November 28, 1995 |
A scant 10 minutes past his 11:30 a.m. deadline, Hotline Publisher Robert Balkin scampered down three sets of stairs and into a basement control room. As Balkin and a computer expert tried to unravel a mechanical glitch, tiny red lights flickered impatiently on a stack of black metal boxes nearby. "Those are our readers," Balkin explained breathlessly. "They're wondering where we are."