Rumors from the ATG NewsChannel 6/2/14

by Katina Strauch photo_katina_strauch

Hot off the presses! Innovative just announced that it has acquired VTLS!! According to the press release “As part of the transition, VTLS flagship products will be re-branded, incorporating the company name into the product name including VTLS-Virtua, VTLS-VITAL, and VTLS-Chamo Discovery.”InnovativeVTLS

And be on the lookout for an interview with Innovative CEO Kim Massana in a  future issue of Against the Grain!

Oh! And in case you missed it in today’s News You Need to Start the Week, Stanford University’s HighWire Press received a significant growth equity investment from Accel-KKR.

I have to confess that I am pulling for California Chrome (the horse!) to win the Belmont Stakes this Saturday, June 7!  It has been way too long since we had a Triple Crown winner (Affirmed, 1978) . Plus everyone loves an underdog (or underhorse) which California Chrome is. Not from Kentucky or horse country in the East. Here’s hoping! 

I must be into competitive races these days. Saw that in partnership with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway(IMS),IUPUI University Library brings 100 years of track history to life through a collection of free online audio stories. The short oral histories offer race insights and commentary and are accompanied by photographs of some of the most important moments in the life of the Indianapolis 500 I have only been to one car race but I do know that the astute Bob Molyneux (Dr.Data) and awesome Stuart Grinnell (Ambassador) are big racing fans.  And these oral race summaries expand on a one of a kind digital repository that captures the history of IMS through more than 14,000 images taken from 1879 to 2013. Thanks to grants from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library services and administered by the Indiana State Library, the photographs can be viewed on the IUPUI University Library’s website.  Just Google: Digital Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

On the book side, was reading The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst by David Nasaw which is a fascinating book. But I had to put it down to read an old mystery that caught my eye.  Minute for Murder  was written by Nicholas Blake (1948), a pseudonym for Cecil Day-Lewis (the father of Academy Award-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis, food writer and journalist Tamasin Day-Lewis, and TV critic and writer Sean Day-Lewis).  Cecil Day-Lewis  was poet laureate, succeeding John Masefield.  I have been reading biographies,  and I had deserted mysteries which are my real love, but this rekindled my love of mysteries!

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