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R.I.P. Steve Morgenstern, Atari Age editor

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#1 ThreepwoodMac OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:53 AM

Greetings all. I'm new to the forum, and bringing you a bit of sad news which some of you may have heard already. Steve Morgenstern (Captain Steve), the editor-in-chief of Atari Age Magazine in the 80's, passed away last month from a heart attack at age 50.

Steve was my fiancee's father. He continued working in gaming and tech journalism after Atari Age ceased publication, writing for Rolling Stone, Popular Science, Playboy, Cigar Aficionado, AARP and others. A very cool guy indeed. My kind of guy. Fun, witty, geeky, charming, and endlessly, encyclopedically knowledgable about games, movies, TV and music. It's a tragedy that he passed away so young.

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#2 OldSchoolRetroGamer OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:14 AM

Ah that sucks and so young to! :(

#3 TrekMD OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:23 AM

He was only 50? That is very sad. My condolences to your fiancee and the family.

#4 Allan OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:26 AM

Sorry for you and your wife's family's loss. He did a great job with AtariAge magazine. Loved it when I was 16, waiting for news of new games and the exclusive games through AtariAge magazine. Sounds like he had a great writing career. I have all the Atariage Atari published. They still great to look at. I want to take the covers of my extra copies and frame them.

Allan

#5 ThreepwoodMac OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:00 PM

I realize I made a typo here. Sorry. Steve was 60, not 50.

#6 Dan Iacovelli OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:55 AM

loved aa magazine I even got the newspaper version of AA

#7 Nathan Strum OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:42 PM

60 is still far too young. I have very fond memories of reading Atari Age magazine (I still have all of my copies). My most heartfelt condolences.

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Posted Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:04 PM

Sincere condolences and RIP Steve!

#9 Marc Oberhäuser OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:02 AM

I bought many 2600 and 5200 prototypes from him 13 years ago. RIP and my condolences to his family and friends.

#10 Random Terrain OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:36 AM

I realize I made a typo here. Sorry. Steve was 60, not 50.


That makes more sense. I wondered how he could be the editor-in-chief of Atari Age Magazine at the age of 18 or 19.

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Posted Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:33 AM

Wow, that was sad to hear. I loved that magazine back in the day, and his work seemed to really bring some actual passion to the mag, versus just feeling like it was pure PR. My condolences. :( That's far too young to go.





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