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Sun, 28 Aug 2022
ANTIC Episode 91 - HAM Atari In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast…Kay gets a new job, Randy officially retires, and we cover a ton of hardware upgrades READY! Recurring Links    Interview index:    ...
 length: 01:15:32
Fri, 05 Aug 2022
ANTIC Episode 90 - Lets All Retire! In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast… Atari hits 50 big years, Lego gets into the ballgame, and Randy talks retirement (no, not from the show). READY! Recurring Links   ...
 length: 55:28
Tue, 28 Jun 2022
ANTIC Episode 89 - Choke on it! In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast… Brad regales us with his motherload of new Atari stuff, Kay solves the mystery of “Have You Played Atari Today?”, and we discuss lots of other Atari news...
 length: 01:12:10
Sat, 21 May 2022
ANTIC Episode 88 - We need more Atari shows! In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast… lots of Atari action and news, loading Atari software from VHS, and a call for more Atari-specific shows READY! Recurring Links  ...
 length: 01:25:16
Sat, 14 May 2022
Michael Park: Swan and Fujiboink Demos, MIDI Maze   Michael Park created two well-known demos that are familiar to many Atari enthusiasts: the Swan Demo and FujiBoink. In the Swan demo, a bird flies gracefully across the screen, in front of a...
 length: 19:29
Sat, 23 Apr 2022
Scott Savage: Lefty, the Checkers Playing Robot "Lefty" was the name of the world's first checker-playing robot, which was located at the Omniplex science museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The robot arm would play games of checkers against museum...
 length: 53:27
Sat, 16 Apr 2022
Anthony Ramos: Parrot, Creepy Caverns Anthony Dandrea is better known to Atari computer enthusiasts as Anthony Ramos. Anthony programmed Creepy Caverns, a type-in BASIC game that was published in Antic magazine's August 1984 issue. Anthony also...
 length: 01:29:32
Thu, 07 Apr 2022
ANTIC Episode 87 - Good news, bad news In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast… we have tons of news, both good and bad, and lots of coverage of new hardware. READY! Recurring Links    Interview index:    ...
 length: 01:18:39
Sat, 12 Mar 2022
Tom Zimmerman, AMY chip Tom Zimmerman worked at Atari from 1982-1984 where he was on the digital audio research team in Atari's Corporate Research Lab in Sunnyvale. There he worked on the AMY chip — a next-generation audio chip. Tom, one of four AMY...
 length: 47:27
Sat, 05 Mar 2022
ANTIC Episode 86 - Tangents In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast… the BASIC 10-liners contest and the AtariAge High Score Club contest are on like Donkey Kong, new software and hardware is available for our favorite machine, K...
 length: 01:05:49
Tue, 25 Jan 2022
ANTIC Episode 85 - Surprise Roundtable In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast...we have a surprise roundtable with guests Nir Dary, Jason Moore, Corey Koltz, and Bill Kendrick where we discuss numerous Atari 8-bit topics! READY!...
 length: 01:17:07
Mon, 27 Dec 2021
ANTIC Episode 84 - Atari Resolutions for the New Year In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast...we each talk about our top Atari resolution for 2022 (although maybe not the type of resolution you were thinking), and discuss all the...
 length: 01:06:22
Sun, 26 Dec 2021
Tim Huntington: Krazy Kopter, Fire Chief, Adventures of Robin Hood Tim Huntington was an Atari game developer based in the United Kingdom. He programmed Krazy Kopter, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and Fire Chief, which were published by English...
 length: 30:27
Mon, 06 Dec 2021
ANTIC Episode 83 - The Dog Ate It In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast...Kay forgets to wear his ANTIC t-shirt, we all have new members of the family (and Brad’s eats everything in sight), Kay goes crazy scanning Atari...
 length: 01:08:10
Sat, 04 Dec 2021
Jack Verson was the founder of JV Software, where he programmed and published several games for the Atari 8-bit computers: Action Quest, Ghost Encounters, and Journey to the Planets. Roklan Software repackaged Action Quest and Ghost Encounters into a...
 length: 31:10
Fri, 29 Oct 2021
ANTIC Episode 82 -  FujiNet to Take Over the World! In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast...we have special guest Thom Cherryhomes who tells us why FujiNet is aiming to take over the world, we discuss the recent VCF Midwest...
 length: 01:43:05
Sat, 23 Oct 2021
Dave Johnson: Demon Attack, Atlantis; APX Lookahead; Personal Financial Management Dave Johnson programmed software for the little-known Interact Model One computer, and later worked as  a programmer for Atari, where he created the game...
 length: 01:00:52
Sun, 17 Oct 2021
Margaret (Akin) Guilbault, Atari Camper Margaret Akin was one of the children who attended Atari's computer camps, and one of the kids who was featured in The Magic Room, Atari's movie about the camps. Her name is now Margaret Guilbault. Atari ran...
 length: 17:11
Sat, 18 Sep 2021
Eric Podietz, Interactive Picture Systems Eric Podietz was co-founder of Interactive Picture Systems, a company that created software for 8-bit computers from 1982 through 1984. The company's first program was PAINT! for the Atari 8-bits, which was...
 length: 51:31
Sun, 05 Sep 2021
ANTIC Episode 81 -  Too Much Commodore In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast… we wax philosophical about Raspberry Pi upgrades for the Atari, discuss the drama that was the Atari fest of the past, and talk WAY too much...
 length: 01:25:49
Sat, 04 Sep 2021
Jeffrey Sarnoff, Atari Research Group   Jeffrey Sarnoff started at Atari in the home computer division in 1981 as a software architect, where he worked on a 3-D graphics library. The next year he moved to Atari's Research Group, under Alan Kay,...
 length: 34:39
Sat, 28 Aug 2021
Atari at the Science Fair: Mark Knutsen, Star Cluster   This is the third in a series of interviews called "Atari at the Science Fair" where I talk with people who used Atari 8-bit computers to create projects and enter them in science fairs. ...
 length: 41:25
Sat, 07 Aug 2021
Tom Halfhill discusses Charles Brannon and SpeedScript Charles Brannon was program editor at Compute! Publications from 1980 until 1986. He wrote and edited articles for Compute! Magazine and Compute!'s Gazette. His Linkedin profile says that his...
 length: 01:05:01
Sat, 31 Jul 2021
Donald Dixon, Robotics R&D at Atari Research Donald Dixon worked at Atari Research from 1983 through 1984, under Dr, Alan Kay. There, he worked in robotics research and development, working on a robotic wheelchair. After Atari, Donald worked at...
 length: 01:14:52
Sun, 25 Jul 2021
ANTIC Episode 80 -  Atari Dunking Booth In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast… we discuss the exciting progress being made around the 576NUC+ project, all of the great new Atari projects from the mind of Jason Moore, Kay’s...
 length: 01:12:54
Sat, 24 Jul 2021
Jim Leiterman, Atari Research Group Jim Leiterman worked at Atari from April 1982 through March 1984 in the research group, under Alan Kay. His various projects included software for Project Puffer, an exercise bike peripheral for the Atari 800; an...
 length: 44:10
Sat, 17 Jul 2021
Brenda Laurel, Atari Research Dr. Brenda Laurel worked at Atari from 1980 through 1984. She began as software specialist for educational applications then soon became manager of software strategy for the home computer division. In mid-1982, she...
 length: 55:31
Tue, 29 Jun 2021
ANTIC Episode 79 -  Basically MyTek and Nir In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast… we discuss all the great work that MyTek is doing with Atari hardware (including the 576NUC), Nir Dary surprises all of the hosts with...
 length: 01:16:12
Sat, 26 Jun 2021
Bob Elfstrom, The Magic Room Interview and research by Kay Savetz. From 1982 through 1984, Atari ran summer computer camps at several locations around the United States. I covered the Atari camps extensively in a in 2015. Now it's summer 2021, and...
 length: 44:57
Sat, 19 Jun 2021
Rick Trow, Computers: Expressway to Tomorrow This is the second interview episode about Computers: Expressway to Tomorrow. Computers: Expressway to Tomorrow was a school assembly, sponsored by Atari, that played at hundreds of middle schools and high...
 length: 01:00:55
Mon, 31 May 2021
ANTIC Episode 78 -  The Extremely Elderly Computer Geeks Club In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast… We discuss lots of new things you can do with your FujiNet, the differences in FujiNet versions, the Old Computer Geeks...
 length: 58:16
Sat, 29 May 2021
ANTIC Interview 417 - Computers: Expressway to Tomorrow Interviews and research by Kay Savetz Imagine this. It's 1983 or 1984. You're drudging through yet another day of middle school or high school. But today, there's a surprise, a break from the...
 length: 02:04:42
Sat, 22 May 2021
Bob Evans, Capital Children's Museum administrator This is the fourth in our series of interviews about the Atari computers at the Capital Children's Museum. Bob Evans wore many hats at the museum: he was director of special exhibits, where he...
 length: 32:22
Sat, 15 May 2021
Peter Hirshberg, Capital Children's Museum Peter Hirshberg was curator of the communications wing of the Capital Children's Museum in the early 1980s, where he helped build The Future Center, the computer lab outfitted with Atari 800 computers; and...
 length: 01:12:41
Sat, 08 May 2021
Bob Puff, Computer Software Services Bob Puff is owner of Computer Software Services, a company that began creating hardware and software for the Atari 8-bit computers in 1982. Bob became president of the company in 1991. He designed a bevy of...
 length: 46:17
Sat, 01 May 2021
Valerie (Atkinson) Manfull, Atari Game Research Group Valerie Atkinson was a member of Atari's Game Research Group. Now named Valerie Manfull, she was on the team that designed and programmed the game Excalibur, along with Chris Crawford and Larry...
 length: 24:08
Fri, 30 Apr 2021
ANTIC Episode 77 - Jason Moore, PhD  In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast… Jason Moore joins us to discuss his atariprojects.org Web site and we discuss all the news rocking the Atari 8-bit world... READY! Recurring...
 length: 01:12:51
Sat, 24 Apr 2021
Linda Brownstein, Atari VP Special Projects As I've researched Atari and it's 8-bit computer projects over the years, one name has come up over and over again, attached to the most interesting projects. Linda S. Gordon. Executive Director of Atari...
 length: 01:00:44
Sat, 17 Apr 2021
Mark Simonson, Atari Artist and Font Designer Mark Simonson used his Atari computers who create art that was published in magazines in the 1980s, including a portrait of Nolan Bushnell that was commissioned by TWA Ambassador, an inflight magazine; a...
 length: 01:01:08
Sat, 10 Apr 2021
Ann Lewin-Benham, Director of Capital Children's Museum Ann Lewin-Benham was executive director of the Capital Children's Museum in Washington, D.C. The museum was home to the first public-access computer center in the nation’s capital, and indeed,...
 length: 01:32:39
Sat, 03 Apr 2021
Ed Fries: Romox Ant Eater, Princess and Frog, Sea Chase Ed Fries programmed three games for the Atari 8-bit computers, which were published on cartridge by Romox: Sea Chase, Ant Eater, and Princess and Frog. His forth game for Romox, Nitro, was...
 length: 01:02:40
Sun, 28 Mar 2021
ANTIC Episode 76 - The Bill Kendrick Show In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast… Bill Kendrick gets more mentions than when he’s on the show, Kay discovers he owns more Atari disk drives than the rest of the Atari community...
 length: 01:25:55
Sat, 27 Mar 2021
ANTIC Interview 408 - David Maynard, Electronic Arts Worms? David Maynard created the game/simulation "Worms?" Published by Electronic Arts in 1983, it was a launch title -- one of the five initial releases from the company. David, one of EA's first...
 length: 56:16
Sat, 20 Mar 2021
Guy Nouri, Interactive Picture Systems Guy Nouri was co-founder of Interactive Picture Systems, a company that created software for 8-bit computers from 1982 through 1984. The company's first program was PAINT! for the Atari 8-bits, which was...
 length: 01:03:40
Sat, 13 Mar 2021
Atari at the Science Fair: Michael Fripp: Silent E An article was published in the Daily Press newspaper of Newport News, Virginia on February 13 1985, titled "Best in Show at Science Fair: Computer program helps young readers conquer the 'silent e'...
 length: 38:49
Sat, 06 Mar 2021
Heidi Brumbaugh, Antic and START Magazines Heidi Brumbaugh worked at Antic Publishing, where she started off as editorial clerk, then was promoted to editorial assistant, for both Antic magazine and START magazine, then was programs editor for START...
 length: 48:14
Sun, 28 Feb 2021
Atari at the Science Fair: Scott Ryder: Atari-Controlled Robot Here's an article from The Fresno Bee (Fresno, California) dated April 15, 1982: "Science proves Fair game to young minds". "Joseph Paul Ogas, 17, has designed a cheaper way to...
 length: 29:27
Sat, 27 Feb 2021
ANTIC Episode 75 - Video Wars In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast… we discuss the merits of Sophia vs. VBXE for video upgrades, kick off the BASIC 10-liners contest, discuss some new games, and talk about numerous hardware...
 length: 01:08:31
Sat, 30 Jan 2021
ANTIC Special Episode: My Atari by Suzanne Ciani   Over the years many of the people I've interviewed have generously sent me all different kinds of historical Atari material — including source code, schematics, documentation, books and...
 length: 13:54
Sat, 23 Jan 2021
Dan Kramer, Atari Trak-Ball Controllers Dan Kramer worked at Atari from 1980 to 1984 in the consumer engineering group where he created products for the home computers and home video games. He championed the creation of the Trak-Ball accessories for...
 length: 48:29
Sat, 16 Jan 2021
ANTIC Episode 74 - Name Wars In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast… Kevin (er... Kay) and Randy have a name fight and, as usual, we bring you all the Atari 8-bit news that’s fit to print. READY! Recurring Links  ...
 length: 01:26:48
Sat, 19 Dec 2020
The Famous Computer Cafe This is a podcast episode featuring three interviews with people who created a radio show that did hundreds of interviews. The Famous Computer Cafe was -- not a restaurant -- but a radio program that aired from 1983 through...
 length: 01:38:32
Sat, 12 Dec 2020
John F. White: Writing Strategy Games On Your Atari Computer & Superquerg John F. White is author of the book Writing Strategy Games On Your Atari Computer and the creator of Superquerg and Negaquerg, computer chess programs that were distributed...
 length: 20:11
Wed, 09 Dec 2020
ANTIC Episode 73 - Randy’s Personality Board In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast… we have a ton of Christmas gift ideas for that Atari nerd in your life (even if that nerd is you); we find out Randy has a broken personality...
 length: 01:08:02
Sat, 05 Dec 2020
Suzanne Ciani, pioneer in electronic music Suzanne Ciani is a pioneer in electronic music, Grammy-nominated composer, and recording artist. In the 1980's, she created music for television commercials, corporate tags, and audio logos for Atari as well...
 length: 43:48
Sat, 07 Nov 2020
ANTIC Episode 72 - Pick and Place In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast… we have as a guest Mr. Gavin Haubelt who runs the Vintage Computer Center and who is feverishly producing #FujiNets for the Atari community, Brad as the...
 length: 01:24:05
Sun, 01 Nov 2020
Jim Tittsler, Atari 1600 prototype Jim Tittsler got my attention with a tweet, an old photo of a computer in a PC-style case, connected to Atari joysticks and disk drive. In the tweet, Jim wrote: "A prototype of what we hoped would become the #atari...
 length: 35:40
Sat, 24 Oct 2020
Dan Noguerol (Farb): Atari 8-bit Software Preservation Initiative Two interviews with the same person, recorded more than four years apart. Dan Noguerol is better known to the Atari community as Farb. He is the mastermind behind the Atari 8-bit...
 length: 52:31
Sat, 26 Sep 2020
ANTIC Episode 71 - Goodbye, Curt Vendel In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast...we say goodbye to good friend and Atari legend Curt Vendel and bring you lots of other Atari news. READY! Recurring Links    Interview...
 length: 01:07:40
Sun, 20 Sep 2020
Youth Advisory Board: Steve Cohen This is the eighth in a series of episodes featuring the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board. In 1983, Atari formed a Youth Advisory Board, selecting teenagers from around the United States to share their opinions...
 length: 42:53
Sun, 13 Sep 2020
Kai and George Esbensen, Micro-Ed Software I first heard about the Micro-Ed software company when a member of the Atari community sent me a batch of educational cassette tapes to digitize. The tapes had titles like Maps and Globes, Punctuation, and...
 length: 42:42
Sat, 05 Sep 2020
Myra Marshall, Computer Applications Tomorrow Myra Marshall, along with her husband-at-the-time Roger Marshall, was co-founder of Computer Applications Tomorrow, a small software company that specialized in educational software for microcomputers....
 length: 21:24
Sat, 29 Aug 2020
Michael Darland, Microperipheral Corporation and Sofcast Michael Darland was co-founder of Microperipheral Corporation, and president of Sofcast, a system that sent computer data over AM and FM radio.   Founded in 1979, Microperipheral...
 length: 01:03:04
Tue, 25 Aug 2020
ANTIC Episode 70 - Who Wants a FujiNet Anyway… I do! In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast… we discuss the roll-out of the first 50 units of FujiNet, “virtual” shows remaining this year, new software, hardware and all the...
 length: 01:02:58
Sun, 16 Aug 2020
Charles Marslett, MYDOS and FastChip Charles Marslett wrote floppy disk and hard drive drivers for Percom, and was the creator of MYDOS, a disk operating system for the Atari 8-bit computers that offered support for double density sectors,...
 length: 54:20
Wed, 22 Jul 2020
ANTIC #69 Show Notes, July, 2020 Title: Bill Collector Guests Bill Lange -   Bill Kendrick -   Nir Dary -   Bill Winters -   What We’ve Been Up To     News ABBUC Magazine -   uDOS (ultra small DOS) -  ...
 length: 01:49:07
Tue, 21 Jul 2020
Dorothy Siegel, Pioneer in Computer Music I'm Kay Savetz, and this is ANTIC: The Atari 8-bit podcast. This interview, however, is about events that happened before Atari released its first computers. This interview is with Dorothy Siegel, a pioneer...
 length: 01:07:37
Tue, 14 Jul 2020
Tracy Frey, Atari Birthday Girl There's an article in the New York Times, dated April 9, 1982: "8-Year-Old's Birthday Party in a Computer Center." The story, written by Barbara Gamareklin, is about the birthday party of Tracey Pizzo — now Tracey...
 length: 27:35
Mon, 06 Jul 2020
David Gedalia, Atari-controlled Telescope Listener Paul Somerfeldt sent me a blurb he found in a book titled "The Dobsonian Telescope" by David Kriege and Richard Berry. The book reads: "Computer-controlled Dobsonian telescopes entered amateur...
 length: 22:51
Mon, 29 Jun 2020
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....
 length: 40:05
Mon, 22 Jun 2020
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...
 length: 42:50
Tue, 16 Jun 2020
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...
 length: 49:32
Sun, 14 Jun 2020
ANTIC Episode 68 In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast… Jonathan Halliday joins as we discuss his amazing work on the SIDE loaders for the Incognito and Ultimate 1MB  and the work going on for the SIDE3 cart. READY!...
 length: 01:26:43
Mon, 08 Jun 2020
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...
 length: 45:34
Mon, 01 Jun 2020
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...
 length: 55:23
Wed, 27 May 2020
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...
 length: 43:54
Thu, 21 May 2020
Gregg Squires, Atari Manager of Hardware Engineering Gregg Squires was a Manager of Hardware Engineering at Atari from 1982 through 1984, working from their New York office. He was project manager for Val, a cost-reduced version of the Atari 2600;...
 length: 01:52:59
Wed, 13 May 2020
Rik Dickinson, Encore Video Productions Rik Dickinson is founder of Encore Video Productions, a company that rented Atari 8-bit computers to hotels for use as character generators. The computers would show information about the hotel on channel 2 of...
 length: 22:18
Sun, 10 May 2020
ANTIC Episode 67 - Still Socially Distant In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast...Randy forgets to call the artist, formerly known as Kevin, as Kay about 100 times, we continue discussion on AtariFests and World of Atari, we help...
 length: 01:04:29
Sun, 03 May 2020
Youth Advisory Board: Tracey Cullinan This is the seventh in a series of episodes featuring the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board. In 1983, Atari formed a Youth Advisory Board, selecting teenagers from around the United States to share their...
 length: 42:48
Sun, 26 Apr 2020
Atari Speed Reading: Karlyn Kamm and Brad Oltrogge The Atari Speed Reading software package was released by Atari in 1981. It was a self-paced program, for use with the Atari computer and a cassette drive, that promised to teach you to increase...
 length: 55:51
Fri, 17 Apr 2020
Gabriel Baum: Atari Conversational French and Spanish Gabriel Baum worked at Thorn EMI, where he managed the project to create two early language learning programs that were published by Atari: Conversational French and Conversational Spanish....
 length: 39:32
Wed, 08 Apr 2020
ANTIC Episode 66 - Socially Distant In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: We talk about what we’re doing Atari-wise in these socially distant times and we bring you all the Atari news from around the world. READY! Recurring...
 length: 01:14:08
Thu, 20 Feb 2020
ANTIC Episode 65 - Cats with umbrellas and dogs! In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast:  Kevin’s dogs do their best to be a part of the podcast, we tell you all about a very busy month of personal Atari stuff, all the...
 length: 01:12:52
Sat, 01 Feb 2020
Craig Hickman, Atari Photography Software and Security System Craig Hickman was featured in the June 1982 edition of Atari Connection magazine for his photography software tools. "Craig has developed two programs written in Atari BASIC for use in his...
 length: 32:52
Sun, 26 Jan 2020
ANTIC Episode 64 - Living in the Future In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: We talk about our Atari-related resolutions for the new year, how 2020 sounds like we’re living in the future, and bring you news and feedback...
 length: 01:12:19
Fri, 20 Dec 2019
James Hugard, Neanderthal Computer Things James Hugard was co-founder of Neanderthal Computer Things, a company that created just one product. "810 Turbo" was a hardware conversion board for the Atari 810 disk drive that promised true double density...
 length: 23:30
Sun, 15 Dec 2019
SillyVenture and FujiNet In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: In the tradition of bringing you the latest Atari 8-bit news, we have a couple of very special guests in this episode.  First of all, Bart comes to us literally...
 length: 01:35:52
Sat, 30 Nov 2019
Dennis Zander: Artworx, Hazard Run, Strip Poker   Dennis Zander was one of the founding partners of the software publishing company Artworx. He programmed a number of games and educational titles, including Hazard Run, Rings of the Empire,...
 length: 53:54
Sun, 24 Nov 2019
Bruce May, Unreleased Magic Castle Game In 1982 Bruce May created Magic Castle, a game for the Atari 800 computer. He finished the game but was unable to find a publisher for it, so hardly anyone played it. In October 2019 he sent me scans of his...
 length: 29:33
Thu, 21 Nov 2019
Wolfgang Burger, President of Atari Bit Byter User Club Wolfgang Burger is the president and a founding member of the Atari Bit Byter User Club, the world's largest user group dedicated to the Atari 8-bit computer. The group was founded in 1985 in...
 length: 51:16
Thu, 14 Nov 2019
Bruce Irvine, Atari VP of Software Bruce Irvine was Atari's Vice President of Software — heading the company's new computer software division — from September 1980 through approximately July 1982. Among other responsibilities, he oversaw...
 length: 01:01:55
Sat, 09 Nov 2019
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast:  Kevin hobnobs with Atari celebrities at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, Brad and Randy find out they’re podcast hosts #2 and #3, respectively, and together we cover all the Atari news...
 length: 01:20:16
Sun, 27 Oct 2019
ANTIC Special Episode — Atari 800 series computers: 40 years This is Antic, the Atari 8-bit podcast. I'm Kevin Savetz. On Saturday, October 19, 2019 I had the privilege of taking part in a panel at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo. The session was...
 length: 48:09
Wed, 25 Sep 2019
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast:  Kevin comes back from Fujiama with a report and Bill Lange joins us to talk about the David Ahl Collection that he acquired. READY! Recurring Links       ...
 length: 01:18:28
Mon, 02 Sep 2019
Andrew and John Lenz: Atari Still in Productive Use in Store It’s very difficult these days to find vintage computers still in productive use out in the wild.  Andrew and John Lenz have an Atari 8-bit still in use, at the time of this...
 length: 36:22
Thu, 08 Aug 2019
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast:  We try to catch up after being on hiatus for 2 months by bringing you all the Atari news we could find and we learn a new word in the process. READY! Recurring Links   ...
 length: 01:22:51
Thu, 23 May 2019
John Anderson: Rally Speedway and Arex John Anderson worked at Adventure International, where he coded several games: Eliminator, Rear Guard, and Sea Dragon for the Apple II, then Rally Speedway and Arex for the Atari 8-bits. This interview took...
 length: 34:04
Sun, 19 May 2019
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: We have a special round table episode with Nir Dary, Darren Doyle, Roland Wassenburg, Thomas Cherryhomes joining the usual hosts of ANTIC where we discuss what everyone is up to in the Atari...
 length: 01:36:33
Sun, 12 May 2019
Roy Goldman, Daisy-Dot   Roy Goldman was the creator of Daisy-Dot, a typesetting program for the Atari 8-bit computers which he published from about 1987-1990. There were three versions of Daisy-Dot, the original plus Daisy-Dot II and...
 length: 32:02
Sat, 13 Apr 2019
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: Kevin regales us with his exploits in the 10-Line BASIC Contest, we discuss the renewed efforts to show off Midi-Maze on the Atari 8-bits, and the entire staff prepares to be involved in...
 length: 01:14:10
Wed, 20 Feb 2019
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: Bill Lange joins us as a special guest, and he has lots of Atari Pascal news; we have all the Atari news fit to print, and more shows coming in 2019 than you can shake a stick at ... READY!...
 length: 01:19:46
Mon, 04 Feb 2019
Philip Bouchard - MECC, The Oregon Trail Philip Bouchard spent over 30 years designing computer software, 18 of which were focused on educational software. He was the principal designer for the Apple II games The Oregon Trail and Number Munchers. The...
 length: 42:08
Tue, 15 Jan 2019
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: late-breaking up-to-the-minute Atari news, Randy disappears mid-episode, and we hear what Atari was like in Chile... READY! Recurring Links   Donate to Ted Nelson project at: ...
 length: 01:20:46
Sat, 12 Jan 2019
Stan Gilbert, Tricky Tutorials Hello, and welcome to an interview-only episode of Antic, The Atari 8-bit computer podcast. Stan Gilbert worked for Educational Software (previously known as Santa Cruz Educational Software) in the early 80’s and...
 length: 56:04
Thu, 13 Dec 2018
In this special Holiday episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: Nir Dary regales us with stories about SilliVenture 2018.  We share Atari gift ideas for yourself or others for Christmas.  Plus, all the Atari 8-bit news we could...
 length: 01:26:43
Mon, 05 Nov 2018
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: What we’ve been up to in the past month PLUS all the Atari 8-bit news we could find... READY! Recurring Links   Donate to Ted Nelson project at: TEH: Tech Enthusiast Hour - ...
 length: 01:16:06
Tue, 23 Oct 2018
George Morrison: Alpha Systems, Atari Software Protection Techniques books   George Morrison was founder of Alpha Systems, a company that produced many hardware and software products for the Atari computers, including The Parrot, and audio...
 length: 01:31:38
Mon, 01 Oct 2018
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: Bill Lange guest-hosts with us and tells us all about the recent Atari Party East.  We talk about all the traveling and Atari things we did over the summer. Kevin throws in a...
 length: 01:38:41
Fri, 07 Sep 2018
Bruce Artwick: Flight Simulator II, Night Mission Pinball   Bruce Artwick was co-founder of SubLOGIC, and creator of the best-selling program, Flight Simulator II. FSII was first available for the Apple II, with versions released later for the...
 length: 45:51
Mon, 03 Sep 2018
Jon Williams: Jet Boot Jack, Timeslip   Jon Williams created several programs for the Atari 8-bit computers, including Jet Boot Jack, Timeslip, Atari Cassette Enhancer, and Linkword German.   This interview took place on August 6, 2018....
 length: 41:58
Thu, 30 Aug 2018
Carlos Reyes: Quick Menu, Rent Wars   Carlos Reyes wrote the game Rent Wars for the Atari 8-bit computers for First Star Software, which was never officially released but found its way onto the Internet years later. He also wrote Quick Menu, a...
 length: 41:11
Sun, 26 Aug 2018
Greg Gibbons, Automated Library II    Greg Gibbons was the creator of Automated Library II, software for running school libraries, which was available for the Atari 8-bit and Apple II computers.   There's an article about the software...
 length: 42:01
Thu, 23 Aug 2018
Tom Snyder, educational software   Tom Snyder was the founder of Computer Learning Connection, which was later renamed to Tom Snyder Productions, a company that created many educational software titles for the school and home computer markets....
 length: 01:48:13
Mon, 20 Aug 2018
Bob Ertl, REWRITE Word Processor   In 1987, Bob Ertl’s master's thesis was titled "Narrowing the Gap Between the Word Processing Needs of Teachers and the Capabilities of Word Processors for Atari 8-bit Computers." As part of that project, he...
 length: 01:02:02
Fri, 17 Aug 2018
Ed Meyer, physical chemistry experiments with Atari computers   In the 1990s, Ed Meyer was a professor at DePaul University in Chicago, where he taught physical chemistry. In August 1990, The Journal of Chemical Education published his article,...
 length: 39:55
Fri, 10 Aug 2018
John Harris, APX Can’t Quit   John Harris published one program for the Atari computer: Can't Quit, a game that was published by Atari Program Exchange. Can't Quit first appeared in the summer 1983 APX catalog. It was the only program published...
 length: 19:13
Tue, 07 Aug 2018
David Young, Omnimon   David Young was the creator of Omnimon, the popular hardware monitor/debugger for the Atari 8-bit computers. His other products included DiskScan, a floppy disk utility; Supermon, the predecessor to Omnimon; Omnicom, a...
 length: 45:12
Fri, 03 Aug 2018
Rockie "RJ" Morgan, APX Piano Tuner   Rockie “RJ" Morgan published one program through Atari Program Exchange: Piano Tuner, which first appeared in the summer 1983 APX catalog.   This interview took place on June 5, 2018.     ...
 length: 13:09
Sun, 29 Jul 2018
Michael McInerney, physics experiments with Atari computers    In the 1980s, Michael McInerney was a professor in the physics department at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, when he wrote several journal articles about how to control...
 length: 22:09
Wed, 25 Jul 2018
Norm Draper, Draper Pascal   Norm Draper was the creator of Draper Pascal, a version of the Pascal programming language for the Atari 8-bit computers. Draper Pascal started as a commercial program sold directly though advertisements in computer...
 length: 19:42
Fri, 20 Jul 2018
Brooke Alderson, Atari TV Commercials   Brooke Alderson was an actor in the 1980s and 1990s: she appeared in several television shows including Murder, She Wrote and Family Ties; and is perhaps best known for her role as Aunt Corene in the 1980...
 length: 16:36
Tue, 17 Jul 2018
Dennis Koble: APX Avalanche, Imagic   Dennis Koble was an early Atari employee, where we would become manager of the computer and consumer divisions. He designed Atari's "Touch Me" handheld electronic game. He also wrote three programs that were...
 length: 01:32:21
Thu, 12 Jul 2018
Joe Hellesen: Deluxe Invaders, Pac Man, PQ: The Party Quiz Game Joe Hellesen programmed the Atari 8-bit versions of Deluxe Invaders (published by Roklan), and Pac Man (published by Atari,) Gyruss (published by Parker Brothers), and Mickey in the...
 length: 44:50
Mon, 09 Jul 2018
Atari Computer Roundtable In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: We got some of the biggest names of the current Atari computer community on a live, international conference call to ask: what’s happening in your Atari 8-bit...
 length: 02:19:17
Wed, 04 Jul 2018
Stephen Romejko: APX Melt-Down, Moon Marauder   Stephen Romejko published two games through Atari Program Exchange: Melt-Down and Moon Marauder. Melt-Down was first available in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog. Moon Marauder was first available...
 length: 29:22
Fri, 29 Jun 2018
Allan Moose, Atari Assembly Language Programmer's Guide   Allan Moose was co-author of the book Atari Assembly Language Programmer's Guide, which was published by Weber Systems in 1986. He wrote the book with his wife and writing partner, Marian...
 length: 01:00:00
Sun, 24 Jun 2018
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast:  In this five-year anniversary episode of ANTIC, we reminisce back to show #1 all those years ago, our friend Nir Dary tells us all about Atari Invasion, Jeff Fulton of the Into the...
 length: 02:06:08
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
Larry Breakwell, Toronto Atari Programmers Society Larry Breakwell was founder of the Toronto West Atari Computer Support Group, then president of the Toronto Atari Programmers Society, which was the largest Atari user group in Canada. He adapted...
 length: 23:53
Fri, 08 Jun 2018
Mike Sandau, Atari-CB Radio Hacking   In the mid-1980s, Mike Sandau and his friend connected their Atari 8-bit computers to their citizens band radios to create a small radio-telephone computer network. Their "DIALOG" project combined the radio...
 length: 29:37
Mon, 04 Jun 2018
Charlie Kulas: Musical Pilot, UpN Down   Charlie Kulas published Musical Pilot, an educational game, through Atari Program Exchange. Musical Pilot first appeared in the fall 1983 APX catalog, where it was awarded third prize in the Learning...
 length: 58:37
Thu, 31 May 2018
Youth Advisory Board: Yoon Park   This is the sixth in a series of episodes featuring interviews with the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board. This time, I got to talk with Yoon Park.   In 1983, Atari formed a Youth Advisory Board,...
 length: 18:11
Tue, 29 May 2018
Youth Advisory Board: Musa Mustafa   This is the fifth in a series of episodes featuring interviews with the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board. If you're just joining us: In 1983, Atari formed a Youth Advisory Board, selecting 20 kids, aged 14...
 length: 41:08
Sat, 26 May 2018
Youth Advisory Board: Robert Allbritton   This is the fourth episode in a series of interviews with the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board. Robert Allbritton was one of the 20 kids who, in 1983, were accepted into the Youth Advisory Board, a...
 length: 32:00
Wed, 23 May 2018
Youth Advisory Board: John Dickerson   This is the third episode in a series of interviews with the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board. A quick recap: In 1983, Atari formed a Youth Advisory Board, selecting 20 teenagers from around the United...
 length: 46:59
Sun, 20 May 2018
Youth Advisory Board: Anneke Wyman   This is the second episode in a series of interviews with the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board.    In 1982-1983, Atari invited 20 kids, aged 14-18, to be on its new Youth Advisory Board. Atari...
 length: 27:02
Thu, 17 May 2018
Youth Advisory Board: Kerrie Holton and Tina Bartschat   This is the first in a series of episodes featuring interviews with the kids of Atari's Youth Advisory Board.    In 1983, Atari formed a Youth Advisory Board, selecting 20...
 length: 49:08
Mon, 14 May 2018
Hal Segal, Association of Time-Sharing Users   Hal Segal was founder and president of the Association of Time-Sharing Users, and the Association of Small Computer Users, and several other groups dedicated to early computer systems. The...
 length: 38:25
Fri, 11 May 2018
Steve Englehart, Atari Advanced Games Group   Steve Englehart worked in the Advanced Games Group of Atari, where he developed ideas for new computer games. He was the designer of E.T. Phone Home!, Final Legacy, and Garfield for the Atari 8-bit...
 length: 31:52
Mon, 07 May 2018
Jack Smyth, The Learning Company and Add-On Software   Jack Smyth was the first CEO of The Learning Company, the educational software publisher best known for Reader Rabbit and Rocky's Boots. He was also involved with Add-On Software, a company...
 length: 37:37
Mon, 30 Apr 2018
Bryan Talbot, APX Cartoonist   Bryan Talbot published one program for the Atari computer: Cartoonist, which was published by Atari Program Exchange. It first appeared in the fall 1983 APX catalog, where it was awarded first prize in the...
 length: 01:10:35
Sat, 28 Apr 2018
Dwight Johnson, Lake County Atari Computer Enthusiasts   Dwight Johnson was founder of Lake County Atari Computer Enthusiasts, a users group based in Waukegan, IL. He started the group in April 1983. The group still exists today as a general PC...
 length: 19:18
Wed, 25 Apr 2018
Colin Hume, Computer War   Colin Hume worked at Thorn EMI for about a year, where he programmed one game for the Atari 8-bit computers: Computer War. Computer War was based on the 1983 movie War Games.   Thomas Cherryhomes joined us to ask...
 length: 20:59
Sun, 22 Apr 2018
Matthew McGinley, Elite Personal Accountant   Matthew McGinley was the creator and publisher of Elite Personal Accountant, financial management software for the Atari computer. He released it in mid-1985 after working on it for several years....
 length: 35:37
Thu, 19 Apr 2018
Cynde Moya, Collections Manager at Living Computers: Museum + Labs   Cynde Moya is Collections Manager at Living Computers: Museum + Labs. Located in Seattle, Washington, Living Computers is a computer museum that provides hands-on experiences...
 length: 46:57
Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Mike Matthews, Alien Group Voice Box   That voice you just heard in an Alien Group Voice Box II connected to an Atari 800.   Voice Box was a external speech synthesizer box for the Atari 400 and 800. Voice Box, and its successor Voice Box...
 length: 20:58
Wed, 11 Apr 2018
Winchell Chung, Avalon Hill games   Winchell Chung worked at Avalon Hill computer games, where he was the Atari 8-bit computer programmer. He worked on Nuke War, B-1 Nuclear Bomber, Free Trader, Paris in Danger, and Vorrak. His best known game is...
 length: 47:42
Sat, 07 Apr 2018
This is ANTIC, the Atari 8-bit podcast. I’m Kevin Savetz.   I love old computers. If you’ve been listening to this podcast for a while, you knew that already. I also love musical theater. So when I found out about Bits & Bytes, a 1983...
 length: 01:20:57
Thu, 22 Mar 2018
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast:  In our 50th episode, Kevin tells us about all his secret tours, we tell you about upcoming contests, review new books, and read lots of feedback from our listeners. READY! Recurring...
 length: 01:30:34
Tue, 06 Mar 2018
William "Ted" Farmer, Eastern Front (1941) Scenarios   Ted Farmer created one product for the Atari 8-bit computers, with an unwieldy name: “Eastern Front (1941) Scenarios For 1942, 1943, 1944". The disk of add-on scenarios for Eastern Front...
 length: 36:07
Sat, 03 Mar 2018
Douglas Wilder, Ultimate Renumber Utility   Douglas Wilder published one program though Atari Program Exchange, Ultimate Renumber Utility, which he co-wrote with his father, Justin Wilder. It first appeared in the winter 1981 APX catalog, but was...
 length: 27:09
Thu, 15 Feb 2018
Jerry Horanoff, Carina BBS Software   Jerry Horanoff was the creator of the Carina bulletin board system software for the Atari 8-bit computers, and later, Carina II.    The October 1986 issue of ANTIC Magazine wrote: "This expandable,...
 length: 49:59
Sat, 10 Feb 2018
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast:  In this first episode of 2018, we talk about the fact that ANTIC has been downloaded over ½ million times,  we get a surprise visit from Thomas Cherryhomes, who talks about PLATO...
 length: 01:25:42
Fri, 02 Feb 2018
Rawson Stovall, The Vid Kid newspaper column   As you no doubt gleaned from the clips of his appearances on CBS Morning News and The Tonight Show, Rawson Stovall was only a child when he started writing a syndicated newspaper column in which he...
 length: 57:44
Mon, 29 Jan 2018
Chris James, Thorn EMI   Chris James worked at Thorn EMI, where he was a programmer and later a project manager. Later he founded James Software, which specialized in game conversions to various computer platforms. His long list of Atari game...
 length: 21:08
Fri, 26 Jan 2018
Hanan Samara: Jumbo Jet Pilot and Jinn Genie   Hanan Samara was a programmer at Thorn EMI, where her work included programming the game Jumbo Jet Pilot. Later she founded Dalali Software, a company that specialized in converting games to various...
 length: 23:47
Tue, 23 Jan 2018
Geoffrey Card, kid game reviewer   In my interview with Orson Scott Card, he mentioned that his son, Geoffrey, helped him review Atari games — thoroughly playing games, then providing a sort of executive summary for his dad, who then wrote...
 length: 33:44
Thu, 18 Jan 2018
Orson Scott Card, Compute! Books   Orson Scott Card is a Hugo Award winning, best-selling science fiction author, perhaps best known for his 1985 novel, Ender's Game.    But we're not here to talk about that — because for about nine...
 length: 01:06:15
Sun, 07 Jan 2018
Maurice Molyneaux, Atari animation guru   Maurice Molyneaux was a game artist, Atari graphics animator, and writer. He wrote articles for Video Games & Computer Entertainment Magazine and A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing Magazine, and wrote "The...
 length: 01:02:38
Mon, 01 Jan 2018
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast:  In this 2017 year-end episode, we get a surprise visit from our international correspondent, Nir Dary, we hear about Kevin’s dream find, and we unwrap our surprise Christmas gifts from...
 length: 01:13:35
Sat, 16 Dec 2017
Databar OSCAR   This is a story about the rise and fall of a compter peripheral and the company behind it. The company was Databar, and the product was called OSCAR, which was short for Optical SCAnning Reader.   In 1983, it wasn't easy to...
 length: 01:09:08
Wed, 13 Dec 2017
Robert Jaeger, Montezuma's Revenge   Robert Jaeger is best known in the Atari community as the programmer of the popular game Montezuma's Revenge, which was published by Parker Brothers in 1984. He also programmed Chomper, published by MMG Micro...
 length: 50:12
Sun, 10 Dec 2017
Tay Vaughan, Atari Connection and Antic magazines   Tay Vaughan used Atari computers in his school for maritime skills and as a marine surveyor. He was featured in that capacity in a 1983 Atari catalog "Atari Home Computers — The Next...
 length: 30:26
Thu, 07 Dec 2017
Linda Schreiber: T.H.E.S.I.S. Software and author   Linda Watson-Call is better known to Atari users as Linda Schreiber, which was her name at that time. Linda was the founder of T.H.E.S.I.S. Software, an educational software publisher for the...
 length: 39:48
Mon, 04 Dec 2017
Richard Taylor, Digital Devices Corporation   Richard Taylor was an employee of Digital Devices Corporation. DDC built a number of adapters for the Atari 8-bit computers — it's most well-known product was probably APE-FACE, an inexpensive ($90)...
 length: 37:13
Fri, 01 Dec 2017
Dave Comstock, part 2   A couple of days after our interview, Dave Comstock (who worked at Atari on E.T. Phone Home, Superman III, and Clock & Dagger) e-mailed me saying he had remembered more stories from his Atari days. So we set up a...
 length: 01:03:39
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Dave Comstock: E.T. Phone Home!, Superman III, Cloak & Dagger   Dave Comstock worked at Atari from 1980 through 1984, first as a software and hardware tester, then as a programmer. Dave worked on three games for the Atari 8-bit computers:...
 length: 01:36:53
Mon, 27 Nov 2017
Sarah Haskell, Computerized Weaving   There's a column in the November 1983 issue of Family Computing magazine, by Jon Zonderman: "Home Business — Compute, Control, and Create. A weaver combines the traditional skills of her craft with a...
 length: 33:27
Fri, 24 Nov 2017
Randall Lockwood, Choose-A-Pooch   There's an article in the August 1984 issue of Family Computing magazine, by Bill Camarda — . It's about Choose-A-Pooch, an Atari computer program created by Dr. Randall Lockwood, to help match people with the...
 length: 20:25
Tue, 21 Nov 2017
Frank Schwartz and Richard Lewis, Virtusonics   Last last year, I received a batch of Atari disks. One of the disks was labeled Virtuoso Play Mode Sampler — a music demonstration disk from Virtusonics, a company I had never heard of.  ...
 length: 56:51
Sat, 18 Nov 2017
Paul Wehner, APX Saratoga   Paul Wehner created one program for the Atari 8-bit computer, Saratoga, which was published by Atari Program Exchange. The American revolutionary war game first appeared in the fall 1983 APX catalog, where it won...
 length: 20:12
Wed, 15 Nov 2017
Alan Reeve, Reeve Software   Alan Reeve is the founder of Reeve Software, a company that stated in 1984, creating software for the Atari 8-bit computers. Reeve Software published a variety of applications including Diamond GOS, News Station and...
 length: 37:41
Sun, 12 Nov 2017
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast:  The artificial intelligence that acts as the hosts of the show laments the lack of Atari goodness this month.  Nir Dary avails us of his world travels, this time to the ABBUC...
 length: 59:16
Thu, 09 Nov 2017
Guy Ferrante, S&S Wholesalers and Star BBS   Guy Ferrante worked for S&S Wholesalers, a Miami Florida-based computer mail order company, where he was in charge of creating magazine advertisements and managing the warehouse. He also ran...
 length: 35:39
Sun, 22 Oct 2017
Ben Heck - Internet Celebrity and Console Modder Benjamin J. Heckendorn (aka Ben Heck) is an American console modder and Internet celebrity. He is the star of element14's The Ben Heck Show, a popular online TV program.  It also turns out that he...
 length: 29:14
Sun, 15 Oct 2017
Jim Schuyler, Founder of DesignWare   Jim Schuyler was Founder of DesignWare. Founded in 1980, Designware created educational software that was published by other companies — including SRA, Xerox, and Spinnaker — as well as software that it...
 length: 01:44:17
Thu, 12 Oct 2017
Dan Pinal: Alternate Reality - The Dungeon, Atari Graphics and Arcade Game Design   Dan Pinal contributed to the book Atari Graphics and Arcade Game Design, with Jeff Stanton, a book published by Arrays in 1984. He was one of the programmers of...
 length: 30:01
Sun, 01 Oct 2017
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast:  Victor Marland of the Ten Pence Arcade Podcast joins us over Kevin’s pancake breakfast, Bill Kendrick reviews Tempest Elite, and we discuss Tinkle Pit and Uncle Poo.  Plus all the...
 length: 01:17:24
Thu, 28 Sep 2017
Dan Reinhart, Yahtman   Dan Reinhart published one program for the Atari 8-bit computers: Yahtman, a Yahtzee-style game that was published by Atari Program Exchange. Yahtman first appeared in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog.   This...
 length: 38:13
Sat, 23 Sep 2017
David Seuss, co-founder of Spinnaker Software   This interview is with David Seuss, co-founder of Spinnaker Software. Spinnaker was one of the first companies to focus exclusively on educational software. Spinnaker's software line-up included...
 length: 55:29
Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Hal Glicksman, Datamost   Hal Glicksman was head of the book division at Datamost.   In two years from 1982 to 1984, Datamost was one of largest publishers of computer books. In 1983 alone, Datamost published over 40 titles and shipped...
 length: 59:14
Sun, 17 Sep 2017
Lee Konowe, American Software Club   Lee Konowe was founder of American Software Club, a mail-order software company. American Software Club sold software for CP/M, Atari 8-bit, TRS-80, Apple II, IBM PC, Commodore 64, and other platforms. It...
 length: 50:33
Thu, 14 Sep 2017
Patricia Mitchell, Thorn EMI   Patricia Mitchell started at Thorn EMI in 1981.  She worked in the home computer software division, evaluating software that had been submitted by programmers.    Thorn EMI published many games for...
 length: 29:05
Mon, 11 Sep 2017
James Burton, APX Drawit   James Burton published one program for the Atari 8-bit computers: Drawit, a graphics utility that was published by Atari Program Exchange. It first appeared in the summer 1983 APX catalog, where it was awarded first...
 length: 30:23
Mon, 04 Sep 2017
Lance Leventhal, Author of Assembly Language Books   Lance Leventhal wrote 25 computer books, spanning 1978 through 1992. His books include  6502 Assembly Language Programming, 6502 Assembly Language Subroutines, Z80 Assembly Language...
 length: 52:35
Thu, 31 Aug 2017
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast: Mike Maginnis of the Open Apple and Drop III Inches podcasts joins the Antic crew and starts a computer war, Nir Dary tells us about disk drive upgrades, we catch up with Curt Vendel about his...
 length: 01:56:31
Mon, 28 Aug 2017
John Skruch, Atarisoft   John Skruch worked at Atari from 1982, under Warner Communications, all through the Tramiel era, until 1998 when the company was owned by JTS.   During that time, he was operations manager for Atarisoft, the arm of...
 length: 42:25
Sun, 13 Aug 2017
Tom Hunt, Closer to Home BBS   Tom Hunt ran an Atari BBS called Closer to Home for 28 years. He also created a variety of utilities for the Atari 8-bit computers, including M.T.O.S. (Multi-Tasking Operating System), and The Armorizer (a file...
 length: 01:02:06
Wed, 09 Aug 2017
Robert Anschuetz, Eric Anschuetz, John Weisgberber, Antic magazine games   Robert Anschuetz, Eric Anschuetz, and John Weisgberber are childhood friends who published three games in Antic magazine: Kooky's Quest was published in the February 1985...
 length: 01:19:58
Sun, 06 Aug 2017
Stan Osborne, Atari Design Research   Stan Osborne was a freelance software engineer in Atari's Design Research department from 1981 through 1984. He also worked on projects for coin-op and home computing departments. He created...
 length: 01:05:58
Wed, 02 Aug 2017
Harry Stewart, Pilot and WSFN   Harry Stewart was a contractor for Atari from August 1978 through October 1983. He contributed to the operating system design and the manuals for the Atari 400 and 800; created the Atari implementation of the WSFN...
 length: 01:01:37
Sun, 30 Jul 2017
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...
 length: 40:20
Mon, 24 Jul 2017
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....
 length: 01:28:17
Tue, 11 Jul 2017
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...
 length: 01:00:29
Sat, 08 Jul 2017
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...
 length: 52:34
Tue, 04 Jul 2017
Robert Veline, Astro Pyrotechnics   The July/August 1987 issue of ST-Log magazine has an article by Matthew Stern called "" It features an interview with Robert Veline of Astro Pryrotechnics, a California-based fireworks company. I'll read some...
 length: 01:01:05
Sat, 01 Jul 2017
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,...
 length: 01:21:30
Sun, 25 Jun 2017
Dan Hale, EasyGrader   Dan Hale published one program for the Atari 8-bit computers: EasyGrader, which first appeared in the fall 1982 APX catalog.    This interview took place on May 30, 2017.    
 length: 16:16
Thu, 22 Jun 2017
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...
 length: 57:41
Mon, 19 Jun 2017
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...
 length: 40:51
Fri, 16 Jun 2017
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...
 length: 44:03
Tue, 13 Jun 2017
Jay Balakrishnan, HESWare Welcome to an interview-only episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast.  My name is Randy Kindig.  Jay Balakrishnan bought his first Commodore PET in 1978, which spurred him to found Human Engineered...
 length: 02:16:27
Sat, 10 Jun 2017
Art Walsh, Dynacomp and Artworx   Art Walsh was co-founder of Dynacomp, an early software publisher that created software for many platforms, including many educational and game titles for the Atari 8-bit computer. He later founder Artworx, a...
 length: 01:37:52
Wed, 07 Jun 2017
Kathleen Pitta, De Re Atari   Kathleen Marinell worked at Atari in 1981 or so -- she was Kathleen Pitta at that time. She is one of the contributors to De Re Atari, A Guide to Effective Programming, which was serialized by Byte Magazine in 1981...
 length: 27:49
Sun, 04 Jun 2017
Matthew Householder, Atari and EPYX   Matthew Householder worked at Atari from 1983 through 1985. There he ported Moon Patrol to the ColecoVision for AtariSoft. Later he worked on the Atari 520ST, where he wrote the line-draw/polygon graphics...
 length: 55:33
Wed, 31 May 2017
Amy Chen: Touch Typing, Amoeba Debugger, De Re Atari   Amy Liu was an progammer at Atari. Her name was Amy Chen at the time. She wrote Touch Typing, which was released by Atari on cassette in 1980; an unreleased game called Aligator; and Amoeba,...
 length: 24:49
Sun, 28 May 2017
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast, Randy and Kevin spar over where the ANTIC corporate headquarters should be, Kevin steps out on the Atari 8 bit and makes us proud in the 10-liner BASIC contest, and Nir Dary brings us the...
 length: 01:13:30
Wed, 24 May 2017
David Ahl and Betsy Ahl, Creative Computing Magazine   Dave Ahl was the founder and editor-in-chief of Creating Computing Magazine, which was the first personal computer magazine.  Four editors served in the first six years: Dave Ahl, Steve...
 length: 03:34:12
Sun, 21 May 2017
Tom Eckmann, President of Kyan Software   Tom Eckmann was president and co-founder of Kyan Software. Kyan's flagship product was Kyan Pascal, an implementation of the Pascal programming language which was available for the Apple II, Atari 8-bits,...
 length: 38:35
Wed, 17 May 2017
Bill Bowman, CEO of Spinnaker Software   Bill Bowman was co-founder and CEO of Spinnaker Software, one of the first software companies that focused exclusively on educational software. He was at the company from its founding in 1982 through 1987....
 length: 42:24
Tue, 09 May 2017
In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast, Kevin wows us with his winners in the NOMAM BASIC 10-liners contest, we discuss the preparations for VCFSE, Nir Dary tells us all about disk drives, and we discuss all the Atari news that’s...
 length: 01:21:31
Wed, 19 Apr 2017
Rob Zdybel, Atari (Part 2) Hello, Atari fans, and welcome to another interview episode of Antic, The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast.  My name is Randy Kindig.  This interview is a bit different in that it’s the second interview with someone...
 length: 51:45
Sun, 02 Apr 2017
Chris Byrne, Intern at Atari Ireland   Chris Byrne was an intern at Atari Ireland in 1982, where he programmed a quality lot tracking system on the Atari 800, and on the IBM System/38.   This interview took place on March 20, 2017.
 length: 13:35
Tue, 28 Mar 2017
Atawi Fowever!!! In this episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast: Nir Dary talks about the Atari Invasion Show, Tom Raida brings back the programming language segment to talk about Kyan Pascal, we tell you about all the Atari shows going on this year...
 length: 01:32:20
Sat, 25 Mar 2017
Peter Shankman, Help A Reporter Out Peter Shankman is a well-known American entrepreneur and author. He was creator of Help A Reporter Out, and author of several business books. He got his start in technology with an Atari 2600 and an Apple ][. This...
 length: 22:40
Tue, 21 Mar 2017
Nadav Caine, Mathematic-Tac-Toe Nadav Caine published one program for the Atari computer: Mathematic-Tac-Toe. This educational program first appeared in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog. This interview took place on March 17, 2017. Teaser quotes:...
 length: 34:50
Fri, 17 Mar 2017
Bob Woolley, Atari 1200XL hardware hacker Bob Woolley has been upgrading and modifying Atari 8-bit computers — primarily the 1200XL — since it was released. His hardware products include video output improvements, keyboard repairs, built-in...
 length: 46:24
Wed, 15 Mar 2017
Joe Grande, Monkey Up A Tree Joe Grande published one program for the Atari computers: Monkey Up A Tree was published by Atari Program Exchange, and first appeared in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog.  This interview took place on March 14, 2017.
 length: 12:22
Sun, 05 Mar 2017
David Lubar, Game Developer (PastFinder) Welcome to another interview episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit computer podcast. David Lubar was a prolific games software developer who worked for Sirius Software, Activision and Absolute and freelanced for...
 length: 31:45
Sat, 25 Feb 2017
In this episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast: Bill Kendrick returns with a segment on the Lantronix and BBSing on your Atari, we cover lots of new hardware upgrades, Nir Dary talks about the RAM-Cart 1M, and we have our usual segments on what’s...
 length: 01:43:49
Sun, 05 Feb 2017
Ed Kelly, Edladdin Hello, welcome to a special interview-only episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit podcast.  My name is Randy Kindig.  This interview is with Ed Kelly of Edladdin.  Edladdin produces a fantastic family of controllers for...
 length: 43:48
Wed, 25 Jan 2017
Mark Odendahl, Rush Hour Mark Odendahl was the creator of Rush Hour, a Frogger-like game that appeared in the winter 1983 Atari Program Exchange catalog, the final APX catalog. He also wrote one program for A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing magazine: Number...
 length: 23:57
Mon, 23 Jan 2017
In this episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast: Nir Dary talks about all the available memory upgrade options (You need more memory!), we discuss what we’ve been up to in the Atari world, give you all the Atari 8-bit news that’s fit to print,...
 length: 01:18:48
Sun, 22 Jan 2017
Steve Gerber, VP of International New Product Development Steve Gerber was head of the Atari Software Acquisition Program. In October 1981, Atari opened its first Regional Software Acquisition Center, managed by Steve, in a 4,000 square-foot location...
 length: 35:49
Fri, 20 Jan 2017
Mark Pelczarski, Penguin Software Mark Pelczarski was the founder of Penguin Software — later renamed to Polarware. Penguin published many graphics programs and games for Apple II, Atari 8-bit, and other platforms. The company's programs included...
 length: 01:01:00
Wed, 18 Jan 2017
Sheldon Leemon: Instedit, Circuit Lab, Mapping the Commodore 64 Sheldon Leemon was the creator of Instedit, a character set editor; and Circuit Lab, an electronics learning program that he co-created with with Mark Davids. Both programs were published...
 length: 02:35:35
Mon, 16 Jan 2017
Ronald Borta, Roklan Software Ronald Borta was co-founder of JACC, which made educational software under contract for Atari, where he programmed Atari States and Capitals and Atlas of Canada, and other software for the the Atari 400 and 800 computers....
 length: 55:46
Sat, 14 Jan 2017
Paul Cubbage, Atari Program Exchange Paul Cubbage was Director of Atari Program Exchange. There, he was head of reviewing software submissions and publishing the APX catalog. He worked at Atari from April 1981 through January 1984. This interview took...
 length: 01:45:54
Tue, 10 Jan 2017
Bill Stealey, co-founder of MicroProse Software Bill Stealey was co-founder of MicroProse Software, with Sid Meier. They started the company in 1982, and Stealey ran the company until it was sold to Spectrum Holobyte in 1993. MicroProse specialized in...
 length: 42:56
Sun, 08 Jan 2017
Dan Corona, Atari Engineering Manager Dan Corona was Atari employee #9 — staring in 1972, where he remained until the Tramiel takeover in 1984. Dan was Engineering Manager, and worked in many divisions: coin-op, pinball, handheld games, and...
 length: 54:57
Fri, 06 Jan 2017
Steve Ahlstrom: SynFile+ and PaperClip Steve Ahlstrom was half of The 4th Works, with Dan Moore. Together they programmed SynFile+, which was published by Synapse; and PaperClip, published by Batteries Included. The team also created BackTalk, a...
 length: 22:32
Mon, 02 Jan 2017
Ben Smith, Atari sales and service This interview is part of the set of interviews we’ve done where we talk to many of the people still out there providing hardware, software, and/or support for our favorite computer.  This interview is with...
 length: 41:18
Wed, 28 Dec 2016
Wynn Smith, Mosaic Electronics Wynn Smith was co-founder of Mosaic Electronics, a company that produced memory upgrade cards for the Atari 400 and 800 computers, as well as the Commodore 64 and VIC-20. He started at Tektronix, where be wrote code for...
 length: 33:08
Tue, 20 Dec 2016
In this episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast... Recurring Links What we’ve been up to Virtuoso Play Mode Sampler - Kyroflux - Harry Stewart’s printouts:  , , , , Eaten By A Grue podcast - Amiga video - News Laser...
 length: 01:52:37
Fri, 02 Dec 2016
Bruce Frumker: APX Memory Match, Cleveland Museum of Natural History Bruce Frumker is author of Memory Match, a memory game that was published by Atari Program Exchange. It was first available in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog. As part of his job at...
 length: 34:24
Tue, 29 Nov 2016
Steve Panak, Game Reviewer Steve Panak was a prolific writer of Atari computer game reviews. He wrote the Panak Strikes! column in A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing magazine, and also wrote reviews for Antic magazine and ST-Log magazine. This interview took...
 length: 20:55
Sat, 26 Nov 2016
Bev and Bryan Wilkinson, Optimized Systems Software Bev and Bryan Wilkinson were part of Optimized Systems Software, the company that brought DOS XL, Mac/65, Action!, BASIC XL, BASIC XE, and other products to Atari computer users.  Bill Wilkinson...
 length: 39:43
Wed, 23 Nov 2016
Dale Lemke, Compu-Cable Systems Dale Lemke is founder of Compu-Cable Systems, a company that created the SpectraView and SpectraView II Graphic Generator Cartridge, information display systems for use by television stations and cable companies, which...
 length: 37:30
Sat, 19 Nov 2016
Paul Berker: Adventure in Time and Birth of the Phoenix Paul Berker was a programmer for Phoenix Software, where he coded Birth of the Phoenix and Adventure In Time, which were both released for the Apple II and Atari 8-bit computers; and Queen of...
 length: 51:28
Sat, 12 Nov 2016
Charles Clinton Charles Clinton was a contractor who worked on AtariLab, which was developed at Swarthmore College.  This interview took place on August 14, 2016 at Vintage Computer Festival West XI. In it, we discuss Priscilla Laws, whom I...
 length: 12:46
Thu, 10 Nov 2016
Paula Polley, Copywriter Paula Polley started at Atari in 1982, where she worked as a copywriter. She wrote marketing for product boxes and wrote for Atari Connection magazine. This interview took place on August 14, 2016 at Vintage Computer Festival...
 length: 11:34
Tue, 08 Nov 2016
Carl Moser and JR Hall, Eastern House Software Carl Moser and JR Hall were founders of Eastern House Software, the company that created several products for Atari 8-bit users, including Monkey Wrench and Monkey Wrench II, and the KISS word processor....
 length: 55:28
Sat, 05 Nov 2016
Recurring Links What we’ve been up to 40 Great Flight Simulator Adventures - Nir Dary’s “Modern Atari 8bit Computer” channel on YouTube - Atari Macro Assembler with Program Text Editor - Atariteca - Giann Velasquez M - “Top...
 length: 01:39:48
Thu, 03 Nov 2016
Rodnay Zaks, Founder of Sybex Books Rodnay Zaks was the founder of computer book publisher Sybex Books, and is author of many classic computer programming books, including 6502 Applications (1979), Programming the 6502, Advanced 6502 Programming, and...
 length: 57:47
Mon, 31 Oct 2016
Thom Graziano, CompuClub  Thom Graziano was founder of CompuClub, an Atari mail-order company and retail store based in Massachusetts. The company began in 1983 and closed in 1986. CompuClub ran full-page advertisements in the Atari magazines...
 length: 20:23
Sat, 29 Oct 2016
Kris Meier, CompuTalk BBS sysop Kris Meier was sysop of CompuTalk BBS, a popular six-line BBS based in Texas that ran off off six Atari 800 computers.  In this interview, I read from the article "CompuTalk: Texas-Sized BBS" by Gregg Pearlman,...
 length: 01:11:01
Wed, 26 Oct 2016
Brian Lee, Synapse and Broderbund Brian Lee started at clothing retailer The Gap, where he used Atari computers for expense control and store operations. He was Vice President of Product Development at Synapse Software from 1982 through 1985, where he...
 length: 28:31
Mon, 24 Oct 2016
Harry McCracken, Technology Journalist Harry McCracken is a technology journalist — he's technology editor at Fast Company magazine. He cut his teeth on the TRS-80 and Atari 400 computers, including writing for Creative Computing magazine, and...
 length: 27:23
Sat, 22 Oct 2016
Bruce Campbell, APX Character Fun Bruce Campbell is the author of Character Fun, an educational game which was published by Atari Program Exchange. It appeared in the winter 1983 APX catalog — the final APX catalog. This interview took place on...
 length: 25:40
Thu, 20 Oct 2016
Ed Stewart and Ray Lyons, APX Letterman Ed Stewart and Ray Lyons co-wrote Letterman, an educational word game that was first available in the winter 1982-1983 Atari Program Exchange catalog. Ed also wrote two articles for Antic magazine: "Hokey Pokey...
 length: 31:07
Tue, 18 Oct 2016
Russ Walter, Secret Guide to Computers Russ Walter is the author of Secret Guide to Computers & Tricky Living, a book that he has been publishing and updating since 1972. It is currently in its 32nd edition; he's working on the 33rd now. The book...
 length: 37:09
Sun, 16 Oct 2016
In this episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast, we visit vintage computer festivals and upgrade our systems. We fail to spend thousands of dollars on rare new hardware. Recurring Links What we’ve been up to Paul Westphal at Eight Bit Fix...
 length: 01:33:14
Thu, 13 Oct 2016
Monty Webb, APX Seven Card Stud Monty Webb published one program through Atari Program Exchange: Seven Card Stud. The program first appeared in the summer 1982 APX catalog, where it won second prize in the entertainment category. He also...
 length: 26:18
Mon, 10 Oct 2016
Elizabeth MacRae, APX Mankala Elizabeth MacRae published one program for the Atari 8-bit computers: Mankala, which was published by Atari Program Exchange. It first appeared in the fall 1982 APX catalog, where it won second prize in the entertainment...
 length: 18:31
Thu, 06 Oct 2016
Douglas Crockford: Galahad And The Holy Grail, Burgers! Douglas Crockford worked in Atari's Game Research Group under Chris Crawford. There he created a variety of demos -- including Ballsong and Crockford's Trench -- and games. He created Galahad And...
 length: 31:05
Tue, 04 Oct 2016
Dewitt Robbeloth, AKA Robert Dewitt, Editor of Antic magazine Dewitt Robbeloth, who went by the pen name Robert Dewitt, was editor of Antic magazine, STart magazine, and the short-lived II Computing magazine. He also freelanced for InfoWorld and other...
 length: 45:21
Sun, 02 Oct 2016
Bob Smith: Video Pinball; Imagic co-founder; Sleazy Adventure Bob Smith worked at Atari, where he created Video Pinball for the Atari 2600. He also wrote two programs for the Atari 8-bit which were sold by Atari Program Exchange: Sound Editor and...
 length: 41:44
Fri, 30 Sep 2016
Bob Graves, Gridiron Glory Bob Graves co-wrote Gridiron Glory, a football game which was published by Atari Program Exchange. The game first appeared in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog. His co-author was Mike Drury, who was unavailable for an...
 length: 19:06
Wed, 28 Sep 2016
Dan Rohr, Three R Math software Dan Rohr was the author of three educational programs which were published by Atari Program Exchange. Three R Math System first appeared in the summer 1982 APX catalog, where it won second prize in the education...
 length: 17:46
Mon, 26 Sep 2016
Marlin Bates, R-Time 8 Replacement Cartridge In 1986, ICD released the R-Time 8, a real-time clock cartridge for the Atari 8-bit computers. One reason this is an interesting cartridge is that it has a pass-through port: you can plug another cartridge...
 length: 42:59
Thu, 22 Sep 2016
Steve Robinson: Diggerbonk and Bean Machine Steve Robinson is the author of two games that were published by Atari Program Exchange: Diggerbonk and Bean Machine. Diggerbonk was first available in the spring 1983 APX catalog. Bean Machine first...
 length: 26:33
Tue, 20 Sep 2016
Alison Woods, Atari Graphic Designer Alison Woods was a graphic designer at Atari from 1982 to 1984. She designed the packaging for the computer versions of Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Junior, Pole Position, Robotron, Food Fight, and other products....
 length: 30:48
Sun, 18 Sep 2016
Mitchell Waite, computer book author and publisher Mitchell Waite is a prolific computer book author and publisher. His first book "Projects in Sight, Sound and Sensation" was published in 1974. He founded the Waite Group in 1977, which published more...
 length: 01:42:02
Fri, 16 Sep 2016
David Duberman, Antic magazine editor David Duberman was an editor at Antic magazine (one of the two major Atari magazines in the United States). Later he was in customer support at Synapse software, then user group coordinator at Atari during the...
 length: 40:48
Wed, 14 Sep 2016
  Michael Boucher, MECC Michael Boucher was a programmer at MECC — Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium — from September 1980 through August 1984, where he worked on educational software for the Apple // and Atari 8-bit computers. His...
 length: 30:50
Mon, 12 Sep 2016
Hung Pham, APX Game Show Hung Pham wrote one program for Atari Program Exchange: Game Show, a game based on the Family Feud TV program (although the catalog never says that explicitly.) Game Show was first available in the Winter 1982-1983 APX...
 length: 27:43
Mon, 12 Sep 2016
Steve Stone, POKEY and ANTIC layout design Steve Stone worked at Atari from 1977 through 1980, where he was a chip layout designer and engineer. He worked on the layout design for the POKEY and ANTIC chips. After Atari, he founded Macro Dienamics,...
 length: 43:13
Thu, 08 Sep 2016
Gary Furr, AtariWriter Product Manager, Printer Drivers Gary Furr was Product Manager for productivity software for the Atari home computer division, where his claim to fame was being the manager for the AtariWriter word processor. He also published a...
 length: 47:41
Mon, 05 Sep 2016
Bob Frankston, co-developer of Visicalc Bob Frankston was co-developer of Visicalc, with Dan Bricklin, and co-founder of Software Arts, the company that first published Visicalc. Bob was also involved with the Atari 800 port of the program. If you're...
 length: 22:52
Sat, 03 Sep 2016
Brian Johnston: Manager, Atari Home Computer System Software Group Brian Johnston was Manager of Atari's Home Computer System Software Group, where he worked on projects including DOS 3. He worked at Atari from 1978 through 1982, then moved to Fox...
 length: 45:44
Thu, 01 Sep 2016
Bard Ermentrout, RAMbrandt Bard Ermentrout was the creator of the popular Atari graphics program RAMbrandt. Subtitled "The Atari Design Studio," RAMbrandt was released in 1985 by Antic software. Written in ValForth, it supported joystick, keyboard,...
 length: 45:55
Tue, 30 Aug 2016
In this episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast, we reminisce about Atari Party and KansasFest, we bemoan the fate of the Atari 1200XL, and talk about Nir Dary’s one-man traveling Atari show. Recurring Links What we’ve been up to ...
 length: 01:56:38
Sun, 28 Aug 2016
Gigi Bisson, Antic Magazine Gigi Bisson was an editor at Antic Magazine, one of the two major U.S. magazines devoted to Atari 8-bit computers. She was also editor of Antic Online, the magazine's forum on the CompuServe Information Service. This...
 length: 01:00:08
Fri, 26 Aug 2016
Richard Watts, Macrotronics Richard Watts was a programmer at Macrotronics, a company that was primarily focused on the RM-1000 radio modem, hardware that connected amateur radio receivers to personal computers. The company also created Morse Code...
 length: 26:05
Wed, 24 Aug 2016
Gregg Pearlman, ANTIC and STart Magazine Gregg Pearlman was an editor at Antic Magazine and STart Magazine from 1986 through 1989.  Antic magazine was devoted primarily to 8-bit Atari computers, with some emphasis on Atari ST computers. It was...
 length: 57:11
Mon, 22 Aug 2016
Scott Scheiman: SIO, 850 interface, Telelink I Scott Scheiman worked at Atari for about seven years, where he was part of the 400/800 design team. He worked on the computers' SIO interface, the Atari 850 interface, and the Telelink I communications...
 length: 01:06:07
Sat, 20 Aug 2016
Kathy Forte, Atari's early applications group Kathy Forte worked at Atari in the applications group for about a year beginning late 1979. She worked on an unreleased relational database application, and for a while spent half of her work time as...
 length: 27:22
Thu, 18 Aug 2016
Lee Actor, Advanced Musicsystem Lee Actor created Advanced Musicsystem, which was published by Atari Program Exchange. It first appeared in the spring 1982 APX catalog, where it won first prize in the Personal Interest and Development category. He...
 length: 34:45
Tue, 16 Aug 2016
Stacy Goff, Founder of Atari Computer Enthusiasts Stacy Goff was founder of ACE, the Atari Computer Enthusiasts. The group was based in Eugene, Oregon, but grew to more than 50,000 members in 250 chapters in 15 countries. This interview took place on...
 length: 35:53
Sun, 14 Aug 2016
David Troy, Toad Computers In this episode, I sit down with a long-time Atari dealer back in the 80’s and 90’s, Mr. David Troy. David ran the Toad BBS from 1984-1988 starting at the age of 12 and then in 1986 as a sophomore in high school, he and...
 length: 49:35
Fri, 12 Aug 2016
Bill Lapham, Atari Continuation Engineering Bill Lapham was Manager of Continuation Engineering in Atari's consumer division. He worked at Atari from 1980 through 1984. This interview took place on April 25, 2016. "They had an entire booth set up for...
 length: 43:07
Wed, 10 Aug 2016
Ron Hartman, K-Byte Software Ron Hartman was systems coordinator at K-Byte Software, a company that produced four games for the Atari 8-bit computers: Krazy Shootout, Krazy Kriters, Krazy Antics, and K-Star Patrol, as well as K-DOS, an alternative...
 length: 27:19
Mon, 08 Aug 2016
Mitch Balsam: NY Atari Research Lab Mitch Balsam was hired at Atari to work as a game programmer for the Atari 2600, and worked on an unreleased game called Electric Yoyo. Later, at Atari Research in New York, he worked on more unreleased products...
 length: 55:20
Sat, 06 Aug 2016
Wes Newell, Newell Industries Wes Newell was founder of Newell Industries, a company that produced a number of popular hardware upgrades for the Atari 8-bit computers. Products included Fastchip, which sped up floating point routines by 300%;...
 length: 29:58
Thu, 04 Aug 2016
John Reese, Tronix CEO John Reese was the founder and CEO of Tronix, the software company that produced two games for the Atari 8-bit computers: Kid Grid (in 1982) Juice! (in 1983.) The company also produced other games for Commodore computers,...
 length: 36:28
Tue, 02 Aug 2016
Gregor Novak, Math*UFO and Ringmaster Gregor Novak is the author of two educational games which were published by Atari Program Exchange: Math*UFO and Ringmaster. Math*UFO first appeared in the fall 1982 APX catalog, where it won second prize in the...
 length: 24:10
Sun, 31 Jul 2016
Volker Multhopp, DSEMBLER Volker Multhopp wrote DSEMBLER, which was sold by Atari Program Exchange and was first available in the winter 1981 APX catalog.  This interview took place on March 21, 2016.
 length: 10:37
Fri, 29 Jul 2016
Duane Bolster, Midas Touch and Advanced Fingerspelling Duane Bolster published two programs with Atari Program Exchange: Midas Touch and Advanced Fingerspelling. Midas Touch, a word game, was first available in the summer 1982 APX catalog. Advanced...
 length: 39:42
Wed, 27 Jul 2016
Tom Halfhill, Compute! Magazine Tom R. Halfhill was features editor of Compute! Magazine, and was later launch editor of several other magazines from that publisher, including Compute!'s Gazette, Compute's Atari ST, and Compute!'s PC Magazine. He...
 length: 49:49
Mon, 25 Jul 2016
Richard Mansfield: Compute! Magazine, 6502 Machine Language Books Richard Mansfield is author of the best-selling book Machine Language For Beginners, and its sequel, Compute!'s Second Book Of Machine Language, both published by Compute! books. He...
 length: 53:06
Sat, 23 Jul 2016
  Richard Wiitala, Number Blast Richard Wiitala was the author of Number Blast, an arithmetic teaching program that was published by Atari Program Exchange. Number Blast first appeared in the winter 1981 APX catalog, where it won third prize in...
 length: 24:52
Thu, 21 Jul 2016
Ray Citak, music education software Ray Citak wrote Name the Notes, a music education program that was accepted by Atari Program Exchange, and won an APX award, but never appeared in the APX catalog. (The program is, as far as we know, lost to the...
 length: 16:58
Tue, 19 Jul 2016
Ted Toal, Cyan Engineering Ted Toal was a software developer at Cyan Engineering, an Atari research group. He worked on Atari's unreleased picture telephone as well as other projects. This interview took place January 24, 2016. Teaser quote: "He...
 length: 29:13
Sun, 17 Jul 2016
Peter Donoso, Atari Explorer magazine Peter Donoso was managing editor of Atari Explorer magazine from September 1991 through February 1993, primarily covering Atari during the ST era. This interview took place on November 23, 2015. Teaser quote:...
 length: 32:43
Fri, 15 Jul 2016
Bob Brodie: User Group Manager for Atari Hi and welcome to another special interview edition of Antic the Atari 8-bit computer podcast.  My name is Randy Kindig and I'll be providing the interview questions for this episode.  I'm extremely...
 length: 01:17:05
Wed, 13 Jul 2016
John Harris: Jawbreaker, Frogger, Mouskattack John Harris created the games Jawbreaker, Frogger, and Mouskattack for the Atari 8-bit computers. He worked at Sierra On-Line and later Synapse Software. He later created video character generator systems...
 length: 01:09:00
Mon, 11 Jul 2016
Bob Alkire and Steve Saunders, Rainbow GPU Bob Alkire and Steve Saunders worked in Atari's Corporate Research lab under Alan Kay, where they worked on the Rainbow GPU. Rainbow was a next-generation graphics chip (after ANTIC) which was never released....
 length: 54:11
Sat, 09 Jul 2016
Eric Freeman: Bootleg and Weakon Eric Freeman published two programs through Atari Program Exchange: Bootleg and Weakon. Bootleg first appeared in the summer 1983 APX catalog: the catalog called it "a search-for-booty maze game submitted from New...
 length: 21:09
Thu, 07 Jul 2016
Max Manowski, Wizard’s Revenge Max Manowski wrote Adventure, a text adventure game that he released into the public domain to Atari users groups. Later, he modified Adventure and called it Wizard's Revenge, which was published by Atari Program...
 length: 24:46
Tue, 05 Jul 2016
Frank Paris, Mathlib for Deep Blue C Frank Paris wrote Mathlib for Deep Blue C, a library of floating-point functions for use with the Deep Blue C programming language. Mathlib first appeared in the fall 1983 APX catalog, where it won second prize in...
 length: 24:14
Sun, 03 Jul 2016
In this three-year anniversary episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast — we uncover an abundance of Atari source code, documentation, and engineering notes; Bill explores Five Dots, a new game; and we debate the fate of the 1200XL. Recurring Links ...
 length: 01:37:39
Fri, 01 Jul 2016
Kathy and Phil Bergh, I'm Different! Kathy and Phil Bergh published one program through Atari Program Exchange: I'm Different!, which first appeared in the inaugural APX catalog, winter 1982-1983. The program won third prize in the Education category...
 length: 57:00
Wed, 29 Jun 2016
David Thiel, musician and interactive audio David Thiel is a musician and interactive audio designer. At Gottlieb, he did the sound for arcade games including Reactor, Q*Bert, and Mach 3. At Action Graphics, David created the sound for Artillery Duel...
 length: 01:30:40
Mon, 27 Jun 2016
Gary Yost, The Catalog and Cyber Studio Gary Yost worked at Antic magazine, in product development. He was the man behind The Catalog, Antic's catalog of third-party software. When Atari Program Exchange was shut down, he contacted programmers from...
 length: 54:38
Sat, 25 Jun 2016
Fred Parr, MACE newsletter Fred Parr was a member of MACE — the Michigan Atari Computer Enthusiasts group, and the man who printed the club newsletter. You can find scans of the newsletter at . This interview took place on April 22, 2016. It in, we...
 length: 16:30
Thu, 23 Jun 2016
Roland Gustafsson, Print Shop Companion Roland Gustafsson wrote The Print Shop Companion, an add-on package for Brøderbund's popular Print Shop software, which added a printable calendar, font and page border editors, and other features. He first...
 length: 34:27
Tue, 21 Jun 2016
Chuck Gibke, Air Raid! Chuck Gibke, published one piece of software for the Atari computer: Air Raid!. The game first appeared in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog, where it won second prize in the entertainment category. This interview took place on...
 length: 20:57
Sun, 19 Jun 2016
Steve Cavin: Minotaur, Juggles' House, Juggles' Rainbow  Steve Cavin started at Cromenco where he built computer kits and tested hardware. Later he wrote several programs for the Atari 8-bit computers: Minotaur, which was published by Atari...
 length: 32:04
Fri, 17 Jun 2016
Neil Harris: Commodore, Atari, GEnie Neil Harris started at Commodore as a member of the VIC-20 launch team, then continued to be a writer, programmer, and product manager there. He moved to Atari, where he was from 1984 to 1988. There he was hardware...
 length: 01:16:41
Wed, 15 Jun 2016
Jay Jaeger, APX Space War Jay Jaeger released one program for the Atari computers: Space War, which was published by Atari Program Exchange. It appeared in the fall 1983 APX catalog. This interview took place on March 16, 2016. Teaser quote: "It took...
 length: 27:45
Mon, 13 Jun 2016
Joel Gluck: Babel, Attank!, Pushover, Fun-FORTH Joel Gluck published four programs through Atari Program Exchange: Babel, Attank!, Pushover, and Fun-FORTH. The first, Babel, was published when he was just 16 years old. He later worked at Atari's...
 length: 45:43
Sat, 11 Jun 2016
Ted Kahn, Atari Institute for Educational Action Research Ted Kahn was creator of the Atari Institute for Educational Action Research, which  awarded major grants of Atari home computer products, and consulting services to individuals, schools,...
 length: 01:13:02
Thu, 09 Jun 2016
  Rob Zdybel, Star Trek, Missile Command, Bug Hunt Rob Zdybel was a long-time employee at Atari, having worked there from 1979 to 1996, when the Tramiels left.  Rob has a long line of credits including Pigs in Space, Real Sports Football,...
 length: 01:20:29
Tue, 07 Jun 2016
Lane Winner: Graph-It, XEP-80, De Re Atari Lane Winner was an Atari employee for about a decade: he worked in the software development support group, as a programmer, and as an engineer. He is the author of Atari's Graph-It, contributor to De Re...
 length: 49:48
Sun, 05 Jun 2016
Dave Menconi, Atari Customer Service and User Group Support Dave Menconi started at Atari in 1982 doing customer support for the Atari computers. Later he moved to the marketing group, where he helped support the Atari users groups. Dave wrote the...
 length: 39:45
Fri, 03 Jun 2016
Stan Ockers, public domain game programmer Stan Ockers started on the KIM-1 single board computer, where was was co-author of The First Book of KIM with Jim Butterfield. He later got an Atari 400, and became a prolific author of public domain programs...
 length: 20:04
Wed, 01 Jun 2016
Harry Guiremand, SynChron Harry Guiremand wrote SynChron, a calendar application, which was published by Synapse Software in 1983.  This interview took place on April 15, 2016. Thanks to Wade at the Inverse ASASCII podcast for his research and...
 length: 14:39
Mon, 30 May 2016
Greg Thrush and Marian Dillashaw: Stock Management and WordGo Greg Thrush published two programs through Atari Program Exchange: Stock Management and — with his wife Marian Dillashaw — Wordgo. Stock Management first appeared in the fall 1982 APX...
 length: 22:54
Sat, 28 May 2016
In this episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast, we are joined by Rob McMullen to discuss hacking on Jumpman, we explore several new hardware projects and new games. And we jump in the time machine to visit computer clubs in the 1980s. Recurring...
 length: 01:47:20
Thu, 26 May 2016
Wes Horlacher, Magic Melody Box Wes Horlacher published one program in Atari Program Exchange: Magic Melody Box. Magic Melody Box first appeared in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog, where it was awarded second prize in the education category. It was...
 length: 27:00
Tue, 24 May 2016
Steve Smith, ANTIC chip Steve Smith was an engineering technician at Atari from 1977 until 1979, where he worked on the development of the Atari 400 and 800 computers. He was one of the technicians who designed the ANTIC and CTIA chips. In this...
 length: 49:47
Sun, 22 May 2016
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Sun, 22 May 2016
Clyde Spencer: Stereo 3-D Graphics and Isopleth Map Making Clyde Spencer published two programs through Atari Program Exchange: Stereo 3-D Graphics Package and Isopleth Map-Making Package. Stereo 3-D Graphics Package was first available in the winter...
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Fri, 20 May 2016
Robert Waldman, Financial Asset Managment System Robert Waldman wrote Financial Asset Managment System, which was published by Atari Program Exchange. It first appeared in the Fall 1981 APX catalog, where it won second prize in the personal finance...
 length: 27:47
Wed, 18 May 2016
Tod Frye, Asteroids Hi, there!  Welcome to the next in the series of Atari-related interviews being produced by Antic, the Atari 8-bit computer podcast.  My name is Randy Kindig and I’ll be leading this interview.  Most notably, while...
 length: 46:18
Mon, 16 May 2016
Ursula Wolz, early computing and education Ursula Wolz was thinking about computers and education in the early days of personal computing. She worked on Apple ][ games for Children's Television Workshop, consulted for Atari Research on their endeavors...
 length: 23:39
Sat, 14 May 2016
Owen Rubin: Major Havoc, Space Duel Owen Rubin worked in Atari's coin-op division from 1976 to 1984 — he is best known for his programming work there on Major Havoc, Space Duel, and Battlezone. He also served as a go-between between the arcade...
 length: 01:34:06
Thu, 12 May 2016
Randy Glover, Jumpman Randy Glover is the creator of one of the best games for the Atari computers, Jumpman, which was published by EPYX. He also created the sequel, Jumpman Junior, and programmed the swimming competition portion of Summer Games....
 length: 01:24:52
Tue, 10 May 2016
Mike Silva, Syncalc Mike Silva worked at Synapse, where he wrote the Syncalc spreadsheet application. In this interview we talk about Ihor Woloseko, whom I previously interviewed. This interview took place on February 11, 2016. Teaser quotes: "If I...
 length: 48:27
Sat, 07 May 2016
Richard Lindgren, APX financial software Richard Lindgren published two programs in Atari Program Exchange. Real Estate Cash Flow Analysis first appeared in the winter 1983 APX catalog, where it won first prize in the business and professional...
 length: 18:37
Wed, 04 May 2016
Marcin Sochacki, SIO2BT Marcin Sochacki, also known as Montezuma on AtariAge, is originally from Poland and currently lives in Germany.   In recent years he developed theSIO2BT, or SIO to Bluetooth for the Atari computer line.  This...
 length: 01:10:04
Mon, 02 May 2016
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....
 length: 37:44
Sat, 30 Apr 2016
Michael Crick, Frogmaster Michael Crick created the game Frogmaster, which was published for the Atari computers by Atari Program Exchange. It first appeared in the summer 1982 APX catalog, where it won first prize in the entertainment category....
 length: 34:12
Thu, 28 Apr 2016
On this episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast, we venture out into the big scary world — both Randy and I went to VCF SouthEast, and Kevin went to the museum. The winners of the 2016 10-line BASIC programming contest are announced, and Bill...
 length: 01:37:14
Tue, 26 Apr 2016
Yakov Epelboim: Pushky and Devilator Yakov Epelboim is a Russian immigrant who published two programs for the Atari 8-bit computers. Pushky (which I learned is the Russian word for "cannons") was published by Atari Program Exchange, and first appeared...
 length: 37:42
Sun, 24 Apr 2016
John Palevich: Dandy and Deep Blue C Compiler John Palevich wrote several programs which were published by Atari Program Exchange: the Chameleon CRT Terminal Emulator; Mantis Boot Tape Development System; Deep Blue C Compiler and its source code on a...
 length: 01:13:46
Fri, 22 Apr 2016
Ron Luks, Founder and manager of the Atari Forums on CompuServe Welcome to this interview-only episode of Antic, The Atari 8-bit computer podcast.  My name is Randy Kindig.  In this show, I’ll be talking with Mr. Ron Luks, a name...
 length: 43:21
Wed, 20 Apr 2016
John Powers, Atari Director of Software Development John Powers was co-founder of The Authorship Resource, the company that created all of the software for the CyberVision 2000 computer. From 1980 to 1982 he worked at Atari as Director of Software...
 length: 52:24
Mon, 18 Apr 2016
Edward Lehmann, Recipe Search 'N Save Edward Lehmann published one Atari program through Atari Program Exchange: Recipe Search 'N Save, which first appeared in the summer 1982 APX catalog. It won third prize in the Personal Finance & Record...
 length: 10:34
Sat, 16 Apr 2016
Chuck Mullally, Mastermatch Chuck Mullally published one game through Atari Program Exchange: Mastermatch, game similar to the Mastermind board game. Mastermatch was one of the last APX programs to be released: it was first available in the Winter...
 length: 19:43
Thu, 14 Apr 2016
Bryon Wilcox, Wilcox Company On December 12, 2015, I bought an unusual Atari computer on ebay: it appeared to be a typical 800XL, but where the Atari name would have been, there was a sticker that said "GRAPHICS 1 - The Wilcox Company." Another...
 length: 16:04
Tue, 12 Apr 2016
John Crane, RPN Calculator Simulator John Crane published one Atari program, through Atari Program Exchange: RPN Calculator Simulator. The program first appeared in the Spring 1982 APX catalog, where it was awarded second prize in the business and...
 length: 46:35
Sat, 09 Apr 2016
Alan Newman: Domination, Tutti Frutti, Hotel Alien Alan Newman published several programs for the Atari 8-bit computers: Domination, a Hamurabi-style management game, was published by Atari Program Exchange. It first appeared in the Fall 1981...
 length: 31:54
Thu, 07 Apr 2016
Darren Schebek, Envision character set editor Darren Schebek wrote Envision, a character set editor for the Atari 8-bit computers. It was published in Antic magazine’s software catalog in 1986. Envision cost $19.95: “Create giant,...
 length: 56:22
Tue, 05 Apr 2016
Jerome Domurat, artist and interface designer Jerome Domurat worked at Atari from November 1981 through July 1986 as an artist and interface designer. He started creating art for the home game systems, including E.T., Krull, and Raiders of the Lost...
 length: 01:14:42
Sun, 03 Apr 2016
Alan Henricks, Controller Alan Henricks was Controller at Atari during the Warner Communications era. He was there from 1978 through 1983. This interview took place on November 17, 2015. Teaser quotes: "Had the next generation of technology - the...
 length: 38:32
Fri, 01 Apr 2016
On this episode of ANTIC the atari 8-bit podcast: we find a lot of new hardware gadgets for our Atari 8-bit machines, and learn all about Atari-branded printers. Recurring Links What we’ve been up to Cauzin Softstrip -...
 length: 01:21:19
Thu, 31 Mar 2016
Richard Leinecker, Your Atari Comes Alive Richard Leinecker is author of the book Your Atari Comes Alive, which was published by Alpha Systems. The book provides instructions for building hardware projects that work with the Atari 8-bit computers,...
 length: 26:35
Tue, 29 Mar 2016
Art Prag: Mapware, Starware, and Astrology   Art Prag, along with Harry Koons, published three programs with Atari Program Exchange: Mapware, Starware, and Astrology. Harry Koons died in 2005.   Mapware first appeared in the fall 1981...
 length: 13:48
Sun, 27 Mar 2016
Jeff Johannigman Jeff Johannigman published his first two computer programs through Atari Program Exchange: Rabbotz and Snark Hunt. He went on to program the Atari ports of Mask of the Sun and Serpent's Star for Br0derbund, then worked on Relax for...
 length: 59:12
Fri, 25 Mar 2016
Leigh Zeitz, Epson Connection book Leigh Zeitz wrote the book The Epson Connection: Atari Edition, about using your Atari 8-bit computer with Epson printers; as well as a version of the book for the Commodore 64. This interview took place on...
 length: 20:16
Wed, 23 Mar 2016
David Johnson, Popeye David Johnson co-created the Atari 400/800/5200 version of Popeye, which was released by Parker Brothers. This interview took place on November 9, 2015. Teaser quote "That was my first work experience. I really enjoyed it....
 length: 15:11
Sun, 20 Mar 2016
Steve Baker: Defender, Stargate Steve Baker is well-known in the Atari world as having done the 400/800 and 5200 conversions of Defender.  He also did ports of Stargate for the 5200 and the 400/800.  Additionally, he developed Miniature...
 length: 50:40
Fri, 18 Mar 2016
Mike Potter: Protector II, Shadow World, Nautilus, Chicken Mike Potter ported several Apple II games to the Atari 8-bit computers for Crystalware, including Protector. He later developed five programs for Synapse Software: Protector, Protector II,...
 length: 39:56
Wed, 16 Mar 2016
Arthur Leyenberger, Atari columnist Arthur Leyenberger wrote the "Outpost: Atari" column in Creative Computing magazine, the End User column in A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing, and the ST User column in ST-Log magazine. He was also editor of the Jersey Atari...
 length: 42:27
Mon, 14 Mar 2016
Jeff Bell, Atari coin-op Jeff Bell worked for Atari Games for 31 years. He stated in 1973 as a Pong inspector, then moved to the engineering department, specifying requirements for parts. He worked in IT and system administration, and did other jobs...
 length: 45:45
Sat, 12 Mar 2016
Stephen Lawrow, Mac/65 assembler Stephen Lawrow created the Mac/65 assembler, which was published by Optimized Systems Software. Stephen became an employee of OSS, where he also worked on the company’s enhanced BASIC products, BASIC XL and...
 length: 49:45
Thu, 10 Mar 2016
Bob Stahl, Atari receiving inspection and software quality Bob Stahl worked in the Atari home computer division, where he was the senior technician in the receiving inspection department, doing first article inspection. (He explains what that means...
 length: 47:37
Tue, 08 Mar 2016
Clayton Walnum, A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing and ST-Log Clayton Walnum was writer and editor at A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing and ST-Log magazines. He started out as technical editor at A.N.A.L.O.G., and was eventually executive editor of both magazines. Clayton...
 length: 30:19
Sun, 06 Mar 2016
Bob Polin, Blue Max Bob Polin was the programmer of Blue Max and Blue Max 2001 — both published by Synapse Software, and co-creator of Puzzle Panic with Ken Uston. He also wrote the game "Maxter Mind" which was published by Antic...
 length: 22:56
Fri, 04 Mar 2016
Steve Hales: Slime, Dimension X, Fort Apocalypse Steve Hales published several games with Synapse Software: Slime, Dimension X, Fort Apocalypse, and Mindwheel. His first job was reverse engineering the Atari 2600 to create the Starpath Supercharger....
 length: 01:18:57
Wed, 02 Mar 2016
Glenn Faden, Microsailing Glenn Faden published one program for the Atari 8-bit computers: Microsailing, which was published by Atari Program Exchange. Microsailing first appeared in the Spring 1983 APX catalog. This interview took place on January...
 length: 12:27
Mon, 29 Feb 2016
Surfer Bob, Warez Sysop "Surfer Bob", real first name Carlos, ran The Pipeline BBS, an Atari bulletin board system that offered warez for download -- pirated software. This interview took place on January 28, 2016. Teaser quote: "He didn't have...
 length: 42:27
Sat, 27 Feb 2016
David Stoutemyer, The Soft Warehouse David Stoutemyer was co-founder of The Soft Warehouse, a company that specialized in mathematics software for several computer platforms. The company published three programs through Atari Program Exchange....
 length: 21:13
Thu, 25 Feb 2016
David Crane, Pitfall! and Atari 400/800 OS David Crane started his programming career at Atari, making games for the Atari 2600. He also worked on the operating system for the Atari 800 computer, as well as the games Outlaw and Howitzer, which were...
 length: 47:49
Tue, 23 Feb 2016
Bill Rice, HYSYS Bill Rice published one program in the Atari Program Exchange catalog: HYSYS, or Hydraulic Program. It was a tool that did calculations for sizing hydraulic systems and components. HYSYS first appeared winter 1982 APX catalog. This...
 length: 22:58
Sun, 21 Feb 2016
On this episode of ANTIC the atari 8-bit podcast: I cause a robot invasion in Portland, Bill Kendrick goes ultra-mega-retro gaming with Game ‘N Watch inspired games for the Atari, Randy wraps up the retrochallenge, and we still manage to keep...
 length: 01:10:29
Sat, 20 Feb 2016
Jerry Falkenhan, Finance Software Jerry Falkenhan had three programs published by Atari Program Exchange: Family Cash Flow, Family Budget, and Family Vehicle Expense. Atari bought Family Cash Flow and Family Budget and packaged them as an...
 length: 50:27
Thu, 18 Feb 2016
Bill Louden, CompuServe and GEnie Bill Louden was part of the team that built CompuServe, the first consumer online service, where he was director of the computing, games, entertainment, e-mail, chat, and forum products. He went on to be the founder...
 length: 57:05
Tue, 16 Feb 2016
Jerry Jewell, co-founder of Sirius Software Jerry Jewell was co-founder of Sirius Software. Sirius published many Atari titles including Alpha Shield, Capture the Flag, Fast Eddie, Gruds in Space, Sneakers, Wavy Navy, and Wayout. The company was...
 length: 51:33
Sun, 14 Feb 2016
Bob Polaro Bob Polaro was an Atari employee from 1978 through 1984, where he wrote several programs for Atari Program Exchange — very early programs in the APX catalog: Lemonade, Mugwump, Preschool Games, Reversi, Space Trek, and Dice...
 length: 23:44
Fri, 12 Feb 2016
Dave Pratt, founder of Digital Vision (ComputerEyes) Dave Pratt was founder of Digital Vision, the company that made ComputerEyes for the Apple //, Commodore 64, and Atari 8-bit computers. ComputerEyes was a slow-scan video digitizer that plugged...
 length: 44:40
Wed, 10 Feb 2016
Thomas Hudson, Atari sales trainer Thomas Hudson was a trainer for Atari, where he taught computer store owners and others about the Atari 8-bit computer line, and attended trade shows to show off Atari's computer products. Later he became a product...
 length: 01:00:39
Mon, 08 Feb 2016
Roger Hector, Atari’s Advanced Products Group Roger Hector started at Atari back in 1976.  As a creative designer, he was originally hired by Pete Takaishi (Industrial Design Manager), before working in the Art Department, and then finally...
 length: 44:29
Sat, 06 Feb 2016
Bob C., Software Pirate Bob C. was an Atari software pirate in New York who went by the moniker The Missing Link. This interview took place on January 19, 2016. Teaser quotes: "It's all I wanted to do. I skipped going on vacation with my parents...
 length: 46:19
Thu, 04 Feb 2016
Peter Langston, LucasArts Peter Langston was a founding employee at the game development company LucasArts, part of the team that created the Atari 8-bit games Ballblazer and Rescue on Fractalus. Peter composed Song Of The Grid, the memorable theme...
 length: 01:05:19
Tue, 02 Feb 2016
Tom Harker, ICD Tom Harker was co-founder of ICD, a company that created many popular add-ons for the Atari 8-bit computers including P:R: Connection, U.S. Doubler, and SpartaDOS. Later, they created several upgrades for the Atari ST and Amiga...
 length: 47:41
Sun, 31 Jan 2016
Jerry White, Atari author and programmer Jerry White was a prolific Atari software developer and writer. He published Player Piano, Bowler's Database, and other software for Atari Program Exchange. He wrote Poker S.A.M. and Chaterbee, two talking...
 length: 50:24
Sat, 30 Jan 2016
Steve Defrisco, H.E.R.O., Wing War Hello and welcome to Antic, The Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast.  My name is Randy Kindig.  This is another in the continuing series of Atari 8-bit related interviews.  This time, we talk to a former...
 length: 41:16
Fri, 29 Jan 2016
Thomas Newton, Basic/XA and Keypad Controller Thomas Newton, published two programs with Atari Program Exchange: Keypad Controller, software for reading the keypad game controllers from BASIC; and BASIC/XA, a set of add-ons for Atari BASIC...
 length: 11:17
Wed, 27 Jan 2016
Arlan Levitan, writer Arlan Levitan wrote for many computer magazines including Creative Computing and Compute!, where he wrote the Telecomputing Today and Levitations columns. He helped design the menu system and feature set of the AMIS bulletin...
 length: 01:09:18
Sun, 24 Jan 2016
Sandy Dwiggins, AtariLab manuals Sandy Dwiggins wrote the manuals for AtariLab - both the light and temperature modules - while she was an adjunct professor at Dickinson College, teaching Film Studies. She worked closely with Priscilla Laws, whom I...
 length: 30:59
Fri, 22 Jan 2016
Andrew Soderberg, Atari Product Manager Andrew Soderberg was a product manager at Atari from 1980 through August 1983. He oversaw projects including the XL line of computers, and De Re Atari. He was also production manager for several of Atari's TV...
 length: 44:39
Wed, 20 Jan 2016
Mike West, Pirate Mike West was an east coast software pirate who went by the handle “Jolly Roger.” He was — and still is — friends with Gary Walton, whom I previously interviewed. This interview took place on October 9,...
 length: 30:11
Sun, 17 Jan 2016
On this episode of ANTIC the atari 8-bit podcast: We explore the possibilities of new Atari software and hardware mods (yea faster Star Raiders explosions); and Randy delves into the turtle-y goodness of Atari Logo. Trigger warning: there may be some...
 length: 01:34:09
Fri, 15 Jan 2016
Landon Dyer, Donkey Kong and Super Pac Man Landon Dyer started as a software engineer in the Atari home computer division in 1982, where he specialized in converting arcade games to the Atari 8-bits. There, he programmed the Atari 400/800 versions of...
 length: 01:03:01
Wed, 13 Jan 2016
Tom Briscoe, APX Software Evaluator Tom Briscoe worked at Atari as an intern in the summer of 1981, where he evaluated the user-written software that had been submitted to Atari Program Exchange. This interview took place on September 26,...
 length: 18:23
Mon, 11 Jan 2016
Bob Brass and Peter D’Amato, Cauzin Softstrip If you read certain computer magazines from the early days of microcomputers — magazines like Byte, Family Computing, II Computing and InCider — you might see long, black-and-white strips of bar...
 length: 49:42
Sat, 09 Jan 2016
Jim Inscore, Documentation Manager Jim Inscore was hired at Atari in 1981 as a writer in the marketing department, then became documentation manager, where he managed writers and production staff to produce technical and consumer documentation for...
 length: 20:44
Tue, 05 Jan 2016
Russ Wetmore: Preppie!, Sea Dragon, Homepak Russ Wetmore started at Adventure International, where he worked with Scott Adams on Savage Island Part II. He then went on to program Preppie!, Preppie! II, and Sea Dragon - all of which were published by...
 length: 58:08
Sat, 02 Jan 2016
Paul Lewandowski, APX Puzzler Paul Lewandowski was in high school when he wrote Puzzler, which was published by Atari Program Exchange and won the Atari Star Award in fall 1983: first prize in the learning category. Puzzler is a game that shows you...
 length: 17:51
Thu, 31 Dec 2015
Clinton Parker, Action! Welcome to this special interview edition of Antic, the Atari 8-bit computer podcast.  All of our interviews are special in some way and we appreciate the time that the interviewees donate to the Atari 8-bit community at...
 length: 57:53
Tue, 29 Dec 2015
Peter J. Meyer - Tempest Xtreem, Venture, Delta Space Arena The intro music to this episode is the tune “Mind’s Eye” from the Atari XL/XE version of Tempest Xtreem; composed by Sal KJMANN Esquivel.  Our guest for this interview...
 length: 32:55
Sun, 27 Dec 2015
Larry Reed, Childware Larry Reed was a programmer for Childware, where he worked on two educational games for the Atari 8-bit computers: Word Flyer and D-Bug, both of which were published by Electronic Arts. This interview took place December 6,...
 length: 30:54
Fri, 25 Dec 2015
Tony Nicholson and John Babinchak II, Hi-Res Magazine In this episode, two interviews for the price of one: two people who helped create Hi-Res Magazine — the computer magazine that only published four issues. First, we’ll hear from Tony...
 length: 31:18
Tue, 22 Dec 2015
Kevin Hayes, Atari Games Ireland On this interview episode, we take a trip to Ireland, and to the coin-op side of Atari. Kevin Hayes was Controller for Atari Irerland Ltd. in 1978, then became manufacturing director. Later he moved to California...
 length: 32:50
Fri, 18 Dec 2015
On this episode of ANTIC the atari 8-bit podcast: our annual holiday buying guide for Atari 8-bit lovers, we announce the winner of the interview transcription contest, I test all of the BBUC game contest entries, and we outright start bribing people...
 length: 01:47:02
Mon, 14 Dec 2015
Alan Ackerman, MPP Alan Ackerman co-founded Microbits Peripheral Products (MPP) with John Wiley. MPP made modems and printer interfaces for the Atari 8-bit computers. MPP also published software: Microfiler and Assault Force 3-D. The company would...
 length: 01:01:13
Sat, 12 Dec 2015
Alan Stratton, plant controller Alan Stratton was Atari’s plant controller, managing the financial functions in the El Paso, Texas manufacturing facility. He was also involved with the infamous dumping of game cartridges in the Alamogordo, New...
 length: 34:58
Thu, 10 Dec 2015
Aric Wilmunder: Star Raiders II, Temple of Apshai Here’s how Aric Wilmunder introduced himself to me: “When The Last Starfighter didn’t do well in the theaters and marketing re-branded the Atari 800 Last Starfighter game as Star...
 length: 01:19:48
Tue, 08 Dec 2015
Courtney Goodin, Compu=Prompt teleprompter Compu=Prompt was the first electronic, personal computer based teleprompter, which ran off of an Atari 800XL computer. It was created by Courtney Goodin, who won an Emmy award for it, for “Pioneering...
 length: 01:27:01
Sun, 06 Dec 2015
Anthony Jones, Atari UK Anthony Jones was general manager of Atari’s headquarters in the United Kingdom. Later he moved to the United States, where he was group product manager in the marketing arm. There he worked on the Mindlink controller, a...
 length: 39:48
Wed, 02 Dec 2015
Forrest Mozer, Pioneer in Digitized Speech Forrest Mozer invented and patented the first integrated circuit speech synthesizer in 1974. He licensed this technology to TeleSensory Systems, which used it in the Speech+ talking calculator. Later,...
 length: 47:34
Mon, 30 Nov 2015
Bryan Edewaard Bryan Edewaard briefly worked with Atari and with ICD.  In 2004, 20 years after the 5200 was cancelled, he wrote the homebrew game "Castle Crisis" and released it on Atari Age for the 5200 and for the 400/800. Castle Crisis is a...
 length: 40:42
Fri, 27 Nov 2015
Jeff Osorio, Atari Manager of Financial Planning and Cost Accounting Jeff Osorio was Manager of Financial Planning and Cost Accounting at Atari from 1981 through 1984. He was responsible for establishing cost accounting and financial planning...
 length: 39:45
Mon, 23 Nov 2015
Gary Walton, Atari Store Owner and Pirate Gary Walton owned Discount Video And Computers, a large Atari dealership in Fort Pierce, Florida, and was involved in the Atari software piracy scene. Gary is one of the people who helped me find Glenn the...
 length: 01:12:12
Fri, 20 Nov 2015
Brad Fuller, Composer Brad Fuller started at Atari as audio engineer in the home computer division, where he composed music and sounds for Superman, Donkey Kong, E.T., Robotron, and other games. Then, in the coin-op division he composed music and...
 length: 33:38
Wed, 18 Nov 2015
Bill Mensch, 6502 chip Bill Mensch is co-creator of the 6502 chip, the microprocessor that’s the heart of the Atari 8-bit computers, the Apple ][, Commodore 64, and many other classic computers.  This interview occurred August 6,...
 length: 01:09:19
Thu, 12 Nov 2015
Keithen Hayenga, 5200 Tempest Keithen Hayenga worked for both Apple and Atari and was an Apple II and Atari software programmer. While at Atari, Keithen worked on RealSports Baseball and several other unpublished projects such as Tempest for...
 length: 01:04:32
Wed, 04 Nov 2015
On this episode of ANTIC the atari 8-bit podcast: we talk about the release of the Star Raiders source code, how to set up an Atari club of your own, and lust over the 1400XL and 815 dual floppy drive. Don’t forget, we have a contest going...
 length: 02:08:03
Thu, 29 Oct 2015
Bill Hogue, Miner 2049er Bill Hogue was founder of Big Five Software. He was programmer of the hit 1982 game Miner 2049er, and its sequel Bounty Bob Strikes Back!. This interview took place on August 31, 2015. Teaser quotes: “I tried to...
 length: 26:46
Thu, 22 Oct 2015
Gerri Brioso: Halftime Battlin' Bands, Coco-Notes, Movie Musical Madness Gerri Brioso is part of The Dovetail Group, a company that created three children’s games for the Atari 400/800 and Commodore 64 computers. All three games were released...
 length: 01:24:43
Tue, 20 Oct 2015
Alan Murphy, Atari Animator Alan Murphy was Senior Animator at Atari, where we worked from 1980 through 1987. Alan created the graphics for the Atari 8-bit versions of Defender, Xevious, Galaxian, Countermeasure, Pac Man for the Atari 5200, Demons...
 length: 37:09
Sun, 18 Oct 2015
Adam Billyard, Chop Suey/ElektraGlide Adam Billyard's first three games for the Atari 8-bit computers were "Bellum", "Henri", and "Chop Suey,".  Bellum was published through the Atari Program Exchange, although Adam never received any royalty...
 length: 38:45
Fri, 16 Oct 2015
Glenn The 5200 Man Glenn Botts is better known to Atari 8-bit users as "Glenn The 5200 Man.” Glenn was perhaps the most widely-known Atari software cracker, because he had a unique specialty. Most pirates removed copy protection from software,...
 length: 51:51
Wed, 14 Oct 2015
Bruce Poehlman, The Last Starfighter/Star Raiders II Bruce Poehlman only worked at Atari for a year — from June 1983 until July 1984 — but he told me “it was an interesting year.” Bruce coded the game The Last Starfighter for...
 length: 34:56
Mon, 12 Oct 2015
Dan Horn, Infocom Dan Horn stated as a programmer at Scott Adams’ Adventure International, where he programmed the Atari version of Treasure Quest. Then he moved to Infocom where he was technical director, then became head of the microcomputing...
 length: 38:31
Fri, 09 Oct 2015
Leslie Wolf, Product Manager for Atari Logo and AtariLab   Leslie Wolf was a product manager at Atari from 1981 through 1984. She managed the design and development of educational hardware and software products such as Atari Logo software and...
 length: 22:44
Wed, 07 Oct 2015
Dr. Priscilla Laws, AtariLab AtariLab was a hardware and software package for the Atari 400 and 800 computers. The AtariLab Starter Set with Temperature Module was released in 1983. The Light Module add-on was released in February 1984. AtariLab...
 length: 33:29
Sun, 04 Oct 2015
On this episode of ANTIC the atari 8-bit podcast: we learn about new software and hardware for the Atari. We learn about marketing. We learn that we’re . . .   Recurring Links   What we’ve been up to...
 length: 01:38:13
Fri, 02 Oct 2015
Harold Lee, Home Pong Designer and the Man Who Hired Jay Miner In 1974 an engineer by the name of Harold Lee had become burnt out from his work designing arcade game boards and he quit and left Atari.  No sooner had he left then he would...
 length: 32:57
Mon, 28 Sep 2015
John Schulte and Feridoon Moinian, Dorsett Educational Systems John Schulte and Feridoon Moinian were both employees at Dorsett Educational Systems, the company that created the Talk And Teach educational cassette tapes which were sold by Atari....
 length: 01:27:50
Tue, 22 Sep 2015
Peter Rosenthal, Marketing and Strategic Planning Peter Rosenthal worked at Atari from March 1979 thru the middle of 1983. He joined Atari as a marketing research associate in the consumer division, and served as Vice President of Business...
 length: 44:32
Fri, 18 Sep 2015
Cathryn Mataga: Shamus, Zeppelin, Mindwheel   Cathryn Mataga wrote several games that were published by Synapse software: Shamus, Shamus Case II, and Zeppelin, then three electronic novels: Brimstone, Essex, and Mindwheel.   In this...
 length: 52:08
Wed, 16 Sep 2015
David Burling, Atari in-house counsel   I like interviewing the lawyers, they always know what’s really going on. David Burling was in-house counsel for Atari from 1980 through 1984. His job included distribution contracts, licensing,...
 length: 39:31
Mon, 14 Sep 2015
Marty Payson, Warner, Office of the President   Hi, everyone, and welcome to another in the long-standing series of interviews being published for Antic, the Atari 8-bit Computer Podcast.  I’m Randy Kindig and this interview is a...
 length: 37:52
Fri, 11 Sep 2015
John Constantine, General Accounting Manager   John Constantine was General Accounting Manager in Atari's Consumer Division from 1978-1981, then became Executive Director until he left the company in 1984.   This interview took place...
 length: 17:13
Tue, 08 Sep 2015
Manny Gerard, The Man Who Fired Nolan   For this interview, we’re getting a different perspective of the Atari/Warner relationship, this time from the Warner side.  (Emanual) Manny Gerard was a member of the Office of the President...
 length: 46:05
Sat, 05 Sep 2015
Tandy Trower, Atari product manager   Tandy Trower started at Atari evaluating software titles, then moved on to the position of product manager, managing new titles including Missile Command, Asteroids, and the port of Microsoft BASIC for the...
 length: 54:29
Wed, 02 Sep 2015
Tim McGuinness, Atari Senior Research Engineer and Founder of ROMOX   Tim McGuinness was a Hardware Design Engineer in Atari’s Personal Computer Division in 1980 and 1981, then moved to become Senior Research Engineer/Assistant Director...
 length: 01:17:42
Fri, 28 Aug 2015
Steve Davis, Director of Advanced Research   Steve Davis worked in Atari’s advanced research lab under Alan Kay, for 5 or 6 years, where he worked on several skunkworks projects including a laserdisc player controlled by an Atari...
 length: 27:28
Mon, 24 Aug 2015
This is an interview episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit podcast.  I’m Randy Kindig and in this interview I sat down with one of the members of the core design team at Cyan Engineering for such projects as the Atari 2600 and the 8-bit...
 length: 40:45
Fri, 21 Aug 2015
Joe Villalobos, Materials Planner for Atari   Boxes! Your Atari computers and game cartridges came in boxes! Someone was responsible for producing those boxes. Joe was the guy.   Joe Villalobos was materials planner at Atari in El...
 length: 13:22
Wed, 19 Aug 2015
Ed Rotberg, Rotberg Synthesizer   Ed Rotberg worked programmer in Atari’s coin-op division, where he worked on Atari Baseball, Battlezone, Blasteroids, Hard Drivin’, and other coin-op games. He consulted for the Atari consumer...
 length: 35:59
Mon, 17 Aug 2015
On this episode of ANTIC the atari 8-bit podcast: Randy delves into Altirra BASIC, there’s another podcast to dilute our listenership, Kevin reports back from KansasFest, and there’s lots of new Atari stuff to download at Archive.org....
 length: 01:18:20
Wed, 12 Aug 2015
Hello, and welcome to a very special interview-only episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit podcast.  I am Randy Kindig, one of your hosts for this podcast.  I say “special” because it’s not often that you get a chance to talk...
 length: 40:12
Mon, 10 Aug 2015
Jon Freeman   Jon Freeman was co-founder of the computer game publisher Automated Simulations, which became EPYX. At Automated Simulations, he co-created Starfleet Orion and Gateway to Apshai. Then he and his wife Anne Westfall started the...
 length: 01:45:19
Thu, 06 Aug 2015
ANTIC Special Episode - Atari Summer Camp   Let's go to Atari Summer Camp! A special episode.   Links              
 length: 01:57:26
Mon, 03 Aug 2015
Lloyd Speyer, Batteries Included Lloyd Speyer worked for Batteries Included from 1983 to 1987, where he worked with Commodore PETs, 64, Apple ][, Macintosh, as well as the Atari 800. He built hardware dongles, demonstrated products in the retail...
 length: 22:38
Fri, 31 Jul 2015
Thomas Renbarger, Dorsett Educational SystemsThomas Renbarger worked at Dorsett Educational Systems from 1978 through 1980, where he converted audio and filmstrip based educational programs to computer graphics and text for the TRS-80 and Atari 400...
 length: 17:59
Thu, 30 Jul 2015
Ted Richards, Atari Connection Magazine   Ted Richards was Editor In Chief of Atari Connection magazine, Atari’s in-house computer magazine; and was Marketing Communications Manager for Atari Home Computers, where he worked on print and...
 length: 56:39
Sun, 26 Jul 2015
Peter Liepa, Boulder Dash   Peter Liepa was co-creator and programmer of Boulder Dash and Boulder Dash 2 for the Atari computers. Boulder Dash was published by First Star Software in 1984 and is regarded as a seminal game for the Atari 8-bit...
 length: 32:05
Thu, 23 Jul 2015
Steve Mayer, Atari 400/800 Designer   Hello and welcome to an interview-only episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit computer podcast. Today I’m honored to be interviewing someone who was involved in the original design of the Atari 400 &...
 length: 55:52
Tue, 21 Jul 2015
On this episode of ANTIC the atari 8-bit podcast: We offer a library’s worth of geeky reading material, and - -  did we just start a book club? Randy delves into another programming language We talk about a couple of...
 length: 01:46:02
Sun, 19 Jul 2015
Rebecca Heineman, Racing Destruction Set and Mindshadow   Rebecca Heineman was the keynote speaker at Kansasfest 2015, where she told all sorts of amazing stories about her Apple II development work. She developed Tass Times in Tonetown, Bard's...
 length: 31:29
Thu, 16 Jul 2015
Bill Bartlett, Product Support Manager   Bill Bartlett worked at Atari from 1981 through 1984, where he was a product support manager for the Atari home computer division, also did user group support. He also wrote the Diskette Mailing List...
 length: 39:51
Mon, 13 Jul 2015
Bill Crooks, Atari Video Production Lab   Bill Crooks worked in the coin-op division of Atari, where he facilitated the production of Atari games’ multi-million dollar television production facility, and worked on the FireFox laserdisc...
 length: 34:36
Thu, 09 Jul 2015
Ron and Lynn Marcuse, productivity applications   Ron and Lynn Marcuse, also known as RLM Microsystems, are the husband-and-wife team who created many applications for the Atari 8-bit computers, including Weekly Planner, Home Inventory, Data...
 length: 38:21
Fri, 03 Jul 2015
Albert Yarusso, Owner AtariAge   This is Antic, the Atari 8-bit podcast, and I’m Randy Kindig.  This interview-only episode features someone that many current Atari, vintage gaming, and vintage computer enthusiasts are probably...
 length: 01:00:26
Sun, 28 Jun 2015
Jon Greer, Business Reporter   In this interview, we’ll hear the perspective of an Atari outsider — a newspaper reporter who covered Atari. Jon Greer was a business reporter for the San Jose Mercury News newspaper from 1981 to 1986,...
 length: 29:42
Fri, 26 Jun 2015
Jess Jessop   Jess Jessop was a software engineer at Commodore, writing diagnostics for the Commodore 64. Then at Atari, he started in the test and repair group for the Atari 400 and 800 SALT diagnostic cartridge, then moved to corporate...
 length: 40:24
Wed, 24 Jun 2015
On this episode of ANTIC the atari 8-bit podcast: We discuss new atari archive sites. Randy tells us all about BASIC XL Kevin delves into the sordid history of DorsETT Educational Systems Bill Kendrick fills us in on  a...
 length: 02:03:10
Wed, 24 Jun 2015
Thomas Cherryhomes   Thomas Cherryhomes recently deciphered the Educational System Master Cartridge and decoded the “talk and teach” system used by Dorsett Educational Systems. He has created a C library called eduendcode which...
 length: 33:27
Thu, 18 Jun 2015
Pab Sungenis, developer   Hi, I’m Randy Kindig and this is an interview-only episode of Antic, The Atari 8-bit computer podcast.  Our guest for this show is Pab Sungenis, a long-time (and current) developer for the Atari 8-bits....
 length: 54:58
Mon, 15 Jun 2015
John-Michael Battaglia   John-Michael Battaglia worked as a copywriter at Atari for about a year from 1981 through 1982, writing manuals and box copy for Atari 2600 and 5200 video games. He wrote the manuals for Atari 5200 Football, Space...
 length: 26:19
Fri, 12 Jun 2015
Steve Molyneux, German Software Development Manager   Steve Molyneux was Atari’s Software Development Manager in Hamburg, Germany from 1981 through 1984. He was responsible for the European side of Atari Program Exchange, and launching...
 length: 53:41
Tue, 09 Jun 2015
Fred D'Ignazio, prolific writer   Fred D'Ignazio wrote more than 20 computer books, including Atari in Wonderland and The Atari Playground. He hosted four television shows about computers and robots, and was the "gadget guru" on Good Morning...
 length: 01:21:19
Fri, 05 Jun 2015
Cassie Maas, Atari Marketing and Tech Support   Cassie Maas started at Atari as a sales order processing clerk; then as a member of the marketing team, she evaluated new product ideas; then she worked in technical support, where she was the...
 length: 01:48:21
Tue, 02 Jun 2015
Ken Balthaser, Atari Manager of Software Development   Ken Balthaser stated at Atari as part of a skunkworks group where he wrote software for speech hardware, then became manager of application software development. He oversaw the creation of...
 length: 52:51
Fri, 29 May 2015
Eunice Wlcek, Atari Quality Assurance   Eunice Wlcek started at Atari as a secretary in the sales and marketing department, then moved to quality assurance where she did software testing. Later, she worked as a QA tester at Mindset, the...
 length: 18:21
Wed, 27 May 2015
Curt Vendel & Marty Goldberg, Atari Historians   Welcome to Antic, the Atari 8-bit podcast.  I’m Randy Kindig, one of the hosts of the podcast, and your host for this episode.  To give you a little background on this...
 length: 01:31:52
Mon, 25 May 2015
Tom Hudson is a name familiar to readers of A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing magazine. He worked at A.N.A.L.O.G., where we wrote articles, games, maintained the A.N.A.L.O.G. TCS bulletin board system. His game credits include LiveWire, fire Bug, and Planetary...
 length: 45:57
Sat, 23 May 2015
David Kano, Hex-A-Bug   David Kano wrote the Hex-A-Bug debugger which was published by Atari Program Exchange. He also wrote two educational software titles for the Atari: Monkey See Monkey Spell, and Don’t Shoot That Word, which were...
 length: 25:58
Thu, 21 May 2015
Nicholas Lefevre, Attorney for Commodore and Atari   Nicholas Lefevre was in-house counsel for Commodore under Jack Tramiel during the time of the Commodore 64, then in-house counsel for Atari after Jack Tramiel bought it.   This...
 length: 01:04:32
Tue, 19 May 2015
Jason Scott, Internet Archive   Jason Scott is a digital historian and documentary filmmaker who for several years has worked for the Internet Archive, a nonprofit that has worked to save as much online - and offline - culture as possible. He...
 length: 41:21
Sun, 17 May 2015
Hello, and welcome to another interview edition of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast.  I am Randy Kindig.  I am extremely honored to bring to you today an interview with one of the true pioneers of the personal computer, one of the primary...
 length: 48:00
Fri, 15 May 2015
David Heller, Dr. C. Wacko   David Heller may be better known to Atari users by his pen name - Dr. C. Wacko. As Dr. Wacko, David wrote the books "Dr. C. Wacko's Miracle Guide to Designing and Programing Your Own Atari Computer Arcade Games" and...
 length: 17:42
Wed, 13 May 2015
Steve Carden, RealDOS   Steve Carden maintains RealDOS, a free, command-line DOS that's multiplexer capable, and still being actively maintained to work with modern hardware.  He also works on a variety of hardware products, some of which...
 length: 35:40
Mon, 11 May 2015
On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit podcast, AND Inverse ATASCII, the Atari 8-bit productivity podcast, we record live from Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 3.0!!   On this show we interview attendees with Atari stories, find out who's...
 length: 37:20
Sat, 09 May 2015
Ron Bieber, SmartDOS   Ron Bieber was involved with the creation and marketing of SmartDOS, an alternative DOS that was bundled with disk drives from Rana and Astra, and also sold by Sears stores. SmartDOS'swas the first disk operating system...
 length: 20:51
Wed, 06 May 2015
Doug Carlston, Broderbund CEO   Doug Carlston was co-founder and CEO of the software publisher Broderbund.   Broderbund published many hits across several platforms, including Bank Street Writer, Print Shop, A.E., Choplifter, Lode...
 length: 35:58
Wed, 29 Apr 2015
Victor Cross, Atari copywriter   Victor Cross was a freelance copywriter for Atari from 1982 through 1984. He wrote many press releases and product announcements for Atari 2600 and 5200 games. He also wrote the documentation for the Atari 5200...
 length: 15:37
Mon, 27 Apr 2015
Liza Loop,Technical Writer   Liza Loop wrote the first users manuals for the Atari 400 and 800 computers. She was a Consultant/Technical Writer for Atari from June 1979 through April 1980, sometimes writing documentation for interfaces that had...
 length: 01:09:57
Sat, 25 Apr 2015
Hello, you are listening to Antic, the Atari 8-bit computer podcast.  I am Randy Kindig, one of the co-hosts, and I’m bringing to you today an interview episode with the author of one of the best games ever released for the Atari 8-bit...
 length: 01:02:05
Thu, 23 Apr 2015
Charles Ratcliff, son of MAT*RAT   Charles Ratcliff is the son of Matthew Ratcliff, the prolific writer for the Atari magazines. Matthew Ratcliff -- or MAT*RAT -- died in 1999.   Matthew wrote for Antic, STart, Compute!, A.N.A.L.O.G....
 length: 28:32
Tue, 21 Apr 2015
Michael Phillips, Atari Bench Tech   Michael Phillips worked as a bench technician at Atari from February 1981 to June 1984, doing component level repair of Atari video game systems, personal computers, and peripherals.   Because Michael...
 length: 27:31
Sun, 19 Apr 2015
Ian Chadwick   Ian Chadwick is the author of Mapping The Atari, which was -- and remains -- the ultimate memory map for the Atari 8-bit computers. Mapping was published in two editions: the original was for the 400/800 computers, then an...
 length: 48:28
Fri, 17 Apr 2015
Louis Massucci, Atari Bench Tech   Lou Massucci was a bench technician for the Atari 800 line, repairing 8-bit computers and peripherals in Somerset, New Jersey. Later, he was was promoted to field service representative for the southwest...
 length: 48:29
Tue, 14 Apr 2015
On this episode of ANTIC the atari 8-bit podcast: a plethora of news about new atari software and podcasts Randy tells us all about the “other” official  basic, Microsoft BASIC for the Atari and we de-brief about all of...
 length: 01:57:48
Sun, 12 Apr 2015
Al Alcorn, Atari Employee #3   Welcome to Antic, the Atari 8-bit computer podcast.  I’m Randy Kindig and this is an interview-only episode of Antic.  My guest for this interview was employee #3 at Atari where he created the...
 length: 51:03
Sat, 11 Apr 2015
William Volk   William Volk wrote three Atari games for Avalon Hill: Conflict 2500, Voyager 1, and Controller. He also wrote Forth Turtle Graphics Plus, a 3-D graphics library for the Forth language that was released by Atari Program Exchange;...
 length: 49:34
Wed, 08 Apr 2015
Jerry Jessop   Jerry Jessop worked at Atari from 1977 through 1985 where he did many jobs - including lead of production repair, customer service supervisor for the Atari 400/800, and he worked with the secret skunkworks group that was creating...
 length: 01:39:30
Sun, 05 Apr 2015
David Cramer - Western Design Center   David Cramer is the VP of Business Development at Western Design Center, the company that still, today, manufacturers and sells the 6502 chip, the CPU that's at the heart of the Atari 800, Apple ][,...
 length: 35:32
Fri, 03 Apr 2015
Rich Pasco   Rich Pasco was Manager of VLSI Development where he worked on the FREDDIE memory management chip used in the Atari XL and XE series computers. He worked at Atari from November 1982 through May 1983. He lobbied management to create...
 length: 51:38
Wed, 01 Apr 2015
ANTIC Episode 20 - Visicalc, Choplifter   LINKS:  
 length: 02:16
Sun, 29 Mar 2015
Peter Dell, WUDSN and THE!CART Studio   Hello, welcome to another interview-only episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit podcast.  My name is Randy Kindig and today I’ll be talking with Peter Dell, also known as JAC! on AtariAge....
 length: 51:29
Fri, 27 Mar 2015
W. Sean Hennessy   W. Sean Hennessy worked in the Consumer Electronics Division at Atari from April 1982 through March 1984 where he developed Realsports Tennis for the Atari 800 and 5200, and created the version of Centipede for the Atari...
 length: 51:45
Wed, 25 Mar 2015
Scott Adams - Adventure International   Scott Adams is probably best known for his line of text adventures for early personal computers -- including AdventureLand, Pirate Adventure, Mystery Fun House, and many others. He was also the founder of...
 length: 50:03
Fri, 20 Mar 2015
Michael Katz is a video games industry pioneer. Katz was Marketing Director for New Product Categories at Mattel Toys, where he helped create the portable, hand-held games category with the Auto Race and Mattel Football handheld toys. And he was Vice...
 length: 41:56
Mon, 16 Mar 2015
Alan Watson was one of the four founding owners of Ozark Softscape, the company that created M.U.L.E. and Seven Cities of Gold for the Atari, both published by Electronic Arts. Ozark also created Cytron Masters which was published by SSI. The company...
 length: 01:06:02
Fri, 13 Mar 2015
Kathleen O'Brien worked at Shepardson Microsystems, where she wrote the Atari Assembler Editor cartridge, and wrote the floating point routines in Atari BASIC. (Her husband Paul Laughton wrote the rest of Atari BASIC.) She, along with Bill Wilkinson...
 length: 11:47
Wed, 11 Mar 2015
Hi, everyone, and welcome to another interview-only edition of Antic, the Atari 8-bit computer podcast.  I am Randy Kindig and I will be your host for this interview.  This interview is one that I’ve hinted at on earlier Antic shows...
 length: 58:26
Fri, 06 Mar 2015
Larry Liberty - Atari 5200 Focus Tester   Larry Liberty had what many kids in the '80s would have considered a dream job: focus tester for Atari 5200 games. He tested Space Dungeon and Vanguard when he was around 12 years old. Larry tells Kevin...
 length: 19:55
Thu, 05 Mar 2015
On this episode of ANTIC the atari 8-bit podcast: Brad gets mad about Kevin’s swap meet finds We discuss the release of source code for Action!, BASIC XL, and Star Raiders ROB (Player/Missile Podcast) fills us in about Atari...
 length: 02:06:39
Fri, 27 Feb 2015
Lee Pappas was co-founder of A.N.A.L.O.G Magazine, which was the first magazine about Atari computers, and (along with Antic) one of the big two Atari magazines in the United States. LINKS  
 length: 01:06:46
Wed, 25 Feb 2015
Gardner Pomper was president and co-founder of Games Computers Play. Games Computers Play was almost certainly the first graphical online service (except for maybe PLATO, depending on how you're counting). It was devoted exclusively to interactive,...
 length: 37:23
Sun, 22 Feb 2015
Hello, welcome to this interview-only episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit podcast.  I am Randy Kindig, one of the hosts of the podcast, and this interview is with Sal Esquivel, also known as KJMANN on AtariAge.  Sal has been very involved in...
 length: 51:45
Fri, 20 Feb 2015
This is a different sort of interview. Kevin talked to three old friends reminiscing about their Atari days. Those friends are Dean Wittmann, Max Derhak and Dean Derhak (Max and Dean are brothers.)   These guys were best friends, Atari pals...
 length: 01:20:53
Wed, 11 Feb 2015
Sometimes fun to talk to CEOs, and sometimes fun to talk to the people in the trenches. This is an interview from the trenches. Kent Smith was an Atari customer service/technical support rep for the Atari 400/800 from 1982-1984. I interviewed him...
 length: 32:51
Thu, 05 Feb 2015
Hello and welcome to Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast.  My name is Randy Kindig and this is a special interview-only episode of Antic.  This interview is with Chuck Peavey, who worked on games for the Atari 8-bit computer like Blue Max, Lode...
 length: 01:14:24
Tue, 27 Jan 2015
Ihor Wolosenko was co-founder of Synapse software, the company that brought us SynFile and SynCalc, and an amazing list of games including Blue Max, Zeppelin, Fort Apocalypse, Alley Cat and Shamus. And Nautilus, and Rainbow Walker, and Protector II,...
 length: 01:07:56
Tue, 20 Jan 2015
On this episode of ANTIC the atari 8-bit podcast: We debrief on the current state of atari retail Kevin delves into the best and worst Atari 8-bit magazines We learn how to stuff a raspberry pi into a miniature, 3-D printed...
 length: 01:48:02
Sat, 17 Jan 2015
Hello, and welcome to this interview-only episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit computer podcast.  My name is Randy Kindig and I’ll be conducting the interview for this show.  The interview is with Paul Westphal, a much more recent Atari...
 length: 29:45
Sun, 11 Jan 2015
Kevin’s interview with Dave Small. Dave was half of the prolific writing and software team Dave and Sandy Small. He wrote the Outpost: Atari column in Creative Computing magazine, and the book Creative Atari. He also wrote for ANALOG, Antic, and...
 length: 02:42:57
Wed, 07 Jan 2015
Kevin interviews Mark Rustad, Mark worked at Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC) where he developed "Classroom Star", classroom networking hardware for the Atari 8-bits -- a product that was not released by Atari. Then he worked at Atari...
 length: 56:29
Wed, 31 Dec 2014
Hello, welcome to Antic, the Atari 8-bit podcast.  My name is Randy Kindig and this is a special interview-only episode.  This is the third in an ongoing series of interviews with the people behind the companies that still provide hardware,...
 length: 49:11
Mon, 29 Dec 2014
Hello, welcome to a special interview-only episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit podcast.  This interview is part of the ongoing set of interviews for the holiday season where I talk to many of the people still out there providing hardware, software,...
 length: 54:49
Mon, 22 Dec 2014
Kevin interviews Bill Wilkinson, of Optimized Systems Software fame!   Links:      
 length: 01:21:36
Fri, 19 Dec 2014
On this episode of ANTIC the atari 8-bit podcast: -Our Atari Holiday Gift Picks - which is apparently now a tradition on our show -Randy’s definitive roundup of virtual drive options -Bill plays three new, award-winning games -and lots of...
 length: 01:59:19
Thu, 18 Dec 2014
Diane Gaw, Managing editor of A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing Links:  
 length: 39:55
Sun, 14 Dec 2014
Welcome to this special, interview-only episode of Antic the Atari 8-bit podcast.  This is the first of a few interviews we’re planning to air in the month of December, 2014, leading up to the traditional US holidays of Christmas and New...
 length: 01:00:04
Thu, 27 Nov 2014
Randy interviews a long-time friend of the show, Chris Olson.  Chris is an Atari enthusiast from a very early age, as he discusses in this interview.  His father taught in the computer camps that Atari used to run in the 80’s....
 length: 01:04:26
Wed, 05 Nov 2014
On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit PODCAST: We look at the Atari 850 interface, the SIO2SD device, and the right cartridge slot --- we strike out with Alan Alda --- and our friend Gray Chang sends us a care package of amazing...
 length: 02:06:06
Sat, 01 Nov 2014
ANTIC - Atari Podcast Guide for Atari Emulation on iOS Devices Written by C. Olson, October 2014   Greetings, all.  Emulation on iOS devices is a subject that has always proven difficult, given the constraints of the App Store and...
Thu, 16 Oct 2014
Kevin interviews John Henson - The New Aladdin Magazine    
 length: 37:35
Mon, 06 Oct 2014
  Randy interviews Marty Goldberg, co-author of “Atari Inc.: Business is Fun” and Atari historian.    
 length: 01:05:40
Wed, 01 Oct 2014
Kevin interviews Paul Laughton.   Paul Laughton is the author of Apple DOS 3.1, Atari BASIC, the Atari DOS filesystem, and co-founder of Optimized Systems Software.        
 length: 35:25
Fri, 26 Sep 2014
On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit PODCAST: We delve into the SIDE2 compact flash interface, look at arcade games ported to the 8-bits, discuss another  new atari podcast,  and interviews with Gray Chang -- author of Claim Jumper --...
 length: 03:08:27
Fri, 29 Aug 2014
On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit codpast: interviews with atari author and enthusiast Kieren Hawken; and Dale Yocum, the guy who thought up Atari Program Exchange. And Bill kendrick complains and ends up with his own segment, reviewing Space...
 length: 02:39:37
Sun, 20 Jul 2014
On this one-year anniversary episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast: we serve up a steaming pile of Hashteroids, Kevin reminisces about his first modem (it was blue and 300 baud!) , and we wax hopeful about a new Atari podcast, book, and magazine....
 length: 03:01:42
Mon, 23 Jun 2014
On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast: interviews with Fred Thorlin, former director of Atari Program Exchange; Bill Kendrick, father of Atari Party; and William Culver, co-host of the Colecovisions podcast . . . plus . . . will Atari be a...
 length: 03:21:16
Fri, 09 May 2014
  On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit podcast, we broadcast live from Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 2.0, interview attendees with Atari stories, find out who's going to win the grand prize for the quiz show (hint: It's someone you...
 length: 41:06
Thu, 24 Apr 2014
On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast: Randy does a horrible impersonation of Rod Serling, we talk with Darren Doyle of Atari Gamer Magazine, have a discussion with Michael Current of the Atari 8-bit FAQ AND give you the scoop on Vintage...
 length: 02:55:39
Thu, 03 Apr 2014
  On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast: an interview with JD Casten, Antic magazine’s prolific game author, an interview with Steve Wilds, editor of Atari User Magazine … and lots of retrogaming news and...
 length: 02:09:50
Fri, 28 Feb 2014
  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...
 length: 02:30:37
Mon, 27 Jan 2014
On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast: we delve into the mystery of floppy drives, talk with Paul Nurminen about his love of Atari, and rescue adventure games off of cassette tape.Links mentioned in this episode: Recurring...
 length: 01:52:36
Sun, 15 Dec 2013
  In this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast, our Holiday Gift guide (for that Atari lover in your life, even if it’s you), an interview with the man who created the Atari in-store demonstration cartridge, and reboots of two classic...
 length: 01:38:17
Tue, 12 Nov 2013
  In this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast, Kevin plays with an Atari gadget that he pre-ordered three years ago -- and forgot about . . . Randy tells everything you wanted to know about connecting your PC to your Atari . . . poor Brad...
 length: 01:13:46
Fri, 04 Oct 2013
  In this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast, an interview with Chris Crawford, author of Eastern Front 1941; we rescue Atari hardware and TI 99/4a hardware; we find a new source for reliable Atari power supplies; and we take a look at an...
 length: 01:11:18
Fri, 23 Aug 2013
On this third episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast, we shop for Atari goodies at the world’s loooooongest yard sale, hob-nob with Woz at KansasFest, and interview the founder and publisher of Antic Magazine. Links mentioned in this...
 length: 01:04:59
Mon, 22 Jul 2013
On this second episode of ANTIC: The Atari 8-bit Podcast --  we talk about our favorite books about the Atari, two exciting new hardware projects, the atari party, and why the worlds biggest department store is also the worlds worst. Links...
 length: 48:12
Tue, 18 Jun 2013
On this first episode of ANTIC: The Atari 8-bit Podcast -- we talk about the first Atari to be installed on a Navy submarine, two recent books about the Atari computers --- are there really millions of ET carts buried in a landfill in New Mexico?, and...
 length: 47:14