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December 26, 1994 | From Associated Press
John D. Goeken's head has always been up in the clouds, a trait for which many air travelers can give thanks. Goeken is widely viewed as the father of air-to-ground telephone communications. As a founder of MCI and Airfone Inc., he sought to make communication possible anywhere people go--an idea that has revolutionized the telecommunications industry. He's also won a reputation as "Jack the Giant Killer," because of the fervor he's had in busting up communications monopolies.
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December 26, 1994 | From Associated Press
John D. Goeken's head has always been up in the clouds, a trait for which many air travelers can give thanks. Goeken is widely viewed as the father of air-to-ground telephone communications. As a founder of MCI and Airfone Inc., he sought to make communication possible anywhere people go--an idea that has revolutionized the telecommunications industry. He's also won a reputation as "Jack the Giant Killer," because of the fervor he's had in busting up communications monopolies.
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BUSINESS
December 20, 1994 | CLIFF EDWARDS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
John D. Goeken's head has always been up in the clouds, a trait for which many air travelers can give thanks. * Goeken is widely viewed as the father of air-to-ground telephone communication. As a founder of MCI and Airfone Inc., he sought to make communication possible anywhere people go--an idea that has revolutionized the telecommunications industry. He's also won a reputation as "Jack the Giant Killer," because of the fervor he's had in busting up communications monopolies.
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December 20, 1994 | CLIFF EDWARDS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
John D. Goeken's head has always been up in the clouds, a trait for which many air travelers can give thanks. * Goeken is widely viewed as the father of air-to-ground telephone communication. As a founder of MCI and Airfone Inc., he sought to make communication possible anywhere people go--an idea that has revolutionized the telecommunications industry. He's also won a reputation as "Jack the Giant Killer," because of the fervor he's had in busting up communications monopolies.
BUSINESS
August 1, 1986
Western Union in 1981 acquired about a 50% share in Airfone Inc., which operates an air-to-ground telephone system used in commercial aircraft. Under the sales agreement, GTE will acquire the stake for about $39 million. Western Union said it decided to sell because "our strategic plan for returning Western Union to profitability requires that we concentrate our efforts on our core telecommunications and information businesses." GTE said it also is buying the Airfone stock held by A.F.
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August 31, 1987 | Associated Press
Foul weather and flight delays have turned flying into a nightmare for some air travelers but have been a dream come true for the company that is putting telephones on airplanes. "The minute there's bad weather and delays the call volume shoots up," said Sandra Goeken, a spokeswoman for GTE Airfone Inc., which is having its telephones installed by some airlines at the rate of one aircraft per day.
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