Classic Computer Magazine Archive START VOL. 1 NO. 3 / WINTER 1986


Arick Anders, co-author of last issues C comparison, develops IBM PC educational products for a company called WICAT in Orem, Utah. Arick has a B.S. degree in Computer Science with a minor in Chemistry from Brigham Young University. He also is a medic with the National Guard. He and his wife, an emergency room nurse at the local hospital, have three children and raise English Angora rabbits.

Darrel Anderson's 15 years of professional artistic experience include: technical, architectural and advertising illustration; comics; T-shirt design; and book illustration. Darrel has concentrated on images of the fantastic and the future in original works and limited-edition prints. He was introduced to his first computer, an Atari 800, two years ago to produce screen art for an interactive fiction game. Shortly afterwards, Darrel bought a 520 ST and applied its graphics capabilities to various projects, including the package illustration for an upcoming interactive fiction adaptation of Ray Bradhury's The Martian Chronicles (Bantam, NY). Using DEGAS, he designed 33 illustrations for Best of the New Wave, a science-fiction anthology from Bluejay Books (NY). In another project, Ray Bradbury's Fever Dream, (Armadillo/St Martins Press, NY), he used a CAD-3D model as reference. Darrel was also the winner of the Antic DEGAS art contest. (See Antic, July 1986 for his winning entry.)

Stephen Banker, a former columnist for Popular Computing magazine, is a Washington D.C. writer and broadcaster who specializes in the technology of communications. He is also the publisher of Tapes for Readers, a series of cassette interviews with such personalities as John Updike, James Michener, Bill Gates, and Ben Rosen. Stephen's first computer was an Epson QX-10 followed by an Apricot xi. "I like beautiful losers," His recent purchase of an Atari ST prompted a friend to remark, "Looks like you're now into ugly winners."

G. Stewart Beal is a systems analyst with the Canadian Department of the Environment's National Water Research Institute. He assists in designing scientific, data-acquisition systems, primarily on microcomputers. A recent project involved an IBM PC stationed in the middle of a lake running a high-speed data acquisition system and transferring environmental data samples to another PC on the shore. Stewart programs mostly in C but is exploring Smalltalk. As an amateur radio operator he built several computer/radio projects, including an "OSCAR Talker," which tracks and coordinates the signals of orbitting amateur radio satellites. His radio call letters are: VE3MWM

Christopher Chabris has appeared in all three issues of START and, as of this issue, has become a contributing editor. A student of computer science at Harvard University, he is completing a book on artificial intelligence which will be published in 1987 by Dow Jones-Irwin/Multiscience Press. Christopher is among the top 50 chess players in the United States under 21 years of age, and just won his National Master's rating. Congratulations Chris!

Jim Dunion wrote "Of Diagnostics and Debugging" in the premiere issue of START. Jim was a programmer with the Software Development Support Group of the "old" Atari, then later with Alan Kay's research group. He was a founder of Peachtree Software in Atlanta, Georgia, and is presently with The System Works in Redmond, Washington. Jim designed Dunion's Debugging Tool, considered to be the best debugger for the 8-bit Atari, and is now working on an ST version to be called STDDT

Randy Gordon, D.D.S. is an Endodontist, which means he specializes in root canals (shudder). Five years ago, he bought a Sinclair ZX80 in kit form, and stayed up until three AM putting it together. He soon tired of the tiny Sinclair and moved up to an Atari 8-bit computer. When the STs were announced, he was on the list for the first releases. Dr. Gordon also enjoys tennis and likes to spend time with his family and especially his daughter. He juggles his appointments at work among five offices and has written a program on his ST to keep track of appointments, collections, and so on. MailCall is his first published program.

Gary Levenberg and Lee Actor recently started Synthetic Software, a company which will focus on music software for the ST. Gary got involved with computers and music in 1970 at Indiana University where he was part of a small group which established a computer music system for sound generation, composition and music printing. He received his Masters Degree in Computer Music while studying with Iannis Xenakis. Lee Actor, who has an M.E. in Electrical Engineering, has performed and recorded professionally as a violinist from 1972 to 1978, and has conducted several concerts. He was assistant conductor at MIT and San Jose State University. Lee became involved with Atari when he wrote the Advanced Music System for the Atari Program Exchange. This led to a number of video game projects, including Bally Sente's Hat Trick. While at Bally he developed the Turbo Music System for in-house music composition and sound design using a Sequential Circuits sound board.

Bruce Noonan, M.D. is more than just a persistent advocate of ST. Writer Dr. Noonan is also an ophthalmologist in Edmonds, Washington. He started programming in BASIC at Dartmouth College in the late sixties. After buying an Atari 800 in 1982, he wrote a text-magnifying program for low-vision individuals. Moving up to the ST, Dr. Noonan has just completed a GEM-based program on the ST which calculates intraocular lens powers for implantation in cataract surgery patients.

David Plotkin has written countless programs, in both BASIC and ACTION!, for our sister magazine, Antic. In past issues of Antic, he has authored a series of beginner's programming tutorials. An engineer at Chevron USA, David designs and builds oil processing plants and offshore platforms. "That should make me lots of friends, shouldn't it?" David recently had his first professional program, Miniature Golf Plus (for 8-bit. Atari's) published by XLENT software. Now, he is busily programming in Personal Pascal and hasn't turned on his 8-bit Atari in months.

Bill Wilkinson, to resurrect a cliche, is a man who needs no introduction to the Atari community. For those ST owners joining us from the Apple or Commodore worlds, we add the following: Bill Wilkinson is V.P of Optimized Systems Software, a company well known for the quality of its products and the depth of its customer support. Bill, himself, is also well known for the quality depth and friendliness of his personal support to anyone who has met him at users groups or computer shows. Many Atarians were weaned on Bill's "Insight Atari" columns in Compute! magazine. As a programmer, Bill was, to a large extent, responsible for the design of the original Atari DOS and Atari BASIC.