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  1. Suzanne told me: "I’m afraid I don’t have any information on the name of the vocalist. I know she was new to the community at that time and I think she did a great job on this demo. If I come across any further news I’ll let you know."
  2. After I published my interview with Suzanne Ciani, she found an unpublished Atari song in her archives. It's a tune titled "My Atari". She sent it to me and allowed me to share it. It's really good, worth a listen. Hear it at https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-special-episode-my-atari-by-suzanne-ciani or -Kay
  3. Ya'll might enjoy this song, released for the first time this weekend: "My Atari" by Suzanne Ciani. She made this song in the early 1980s for Atari, but it was never released. It is *probably* about the Atari 2600 or 5200. https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-special-episode-my-atari-by-suzanne-ciani -Kay
  4. Dan Kramer, Atari Trak-Ball Controllers https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-403-dan-kramer-atari-trak-ball-controllers Dan Kramer worked at Atari from 1980 to 1984 in the consumer engineering group where he created products for the home computers and home video games. He championed the creation of the Trak-Ball accessories for the Atari game consoles and computers, and received a patent for his digital-to-analog interface for the Atari 5200 trak-ball. He also worked on the French (SECAM) version of the Atari XL computers, the Atari 2700, and various other projects. This interview took place on December 18, 2020. Playing Catch-Up: Dan Kramer (2005 interview): https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/97175/Playing_CatchUp_Dan_Kramer.php Patent: Digital-analog conversion for shaft encoders: https://patents.justia.com/patent/4496936 Video version of this interview at YouTube: https://youtu.be/l0E6BCrhka0
  5. A fresh interview with Mark Reid, author of Getaway!, by John Shawler: https://www.everythingamiga.com/2021/01/a-conversation-with-mark-reid-author-of-getaway.html (and, as a reminder, @playermissile's 2016 interview with Mark is still here: http://playermissile.com/podcast/ep019.html )
  6. I found a handful of BASIC games on my old floppies, stuff that my dad and I downloaded from BBSes. I couldn't find these on @www.atarimania.com These three were downloaded from Weird City BBS. Uncle Bob's Gambling Hall: fun little gambling mini-games. Author is "ST Finchley III." "Mayor Stanley Throckmorton Finchley III" was the sysop of Weird City BBS. Uncle Bob's Gambling Hall - ST Finchley III.atr Trivia for the Trivial: a trivial pursuit type game. Credited to Weird City BBS. I'm pretty sure "Finchley" did this one too. Trivia for the Trivial Weird City BBS.atr Destroy Thy Neighbor v 0.0. A Scorched Earth type artillery game. The creator, Jeff Klee, is now CEO of AmTrav.com. Destroy Thy Neighbor Jeff Klee.atr I'll see if I have more unarchived things on my other personal disks in coming weeks. -Kay
  7. The Famous Computer Cafe https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-402-the-famous-computer-cafe This is a podcast episode featuring three interviews with people who created a radio show that did hundreds of interviews. The Famous Computer Cafe was -- not a restaurant -- but a radio program that aired from 1983 through the first quarter of 1986. The program included computer news, product reviews, and interviews. The program was created by three people — who were not only the on-air voices, but did all the work around the program: getting advertisers, buying air time, researching each day's computer news, booking interviews -- everything. Those three people were Andrew Velcoff, Michael Walker (now Michael FireWalker), and Ellen Lubin (later Ellen Walker, now Ellen Fields.) For this episode of Antic, I got to talk with all three of The Famous Computer Cafe's proprietors. There were several versions of the show, which aired on several radio stations, primarily in California. A live, daily half-hour version allowed phone calls from listeners. Taped versions (running a half-hour and up to two hours) also aired daily. The show started in 1983 on two stations in the Los Angeles area: KFOX 93.5 FM and KIEV 870 AM. In 1985 it began airing in the California Bay Area: on KXLR 1260 AM in San Francisco and KCSM 91.1 FM in San Matro, and KSDO 1130 AM in San Diego. Also in 1985 a nationally syndicated, half-hour non-commercial version of The Famous Computer Cafe was available via satellite to National Public Radio stations around the United States, though it's not clear today which stations ran it. To me, the most exciting thing about the show was the interviews. The list of people that the show interviewed is a who's-who of tech luminaries of the early 1980s. But not just computer people: they interviewed anyone whose work was touched by personal computer technology. musicians, professors, publishers, philosophers, journalists, astrologers. The cafe aired interviews with Philip Estridge, the IBM vice president who was responsible for developing the PC; Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates; Atari Chairman Jack Tramiel; Bill Atkinson, developer of MacPaint; Infocom's Joel Berez; Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek; musician Herbie Hancock; Trip Hawkins, founder of Electronic Arts; author Douglas Adams; Stewart Brand, editor of the Whole Earth Catalog; psychologist Timothy Leary; science fiction writer Ray Bradbury; synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog; and pop star Donny Osmond. The list goes on and on and on. By mid-1985, the show had run more than 300 half-hour interviews. Here's the bad news. Those episodes, those interviews, are lost. Today, a recording of only one Cafe episode is known to exist. That show, which aired January 2, 1986, includes an interview with Rich Gold, creator of the Activision simulation Little Computer People; a call-in from tech journalist John Dvorak; and commercials for Elephant Floppy Disks and Microsoft Word. The entire 29-minute episode is available at Internet Archive, with the gracious permission of the show's creators. It's an amazing time capsule -- which survived because Rich Gold, interviewed on the program, saved a cassette of that show. Perhaps, somewhere, there are hundreds more episodes waiting to be re-discovered — if someone has the recordings. If you do, contact me at [email protected] The good news is that transcripts of six interviews do exist (and are now online): Timothy Leary, Donny Osmond, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's Douglas Adams and Steve Meretzky; Frank Herbert, author of the Dune series; Tom Mahon, author of Charged Bodies; and Jack Nilles, head of the University of Southern California Center for Futures Research. You'll hear the interviews in the order in which I recorded them. First up is Michael FireWalker, then Ellen Fields, then Andrew Velcoff. The interview with Michael FireWalker took place on May 27, 2020. The interview with Ellen Fields took place on June 1, 2020. The interview with Andrew Velcoff took place on July 3, 2020. Special thanks to fellow researcher Devin Monnens, and the Department of Special Collections at Stanford University. This podcast used excerpts from the one The Famous Computer Cafe episode that is known to exist. That episode, now available at Internet Archive, was digitized by Stanford University (the physical tape is in their special collections located in the Stanford Series 9 of the Rich Gold Collection (M1510), Box 2.) If you have any other recordings of any Famous Computer Cafe episodes, please contact me at [email protected] The Famous Computer Cafe 1986-01-02 episode The Famous Computer Cafe interview transcripts The Famous Computer Cafe ads, photos, articles
  8. Thanks. John F. White at AtariMania Querg Chess article in ICCA Journal The Amateurs' Book Opening Routine in ICCA Journal Superquerg announcement in New Atari User Writing Strategy Games on Your Atari Computer: UK version, US version Weather Center adventure game articles: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
  9. John F. White: Writing Strategy Games On Your Atari Computer & Superquerg https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-401-john-f-white-writing-strategy-games-on-your-atari-computer-superquerg John F. White is author of the book Writing Strategy Games On Your Atari Computer and the creator of Superquerg and Negaquerg, computer chess programs that were distributed in New Atari User magazine. He was also a contributor to the UK computer magazines Popular Computing Weekly, Personal Computing, Practical Computing, and Computer Weekly, often writing about computer chess and game strategy. His book Writing Strategy Games On Your Atari Computer, published in 1983, offers “techniques for intelligent games,” with advice and BASIC code for programming tic-tac-toe, checkers, chess, and other board games. New Atari User’s description of SuperQuerg — it was a “disk bonus,” not a type- in program — was: “SuperQuerg Chess is a third generation program with alpha-beta pruning and iterative deepening. An alpha-beta window is also employed. Uses Shannon A and B strategies, killer heuristic and chopper functions, new methods for searching to deep levels and for other game strategies. ... Querg Chess is unusual among chess programs in that it relies more on the strength of its positional strategy than on its tactical play. Artificial Intelligence methods are used to switch between strategic and tactical searching, as the program considers appropriate.” John organized the 1982 Chess Computer Symposium, the first major tournament to assign gradings to chess computers by their play against human opponents. He is co-creator of Blitz Latin, Latin-to-English language translation software. This interview took place via email from July 13 through 16, 2020. You will be hearing John’s words but not his voice. John preferred not to do a voice interview, so for this audio podcast, his emailed responses will be read by Victor Marland. Canonical text version of this interview John F. White at ChessProgramming.org Querg at ChessProgramming.org John F. White at AtariMania Download SuperQuerg and NegaQuerg Querg Chess article in ICCA Journal The Amateurs' Book Opening Routine in ICCA Journal Blitz Latin Superquerg announcement in New Atari User Writing Strategy Games on Your Atari Computer: UK version, US version A Colorful Combination article Weather Center adventure game articles: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 Checkers program by John White, Creative Computing Bill Lange’s blog on Writing Strategy Games On Your Atari Computer
  10. Suzanne Ciani, pioneer in electronic music Suzanne Ciani is a pioneer in electronic music, Grammy-nominated composer, and recording artist. In the 1980's, she created music for television commercials, corporate tags, and audio logos for Atari as well as many other companies. She also created the soundtrack for the 1980 Bally pinball machine, Xenon. In addition to being an early adopter of electronic music, she educated the world about it, demonstrating sound design techniques on The David Letterman Show, 3-2-1 Contact, and other popular media. This interview took place on November 5, 2020. Audio version: https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-400-suzanne-ciani-pioneer-in-electronic-music Youtube version:
  11. Jim Tittsler, Atari 1600 prototype https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-399-jim-tittsler-atari-1600-prototype Jim Tittsler got my attention with a tweet, an old photo of a computer in a PC-style case, connected to Atari joysticks and disk drive. In the tweet, Jim wrote: "A prototype of what we hoped would become the #atari 1600: an Atari 800 grafted on to an IBM PC compatible. A Jekyll/Hyde mashup allowing you to plug in cartridges, SIO drives, and PC expansion cards. It seemed a good idea at the time." So I reached out to Jim to learn more about that computer, and his time at Atari. Jim worked in Atari's Special Projects Group, where he worked on several pie-in-the-sky, unreleased, home computer projects including the Atari 1600. When Atari was sold to Jack Tramiel, he was re-hired, where he worked on the Atari ST, the Atari PC-1 IBM compatible, and other projects. He worked at Atari for more than a decade. This interview took place on September 9, 2020. Video version of this interview at YouTube Jim's Atari 1600 tweet Atari Museum on the Atari 1600
  12. Dan Noguerol (@Farb): Atari 8-bit Software Preservation Initiative https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-398-dan-noguerol-farb-atari-8-bit-software-preservation-initiative Two interviews with the same person, recorded more than four years apart. Dan Noguerol is better known to the Atari community as Farb. He is the mastermind behind the Atari 8-bit Software Preservation Initiative, and years ago created SIO2Arduino, an Arduino-based disk drive emulator. I interviewed Farb on August 29, 2019, where we talked primarily about the Atari 8-bit Software Preservation Initiative. That interview took place at the Fujiama Atari event in Lengenfeld, Germany. Our friend Roland Wassenberg sat in on the interview. Shortly after doing that interview, I learned that Randy Kindig had also interviewed Farb, on April 20, 2015, but got busy and hadn't published the interview. So in this episode, two interviews with Farb: my more recent interview first, then we'll go back to 2015 to hear Randy's interview. ... Next, Randy's 2015 interview. In it, they discuss the Software Preservation Initiative, which was at a much earlier stage at that point, and SIO2Arduino. SIO2Arduino is an Atari 8-bit device emulator that runs on the Arduino platform. It connects to Atari 8-bit hardware and emulates a single Atari 1050 disk drive. In the years since this interview was recorded, the project has largely been made obsolete by projects like the S-Drive-MAX and FujiNet. But Farb's work on SIO2Arduino, and making it open-source, absolutely laid the groundwork for those newer hardware projects.
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