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So shocking. The 7800 scene will not be the same without him. I was able to meet Curt at the last CGE in Vegas in around 2014. Great guy and he did awesome work. He will be missed!

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I also met Curt that year at CGE. He showed me the XM proto that he brought and we had a nice conversation. I’d been quietly waiting to see more, and I’m so very sorry to hear about his passing. Very shocked. My condolences. 

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I don't think many people here realise just how much Curt has done for this hobby in general over the years, and not just for the 7800 community. He had his hands in everything ranging from the 2600 to the 8-bit and ST computer series, and even the Jaguar. All of us here owe him a huge debt of gratitude for how much he contributed to the hobby. RIP Curt, you will be sorely missed.

 

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Truly sad news, in a truly sad year.  I've lost my father, my cousin her partner, and so many others have lost.  I only ever dealt with Curt on the XM, but he was always courteous, responsive and willing to talk when he had the time.  I hope if such a thing exists that Curt has found peace.  

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I woke up this afternoon and the first thing I see were all of the posts about Curt and am still in shock. Just sitting here for hours this evening trying to keep it together, I don't know very many people who love the hobby and Atari as much as he did. His contributions and resourcefulness will continue to forever benefit the community. He's provided so much fascinating information over the years, including breakthrough assets for the Jaguar having released the encryption keys/source code,etc., but I know his true love was always for the 7800. It certainly shows with how much time and effort he passionately put into the XM!

 

I'm terribly sorry to hear about his loss and feel deeply for his family, Curt was always very friendly to me and willing to try and help any chance he could. We were just exchanging e-mails Friday regarding Jaguar backup tapes and then just a few days later, he passes :(

 

May you rest in peace my friend! 😢

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And everyone was getting on the poor guy's case about the lack of updates on the XM...  Well, now we know why.  RIP to a giant in the Atari world, and probably the real world, too.  I only spoke to the guy on a couple of occasions via messenger but he a seemed a very friendly and forthright guy.  I'm sure that he will be missed in the community and my best wishes go out to his family.

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I had to process this for a little while. Curt was a truly selfless person who gave so much to this community, and he was so kind to me when we corresponded over the years. It’s an immeasurable loss to the Atari community, and of course to his family and friends. My deepest sympathy to his family and everyone who loved him. You will be greatly missed, Curt. Rest In Peace.

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Curt's death stunned me.

 

I never met him in person, but I viewed him as a Atari historian when I first found out found Curt was the owner of the Atari Museum website. 

 

 He was one of the most important people in the Atari community. I remembered him having stuff that helped homebrew programmers back in the 2000s with the documentation he has. I remembered having sales figures, actually code for some games, and a bunch of other stuff.

 

I first visited Curt's website back in the late 1990s and that is where I discovered the information Curt had on Atari. I later did find out Curt did work out hardware beside me owning the book that him and Marty worked on.

 

RIP Curt and condolences to his family.

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This is awful, 2020 continues to take and take. :(  Thank you Curt, for all you've done for Classic Gaming. Rest in peace.

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Reposting here. I am the one who had the unfortunate responsibility of breaking the news to the public after hearing it from his wife. I am still in shock at the loss of my friend. Yes it was his heart though an autopsy is not going to be done because of Covid restrictions.I’ve posted about the funeral arrangements on the Atari Museum Facebook group. I’m going to be working with his wife at some point in the near future to bring some order into the sad chaos that has arisen from his sudden departure. That includes going through the voluminous Atari museum archive, all the projects he was working on for people, any business related things, and so on. It’s quite the undertaking but it has to be done. And I want to make sure I do everything possible to preserve his legacy and what he was trying to accomplish, and what I was fortunate enough to be a part of for sometime now.
 

Regarding the XM, I was not involved directly with that but I will be including that in the list of things I have to be going through and seeing what I could do to keep moving it forward. I do know that any and all money went towards the tooling for the cases early on, so he anybody else brought in was basically doing their work for nothing all this time out of the pure love for it and to see it finished. So anybody I can try and work with to finish this up would have to be working on it out of that same respect, and possible future sales. But none of this is my expertise, my work on Curt’s projects has always been in software, waiting,  graphic arts and marketing.

 

Right now everything is just under lockdown and completely in stasis and safe, while the family deals with his upcoming funeral and immediate aftermath of his sudden death.

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Curt had talked to me about all the surgeries he had had when I met him at CGE in 2014, so I suspected that a cardiac issue was what led to his untimely death.  It really is very sad.  Thank you for your efforts to help keep his memory alive, Marty.  For now, though, the XM and any other projects need to wait.  Condolences.

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Marty thank you for keeping us and everyone else in the loop, I am truly sorry for the loss of your friend.  Many of us have been in your shoes, especially this year, so I say that with all due respect.  

 

I agree with TrekMD that the XM and other projects can wait, its good of you to have acknowledged it but I'm sure we all would have waited until an announcement down the road out of respect.  

 

When it comes time to revisit the XM I'm sure you'll find many of us willing to volunteer to help get Curt's project done in any way we can, myself included.  I may be an engineer now but I cut my teeth building computers back in the day just cause it was fun to take things apart and see how they work.  So I'd be happy to lend a screwdriver or whatnot, when and if the time comes, if anything but to help put things together and get them out to people.  

 

Please give his wife and family our condolences from his AtariAge family. 

 

-Michael

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I'll chime in with my sadness and condolences as well. Curt was a great guy, and his contributions to preserving untold numbers of documents, protos, software, etc from Atari will live on long after we all go to that big console in the sky.

Not only was he a great guy, and a huge Atari fan, he was absolutely critical to preserving early video game history.

He will indeed be missed. RIP.

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2 hours ago, bradhig1 said:

Is this the end of the XM?

 

On 9/2/2020 at 3:24 PM, Retro Rogue said:

Regarding the XM, I was not involved directly with that but I will be including that in the list of things I have to be going through and seeing what I could do to keep moving it forward. I do know that any and all money went towards the tooling for the cases early on, so he anybody else brought in was basically doing their work for nothing all this time out of the pure love for it and to see it finished. So anybody I can try and work with to finish this up would have to be working on it out of that same respect, and possible future sales. But none of this is my expertise, my work on Curt’s projects has always been in software, waiting,  graphic arts and marketing.

 

Right now everything is just under lockdown and completely in stasis and safe, while the family deals with his upcoming funeral and immediate aftermath of his sudden death.

 

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