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Mourning By Modem For Rabin
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The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.
Date: Nov 9, 1995
Start Page: D.07
Section: STYLE

Arnon Katz, 28-year-old Israeli computer specialist, lay awake the night Yitzhak Rabin was slain. He was, he said, consumed with the need to do something. So by 2 a.m. he and a colleague had a condolence page up and running on the World Wide Web. By the next day it already had thousands of "visits" from all over the world.

Katz and Joel Leyden, a New York transplant to Tel Aviv, are in the process of opening Netking, an on-line service in Israel akin to Prodigy and America Online. "We had the staff and the tools all in place," Leyden said, "so we could put the page up onto the Internet very quickly."

It has only been four months, Katz said in a phone conversation this week from Tel Aviv, that the group has been working toward a Netking launch. Katz himself, although a marketing and communications specialist, has been involved with the Internet for only about a year "after my father-in-law gave me a modem." But he quickly found himself spending much of his time "playing," as his friends and family put it, with bulletin boards in Israel. "I decided it better be my job," he said.

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