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September 25, 1987 | AL DELUGACH, Times Staff Writer
Federal regulators filed securities fraud charges Thursday against three former top officers of Video Station Inc., a Los Angeles firm that was a pioneer in videocassette rental stores. Named defendants in the civil suit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles are George Atkinson, 52, founder and former president of the company; his brother, Edward J. Atkinson, 49, former secretary-treasurer, and Keith Bjelajac, 31, former chief financial officer.
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March 12, 2005 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
George Atkinson, who opened the nation's first video-rental store in West Los Angeles in 1977 and laid the foundation for what is now an $8-billion-a-year industry, has died. He was 69. Atkinson died March 3 of complications from emphysema at his home in Northridge, said Betty Piscitello, his partner of 13 years. Atkinson began renting videos out of his 600-square-foot Video Station store on Wilshire Boulevard in late 1977 and began selling franchises a year later.
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