Classic Computer Magazine Archive START VOL. 2 NO. 1 / SUMMER 1987


Tom Bojoras graduated from Penn State as a chemical engineer in 1983; since then he's worked in a variety of situations, none of which have had much to do with chemical engineering. He's played keyboards in rock bands, recorded albums, composed film scores, and written many hours worth of serious music for various combinations of piano, orchestral ensembles, and electronic instruments. Tom first became interested in programming when he was in college, and the combination of Tom's musical and engineering experience provided him with the opportunity to launch a new career as a music software developer at Hybrid Arts, writing DX-Android, CZ-Android and the GenPatch Desk Accessory. Currently he's working on a music scoring program that will interface with the MidiTrack ST sequencer.

Contributing Editor Tom Hudson should be no stranger to the Atari community. He is the author of DEGAS, DEGAS Elite, and CAD-3D, versions 1.0 and 2.0. A START Contributing Editor, Tom has written four previous articles "Stealing the ST Printer Driver" and "Swapping Art With Other Computers" in issues 1 and 2, and "Printer Drivers the Easy Way" and "The START Ray-Trace Construction Set," both in issue 4. Tom lives in Mission, Kansas, and is a SYSOP in the ATARI16 forum on CompuServe. When he's not programming, he relaxes by listening to Tangerine Dream and firing assault rifles. He also plays a killer game of racquetball.

Charles F. Johnson is a professional musician who has toured the world playing guitar with George Duke, Stanley Clarke, and Al Jarreau. He bought an Atari 400 back in 1980 after seeing a demo of the Star Raiders game, and ended up learning to program computers. Currently, he's trying to land a record deal with his own band in L.A., called Catzeye. When he's not working on musical projects he enjoys programming the ST in 68000 assembly language.

Jim Kent studied mathematics and art on and off at UC Santa Cruz for seven years before he decided to get rich in the computer graphics business. Since 1983 he's worked on Micro-lllustrator for the Tandy Color Computer, parts of several paint systems including Targa TIPS, and Aegis Images--and Aegis's Animator programs for the Amiga and ST. Jim's also the moderator of the Atari ST conference on BIX, where he can be reached online.

Ignac A. Kolenko Jr. is a second-year student at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, majoring in Computer Engineering. He has been programming personal computers for six years--first on a Timex/Sinclair, then on an Apple II, and for the last year on an ST. When he's not hitting the books, Ignac enjoys camping and bike riding--and, of course astronomy.

Consulting Editor Matt Loveless has been writing and programming professionally since he was 14 years old. He became involved with Atari computers when he developed a utility package, Page Six, for the original 400/800 8-bit machines. He was a game designer at Synapse Software for four years, and in 1986 became START's Assistant Editor. Matt has since gone freelance, acting as advisor for START magazine and tackling a number of lucrative programming and writing projects. His most recent accomplishments include the Mega ST User's Manual for Atari Corp. and work on the CyberMate experimental animation language, used with Tom Hudson's CAD-3D 2.0.

Daniel Matejka has been programming professionally, on and off, for over seven years. Four years ago he stumbled upon the crowd that makes and markets DB Master, a best-selling database on the Apple II which has been incarnated on several other machines as well. Dan was partially responsible for the IBM PC and Atari ST versions of that program. He lives in Colorado Springs, and is an independent software developer. He wrote Disk Doctor and Base Two, for Antic Software, and also Red Alert, a collaboration with Stanley Crane, one of the original DB Master programmers.

Jim Pierson-Perry is a research chemist for DuPont who leads a double life as a programmer and musician. He has worked with computers for 16 years and Ataris since 1982. His interest in music dates to early childhood when he was beaten over the head with a toy piano by his brother. Author of several programs published in Antic, Jim now lives in Elkton, Maryland, with his wife, four daughters, assorted cats and a dog. He is currently setting up a home MIDI-based music studio, writing software to support it, and occasionally manages to do enough clinical chemistry work to justify a paycheck.

David Plotkin, BASIC expert, 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 tutorials. An engineer at Chevron USA, David designs and builds oil processing plants and offshore platforms. David says he just bought another 520 ST for his wife, so they don't have to fight over the computer any more.

Jeff Wilson is a senior in Physics and Computer Science at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He has been programming microcomputers for the past eight years, and Atari computers for the last six years. He is currently president of the Utah County Atari Nuts, his local Atari user's group. For the past three years, he has been employed by WordPerfect Corporation as a software engineer. While there, he participated in development of WordPerfect for the Apple IIe/IIc computer line. He is currently managing development of WordPerfect for the Atari ST, which should be available shortly after you read this. He programs exclusively in assembly language, and enjoys it!