Tom Hunt ran an Atari BBS called Closer to Home for 28 years.
He also created a variety of utilities for the Atari 8-bit
computers, including M.T.O.S. (Multi-Tasking Operating System), and
The Armorizer (a file corruption detector). He created several
languages including Atari implementations of the Brainfork and
Mouse programming languages, and forks of Atari BASIC and Turbo
BASIC with various feature additions. He also built a system for
porting Inform 5 and Z-Code text adventures to the Atari
This interview took place on August 5, 2017.
"Just as soon as one caller would get off another one would
come on. We had so much going on, before the Internet we had
worldwide networking — we had message bases, emails, and file mail
going around the world to Christchurch, New Zealand and everything.
It was just great!"