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Article #16 (17 is last):
From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.log
Subject: Sep.12,1992 OPERATION: A.C.T. NOW begins...
Reply-To: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
Date: Mon Feb 28 14:40:10 1994





                          "OPERATION: A.C.T. NOW"
                           =====================

                        Atari Community Together Now
                        ----------------------------

                           Campaign Organizers:

                           Len Stys, J.J. Lehett
                                Mark Leair

                               Sponsored by:

                      The Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG


                            September 12, 1992
                        
                                                 



                              INTRODUCTION
                              ------------

     "OPERATION: A.C.T. NOW" is a series of campaigns that will
help increase support for the Atari 8-Bit computers, ST/TT/Falcon
computers, the Portfolio palmtop computer, and the Lynx handheld
video game system.

     Atari Corporation seems to be serious about the future...
If you would like to help increase support for Atari products,
you can by participate in these campaigns.

     Who benefits?  Everyone benfits.  Atari users get more out
of their investment, developers sell more products, dealers sell
more products, publishers sell more magazines, and Atari
Corporation sells more products.  If you are a shareholder, your
stock may go up in value.

     There will be campaigns that focus on increasing suport for
the Atari ST/TT/Falcon and campaigns that focus on increasing
support for the 8-Bit Atari, Lynx, and Portfolio.  The campaigns
that you participate in are entirely up to you.

     These campaigns will hopefully result in a stronger Atari
Community.

     If you don't wish to help Atari Corporation, participate in
these campaigns to help yourself.  You will enjoy your Atari
products more by greater support!

                                Cost?
                                -----

     There is no cost to you in any way to participate in these
campaigns.  There is no registration fee and no donations are
being accepted.

                        Members Key to Success
                        ----------------------

     The number of people participating in these campaigns are
extremely important.  The news of these campaigns must be shared
with every member of the Atari Community that you know.
"OPERATION: A.C.T. NOW" should be publicized in Atari publications,
at user group meetings, and at Atari dealerships.  If you take
action, we can make a difference.  If you sit back and watch, we
won't do anything.


                         +------------------+
                         |   CAMPAIGN ONE   |
                         +------------------+


    The first campaign will be to compile two lists.  One list
will consist of things that we believe the company is doing right.
Atari is doing great things and if you want to continue seeing
the company doing these things, you have to let them know.
The other list will consist of things that we believe the company
can do better.  The company will never know the problems that
you see unless you tell them.  We will send these lists to Atari
Corporation's Board of Directors and ask that they consider our
suggestions.  Will Atari listen?  There isn't a successful
company around that doesn't listen--especially to their customers,
developers, dealers, and publications.

    What you need to do is write down everything that you see
right with Atari and the things that you believe the company can
improve.  Include any past experiences that you have had with
the company.

    Here are a few examples:

                                    RIGHT             IMPROVE
    Users                        
    -----                      Great products,     No easy memory
                               great price         upgrade
    
                                                   Once took 4 months
                                                   to get my computer
                                                   replaced when sent
                                                   to Atari

    Developers
    ----------                 Good developers     Took 3 months to
                               area on GEnie       get a computer to
                                                   develop on

                               Great computers     Atari was rude to
                               to develop on       me when they first
                                                   showed me the Falcon

    Dealers
    -------                    Good dealer         Shortage of products,
                               support             even today
                                                 
                                                   No new products

                                                   Lack of advertising

    Publishers
    ----------                 Atari advertises    Slow to pay for ads
                               regularly

                                                   Does not give enough
                                                   new info to us

    The comments made in these examples should not be taken as truth.
They are simply examples.  Also, your comments can be as long as you
want.  In fact, the longer and more detailed, the better.
  
    If you wish to remain anonymous, you may send these lists in
another envelope.

    The goal of this campaign is to inform Atari of things that we
believe can help improve the company's position in the computer
marketplace.

    All of the lists that are received will be compiled and then sent
to Atari Corporation.


                         +------------------+
                         |   CAMPAIGN TWO   |
                         +------------------+

    The second campaign is to concentrate on letting computer
publications know that Atari is back.

    The Falcon 030 will be announced at the Boston Computer Society
meeting in a few weeks.  We should let the media know that we would
like for them to cover it.  The amount of press the Falcon receives
will most likely determine when the Falcon will be shipped to the
United States and how many are shipped.

    What you need to do is list names and addresses of publications
that you wish to see cover the Falcon's release.  These include
magazines, newspapers, and televison news programs.

    You should also lists computer publications that you wish to
see support the Atari ST and Falcon computers.

    This information should be sent along with the "OPERATION:
A.C.T. NOW" registration form.

    Since the Boston Computer Society meeting is on September 23rd,
we are asking you to send us this information immediately.  You may
ONLY send this information through E-MAIL if you are able to at:
"xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu".  Please send any other information
through the U.S. mail.


                   -----------------------------------

                    OTHER CAMPAIGNS WILL BE ANNOUNCED
                             AT ANOTHER TIME

                             THESE INCLUDE:

                       8-BIT, LYNX, AND  PORTFOLIO
                               CAMPAIGNS
                   -----------------------------------


    The Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG is the official site of
"OPERATION: A.C.T. NOW".  If you wish to add any information or
discuss anything related to this campaign, a special section has
been created specifically for it.

    The Atari SIG can be accessed by the phone number "216/368-3888"
at either 300, 1200, or 2400 baud.  It can also be accessed by
users from around the nation or world for free by using "telnet" at
their college or business by the following Internet addresses:
freenet-in-{a,b,c}.cwru.edu = hela.ins.cwru.edu = 129.22.8.38
Type 'go atari' at any menu.

    The Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG's U.S. mailing address is:

    Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG
    P.O. Box 364
    Mentor, OH 44061-0364

    The Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG's Internet e-mail address is:

    xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu


"OPERATION: A.C.T. NOW" is in no way affiliated with Atari Corporation.
These campaigns are organized by individuals that have an interest
in Atari products.  The "Atari" name, logo, and any other Atari
products mentioned are copyrighted by Atari Corporation.



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                  "OPERATION: A.C.T. NOW" REGISTRATION FORM

PLEASE COMPLETE THIS FORM AND MAIL IT TO:  OPERATION: A.C.T. NOW
                                           P.O. BOX 364
                                           Mentor, OH 44061-0364


    PLEASE PRINT LEGIBLY!

! = CONFIDENTIAL (WILL NOT BE RELEASED PUBLICLY)


NAME _____________________________  !AGE _____ !PHONE (____)______________

!ADDRESS _________________________________________________________________

CITY _________________________________ STATE ____________ !ZIP ___________

!OCCUPATION ___________________________________ !PHONE (___)______________

COMPUTER(S) OWNED ________________________________________________________

VIDEO GAME SYSTEM(S) OWNED _______________________________________________

!ARE YOU AN ATARI DEVELOPER?  YES / NO !ARE YOU AN ATARI DEALER?  YES / NO

WHAT DO YOU PRIMARY USE YOUR COMPUTER FOR? _______________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

DO YOU BELONG TO A USER GROUP?  YES / NO  IF YES, HOW MANY MEMBERS _______

IF YES, WHAT IS THE NAME? ________________________________________________

IS THERE A(N) ATARI DEALERSHIP(S) NEAR YOU?  YES / NO

IF YES, WHAT IS THE NAME(S)? _____________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

!WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF EACH OF THEM? ___________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

!DO YOU SUBSCRIBE TO ANY ATARI PUBLICATIONS?  YES / NO

IF YES, WHICH ONE(S)? ____________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

LIST SOME OF YOUR MOST USED SOFTWARE _____________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DEVELOPER/COMPANY? _________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

THANK YOU!

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                           "OPERATION: A.C.T. NOW"
 
                             CAMPAIGN INFORMATION

(All of the following information will be compiled together.  Your name
 will not be tied with any of this information if you choose to leave it.

 YOU MAY WISH TO SEND THIS PART IN A SEPARATE ENVELOPE THAT DOES NOT
 INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND RETURN ADDRESS.

CAMPAIGN ONE:
-------------

PLEASE CIRCLE WHICH GROUP YOU BELONG TO:

    USER     /    DEVELOPER    /    DEALER    /   PUBLICATION   /   ATARI

PLEASE LIST EVERYTHING THAT YOU SEE ATARI DOING RIGHT:
------------------------------------------------------
(include any past experiences, etc.)

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________
(add another sheet if needed)

PLEASE LIST IMPROVEMENTS THAT YOU BELIEVE CAN BE MADE:
------------------------------------------------------
(include any past experiences, etc.)

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________
(add another sheet if needed)

PLEASE LIST HOW YOU WOULD MAKE THESE IMPROVEMENTS:

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

PLEASE LIST ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR NEW PRODUCTS OR ENHANCEMENTS TO OLDER
PRODUCTS:

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________



CAMPAIGN TWO:
-------------

PLEASE LIST ANY MAGAZINES, NEWSPAPERS, OR TELEVISION NEWS PROGRAMS AND
THEIR ADDRESS THAT YOU FEEL SHOULD COVER ATARI'S NEW FALCON 030 COMPUTER:

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

ANY PARTICULAR REASON WHY YOU CHOSE THIS MEDIA? __________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

PLEASE LIST ANY COMPUTER PUBLICATIONS AND THEIR ADDRESSES THAT YOU WOULD
LIKE TO SEE START SUPPORTING THE ATARI ST AND FALCON COMPUTERS:

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________________

OTHER CAMPAIGN INFORMATION WILL BE REQUESTED FROM YOU AT ANOTHER TIME.

THANK YOU!
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