Edmonds, Feldman and McConnell join ranks of IT Hall of Fame

Edmonds, Feldman and McConnell join ranks of IT Hall of Fame

By Susan M. Menke

GCN Staff

The founder of GCN, Izzy Feldman, left, receives his Hall of Fame award and congratulations from the newspaper's publisher, Frank Quigley.

GCN's Information Technology Hall of Fame, started in 1988, gained three new stars at last month's banquet in Washington, bringing the total number of luminaries to 44.

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Albert J. Edmonds joined GCN founder Israel Feldman and former Office of Management and Budget information policy chief Bruce W. McConnell in accepting Hall of Fame honors from GCN publisher Frank Quigley.

Edmonds, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Electronic Data Systems Corp.'s government industry group, headed the Defense Information Systems Agency before his 1997 retirement. He helped create the Defense Information Infrastructure's Common Operating Environment.

'It's great to be recognized by your peers,'' Edmonds said. 'I've grown up with this community since 1973. I've done government time; now I'm doing civilian time. To receive the award after joining industry is especially rewarding.''

Feldman drew laughs for his humorous recollections of GCN's 1982 beginning and 1986 sale to Ziff-Davis Publishing Co.

The newspaper's current owner is Post-Newsweek Business Information of Vienna, Va.

GCN's Frank Quigley bestows Hall of Fame honors on Al Edmonds

After divesting GCN, Feldman went on
to found other IT publications and now is publisher of E-Gov and a member of numerous corporate boards.

His earlier government career included positions at the former Health, Education and Welfare Department, the Postal Service, and the Housing and Urban Development Department.

McConnell now is director of the United Nations' International Year 2000 Cooperation Center in Washington, on loan from the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion. At OMB, he was responsible for the groundbreaking OMB Circular A-130 on management of federal information resources.


Bruce McConnell says change is coming to cyberspace

He likened the IT community to 'settlers in the new realm of cyberspace,'' saying that settlers always face hardships and must keep moving on to the next outpost.

'Fences are being put up now,'' McConnell said. 'The marshal is coming into town. It's time to take responsibility beyond ourselves.''

In the coming century, he said, 'we will all be linked and interdependent. Products must be manufactured with environmental safety and with good labor policies and personnel practices.''

Saying it's time for the IT community to do good outside its own borders, Mc-
Connell suggested finding local charitable institutions or organizations that need help getting year 2000-ready.

'Check it out,'' he said.


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