ANTIC Interview 294 – Carol Shaw, Atari and Activision

Carol Shaw, Atari and Activision Carol Shaw was a software engineer at Atari from August 1978 though 1980. She programmed for the Atari 2600 and Atari 8-bit computers. She programmed on 3-D Tic Tac Toe for the Atari 800 and 2600; and the math application Calculator. She worked on Video Checkers, Othello, and Super Breakout for the 2600. She also co-wrote the Atari BASIC Reference Manual. Carol joined Activision in 1982, where she created the hit game River Raid, which she programmed for the 2600 then ported to the Atari 8-bit computers, and Happy Trails for the Intellivision. This interview took place on June 29, 2017. “Originally it was going to be a boat going up a river, but my boat was kind of boring looking … How about an airplane going up a river? We’ll have it kind of a canyon or something like that.” Colleen Calculator Atari Calculator Cartridge Specification Colleen Floating Point Routines Atari BASIC BNF – Backus–Naur Form Benj Edwards’ 2011 interview with Carol

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ANTIC Episode 44 – Hackin’ The Atari

In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: Kevin hacks the heck out of the Atari 8-bits, we’re back on the interview bandwagon, Josh Renaud tells us about ATASCII animations, and Nir Dary gives us the scoop on the Outline Demo Party.

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ANTIC Interview 293 – Merl Miller, dilithium Press

Merl Miller, dilithium Press
Merl Miller was co-founder of dilithium Press, a publisher of computer books that was in business from 1977 through 1986. Merl was co-author of Computers for People (with Jerry Willis), a book that heavily features Atari 8-bit computers; and Things to Do With Your Atari Computer (with Jerry Willis and Nancy Morrice) as well as several other books about other types of personal computers. dilithium Press also published An Atari for Kids, An Atari in the Classroom, 32 BASIC Programs For the Atari Computer, Peanut Butter and Jelly Guide to Computers, and is perhaps best known for Computers for Everybody.
This interview took place on June 26, 2017.
Teaser quote: “When I worked for Prentice Hall, when I worked for West Publishing, when I started my own company, I never forgot that: a good book is one that sells.”

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ANTIC Interview 292 – Claus Buchholz & Lance Ward, ACE-80

Claus Buchholz and Lance Ward, ACE-80

Hello. Welcome to an interview-only episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast. I am Randy Kindig. In 1985, Claus Buchholz and Lance Ward released the ACE-80 and ACE-80XL cartridges, which gave 80-column text capability to the Atari 800 and XL computers, respectively. These were released through their newly-formed company, Amiable Computer Products. Claus also developed a 256K upgrade for the Atari 800XL and wrote an article on converting Atari computer programs to the 5200.

This interview took place on April 8, 2017.

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ANTIC Interview 291 – Robert Veline, Astro Pyrotechnics

Robert Veline, Astro Pyrotechnics

The July/August 1987 issue of ST-Log magazine has an article by Matthew Stern called “Atari Sets Off Fireworks!” It features an interview with Robert Veline of Astro Pryrotechnics, a California-based fireworks company. I’ll read some snippets from the article. …
I found Robert — who is still in the pyrotechnics industry today — to get more of the story. This interview took place on June 2, 2017.
Thanks to Wade at the 1632 Atari ST PodcaST for pointing me to the article in ST-Log magazine.
After our interview, Robert sent me pictures of his Atari-based firing box — as well as all of the software for running it, the assembly language source code, Old Mother Hubbard’s GCHIP Cook Book, his fireworks simulation software, and more.
Teaser quote: “We did have one or two shows where you plugged the box in and turned it on — and it was a 10-second show.”

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ANTIC Interview 290 – Gary Koffler, VP at Datasoft and Datamost

Gary Koffler, VP at Datasoft and Datamost
Gary Koffler was VP at two publishers: Datasoft and Datamost. He was VP Software at Datasoft in 1980–1981. Datasoft published many Atari computer games, including Canyon Climber, Clowns and Balloons, Pacific Coast Highway, Sands of Egypt, and Zaxxon. At Datasoft, Gary managed creation of the AtariWriter word processor under contract for Atari.
Next, Gary was VP Software and Talent at Datamost from 1982–1984. Datamost published Atari games including Mr. Robot and His Robot Factory, Tail of Beta Lyrae, Cohen’s Towers, and Super Bunny. Datamost also published many books for the Atari computer, including Atari Roots, Kids and the Atari, The Elementary Atari, and Games Ataris Play.
This interview took place on April 4, 2017.
Teaser quote: “I didn’t program … I basically programmed programmers because I realized early on that if I wanted to have anything that was going to appear on these machines that I wanted to have appear on them, I was going to have to work with artists and programmers and musicians and animators.”

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ANTIC Interview 288 – David Thornburg, Koalapad inventor

David Thornburg, Koalapad inventor
David Thornburg invented the KoalaPad, a touch tablet that was available for the Atari 8-bit computers, Commodore 64, Apple II, and the IBM PC. A version for the TRS-80 Color Computer was also available, sold as the TRS-80 Touch Pad. He is also the author of The KoalaPad Book, which was published in 1984.
This interview took place on May 22, 2017. In it, we discuss George White, the founder of Koala Technologies, whom I previously interviewed.
Teaser quote: “You know how to take things apart. Good for you. But you’ve never built anything in your entire life. You have no idea what it’s like to invent something that has generated livelihood for hundreds of people, and is making a difference in the lives of thousands of people.”
George White interview (audio)

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ANTIC Interview 287 – George White, Founder of Koala Technologies

George White, Founder of Koala Technologies
George White was the founder of Koala Technologies, the company that made the KoalaPad. KoalaPad was a touch tablet, versions were available for the Atari 8-bit computers, Commodore 64, Apple II, and the IBM PC. A version for the TRS-80 Color Computer was also available, sold as the TRS-80 Touch Pad.
This interview took place on May 20, 2017. If you want to see George and my chat, a video version of this interview is available, check the show notes at AtariPodcast.com for that link. I also interviewed KoalaPad inventor David Thornburg, whom we talk about in this interview. David’s interview will be published next.
“I regret the fact that I wasn’t more forceful in staying true to my original reason for starting the company which was to make mice.”

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ANTIC Interview 286 – William Leslie, OmniTrend Universe

William Leslie – OmniTrend Universe

William Bill Leslie was one of the authors of Omnitrend’s Universe; a science fiction space trading and combat game. The first version was programmed in valFORTH on an Atari 800, based on a board game created by Bill. It was Omnitrend’s first game and was released in 1983. There were versions of Universe for the Atari 8-bit, Apple II and IBM computers.

Bill was also involved in the development of the sequels Universe 2 and Universe 3, and of Breach, a turn-based tactical squad combat game.

This interview took place on Jan. 7, 2017.

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