CBS, Apple Computer and the New York Times are getting interactive over the Vietnam War.

The three companies are jointly producing a CD-ROM software package on the war that will draw on the extensive archives of CBS and the New York Times.

The package will include contributions from CBS News luminaries including Dan Rather and Morley Safer.

New York Times Washington bureau chief R.W. Apple will direct editorial content of the project, along with CBS News executive producer Joel Heller.

A fourth-quarter 1994 date is set for the release via Apple Computer’s Starcore software division.

The announcement of the Vietnam project comes on the heels of word that CBS News would resurrect a facsimile of its award-winning series “The Twentieth Century,” with Mike Wallace assuming the Walter Cronkite role as host, for the cable web A&E. That news of the two projects would emerge so close together is no coincidence, according to CBS News honchos.

“These projects are an indication of where CBS News intends to go,” said CBS News veep Joe Peyronnin. “A big part of our plan for the future is to produce for different mediums.”

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