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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. 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
  2. Yikes! Nope. Thanks for letting me know. K
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. Go for it, feel free to post it there yourself. Glad I found you -Kay
  9. Here's a dump of another EPG Jr. Rev 6 that came across my desk. Provenance: the guy from this YouTube video posted the EPROM dumps up as he couldn't get them to work, an interested party downloaded and trimmed them to the correct size, and passed the file to Twitter user @halftheisland, who passed the ROM to me. I was going to also tell the folks at the Prevue Guide Wiki but can't find any contact info there. -Kay EPG Jr. Rev 6 (19xx)(Prevue)(US)[HMJR6].bin
  10. Sherman told me: "I wasn't the CEO of Edunetics. I worked for them for a while, but didn't know of any connection between this company and Atari. Also, I'm not familiar with the titles mentioned." -Kay
  11. I scanned INFO/soft manuals: https://archive.org/details/info-soft-3000-5000-and-7000-display-systems-manual-images https://archive.org/details/info-soft-5000-display-systems-manual https://archive.org/details/info-soft-6080-vcr-controller There is some really interesting stuff in here. The list of potential applications for their character generator: hotels, apartments, hospitals, transportation, convenience stores, schools, Indian reservations, government offices, military bases, factories, corporate offices, banks, trade shows, golf courses... Ataris were working everywhere. And there's plenty of technical bits about replacing a cable channel with the Atari's output for distribution to hotel rooms, and automatic insertion of Atari-generated ads using DTMF tones. Versions of the software were available that let hotel operators only access 20 screens to display; the rest could be accessed remotely only by a third-party advertiser. There's information about the VCR controller add-on, and external control lines operated by the joystick ports. -Kay
  12. Sherman Rosenfeld, Atari Institute for Education Action Research https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-386-sherman-rosenfeld-atari-institute-for-education-action-research Dr. Sherman Rosenfeld is an internationally-known leader in informal learning and science education. He was a consultant to the Atari Institute for Education Action Research. Founded in June 1981 and led by Ted Kahn, the Institute provided equipment, advice, and financial support to non-profit educational organizations. It granted more than $1 million in hardware and software to schools, science museums, vocational and special education programs, even a prison. Ted Kahn, whom I have previously interviewed, recently dug through his files to uncover several documents about the Institute, including "Informal Learning and Computers," the working paper written by Sherman Rosenfeld for the Atari Institute for Education Action Research in September 1982. Ted also graciously scanned a 1981 Atari Institute brochure, a 1983 progress report, and "Atari in Action," the Institute's newsletter, dated fall 1982. This interview took place on May 25, 2020. Sherman talked to me from his office in Israel. A video version of the interview is also available.
  13. Software Automatic Mouth: Mark Barton https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-385-software-automatic-mouth-mark-barton Mark Barton was creator of SAM — Software Automatic Mouth. Released in 1982, SAM was the first software-only speech synthesizer for personal computers. It was available for the Apple II, Commodore 64, and Atari 8-bit computers. He later developed Macintalk, speech synthesis for the Macintosh computer; and narrator, the speech system for the Commodore Amiga. This interview took place on May 22, 2020.
  14. 2014. https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-the-atari-8-bit-podcast-paul-laughton-interview -K
  15. Fandal: Atari programer and archivist https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-384-fandal-atari-programer-and-archivist Frantisek Houra is better known to the Atari community as Fandal. He's an Atari computer programmer and long-time archivist of European Atari software. He has created many original Atari games and conversions from other platforms: including Fruity Pete, Mashed Turtles, Crescent Solitaire, and Diamondz. This interview took place on August 28, 2019, during the Fujiama Atari conference in Lengenfeld, Germany. Roland Wassenberg sat in to assist with the interview. Shortly after, Fandal and I and several other attendees hooked up a multijoy and played some rounds of Mashed Turtles with six players (up to eight can play), and it was so. much. fun.
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