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 "Nothing screws up a good story like an eyewitness."

          ALL ST NEWS ISSUES AND THEIR VITAL STATISTICS
                      by Richard Karsmakers

 I  am a data nut.  I know it,  and realising that you  know  you
have a problem might just be the first step on my way to a  cure,
or at least that's what They usually say.  Fact is, however, that
I  set about hacking and doing all kinds of stuff to old ST  NEWS
issues  to  come  up  with  this  article  filled  with   trivial
information.  Hacking,  yes,  because quite a few of these issues
happily refuse to work on the Falcon,  even when using "Backward"
or anything of that ilk.

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Volume and Issue number
|       Articles on disk, in bytes (p = articles were compressed)
|       |          Number of articles in that issue
|       |          |     Unpacked articles, size in bytes
|       |          |     |                Issue Release date
|       |          |     |                |        KBytes written
|       |          |     |                |           per week
|       |          |     |                |             | (top #)
- 1986 ----------------------------------------------------------
 1.1     34,896     7        N.A.           26-07-1986    N.A.
 1.2     39,817     9        N.A.           09-08-1986    20 (30)
 1.3     56,638    11        N.A.           16-08-1986    56 (12)
 1.4    152,458    19        N.A.           08-09-1986    50 (18)
 1.5    214,510    24        N.A.           05-10-1986    54 (14)
 1.6    217,891    29        N.A.           15-11-1986    36 (25)
- 1987 ----------------------------------------------------------
 2.1    260,060    42        N.A.           03-01-1987    43 (23)
 2.2    258,558    35        N.A.           28-02-1987    86  (3)
 2.3    258,203    32        N.A.           11-04-1987    43 (23)
 2.4    260,318    33        N.A.           13-06-1987    29 (27)
 2.5    251,616 p  44  ±     314,000 u      25-07-1987    52 (16)
 2.6    245,171 p  41  ±     312,000 u      12-09-1987    46 (21)
 2.7    283,321 p  39  ±     354,000 u      31-10-1987    59 (10)
 2.8    253,031 p  39  ±     316,000 u      19-12-1987    45 (22)
- 1988 ----------------------------------------------------------
 3.1    287,322 p  40  ±     380,000 u      16-02-1988    48 (20)
 3.2    285,510 p  38  ±     356,000 u      06-04-1988    51 (17)
 3.3    237,734 p  35        301,525 u      16-05-1988    60  (9)
 3.4    313,266 p  36        389,595 u      09-07-1988    49 (19)
 3.5    298,859 p  37        369,355 u      16-10-1988    28 (28)
 3.6    283,133 p  32        350,407 u      13-11-1988    88  (1)
 3.7    265,921 p  32        316,606 u      24-12-1988    53 (15)
- 1989 ----------------------------------------------------------
 4.1    296,683 p  33  ±     370,000 u      18-02-1989    53 (15)
 4.2    306,669 p  34  ±     383,000 u      01-04-1989    64  (6)
 4.3    300,073 p  36  ±     405,000 u      20-05-1989    58 (11)
 4.4    404,163 p  30  ±     645,000 u      12-08-1989    54 (14)
- 1990 ----------------------------------------------------------
 5.1    489,364 p  56  ±     780,000 u      11-02-1990    30 (26)
- Alive -> Undead -----------------------------------------------
 5.2    386,756 p  42  ±     618,000 u      24-11-1990    17 (31)
- 1991 ----------------------------------------------------------
 6.1    263,012 p  32  ±     500,000 u      20-04-1991    23 (29)
 6.2    535,562 p  41  ±   1,030,000 u      18-08-1991    61  (8)
- 1992 ----------------------------------------------------------
 7.1    634,750 p  74  ±   1,300,000 u      11-01-1992    62  (7)
 7.2    544,216 p  67  ±   1,200,000 u      09-05-1992    71  (4)
 7.3    519,183 p  63  ±   1,000,000 u      15-11-1992    38 (24)
- 1993 ----------------------------------------------------------
 8.1    582,181 p  77  ±   1,000,000 u      15-05-1993    38 (24)
 8.2    572,805 p  69  ±   1,200,000 u      23-10-1993    55 (13)
- 1994 ----------------------------------------------------------
 9.1    531,882 p  71  ±   1,022,000 u      11-03-1994    52 (16)
 9.2    768,648 p  85      1,568,507 u      23-07-1994    87  (2)
 9.3    554,877 p  73      1,155,627 u      17-12-1994    68  (5)
- 1995 ----------------------------------------------------------
10.1    605,004 p  71      1,260,014 u      17-06-1995    49 (19)
10.2    672,853 p  72      1,379,597 u      25-11-1995    60  (9)
- 1996 ----------------------------------------------------------
11.1&2 1162,695 p 100      2,387,381 u      26-07-1996    68  (5)

- Total ---------------------------------------------------------

     14,889,609  1780  ±  24,700,000 u                    47

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