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    preserving Atari publications at AtariMagazines.com, AtariArchives.org, and Archive.org. Co-host of ANTIC the Atari 8-Bit Podcast.

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  1. We sent him everything. Like I said, he's moved on to other things — remember, we're the weird ones stuck on old computers.
  2. I briefly emailed with Randy a couple of weeks ago. He told me that he is not doing anything Jumpman related but there is another Jumpman themed project in the works by someone else. He is aware of our project and supports it, but I think it's fair to say that he's moved on to other interests in his life. In case anyone here missed it, Rob and I interviewed Randy in 2016. https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-171-randy-glover-jumpman -K
  3. There is no news to share. Rob is busy homeshooling because of the pandemic, and I have been busy with interviews and other projects. So this has been on the back burner. It is not forgotten or abandoned, though. -K
  4. Dorothy Siegel, Pioneer in Computer Music I'm Kay Savetz, and this is ANTIC: The Atari 8-bit podcast. This interview, however, is about events that happened before Atari released its first computers. This interview is with Dorothy Siegel, a pioneer in computer music. The music she created was on an IMSAI 8080 computer and a clarinet. The First Philadelphia Computer Music Festival was held August 25, 1978 as part of a show called Personal Computing '78 held at the Philadelphia Civic Center. In 1979, Creative Computing Magazine published a record album, also titled First Philadelphia Computer Music Festival. The 12" 33 RPM record was of music performed at the festival: 18 pieces, including Dorthy's. Dorothy was co-founder of Newtech, along with her husband Michael Abram and business partner Stuart Newfeld, a company that built add-on music cards for two S-100 bus computers: the IMSAI 8080 and the Southwest Technical Products Corporation 6800. The Newtech Music Cards cost $59.95 each. (Newtech was not the same company as NewTek, the company that sold the Video Toaster in the 1990s.) Dorothy performed Johann Wanhal's Rondo from Sonata in B-flat for Clarinet and Piano. The IMSAI, with three Newtech music boards, performed the piano part, and Dorothy accompanied it on clarinet. Regarding Dorothy's song, the album notes read: "Newtech's music card for the S-100 bus is essentially a digital-to-analog converter controlled by an output port on the computer. The analog output is fed into amplifiers to be heard. This approach to computer music synthesis is extremely flexible since hypothetically any possible sound can be created. In actual practice the performance of the music circuitry is somewhat limited by the speed of the host computer. Each card can produce up to three voices output to one channel. Newtech's music software consists of a BASIC program which converts music into binary tables, and a machine-language interpreter to play the music with three voices and different envelopes. The piece on this record uses three cards each playing one voice." Check the show notes for an extensive list of links to people that we talk about and the articles that Dorothy wrote for ROM Magazine and Popular Electronics. You can hear the entire First Philadelphia Computer Music Festival at VintageComputerMusic.com or buy the album on a remastered audio CD directly from Dave Ahl of Creative Computing Magazine. This interview took place January 7, 2014, when I was doing research for a book about the first personal computer magazines. Although I've decided not to write the book, I am publishing the interviews that I did while doing the research. Personal Computing '78 flyer Popular Electronics magazine, January 1975 Edward Miller's Piece for Clarinet & Tape Stan Viet Electro-Harmonix ANTIC Interview 332 - Mike Matthews, founder of Electro-Harmonix ANTIC Interview 280 - David and Betsy Ahl, Creative Computing Magazine Samuel Abram, Dorothy's son ROM Magazine Issue 4: Scott Joplin on Your Sci-Fi Hi-Fi by Dorothy Siegel ROM Magazine Issue 5: Make Me More Music, Maestro Micro by Dorothy Siegel Popular Electronics November 1979: CP/M: The Standard Microcomputer Software Interface by Dorothy Siegel Listen to/download First Philadelphia Computer Music Festival album Buy the album on a remastered audio CD from Dave Ahl
  5. If you are in the US and want to mail it to me in Portland, OR, I can do it. Then send it back or whatever you prefer. -K
  6. Tracy Frey, Atari Birthday Girl https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-391-tracy-frey-atari-birthday-girl There's an article in the New York Times, dated April 9, 1982: "8-Year-Old's Birthday Party in a Computer Center." The story, written by Barbara Gamareklin, is about the birthday party of Tracey Pizzo — now Tracey Frey — which took place at the Capital Children's Museum in Washington, DC. Quoting the article: Tracy Pizzo decided that Chunky’s Cheese Pizza Parlor was not the place for her eighth birthday party after all. She chose the Future Center of the Capital Children’s Museum, where her 13 guests were able to try their hand at the video games on 20 Atari 800 microcomputers. Without waiting to remove their coats and jackets, the girls, most of them 6 to 8 years old, rushed toward the glowing multicolored screens. In no time they were engrossed in computer games — from Asteroids and Find Hurkle to Lemonade Stand. "Go, Megan, go!" cried 6-year-old Enid Maran, who was still wearing her black kid gloves. "We have to explode those little stars." Megan Thaler worked her control lever and sent a stream of blue and red simulated antiaircraft fire across the screen in the direction of a small green airplane. Tracy’s mother, Peggy Pizzo, said that Tracy’s older sister, Cara, had been to the Future Center on a school field trip "and Tracy got so excited when she heard about it that she insisted we have a computer birthday party.” ... "Tracy said the reason she wanted to come was because her friends liked to push buttons," said 11-year-old Cara, who had baked the white birthday cake with pink frosting that had "Eight" spelled out in strawberries. "What is your name?" the Birthday Banner computer asked. "And how old are you now? Are you a boy or a girl?" As Tracy typed in the answers and her friends serenaded her with “Happy Birthday,” a five-foot computer tape slowly emerged from the machine, reading in letters six inches tall: "Happy Birthday Tracy."... Tracy, aided by her friends, Katherine Herz and Annamaria Hibbs, tried out her entrepreneurial skills at Lemonade Stand. ... Tracy played Hangman with her father, Dr. Philip Pizzo. She said, "Make it hard, but not too hard," as she closed her eyes and her father entered the word "Christmas" for her to guess, each incorrect guess slowly forming a hangman’s noose on the screen.... Asteroids is the only noneducational game offered in the computer room... Computer birthday parties cost $5 a person, with a minimum of eight in a party... As for Tracy Pizzo, as she and her friends filed down the hall to the balloon-festooned party room for ice cream, cake and presents, she pronounced the day "just perfect." (end quote) In 1981, Atari donated 30 Atari computer systems to the Capital Children's Museum. The contribution allowed the museum to establish the Future Center "computer learning environment", to put computer programs in exhibits, and to create a software development lab. By the way, the Capital Children's Museum still exists — it's now called the National Children's Museum, but there probably aren't any Atari computers around to play with anymore. This interview took place on June 26, 2020. NYT — 8-Year-Old's Birthday Party in a Computer Center: https://www.nytimes.com/1982/04/09/style/8-year-old-s-birthday-party-in-a-computer-center.html Picture of Tracey and her friends: https://imgur.com/a/pD7RTF6 National Children's Museum https://nationalchildrensmuseum.org
  7. David Gedalia, Atari-controlled Telescope https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-390-david-gedalia-atari-controlled-telescope Listener Paul Somerfeldt sent me a blurb he found in a book titled "The Dobsonian Telescope" by David Kriege and Richard Berry. The book reads: "Computer-controlled Dobsonian telescopes entered amateur astronomy in the late 1980s. An outstanding early example was David Gedalia's 10-inch f/4.5 Dobsonian driven by an Atari 800XL computer, shown at the 1987 Riverside Telescope Makers Conference. With the Atari driving altitude and azimuth stepper-motors, the telescope would move automatically to coordinates entered on the computer’s keyboard. David was a third-year engineering student when he built this telescope." I sought out David to find out more about his Atari-controlled telescope. This interview took place on May 29, 2020. Photos of David with his telescope The Dobsonian Telescope by David Kriege and Richard Berry New Horizons in Amateur Astronomy by Grant Fjermedal
  8. Brad Stewart, Covox https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-389-brad-stewart-covox Brad Stewart was the co-founder and chief designer of Covox, the company that created Covox VoiceMaster. VoiceMaster was speech digitizer and voice recognition hardware for the Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit, and Apple II computers. This interview took place on May 21, 2020. Aerosynth Brad's blog post about Covox Voice Master Kay plays with VoiceMaster in 2014 Covox Voicemaster Demo cassette A Bionic Approach to Speech Processing Escape from Planet X at AtariMania
  9. Yikes! Nope. Thanks for letting me know. K
  10. Henry and Nancy Taitt, Creative Learning Association https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-388-henry-and-nancy-taitt-creative-learning-association Henry Taitt was founder of the Creative Learning Association, which created books and classes about how to program computers in BASIC. Henry, along with his wife Nancy Taitt, ran the company from 1982-1988. The book series, TLC For Growing Minds — TLC means Thinking, Learning, Creating — delivered self-paced lessons about the BASIC programming language. Versions of the series were available for Atari 8-bit, Apple II, IBM PC, TRS-80, and other platforms. Each platform series had seven books with color-coded covers: the red cover was level 1, orange for level 2, yellow for level 3, and so on down the rainbow. Another series offered platform-agnostic microcomputer projects. The material was used as the bases for in-person classes at computer labs around the United States. Creative Learning Association also published a newsletter and a "national registry of computer programers" highlighting students who had progressed in the book series. I have been able to find and scan some of Creative Learning Association materials and upload them to The Internet Archive. This interview took place on April 14, 2020. TLC for Growing Minds book scans
  11. Claudia Cohl, Editor-in-Chief of Family Computing and K-Power Magazine https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-387-claudia-cohl-editor-in-chief-of-family-computing-and-k-power-magazine Claudia Cohl was the editor-in-chief of Family Computing Magazine for its entire run. Published by Scholastic, the magazine ran for 49 issues, from September 1983 through September 1987. Then it published 11 more issues, though August 1988, as "Family and Home Office Computing." Finally, it was rebranded "Home Office Computing". Claudia remained editor there until a new division was formed, and she moved to the Professional Publishing department to focus on magazines for teachers. In a 1983 New York Times article "Children's Magazine for a Computer Age," Claudia is quoted: "Our magazine is primarily for parents. Parents feel confused about computers and software and they feel they have no place to turn. We think parents will be using our magazine themselves or with their kids. Children will be picking up the magazine too." Claudia was also editor-in-chief of K-Power magazine, a computer magazine for kids. Only eight issues of K-Power were published, running from February 1984 to November/December 1984, after which it was merged with Family Computing. Our interview took place in two portions, on June 29, 2018 and December 11, 2019.
  12. Me? From the flyer I posted at As for AtariMania;s claim of AR and TT, I'd like to see those in print somewhere. Kevin
  13. Do you know for sure that TT and AR were released in Atari versions? I have no reason do doubt you, but want to be sure because not all sets were released for all platforms.
  14. Hey gang. We still need to find and digitize Dorsett Educational Systems cassettes. Most are sets of 8 tapes. Fl - fluid power systems CL - great classics Mf - Math/Fractions 4-8 got it https://archive.org/details/DorsettAtariFractions Vm - vocational math AdP - adult phonics (this one is TWO sets of 8 tapes) En - Energy and environment (this was “to be released” so who knows, might not have actually been released.) If you have any of these, please speak up. -Kay
  15. Go for it, feel free to post it there yourself. Glad I found you -Kay
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