Obituary:) John Diebold, as in, Yes, That Company

" John Diebold, a Visionary of the Computer Age, Is Dead at 79" By JENNIFER BAYOT December 27, 2005

" John Diebold, a visionary thinker whose early and persistent promotion of computers and other far-reaching innovations helped shape industrial development in America and beyond, died yesterday at his home in Bedford Hills, N.Y. He was 79.

" The cause was esophageal cancer, said his nephew, also named John Diebold.

" Mr. Diebold, who held degrees in business and engineering, was an evangelist of the future. In 1952, at a time when computers weighed five tons, his book "Automation" described how programmable devices could change the day-to-day operations of all kinds of businesses ...

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Oh, one more point from the clip:

" Mr. Diebold (pronounced DEE-bold).... "

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