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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. This document regards the contractual agreement between Mattel and General Instrument up for renewal into 1982. The first page presents the upcoming meeting on September 18th, 1981 as a preface to the following forty pages of the document,...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. This document, a telex dated May 24 th 1979, entails changes to the cartridge logic board for the Intellivision.
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. This 1981 catalog features the Mattel Intellivision along with the Keyboard Component. Much of the material is taken from the 1980 catalog but new features include detailed explanation of produtivity software compatible with the Keyboard...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. These documents hash out details of a production meeting between Mattel and Sylvania held on May 14 th 1979. The first seven pages show what was discussed directly at the meeting, with some handwritten notes by David Chandler. There's a...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. This document is an eight page engineering decision memo initiated by John Lishman issued June 25th, 1981. It concerns changes to the Intellivision Keyboard component, showing a revised parts list for production. On the last page of the...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. This document, dated April 9 th 1979, issues a small correction to the current Master Component user manual.
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. These documents relate to a wide variety of information to the launch of the Intellivision. Page 1 reprints a documentation layout as of February 27 th 1979. Pages 2-3 speka to some changes to the documentation as of March 7 th 1979. Page 4...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. These documents describe an ongoing correspondance from April 7 th 1978 to January 30 th 1979 between Mattel and Chromerics. The subject at hand regards the controllers for the Intellivision with its keypad, the first page speaking about a...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. A breakdown of the Intellivision television ad “Keyboard” with designation MAEL 6006 :30 by Ogilvy & Mather from October 30th, 1981.
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. This document relates to several internal evaluations at General Instrument regarding their chip design currently being used in the Intellivision projects. The first two pages, dated from December 22nd, 1981 starts with a light-hearted...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. The first document, from July 11 th 1979, is a telex speaking to a minor rework of components on the Intellivision. The second page is an undated and unspecified set of notes by David Chandler. One name mentioned in these notes is Bill...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. This catalog displays the major product line for Mattel Electronics in 1979, at this time still only consisting of electronic handhelds. The last page notes that it was copyrighted in April of 1979.
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. This document, dated April 12 th 1979, speaks to a noise issue generated from the Blackjack and Poker game for the Intellivision (which it would inevitably ship with).
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. This document is a schematic diagram for the infamous Keyboard Component of the Intellivision.
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. A copy of the classic one page variant ad for the Intellivision, featuring sports writer George Plimpton. The full version was two pages but some magazines ran a version with less detailed comparisons to Atari games.
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. A breakdown of the Intellivision television ad “Keyboard” with designation MAEA 5903 :30 by Ogilvy & Mather from October 30th, 1981.
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. This document, dated June 12 th 1979, entails an invitation from General Electric to Mattel Electronics Senior Vice President Ed Krakauer to view their Mark III network for the possibilities of using the service for downloadable software on...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. These documents, dating from November 13 th 1978 to June 22 nd 1979, detail the changes done to the power transformer for the Intellivision by Mid-West Transformer Co.
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. A breakdown of the Intellivision ad “George Plimpton Pool Out No. 1” with designation MAEG 4713 by Ogilvy & Mather from October 1st, 1981.
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. A breakdown of one of Mattel’s 1981 television ads by Ogilvy & Mather, the commercial “Plimpton & Boy”. The content of the ad is described in a sequential format and given the designation MAEH6203.
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. This document contains a group of correspondences over the course of about a year relating to agreements between Mattel and Thorn EMI of Britain. The dealings consider EMI’s Audio Visual Systems division developing software for the...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. This document features a number of handwritten notes and diagrams relating to the Intellivision Modem peripheral. Specifically, page 6 of this document outlines the quest by Dave Hostetler as of September 27th, 1981 to create a modem which...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. These documents, dating from February 5 th to February 23 rd 1979, details the arduous process of garnering FCC approval for the Intellivision. Meetings between Syvlania and Mattel took places on February 2 nd , February 12 th , and February...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. These documents, dated September 21 st 1979, detail plans for a meeting occuring October 24 th and 25 th as a final progress report for the Intellivision. The first page mentions conversations with Sears as well as a meeting in Japan which...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. This document features several updates to the Keyboard Component Owner’s Book written in the month of June 1981. Several technical fixes along with FCC regulation updates were added.
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. This undated document contains a registration card for the Mattel Intellivision the collect information from customers. To incentive the paper being turned in, they offered a check of $2.50 signed by George Plimpton to owners who mailed in...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. These documents, dating from February 16 th 1978 to February 8 th 1979, describe the process of Mattel working with Circuit Assembly Corp to get the 9-pin connectors for the Intellivision controllers and other peripherals along with some...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. This document, dated June 15 th 1979, gives notice of a change to the logic PCB on the Intellivision.
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. A breakdown of the Intellivision ad “George Plimpton Golf” with designation MAEF 5003 by Ogilvy & Mather.
Topics: mattel, video game, project x, intellivision, videographic, console, modem, teletext, internal...
From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. A breakdown of the Intellivision ad “Plimpton” with designation MAEK 4413 by Ogilvy & Mather from October 1st, 1981.
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. This document is a parts list for the cost reduced Intellivision II console as of July 14, 1981. The last page features an overlayed sticky note covering some light information, noting that the circuit matrix component has been “Check Out...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. These documents, from January 1979, entail negotiations over the finalization of terms and agreements for the manufacturing of the Mattel Intellivision. Pages 1-3 give details on a meeting held January 8th 1979 between Mattel and General...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. These documents detail a speech synthesis project that Mattel was looking into prior to launch of the Intellivision system and would eventually emerge as the Intellivoice. Pages 1 and 2 are handwritten notes and diagrams dated March 30 th...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. These documents detail further finalization of parts and production between Mattel and Sylvania for the video game system. Pages 1-9 regard a February 28 th meeting of reliability which first focuses on chip yield. A target of March 31 st...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. This document with a copyright date of 1979 (though likely issued in 1980) contains the Intellivision Keyboard Component Owner’s Book. This would have shipped with most if not all of the 4,500 Keyboard Component peripherals sold and...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. These documents, from January 1979, detail a correspondance between Mattel and Sylvania about structural changes to the Mattel video game project. The first document, from January 12 th 1979, issues a hold on creating “subject...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. A copy of the classic two page ad for the Intellivision, featuring sports writer George Plimpton, in 1981. Famously comparing the Intellivision and Atari VCS head-to-head, the competitive ad campaign was credited as spurring sales of the...
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From the collection Dr. David P. Chandler on the site http://papaintellivision.com/ The documents herein regard the Mattel Electronics Intellivision project ranging from its inception in 1977 until the end of Chandler's involvement with the company in 1983. These documents, dating from June 21 st to June 27 th 1979, are a status report of various Intellivision components.
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