the results and act of good suggestions, such as this one.

 

16.Would love to see some way to make my contact information available to the others attending, maybe the ability to sign a sheet or enter contact information to a list which would be shared among those on the last after the event...!

 

Our policy is generally NOT to publish emails of people to prevent unwanted spam or stalkers. If YOU want us to send your name and contact information to the group, we will consider it. When you signed in, we ask for information, which we enter into the database. For YOUR protection, we don’t share the information with the group. We can send out a list of names of people in our database.

 

17.Don't Know yet.

 

That’s funny, we don’t either!

 

18.I can't think of anything - the Reunion Committee did a great job!

 

Thanks! Send us checks as well as accolades! All donations gratefully accepted!

 

 

2010 Datapoint IT reunion 

Monday, July 12, 2010 7:55:33 PM

The 2010 Datapoint IT reunion will be held Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at

Two Brothers Barbecue
12656 West Ave.
San Antonio, TX. 78216
(210) 496-0222  

Find a Google map here.

Letter from Brenda Leslie 

Thursday, October 22, 2009 6:20:02 PM

October 11, 2009 
 

Dear Datapoint Family, 
 

Laura, my sister and I are still living in Florida.  We do keep in touch with many of our Datapoint and IT Friends.  We have enjoyed the photos from prior reunions.  Thanks for sending the links to these great memories.  We think of all of you often, 
 

We have had a wonderful year, traveled to Disney and enjoyed all our friends there.  Our dear friend, Gian Alleruzzo has visited this past year and we hope to see him and his wife Barb later this month. 
 

I had hoped to attend this reunion.  But that is just not in the cards!  Last year when Carol and I spoke about the reunion, we discussed a plan for this year to stay in touch and look forward to October of 2009.  I promised I would be here!  We have done that and I must say we have re-lived so many of the good times over the phone!  The great times from the factory, the Customer Support Center and National Accounts have been the topic of many of our conversations. 
 

Just the other day, I recalled a time when I was faced with getting new bosses frequently when we were Datapoint.  It was in 1977, Vince Balhorn had just joined the company and we had great plans to serve our customers.  I was on board!  Then a visitor – another new guy came to see me and indicated he thought he would be my new boss.  After visiting with him for a few minutes, I determined he was dumber than the last boss I had and decided to do something about it. 
 

So I walked him to the elevator in the 8400 building and pushed every button so he would stop on every floor.  Then I headed to the stairs, took them two at a time and reached Vince’s office before he did!  I gave Vince my opinion of this visitor and got a commitment from Vince that I would report to him and we would revolutionize Customer Service!  The rest is history!  I don’t even remember the visitor’s name! 
 

I treasure the time I spent with my Datapoint and IT family and will never forget the relationships and the accomplishments of this team.  We worked hard, accomplished much and made so many good friends along the way.   
 

I am currently in Hospice Care and the center of attention.  My sister and my friends from the school where I taught for years are with me and I value the ongoing contacts with old friends. 
 

I have so many wonderful memories of my years with this Datapoint/IT Family.  Please know how blessed I am for having hundreds of family members who have treated us so well.  Please celebrate your memories and enjoy the day.  You are in my thoughts. 
 

Much love to you all,

Brenda

Datapoint Corporation -- Company History 

Monday, September 28, 2009 9:27:20 AM

Thanks to Chris Ernst and from http://www.fundinguniverse.com:

Datapoint Corporation


Address:
8400 Datapoint Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229-8500
U.S.A.

Telephone: (210) 593-7000


Statistics:
Public Company
Incorporated: 1968 as Computer Terminal Corp.
Employees: 1,777
Sales: $208.3 million
Stock Exchanges: New York
SICs: 3571 Electronic Computers; 7372 Prepackaged Software


Company History:

Datapoint Corporation has a proud history as one of the most innovative American computer companies, and today, despite its weak reputation in the United States, it is the leading marketer of telephone-computer integration in Europe. Datapoint specializes in networking computers, and pioneered the local area network (LAN) and MINX, a device that integrated data, voice, and video communications. Datapoint was one of the first computer corporations to realize the importance of linking computer software to telecommunications, and some of the company's leading products are automatic call distributors for incoming calls, power dialers for outgoing calls, and other call management software. Datapoint produces a computer networking technology called ARCNET that is recognized as an industry standard. The company also owns significant patents in networked video products. Over 80 percent of Datapoint's sales are in Europe, and the company maintains a second headquarters in Paris.

Datapoint Corporation was created in 1968 by two engineers, Phil Ray and Gus Roche, who had acquired cutting-edge knowledge of computer technology through their work on various NASA projects. They both worked for General Dynamics' Dynatronic Division in Florida, which was assigned to assist the U.S. space program's goal of putting a man on the moon. Ray and Roche feared that once that goal was reached their engineering skills would be less in demand, and they determined to go into business for themselves before that happened. On the advice of one of Ray's former professors at the University of Texas, they decided to manufacture a generic computer terminal that could be hooked into a mainframe computer. At the time, mainframe computers were room-sized monstrosities, and a terminal that fed it data required a noisy teletype that printed tape. Roche and Ray designed a terminal that would have a television screen instead of a teletype, would be quiet, and could be plugged into any mainframe and immediately be on line.

After finding financial backers in the San Antonio area, the two engineers incorporated there in July 1968 as Computer Terminal Corporation. The new terminal depended on a silicon chip, which was just then being developed by Texas Instruments. An industrial designer in New York created an elegant, streamlined casing for the machine, and by January 1969 Computer Terminal Corp. had built three working prototypes. The new machine was named the Data Point 3300, with the number indicating an advance on the current popular model of teletype, the ASR 33. The initial chips proved problematic: they usually burnt out after only half an hour of use. However, the Data Point 3300 clearly struck a new direction in computer hardware. The machine was an immediate hit at that year's national computer show, and orders soon swamped the new company. As orders outpaced the company's production capabilities, some of the early models had to be put together in housings made by a San Antonio motorcycle helmet manufacturer; soon, however, Computer Terminal established mass production facilities. By August 1969, the fledgling company had raised more than $4 million in an initial public offering on the over-the-counter market. Less than a year later, the initial shares, which had sold for $8 a piece, were selling at $45 a share.

With the startling success of the Data Point 3300, Computer Terminal's engineers decided to make a more sophisticated product, a terminal that would have some of its own memory and processing power. To do this, they first had to design what later became the first computer microprocessor. Two of Computer Terminal's engineers, Victor D. Poor and Harry Pyle, got the inspiration for this new silicon chip over a Thanksgiving dinner, achieving the technical breakthrough that made the small size of personal computers possible. However, Computer Terminal was still a small young company, and at first it had great difficulty convincing any one established in the industry to try to manufacture the new chip. Eventually Intel agreed to work on the new chip, which became its enormously successful Intel 8080.

Computer Terminal Corp. used the new chip in its Data Point 2200 terminal. The 2200 had many problems and did not do all it was designed to do. Strangely enough, it also did more than any one thought it could. In 1971 Victor Poor, one of the 2200's inventors, went on a trip to an Alabama chicken ranch owned by Pillsbury, where the managers had invited him to see their terminal at work. Poor was not terribly interested in the machine, until he asked his hosts to what mainframe the terminal was hooked. The Pillsbury people told the engineer that the terminal worked by itself. Poor tried to explain that the 2200 required a computer modem and a telephone line connecting the terminal to a mainframe, but his hosts finally convinced him that theirs did not work that way.

Poor realized that he and his partners had unwittingly created the first personal computer and that Computer Terminal had a chance to lead the industry. Unfortunately, because no one at the company had the necessary skills to manage the finances of the growing company, money was already running out. Founders Roche and Ray considered selling the company and soon worked out a deal with a leading electronics firm, TRW Inc. However, after a TRW vice-president arranged the acquisition, the company's president balked, afraid that he would end up competing directly with IBM. Instead, TRW agreed to invest in Computer Terminal Corp. in exchange for exclusive rights to manufacture the company's products overseas. At the time, this deal seemed fine to Computer Terminal's owners, and TRW, along with several New York financial firms, gave Computer Terminal $7 million to develop a new product.

In spite of this large cash injection, Computer Terminal Corp. was still in financial trouble. The new investors had assigned someone to look over the company's books, and what they found did not please them. As a result, the company's first chairman, San Antonio insurance salesman Gerald Mazur, who had put together the company's first financing, resigned. Computer Terminal hired a new chairman, Harold O'Kelley, who had an engineering background and had been a vice-president of the electronics firm Harris Corp. He took over the firm, now renamed Datapoint Corporation, in 1973, and immediately set to work getting the company in order.

O'Kelley's first major step was to renegotiate the company's contract with TRW, which allowed them to manufacture Datapoint's products overseas. O'Kelley found the original agreement potentially devastating. If Datapoint's new terminal was successful, nothing could stop TRW from making it abroad and then importing it to the United States, forcing Datapoint to compete against itself. After protracted legal wrangling, O'Kelley signed a new agreement that let TRW have the overseas distribution of Datapoint products for ten years, without the manufacturing rights. O'Kelley's next accomplishment was to raise another $8 million for Datapoint on Wall Street. In 1973, Datapoint's sales were $18 million, and O'Kelley planned to raise that to $100 million in five years.

Harold O'Kelley had positioned Datapoint for years of astonishing growth. Between 1973 and 1981, revenues grew at close to 40 percent a year, and sometimes more. Sales surpassed the $100 million mark in 1977, and by 1981 were almost $450 million. The Datapoint 2200 Version II, which could operate without a mainframe, was only one of the company's many innovative products. A concept called Datashare let many terminals communicate with each other independent of a mainframe. In 1976, Datapoint introduced a machine that automatically routed outgoing telephone calls onto the cheapest available line. It introduced telephone directory software and word processing programs, as well as electronic mail functions. Its Attached Resource Computer (ARC), introduced in 1977, was the first of what became known in the industry as LAN (Local Area Network), which the major computer companies, such as Xerox, IBM, and Wang, soon imitated. All the different Datapoint technologies could be linked together, each single piece was relatively inexpensive, and the company provided free software, with frequent updates. Once a customer bought one piece of the Datapoint line, it was easy to sell more. Datapoint's vision was the Integrated Electronic Office, an "office of the future" where typewriters, filing cabinets, telephones, and mailroom would all be replaced with electronic devices that could be operated from a single terminal. By 1981, Datapoint was estimated to control 21 percent of the distributed data processing industry.

During these growth years, Datapoint had attracted large institutional investors, such as union pension funds and mutual funds, and, by 1980, these made up at least 50 percent of the company's stockholders. Wall Street analysts generally predicted great things for the company, flagging Datapoint as a leader in the computer industry. The stock rose to a high of $67.50 a share in 1981, and in early 1982 it sold close to $50. Chairman O'Kelley worried that the stock price was actually too high and that analysts were projecting earnings for the company without taking into account enough factors. When the stock market began to slow in early 1982, the computer industry as a whole found business conditions worsening. Datapoint had had record earnings of 66 cents a share for its 1981 fourth quarter; earnings declined to 54 cents a share in the next quarter. When the company announced in February 1982 that its second quarter earnings would be only slightly better, the stock market reacted with panic. Large investors dropped the stock. Nearly 2 million shares were traded in two days, and in ten days, the stock had lost a third of its value.

The stock sank even deeper, and by May the stock that had been close to $50 in February was trading at $13. Datapoint announced that it would no longer make revenue and earnings forecasts, thinking that it had already said too much, but investors interpreted this to mean that more poor earnings were on the way. The poor business climate led Datapoint to lay off workers, further spooking Wall Street, and, in April 1982, the company announced its first loss after 39 consecutive quarters of gains. Some of the loss the company attributed to a reversal of $15 million worth of sales from prior quarters. The company had apparently been overstating its sales by reporting shaky orders as done deals, a practice said to be widespread in the industry; however, outraged shareholders threatened lawsuits. Fiscal 1982 ended with sales of $508 million, a slight increase over 1981, but profits had dropped to a bare $2.4 million, down from $48.7 million only a year earlier.

Flagging customer confidence, shaken by Datapoint's drastic plunge in earnings, added to the company's difficulty in recovering from the crisis of 1982. Harold O'Kelley vowed to concentrate on selling Datapoint's minicomputers and to let the "office of the future" go. The company sold its Communications Management Products Division in 1983, shedding itself of its promising PBX telephone system, because further technical development of the system was too expensive. However, the breadth of its products had been one of Datapoint's strongest selling points; the company had difficulty competing with its bigger rivals without it.

Datapoint limped along with small profits until more bad news hit the company. With its stock still selling at under $20, the company became the target of a buy-out. New York investor Asher B. Edelman announced in December 1984 that he had bought up 8 percent of the company, and his share soon increased to more than 10 percent. Edelman had already bought out three other companies, only to dismantle and liquidate them for a profit. When Edelman disclosed that he was interested in Datapoint, other investors began buying up the stock, hoping to cash in. Datapoint's customers began to fear that the company would not be around much longer, making them less likely to buy their products. January 1985 saw Datapoint's second quarterly loss since the 1982 debacle. By March, Edelman had gained control of the company through a proxy fight, Harold O'Kelley resigned, and various divisions of Datapoint were up for sale.

However, Asher Edelman soon announced that the company would not be liquidated. Incredulous investors felt misled, but Edelman insisted that Datapoint had many viable products and that the company would soon be profitable again. He spun off Datapoint's service division, but the rest of the company remained. However, Edelman's new leadership was not enough to turn the company around, leading him to appoint Doris Bencsik president in 1987. She undertook an expensive scaleback of the company that led to a slight improvement in the overall financial picture, but Datapoint was still far from what it had been. The company put out some new products and increased its advertising and trade show attendance, and in 1988 it had its first profitable year since 1984. Nevertheless, revenues were not impressive, and profits were eaten up in dividends paid to preferred shareholders.

In 1989, Datapoint was the target of another buy-out, when investor Martin Ackerman tried to wrest control of the company away from Asher Edelman. Ackerman bought close to 5 percent of Datapoint's stock, then launched a proxy fight, accusing Edelman of mismanaging the company. Ackerman failed to replace Edelman on the board, however, after Edelman upped his share in Datapoint to almost 40 percent. However, the fight cost the company, not only in legal fees but also in further customer uncertainty. Datapoint lost $13 million in the quarter Ackerman's bid surfaced, as sales declined by almost a third.

Troubles continued at Datapoint. The company lost $29.2 million in 1989. In 1990, a federal court of appeals reversed an earlier decision in a patent infringement suit brought against Datapoint by Northern Telecom Inc., resulting in $82.8 million in losses that year. Datapoint closed its U.S. sales division and opened headquarters in Paris, because by that time at least 80 percent of the company's sales were in Europe. In 1992, Datapoint premiered an enhanced version of one of its leading products, the ARCnet Plus, a computer networking system. This introduction promised better sales, especially in Europe. However, Datapoint continued in the red. The final settlement of the patent suit with Northern Telecom in 1992 left Datapoint liable for a $7.5 million cash payment, with additional payments contingent on profitability over the next ten years.

Datapoint had significant patents of its own in video conferencing technology, which, in 1993, it sued to protect. The company believed it had a strong future in video networking technology, since it was a natural extension of its other computer networking product lines. Despite its fallen reputation in the American market, Datapoint was a market leader in telephone-computer integration in Europe. In 1993, Datapoint entered into agreements with several other computer companies to distribute new computerized telephone equipment worldwide or in Europe.

A 1987 survey by Computerworld magazine had found that only five Wall Street analysts were following Datapoint, and those the magazine reached disavowed any interest in the company. Those quoted claimed that the company was no longer a force in the computer industry, and that once Edelman had taken over, Datapoint was only of interest to arbitrageurs. Edelman's reputation as a corporate raider hurt Datapoint substantially, and the second takeover attempt in 1990 only increased the doubt of Datapoint's customers that the company would continue to be around to serve them. However, in spite of Datapoint's long slide, the company was still coming out with new products in the mid-1990s. A core business of computer networking systems was still in place, though mostly in Europe. Though Datapoint in the mid-1990s was a far cry from its former prominence and was still plagued with troubles, it continued to fight for a position in the industry.



Further Reading:

Blumenthal, Karen, "Datapoint Corp.'s Chairman Buys 30 Percent of Its Stock," Wall Street Journal, September 13, 1989, p. A6.
Chakravarty, Subrata N., "Elephant Walk," Forbes, October 12, 1981, p. 188.
Cohen, Tedd A., "In the Valley of the Giants," Forbes, December 10, 1979, pp. 70--72.
"Datapoint Corp. Begins Offer to Exchange Preferred Stock," Electronic News, March 23, 1992, p. 23.
"Datapoint Corp. Loses Appeal in Patent Case; Financial Impact Seen," Wall Street Journal, July 9, 1990, p. B5.
"Datapoint Corp. Posts Profit of $8.1 Million for Fiscal 4th Period," Wall Street Journal, September 3, 1987, p. 10.
"Datapoint Could Take an Even Deeper Bath," Business Week, July 5, 1982, p. 30.
"Datapoint in Black for Six," Computerworld, September 26, 1988, p. 107.
"Datapoint Leapfrogs into the Office," Business Week, December 10, 1979, p. 93.
"Datapoint Loses $13M, Seeks Buyer," Electronic World, December 18, 1989, p. 21.
"Datapoint Loses $82M in FY 1990," Electronic News, September 24, 1990, p. 34.
"Datapoint Mans the Barricades," Business Week, January 28, 1985, p. 100.
"Datapoint's Shrinking Office of the Future," Business Week, May 30, 1983, p. 37.
"Edelman Takes Aim at Datapoint," Business Week, December 24, 1984, p. 34.
"Edelman Takes Control of Datapoint," Computerworld, March 25, 1985, p. 82.
"Edelman's Moves at Datapoint," Business Week, September 16, 1985, p. 38.
Erickson, Richard, "Inside Datapoint," San Antonio Light, September 14--21, 1986.
Francis, Bob, "Datapoint Corp.," Datamation, June 15, 1992, p. 152.
"From Zero to $94 Million in Five Years," Infosystems, April, 1976, p. 22.
Harris, Marilyn A., "Asher Edelman Is Already Carving Up Datapoint," Business Week, April 1, 1985, pp. 35--36.
"Humble Pie May Nourish Datapoint," Business Week, November 29, 1982, p. 96.
"Investor Edelman Says He Controls 8 Percent Stake in Datapoint Corp.," Wall Street Journal, December 11, 1984, p. 8.
Lewis, Geoff, et al., "A Raider Tries to Beat Asher Edelman at His Own Game," Business Week, September 25, 1989, p. 50.
Marcial, Gene G., "A Battered Datapoint Lures Speculators," Business Week, May 17, 1982, p. 114.
Martin, James A., "Firm Strives to Regain Strength," Computerworld, March 9, 1987, p. 113.
Mason, Todd, Geoff Lewis, and Marilyn A. Harris, "Raider Asher Edelman Gets Trapped in the Executive Suite," Business Week, September 23, 1985, p. 115.
Moffett, Matt, and Timothy J. Carroll, "Datapoint Says Bid by Edelman Added to Financial Woes; Quarterly Loss Seen," Wall Street Journal, January 25, 1985, p. 9.
Pastore, Richard, "Firm Relocation Brings Woes," Computerworld, January 7, 1991, p. 6.
Ryan, Kimberly, "Datapoint Corp.," Datamation, June 15, 1993, pp. 126--27.
Scredon, Scott, "Asher Edelman Gets a 'Dear John' from the Street," Business Week, May 6, 1985, pp. 46--47.
Thomas, Paulette, "Datapoint Posts 2nd-Period Loss, Plans to Revamp," Wall Street Journal, March 2, 1987, p. 4.

Source: International Directory of Company Histories, Vol. 11. St. James Press, 1995. 

ComputerHistory.Com of Datapoint 

Monday, September 28, 2009 9:24:50 AM

Pictures, interviews and other Datapoint memorabilia at http://www.computerhistory.org/ can be found here

 

 

Harry Pyle interview 

Monday, September 28, 2009 9:20:26 AM

An interview with Harry Pyle by http://www.computerhistory.org/ can be found here

 

 

 

 

Vic Poor interview 

Monday, September 28, 2009 9:16:14 AM

An interview with Vic Poor by http://www.computerhistory.org/ can be found here.

17 October 2009 Reunion flyer 

Sunday, August 16, 2009 7:47:37 AM

S A V E  T H E  D A T E  F O R  T H E

D A T A P O I N T – I N T E L O G I C

T R A C E  R E U N I O N

C E L E B R A T I O N 

(See our lovely flyer here.)

 

Saturday October 17, 2009

1:00 PM to ???

The Bucket Brigade BBQ

18770 Nacogdoches

San Antonio, TX.

For more information

210-641-9627

 

 

 

To view past photos - http://community.webshots.com/album/568141197NNwjFH

 

S.A. has claim as birthplace of PC 

Wednesday, August 05, 2009 6:11:25 PM

An article by Alan Weinkrantz in the San Antonio Express News here explains that the personal computer, the microprocessor, local area networking, integrated software and videoconferencing all can be traced to the pioneering work of what was once known as Datapoint Corp in San Antonio, Texas.

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