| NEW YORK
NEW YORK Feb 21 George Levine, a pioneer in the
electrification of the financial markets who helped bring
real-time market data to Wall Street early in his 50-year
career, died on Feb. 13 of natural causes at the age of 88, a
family friend confirmed on Tuesday.
Levine joined Scantlin Electronics, which electronically
stored and retrieved stock market information, in 1963, a time
when most people had to rely on newspapers to check stock prices
on the New York Stock Exchange.
The company changed its name in the 1970s to Quotron, the
name of a workplace terminal that displayed stock bids, offers
and last sale prices on electronic screens instead of ticker
Quotron terminals were ubiquitous in the financial services
industry, making cameos in Oliver Stone's 1987 film "Wall
Street," and later in Martin Scorsese's 2013 throwback "Wolf of
Levine, who ran sales and marketing, became the face of the
company and was known as "Mr. Quotron."
"Back in the day starting from the mid-1970's, there wasn't
a firm that didn't know him," said Ken Doody, head of content
development at Thomson Reuters and a former colleague of Levine.
Levine stayed with Quotron when it was bought by Citigroup
Inc forerunner Citicorp in 1986 for $680 million, and then
when it was taken over by what is now Thomson Reuters Corp
, in 1994.
Levine retired from Thomson Reuters, the parent of Reuters
News, in 2013.
A funeral service was held for Levine in Los Angeles on
Friday and a memorial service is being planned for New York in
the near future, said Sharon Lavin, a friend of Levine's family
who confirmed his death.
(Reporting by John McCrank; Editing by Paul Simao)