I found an old newspaper clipping from the New York Times 2/12/92 issue on Ciabatta. The column by then Food Editor Florence Fabricant was called De Gustibus, a weekly feature in the food section.
This article features Sarah Black of Tom Cat Bakery in Long Island City, NY. There are two recipes: 1) Food Processor Ciabatta and 2) "Classic Ciabatta". Sarah became intrigued by reading about it in "The Italian Baker" by Carol Field (1985). I recall the "no knead food processor version" to be rather unique at the time this was published.
Finally after ignoring the company's documentation on baking bread with a micro/convection oven I think I have a good batch of bread.
This is from Jasons Quick Ciabatta Bread Recipe on this forum.