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  1. What I'd like to know is what kind of glossy paper are you using? I actually want to know for a non-Atari reason. I have a new book coming out in October, a trade paperback ("Homemade Hollywood"--the first book about fan films), and the publisher is doing a small hardcover run as an alternative for libraries, schools, and so on. The catch is, they're just blank hardcovers with the book name on the spine--nothing special about 'em at all, no images on the cover, nothing. So when I get my hardcover copy, I want to make myself a dustjacket for it. Accordingly, if you've found a fairly durable, glossy paper that I can get at Staples, Michael's, whatever, I'd like to learn about it! Thanks, Clive
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    Thank Jack

    Dang--sorry about that.
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    Thank Jack

    If you ever wanted to 'thank' Jack Tramiel for driving a stake through the heart of Atari back in the day, looks like here's your chance--just posted on CNN: On Monday, the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, will celebrate the C64's 25th anniversary. Computer pioneers will reflect on the C64's achievements and contribution to the industry. Jack Tramiel, the founder and CEO of Commodore, will attend, along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and William C. Lowe, father of the IBM PC. I can just picture a blizzard of whipped cream pies, all arcing through the air in slow motion, as they fly towards the stage...
  4. Could you post a pic of the ad it's from? I'm curious to see how they used it...
  5. A co-worker sent me this photo he took at their show in McCarren Park Pool in August--take a look at the video screens...
  6. By any chance do you mean... Armor-All? OH BOY...my all-time favorite thread I've never before or since seen such a stupid, mean, hysterical for all the wrong reasons flame war as that one. I haven't thought about the Armor All thread in years...good times.
  7. I have to agree--by and large, my passion for Atari has faded, too. A lot of that is because I have a 2 year old and I haven't played it around her because she'll wreck the whole collection when she realizes what that bookshelf of boxes and games are. I have an ancient 80s 15" TV that is just for the Atari and as far as she knows, it's broken (i.e. not hooked up to Cable, so it's just static when she turns it on). I've gone through fallow periods where I haven't played or collected and have always come back, but I'm suspecting I'm 'done'. I have about 400 games and anything 'new' to me would be an investment of $30 or more--which is ridiculous when I don't play it much and I have a toddler to feed. I'd never sell it all, but I don't see it regaining the place in my life it had before in the past. I think I enjoy the history of Atari, the collecting and memories of thrifting more than playing (and for the record, I love games but I really suck at just about all of them--no skillz, as they say). Losing the thrill of finding stuff in the wild--due to the lack of thrift stores, vintage game stores and junk shops, the rise of ebay, and the sheer lack of free time in life--is a big part of it. I loved the hunt, and the hunt is gone. There's no excitement in placing a bid on ebay, just anxiety. Bummer.
  8. It's been done. I don't remember where I read it--2600 Connection or here maybe?--but there was a case in the Northwest where someone faked a "damaged" Pittfall III test cart, all the way down to fake acti-plaque on the sticker, and left it in a thrift store, knowing that a rival collector he hated would find it. I don't remember how it resolved but it was damn funny.
  9. I saw it Friday and really rather liked it--it's short (71 min) but that's the right length, as it felt longer. I don't mean that in a bad way, it just felt like 90 min, and I'd had my fill by that time. I went in with a few qualms--I like video games (duh) but I didn't want to spend $11 just to watch some guy's game, but luckily, it's nothing like that. It's a good, fast moving story with lots of interesting people. I don't see how they're going to turn this into a fictional movie--if they had actors recite the stuff people say in this flick and act like the real people, no one would believe any of it. Truth is stranger than fiction. And yes, you can take your wife/girlfriend to it and they won't be bored to death (that said, I couldn't drag my other half into the theater so I saw it alone). I went into it having no idea who Billy Mitchell was. People are saying he's the 'bad guy' of the movie, but I didn't really see it that way. He's clearly one of those Type A guys who's used to winning, has a bit of vanity to himself (and don't we all), and maybe has listened to a few too many Tony Robbins-type tapes. None of that's a crime. He does some nice things in the movie like hooking up an old lady with a Q*Bert machine so she can go after the world record. The flick makes a big deal of him not showing up for various contests, but what they never really say--or even imply--is the obvious: After holding the record for 25 years, Mitchell probably wasn't even close to being 'in fighting shape' to play, surprise (and yes, very questionable) video in the middle of the movie or not. I think Mitchell's only real fault in the flick was that he handled a few things pretty poorly without thinking them all the way through first about how it would look to the outside world, but I'm sure it's a different vantage point when you're in the thick of things. All that said, there's one thing that's really disappointing about this. If I check out video games online, I come here to the 2600 forum, so I'd never been to the Twin Galaxies website before. I went to the TG website for the first time then this weekend, and there is NO MENTION of this movie at all. It's like it doesn't exist. I did a search and there's nothing on the site anywhere. Meanwhile, Mitchell is all over the front page of the site in a variety of places, most noticeably with a new Donkey Kong record that defeats Weibe's, the subtext being that it makes the entire movie out-of-date--although like I said, no mention of the movie. I bought the big TG book in the late 90s and loved it, spent hours reading the TG history and going through scores, so I was disappointed that they came off looking like Mitchell's stooges for the first half of the movie until Weibe proves himself to them. They clearly see the error of their ways and by the end of the movie, come off as the guys that they came off as in the book--idiosyncratic but good people. But then when I went to the TG website today to find there' no mention of the movie, that Mitchell is all over the front page of the site, and that half an article about Weibe's record breaking score earlier this year is about how they verified his machine was on the up-and-up and did all kinds of things to determine that there was no hanky-panky--yet there's no talk of verifying the machine Mitchell used. I really found the screaming double-standard and sucking up to MItchell to be a bit much. And that's really disappointing because it really undermines them, I think. If you don't like how you're portrayed in the movie (and the 'wishing it away' lack of mentioning it would seem to imply that), then freakin' address it head on. Put up a page just about the movie and your issues with it. Don't just pretend it never happened--AND fawn all over the 'bad guy.' By the end of the movie, they don't look like stooges anymore, so why go and reinforce that negative image then? Zeesh. Anyway, good movie--worth seeing if it plays your neighborhood; if it doesn't, put it on your Netflix list, because I wouldn't buy it, but it's definitely worth the rental (and that's a lot cheaper than the $11 I had to pay at Times Square to see it!).
  10. I'm surprised no one's talking about this one--Sothebys is selling off a ton of old Atari marketing files, artwork, etc. today; there's a New York Times Article on the auction and the auction itself is at Sotheby's site. Clive
  11. Like many of us, I have a few rare items, but as for something truly unique, there's these photos: http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Lair/9260/sqfw.html I found them in an envelope tucked in the corner of a moldy shoebox full of Atari games at a junk shop, close to 10 years ago. When I opened the envelope, I expected to find a few instruction booklets or the typical warranty card for a 2600. My eyes nearly popped out of my head when I saw what they were. I closed up the envelope and bought a few manuals that I actually already had, just so the envelope would be lost in the middle. If the store owner had been curious enough to open it, he wouldn't have known what the pix were of, but he'd know enough to figure out that I really wanted them--and would have jacked up the price from the whopping 50 cents per booklet that he typically charged.
  12. Speaking as the guy who got his Atari collection "stolen" on It Takes A Thief, they cheat for TV. They couldn't get in there if they tried, so your stuff is safe.
  13. Yeah, and I heard they photoshopped it anyway.
  14. That 'we don't sell 'em' bit sounds to have been from a guy low on the totem pole, who wouldn't dare sell something 'cause he doesn't know what it's worth. Go back when the manager's there and offer $60 (not $100), and when he balks, go up a bit till he says on a whim $100. It'll work. But, make sure you go back. A local store where I live years ago had a mint sealed Beat 'em and Eat 'em which the guy behind the counter wouldn't sell me--"it's only for display.' I came back a month later and it'd been sold. Lesson learned: Money talks--but only to the guy in charge.
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