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Atari 8-Bit Computers at PRGE?

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#1 Nezgar OFFLINE  



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Posted Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:11 AM

With my main fancy being Atari 8-Bit computers (400/800/XL/XE) I'm curious to hear from others who have attended previously what I could expect to see on display or for sale for Atari 8-bit computers the event?  Would be nice to come home with a few more carts to fill in the collection etc.


Sounds like the AtariAge booth will rank high on the priority list. Any other A8 fans attending?

#2 davidcalgary29 OFFLINE  



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Posted Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:53 AM

I'd love to go, but I'm just about as far away as you are from this. I'd probably make the trek, like you, if there was a definite A8 focus.

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Posted Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:00 AM

There are more than a few Atari 8-bit vendors @ PRGE. You may want to check out e.g. Paul Westphal's booth Eight Bit Fix. 

#4 Nezgar OFFLINE  



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Posted Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:31 AM

Oh thats cool if he's going to be there, but I didn't see him on the website exhibitor list though, so wasn't sure.


Edit: I'm blind - Found it! "8-Bit Fix" instead of "Eight-Bit Fix" :D

Edited by Nezgar, Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:33 AM.

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Posted Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:14 PM

I was wondering if anyone here might be able to help me.  Bill Loguidice suggested I write something here in the Atariage forums for some help.  


My good Friend Doug Hardy who was one of the engineers who helped design the 2600, 400 and 800 just recently passed.  When I say design, I mean the casings/consoles, cartridges and how everything went together. His name is on several Atari patents including the cartridge. He was part of the team at Fairchild and engineered the cartridge there and literally the day he finished and the prototype was done he walked out the door and went to Atari.  He gave me what he said is the very first "Candy" as he called her still. This Atari 400 according to him was the first prototype they put together after they finished with all engineering and had all the parts.  You can tell by the way it's able to be taken apart and the fact that there is no serial number plate on it that it's a prototype.  It does have a handwritten number on the inside of the machine itself.  All pieces are still there including of course the electronics.  Doug always told me that this machine was something special and so I want to see if there is anyone I can talk to about it.  If anyone wants to send me a message or contact me I would love to find out more.


By the way, I have him on audio talking all about how he ultimately came up with the design for the cartridge and how it wouldn't wear out plus stories of the 2600, 400 and 800. I'd love to see how I can put that on here somewhere so people can hear his story.  I also have some really good stories from him on audio/video talking about the atmosphere at Atari (yes it was some crazy times) and how corrupt it became once Warner took it over.  

Any help would be appreciated.


#6 Nezgar OFFLINE  



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Posted Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:27 PM

Very cool! Maybe the guys putting on the Antic Atari 8-Bit podcast would be interested in the audio content? I know it would probably have the widest distribution if they did, maybe you'd be a contribitor 'at large' heh

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Posted Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:59 PM

Archive.org would be a great place for the audio and video. We uploaded the source tapes to the Stella at 20 documentary there last year.

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