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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | November 26, 2009
Joseph Robert "Bob"Aumiller, a retired Bell Atlantic accounting supervisor and manager and big-band musician, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 16 at Oak Crest Village retirement community. He was 86. Born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton, Mr. Aumiller was a 1941 graduate of City College. He joined the Navy shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor and served aboard the battleship USS South Dakota in the Pacific as a boatswain's mate, ship observer and musician. After the war, Mr. Aumiller earned a degree in business administration on the GI Bill of Rights at the Johns Hopkins University.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Thomas M. Gibbons, former president and CEO of Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Cos. who also served on boards of business and educational institutions, died Sunday of complications from a stroke at The Terraces of Bonita Springs Retirement Community in Bonita Springs, Fla. The former Roland Park resident was 88. "Tom was one of the best executives I ever met or worked for in my life," said John Henry "Hank" Butta, a former president and CEO...
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April 21, 1993
Earnings for Bell Atlantic Corp., the parent of the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. of Maryland, rose 22.3 percent in the first quarter as the result of cost-cutting, interest savings, and increased revenues in its telephone and cellular business.Bell AtlanticCorp... ... ... ... ...Ticker... ... ... ... ... Yesterday's... ... ... ... ... ...Symbol... ... ... ... ... Cls. ..Chg.... ... ... ... ... ...BEL... ... ... ... ... ...54 7/8 .. + 1/4Period endedMarch 31... ... ... . 1st qtr...
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Howard Homer Walters, a retired civil engineer and former president of Bell Atlantic Properties, died of kidney failure April 1 at the BayWoods of Annapolis. The longtime Cape St. Claire resident was 83. Born in Baltimore and raised in West Baltimore on Belmont Avenue, he was the son of Howard Walters, a Western Union telegrapher, and Marie Hefner Walters, a homemaker. He was a 1948 graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland in 1952.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | March 16, 1994
Frederick d'Alessio, Bell Atlantic's main man in Maryland, said it took a few days to recover from the disappointment when the company's gamble on buying the nation's largest cable TV company came up snake eyes.But in a recent interview, the president of Bell Atlantic-Maryland sounded anything but despondent about the demise of the Tele-Communications Inc. deal last month. He seemed to be coping rather well, in fact."We're working right now on other possibilities," he said. "You can be sure other things are in the works."
BUSINESS
October 20, 1992
This Philadelphia-based regional Bell telephone company reported earnings higher than analysts' expectations for the third quarter.The company said its earnings rose 16.6 percent as a result of an increase in basic telephone volume, growth in its cellular business and strong demand for new products and services.Bell Atlantic said results for the latest period include a gain of 8 cents a share from the sale of an investment acquired in the company's Metro Mobile CTS Inc. merger in April.During the same period last year, the company had a gain of cents a share from the sale of most of the company's investment in Telecom Corp.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | February 16, 1995
MFS Communications Inc., an upstart telephone company that is poised to offer competition to Bell Atlantic Corp. in Maryland, accused the regional giant yesterday of filing a "meritless" lawsuit in an effort to intimidate rivals who criticize Bell Atlantic before regulators and legislators.One week after Bell Atlantic sued the Omaha-based communications company in U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Del., MFS struck back.In a letter to legislators and regulators, Royce J. Holland, MFS' president and chief operating officer, charged that Bell Atlantic's suit may be "an improper use of ratepayer funds" to silence smaller competitors.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Staff Writer The New York Times News Service contributed to this article | October 20, 1993
Bell Atlantic Corp. rang up a robust increase in third-quarter operating profits yesterday as its cellular phone business posted strong revenue gains.The earnings report was a further indication that Bell Atlantic was not a utility stock any more.Last week, the Philadelphia-based company announced plans to merge with Tele-Communications Inc., the nation's largest cable company.Bell Atlantic, parent company of Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. of Maryland, said net profits declined slightly to $378.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Correspondent | June 14, 1995
WASHINGTON -- Bell Atlantic Corp. took a baby step toward its goal of becoming a giant provider of video programming yesterday as it announced the commercial rollout of its "electronic Yellow Pages" in seven hotels in the Washington area.The venture seeks to tap into the lucrative business travel market by providing information about local restaurants, shopping, transportation, tourist sites and essential services through television sets in 4,700 hotel rooms in the District of Columbia and Arlington, Va.The service -- InfoTravel -- is not a technological breakthrough, but it does point to the changing identity of the the Philadelphia-based regional phone utility.
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By Leslie Cauley and Leslie Cauley,SUN GRAPHICS | December 23, 1990
What in the world is Bell Atlantic Corp. up to?Given the company's emphasis on international expansion these days, a more appropriate question might be: Where in the world is Bell Atlantic?The Philadelphia-based regional Bell has been looking more and more like a multinational company of late, setting up offices overseas, recruiting local allies and taking the pulse of Washington for hints on which international deals to chase and which ones to avoid.It also has sent out hundreds of marketing representatives -- 900 at last count -- with a single mission in mind: to fatten the company's growing portfolio of international business.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | November 26, 2009
Joseph Robert "Bob"Aumiller, a retired Bell Atlantic accounting supervisor and manager and big-band musician, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 16 at Oak Crest Village retirement community. He was 86. Born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton, Mr. Aumiller was a 1941 graduate of City College. He joined the Navy shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor and served aboard the battleship USS South Dakota in the Pacific as a boatswain's mate, ship observer and musician. After the war, Mr. Aumiller earned a degree in business administration on the GI Bill of Rights at the Johns Hopkins University.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | September 19, 2008
Walter Louis Witten, a retired phone company manager and slow-pitch softball fan, died Saturday of brain cancer at Harmony Hall, a Columbia assisted-living facility. He was 72. Mr. Witten was born in Louisville, Ky., and raised in Hyattsville. He was a 1953 graduate of Northwestern High School in Hyattsville and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Fla., in 1962. He began his career in 1953 with Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. as a messenger and pay phone coin collector.
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By Jay Hancock and Jay Hancock,Sun Columnist | May 23, 2007
What in the world happened to corporate America to make somebody like Bill Jones, a registered Republican and former senior manager for what's now Verizon Communications, turn on the system that gave him a career and a life? The answer is complicated. But if you guessed it has something to do with the $20 million that Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg pocketed last year for driving Verizon profits down 16 percent, you're onto something. At this month's Verizon shareholders meeting, Jones introduced and won one of the most radical proposals yet to make corporate boards answerable for runaway executive pay. By a narrow majority, Verizon owners urged directors to give shareholders a nonbinding, annual vote - thumbs up or thumbs down - on pay for the top five bosses.
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November 3, 2006
Ralph J. Schrader, a retired Bell Atlantic-Maryland supervisor and World War II veteran, died of Parkinson's disease Monday at his Parkton home. He was 79. Born in Beaumont, Pa., and raised there and in Dallas, Pa., he moved to Baltimore with his family in 1942 and enlisted the next year in the Army. He served as a paratrooper in the Pacific. In 1950, Mr. Schrader went to work as a lineman for the old Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., and was later promoted to supervisor. He retired in 1988 from successor company Bell Atlantic-Maryland.
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July 29, 2002
Daniel J. Lyons III, a retired Bell Atlantic employee, died Tuesday of Lewy body disease, a degenerative neurological ailment, at St. Elizabeth Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Southwest Baltimore. The Cambridge resident was 60. He retired in 1999 from Bell Atlantic after 39 years as a pay phone coin collector in Baltimore, and later on the Eastern Shore, where he moved in 1982. Born in Baltimore and raised in Edmondson Village and Gwynn Oak, he was a 1960 graduate of Milford Mill High School.
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By Andrew Ratner and Andrew Ratner,SUN STAFF | June 21, 2001
Unionized workers protested outside offices of Verizon Communications Inc. yesterday in five cities, including Baltimore, alleging violations of the labor agreement that settled an 18-day strike against the telecommunications company last summer. Stirred by John J. Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO, about 150 Verizon employees, wearing red T-shirts and carrying purple signs, chanted and marched in front of the company's offices on East Pratt Street at noon. The Communications Workers of America contend that the company - the nation's largest local and wireless telephone company - has thwarted organizing by workers in two divisions that handle wireless communications and yellow-page directory listings.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,Sun Staff Writer | April 26, 1995
Bell Atlantic Corp., apparently choosing technological sophistication over rapid deployment of a network to offer TV programs over telephone lines, asked the Federal Communications Commission yesterday to put its applications to build the system in Baltimore and five other major markets on hold.The move will push back the day when Baltimore residents can look to the phone company to provide a second video xTC connection into the home to compete with local cable TV monopolies. But it also signals an apparent decision by Bell Atlantic to build a fully interactive network rather than the cable TV-like system it had originally proposed.
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By Knight-Ridder | July 30, 1991
PHILADELPHIA -- How soon will it be before Bell Atlantic Corp. and its stockholders begin to see the results of last week's landmark ruling that will let the company offer "information services?"Give it two or three years, say managers and analysts. Don't hold your breath, say critics of the ruling."I don't think we can overestimate the impact of this ruling on our future," Bell Atlantic chairman Raymond W. Smith told employees on Friday, and he sketched for them a few of the "reasonably well-laid plans" the company has made to deal with its new-found freedom.
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