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Nov 1, 2020 Kay Savetz
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Jim Tittsler, Atari 1600 prototype Jim Tittsler got my attention with a tweet, an old photo of a computer in a PC-style case, connected to Atari joysticks and disk drive. In the tweet, Jim wrote: "A prototype of what we hoped would become the #atari 1600: an Atari 800 grafted on to an IBM PC compatible. A Jekyll/Hyde mashup allowing you to plug in cartridges, SIO drives, and  PC expansion cards. It seemed a good idea at the time." So I reached out to Jim to learn more about that...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari ST, Atari 520ST, Atari...
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Dan Noguerol (Farb): Atari 8-bit Software Preservation Initiative Two interviews with the same person, recorded more than four years apart. Dan Noguerol is better known to the Atari community as Farb. He is the mastermind behind the Atari 8-bit Software Preservation Initiative, and years ago created SIO2Arduino, an Arduino-based disk drive emulator. I interviewed Farb on August 29, 2019, where we talked primarily about the Atari 8-bit Software Preservation Initiative. That interview took place...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
Sep 20, 2020 Kay Savetz
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Atari Youth Advisory Board: Steve Cohen This is the eighth in a series of episodes featuring the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board. In 1983, Atari formed a Youth Advisory Board, selecting teenagers from around the United States to share their opinions about computers and video games, test software, and promote Atari's computers at events. The group consisted of kids aged 14 through 18, including Steve Cohen. He attended George Washington High School in Denver Colorado, where his teacher, Dr....
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800
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Sep 13, 2020 Kay Savetz
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Kai and George Esbensen, Micro-Ed Software I first heard about the Micro-Ed software company when a member of the Atari community sent me a batch of educational cassette tapes to digitize. The tapes had titles like Maps and Globes, Punctuation, and Spelling Level E. Intriguingly, the tape labels said "Micro-Ed, creators of more than 2,500 programs, pre-school through adult." 2,500 programs? Why had I never heard of this company? I asked  4AM , a software preservationist specializing...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, educational software, Thorward...
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Sep 5, 2020 Kay Savetz
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Myra Marshall, Computer Applications Tomorrow Myra Marshall, along with her husband-at-the-time Roger Marshall, was co-founder of Computer Applications Tomorrow, a small software company that specialized in educational software for microcomputers. Most of the company's software was self-published and sold in small computer stores, including titles such as USA States and Capitals, Spelling Exam, and Alphabet Keyboard Primer. One title, Musical Computer: The Music Tutor, was sold by Atari Program...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari Program Exchange, APX,...
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Michael Darland, Microperipheral Corporation and Sofcast Michael Darland was co-founder of Microperipheral Corporation, and president of Sofcast, a system that sent computer data over AM and FM radio.   Founded in 1979, Microperipheral Corporation produced 300 BPS modems for several brands of microcomputers, including models compatible with the Atari 8-bit computers. Using telecommunications software called TariTerm, the Atari compatible-modems worked with the Atari 850 interface, or by...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Commodore 64, Apple II, IBM PC,...
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
Aug 24, 2020 Brad Arnold, Randy Kindig, Kay Savetz
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ANTIC Episode 70 - Who Wants a FujiNet Anyway… I do! In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast… we discuss the roll-out of the first 50 units of FujiNet, “virtual” shows remaining this year, new software, hardware and all the current Atari news riding the waves. READY! Recurring Links  Floppy Days Podcast  AtariArchives.org  AtariMagazines.com  Kevin’s Book “Terrible Nerd”  New Atari books scans at archive.org  ANTIC feedback at AtariAge  Atari interview...
Topics: Atari podcast, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 1200XL, Atari XE, Atari XL
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
Aug 16, 2020 Kay Savetz
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Charles Marslett, MYDOS and FastChip Charles Marslett wrote floppy disk and hard drive drivers for Percom, and was the creator of MYDOS, a disk operating system for the Atari 8-bit computers that offered support for double density sectors, subdirectories, and hard drives. He also created FastChip, a hardware add-on for the Atari, sold by Newell Industries, that claimed to speed up floating point routines by 300%. He also created the A65 Assembler, a macro assembler. He has released the source...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Percom, Atari DOS, Atari 810, Atari...
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
Jul 21, 2020 Kay Savetz
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Dorothy Siegel, Pioneer in Computer Music I'm Kay Savetz, and this is ANTIC: The Atari 8-bit podcast. This interview, however, is about events that happened before Atari released its first computers. This interview is with Dorothy Siegel, a pioneer in computer music. The music she created was on an IMSAI 8080 computer and a clarinet. The First Philadelphia Computer Music Festival was held August 25, 1978 as part of a show called Personal Computing '78 held at the Philadelphia Civic Center. In...
Topics: interview, computer history, S-100 bus, IMSAI 8080, Southwest Technical Products Corporation 6800,...
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
Jul 14, 2020 Kay Savetz
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Tracy Frey, Atari Birthday Girl There's an article in the New York Times, dated April 9, 1982: "8-Year-Old's Birthday Party in a Computer Center." The story, written by Barbara Gamareklin, is about the birthday party of Tracey Pizzo — now Tracey Frey — which took place at the Capital Children's Museum in Washington, DC. Quoting the article: Tracy Pizzo decided that Chunky’s Cheese Pizza Parlor was not the place for her eighth birthday party after all. She chose the Future Center...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Capital Children's Museum, National...
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Jul 6, 2020 Kay Savetz
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David Gedalia, Atari-controlled Telescope Listener Paul Somerfeldt sent me a blurb he found in a book titled "The Dobsonian Telescope" by David Kriege and Richard Berry. The book reads: "Computer-controlled Dobsonian telescopes entered amateur astronomy in the late 1980s. An outstanding early example was David Gedalia's 10-inch f/4.5 Dobsonian driven by an Atari 800XL computer, shown at the 1987 Riverside Telescope Makers Conference. With the Atari driving altitude and azimuth...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari XL, Atari 800XL, Atari 600XL, amateur astronomy,...
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
Jun 29, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Brad Stewart, Covox Brad Stewart was the co-founder and chief designer of Covox, the company that created Covox VoiceMaster. VoiceMaster was speech digitizer and voice recognition hardware for the Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit, and Apple II computers. Covox's own demonstration audio tape describes it well, although the demo tape that I found doesn't mention the Atari. This interview took place on May 21, 2020. Aerosynth Brad's blog post about Covox Voice Master Kay plays with VoiceMaster in 2014...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Commodore 64, Apple II, Covox...
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
Jun 22, 2020 Kay Savetz
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Henry and Nancy Taitt, Creative Learning Association Henry Taitt was founder of the Creative Learning Association, which created books and classes about how to program computers in BASIC. Henry, along with his wife Nancy Taitt, ran the company from 1982-1988. The book series, TLC For Growing Minds — TLC means Thinking, Learning, Creating — delivered self-paced lessons about the BASIC programming language. Versions of the series were available for Atari 8-bit, Apple II, IBM PC, TRS-80, and...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, BASIC programming language, Apple...
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Claudia Cohl, Editor-in-Chief of Family Computing and K-Power Magazine Claudia Cohl was the editor-in-chief of Family Computing Magazine for its entire run. Published by Scholastic, the magazine ran for 49 issues, from September 1983 through September 1987. Then it published 11 more issues, though August 1988, as "Family and Home Office Computing." Finally, it was rebranded "Home Office Computing". Claudia remained editor there until a new division was formed, and she moved...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Scholastic, Family Computing Magazine, K-Power Magazine,...
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
Jun 14, 2020 Brad Arnold, Randy Kindig, Kay Savetz
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In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast… Jonathan Halliday joins as we discuss his amazing work on the SIDE loaders for the Incognito and Ultimate 1MB  and the work going on for the SIDE3 cart. What We’ve Been Up To plotter ink   https://twitter.com/KaySavetz/status/1258830441320079360   But steve bowsell @A8bit working on 3-D printable solution  Kay’s old Atari games   https://twitter.com/KaySavetz/status/1259569122364407808   ;  https://github.com/savetz  ...
Topics: Atari podcast, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 1200XL, Atari XE, Atari XL
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Sherman Rosenfeld, Atari Institute for Education Action Research Dr. Sherman Rosenfeld is an internationally-known leader in informal learning and science education. He was a consultant to the Atari Institute for Education Action Research. Founded in June 1981 and led by Ted Kahn, the Institute provided equipment, advice, and financial support to non-profit educational organizations. It granted more than $1 million in hardware and software to schools, science museums, vocational and special...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Ted Kahn, Atari computer donations
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
Jun 1, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Software Automatic Mouth: Mark Barton Mark Barton was creator of SAM — Software Automatic Mouth. Released in 1982, SAM was the first software-only speech synthesizer for personal computers. It was available for the Apple II, Commodore 64, and Atari 8-bit computers. He later developed Macintalk, speech synthesis for the Macintosh computer; and narrator, the speech system for the Commodore Amiga. This interview took place on May 22, 2020. SAM Demo Disk Steve Jobs movie Steve Jobs introduces the...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Commodore 64, Apple II, speech...
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
May 27, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Fandal: Atari programer and archivist Frantisek Houra is better known to the Atari community as Fandal. He's an Atari computer programmer and long-time archivist of European Atari software. He has created many original Atari games and conversions from other platforms: including Fruity Pete, Mashed Turtles, Crescent Solitaire, and Diamondz. This interview took place on August 28, 2019, during the Fujiama Atari conference in Lengenfeld, Germany. Roland Wassenberg sat in to assist with the...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, czech republic, Czechia, Fujiama
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
May 21, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Gregg Squires, Atari Manager of Hardware Engineering Gregg Squires was a Manager of Hardware Engineering at Atari from 1982 through 1984, working from their New York office. He was project manager for Val, a cost-reduced version of the Atari 2600; and project manager for the Atari XL computer series. He was co-designer of the 65816 microprocessor architecture. Greg sent me a scan of an Atari 600XL Product Status Meeting handout dated January 1983. It's an impressive 45 pages and paints a clear...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 600XL, Atari 800XL, Atari 1200XL, Atari XL series,...
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
May 13, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Rik Dickinson, Encore Video Productions Rik Dickinson is founder of Encore Video Productions, a company that rented Atari 8-bit computers to hotels for use as character generators. The computers would show information about the hotel on channel 2 of guests' televisions. This was part of a service that Encore offered to provide in-room movies that ran off videotapes. The tape machines ran on a timer, and when the movie ended, the video feed switched back to the text information displayed by the...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari character generator
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
May 10, 2020 Brad Arnold, Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz
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ANTIC Episode 67 - Still Socially Distant In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast...Randy forgets to call the artist, formerly known as Kevin, as Kay about 100 times, we continue discussion on AtariFests and World of Atari, we help you with your free time by telling you about papercraft computers and RetroPie, and help you navigate what’s happening with vintage computer shows; plus a whole lot more Atari news! What We’ve Been Up To Carol Shaw’s Colleen Calculator - View...
Topics: Atari podcast, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 1200XL, Atari XE, Atari XL
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
Apr 26, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Atari Speed Reading: Karlyn Kamm and Brad Oltrogge The Atari Speed Reading software package was released by Atari in 1981. It was a self-paced program, for use with the Atari computer and a cassette drive, that promised to teach you to increase reading speed and comprehension with 30 days of practice. The package contained a workbook and five cassette tapes. This is an interview with two of the people who created the Atari Speed Reading package. Karlyn Kamm created the speed reading educational...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
Apr 17, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Gabriel Baum: Atari Conversational French and Spanish Gabriel Baum worked at Thorn EMI, where he managed the project to create two early language learning programs that were published by Atari: Conversational French and Conversational Spanish. (Atari's language learning series would also include Conversational German — Gabriel started that, but left Thorn EMI before that project was finished — and Conversational Italian.) After Thorn EMI, Gabriel moved to Mattel where he became one of the...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
Mar 3, 2020 Kevin Savetz
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Youth Advisory Board: Tracey Cullinan This is the seventh in a series of episodes featuring the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board. In 1983, Atari formed a Youth Advisory Board, selecting teenagers from around the United States to share their opinions about computers and video games, test software, and promote Atari's computers at events. The group consisted of kids aged 14 through 18, including Tracey Cullinan. Tracey worked as a salesperson at the ComputerLand store in Los Altos, California...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Cory Cullinan, Leola Wooldridge
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Feb 20, 2020 Brad Arnold, Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz
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Cats with umbrellas and dogs! In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast:  Kevin’s dogs do their best to be a part of the podcast, we tell you all about a very busy month of personal Atari stuff, all the programming contests going on, and all the other news we could find. What We’ve Been Up To Kevin’s Atari workbench set up! -   https://twitter.com/KevinSavetz/status/1220554086593904644   AVG cart. Moon Patrol, and Redux -  ...
Topics: Atari podcast, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 1200XL, Atari XE, Atari XL
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Craig Hickman, Atari Photography Software and Security System Craig Hickman was featured in the June 1982 edition of Atari Connection magazine for his photography software tools. "Craig has developed two programs written in Atari BASIC for use in his darkroom. One of the programs times the negative’s development, and the other monitors and times enlargements and the making of the positive prints." His Developing program could store up to 30 film processing combinations. "Once...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari Connection magazine, darkroom...
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Jan 26, 2020 Brad Arnold, Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz
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Living in the Future In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast:  We talk about our Atari-related resolutions for the new year, how 2020 sounds like we’re living in the future, and bring you news and feedback from across the Atari 8-bit landscape. What We’ve Been Up To Faster Than Light: The Atari ST and the 16-Bit Revolution by Jamie Lendino -    https://amzn.to/2v5823V   Kevin’s annual computer history work post mortem article -  ...
Topics: Atari podcast, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 1200XL, Atari XE, Atari XL
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
Dec 20, 2019 Kevin Savetz
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James Hugard, Neanderthal Computer Things James Hugard was co-founder of Neanderthal Computer Things, a company that created just one product. "810 Turbo" was a hardware conversion board for the Atari 810 disk drive that promised true double density storage, and faster data reading and writing. The device, released in 1983, could be installed inside your 810 disk drive with "no jumpers, no soldering, no extra box." It cost $295. James wrote the firmware for the device. Check...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, 810 Turbo, Atari 810 disk drive
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Dec 15, 2019 Brad Arnold, Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz
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SillyVenture and FujiNet In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: In the tradition of bringing you the latest Atari 8-bit news, we have a couple of very special guests in this episode.  First of all, Bart comes to us literally direct from the fabulous SillyVenture show to give us a rundown, and then Thomas Cherryhomes tells us all about the amazing work going on with FujiNet! What We’ve Been Up To  SDrive Max from Vintage Computer Center - ...
Topics: Atari podcast, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 1200XL, Atari XE, Atari XL
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
Nov 30, 2019 Kevin Savetz
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Dennis Zander: Artworx, Hazard Run, Strip Poker   Dennis Zander was one of the founding partners of the software publishing company Artworx. He programmed a number of games and educational titles, including Hazard Run, Rings of the Empire, Monkeymath, Giant Slalom, Intruder Alert!, Monkeynews, and others. He collaborated with Roger Harnish on Artworx popular Strip Poker game. This interview took place on June 13, 2019. In it, we discuss Art Walsh, whom I previously interviewed. Atarimania's...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Artworx, azard Run, Rings of the...
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Nov 24, 2019 Kevin Savetz
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Bruce May, Unreleased Magic Castle Game In 1982 Bruce May created Magic Castle, a game for the Atari 800 computer. He finished the game but was unable to find a publisher for it, so hardly anyone played it. In October 2019 he sent me scans of his original documents regarding Magic Castle: his design notes, and even rejection letters from the three companies that he submitted the game to: Catalyst Technologies, Avalon Hill, and Origin Systems. He hasn't been able to find the floppy disks with...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800
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Nov 21, 2019 Kevin Savetz
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Wolfgang Burger, President of Atari Bit Byter User Club Wolfgang Burger is the president and a founding member of the Atari Bit Byter User Club, the world's largest user group dedicated to the Atari 8-bit computer. The group was founded in 1985 in Herten, Germany. Today, the group has about 500 members from around the world. The group's quarterly magazine — still produced on an Atari computer — is almost certainly the longest continually published computer magazine anywhere. This...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari Bit Byter User Club, Atari...
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
Nov 14, 2019 Kevin Savetz
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Bruce Irvine, Atari VP of Software Bruce Irvine was Atari's Vice President of Software — heading the company's new computer software division — from September 1980 through approximately July 1982. Among other responsibilities, he oversaw Atari Program Exchange and the opening of Atari "software acquisition centers." After leaving Atari, he co-founded Mindset Corporation with Roger Badertscher. This interview took place on November 7, 2019. In it, Bruce mentions Steve Gerber, Fred...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari Program Exchange, APX
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George Morrison: Alpha Systems, Atari Software Protection Techniques books   George Morrison was founder of Alpha Systems, a company that produced many hardware and software products for the Atari computers, including The Parrot, and audio digitizer; MagniPrint II, a printing utility; and The Impersonator, hardware for copying cartridge-based programs; and other products. He was author of two books — Atari Software Protection Techniques and Advanced Atari Protection Techniques.   This...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Alpha Systems, Atari Software...
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
Oct 19, 2019 Kevin Savetz, Joe Decuir, David Crane
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Atari 800 series computers: 40 years On Saturday, October 19, 2019 I had the privilege of taking part in a panel at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo. The session was titled "Atari 800 series computers: 40 years." The panelists were Joe Decuir, one of the hardware designers of the Atari 400 and 800; David Crane, who was one of the developers of the Atari's operating system before he famously left Atari to co-found Activision; and myself, Kevin Savetz. The session was attended by roughly...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Portland Rerto Gaming Expo, Joe...
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
Sep 2, 2019 Randy Kindig
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Andrew and John Lenz: Atari Still in Productive Use in Store It’s very difficult these days to find vintage computers still in productive use out in the wild.  Andrew and John Lenz have an Atari 8-bit still in use, at the time of this interview, in the picture framing department at Lenz Arts in Santa Cruz, CA, a store that sells art materials and custom framing services.  The Atari computer has over 200,000 hours of operational time. (That's on and in use!) Running a program written in...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, retrocomputers in retail
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
May 23, 2019 Kevin Savetz
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John Anderson: Rally Speedway and Arex John Anderson worked at Adventure International, where he coded several games: Eliminator, Rear Guard, and Sea Dragon for the Apple II, then Rally Speedway and Arex for the Atari 8-bits. This interview took place on May 22, 2019. In it, we discuss Scott Adams and Russ Wetmore,  both of whom I have previously interviewed. List of John's games at Atarimania John's web site ANTIC Interview 113 - Russ Wetmore ANTIC Interview 25 - Scott Adams, Adventure...
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ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
May 12, 2019 Kevin Savetz
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Roy Goldman, Daisy-Dot   Roy Goldman was the creator of Daisy-Dot, a typesetting program for the Atari 8-bit computers which he published from about 1987-1990. There were three versions of Daisy-Dot, the original plus Daisy-Dot II and Daisy-Dot III. The earliest version was freeware, and later versions asked for payment for access to special features.   This interview took place on May 11, 2019. After we talked, Roy sent me scans of memorabilia from that time, see the links below for those....
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Daisy Dot
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Feb 20, 2019 Brad Arnold, Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz
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Atari Pascal In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: Bill Lange joins us as a special guest, and he has lots of Atari Pascal news; we have all the Atari news fit to print, and more shows coming in 2019 than you can shake a stick at ... What We’ve Been Up To VCF East XIII -- Bill Lange -- Atari 8 Bit Maintenance and Repair   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWkzZr-ZOdo Bill Lange fixed Atari 822 Thermal Printer -...
Topics: Atari podcast, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 1200XL, Atari XE, Atari XL
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Feb 4, 2019 Randy Kindig
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Philip Bouchard - MECC, The Oregon Trail Philip Bouchard spent over 30 years designing computer software, 18 of which were focused on educational software. He was the principal designer for the Apple II games The Oregon Trail and Number Munchers. The Oregon Trail is a computer game originally developed in 1971 and produced by the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) in 1974. The original game was designed to teach school children about the realities of 19th-century pioneer life on...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Minnesota Educational Computing...
ANTIC Podcast: The Interviews
Jan 15, 2019 Brad Arnold, Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz
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Where's Randy!? In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: late-breaking up-to-the-minute Atari news, Randy disappears mid-episode, and we hear what Atari was like in Chile... What We’ve Been Up To Kevin’s year-end blog -   http://atariaction.tumblr.com/post/181930826652/kevins-2017-post-mortem Atari CX401: General Accounting System -   https://atariwiki.org/wiki/Wiki.jsp?page=The%20Atari%20Accountant%20Series Official start of BASIC 10-Liners 2019 edition is January 30 -...
Topics: Atari podcast, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 1200XL, Atari XE, Atari XL
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Jan 12, 2019 Randy Kindig
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Stan Gilbert, Tricky Tutorials Hello, and welcome to an interview-only episode of Antic, The Atari 8-bit computer podcast. Stan Gilbert worked for Educational Software (previously known as Santa Cruz Educational Software) in the early 80’s and developed several products in the Tricky Tutorial series for the Atari 8-bit computer line.  He later also worked for Apple. This interview took place July 29, 2017. Links: Antic Magazine August 1987 - Vol. 6 No. 4 ,...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800
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Nov 5, 2018 Brad Arnold, Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz
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News and More News In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: What we’ve been up to in the past month PLUS all the Atari 8-bit news we could find... What We’ve Been Up To SDrive Max: Atariwiki - Tandy Assembly -   http://www.tandyassembly.com Living Computer Museum -   https://livingcomputers.org Portland Retro Gaming Expo -   http://www.retrogamingexpo.com     http://www.Textfiles.com Recent Interviews...
Topics: Atari podcast, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 1200XL, Atari XE, Atari XL
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Oct 1, 2018 Brad Arnold, Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz
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Summer Vacation and Atari Party In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: Bill Lange guest-hosts with us and tells us all about the recent Atari Party East.  We talk about all the traveling and Atari things we did over the summer. Kevin throws in a mini-interview he did.  And, Jeff Fulton reviews Tempest Elite Plus. Plus, all the Atari 8-bit news we could find... What We’ve Been Up To Atari Party East 2018 video -   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjvP6AA6xg8 Glen’s...
Topics: Atari podcast, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 1200XL, Atari XE, Atari XL
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Bruce Artwick: Flight Simulator II, Night Mission Pinball   Bruce Artwick was co-founder of SubLOGIC, and creator of the best-selling program, Flight Simulator II. FSII was first available for the Apple II, with versions released later for the TRS-80, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, and other platforms. His 1976 master's thesis, A Versatile Computer Generated Dynamic Flight Display, about creating a real-time flight simulator on the PDP-11, provided some of the early research for his flight...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Sublogic Flight Simulator II, Night...
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Sep 3, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Jon Williams: Jet Boot Jack, Timeslip   Jon Williams created several programs for the Atari 8-bit computers, including Jet Boot Jack, Timeslip, Atari Cassette Enhancer, and Linkword German.   This interview took place on August 6, 2018.   Jon on AtariAge   Atari Cassette Enhancer on AtariMania   Atarimania's list of Jon's games
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Jet Boot Jack, Timeslip, Atari...
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Aug 30, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Carlos Reyes: Quick Menu, Rent Wars   Carlos Reyes wrote the game Rent Wars for the Atari 8-bit computers for First Star Software, which was never officially released but found its way onto the Internet years later. He also wrote Quick Menu, a 384-byte program that would display a menu of programs on a floppy disk and let the user choose one to run. The program was designed to fit into a floppy's three boot sectors, so it didn't eat into any of the usable space on the disk. The program was a...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, First Star Software
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Aug 26, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Greg Gibbons, Automated Library II    Greg Gibbons was the creator of Automated Library II, software for running school libraries, which was available for the Atari 8-bit and Apple II computers.   There's an article about the software in the April 1985 issue of American Libraries:   “The Automated Library II is a bar-code circulation system that runs on the Atari line of microcomputers. The program, designed for school libraries circulating 30 to 500 items per day, checks books in and...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, computer library software, Apple...
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Aug 23, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Tom Snyder, educational software   Tom Snyder was the founder of Computer Learning Connection, which was later renamed to Tom Snyder Productions, a company that created many educational software titles for the school and home computer markets.   The company's home software included Agent USA and Bannercatch (published by Scholastic,) Halley Project (published by Mindscape,) Run For the Money (published by Scarborough Systems,) and In Search of the Most Amazing Thing (published by Spinnaker.)...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Computer Learning Connection, Tom...
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Aug 20, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Bob Ertl, REWRITE Word Processor   In 1987, Bob Ertl’s master's thesis was titled "Narrowing the Gap Between the Word Processing Needs of Teachers and the Capabilities of Word Processors for Atari 8-bit Computers." As part of that project, he created a word processor for the Atari computers, aimed at the needs of math teachers. The word processor is called REWRITE and was never widely available. It was only used by a handful of teachers.   Bob has released two versions of the word...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari word processor
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Ed Meyer, physical chemistry experiments with Atari computers   In the 1990s, Ed Meyer was a professor at DePaul University in Chicago, where he taught physical chemistry. In August 1990, The Journal of Chemical Education published his article, "An Inexpensive Computer Station for Undergraduate Laboratories Using the Atari 800XL" in which Ed showed how to interface the Atari controller ports with a 12-bit analog-to-digital converter chip to do chemistry experiments. (The article...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 800XL
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Aug 10, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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John Harris, APX Can’t Quit   John Harris published one program for the Atari computer: Can't Quit, a game that was published by Atari Program Exchange. Can't Quit first appeared in the summer 1983 APX catalog. It was the only program published by this John Harris — although he has the same name as the John Harris who created Jawbreaker (whom I previously interviewed.)   This interview took place on July 5, 2018.   Can't Quit at AtariMania   Can't Stop at BoardGameGeek   ANTIC...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari Program Exchange, APX
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Aug 7, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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David Young, Omnimon   David Young was the creator of Omnimon, the popular hardware monitor/debugger for the Atari 8-bit computers. His other products included DiskScan, a floppy disk utility; Supermon, the predecessor to Omnimon; Omnicom, a terminal program; and Omniview, an 80 column E: handler.    This interview took place on June 11, 2018. In it, we discuss Wes Newell, whom I previously interviewed.    "The IBM PC came out. I looked at it really hard. ... And I thought, 'You know,...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari hardware, Wes Newell, Newell...
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Aug 3, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Rockie "RJ" Morgan, APX Piano Tuner   Rockie “RJ" Morgan published one program through Atari Program Exchange: Piano Tuner, which first appeared in the summer 1983 APX catalog.   This interview took place on June 5, 2018.   Piano Tuner in the summer 1983 APX catalog   Piano Tuner at AtariMania   Unix: An Open Systems Dictionary
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari Program Exchange, APX
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Michael McInerney, physics experiments with Atari computers    In the 1980s, Michael McInerney was a professor in the physics department at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, when he wrote several journal articles about how to control experiments and gather data using Atari computers.    The articles included Interfacing the Atari Microcomputer in the Science Laboratory, which appeared in the spring 1983 issue of Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching; Game Port Physics...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800
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Jul 25, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Norm Draper, Draper Pascal   Norm Draper was the creator of Draper Pascal, a version of the Pascal programming language for the Atari 8-bit computers. Draper Pascal started as a commercial program sold directly though advertisements in computer magazines, then later became shareware.   This interview took place on July 3, 2018.   "I offered club members to pay them for every bug they would find in my software. I'd pay them $3. ... There were a few. I didn't have to pay out that much...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Pascal programming language
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Jul 20, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Brooke Alderson, Atari TV Commercials   Brooke Alderson was an actor in the 1980s and 1990s: she appeared in several television shows including Murder, She Wrote and Family Ties; and is perhaps best known for her role as Aunt Corene in the 1980 film Urban Cowboy. She also appeared in many TV commercials. She did a 30-second spot for Atari home computers, and was featured on Atari's in-store point-of-purchase laserdisc.   In the commercial, Brooke played the part of a mom who is teased by her...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, actor, Atari commercial
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Jul 17, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Dennis Koble: APX Avalanche, Imagic   Dennis Koble was an early Atari employee, where we would become manager of the computer and consumer divisions. He designed Atari's "Touch Me" handheld electronic game. He also wrote three programs that were published by Atari Program Exchange: Avalanche, an adaption of the coin-op game which he also created; and the text adventure games Chinese Puzzle and Sultan's Palace.    He was at Atari for about 4 1/2 years before leaving to co-found the...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, APX, Avalanche, Imagic, Atari...
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Joe Hellesen: Deluxe Invaders, Pac Man, PQ: The Party Quiz Game Joe Hellesen programmed the Atari 8-bit versions of Deluxe Invaders (published by Roklan), and Pac Man (published by Atari,) Gyruss (published by Parker Brothers), and Mickey in the Great Outdoors (published by Disney.) He also coded PQ: The Party Quiz Game (for SunCom.)   This interview took place on April 14, 2018.   AtariMania's list of Joe's software   ANTIC Interview 265 - Ronald Borta, Roklan Software   ANTIC Interview...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari programmer, Pac Man
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Jul 9, 2018 Brad Arnold, Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz
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Atari Computer Roundtable In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: We got some of the biggest names of the current Atari computer community on a live, international conference call to ask: what’s happening in your Atari 8-bit world? Guests Thom Cherryholmes, Ethan Johnson, Joe Decuir, Simon Wells, Curt Vendel, Jeff Fulton, Nir Dary, and Roland Wassenberg. The conversation went in amazing and unexpected directions. What We’ve Been Up To Ted Nelson Junk Mail project  ...
Topics: Atari podcast, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 1200XL, Atari XE, Atari XL
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Jul 4, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Stephen Romejko: APX Melt-Down, Moon Marauder   Stephen Romejko published two games through Atari Program Exchange: Melt-Down and Moon Marauder. Melt-Down was first available in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog. Moon Marauder was first available in the fall 1983 APX catalog, where it won third prize in the consumer category.   This interview took place on April 14, 2018.   "Melt-Down was causing some special issues ... Apparently the American Nuclear Society took offense to it. ......
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, APX, Melt-Down, Moon Marauder,...
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Jun 24, 2018 Brad Arnold, Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz
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5 Year Anniversary and Windows-Only Dealy-Bob In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast:  In this five-year anniversary episode of ANTIC, we reminisce back to show #1 all those years ago, our friend Nir Dary tells us all about Atari Invasion, Jeff Fulton of the Into the Vertical Blank Podcast gives us a game review of Star Island, plus all the Atari 8-bit news that we could find.  Happy 5-Year Anniversary to us! What We’ve Been Up To Dorsett paperwork  ...
Topics: Atari podcast, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari 1200XL, Atari XE, Atari XL
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Jun 8, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Mike Sandau, Atari-CB Radio Hacking   In the mid-1980s, Mike Sandau and his friend connected their Atari 8-bit computers to their citizens band radios to create a small radio-telephone computer network. Their "DIALOG" project combined the radio hardware with custom software (first in Atari BASIC, then later in Action!) to allow chatting, broadcasting messages, and binary file transfers over the air.   Mike has uploaded the software, source code, and screenshots to the Internet...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, citizens band radio, CB radio
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May 31, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Atari Youth Advisory Board: Yoon Park   This is the sixth in a series of episodes featuring interviews with the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board. This time, I got to talk with Yoon Park.   In 1983, Atari formed a Youth Advisory Board, selecting teenagers from around the United States to share their opinions about computers and video games, test software, and promote Atari's computers at events. The group consisted of kids aged 14 through 18, including Yoon.   Before these interviews, I...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800
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May 29, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Atari Youth Advisory Board: Musa Mustafa   This is the fifth in a series of episodes featuring interviews with the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board. If you're just joining us: In 1983, Atari formed a Youth Advisory Board, selecting 20 kids, aged 14 though 18, from around the U.S. to share their opinions about computers, test software, and promote Atari's computers at events.    This is an interview with Musa Mustafa, who was one of those kids.    A March 25, 1983 article in the Santa...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800
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May 26, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Youth Advisory Board: Robert Allbritton   This is the fourth episode in a series of interviews with the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board. Robert Allbritton was one of the 20 kids who, in 1983, were accepted into the Youth Advisory Board, a group of teenagers who were able to take a trip to Atari's headquarters in California, enjoy free 1200XL computers, and he even got to work at Atari's booth at the Consumer Electronics Show.   Robert was, and still is, friends with John Dickerson,...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari Youth Advisory Board
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May 23, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Youth Advisory Board: John Dickerson   This is the third episode in a series of interviews with the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board. A quick recap: In 1983, Atari formed a Youth Advisory Board, selecting 20 teenagers from around the United States to share their opinions about computers and video games, test software, and promote Atari's computers at events. The group consisted of kids aged 14 through 18, mostly regular kids, some computer geeks, and a couple of celebrities.   This...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari Youth Advisory Board
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May 20, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Youth Advisory Board: Anneke Wyman   This is the second episode in a series of interviews with the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board.    In 1982-1983, Atari invited 20 kids, aged 14-18, to be on its new Youth Advisory Board. Atari was looking for well-rounded, computer-literate kids, with equal representation of sexes and a mix of ethnic groups. Anneke Wyman (now Anneke Wyman de Boer) was one of those kids.   A wire service article about the Youth Advisory Board, by Kathy Holub, ran in...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari Youth Advisory Board
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May 17, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Youth Advisory Board: Kerrie Holton and Tina Bartschat   This is the first in a series of episodes featuring interviews with the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board.    In 1983, Atari formed a Youth Advisory Board, selecting 20 teenagers from around the United States to share their opinions, test new software, and promote Atari's computers at trade shows.   The group consisted primarily of regular kids - some computer geeks, but most well-rounded teenagers. The group also included a couple...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Tina Bartschat, Kerrie Holton, Tina...
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May 14, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Hal Segal, Association of Time-Sharing Users   Hal Segal was founder and president of the Association of Time-Sharing Users, and the Association of Small Computer Users, and several other groups dedicated to early computer systems. The Association of Time-Sharing Users was formed in 1974: it published a newsletter, which Hal wrote, as well as directories of terminals, applications, database management systems, and so on. Group members held meetings in various cities around the United States....
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Association of Small Computer...
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May 14, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Interview with Hal Segal, Association of Time-Sharing Users   Hal Segal was founder and president of the Association of Time-Sharing Users, and the Association of Small Computer Users, and several other groups dedicated to early computer systems. The Association of Time-Sharing Users was formed in 1974: it published a newsletter, which Hal wrote, as well as directories of terminals, applications, database management systems, and so on. Group members held meetings in various cities around the...
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May 11, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Steve Englehart, Atari Advanced Games Group   Steve Englehart worked in the Advanced Games Group of Atari, where he developed ideas for new computer games. He was the designer of E.T. Phone Home!, Final Legacy, and Garfield for the Atari 8-bit machines, and worked on several unfinished games. He wrote the manual for Eastern Front: 1941.   This interview took place on November 17, 2017.    Steve's web site   ANTIC Interview 67 - Ted Richards, Atari Connection Magazine
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800
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May 7, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Jack Smyth, The Learning Company and Add-On Software   Jack Smyth was the first CEO of The Learning Company, the educational software publisher best known for Reader Rabbit and Rocky's Boots. He was also involved with Add-On Software, a company that sold CP/M software for several computer platforms, including the Atari 8-bit line. The company built a hardware card, for use with the Atari 1090XL peripheral expansion box, that would have added CP/M functionality to Atari computers. That device...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, The Learning Company, Add-On...
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Apr 30, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Bryan Talbot, APX Cartoonist   Bryan Talbot published one program for the Atari computer: Cartoonist, which was published by Atari Program Exchange. It first appeared in the fall 1983 APX catalog, where it was awarded first prize in the systems/telecommunications category.   This interview took place on December 8, 2017.   "I was just trying to contemplate what to do, and finally — I'd been going to all the missionary classes and I did the thing that they taught us to do. I just knelt...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, APX, Atari Program Exchange
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Apr 28, 2018 Kevin Savetz
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Dwight Johnson, Lake County Atari Computer Enthusiasts   Dwight Johnson was founder of Lake County Atari Computer Enthusiasts, a users group based in Waukegan, IL. He started the group in April 1983. The group still exists today as a general PC computer users group, and is now called Lake County Area Computer Enthusiasts.   This interview took place on April 12, 2018.   Lake County Area Computer Enthusiasts
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Atari user group, users groups