ANTIC Interview 167 – Al Casper: Counter, My Spelling Easel, Equestrian

Al Casper: Counter, My
Spelling Easel, Equestrian

Al Casper published three programs
with Atari Program Exchange. His first, Counter, was first
available in the fall 1982 APX catalog. It won first prize in the
learning category in that catalog. Counter was also released in a
French language version by Atari France.

Next was My Spelling Easel, which
was first available in the spring 1983 catalog, and won second
prize in the learning category. His third program was Equestrian,
which appeared in the winter 1983-1984 APX catalog (the very last
APX catalog) and was the “APX Olympic contest winner.”

Al also wrote an article called
Purge, a quicker and simpler method of housecleaning diskettes, for
Compute! magazine, which was re-published in Compute!’s Third Book
of Atari.

This interview took place on February 7, 2016

Teaser quote:

“I remember, we got a quarterly…
royalty check. It seems to me the first one I got… several
hundred dollars, I think. One of the next ones, it was like
$10,000. … I couldn’t believe it, because this was basically just
a hobby.”

Al’s programs at AtariMania:

http://www.atarimania.com/list_games_atari-400-800-xl-xe-casper-al-p_team_215_8_G.html

Counter in the fall 1982 APX
catalog:


https://archive.org/stream/APXCatalogFall1982/APX_Catalog_Fall_1982#page/n22/mode/1up

My Spelling Easel in the spring 1983
catalog:


https://archive.org/stream/APXCatalogSpring1983/APX_Catalog_Spring_1983#page/n18/mode/1up

Equestrian in the winter 1984
catalog:

https://archive.org/details/APXCatalogWinter1983

Purge utility: http://www.atariarchives.org/c3ba/page195.php

Source:: ANTIC Interview 167 – Al Casper: Counter, My Spelling Easel, Equestrian