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hosts: Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz, Brad Arnold
email: antic@ataripodcast.com
twitter: @AtariPodcast

Lee Pappas was co-founder of A.N.A.L.O.G Magazine, which was the first magazine about Atari computers, and (along with Antic) one of the big two Atari magazines in the United States.

LINKS

Picture of Lee with Crash Dive original art

Lee Pappas on Twitter

Lee Pappas' A.N.A.L.O.G. photo archive

Newspaper scans of early interviews with the founders

Mike DesChenes interview at Player Missile Podcast

A.N.A.L.O.G. page scans at archive.org

A.N.A.L.O.G. full text at AtariMagazines.com

Play Buried Bucks

 

ANALOG Computing FBI FOIA Response

Direct download: Lee_Pappas.mp3
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Gardner Pomper was president and co-founder of Games Computers Play. Games Computers Play was almost certainly the first graphical online service (except for maybe PLATO, depending on how you're counting). It was devoted exclusively to interactive, multi-player games, and it was only for Atari computers. You probably didn't get a chance to use Games Computers Play -- it only managed to get about 1,000 subscribers at its peak. But you may have seen the colorful, enticing advertisement that they ran in the Atari magazines, or read the article about the service in Antic magazine.

A word about the source code mentioned in the interview: they haven’t found it yet, but they believe they have it and are still looking. we’ll let you know here if and when they uncover it.

This interview took place January 28, 2015 over Skype.

LINKS

Antic Magazine article about GCP

Games Computers Play Magazine ad

AtariAge discussion about GCP

 

Direct download: Gardner_Pomper.mp3
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Hello, welcome to this interview-only episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit podcast.  I am Randy Kindig, one of the hosts of the podcast, and this interview is with Sal Esquivel, also known as KJMANN on AtariAge.  Sal has been very involved in the Atari community and owns a company by the name of Atlantis Games Group out of Portland, Oregon that produces software for the 8-bits.  That software includes games like Outrun, Venture, Tempest Xtreem and others, which are sold through Video 61 & Atari Sales by Lance Ringquist.  Sal also sells some 8-bit hardware upgrades and used to run a store called KJMANN’s Atari Sales & Service.

 

I hope you enjoy it and please write in to antic@ataripodcast.com and let us know what you think.

 

Atlantis Games Group

Video 61 and Atari Sales

Direct download: Sal_Esquivel.mp3
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This is a different sort of interview. Kevin talked to three old friends reminiscing about their Atari days. Those friends are Dean Wittmann, Max Derhak and Dean Derhak (Max and Dean are brothers.)

 

These guys were best friends, Atari pals living in Salt Lake City, Utah area going to Atari computer club meetings, cracking programs, and running a BBS.

 

This interview was conducted on September 27, 2014 over Skype.

 

Links:

Encore video system for hotels - AtariAge discussion

 

Picture of the "Atari Computer Enthusiast" t-shirt

 

Back of the shirt, all three interviewees

Direct download: Wittmann_Derhak.mp3
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Sometimes fun to talk to CEOs, and sometimes fun to talk to the people in the trenches. This is an interview from the trenches. Kent Smith was an Atari customer service/technical support rep for the Atari 400/800 from 1982-1984. I interviewed him on September 19, 2014 via Skype.

 

The videotape that he mentions at the end of the interview -- you'll want to watch that too, for a look at life in some of the Atari offices around Christmas 1981, which has never been on the Internet until now. Kent sent it to me, and I posted it to Archive.org.

 

Link:


Atari Christmas 1981 Video

Direct download: Kent_Smith.mp3
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Hello and welcome to Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast.  My name is Randy Kindig and this is a special interview-only episode of Antic.  This interview is with Chuck Peavey, who worked on games for the Atari 8-bit computer like Blue Max, Lode Runner, Fight Night, One on One Basketball, Panther, Ace of Aces, and Dark Chamber.  We had a great conversation about his days programming the Atari and I hope you enjoy it.

 

This interview was recorded via Skype on October 4, 2014.

 

links:

Universal Net

Chuck’s Environmental Journal

Green Certified Business

Atari Gamer Magazine with Chuck Peavey interview and review of Panther

Atari User Magazine (Issue 27) with review of Panther

Retro Gamer #132 - Chuck interviewed about the 7800 in the 30-year retrospective

Dark Chambers

Panther

Direct download: Chuck_Peavey.mp3
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Ihor Wolosenko was co-founder of Synapse software, the company that brought us SynFile and SynCalc, and an amazing list of games including Blue Max, Zeppelin, Fort Apocalypse, Alley Cat and Shamus. And Nautilus, and Rainbow Walker, and Protector II, and others. Kevin interviewed Ihor on December 23, 2014.

 

LINKS

Scans of Synapse art

Can a Computer Make You Cry (EA ad)

Direct download: Ihor_Wolosenko.mp3
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On this episode of ANTIC the atari 8-bit podcast:

  • We debrief on the current state of atari retail

  • Kevin delves into the best and worst Atari 8-bit magazines

  • We learn how to stuff a raspberry pi into a miniature, 3-D printed 800XL

  • We try -- and fail to -- avoid becoming bird food

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

 

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevins Book “Terrible Nerd”

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

the Atlanta Historical Computing Society


What We’ve Been Up To

FOIA Request for Coleco

Commercial that advertises the Smurf Power Cycle

FOIA Request for Imagic

FOIA Request for Activision/Infocom

Dungeon Hunt game

 

News

RetroChallenge 2015/01

HAPPY 35TH BIRTHDAY, GAMING PC

Washington Post talks about an early attempt of Atari’s at fitness

RAM 320XE/576

Atari 7800 Game-by-Game Podcast (The No Swear Gamer)

The No Swear Gamer Facebook

The No Swear Gamer Twitter

The Silly Venture 2014

Cyberpunk by LAMERS (YouTube)

New Atari-8-bit game BIRDFOOD by Mr-Atari

Creating a Commodore 64 Emulator in GameMaker

Lotharek sio2pc -USB at AtariAge

Lotharek sio2pc -USB at lotharek.pl

New Atari emulator for Android

Charles Mangin 3d-printed Atari 800XL that fits Raspberry PI computer

cancer fighting nanobots are as powerful as an Atari 800?

MARCH yahoo group

8-bit networking discussion for VCF East X (10)  

 

New at archive.org

Computer Palace Spring 1984 Catalog

APX Catalog Winter 1981

APX Catalog Fall 1981

APX Catalog Summer 1981

World of Atari Las Vegas 1998

Atari Claim Jumper Development Notebook

Big news: in-browser DOS emulation, 2400+ games

 

Software of the Month - Midi Maze

Midi Maze information at atariprotos.com

Midi Maze at Wikipedia

Midi Maze at AtariMania

 

Hardware of the Month - Quintopus

Quintopus review at realdos.net

 

Website of the Month - Google Alerts

Google Alerts

Feedback

Atari Age Forum Blog "Out of the Pack" by Kevin Packard

 

Feature Topic - Atari Magazines

AtariMagazines.com

Computer Magazines at Archive.org

Atari Magazines at AtariMania

Full images of every Antic issue at Archive.org

Episode 3 of Antic interview with publisher of Antic, Jim Capparell  

ANALOG Magazine at Archive.org

Episode 4 of Player/Missile interview with Mike DesChenes, co-founder of ANALOG

Hi-Res Magazine

Atari Classics

Atari Explorer

ROM

Atari User (UK)

Page 6/New Atari User

Input/Output

Softside Magazine

Atari User (Current)

Pro(c) Magazine

Atari Magazine info at Player/Missile Podcast page

 

Closing

Atari SAP Music Archive 

Audio Overload

Direct download: 18ANTIC_2015_01_Magazines.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:48 AM
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Hello, and welcome to this interview-only episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit computer podcast.  My name is Randy Kindig and I’ll be conducting the interview for this show.  The interview is with Paul Westphal, a much more recent Atari vendor than Brad Koda, Bruce Carso, or Lance Rinquist that I’ve recently interviewed. Paul not only offers some hardware and software but also offers service, which is hard to come by these days.  Paul is located in Portland, Oregon and the interview was conducted on November 8, 2014.

 

Links:

 

Paul's Eight Bit Fix Website

Direct download: Paul_Westphal.mp3
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Kevin’s interview with Dave Small. Dave was half of the prolific writing and software team Dave and Sandy Small. He wrote the Outpost: Atari column in Creative Computing magazine, and the book Creative Atari. He also wrote for ANALOG, Antic, and Current Notes magazines. He was co-founder of LE Systems, a company that made disk duplicating hardware and the Integrator hard drive interface; and Gadgets By Small. He created Magic Sac and Spectre GCR, emulators that let you run Mac software on the Atari ST. He and Sandy developed a pair of Atari computer games for Boeing to be shown at trade shows, which they described in the Nightmare Mission series in Antic magazine.

 

LINKS

 

Dave’s articles in Antic

Dave's articles in Creative Computing

Nightmare mission articles:

part 1

part 2

part 3

part 4

The 1450XLD Is Not Dead article from Creative Computing

The Creative Atari Book @ AtariArchives

The Creative Atari Book @ Archive.org

Direct download: David_Small.mp3
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