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From: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: History of the Atari 8-bit Video
Reply-To: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Posted-By: xx004 (Atari SIG)
Date: Sat Feb  7 15:50:57 1998

From: "Dean Garraghty" 
Date: 23 Jan 1998 12:48:23 GMT

About a week ago I posted an article about my History of the Atari 8-bit
Video project. Very few people have responded to this, so I have re-posted
the original article below. For people who wish to contact me about the
project (offers of help, etc.), please use this new E-Mail address (for the
video only): . On other matters, please use the usual
E-Mail address:

Original posting:

Over the past few days, I've been looking through some of my old Atari
8-bit archive material, and it suddenly struck me that what we all need is
a single resource which we can keep forever containing pictures, magazine
shots, game demonstrations, historical information, and anything else we
can think of. The best way of doing this, I think, is to produce a video.
Video is great because we can say something like 'in 1981 Atari released
....' and we can show pictures of it at the same time. Video is also great
because we can record output directly from the Atari to show old or classic
games being used.

Last year I produced a video of the AMS show in the UK, and I had a lot of
fun doing that, and it worked very well, so I would have great fun doing
the history of the Atari video.

Initially, I have to research it. I need all my facts straight. I know
there's a lot of stuff on the net relating to historical events, and I will
be using all that to try and piece everything together. I also have quite a
bit of Atari 8-bit equipment and software myself, which I will use as part
of the video. However, what I really would like are photographs/slides of
any computer shows either from the US, UK or Europe in which the Atari
features. I would particularly like these to be of shows from the early
80's, but more recent shows are great too. I have no photos at all from US
shows, so these would be nice. Home videos/films recorded at any of these
would be fantastic. I would also like photos of rare equipment (1450XLD
etc.). I know there are some on the net, but the resolution is not high
enough to transfer to video. Videos of such equipment being used would also
be superb. Although I am in the UK, I have equipment which can play NTSC
format VHS tapes, so there should be no problems.

The final video will be in PAL format, but I will make several master
tapes, so one can be used to convert to NTSC.

I think this will be a great project, and the final result should be
something all Atari 8-bit users can keep forever. At this early stage, I
would like input from as many of you as possible. If you have any photos,
or other archive material, please E-Mail me. If we all work together on
this, we should have it done in no time.

Dean Garraghty
Michael Current,
8-bit Atari FAQ and Vendor Lists,
Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG, telnet:// (go atari)
St. Paul Atari Computer Enthusiasts,

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