<<September 10, 1999>>

Yolanda Gayol, D.Ed. <ygayol@worldbank.org>

Mr. Gerard I. Kenney, Eng., Ing. <EGKENNEY@MAGI.COM>

Dr. Hans d'Orville <dorville@undp.org>

Sally Edmundson <s.edmundson@uclan.ac.uk>

P. Tapio Varis, Ph.D, Professor <tapio.varis@uta.fi>

(1) Many thanks for your msgs.

ATTACHMENT I from Yolanda Gayol

ATTACHMENT II from Sally Edmundson

ATTACHMENT III from Sally Edmundson

(2) Dear Yolanda:


The very first computer conferencing system was the Electronic
Information Exchange System (EIES) of New Jersey Institute of
Technology. It was outgrowth of EMISARI made by Prof. Marry Turoff. I
met him when there was the first demo of ARPANET (the predecessor of
Internet) at Washington Hilton Hotel in D.C. in October of 1972. He
took me to his office in the Executive Office of the President where he
used it for the wage and price control under the Nixon administration.

I tried to extend the ARPANET to overseas countries, particularly to
Japan, but in vain -- due to the reason I mentioned in the Chapter
I/Section 2 of my book draft at
<http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/Bookwriting/PART_I/Chapter_I/Total/Chapter_1_total_txt.html>. The ARPANET was administered by Bolt, Beranek
and Newman, Inc. (BBN) in Boston.

I then learned from Prof. Jack Pugh of M.I.T. (originator of DYNAMO
simulation language for the Systems Dynamics methodology initiated by
Pro. Jay Forrester) in the spring of 1973 that Dr. Bolt (chairman of the
BBN and a neighbor to Dr. Bolt's home) was considering to establish a
commercial company using the ARPANET technology.

The commercial company, Telenet, started in the summer of 1976. I then
helped their extension of X25 protocol based Telenet to many overseas
countries, particularly to Japan -- see the above mentioned book draft,
including my effort of de-regulating the Japanese telecom policies for
the use of email -- all with my own time, effort and money. Telenet was
then acquired by Sprint.

Sprint acknowledged my effort and gave me the privilege of using their
email system free of charge. Their system had a very unique feature of
mixing email address with fax address so that I could send the same msg
to both.

I distributed the privilege of my free email accounts to many, many
colleagues, especially in Latin America and Japan. They really
appreciated because there weren't many people using email at that time,
so that they could use their accounts to send their msgs to fax
addresses of their colleagues. Some of them told me later that they
used several rolls of fax paper every month to receive the msgs!! Total
usage by them (including Organization of American States (OAS), UNESCO,
etc.) run up to almost $75,000 per month or $1 million per year in
commercial worth!!

Around that time, one of my colleague established CREAD, a
consortium of distance education institutions in Latin America,
with $250,000 (for 3 years) from Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA). The person used the free email account
extensively to solicit members from Latin American countries.

The UNESCO connection later led to have greetings of echelons from
UNESCO/Paris which were uplinked to satellites (which were also
given to me free of charge (several tens thousands dollar worth),
thanks to the Project ACCESS which was initiated by Joe Pelton,
former INTELSAT spokesman and now one of the board members of our

I have never received similar privilege from Japanese companies
nor society and understood its reason when Hans d'Orville of UNDP
told me that such things happen only in the foundation society"
of the U.K. and the U.S.

Those were the early days when I started using computer mediated
communication systems in the late 1970s to the early 1980s.

(3) Dear Sally:


Thank you very much for your people's thoughtful consideration. Tapio
Varis would greatly appreciate it.

Your friend, Yolanda, mentioned about Parker Rossman's book "The
Emerging Worldwide Electronic University," Greenwood Press, 1992.

When it was made, Parker invited me to be a co-author of the book.

Parker was one of my free Sprint accounts at that time and
received my listserve msgs so that he utilized the information in
his book extensively -- this might be the reason why Yolanda
mistook me as the author of the book.

I then requested its publisher if I could proof-read the Japanese
translation when it would be translated by an employee of their Japanese
affiliate. This was because Japanese language is my native language,
and I had many Japanese articles and books published before. Their
reply was negative -- I did not understand why.

Subsequently I dropped out because I knew Japanese are very fuzzy about
the written words. Parker then kindly changed its title from Emerging
Global Electronic University" to the present one.

Pls feel free to send me the materials of your conference. I will be
very interested in reading them to find out mutual interest and
cooperation with the like-minded colleagues.

I receive many, many msgs everyday, and appreciate them because I
cherish serendipity to find key works and ideas among them for
next steps of my future.

Best, Tak

Date: Fri, 10 Sep 1999 09:11:07 -0400 (EDT)
Sender: gu-l@www.friends-partners.org
From: ygayol@worldbank.org
To: utsumi@www.friends-partners.org
Subject: Re: Yolanda's address and Parker's book

Dear Tak:

Oops! you are right! I was thinking of Parker Rossman's book. It is bad to
move because I have all my books packed

But now that you mentioned it, I think I know why I made a mistake having you
in my mind as a pioneer of the virtual worlds. Was it you who maintained one
of the first electronic bulletins which kept people from all over the world
updated on distance learning topics?

From: S Edmundson <s.edmundson@uclan.ac.uk>
To: Tak Utsumi <utsumi@www.friends-partners.org>
Subject: RE: Yolanda's address and Parker's book
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 1999 09:43:00 +0100


many thanks for your help and the previous warning about copyright. I
have forewarned our solicitor just in case there is a problem.

Kind regards


From: S Edmundson <s.edmundson@uclan.ac.uk>
To: Tak Utsumi <utsumi@www.friends-partners.org>
Subject: Towards the Global University
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 1999 15:53:00 +0100

Dear Tak

Many thanks for the addresses you forwarded. Having read your message
thoroughly I can see why you are concerned about the use of Global
University. I have forwarded the issue to our academic committee, who
I'm sure meant no breach of copyright when they set out on this
conference journey.

I hope you don't mind but I have copied your details onto my mailing
list for the full brochure which will go out in early December. I hope
it may be of interest to you. I shall also copy the call for papers to
you as it is an international conference and we are collaborating with
Cape Technikon and California State University, Fresno.

I look forward to hearing from you. Please let me know if I'm sending
you "junk mail", don't wish to offend.

Kind regards

List of Distribution

Yolanda Gayol, D.Ed.
Distance Learning Consultant
The World Bank
World Bank Institute for Distance Learning
701 18th Street NW, Room 2-171C
Washington, D.C., 20433
(202)458 7506
Fax: (202) 522 2005

Mr. Gerard I. Kenney, Eng., Ing.
Senior Advisor
Telecommunications & Information
Policy Branch
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
200, Promenade du Portage
HULL (Quibec)
Canada K1A 0G4
(819) 994 5419
819-997-7866 (his secretary)
Fax: (819) 953 3348

Dr. Hans d'Orville
Information Technology for Development Programme
Bureau for Development Policy
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
One U.N. Plaza (44th and 1st Ave.), Room 2092
New York, NY 10017
Fax: 212-906-5023

Sally Edmundson
Conference and Events Management Office
University of Central Lancashire
Tel: +44 (0) 1772 892250
Fax: +44 (0) 1772 892938
Email: s.edmundson@uclan.ac.uk

P. Tapio Varis, Ph.D, Professor
Chairman, GLOSAS/Finland
Professor and Chair
Media Culture and Communication Education
Hypermedia laboratory
Chairman, Scientific Council
Information Society Research Center
University of Tampere
P.O.Box 607
FIN-33101 Tampere
tel: +358-3-215 6111
Direct (24 hour availability) mobile phone:
GSM +358-50-567-9833
fax: +358-3-215 7503
http://www.uta.fi/~titava -- Tapio's page with photo
* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E., Chairman, GLOSAS/USA *
* (GLObal Systems Analysis and Simulation Association in the U.S.A.) *
* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education *
* Founder of CAADE *
* (Consortium for Affordable and Accessible Distance Education) *
* President Emeritus and V.P. for Technology and Coordination of *
* Global University System (GUS) *
* 43-23 Colden Street, Flushing, NY 11355-3998, U.S.A. *
* Tel: 718-939-0928; Fax: 718-939-0656 (day time only--prefer email) *
* Email: utsumi@columbia.edu; Tax Exempt ID: 11-2999676 *
* http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/ *

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