Jim Leiterman worked at Atari from April 1982 through March
1984 in the research group, under Alan Kay. His various projects
included software for Project Puffer, an exercise bike peripheral
for the Atari 800; an 8-player Hammurabi game; and an unreleased
port of the game Warlords.
He created a symbolic disassembler, which he used to port the game
Kangaroo from Atari 5200 to the Atari 800. That version of Kangaroo
was released by Atari Program Exchange, in the fall 1983 catalog.
Prior to Atari, Jim was a programmer at Horizon Simulations, where
he worked on Shadow Hawk One, "a futuristic game of spacefaring
This interview took place on July 12, 2021. Be sure to check out
Jim's web site where he has posted some photos of the hardware and
software that we discussed.