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ANTIC Interview 323 – Orson Scott Card, Compute! Books

January 18, 2018 ANTIC

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 months, Orson Scott Card was an editor at Compute! …

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ANTIC Interview 322 – Maurice Molyneaux, Atari animation guru

January 7, 2018 ANTIC

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 Animation Stand” column for ST-Log magazine.   He created many animations for various clients primarily using …

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ANTIC Interview 321 – Databar OSCAR

December 16, 2017 ANTIC

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 get inexpensive software for your …

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Robert Jaeger, Montezuma’s Revenge

December 13, 2017 ANTIC

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 Software; and Pinhead, published by Robert’s own company, Utopia Software.   …

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ANTIC Interview 318 – Linda Schreiber: T.H.E.S.I.S. Software and author

December 7, 2017 ANTIC

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 Atari 8-bit and Apple II computers. The company was best known for …

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ANTIC Interview 317 – Richard Taylor, Digital Devices Corporation

December 4, 2017 ANTIC

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) device that connected the Atari’s SIO port to standard parallel printers. The company’s …

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ANTIC Interview 316B – Dave Comstock, part 2

December 1, 2017 ANTIC

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 second interview.    This interview …