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 <*> Editors Desk.........Ron Kovacs  <*> Ratty's Rap............Mat*Rat
 <*> California Earthquake.....GEnie  <*> The Revolution.......D. Thomas
 <*> The Archive Bit......Ron Kovacs  <*> Pacmania Reviewed.............
 <*> 130XE/1200XL Video Modification  <*> Atari Ad Reprint..............
                    <*> John Anderson Dies in Quake

 by Ron Kovacs
 In case you haven't noticed, ZMagazine is being released in a bi-weekly
 format.  The news we cover has occured within the two weeks of the
 previous edition and may be old to some readers.
 This issue contains articles on the California earthquake which occured
 just a few days after we released the last edition.  Since the articles
 I have selected give the reader a good feeling of exactly what happen, 
 they have been included here.
 Our regular ZNet column (Ratty's Rap) appears this week covering, 
 Atari's new products, Analog's last issue coming, and more.
 You will notice a BBS number at the top of this issue, it is NOT 
 available yet and calls will bring you an answer machine.  The system 
 should be up by the time we release the next edition.

 by Matthew Ratcliff 
 The Portfolio is now shipping.  This IBM PC compatible computer is about
 the size of a video cassette tape.  It is incredibly light, small, runs
 about 30 hours on a set of AA batteries, and is extremely nifty.
 However, it has two significant limitations due to the cost/performance
 tradeoffs that Atari made.  Its display isn't anywhere near 80 columns
 by 24 lines.  The simple LCD display is a "window" into a virtual 80x24
 display.  It will be a nightmare for word processing on the go.  The
 other problem is no disk storage.  It remembers everything when it's
 powered down, much like the long popular Tandy Model 102 - the first
 true laptop computer.  There is a 60+ pin connector on the Portfolio.  I
 suspect it is virtually identical to an IBM PC 8 bit bus connector,
 logically speaking.
 With a special adapter cable and chassis, the Portfolio might be hooked
 up to an external box capable of holding floppy disks, hard drive, video
 adapters and more.  That makes about as much sense as adding a megabyte
 of ram to a Sinclair ZX80, however.  Likely candidates for this
 connector will be RS232 adapter cables, to connect to a desktop PC for
 data and program exchange.  An external floppy drive, possibly a 2 and
 1/2 inch unit like that used in some of the digital still cameras that
 are all the rage, that runs on a couple of batteries and fits in one's
 shirt pocket, is another potential expansion.  Right now the Portfolio
 can be ordered direct from Atari, over a toll free line, at the FULL
 list price of $399.95.  Traditional Atari dealers should be able to get
 the Portfolio ("50 have been allocated to each Atari dealer", according
 to one source, although none have seen the product yet).

 There appears to be a great deal of interest in the Portfolio outside of
 traditional Atari markets.  There are other hand held PCs coming to
 market, such as the Poquet, with far more capabilities - most noteably
 integral disk storage and a full 80x25 line screen.  However, the
 competitors' prices begin at about $1000.  Comparing the cost, the
 limitations of the Portfilio may be quite tolerable.

 Atari is now pondering who it will let sell the Portfolio.  If they do
 allow non-Atari dealers (such as Business Land) to sell it, will Atari
 attempt to force them to push the ST as well?  Atari is considering
 that, but any "forceful" sales tactics on the part of Atari would make
 about as much sense as trying to rid yourself of an in-grown toe nail
 with a .357 magnum.  Atari should follow Commodore's lead.  Get their PC
 products into the non-Atari channels.  Let them sell for a while, and
 let Atari prove it is a reputable computer producer once again.  This
 will grease the skids for the introduction of the ST and future Atari
 products.  For example, Sears has been marketing Commodore PC
 compatibles for a couple of years now.  In the latest Sears catalog you
 will now find Amiga computers too.  If Commodore had attempted to
 "force" Sears to sell the Amiga along side their Colt PC's, from the
 outset, they would have never gotten their foot in the door - they'd
 just have blown it off.
 The WAACE (Washington D.C. Area Atari Computer Enthusiasts) show was a
 big success.  (See their ad in the October/November Antic on page 12.)
 Bob Brodie of Atari, the latest (and one of the greatest, in my opinion)
 user group coordinator, was there.  He helped demonstrate Stacy,
 production model #2.  I suspect that serial #1 is in the hands of Mr.
 Leonard Tramiel, his pride and joy.  A point was made of showing off the
 Stacy with the Spectre 128 installed, the under $2000 Macintosh portable
 computer.  (The Macintosh portable costs more than your basic Hyundai
 automobile.)  Once the Stacy hits the market in force, I suspect Apple
 will suddenly notice that Atari exists and will work hard at putting the
 "Gadgets by Small" out of business.
 Since losing their battle with Microsoft and Hewlett Packard over the
 "Windows thing", I suspect Apple's lawyers are hungry for a new victim.
 (The latest joke has it that Apple Computer is trying to sue the
 Washington State Apple Grower's Association for infringing on their
 corporate logo.)

 Where is the Stacy?  Since RAMs are now plentiful, the standard answer
 is "the machine is being held up in FCC certification testing".  I'm
 eager to see the Stacy, but am skeptical that it will appear before
 Christmas.  A LOT of products have been promised in time for the
 shopping season, from Atari, but nothing new has come out since "Air
 Ball" early this year, and the Portfolio (which has yet to reach many,
 if any, distribution channels).  Production of the Stacy is supposedly
 ramping up now, in either Korea or Taiwan.

 According to a reliable Atari source, Commando for the XEGS should hit
 dealer's shelves in mid November.  Most of us won't see the Atari Lynx
 portable game system this year.  Atari will produce them in time for
 Christmas, but they will be marketed in mass in the New York area.  Why?
 Atari thought it better to have plentiful supply in one area, than a few
 machines in short supply spread widely across the US.  In other words,
 they are "test marketing" in New York.  Nintendo used this same approach
 when introducing the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).  They sold
 300,000 units in a couple of weeks, and the rest is history.  Atari has
 been advertising regularly in the New York Times, and other prominent
 newspapers in the area.  If the Lynx does well here, with a great deal
 of press coverage and hot sales, it is much more likely to sell well
 across the US, by starting a trend and developing demand for the product
 before it is in wide release, thus opening new distribution channels to
 department store chains.  I don't like waiting for my Lynx, but the
 marketing approach does seem sound, if only because Nintendo has done it
 I mentioned on Gateway BBS recently that I had written an "Atari
 Assembler Editor Reference Guide" for Analog computing.  I didn't know
 it all however, as John McGowan pointed out an Assembler Editor bug that
 I never knew about.

 The Atari Assembler Editor's debugger has a bug of its own.  When single
 stepping a program it will get stuck at a CPY #xx instruction, where
 'xx' is any number between 0 and 255.  Any immediate compare of the Y
 register with a numeric value confuses the debugger.  It gets stuck at
 that line of code and keeps re-executing it, each time you attempt to
 'S'tep over it.  If you 'G'oto that line of code, it executes and
 continues properly - but that defeats the purpose of your single
 stepping the code.  However, you can patch your code for debugging

 Instead of this:

       CPY #2
       BNE HOLD

 Use this:

       LDY #2
       CPY $F0
       BNE HOLD
 The battle for your Christmas video game dollar has begun.  At the top
 of the heap is Nintendo, of course.  However, you can find the NEC Home
 Electronics' offering of the TurboGrafix-16.  Don't let the "16" fool
 you, it is still an 8 bit machine (a 6502 screaming along at 8MHz - the
 Atari's 6502 runs at about 1.2MHz).  NEC never claimed the TurboGrafix-
 16 was a 16 bit machine; however the name seems to imply this.

 The next contender, on the Toys 'R' Us store shelves now, is the Sega
 Genesis 16, a true 16bit game machine.  This box contains a Motorola
 68000 microprocessor, the same breed found inside the Atari ST

 So, how does the competition stack up?  Both of these "16" machines sell
 for nearly $200, while the basic Nintendo is being discounted to below
 $90.  Do the new machines appear to be more than twice as good as the
 Nintendo?  All of the game systems were running side by side at the
 local Toys 'R' Us.  Each was connected to a Commodore 1802 monitor, so
 video quality comparisons were made with the same "measuring stick".
 Was the Nintendo "blown away", visually, by the new kids on the block?
 Surprisingly not.  They do look better, but the difference doesn't seem
 to justify the hefty price tag.

 It is too early to call, but I think consumers are more inclined to
 purchase the Nintendo, even those who understand the "high tech" meaning
 of the number 16 in the new systems.  There is simply far more software
 available for the Nintendo.  The best part of all this confusion is that
 it promotes healthy competition, and the outrageous $50 (and more)
 prices of the Nintendo game cartridges will begin to tumble.

 One industry insider says that the TurboGrafix-16 is dead, virtually no
 sales at all.  The Sega Genesis is starting to pick up in sales, because
 of its installed base of Sega users, certain joystick and peripheral
 compatibility, and a promised "adapter" that will allow it to play older
 Sega cartridges.  The Nintendo Game Boy, according to some, isn't
 selling well at all - and won't until its price is slashed by at least
 half.  But those are just insider opinions, and we won't know for sure
 until after the cash registers have rung in the new year.

 Where does Atari fit into all of this?  About the same place as one of
 Jose Canseco's home runs, somewhere outside of the ball park.  Toys 'R'
 Us, and other similar toy chains, continue to offer the Atari 2600 and
 7800 systems.  Often their Atari game selection is much smaller than it
 could be, simply because so much shelf space is dedicated to the
 Nintendo.  Toys 'R' Us continues to offer the Atari XEGS, at $99.95,
 while Children's Palace and Kay Bee Toy and Hobby seem to have dropped
 it all together.  Little or no software for the XEGS is found at Toys
 'R' Us (usually on the 'flip side' of the Commodore 64 software they
 continue to sell).

 The only real contender Atari has in all this is the Lynx, the LCD color
 portable game system.  It knocks the bits off the Nintendo Game Boy.
 However, the Game Boy is on the toy store shelves now (at a hefty $89),
 but the Lynx doesn't even exist in the eyes of the consumers.  Reliable
 sources indicate that working models of the Lynx are difficult to come
 by for Atari shows, so, as of mid October 1989, they don't seem to be in
 full production.

 Of the many advanced features reported for the Lynx, a very special one
 has been overlooked.  The production model of the Lynx was to sport an
 RF modulator, if the size and cost could be kept low enough.  This
 feature would allow the Lynx to be easily attached to any television
 set, when the eyestrain of color LCD game playing gets to you.  The RF
 modulator makes the Lynx a powerful home entertainment game system, in
 addition to its portable game playing power.  The RF modulator idea has
 been dropped, however, because the 160x102 (not 160x192 as has been
 reported before) just doesn't look good on a TV.  The marketing decision
 was to keep the RF modulator out, keep the price down, and concentrate
 on the portable game play features.

 All the hype over Atari's new products is fruitless with no advertising,
 nor product delivery to back it up.  I'm assured it is coming,
 eventually, soon, in time for Christmas for sure.  I wonder what new
 excuses we'll hear when Christmas has come and gone?  I hope I'm wrong,
 and Atari hits the market full force with the Lynx, Stacy, Portfolio,
 and PC-5 (Atari's awesome economy IBM PC compatible '386 powerhouse)
 before the Thanksgiving holiday.  I've made nearly a dozen phone calls
 to Atarian's in the know and everything still appears to be slated for
 delivery before Christmas, although it is most likely to be concentrated
 in the New York area.
 As all of you know by now, San Francisco and Oakland California were hit
 hard by an earthquake on Tuesday, October 17th.  Antic Publishing is
 located in San Francisco.  I am pleased to report that Antic is back in
 business, as of Friday, October 20th.  The offices were without power
 for two days, but no major damage was inflicted to the offices by the
 quake.  Unfortunately, some of Antic's employees lived in the Marina
 area of San Francisco.  Your prayers and charitable contributions to the
 Red Cross and other relief efforts will help our friends at Antic get
 back on their feet once again soon.

 Long faithful Atarians may remember Creative Computing, one of the
 earliest supporters of the Atari 400/800 computers with regular columns
 and software.  John Anderson, once an associate editor for the now
 defunct Creative Computing, was killed during the earth quake on the
 highway 880 collapse.  He is best known to Atarians for his innovative
 "Outpost:Atari" column.  John held a senior position on the editorial
 staff of MacUser at the time of his death.  John leaves his parents, Mr.
 and Mrs. John Anderson of Cresskill, NJ, and his wife, Lauren
 Hallquist, and two children, Peter, 4, and Kate, 1, of Boulder Creek,
 CA.  Friends and fans who wish to send condolences to his family may do
 so c/o Atari Explorer, 7 Hilltop Rd., Mendham, NJ 07945.  (Excerpted
 from CompuServe, reported by Betsy Staples.)

 Have you ever noticed who still staunchly support the 8bit Atari
 computers, continue to advertise in Antic and Analog, and WHERE they are
 located?  American Techna-Vision (415-352-3787) is in San Leandro, just
 southeast of Oakland.  B&C Computer Visions (408-749-1003) is located in
 Santa Clara, about half way between San Francisco and Santa Cruz (the
 epicenter of the quake).  San Jose Computer (408-224-8575) is just south
 of Santa Clara.  These businesses and more (such as Epyx and Broderbund)
 were adversely affected by the quake, to one degree or another.  If you
 have benifited from their support, please give them a call and offer
 your support in return.  I doubt any of them had earthquake insurance;
 the costs for it are astronomical in California.  You might make a good
 deal on damaged equipment, while providing them with needed cash to get
 back in business; or simply offer an outright donation.  Are any of your
 favorite Atari dealers, or mail order houses located in the damage
 radius of the earth quake?  Give them a call and see if they're ok.
 Show your community spirit, show that you care, and, if nothing else,
 satisfy your urge for a new toy and order something.
 Many people are concerned about Antic magazine, and for good reason.  It
 has gone from a healthy 88 page monthly magazine to an anemic 43 page
 bimonthly newsprint publication in just the last year.  Antic truly
 reflects the 8bit market, since they depend primarily on subscriptions
 and advertising dollars for their profit.  Many subscribers were
 displeased that they were "forced" into a disk subscription.  However,
 the disk subscription is more profitable (and the price to you for the
 disk/magazine combo is lower besides).  Advertising continues to
 dwindle.  As a result of the earthquake it may well drop off to
 virtually nothing (B&C, American Techna-Vision, and San Jose computer
 account for 80% or more of Antic's advertising now).  But I have been
 assured that so long as Antic turns a profit, it will remain in print;
 even if it is a shadow of its once robust self.  Buy it off the
 newsstand, or take a chance and subscribe.  If you don't, you will miss
 this dear old friend when it's gone.

 Buy the December 1989 issue of Analog.  It will be a collector's item!
 Why?  Because, sadly, it will be the LAST issue.  As of November, 1989,
 Analog absorbed ST-Log.  Since ST-Log is no longer an independent
 publication, it seems that you can kiss this baby goodbye too.  I just
 got the fatal news, and don't know all the details.  However, it seems
 that LFP (that's Larry Flynt Publications) has decided that Analog is
 not profitable (or not profitable enough?) and will discontinue it after
 December 1989.  This deeply saddens me, since I have been closely tied
 with Analog for nearly six years (and well over 60 publications of my

 I'm very close to selling all the Atari equipment I own, I'm so upset.
 WRITE!  Talk me out of it. Actually, this might be the best time to bid
 my Atari computers a fond fairwell.  My pursuit of a Master's degree is
 very demanding of my time, and next month I will be teaching part time.
 My Atari work may become more of a grudging, annoying, distracting
 demand of rare time, than the dear friend it has been all these years.
 I suspect I will keep at least the good old 800XL and the game
 collection.  It will become a relic, someday.
 Please note that many of the mistakes in my "Asm/Ed Reference Manual"
 article in the November and December issues of Analog are not mine.
 Most of them are typesetting errors.  Clay Walnum, my editor, caught
 them and turned in change requests; but, being on opposite coasts, they
 didn't get in before going to press.  The spacing is wrong in many of
 the printer listing format examples, however the explanation in the text
 is correct.
 Also, many of the equal signs in the text should be preceeded by an
 asterisk.  Somehow they all got misplaced at press time.  Apparently,
 the asterisk character is problematic for typesetters, since similar
 problems occured in an article of mine in the current issue of Antic.

 Think of Ratty's Rap as your 8bit technical forum, and the Atari news
 and rumor clearing house.  I will be glad to assist you with questions
 on Assembly, Action, C, and BASIC programming problems.  (Rumors and
 news are welcome events too.)

 The author can be reached on GEnie (MAT.RAT) or Delphi (MATRAT), or
 write to me at: 32 S. Hartnett Ave, St. Louis, MO  63135.  (No calls
 please, I don't have the time.)

 (Editors Note:  The following messages are reprinted with permission of
 GEnie.  They are reprinted here to give everyone a feeling of what
 happened in California by the persons living there.  Most of the 
 messages have been deleted from the reprint and can be read online in 
 the ST RT on GEnie, Catagory 14 Topic 13.
 Topic 13        Tue Oct 17, 1989
 GORDON                       at 23:33 EDT
 Sub: EARTHQUAKE                             

 Message 2         Wed Oct 18, 1989   by TOWNS  at 00:25 EDT
 Well, I am at home now in Fremont.. For those that don't know, Fremont
 is on the East side of the bay approximately 10 miles north of San Jose
 and 18 Miles from Sunnyvale.
 The latest word is that the quake was centered in Hollister about 20
 miles south of San Jose and measured between 6.5 and 7.0 on the Richter
 Scale.  We are getting after-shocks measuring between 3.0 and 5.0 about
 every half hour.
 There is major damage in San Francisco..Wow! Another small Aftershock
 as I type this... anyway, there is major damage in SF and MAJOR damage
 in Oakland.  Part of the Bay Bridge fell down (a 50 foot section) and a
 1.5 mile section of the double-decker Highway 80 near Oakland/Berkeley
 fell down COMPLETELY and is nothing but rubble.  They estimate that 40-
 50 people were crushed in this freeway when it fell.
 The emergency rooms around the Bay Area are packed with people, SF is
 without water and power as well as most of the North Bay is in the same
 situation.  Things are a MAJOR MESS here right now.  I have been
 watching news coverage on TV for about four hours now.  We are still
 seeing major loss of property and injuries around the Bay Area.  This is
 the scariest thing I have ever seen.
 As for Atari, I didn't go to work today (Thank God! Atari is ONE scary
 place to be during an Earthquake..) and I spoke with some people at
 Atari.  They are saying that Atari came though the Quake fairly well.
 If communications with Atari are a little harder than usual, please bear
 with us.  I think things are going to be alittle on the abnormal side
 for the next couple of days.

 Anyway, Pray for those of us in the Bay Area and I hope that all of your
 loved ones in the Bay Area are safe!  We will keep you posted on what is
 happening as we know more.

 -- John

 PS. The Quake hit at 5:04pm.. at the height of rush hour <sigh>

 Message 12        Wed Oct 18, 1989  by TOWNS  at 14:23 EDT
 Well, it's the morning and things are looking alittle better.  Here in
 Fremont, its business as usual.  Most schools and businesses are open,
 we have power, gas, water, and even Cable TV.  I guess the phones are
 easing up alittle.  I just got two calls from out-of-state this morning
 around 5am.

 Oakland and San Francisco are still a mess.  The Marina area is a
 complete disaster and most of the city is still without power.  There
 are grave fears about the condition of Santa Cruz where the Quake was
 centered.  Not much news is coming out of that area.

 The last aftershock I felt was this morning around 3:30am.  I think it
 was in the same range as the 3.0 - 4.0's we have been having since the
 original quake.

 They are estimating that the Bay Bridge will be out of commission for
 at least 3 weeks.  The Cypress Structure (the freeway that collapsed on
 approx. 250 people, crushing them to death) is said to be beyond
 recovery and they are afraid at the moment that is will fall even
 further if the aftershocks continue.

 It seems that large parts of the South Bay have survived the Quake with
 no major problems.  It's San Francisco and Oakland that are having the 
 major problems at this point. 

 Anyway, enough for now.. 

 -- JOhn

 Message 13        Wed Oct 18, 1989  by BOB-BRODIE  at 14:23 EDT

 For those of you concerned, let me say that the building is OK.  One of
 the warehouses apparently lost very little stuff, the other has some
 problems.  I was at Atari when the quake hit, sending e-mail on GEnie.
 Although I tend to use humor to playdown the severity of the problems at
 Atari, this is one time I will **not**!  The headquarters at Atari
 rocked,  and after we all got outside, the smell of either gas or sewage
 was evident.

 We stood in the parking lot for about 20 minutes, then we were allowed
 inside again to get our things.  I managed to get a quick phone call off
 to my family (still living in the LA area, I haven't moved them up here
 yet) to let them know I was OK.  Today, there is pretty much a skelton
 crew here.  The word is that the Tramiels homes sustained substansial
 damage during the quake.  Lots of folk have stayed home due to the
 schools being closed.  Water conservation measures have been instituted.
 I drive to work everyday on I-880, the freeway that was buckled and
 pancaked down on as many as 200 people.  Although I do not pass on that
 particular stretch of the I-880, it is still scary.  Cal-Trans was out
 on the parts that I do travel today, building caffolds/supports for the
 Although I have not visited the R & D and tech support areas yet, I am
 told that there is some damage to hardware there that was thrown around
 during the quake.  All of my stuff seems to have come through ok.  I did
 manage to re-boot and park the HD heads while dialing the wife.

 Of course, I have only talked with a few of the people here at Atari.
 Elizabeth Shook actually lives in San Francisco.  Although her home was
 undamaged, they did not have power until after 1:00AM.  The Power
 Company could have turned it on, but was afraid to, as more fires might
 have resulted from possible gas leaks.

 I was in Whittier during the big quake there a couple of years ago, and
 the one thing that I have a deadly fear of is the aftershocks.  The
 Whittier quake was on Friday morning.  Sunday, at around 1:00AM we had a
 real big shock, 5.5!  I don't relish the thought of the ground moving
 like that again.  Right now, just hearing a door slaming shut scares me.
 Bob Brodie
 Message 19        Wed Oct 18, 1989 by FB [Fred Beckman] at 23:31 EDT
 After being knocked off GEnie yesterday at 5:04PM because the house was
 rocking and my three year old's were screaming as we dove for the
 doorway in the center of the house.  The little boys kept pleading with
 me to make it stop shaking Daddy and all I could do is hold on to them
 and pray that my wife in a large electronic plant and my daughters at
 choir practice would not be hurt.
 After what seemed like an hour (really 20 to 40 seconds by most
 accounts) it stopped moving too much.  Trees swayed for another couple
 of minutes and the light in the dining room was swinging 5 minutes (I
 checked my watch).  The power was off and there was no way to contact
 anyone to find out about the rest of the family.
 The girls showed up about 20 minutes later.  They had been playing tag
 when the ground started to move outside where they were playing.  My
 wife called about 15 minutes after that and said that she would be home
 soon.  Since it is 3 miles to where she work I thought it would be
 sooner than the 45 minutes it took.  All the lights were out with power
 lines on the ground.
 Cooking dinner outside was fun for one meal but to do it any more than I
 wanted to do.  Luckly for us the power was back in the middle of the
 night.  The other 400,000 folks that are still without have my prayers
 that the power company will get it back soon.
 Everything looked so normal this morning until you noticed the cars
 parked in the driveways while the everyone swept up the glass and mess
 that fell in the garages.  Everyone also had very tired looking eyes as
 most of us spent most of the night comforting your little ones that it
 would not come back, and that mommy and daddy would be there for them.
 When we moved from room to room there was always a crowd with us.  I am
 very lucky and my heart felt grieve goes out to those that are not as
 fortunate as I am.


                                                  Comments by Ron Kovacs
                                        Handbook by Donald A. Thomas Jr.
 ZMagazine and associated publications are officially endorsing the
 Revolution and we are committing space throughout 1990 to remind the
 Atari user base each week.  Starting this week through the end of the
 year, we will reprint the actual Revolution article in weekly 
 installments, and stay one week ahead of the proposals discussed.
 The file Revolt.Arc already discussed earlier in the Public Domain
 Shelf by Alice Amore, (in ST*ZMAGAZINE Issue #43), is an excellent idea
 and amusing too.  It will surely keep the Atari user busy with
 interesting tasks through December 1990.  If any of the proposals
 suggested work, it alone will spread the word about Atari and this
 The REVOLUTION(tm) HANDBOOK by Donald A. Thomas, Jr. is =1989 ARTISAN
 SOFTWARE and all rights are reserved.
 There is a war going on in the United States and, if you are an Atari
 computer user, you are a part of it.  The allies are the manufacturers,
 publishers and users of Atari computers.  They are the front line people
 doing what they can to see that the system survives.  They, as you, are
 the people who face the ridicule from the universe of IBM, Amiga and
 Macintosh proponents to support a conviction in the really best computer
 value available.
 To proclaim a war, there must be a cause... essential basic values worth
 fighting for.  In this case, these values hinge on the need to expand
 our family of Atari owners and users.  We must face the reality that our
 family of Atari users is not growing in the United States... it's
 shrinking.  This fact should be disturbing to you.  The passion you have
 for your computer will likely crumple to disgruntled aggravation as
 fewer companies support your investment and more and more users switch
 to a more popular system.
 Many of us have been waiting for Atari to fight this war for us.  We
 have listened to commitments to run advertising and support users'
 groups and trade shows.  We have also been exposed to Jack Tramiel's
 philosophy that "Business Is War".  In many instances, Atari has made
 admiral efforts to strengthen their domestic position.  For instance,
 over $67 million dollars was poured into a chain of retail electronics
 stores known as the Federated Group.  The theory was that by owning a
 significant retail outlet, they could dictate the amount of shelf space
 and customer assistance dedicated to Atari computers and games.  While
 the theory was sound, they were not prepared to invest the added
 millions of dollars it would take to salvage the risk.  Atari has also
 supported the user shows with their presence and dealer support by
 loaning equipment for the show and providing seminars.
 Atari's dilemma is that the return on invested dollars is best paying
 off overseas right now.  Prices are higher there, piracy is a lesser
 threat, and the consumer can view the Atari line of computers without a
 tainted prejudice for another system which is not as well established.
 Yes, it appears Atari can not get a fix on what needs to be done for the
 U.S.,  but there is already enough work keeping up with European demand.
 "Business Is War" means exactly that and Jack Tramiel is going to fight
 for businesses' primal need... PROFITABILITY.
 Looking into the crystal ball, Atari will certainly find some success
 with the Portfolio and other attempts to approach the PC market.  They
 may see their domestic cash flow swell when they do.  As a result, an
 increasing PC consumer base will be supporting the Atari name which will
 drown out our cries for support with our XL, XE, ST and MEGA machines.
 Already, the Atari magazines have covered the Portfolio.
 Artisan Software believes that there is a hidden army of Atari users who
 realize that, if anyone is going to fight this war, we must do it
 ourselves.  Since Atari Corp. and third party developers are simply
 profit machines, they are always going to spend as little as possible to
 sell their products.  After all, that's what business is all about. Yet,
 if someone were to mastermind an ultimate attack to enhance United
 States sales of Atari computers, Atari would support its' success.
 Artisan Software is asking you to join in on the ultimate user-based
 campaign to attract an expanding universe of Atari owners and users.
 You may participate as intensely as you wish, but your every effort will
 go a long way by reading this material and doing whatever you can.
 The campaign is called "THE  REVOLUTION".  It will be in effect
 throughout 1990 and scheduled to continue through the 90's.  The premise
 will be to optimize the power of "word-of-mouth" advertising.  This form
 of advertising is the least expensive and the most effective.
 Concentration will be on a calendar of projects which will strike
 targets in cumulative force.  You will find participation fun and easy.
 No one appears to have a firm idea how many Atari users there are in the
 U.S., many say there about 100,000 ST compatible machines out there, but
 that can not be verified.  Atari, understandably, keeps this a secret so
 they do not scare away potential developers.  Regardless how many there
 are of us, we have the potential to exercise a lot of power.  If united,
 we can not be ignored.
 The benefits you reap from this project are plentiful.  First of all,
 you will see Atari users ban together as a nation for the very first
 time.  You will witness significant news coverage and experience the
 growth of new companies emerging to support your system.  You will also
 discover it increasingly easier to find friends and colleagues using an
 Atari computer.  Best of all, you will have fun.
 Donald A. Thomas, Jr.
 President, Artisan Software
 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS                    

 Below are some questions and answers regarding "The REVOLUTION".  You
 may be able to satisfy any inquiries you have by reviewing this
 Q. WHAT IS "THE REVOLUTION"?                                
 A. "The REVOLUTION" is a structured user-based campaign design to
    enhance Atari computer sales in the United States by primary use of
    "word-of-mouth" advertising.  It is made up of users and companies
    across the nation who wish to support the cause.
 A. "Word-Of-Mouth" Advertising is the most valued form of advertising
    for any reputable business.  While paid advertising boosts public
    awareness, it is often by someone's recommendation that high ticket
    purchases are made.  In basic terms, word-of-mouth advertising is the
    act of voicing your opinion about a product or service in a favorable
    way.  In addition, "The REVOLUTION" campaign is designed so that all
    our voices are focused toward specific targets at any one given time.
 A. ARTISAN SOFTWARE President, Donald A. Thomas, Jr., plans to
    coordinate the campaign.
 A. Artisan Software is a California based software publisher dedicated
    to the Atari ST and MEGA computers.
 A. Artisan Software currently offers three products for the ST computer.
    This is not the place to talk about them, but you will find separate
    ASCII text files in later weeks about them.  While Atari users
    support their products, it has become disenchanting to realize that
    the Atari user base is not large enough to keep sales at a profitable
    pace.  Rather than diverting attention to non-Atari computers, it has
    been Artisan Software's decision to expand the Atari computer user
 A. Although Artisan Software publishes only ST/MEGA compatible titles,
    it is recognized that the 8-bit community has just as much to be
    proud of over their systems too.  Atari video game systems,
    cartridges and PC compatible products are not represented here.
 A. Frankly, a lot.  First, Artisan Software will expand its exposure of
    it's products to the existing base of Atari users.  Secondly, this
    base will grow and, therefore, so will sales.
 A. Not necessarily.  As an individual, you are asked to become a
    registered participant by making a minimum pledge of $15 to help
    initiate the cause for the first year.  Pledges for more than that
    amount is encouraged, but you are not required to pay any amount at
    all to participate.
 Part of your pledge will cover the costs of distributing "The
 REVOLUTION HANDBOOK" and other costs such as phone use and coordinating
 costs.  Corporate pledges are also invited if you wish to show your
 company's support and benefit from the campaign.
 Other costs to you depend on the projects you voluntarily elect to work
 on.  In most cases, it is simply a few letters and postage stamps per
 It is important to register your participation regardless of the size of
 your pledge.  Your registration becomes an integral necessity to provide
 a statistical analysis as to the size of the movement, the primary use
 of the computers and estimated growth patterns.  It is also important
 that you register individually.  Individual and group registrations are
 maintained by separate accounting methods to insure the integrity of
 individual participation statistics.
 A. Your participation is needed on four levels.
    First, read this HANDBOOK and fill out the form included.  Send the
    form to Artisan Software today.
    Secondly, go out of your way to discuss "The REVOLUTION" with your
    user group or other Atari users.  Provide them copies of this
    HANDBOOK.  Verbally encourage them to participate.  Also, approach
    your local dealers.  Encourage them to distribute copies of this
    HANDBOOK to their customers.  Permission is granted to copy and
    distribute this HANDBOOK if the copyright and authorship is
    acknowledged when you do.  Exceptions to this include professional
    duplication in a bound and covered book to be sold for profit.  The
    distinction should be clear, but contact Artisan Software if you have
    any questions.  Your active involvement to spread the word about this
    campaign is a critical component to its' success.
    Third, write your favorite Atari magazine and ask them to provide
    consistent coverage of this campaign.
    Finally, follow this HANDBOOK as completely as you are willing and
 A. Send all correspondence, including registrations to: "THE REVOLUTION"
    c/o ARTISAN SOFTWARE, P.O. Box 849, Manteca, CA 95336.
 This is a large undertaking and will be interesting.  Each week until
 completion, we will reprint the entire article and re-run them through-
 out 1990.  More details  on ZMAG's involvement in the coming weeks.
 Every week, the following form will be included for your conveince.
 P.O. BOX 849
 MANTECA, CA 95336
 ___   YES, I understand the campaign entitled: "The REVOLUTION" and
       agree that a unified national effort to enhance Atari computer
       sales may be a fun project and one that will better protect my
       investment in the future.  I acknowledge that the campaign
       HANDBOOK makes suggestions only.  I am not obligated to do any or
       all of them if I choose not to.  (Make checks payable to Artisan
  PLEDGE ENCLOSED $_________________ (NOT REQUIRED)
  SIGNATURE _______________________________ DATE ____________
  NAME _______________________AGE ___ PHONE (_____) _________

    COMPANY NAME ___________________________________
    ADDRESS ________________________________________
    CITY __________________ STATE _____ ZIP ________
    COMPANY PHONE NUMBER (_______) _________________
    OTHER _________________________________________
 PERSONAL ADDRESS __________________________________________

          CITY ___________________ STATE _____ ZIP _________
 OCCUPATION ________________________ PHONE (_____) _________
 COMPUTER(S) OWNED _________________________________________
 MY USER GROUP MEMBERSHIP IS AT ____________________________
 I USE THE COMPUTER PRIMARILY FOR __________________________
 (to be continued....)

 by Ron Kovacs
 From the ZMagazine Archives
 Atari reported they will be giving credit for purchasing Atari
 cartridges, they are sold presently at a cost of $10 to $30 each.  Atari
 will give prizes and a two week vacation.  If this expirement works,
 they will continue this promotion as a way of luring more people to
 purchase Atari products.
 The first Atari Canadian Users Convention takes place in Toronto Canada.
 On display were all of Atari's products including the 260ST.  New
 products talked about included the 68030 chip-based ST scheduled for
 shipment in early 1989 with enhanced resolution, stereo chip, more
 colors and the NEW TOS.  Other products discussed included the laptop
 ST, an ST based game machine, and a new ST light light guns with games
 cable of utilizing it.  One of the games announced was "Crossbow".
 On November 17th, 1988 ZMagazine and ST-Report editors Ron Kovacs and
 Ralph Mariano spilt an organized publication because of controversy
 surrounding editor Mariano.  In January, STZMAG surfaced as a
 replacement to ST-Report Magazine.
 An Anti-Virus law was proposed by Michigan state lawmakers that would
 impose penalties against anyone convicted of creating or spreading
 computer viruses.  This proposal came to light based on the virus attack
 earlier this month on military and research computers linked by ARPANET
 and other computer networks.  Luckily, this virus did not cause any
 damage other than down time to all involved.
 Atari's Holiday Promotion was unveiled that offers free game cartridges
 to buyers of Atari video game systems and software.  The "Atari Holiday
 Bonus Software Program" lets consumers who purchase an Atari 2600 or
 7800 game system between November 21 and December 31 receive a bonus of
 two free game cartridges direct from Atari.  Through December 31, Atari
 offered a $50 consumer rebate on the purchase of the Atari XE.
 GFA Systemtechnik informed MichTron that they intended to begin
 marketing all their products, world wide, by themselves.  GFA was going
 to start a new company in the USA called GFA U.S.A.  Hearing this,
 HiSoft approached MichTron about publishing their products in the United
 Atari attends the 10th Comdex showing UltrScript which was said to be
 ready in early 1989.  DTP processors onhand included PageStream,
 Publisher ST, DeskSet, and Calamus.  The PC4 and PC5 were on display
 with no word on US shipping dates.  At the same show Commodore announced
 the Amiga 2000HD.
 Atari showcases the ABAQ at Comdex.  The Abaq, based on a "transputer"
 chip, runs more than 10 times faster than a PC/AT technology and more
 than 5 times faster than the 68020 with math processor.  Atari unveiled
 its new CD player capable of reading CD-ROM disks and of playing musical
 CD disks.  The CD-ROM is supported by a Mega and ST-compatible DMA
 interface, and would retail in early 1988 for under $600.  Also at
 Comdex, the Mega's SLM804 Laser printer, Deskset, WordPerfect, and
 Microsoft Write.  Atari's IBM compatibles were shown, the PC2 (XT
 Compatible) and PC4 (AT Compatible), PC3 (VGA Graphics Operation), which
 join the PC1 already available at $799.  Sam Tramiel states "I can see
 Atari Mega computers with laser printers as desktop publishing stations
 exchanging data with a satellite group of PC1's as LAN stations.  An
 entire office environment can be created.  The PC, the Macintosh, and
 the Atari computers co-exist.  Each can do the things they do best." 
 Atari announced "Moses PromiseLAN," a local area network that can
 connect up to 17 PCs using off-the-shelf telephone wire.  They will also
 be developing Moses PromiseLAN adaptors for its Mega and ST computers.
 Thus, the Mega and Atari laser printer will be able to share data with
 PCs and Apple Macintoshes.
 Commodore's bankers renew a credit line of 140 million to keep things
 rolling.  Earlier in the year they defaulted on loans while banks held
 off calling in the bucks.

 The Max Headroon Show gains popularity as Max appears in Conference on
 CompuServe.  Max Headroom was best known for his witty, off-the-wall
 comments made while interviewing rock groups and other pop artists.
 Newsweek dubbed Max the "the TV talk show host of 1986 -- no, make that
 the year 2000."

 The Software Publishers Association announced it was offering a $100
 reward to anyone turning in information about computer bulletin board
 systems that distribute copyrighted software.  As reported in Zmag, in
 order to collect the bounty, tipsters HAD TO provide the name, telephone
 number and log-on information of a pirate BBS, as well as the street
 address and name of the sysop, a disk containing copyrighted materials
 downloaded from it and a printout of other copyrighted material posted
 there.  $500.00 was paid out to date.

 Antic Online a CompuServe Forum was unable to reach a mutually
 acceptable contract with CompuServe, and found it necessary to
 discontinue ANTIC ONLINE.  They would later kiss and make up.

 Supra Corp notified owners of it's 30MB Hard Drives manufactured by NEC
 that the drives may develop encoding problems.  In a message sent to
 users of the Atari Developers Forum on CompuServe, Supra said that some
 disk drives manufactured between August 15 and October 15, 1986, have
 been known to fail after extended use.  Encoding problems can lead to
 scrambling of the disk directory and subsequent loss of data.  To
 determine if your Supra 30MB drive was manufactured during the suspected
 problem period, check the identification plate on the bottom of the
 drive.  The manufacturing date shown is in the format of MDDYY or
 MMDDYY.  Users who suspect a problem with their drive should contact:
 Supra Tech Support (503)967-9081.
 ZMagazine makes it's debut in Sweden on atleast three BBS systems.
 Sorman nformation eXchange, SIX. It runs on a Mac+, and carry general
 computer news and sections for Mac, Atari 8-bit, and Atari ST.  The
 number is +46-470-22183.
 Atari entertains the masses at the 1986 Comdex show with Publishing
 Partner from Softlogik, and 8-bit products like the XEP80, SX212, and
 the long awaited BLiTTer chip promised for early 1987 for $120.  Sam
 Tramiel states "Atari is bringing its philosophy of "Power Without the
 Price" to the wider peripheral market."

 by Marc Ingle, S*P*A*C*E
 Reprinted from the Puget Sound Atari News
 Okay, I admit it, I'm a Pac-Man addict.  I've played almost every form
 of the game including Ms Pac-Man, Baby Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, and
 Pac-Man Plus, but it wasn't until recently that I had played PacMania.
 Unlike previous versions of Pac-Man this version is played within a 3D
 maze!  The object is the same... gobble pellets to rack up points while
 avoiding (or in some cases, gobbling) the dreaded ghost monsters.
 A few special objects will appear in the center of the maze from time to
 time.  Some type of fruit will most frequently appear.  If you gobble
 the fruit before it disappears you will be rewarded with some extra
 points.  Every once in a while a large green or red pill will appear.
 If you are lucky enough to gobble the green pill you will be able to
 make Pac-Man move at double his normal speed.  In this way you could
 clear the screen of pellets in a shorter than normal amount of time.  If
 you manage to devour the red pill you will be rewarded with double
 points for each item that you eat.  Both the red and green pill's
 effects will wear off in a short period of time so they should be used
 as wisely as possible.

 This game has four different levels of difficulty.  Each level has a
 different name and different look, but the overall pattern of the maze
 does not change.  The names of the levels are "Block Town", "Pac-Man's
 Park", "Sandbox Land", and "Jungley Steps" with "Block Town" being for
 beginners and "Jungley Steps" for the more advanced players.

 The ghost monsters are Pac-Man's only threat to gobbling up all of the
 pellets.  The game starts out with five ghost monsters in the maze, but
 as you advance to higher levels more and more ghost monsters will
 appear.  There are two distinctive ghost monsters that show up during
 the game.  One is faster than the other ghost monsters and can be easily
 recognized because he looks as if he is "ticked off."  Another
 distinctive feature of this particular ghost monster is the fact that he
 multiplies in the higher levels of play.  The other distinctive ghost
 monster is of the color pink and has the unique ability to jump up and

 While playing the game I discovered that with the press of the fire
 button I could cause Pac-Man to jump over ghost monsters to get him out
 of hazardous situations.  The only ghost monster I learned to avoid
 jumping over was the pink one, mainly because he can jump too.

 Overall I found PacMania to be a very entertaining game.  My only
 complaint being that Pac-Man moves too slow in the lower levels.  If you
 enjoy playing Pac-Man type games then I highly suggest that you get this

 Pac-Man is produced by Grandslam Entertainment LTD of London England.
 It runs on either a ST or Mega ST with a color monitor.  A joystick is
 recommend, but is not required as there are keyboard controls too.  The
 game also comes with a PacMania poster, several stickers, and a small
 instruction manual.  The copy of PacMania that I used for this review
 was loaned to me by Ron Butler of Butler's Computer Service in Federal
 Way.  He normally sells this game for $35.95, but like most computer
 stores, prices may vary.

 by Rich Gratzer, S*P*A*C*E
 Reprinted from the Puget Sound Atari News
 Here's a quick modification for dedicated 8-Bit Users who would like to
 improve the video output from their 130XE or 1200XL computers.  The
 reason for excluding the other 8-Bit machines is that I've not had the
 opportunity to modify any of them for use with a Commodore Monitor.
 This modification is intended for use with those monitors only; results
 will vary on other monitors.  Unlike other 8-Bit video modifications,
 this one will not disable the RF-Modulated output so you can still use
 your machine on a regular Television.  Again, the resulting picture
 quality may vary with different TV-sets.  (All the computers I've
 altered so far, have looked much better on my monitor and SONY-TV if
 that helps to instill any confidence.)

 This modification is a job for experienced people only.  Therefore, it
 will not be presented in a step by step fashion.  Seek the help of a
 qualified friend, a local repair Technician, or come to the S*P*A*C*E
 Hardware Workshop and you can get the help you need.


 Shadows!  Shadows everywhere, especially if you have a 1200XL!  These
 poor machines, along with the 5200 Game Systems, had the worst video
 output of any Atari ever produced.  Text characters cast black shadows
 looking similar to numbers on the side of a Navy vessel.  It was a real
 mess.  The problem originates in the luminance-signal which is generated
 by the Atari.  It can be easily distinguished by pulling the Chroma
 signal from the back of the Commodore monitor.  At this point you will
 be viewing only the luminance-signal and the shadow effect should be
 very apparent.  Shadowing effects can also be caused by color gun mis-
 alignment, phase errors in the color-signal or within the monitor, and
 so on... Therefore, It's probably a good idea to disconnect the Chroma 
 lead to verify that the shadow effect on your monitor is really coming
 from the luminance signal.  If you have determined this to be a problem
 with your computer but do not wish to modify your equipment, you can
 partially mask the shadowing by turning up the briteness adjustment and
 increasing the amount of color on any monitor or TV set.  TV's and
 monitors with low bandwidths may be less susceptible to the problem.
 Adjusting Contrast or Soft/Sharp controls may also help.

 The amount of shadowing in the luminance-signal varies from one model of
 Atari to another and I've found it to be relatively consistent for each
 model.  Since the shadows appeared on both my monitor and TV, I assumed
 that the problem lied within the Atari.  I located the troublesome spot
 in the video circuitry by touching the component leads with my fingers
 and watching the screen to see if I could alter the shadowing effect.  I
 found the luminance circuit to be the culprit here.  The following
 modifications are the result of my efforts.

 (In all honesty, I can't state with certainty the reason for this
 shadowing effect.  There are several likely possibilities, but I don't
 have the test equipment required to properly evaluate the circuit.
 However, I can tell you what the circuit changes will do.  The
 modification provides signal stability at the base (input) lead of the
 luminance driver-transistor, allows for briteness and contrast
 optimization, attenuates some of the hi-frequency output, and provides
 you with the cleanest looking picture that you will ever see from an
 8-Bit Atari (on a Commodore monitor).  It's that simple!
 Here's a short 'remove and replace' list.  Do these first and then move
 on to the additional steps.
    Model        Remove        Replace

    1200XL       R21           2.2K ohm
                 L15           56 pf.
                 C115          jumper
                 R187          --NA--
                 CR20          56 pf.
                 C60           --NA--
                 R162          --NA--
                 R163          2.2K ohm
                 R23           150-220 ohm
                 R25           150 ohm

    130XE        R116          jumper
                 R52           --NA--
                 R53           --NA--

 Additional Instructions:


 Install a 3.3 to 4.7k ohm resistor from the +5 volt power-supply to the
 base (center) lead of the driver-transistor.  You'll have to tack-solder
 this one onto the board anywhere that's feasible.  This resistor adjusts
 the overall screen-briteness and if my memory serves me correctly the
 larger value resistor yields a darker picture.  (It's been awhile since
 I did these mods!)  Varying the value of the 150 to 220 ohm resistor
 will change the amount of contrast in the luminance output.  You can
 pick a value in this range that best suits your system.  I believe the
 larger value here provides the least contrast.

 1200XL owners should also install a 220 ohm resistor from the emitter
 lead of transistor Q7 to pin 5 of the Monitor-Jack.  (The emitter leg of
 the transistor is the leftmost lead when looking at the lettering on the
 flat side of the component-case.)  This is now the new Chroma signal.
 Previously the Chroma input on the Commodore monitor had to be connected
 to the Composite video signal from the Atari.  The picture will be
 greatly improved now that the Chroma and Luminance signals are
 separately fed to the monitor.

 130XE owners have a bit more work to do.  The 2.2K ohm resistors and 56
 pf. ceramic-disc capacitors must be tack-soldered and mounted in an 'air
 borne' fashion.  Unfortunately, there are no vacant component locations
 in which to add these additional parts as we had after gutting the
 1200XL circuit.  Also, the Lum-Out trace on the circuit board must be
 cut free from the emitter leg of the 2N3904 transistor and soldered to
 the center of the new emitter-resistors.  The circuit trace can be found
 on the bottom side of the board.

 Submitted by Bruce "Z" Kennedy
 Well, it finally happened. Atari has started advertising again.
 Scientific American November issue page 13+.
 Folio Computer                      $399.95
 Parallel Interface                    49.95
 Serial Interface                      79.95
 Memory Cards 32k                      79.95
              64k                     129.95
              128k                    199.95
 AC Adapter                             9.95
                 Direct sale from Atari call 800-443-8020

                                                      Story by John Nagy
 The aftershocks of the San Francisco earthquake continue to rock us all
 and some of those shocks are personal rather than seismic.  Although the
 death toll looks at this time to be well below the darkest estimates of
 many hundreds, that is little consolation to the families of those who
 died last Tuesday.  Many of the dead are yet to be identified.  Almost
 worse than the knowledge that a loved one or a friend is gone is the
 waiting to find out if they indeed survived.  Our own publisher of ZMAG,
 ST*ZMag, and Z*Net, Ron Kovacs is still waiting to hear from a loved one
 in San Francisco for a business meeting on Tuesday and is among the
 thousands who have not yet been heard from.  Our thoughts and prayers
 are with the families of the missing, almost all of whom are safe, but
 are unable to make outside contact in the wake of the quake-ravaged
 We do know of some specific fatalities... it was reported that among the
 dead was John J. Anderson, a long time Atari enthusiast and writer.

 John was in San Francisco less than a year as a senior editor of MACUSER
 Magazine, a Macintosh specific publication.  He had moved there from
 Titusville, Florida, after several years editing COMPUTER SHOPPER
 magazine.  John always worked to raise the image and awareness of the
 Atari line in CS as well as a number of other magazines he regularly
 wrote for.  Those included continuing Atari columns and feature articles

 Part of the reason John left Computer Shopper was his frustration in
 working under Stan Veit, who seemed to want John to take over the
 magazine but who refused to yield sufficient authority to John to
 accomplish it.  About the same time John Anderson left CS, the magazine
 was bought by Ziff Davis Publishing Company, and soon afterwards Stan
 was "retired" by the new owners.  New Editor Bob Lindstrom has announced
 that Atari 8-bit coverage will end with the December 1989 issue of CS
 (along with ADAM, C64, TI, and the other older "classic computers"), and
 that the ST and AMIGA are being watched carefully to determine if
 coverage of those lines should also be cut in the future.  While no one
 can say what would have happened to Atari coverage if John had stayed at
 CS, it is at least likely that he would be alive today to see it.

 It was John Anderson who called me at home one day a few years ago and
 asked if Computer Shopper could reprint an article I wrote that appeared
 in ZMAGAZINE.  (It was about the then-embryonic 8-bit emulator being
 developed by Darek Mihocka, and his trouble with Atari about getting it
 approved for distribution.)  As we talked, John mentioned that he was a
 regular reader of my work in both ZMAGAZINE and the user-group
 publication that I founded and edited, Michigan Atari Magazine.  He
 commented that he found himself re-using much of the information I wrote
 about in his own columns, and asked if I wouldn't mind doing my own
 column in Computer Shopper.  That call began a new career for me, and
 John and I became long-distance friends.  We talked often about our joys
 and frustrations with Atari, and later, his frustrations with Computer
 Shopper magazine.  I was sorry to see him leave, but the MACUSER offer
 was clearly a step up, and we all wished him well.

 John leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson of Cresskill, NJ,
 and his wife, Lauren Hallquist, and two children, Peter, 4, and Kate, 1,
 of Boulder Creek, CA.  Friends and fans who wish to send condolences to
 his family may do so c/o Atari Explorer, 7 Hilltop Rd., Mendham, NJ
         ZMagazine          Issue #179          October 29, 1989
                Copyright (c) 1989, Rovac Industries, Inc..

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