American Online gives cybergeeks what they want -- The site lets subscribers download photos of Teri Hatcher and Helen Hunt

By Albert Kim
December 09, 1994 at 05:00 AM EST

What Betty Grable was to GIs, Lois & Clark‘s Teri Hatcher is to cybernauts: the must-have pinup. Since mid-October, when seven photos of Hatcher were made available to America Online subscribers, Hatcher’s digital images have been downloaded nearly 12,000 times, or roughly 250 times a day. ”I hope it’s not one guy with a computer and 4,000 pictures of me,” says Hatcher, whose closest competitor is Mad About You‘s Helen Hunt. Two Hunt portraits have been retrieved more than 4,300 times since mid-October. ”Both of our characters have this ’90s quality — they’re intelligent and feisty and sensual all at the same time,” reasons Hatcher. Maybe so, but on-line groupies still have their priorities: In the two weeks since stills from Star Trek Generations were made available on Prodigy, more than 67,000 Trek photos have been downloaded. In cyberspace, it’s always Trek before sex.