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ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Podcast

hosts: Randy Kindig, Kay Savetz, Brad Arnold
twitter: @AtariPodcast
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Apr 22, 2016

Ron Luks, Founder and manager of the Atari Forums on CompuServe

Welcome to this interview-only episode of Antic, The Atari 8-bit computer podcast.  My name is Randy Kindig.  In this show, I’ll be talking with Mr. Ron Luks, a name that you’re probably familiar with if you used your Atari to access the Compuserve Information Service.   Ron was founder and manager of the Atari Forums on CompuServe (SIG*Atari, 8-bit Forum, 16-bit Forum (ST), Atari Developers, Atari Vendors, and others.)  He also wrote articles for some of the Atari magazines (like ANTIC).  I hope you enjoy this interesting glimpse into the online world of Atari back in the 80’s.

I also want to mention that Ron was kind enough to donate an Atari 130XE and a set of cartridges to the show.

This interview was conducted November 18, 2015

Teaser Quotes:

  • “And the owner of the store steered me over to the Atari 800 and it was running Star Raiders, ok, and that was all it took”
  • “So that’s when I decided I’m going to give Compuserve a try and see what it’s like.  I was instantly hooked with the whole online service idea.”
  • “At one time the Atari 8-bit forum was the biggest money-making forum on CompuServe.”



Steve Ahlstrom
over seven years ago

Hey Ron -- just listened to your interview -- good to hear you're still kicking!