ANTIC Episode 8 – The Atari 8-bit Podcast – Curt Vendel & Dennis Harkins

On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast: an interview with Curt Vendel, Atari historian and co-author of “Atari, Inc: Business Is Fun” … and an interview with Dennis Harkins, author of the APX program Message Display Program … and how a pack of bubble gum led to life with an Atari and a career in computers.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

Kevins Book “Terrible Nerd”

New Atari books scans at

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

What We’ve Been Up To

“Compute’s Atari Collection Volume 1”

“CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy’s Underdog Computer” by Boisy G Pitre and Bill Loguidice

“Sophistication and Simplicity, The Life and Times of the Apple II Computer” by Steven Weyhrich



Vintage Computer Festival Southeast (VCFSE) 2.0

Intellivisionaries Podcast

Movie Musical Madness

Kevin’s black metal 850 interface

“A Mind Forever Voyaging – a history of storytelling in video games”

Atari User Magazine

Kevin’s Atari 400/800 Posters


VCF East 9.1

Atari Gamer Magazine

Gamer Promotion on YouTube

30th Anniversary Edition of Boulder Dash

TapStar Interactive

“>Terry Stewart (Tez) HD remake of Atari 400 Video on YouTube

Band Of Outsiders Atari Clothing Article

Band of Outsiders Website

Atari 800 mentioned on Colbert Report Video

Atari 800 on Colbert Report Discussion on AtariAge

Google and YouTube Atari Easter Eggs

Learning Curve programming articles

Learning Curve Discussion on AtariAge

Nolan Bushnell interview

NOMAM 2014 programming contest for 10 line games

Bill Kendrick – Paddleship Entry for NOMAM Computer Magazines Computer Newsletters Game Magazines Manuals The Business Case: Applications and Programs for the Home Office



Atari Encyclopedia

History of Atari Computers from CIO Magazine

Bits of the Past store

Interview – Curt Vendel

Atari Museum

Atari History Book Website

“Atari Inc.: Business is Fun (Volume I)” by Curt Vendel, Marty Goldberg at Amazon

Interview – Dennis Harkins

Unedited Dennis Harkins Interview


Taste My Beeper 1-bit GTIA Music

of the Beastie Boys and the music from Ballblazer

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