Short DC-8?

Date:         04 Jun 99 00:59:33 
From: (George M. Gumbert III)
Organization: CampusCWIX
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Does anybody know if Douglas ever considered making a shorter, lighter
version of the original DC-8 like Boeing did in evolving the 720 from
the 707?  This could have swayed DC-8 operators like Eastern and
United away from the 720 as well as put even more pressure on Convair
(as if things were not tough enough for them).