After years of investigations following every possible trace and paying government fees in a 3 digits amount, AtariWiki can disclose, that we finally found the author of TURBO-BASIC XL, Frank Ostrowski. Sadly, he has left us in 2011 at age 50 due to a severe disease. What a loss. He belonged to the so called: „irreplaceables“ and will be widely missed, not only by his family.
As we know from Galaxy Quest, we never surrender and we never give up. Therefore, I found his brother, his sister, his colleagues and so on, but none of them has the listing nor the diskettes with the source code of his marvelous program. So, we have to accept, that his source code is lost in time, like tears in rain.
But it gets even more worse. The enhanced version from Thorsten Karwoth is lost too, because of a water damage in Thorsten's home, which destroyed all listings and diskettes. That is a very sad status, but there is still hope. If someone out there in the galaxy can rebuild the source code out of this marvelous program from the original object code, like Lorenz did with Star Raiders:
https://atariwiki.or...by Lorenz Wiest
, we can rebuild it, we have the capability to build the world’s best Basic for Atari ever, faster, stronger, better. We call the six million dollar Basic just simple Ultimate Basic. With all the source codes now in PD:
it should be possible. Any help or assistance in this is very welcome at any time.
With this, I would like to say thank you all, who helped us, especially the donators for the fees, who would prefer to stay in the dark.
Everything we could preserve from TURBO-BASIC XL can be found here:
Frank, wherever you are, you really did a man's job, so outstanding and far ahead of your time. Germany is deep in your debt and so is the worldwide Atari community. We will never forgot your work and your contribution to the world. You belong to those, who are not replaceable and will never be forgotten. May god bless you, wherever you maybe are now.
All the best.