Retrocomputing podcast about the Atari 8-bit line of personal computers
hosts: Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz, Brad Arnold
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.


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

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

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.


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 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.



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



Atari Christmas 1981 Video

Direct download: Kent_Smith.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:35pm EDT

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.



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


Direct download: Chuck_Peavey.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:43pm EDT