Sat, 12 November 2016
Charles Clinton was a contractor who worked on AtariLab, which was developed at Swarthmore College.
This interview took place on August 14, 2016 at Vintage Computer Festival West XI. In it, we discuss Priscilla Laws, whom I previously interviewed.
Thu, 10 November 2016
Paula Polley, Copywriter
Paula Polley started at Atari in 1982, where she worked as a copywriter. She wrote marketing for product boxes and wrote for Atari Connection magazine.
This interview took place on August 14, 2016 at Vintage Computer Festival West XI.
Tue, 8 November 2016
Carl Moser and JR Hall, Eastern House Software
Carl Moser and JR Hall were founders of Eastern House Software, the company that created several products for Atari 8-bit users, including Monkey Wrench and Monkey Wrench II, and the KISS word processor. They also created the MAE assembler/software development system, which was available for Commodore PET, Apple //, Atari 8-bit, and other computers.
This interview took place on October 17, 2016.
Teaser quote: (Carl) "JR and I would work — we was working at AT&T a regular day, then we'd probably work 'til 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning, then get up, go to work the next morning."
Sat, 5 November 2016
What we’ve been up to
New at Archive.org
Bill’s Modern Segment
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Thu, 3 November 2016
Rodnay Zaks, Founder of Sybex Books
Rodnay Zaks was the founder of computer book publisher Sybex Books, and is author of many classic computer programming books, including 6502 Applications (1979), Programming the 6502, Advanced 6502 Programming, and 6502 Games. He also wrote or co-wrote Programming the Z80, Programming the 6809, Your First Apple II Program, Programming the Apple II in Assembly Language, and other books.
This interview took place on October 14, 2016.
Rodnay on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodnay_Zaks
"The first 5,000 books sold out, mail order, within a few days. So it was clear that there was more interest than we anticipated."
"She said, 'There is a computer in this machine?' I said 'Yes.' And she went out screaming and never returned."
Mon, 31 October 2016
Thom Graziano, CompuClub
Thom Graziano was founder of CompuClub, an Atari mail-order company and retail store based in Massachusetts. The company began in 1983 and closed in 1986.
CompuClub ran full-page advertisements in the Atari magazines with the headline "The Greatest Atari of All Time." For a $5 annual membership, you could become a CompuClub member, which got you a subscription to their newsletter and access to their catalog of Atari software at "at least 25% below retail." The company only sold programs for the Atari computers — first, the 8-bits and later, the ST line.
This interview took place on October 13, 2016.
Teaser quote: "The Department of Defense was sending Atari software to schools all over the world ... I tried to be very up-front and very honest with them."
CompuClub newsletters: http://www.digitpress.com/library/newsletters/compuclub/
Sat, 29 October 2016
Kris Meier, CompuTalk BBS sysop
Kris Meier was sysop of CompuTalk BBS, a popular six-line BBS based in Texas that ran off off six Atari 800 computers. In this interview, I read from the article "CompuTalk: Texas-Sized BBS" by Gregg Pearlman, which ran in the August 1987 issue of Antic magazine.
This interview took place on October 6, 2016. In it, we discuss Tom Hudson, whom I previously interviewed.
"What? An Atari computer did this? Yeah. An Atari computer did this."
CompuTalk gets Antic magazine award: http://www.atarimagazines.com/v7n1/awards.html
CompuTalk mention in The North Texan, fall 1988: http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc119047/m1/5/
CompuTalk article in Longview News-Journal, July 7, 1985: https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/209903449/
Tom Hudson on CompuTalk: http://analog.klanky.com/funstuff.htm
Wed, 26 October 2016
Brian Lee, Synapse and Broderbund
Brian Lee started at clothing retailer The Gap, where he used Atari computers for expense control and store operations. He was Vice President of Product Development at Synapse Software from 1982 through 1985, where he managed the Syn line of business software, and programmed SynTrend. Next he was Director of Acquisition at Br0derbund from 1984 to 1985.
This interview took place on September 30, 2016. In it, we discuss Mike Silva, whom I previously interviewed.
"So he sat nervously with $30,000 in stacked, bound $100 bills in his jacket pockets, for the entire flight over from Japan."
Brian's web site: http://www.brianleeresume.com
Filling the GAP article in Antic magazine: http://www.atarimagazines.com/v2n3/fillingthegap.html
Mike Silva interview: http://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-170-mike-silva-syncalc
Inverse ATASCII podcast on SynTrend: https://inverseatascii.info/2016/10/16/s3e02-synapse-syntrend-synstat-syngraph-supplement/
Mon, 24 October 2016
Harry McCracken, Technology Journalist
Harry McCracken is a technology journalist — he's technology editor at Fast Company magazine. He cut his teeth on the TRS-80 and Atari 400 computers, including writing for Creative Computing magazine, and creating a game that he wanted to publish with Atari Program Exchange, but didn't finish.
This interview took place on September 27, 2016.
Harry on Twitter: https://twitter.com/harrymccracken
"...fact about the Atari 400 was that it had maybe the worst keyboard in the history of computing. ... Oddly enough I don't remember having trouble with the keyboard, maybe because when you're programming, it is, generally speaking, not about the speed at which you type."
Sat, 22 October 2016
Bruce Campbell, APX Character Fun
Bruce Campbell is the author of Character Fun, an educational game which was published by Atari Program Exchange. It appeared in the winter 1983 APX catalog — the final APX catalog.
This interview took place on September 22, 2016.
Shortly after we did this interview, Bruce sent me scans of the source code printout for Character Fun, it's now online at archive.org.
Character Fun source code: https://archive.org/details/AtariCharacterFunSourceCode