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May 2, 2016

Al Casper: Counter, My Spelling Easel, Equestrian

Al Casper published three programs with Atari Program Exchange. His first, Counter, was first available in the fall 1982 APX catalog. It won first prize in the learning category in that catalog. Counter was also released in a French language version by Atari France.

Next was My Spelling Easel, which was first available in the spring 1983 catalog, and won second prize in the learning category. His third program was Equestrian, which appeared in the winter 1983-1984 APX catalog (the very last APX catalog) and was the "APX Olympic contest winner."

Al also wrote an article called Purge, a quicker and simpler method of housecleaning diskettes, for Compute! magazine, which was re-published in Compute!'s Third Book of Atari.

This interview took place on February 7, 2016

Teaser quote:

"I remember, we got a quarterly... royalty check. It seems to me the first one I got... several hundred dollars, I think. One of the next ones, it was like $10,000. ... I couldn't believe it, because this was basically just a hobby."

Al's programs at AtariMania

Counter in the fall 1982 APX catalog

My Spelling Easel in the spring 1983 catalog

Equestrian in the winter 1984 catalog

Purge utility