Sep 20, 2017
Hal Glicksman, Datamost
Hal Glicksman was head of the book division at Datamost.
In two years from 1982 to 1984, Datamost was one of largest
publishers of computer books. In 1983 alone, Datamost published
over 40 titles and shipped 100,000 books per month. Their Atari
books included Atari Roots, Kids and the Atari, ABCs of Atari
Computers, and The Elementary Atari. Hal himself wrote The Musical
Atari, Games Ataris Play, and The Musical Commodore.
Datamost also published software: the company's Atari software
titles included Cohen's Towers, Cosmic Tunnels, Jet Boot Jack, Mr.
Robot and His Robot Factory, and The
Tail of Beta Lyrae.
This interview took place on April 7, 2017 for me; April 8 for
him in France.
"It was a second career for me. I was the oldest person there,
older than the boss by 10 years, almost. And for me to be able to
get in with all these young people and learn — I mean, I wasn't as
fast as any of them but, just to hold up my own."