At Retail Delivery '99 last week in Miami Beach, one could walk the show floor without any inkling that it was once all about ATMs.

In 1978, when the Bank Administration Institute was organizing its first Automated Teller Machine Conference, Diebold Inc. took the risk of sponsoring the meeting's main party. In exchange, the Canton, Ohio, ATM supplier got a central position on the exhibit floor and rights to sponsor more major bashes as the conference established itself over the following decade.

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