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  • ANTIC Episode 85 - Surprise Roundtable

    In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast...we have a surprise roundtable with guests Nir Dary, Jason Moore, Corey Koltz, and Bill Kendrick where we discuss numerous Atari 8-bit topics!

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    Recurring Links

    Floppy Days Podcast

    AtariArchives.org

    AtariMagazines.com

    Kevin’s Book “Terrible Nerd”

    New Atari books scans at archive.org

    ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

    Atari interview discussion thread on AtariAge

    Interview index: here

    ANTIC Facebook Page

    AHCS

    Eaten By a Grue

    Next Without For

    Links for Items Mentioned in Show:

    Youtube interviews: https://www.youtube.com/c/KaySavetz Tracy Cullinan’s Glutton: https://twitter.com/KaySavetz/status/1482204397903904768?s=20 New Atari FB group - Atari 8-bit Trader - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1573723729649614/ SIO2MIDI - https://thebrewingacademy.com/products/midi-for-your-atari-8-bit-400-800-xl-xe-xel-xld Happy Drive - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_drives#Happy_Computers Speedy 1050 - https://atariwiki.org/wiki/Wiki.jsp?page=CompyShop%20Speedy%20Upgrades Turbo 1050 - https://atariwiki.org/wiki/Wiki.jsp?page=Turbo1050%20Upgrades Super Archiver - https://sites.google.com/site/ataripal/superarchiver Top Drive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmkcD7nmxxo Toms Multi Drive - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1pFAcsD16Y 1050 Disk Drive with the Mega Speedy enhancement demo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbKYhzLJhJY&t=17s Atari Happy 1050 Four Drive Duplication Station - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCKbd63fj4o Atari 1050 megaspeedy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAUZye1Fk2A Stella at 20 - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/258130-stella-at-20-documentary/ Raster Music Tracker - http://raster.infos.cz/atari/rmt/rmt.htm Raster Music Tracker, Unofficial version 1.32 by VinsCool - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/328790-release-raster-music-tracker-unofficial-version-131-by-vinscool/ Raster Music Tracker Demos - https://www.youtube.com/user/vinscool022 Jason Moore’s Atari Projects - http://www.Atariprojects.org Corey Koltz’s 8-Bit Classics - http://www.8bitclassics.com PokeyMax - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/295242-pokeymax-v2/page/6/ FujiNet - https://fujinet.online/ FujiNet Budget Version - https://www.sellmyretro.com/offer/details/61595 Gene Medic - https://genemedic.org
  • ANTIC Episode 84 - Atari Resolutions for the New Year

    In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast...we each talk about our top Atari resolution for 2022 (although maybe not the type of resolution you were thinking), and discuss all the Atari news we could find for December, 2021.

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    Recurring Links

    Floppy Days Podcast

    AtariArchives.org

    AtariMagazines.com

    Kevin’s Book “Terrible Nerd”

    New Atari books scans at archive.org

    ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

    Atari interview discussion thread on AtariAge

    Interview index: here

    ANTIC Facebook Page

    AHCS

    Eaten By a Grue

    Next Without For

    What We’ve Been Up To

    Kay finished getting interviews into youtube (https://www.youtube.com/c/KaySavetz) Scanned material from Dan Kramer: Atari 2700 https://archive.org/details/atari-2700-rc-stella Atari Cosmos: https://archive.org/details/atari-cosmos Atari 810 side board https://archive.org/details/atari-810-side-board-schematic Atari 800XL SECAM (Rose) https://archive.org/details/atari-800xl-secam Atari 600XL/800XL PAL to SECAM Converter (Yvette): https://archive.org/details/Atari-600XL-800XL-PAL-to-SECAM-converter Atari 5200 and 7800 cartridge library list: https://archive.org/details/atari-5200-7800-cartridge-library-1984-08-28 Final Legacy Manual Draft For Atari 8-Bit Omnimon User's Guide Kay’s end of year summary letter https://www.patreon.com/posts/60367090 Indy VCC Midi Maze tournament in December - https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndyVCC Atari Ugly Christmas sweater - https://animeape.com/products/atari-classic-ugly-christmas-sweater/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA5aWOBhDMARIsAIXLlkfyZk8YF3gJwpOgpLh39rOt0IXQWXFZXmAz4QE51pTW4iybPONNZkgaAk_rEALw_wcB

    Recent Interview Shows

    Tim Huntington: Krazy Kopter, Fire Chief, Adventures of Robin Hood - https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-430-tim-huntington-krazy-kopter-fire-chief-adventures-of-robin-hood Jack Verson, who programmed games for Atari 8-bit and Commodore 64. Action Quest, Ghost Encounters, Castle Hassle, Journey to the Planets, and Gyruss for Atari; Joust and Time Tunnel for C64 - https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-429-jack-verson-action-quest-ghost-encounters-journey-to-the-planets-gyruss

    News

    Atari 8-Bit/5200 Homebrew Games Completed/WIP in 2021 - by ZeroPage Homebrew - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/315811-atari-8-bit5200-homebrew-games-completedwip-in-2021/ Phoenix 2021 - New AWA Game - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/328714-phoenix-2021-new-awa-game-and-christmas-reminiscing/ The original BASIC version is available at Atarmania.com: http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-phoenix_31474.html Yahtzee 2021 - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/327916-yahtzee-2021-new-atari-8bit-and-5200-game-release-by-anschuetzweisgerberanschuetz/ This is a remake of a BASIC game written in 1987 which is available on Atarimania.com: http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-yahtzee_31440.html 8-bit Hub by 8Bit-Dude - http://8bit-unity.com/ 8-bit Hub at YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK8DJswSw5c Atari 800CX - Gunstar - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/328119-my-atari-800cx-an-homage-to-the-ibm-atari-pc/ Atari releases Sid Meier’s Command Series on Steam - https://store.steampowered.com/app/1703100/Crusade_in_Europe/ PETSCII Robots now in color: https://atariage.com/forums/topic/328259-petscii-robots-now-in-color/ https://www.the8bitguy.com/ https://youtu.be/uFtDSmFz_b0 Atari 130xe Keyboard Now Goes Clack - Hackaday - by Kristina Panos: https://hackaday.com/2021/12/12/atari-130xe-keyboard-now-goes-clack/ https://youtu.be/r8T07Rskkgs FLOP 66 magazine for Atari 8-bit computers - https://www.atariteca.net.pe/2021/12/atari-bone-cruncher-y-otras-novedades.html

    YouTube videos this month

    A Very Retro Computer Yule Log with Atari 8-Bits - The VintNerd - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NTJ4Gu-ETKE Dual Atari 8-Bit Power Supply Build - Jan Beta - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4_QXnqbjV0 The Atari 800XL - Seven billion screws and in need of a good scrub! - The Retro Shack - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSe81rNT69E Atari 800 Commercials 1983 (4) - Soga Natari: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqWvQpbKT5U https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxKYQHnOsgU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrP9ftclqBY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp9UKfuM-IY (Mr. T, 1984)

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  • Tim Huntington: Krazy Kopter, Fire Chief, Adventures of Robin Hood

    Tim Huntington was an Atari game developer based in the United Kingdom. He programmed Krazy Kopter, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and Fire Chief, which were published by English Software; and Despatch Rider, which was published by Mastertronic.

    This interview took place on December 23, 2021.

    Video version of this interview

    Tim's segment on Look North West UK TV

    AtariMania's list of Tim's games

    Tim on Twitter
    Tim on Instagram

  • ANTIC Episode 83 - The Dog Ate It

    In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast...Kay forgets to wear his ANTIC t-shirt, we all have new members of the family (and Brad’s eats everything in sight), Kay goes crazy scanning Atari magazines, and we have lots of listener feedback.

    READY!

    Recurring Links

    Floppy Days Podcast

    AtariArchives.org

    AtariMagazines.com

    Kevin’s Book “Terrible Nerd”

    New Atari books scans at archive.org

    ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

    Atari interview discussion thread on AtariAge

    Interview index: here

    ANTIC Facebook Page

    AHCS

    Eaten By a Grue

    Next Without For

    What We’ve Been Up To

    Atari Interface (was there a July 1991 issue?) https://archive.org/details/Atari_Interface_1989-11 https://archive.org/details/Atari_Interface_1989-08 https://archive.org/details/Atari_Interface_1989-07 Atari Interface Magazine - The Complete Collection" - 2,350-page PDF - https://archive.org/details/atari-interface-complete-collection The Advanced Home Computer course https://archive.org/details/The_Home_Computer_Course?sort=-publicdate Atari 600XL/800XL: https://archive.org/details/The_Home_Computer_Advanced_Course_10/page/189/mode/1up 810 disk drive: https://archive.org/details/The_Home_Computer_Advanced_Course_04/page/63/mode/1up 130XE: https://archive.org/details/The_Home_Computer_Advanced_Course_66/page/1309/mode/1up Indy Vintage Computer Club (VCC) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndyVCC

    News

    Hyper Drive + RAM/ROM " Cartridge For The Atari 8 Bit Computer - https://www.ebay.com/itm/124998207996 ABBUC 2021 Software Contest winners announced https://www.atariteca.net.pe/2021/11/descarga-los-juegos-del-concurso-abbuc.html https://abbuc.de/2021/11/ergebnisse-der-softwarewettbewerbs-2021/ http://www.atari.org.pl/informacje/wyniki-abbuc-software-contest-2021/2224 CONTrollerTESTPRO - Jakub Husak - http://www.atari.org.pl/forum/viewtopic.php?id=17979 Meta Programming Tool - Kaj de Vos - https://language.metaproject.frl/ - A New, Human-Friendly Programming Language John Malone’s keypad usb mod - https://twitter.com/48kram/status/1462136144477499395?s=21 XEP80-II by MyTek - https://thebrewingacademy.com/collections/atari-800-xl-xe-xel-xld/products/xep80-ii-by-mytek Final Assault first person shooter https://atari8.dev/final_assault/ Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=92K9wnk_4Cw Atari Projects by Jason Moore - http://atariprojects.org Laser Squad https://mechanism.fr/getRecord.php?id=1002 TRY2EMU Web Site - Atari news - https://www.t2e.pl/tag/atari https://www.npr.org/2021/11/05/1053009480/atari-video-game-joystick-world-record-largest

    Shows

    Upcoming Shows where you might see Atari computers (or Atari people): VCF East April 22-24: Vintage Computer Festival East , Wall, NJ VCF West August 6-7: Vintage Computer Festival West , The Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA Event page created by Chicago Classic Computing - http://chiclassiccomp.org/events.html?fbclid=IwAR3Fm5hf7PCQj0yXBxXvj9J8Mp8GDwD2w1bfD_qktpPOnNYNoQUmN_EpgB8 Event page created by Floppy Days - https://www.facebook.com/VintageComputerShows/ Event page on Vintage Is The New Old - https://vintageisthenewold.com/vintage-is-the-new-old-releases-new-events-calendar/

    YouTube videos this month

    Old Time Radio Broadcasts on the 1 MB Atari 800xl - Red Rock Video Productions - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gOxE5m6a6U

    New at Archive.org

    Atari Personal Financial Management System manual Practicing Programming on the Atari Review Catalog of Atari Learning Systems Fall 1983 Atari Special Additions Volume 1 Winter 1982 Collegiate Microcomputer: Stevens Institute of Technology requiring freshmen to buy an Atari 800 - https://archive.org/details/sim_collegiate-microcomputer_1985-02_3_1/page/n36/mode/1up?q=atari Harvard Symposium “Video Games and Human Development” - https://archive.org/details/sim_collegiate-microcomputer_1984-11_2_4/page/334/mode/2up?q=atari Computer Drawn Polar Coordinate Graphs - https://archive.org/details/sim_collegiate-microcomputer_1984-08_2_3/page/n81/mode/2up Ideal Systems undimmed - https://archive.org/details/sim_collegiate-microcomputer_spring-1986_4_1/page/n27/mode/2up?q=atari

    New at GitHub

    https://github.com/spicyjack/atari8-syntax.vim

    Listener Feedback

    "Imagic 1-2-3" compilation - http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-comp-imagic-1-2-3_1235.html XDOS (c) 2009 by Stefan Dorndorf - http://www.atarimania.com/faq-atari-400-800-xl-xe-what-are-realdos-spartados-x-and-xdos_83.html
  • Jack Verson was the founder of JV Software, where he programmed and published several games for the Atari 8-bit computers: Action Quest, Ghost Encounters, and Journey to the Planets. Roklan Software repackaged Action Quest and Ghost Encounters into a single game, titled Castle Hassle.

    As part of On-Time Software, Jack programmed the Atari versions of Gyruss, James Bond 007, and perhaps other games, published by Parker Brothers. He ported the Atari 8-bit version of Joust to the Commodore 64. As Applied Systems Engineering, he programmed Time Tunnel for Commodore 64.

    This interview took place on December 2, 2021.

    AtariMania's list of Jack's software
    James Bond 007
    Gyruss
    Journey to the Planets version differences and bugs
    Larry Kalpan thanks Jack in the manual for 2600 Activision Bridge
    Time Tunnel for Commodore 64
    Jack's company, CDOAN
    Mark Benioff review of Action Quest
    Popeye "V1" for Commodore discovered
    Verson quoted in Compute! "How the Pros Write Computer Games"

  • ANTIC Episode 82 - FujiNet to Take Over the World!

    In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast...we have special guest Thom Cherryhomes who tells us why FujiNet is aiming to take over the world, we discuss the recent VCF Midwest and VCF East, and of course tell you everything going on in the world of Atari.

    READY!

    Recurring Links

    Floppy Days Podcast

    AtariArchives.org

    AtariMagazines.com

    Kevin’s Book “Terrible Nerd”

    New Atari books scans at archive.org

    ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

    Atari interview discussion thread on AtariAge

    Interview index: here

    ANTIC Facebook Page

    AHCS

    Eaten By a Grue

    Next Without For

    What We’ve Been Up To

    Thom’s talk about programming FujiNet at VCF East: https://youtu.be/A9jflXkSef4 Byte All Atari Articles - inspired by Allan Bushman's Computer Shopper All Atari - https://archive.org/details/byte-magazine-atari-articles Dan Kramer engineering notebook from his time at Atari - https://archive.org/details/dan-kramer-atari-engineering-notebook VCF East video processing (Atari 2600 stuff, 8-bit specific stuff) - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_e5fSxflvrwAsI8UG2Ey9Nwx2zzP1XED Google Spreadsheet of Atari newsletters at Internet Archive - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RkznDDlOL2O_K-RrbkajIuo6DvYof6Ajrn7j9NTcoDM/edit?usp=sharing JACG, newsletter of the Jersey Atari Computer Group https://archive.org/details/jerseyataricomputergroup I/O Connector, newsletter of the San Diego Atari Computer Enthusiasts. https://archive.org/details/ioconnector Current Notes, Newsletter of the Washington Area Computer Enthusiasts https://archive.org/details/currentnotesnewsletter Kay on TikTok - https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRETKduF/ 576NUC+ - https://thebrewingacademy.com/collections/myteks-576nuc-atari-computer VCFMW - http://vcfmw.org Indy Vintage Computer Club (VCC) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndyVCC

    News

    New Labels – 800 Personality/Memory Modules – Mr. Robot (Steve Boswell) - https://atari8bit.net/new-labels-800-personality-memory-modules/ Prince of Persia for Atari 8-bits - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/298914-unicorns-season-prince-of-persia-for-the-a8/#comments ABBUC Magazine #145 is out! - http://abbuc.de/ Atari User Issue 33 Is Out Now! - https://www.atariuser.com/atari-user-issue-33-is-out-now/ Atari 815 sold on ebay - https://www.ebay.com/itm/124936737856?hash=item1d16cf5440%3Ag%3A3KgAAOSwRchhXcj3&nma=true&si=hxj5YADhiQ0fdSj5M3wmAhFvrcg%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 Anschuetz/Weisgerber/Anschuetz remakes - https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-297-robert-anschuetz-eric-anschuetz-john-weisgberber-antic-magazine-games Overflow 2021 - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/321417-overflow-2021-a-new-8-bit-and-5200-game-released-by-awa/ Kooky Diver - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/322470-kooky-diver-new-8bit-and-5200-game-by-awa/ Sokoban 2021 - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/322674-sokoban-2021-5200-release-and-8-bit-update/ Night Rescue 1941 - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/320224-night-rescue-1941-new-awa-game-release/ Piracy 1621 & Piracy 1981 - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/324486-piracy-1621-and-piracy-1821-new-atari-5200-releases-by-anschuetzweisgerberanschuetz/ Alien Assault 2021 - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/323778-new-8-bit-and-5200-game-release-alien-assault-2121-by-awa/?tab=comments#comment-4884530 Kooky Klimber (Crazy Climber inspired) - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/319869-abbuc-software-contest-2021/?do=findComment&comment=4891011 Robot Dungeon (Shamus/Berzerk inspired) - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/319869-abbuc-software-contest-2021/?do=findComment&comment=4891009 Space Assailants 2021 - https://www.atariteca.net.pe/2021/09/space-assailants-2121-nuevo-shooter.html Brian Hall - Argon, a multi-system emulator - http://playargon.com XXX2CF3: CompactFlash HDD without using the cartridge port! – The Brewing Academy - https://thebrewingacademy.com/collections/atari-800-xl-xe-xel-xld/products/xxx2cf3-compactflash-hdd-without-using-the-cartridge-port Shahid Kamal Ahmad’s epic thread about his development career, starting with the Atari 8-bit - https://twitter.com/shahidkamal/status/1436771192892018693?s=20 FujiNet wiki enhancements - SpicyJack - AtariAge - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/298720-fujinet-a-wip-sio-network-adapter-for-the-atari-8-bit/page/87/?tab=comments#comment-4922271 Player MIssile Podcast released ep #30, 8-bit vs 5200 - https://playermissile.com/ Loading Atari software from a record player https://www.atariteca.net.pe/2021/10/cargan-juegos-de-atari-8-bits-desde.html?fbclid=IwAR3UGXLCzJqpB8U0MtGrv1Kd5fQqgdEQ-jHZPGEXxA_a8lYx0YGAaf9x7Bw https://atariage.com/forums/topic/325860-im-loading-silent-service-from-a-vinyl-record/ The 100 MHz 6502 http://www.e-basteln.de/computing/65f02/65f02/ https://atariage.com/forums/topic/326058-accelerated-6502/

    Shows

    Upcoming Shows where you might see Atari computers (or Atari people): VCF East April 22-24: Vintage Computer Festival East , Wall, NJ VCF West August 6-7: Vintage Computer Festival West , The Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA Event page created by Chicago Classic Computing - http://chiclassiccomp.org/events.html?fbclid=IwAR3Fm5hf7PCQj0yXBxXvj9J8Mp8GDwD2w1bfD_qktpPOnNYNoQUmN_EpgB8 Event page created by Floppy Days - https://www.facebook.com/VintageComputerShows/ Event page on Vintage Is The New Old - https://vintageisthenewold.com/vintage-is-the-new-old-releases-new-events-calendar/

    YouTube videos this month

    “64K ought to be enough for anybody” - Tmp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXE6Ua4Qquw https://atariage.com/forums/topic/278212-avgcart/page/67/#comments ATARI 800 XL repair + creating a USB power supply, a video cable & doing the CHROMA Mod” - RETRO is the new black (Wolfgang Kierdorf) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoFpFSrLoxA Atari 400 48k Ram - Sdrive2 & Uno Cart Tech Demo” - Paul Westphal - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLuHPxBIgFk Stop using the Atari 'Ingot' power supply, Seriously!” - The VintNerd - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMlW0Bk_ueI

    New at Archive.org

    Pokey - French Atari newsletter: https://archive.org/details/pokey-3 https://archive.org/details/pokey-34 https://archive.org/details/pokey-5 Alan Bushman - https://archive.org/details/royal-software-catalog-winter-1982/

    New at GitHub

    https://github.com/savetz/RAMbrandt Eventure - Let's Write a Roguelike Game in 6502 Assembly on the Atari 8-Bit https://github.com/EdSalisbury/edventure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whhTuBpkcrY companion code for element14 Presents episode 514: "Making a 3D Graphics Card for the Atari 800 XL" - https://github.com/andy-west/atari800xl-3d Updates to annotated Star Raiders source code - https://github.com/achurch/StarRaiders Tools and utils for the Atari xe 8-bit - https://github.com/pjones1063/atarixe Python command line utility to manage file systems on Atari 8-bit and Apple ][ disk images - https://github.com/robmcmullen/atrcopy

    Listener Feedback

    RealSports Curling - https://a8.fandal.cz/detail.php?files_id=7657
  • Dave Johnson: Demon Attack, Atlantis; APX Lookahead; Personal Financial Management

    Dave Johnson programmed software for the little-known Interact Model One computer, and later worked as a programmer for Atari, where he created the game Lookahead, which was published by Atari Program Exchange. Lookahead is a fun little strategy board game that you can play against the computer or another human.

    We think Dave Johnson programmed the Atari Personal Financial Management System, a slick-looking but buggy home finance package that Atari kept delaying, finally released a year late, then quickly discontinued. Read Bill Lange's blog post for the full story about that program.

    After Atari, Dave worked at Imagic, where he programmed the Atari 8-bit versions of the games Demon Attack and Atlantis. There, he also created the game Quick Step! for the Atari 2600.

    This interview took place on October 12, 2021. A video version is also available.

    AtariMania's list of Dave's Atari 8-bit games

    Play or download Lookahead

    Lookahead in the fall 1981 APX catalog

    Bill Lange research on Atari Personal Financial Management System

    Personal Financial Management System at AtariWiki

    Interact Model One computer

    Dave on Twitter

    This interview on YouTube

  • Margaret (Akin) Guilbault, Atari Camper

    Margaret Akin was one of the children who attended Atari's computer camps, and one of the kids who was featured in The Magic Room, Atari's movie about the camps. Her name is now Margaret Guilbault.

    Atari ran its summer camps from 1982 through 1984 at several locations around the United States. That first year, Atari commissioned a film about its summer camps, which was filmed at the San Diego location. Margaret attended Atari camp that first year in San Diego, then again in 1983 the Minnesota location.

    It turns out Margaret's first year at a computer camp was in 1981, the summer before Atari's first camps. Her first computer camp experience was at Zaca Lake -- near Santa Barbara, California -- hosted by a company called Computer Camp Inc., which used Atari computers.

    I talked with Margaret about her experiences at those camps, and taking part in the filming of The Magic Room, on September 12, 2021.

    You can watch The Magic room at YouTube and Internet Archive. In previous interviews I've talked with filmmaker Bob Elfstrom; Linda (Gordon) Brownstein, the Atari vice president who oversaw the camp project; and other Atari computer campers.

    The Magic Room (18-minute version)

    Newspaper article about Computer Camp Inc.'s Zaca Lake camp

    ANTIC Interview 419 - Bob Elfstrom, The Magic Room

    ANTIC Special Episode - Atari Summer Camp


    ANTIC Interview 412 - Linda (Gordon) Brownstein, Atari VP Special Projects
  • Eric Podietz, Interactive Picture Systems

    Eric Podietz was co-founder of Interactive Picture Systems, a company that created software for 8-bit computers from 1982 through 1984. The company's first program was PAINT! for the Atari 8-bits, which was developed at the Superboots software development lab located at the Capital Children's Museum in Washington, D.C.. PAINT! was first published by Reston then by Atari.

    Their next program was Movie Maker, an animation program. Next came three educational titles published by Spinnaker Software: Trains, a business simulation; Grandma's House, a digital dollhouse; and Aerobics, a fitness program. The company also created Operation Frog, simulated frog dissection software for the Apple II and Commodore 64.

    This interview took place on September 9, 2021. In it, we discuss Guy Nouri, Ann Lewin-Benham, and Bill Bowman, whom I have previously interviewed.

    After the interview, Eric sent me the source code for his early Apple II program Painter Power, which I scanned and uploaded to Internet Archive.

    This interview on YouTube

    ANTIC Interview 410 - Ann Lewin-Benham, Director of Capital Children's Museum

    ANTIC Interview 407 - Guy Nouri, Interactive Picture Systems

    ANTIC Interview 278 - Bill Bowman, CEO of Spinnaker Software

    Reston Software's Paint manual

    The Designers Behind MovieMaker in Compute! Gazette Issue 15

    IPS feature in Starlog Magazine Issue 084

    Movie Maker feature in Creative Computing April 1984

    Painter Power source code

    Emma One Sock fabric

  • ANTIC Episode 81 - Too Much Commodore

    In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast… we wax philosophical about Raspberry Pi upgrades for the Atari, discuss the drama that was the Atari fest of the past, and talk WAY too much Commodore!

    READY!

    Recurring Links

    Floppy Days Podcast

    AtariArchives.org

    AtariMagazines.com

    Kevin’s Book “Terrible Nerd”

    New Atari books scans at archive.org

    ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

    Atari interview discussion thread on AtariAge

    Interview index: here

    ANTIC Facebook Page

    AHCS

    Eaten By a Grue

    Next Without For

    What We’ve Been Up To

    Atari8BitBot - https://twitter.com/atari8bitbot The Magic Room - 18-minute version https://youtu.be/Cs7jnOlNl9Y (K’s tweets about it: https://twitter.com/KaySavetz/status/1429130503622336514?s=20 ) New old Bits & Bytes pictures - https://twitter.com/KaySavetz/status/1422715900805869571?s=20 VCFSE 8.0 was a success! - https://vcfed.org/wp/festivals/otherevents/vintage-computer-festival-southeast/ 576NUC+ - https://thebrewingacademy.com/collections/myteks-576nuc-atari-computer VCFMW - http://vcfmw.org Indy Vintage Computer Club (VCC) - http://indyvcc.c

    News

    Atari 64. the Commodore 64 KERNAL, modified to run on the Atari 8-bit line of computers - https://github.com/unbibium/atari64 Indy Retro News - http://www.indieretronews.com/search/label/ATARI Star Raiders pre-production manual - http://www.sonic.net/~nbs/star-raiders/preprod-manual/?fbclid=IwAR00ZBTKG-g2d83KDvZTtlqDpNqJ-e9z22JuJdRxR4tHcqCumXtMwIN8k54 Retrochallenge 2021/10 - http://www.retrochallenge.org/?fbclid=IwAR3Hi6PLMi3wpfQda2hHMZiQOAREGMnY_E1NF8AjXIDbfjXqvOBHK5md8sA Attack of the PETSCII robots - https://www.the8bitguy.com/product/petscii-robots-for-atari/ BackBit Pro - https://store.backbit.io/product/backbit-pro/ https://huddle.today/cfl-personalities-to-talk-football-on-halifax-made-social-media-platform/ The Retroist: A 1982 video visit to the video game department of sears - https://retroist.com/a-1982-video-visit-to-the-video-game-department-of-sears/ (for video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPm7xbPzpUA&t=50s , starts at 4 minute mark and goes to 5 minute mark New ABBUC site available - https://abbuc.de/ Cart extender from BitsOfThePast - https://www.bitsofthepast.com/?product=130xe-ra-extenders-switchers SIO Pass Through Breakout Board v2.2 (Mozzwald) - https://fujinet.online/shop/hardware/sio-pass-through-breakout-board-v2-2/ https://8bitnews.io newsletter Atari Projects by Jason Moore - http://atariprojects.org/ PICOmputer, pocket computer that emulates 8-bit computers - https://www.atariteca.net.pe/2021/07/picomputer-computadora-de-bolsillo-que.html

    Shows

    Upcoming Shows where you might see Atari computers (or Atari people): VCF Midwest Sep 11-12 http://vcfmw.org/announce , Elmhurst, IL (Chicago) Fujiama Sep. 12-19, Lengenfeld, Germany, http://fujiama.eu/ VCF East October 8, 9, 10, 2021: Vintage Computer Festival East , Wall, NJ Event page created by Chicago Classic Computing - http://chiclassiccomp.org/events.html?fbclid=IwAR3Fm5hf7PCQj0yXBxXvj9J8Mp8GDwD2w1bfD_qktpPOnNYNoQUmN_EpgB8 Event page created by Floppy Days - https://www.facebook.com/VintageComputerShows/ Event page on Vintage Is The New Old - https://vintageisthenewold.com/vintage-is-the-new-old-releases-new-events-calendar/

    YouTube videos this month

    "The Story of the Atari 1200XL - Is It GOOD?" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_WpWOrIE9g Making a 3D Graphics Card for the Atari 800 XL using the Raspberry Pi - element 14 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4ffGLkgoEg&t=64s Atari 800 with Sophia 2 DVI and Incognito plugins - FlashJazzCat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Df3lfFLuUF

    New at Archive.org

    Allan Bushman uploaded “Hardcopy” newsletter April 1987 Allentown Bethlehem Easton’s Atari Computer Enthusiasts - https://archive.org/details/hardcopy-april-1987
  • Jeffrey Sarnoff, Atari Research Group Jeffrey Sarnoff started at Atari in the home computer division in 1981 as a software architect, where he worked on a 3-D graphics library. The next year he moved to Atari's Research Group, under Alan Kay, where he worked on a holographic animation system and a 4-dimensional strategy game.

    This interview took place on August 25, 2021.

  • Atari at the Science Fair: Mark Knutsen, Star Cluster This is the third in a series of interviews called "Atari at the Science Fair" where I talk with people who used Atari 8-bit computers to create projects and enter them in science fairs.

    Today's interview is with Mark Knutsen, who wrote a star cluster simulation in the Forth programming language for his high school science fair. I found this blurb in the July 1986 edition of the Jersey Atari Computer Group newsletter:

    "June meeting highlights ... Mark Knutsen showed us his Star Cluster program in Forth that won a science fair prize for him. Mark’s program demonstrates the interaction of four stars in two planes. Mark also discussed Forth in general."

    This interview took place on August 21, 2021. If you'd like to see our talking heads — and the visuals of his program running — a video version of this interview is available at YouTube and Internet Archive. Mark has shared his program and the source code: those links are in the show notes.

    This interview at YouTube

    Download Mark's Star Cluster program

    Star Cluster blurb in JACE newsletter July 1986

    ValFORTH Documentation

    Computer Recreations - Star Clusters column in Scientific American: At JSTOR and At Internet Archive

  • Tom Halfhill discusses Charles Brannon and SpeedScript

    Charles Brannon was program editor at Compute! Publications from 1980 until 1986. He wrote and edited articles for Compute! Magazine and Compute!'s Gazette. His Linkedin profile says that his "primary responsibility was crafting BASIC and assembly language software creations. Secondary was managing other young programmers." Charles' wrote and ported many type-in programs for the Atari 8-bit and other computers. His Atari programs included FontMaker, a character set editor and The Atari Wedge, for adding commands To Atari BASIC.

    His most popular and well-known program was SpeedScript, an assembly language word processor that was available first for the Commodore 64 in the March 1985 issue. In subsequent issues -- one month after another -- versions were published for VIC-20, then the Atari 8-bits, then the Apple II. Each version was a type-in listing that -- after excruciating hours of careful entry -- would build a powerful, functional word processor. Charles wrote a couple of books about SpeedScript (one specific to Atari and one specific to the Commodore versions) which contained the manual, type-in program code, and commented assembly language source code.

    I've been trying to get an interview with Charles Brannon since 2015, to talk about his time at Compute! in general and SpeedScript specifically. This year, I heard back from his wife Margaret, who told me that Charles suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2016 and no longer feels confident in his memory. I won't be able to interview Charles.

    But, Tom Halfhill, Charles' old friend and colleague at Compute!, volunteered to talk to me about Charles. Tom was a supervisor at Compute! when Charles wrote SpeedScript, and often discussed which features to include and the problems he encountered. Tom worked at Compute! Publications from 1982 to 1988, starting as the first Features Editor for Compute! Magazine later becoming Editor. He was the launch editor of Compute!'s Gazette for Commodore, Compute!'s Atari ST Disk and Magazine, Compute!'s PCjr Magazine, and Compute!'s PC Magazine.

    This is not the first time I've talked with Tom: I interviewed him about his time at Compute back in 2016. This time I talk with him with an emphasis on Charles Brannon and SpeedScript. (To be perfectly honest, we stuck to those topics for about 35 minutes. After that, we found other interesting things to talk about, most of which I left in this episode.)

    This interview took place on July 22, 2021.

    This interview at Youtube

    Compute! articles by Charles Brannon at AtariMagazines.com

    SpeedScript book, Atari version, at Internet Archive

    SpeedScript book, Atari version, at AtariArchives.org

    Download SpeedScript for Atari or try it in your browser

    My 2016 interview with Tom

    Tom's web site

    ANTIC Interview 206 - Richard Mansfield

    ANTIC Interview 7 - The Atari 8-bit Podcast - Bill Wilkinson

  • Donald Dixon, Robotics R&D at Atari Research

    Donald Dixon worked at Atari Research from 1983 through 1984, under Dr, Alan Kay. There, he worked in robotics research and development, working on a robotic wheelchair. After Atari, Donald worked at Axlon, Nolan Bushnell's toys and consumer robotics company; and Worlds of Wonder, the company most famous for the animatronic bear toy, Teddy Ruxpin.

    This interview took place on July 27, 2021.

    Don's web site

    ANTIC Interview 11 - David Small

    ANTIC 2013 Chris Crawford interview

    ANTIC Interview 420 - Brenda Laurel, Atari Research

    ANTIC Interview 421 - Jim Leiterman, Atari Research Group

    Video version of this interview

  • ANTIC Episode 80 - Atari Dunking Booth

    In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast… we discuss the exciting progress being made around the 576NUC+ project, all of the great new Atari projects from the mind of Jason Moore, Kay’s awesome series of recent interviews, and we dunk your minds in the deep booth that is Atari news!

    READY!

    Recurring Links

    Floppy Days Podcast

    AtariArchives.org

    AtariMagazines.com

    Kevin’s Book “Terrible Nerd”

    New Atari books scans at archive.org

    ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

    Atari interview discussion thread on AtariAge

    Interview index: here

    ANTIC Facebook Page

    AHCS

    Eaten By a Grue

    Next Without For

    Intro

    Atari Ad Slicks, Line Art, Radio Scripts 1983-07-13 - https://archive.org/details/Atari_Ad_Slicks_Line_Art_Radio_Scripts_1983-07-13

    What We’ve Been Up To

    “How I accidentally archived hundreds of Apple II source code floppies” by Kay at KFest 2021 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFa75CqJw_4 https://archive.org/details/TheMagicRoomDocuments - (https://twitter.com/KaySavetz/status/1416420208172957699?s=20) MyTek’s 576NUC+ - https://thebrewingacademy.com/collections/myteks-576nuc-atari-computer/products/myteks-576nuc-and-internal-fujinet

    News

    Atari 2” circle stickers available at the museum and VCF East and VCF West - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1-Cl8ZPsxcT3d05krNtuam684_o6QdYAk?usp=sharing, http://www.vcfed.org @atariorbit: wrote up a little bit about the history (so far) of the 576 NUC - https://www.atariorbit.org/2021/07/02/576-nuc-history/ Atari Projects by Jason Moore - http://atariprojects.org/ Allegro is a Polish online e-commerce platform - has lots of Atari upgrades available for purchase - https://allegro.pl/ While ABBUC site being slowly put back together, alternate forum sites are being used: temporary alternative forum at https://www.atari-portal.de/ https://www.forum64.de/index.php?board/161-atari-8bit/ U1MB, Incognito, SIDE2, SIDE3, 1088XEL/XLD Firmware 4.0 Released by FlashJazzCat - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/321394-u1mb-incognito-side2-side3-1088xelxld-firmware-40-released/ SNACK - SNES Atari Controler Kit - Irgwender - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/323171-snack-snes-atari-controler-kit/ https://hackaday.com/2021/07/09/zooming-through-the-mandelbrot-set-on-an-atari/ Tricky Tutorials archive - itaych - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/22905-tricky-tutorials/?do=findComment&comment=4866295

    Shows

    Upcoming Shows where you might see Atari computers (or Atari people): VCF West August 7 & 8, 2021: Vintage Computer Festival West , The Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA VCFSE Aug 20-22 https://gameatl.com/vintage-computing-festival-southeast-8-0-at-sfge/ or http://southernfriedgameroomexpo.com/ , Atlanta, GA VCF Midwest Sep 11-12 http://vcfmw.org/announce , Elmhurst, IL (Chicago) Fujiama Sep. 12-19, Lengenfeld, Germany, http://fujiama.eu/ VCF East October 8, 9, 10, 2021: Vintage Computer Festival East , Wall, NJ Event page created by Chicago Classic Computing - http://chiclassiccomp.org/events.html?fbclid=IwAR3Fm5hf7PCQj0yXBxXvj9J8Mp8GDwD2w1bfD_qktpPOnNYNoQUmN_EpgB8 Event page created by Floppy Days - https://www.facebook.com/VintageComputerShows/ Event page on Vintage Is The New Old - https://vintageisthenewold.com/vintage-is-the-new-old-releases-new-events-calendar/

    YouTube videos this month

    VT100 on the Atari 800/XEP80 - Cathryn Mataga - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8laMyHJbJzw Atari XL -=512KB Rambo - Saberman - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbEGeOR1TGM External 512KB memory expansion (Rambo) for Atari 800XL ISS Tracker on the Atari 800 XL - Retro Computer Paraguay - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-hvt0gLkDY Let's follow the trajectory of the International Space Station from our 8-bit Atari computer equipped with FujiNet. Bill Kendricks’s ISS Tracker: http://www.newbreedsoftware.com/fujin... Atari 800XL: Weird Video Issue and Botched Soldering - FlashJazzCat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8WGrTZXh20

    New at Archive.org

    Kay: Cable Graphic Sciences Info-gen manual - https://archive.org/details/Cable_Graphic_Sciences_Info-gen_manual Ensign Communication Inc Information Display System - Ensign 5000 - https://archive.org/details/Ensign_Communication_Inc_Information_Display_System_-_Ensign_5000 INFOsoft 7000 Quick Start Guide - https://archive.org/details/INFOsoft_7000_Quick_Start_Guide Atari Research Memos on the Subject of Interactive Fantasy - https://archive.org/details/brenda_laurel_atari_memos Unofficial Atari Computer Users Groups 1982-12-01 - https://archive.org/details/Unofficial_Atari_Computer_Users_Groups_1982-12-01 Official Atari Computer Users Groups 1982-12-01 - https://archive.org/details/Official_Atari_Computer_Users_Groups_1982-12-01 texts How To Start an Atari Computer Users Group draft 1: https://archive.org/details/How_To_Start_an_Atari_Computer_Users_Group_draft_1 Atari Computer Users' Group Registration Form and Cover Letter - https://archive.org/details/Atari_Computer_Users_Group_Registration_Form_and_Cover_Letter Atari Ad Slicks, Line Art, Radio Scripts 1983-07-13 - https://archive.org/details/Atari_Ad_Slicks_Line_Art_Radio_Scripts_1983-07-13 Bay Area Atari Users Group newsletters - https://archive.org/search.php?query=Bay+Area+Atari+Users+Group Ornjuce: Atari Computer Association Of Orange County Newsletter Vol 9 No 1 Qtr 11988 - https://archive.org/details/ornjuce-atari-computer-assocation-of-orange-county-newsletter-vol-9-no-1-qtr-11988 Allan: Dal-Ace - Dallas Atari Computer Enthusiasts newsletters - https://archive.org/details/@allan52?query=dal-ace Computer Shopper Atari articles - https://archive.org/details/@allan52?query=computer+shopper

    New at Github

    Invenies Verba ("Find the Words") by Bill Kendrick - https://github.com/billkendrick/iverba-2 Sebastian Igielski - ANTY *AJEK COPY - https://github.com/seban-slt/antyajek An Atari BASIC program to render the Sierpinski Triangle on Atari 8-bit computers - https://github.com/as6o/atari8bit_sierpinski KRET - The Mole - https://github.com/GSoftwareDevelopment/Mole
  • Jim Leiterman, Atari Research Group

    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 piracy."

    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.

    This interview at YouTube

    Jim's Atari page

    Jim's games at AtariMania

    "Atari nearly introduced the world to fitness gaming 30 years ago" in Washington Post

    AtariProtos on Tumbleweeds

    Horizons Simulations article in Softline Magazine Issue 1.4 Atari concept art sketchbook
  • Brenda Laurel, Atari Research

    Dr. Brenda Laurel worked at Atari from 1980 through 1984. She began as software specialist for educational applications then soon became manager of software strategy for the home computer division. In mid-1982, she joined Atari Corporate Research at the Sunnyvale research laboratory, where she worked with Alan Kay.

    After Atari, she worked at Activision as director of software development. Later she founded Purple Moon, a software company focused on creating games for young girls; and co-founded Telepresence Research, a company focused on first-person media and virtual reality.

    This interview took place on July 15, 2021. Check the show notes for links to articles she wrote for Atari Connection magazine; her doctoral dissertation, "Toward the Design of a Computer-Based Interactive Fantasy System"; scans of memos on the subject of interactive fantasy that she wrote while at Atari Research; and more.

    Brenda's web site


    Brenda's dissertation — Toward the Design of a Computer-Based Interactive Fantasy System

    Brenda's Atari memos

    The Renaissance Kid article by Brenda Laurel in Atari Connection Volume 1 Number 1

    Atari PILOT with Turtle Graphics article by Brenda Laurel in Atari Connection Volume 1 Number 4

    Valley of Genius podcast episode 11: Brenda Laurel at Atari 50 Years of Text Games — 1994: The Playground

    Brenda Laurel on games for girls

    Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet This interview at YouTube
  • ANTIC Episode 79 - Basically MyTek and Nir

    In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast… we discuss all the great work that MyTek is doing with Atari hardware (including the 576NUC), Nir Dary surprises all of the hosts with (late/early) Christmas (or birthday) Atari gifts, and Randy gets unmercifully teased about his overuse of the word “basically”.

    READY!

    Recurring Links

    Floppy Days Podcast

    AtariArchives.org

    AtariMagazines.com

    Kevin’s Book “Terrible Nerd”

    New Atari books scans at archive.org

    ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

    Atari interview discussion thread on AtariAge

    Interview index: here

    ANTIC Facebook Page

    AHCS

    Eaten By a Grue

    Next Without For

    What We’ve Been Up To

    Magic Dump! - http://atariprojects.org/2019/02/12/dump-your-atari-computer-screen-to-printer-or-disk-10-15-mins/ CircuitScribe - https://circuitscribe.com/ Monkey Wrench II - http://www.atarimania.com/utility-atari-400-800-xl-xe-monkey-wrench-ii_17608.html

    News

    MyTek’s 576NUC+ and internal FujiNet!! - https://thebrewingacademy.com/collections/myteks-576nuc-atari-computer/products/myteks-576nuc-and-internal-fujinet Latest Atari Projects by Jason Moore - http://atariprojects.org/ Upgrade an Atari 400 to Composite Video with the Super Color CPU Card (1-2 hours) Read Creative Computing Magazine (30-60 mins) Read the Book “The Creative Atari” (30-60 mins) Upgrade an Atari 400 to 48K of RAM (1-2 hours) Update the Firmware of Your Ultimate 1MB Upgrade for Atari 8-Bit Computers (5-10 mins) Watch Curt Vendel’s Exhibit Presentation at VCF-East (30 mins) Purchase or Download the Atari 8-Bit Programming Reference Book “Mapping the Atari” (5-10 mins) Purchase the Book “Art of Atari” (5-10 mins) - Tim Lapetino Purchase and Install a 64K RAM Upgrade for an Indus GT Floppy Drive (30-60 mins) Run the CP/M Operating System on Your Atari 8-Bit Computer using an Upgraded Indus GT Floppy Drive (30-60 mins) Vice article about Best Electronics - https://www.vice.com/en/article/7kvkx9/dont-piss-off-bradley-the-parts-seller-keeping-atari-machines-alive Randy’s interview with Brad (interview #5 from 2014!) - https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-5-the-atari-8-bit-podcast-brad-koda-of-best-electronics Brewing Academy stocks Lotharek items - https://twitter.com/BrewingAcademy/status/1383459449692516352?s=20 ABBUC site status - http://abbuc.de Online version of Atari emulator for web browsers: “Good Enough Atari Emulator" is the project of Mariusz "emrk" Kryński (Poland) Article - https://www.atariteca.net.pe/2021/06/version-en-linea-de-emulador-atari-para.html Try it at - https://mrk.sed.pl/bevy-atari/dev/#osrom%3D%3Dhttps%3A%2F%2Fatarionline.pl%2Futils%2F9.%2520ROM-y%2FSystemy%2520operacyjne%2FAtari%2520OS%2520v2%252083.10.05.rom XEP80-II a new beginning - MyTek - https://atariage.com/forums/topic/322186-xep80-ii-a-new-beginning/ SUPDUP terminal emulator Code and discussion - https://github.com/PDP-10/its/pull/2034 More discussion - https://twitter.com/larsbrinkhoff/status/1404700557286203393?s=21

    Shows

    Upcoming Shows where you might see Atari computers (or Atari people): KansasFest July 23-24 https://www.kansasfest.org ; virtual event VCF West August 7 & 8, 2021: Vintage Computer Festival West , The Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA VCFSE Aug 20-22 https://gameatl.com/vintage-computing-festival-southeast-8-0-at-sfge/ or http://southernfriedgameroomexpo.com/ , Atlanta, GA VCF Midwest Sep 11-12 http://vcfmw.org/announce , Elmhurst, IL (Chicago) Fujiama Sep. 12-19, Lengenfeld, Germany, http://fujiama.eu/ VCF East October 8, 9, 10, 2021: Vintage Computer Festival East , Wall, NJ Event page created by Chicago Classic Computing - http://chiclassiccomp.org/events.html?fbclid=IwAR3Fm5hf7PCQj0yXBxXvj9J8Mp8GDwD2w1bfD_qktpPOnNYNoQUmN_EpgB8 Event page created by Floppy Days - https://www.facebook.com/VintageComputerShows/ Event page on Vintage Is The New Old - https://vintageisthenewold.com/vintage-is-the-new-old-releases-new-events-calendar/

    YouTube videos this month

    Atari Dealer Demo by MS-DOS Friends - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psxSm9PeVgA New Games for Your Atari 8-bit (Part 20) - The New Retro Show - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWyiI5LNHSA Massive Atari Software Archive - TOSEC and the Internet Archive by The Atari Geek - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl7FfLuYGTg Original Atari 800 POKEY Chiptune by Cobra Commander for ANTIC Podcast! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2klUVHRWtyk

    New at Archive.org

    57 Atari Computer Enthusiasts newsletters 1982-1987 via Dale Lutz - https://archive.org/details/@savetz?query=atari+computer+enthusiasts+newsletter Allan Bushman - https://archive.org/details/@allan52?query=dal-ace Richwood Software's The Gladiator manual - https://archive.org/details/gladiator-the-richwood-software/mode/2up Bill Lange - Creative Computing Software Thorn EMI - https://archive.org/details/creative-computing-software-disk-jacket

    New at Github

    https://github.com/kenjennings/Atari-1nvader https://github.com/bhall408/atari800-touchpad-keyboard-controller https://github.com/GSoftwareDevelopment/SFX-Tracker https://github.com/pkali/feudal-economy https://github.com/dgreefhorst/fujinews

    Listener Feedback

    Bits & Bytes and the Academy on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/user/bitsandbytestvo

    End of Show Music - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2klUVHRWtyk Original Atari 800 POKEY Chiptune by Cobra Commander

  • Bob Elfstrom, The Magic Room

    Interview and research by Kay Savetz.

    From 1982 through 1984, Atari ran summer computer camps at several locations around the United States. I covered the Atari camps extensively in a special episode in 2015. Now it's summer 2021, and we're going back to camp!

    That first year of the computer camps, in 1982, Atari commissioned a film about its summer camps, about the kids and teachers who were there, about the process of learning about computers, about kids challenging themselves, and about making friends at summer camp. Atari commissioned filmmaker Bob Elfstrom and his partner Lucy Hilmer to make the film. They shot the 26-minute film at the University of California, San Diego campus in 1982. It would be titled The Magic Room and was released the next year.

    There are many scenes in the computer lab: we see close-ups of kids concentrating, thinking about the logic of their programming projects. Their faces light up as they solve their problem. There’s an adorable scene with a robotic, computer controlled turtle running across the floor, racing an actual turtle. There's kids riding horses at magic hour, and singing by the campfire, and finally an epic pillow fight, with feathers flying everywhere in the dorm hallways. The end credits were made with an Atari 800, naturally.

    This interview is with the filmmaker, Bob Elfstrom. (Lucy Hilmer was unavailable for an interview.) Bob has a long list of film credits to his name. He is known for his work on Johnny Cash! The Man, His World, His Music (1969), and Mysteries of the Sea (1980) -- his IMDB page lists scores of credits.

    It's easy to watch The Magic Room (and you should!). It's available at YouTube and Internet Archive.

    My interview with Bob took place on June 17 and June 25, 2021.

    Watch The Magic Room

    The Magic Room Trailer

    The Magic Room Production Documents ANTIC Special Episode - Atari Summer Camp ANTIC Interview 412 - Linda (Gordon) Brownstein, Atari VP Special Projects Bob's site Bob in IMDB Lucy Hilmer's site Lucy in IMDB
    Magic Room credits:
    Robert Elfstrom Productions
    Executive Producer: Linda S. Gordon
    Executive Consultant: Lauren Dunbar
    Produced and Directed by: Robert Elfstrom and Lucy Hilmer
    Edited by: Michael Chandler
    Associate Producer: Gloria S. Borders
    Music by: Sasha Matson
    Written by: Lucy Hilmer and Michael Chandler
    Production Advisor: Richard Pugh
    Sound: Agamemnon Andrianos
    Additional Sound: Nelson Stoll
    Production Manager: Kathleen Andrianos
    Special Assistant Caroline Pugh
    Special Thanks: Raymond E. Kassar, Robert A. Kahn, Wayne Harvey, Ted M. Kahn
    Head computer instructor: Richard Pugh
    Instructor: Karen Okagaki
    Computer Campers: Maria Smith, Candace Shockley, Margaret Aiken, Enrique Rios, J. J. Kreideweiss, Vincent Cook, Jim Dillon, Leendert Mulder, Rick Crosby, Brent McDonald, Barry Champagne
  • Rick Trow, Computers: Expressway to Tomorrow

    This is the second interview episode about Computers: Expressway to Tomorrow.

    Computers: Expressway to Tomorrow was a school assembly, sponsored by Atari, that played at hundreds of middle schools and high schools throughout the United States in 1983 and 1984. In the previous interview episode, I interviewed one of the show's presenters and the filmmaker. In this episode, my interview with Rick Trow.

    Rick Trow was the president of Rick Trow Productions, the company that created the Computers: Expressway to Tomorrow show -- as well as more than 40 other school assemblies and other productions over the years. Mr. Trow wrote the script for the 40-minute show, which combined two synchronized films with a live actor to teach computer basics to young people.

    This interview took place on June 5, 2021.

    ANTIC Interview 417 - Computers: Expressway to Tomorrow

    The Career Game

    Rick Trow Productions Employee Newsletters 1983

    "Taking the Show on the Road" in Personal Computing September 1983

    Atari Brings Multimedia Computer Show To Schools in AtariAge v2n1