ANTIC Interview 256 – Bev and Bryan Wilkinson, Optimized Systems Software

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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 was founder of OSS. Bev was his wife, and Bryan his son. I interviewed Bill in December, 2014, and he died in November 2015. As a small family-owned business, Bev and Bryan were involved with the day-to-day running of the company. 

This interview took place on September 25, 2016 in my dining room in Portland, Oregon. 

“And Bill would carry these tomes, books to the bathroom with him, and he’d read these books in the bathroom. I said ‘Why are you doing that in the bathroom?’ He said, ‘It’s the only room in the house that has a lock on the door.'”

Photos, brochures, and art from OSS: https://archive.org/details/OptimizedSystemsSoftware

Complete collection of Bill Wilkinson articles: https://archive.org/details/BillWilkinsonArticles

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