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From: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell Confirmed to Attend Classic Gaming
Posted-By: xx004 (Atari SIG)
Date: Sun Apr  4 16:21:25 1999

Expo '99
Reply-To: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Organization: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH (USA)

For immediate release
Contact Keita Iida and John Hardie
914-835-4069, 516-568-9768

Father of Electronic Game Entertainment is Distinguished Guest for August

February 26, 1999

VALLEY STREAM, NY -- The Classic Gaming Expo '99 (CGE'99) promoters
announced today that legendary entrepreneur and visionary, Mr. Nolan
Bushnell, has confirmed his intention to attend this year's event in Las
Vegas.  Bushnell, Founder of Atari Corporation, creator of "PONG" and
considered by many to be the "Father of the Video Game Industry" is slated
to give a keynote address and join a panel of other industry-related
pioneers in a round table discussion.

"We are elated that Mr. Bushnell has agreed to participate in this year's
festivities," exclaimed John Hardie, co-promoter of CGE'99.  "The entire six
billion dollar electronic entertainment industry owes a great deal to the
vision and leadership of the individual that actually established the
industry.  Many of us have been inspired by his passion to educate and

In addition to Atari, Bushnell was also the founder and mastermind behind
Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater, Catalyst Technologies, ByVideo, Axlon,
Androbot, Etak (just to name a few), and has continued to stay in the
mainstream of today's gaming industry.

Bushnell was also granted patents on some of the basic technologies utilized
in early video games and is the
inventor or co-inventor of numerous patented products in various industries
throughout the world.

Currently, Bushnell has several projects in development, including
In.10.City Inc., a "super mall for fun and education," and,
Inc., a public venue internet-based entertainment corporation. He is
Chairman and CEO of both companies.

"I'm excited to be attending this year's Classic Gaming Expo '99," remarked
Bushnell, "especially since this year is the 25th Anniversary of the
shipping of Atari's first home video game unit.  Atari was an incredible
period in my life and it will be interesting to shed some light on those
days for those who didn't get to live them.  It's going to be a fun weekend,
catching up with old friends and meeting other classic gaming enthusiasts.
I'm really looking forward to it!"

Bushnell was voted 1997's Man of the Year by AMI, a major coin-operated
amusement industry trade show. He has also been inducted into the video game
industry's Hall of Fame, was named Babson College's Entrepreneur of the
Year, and is currently serving as the Commissioner of the Professional
Gamers League.  Among his numerous other distinctions, Bushnell holds a BSEE
and is a "Distinguished Fellow" at the University of Utah, as well as having
attended Stanford University.  Bushnell frequently lectures at major
universities and corporations around the nation on the topics of
entrepreneurship, innovation and education.

Nolan Bushnell's Classic Gaming Expo '99 keynote presentation will take
place Saturday, August 14 at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Internet
users can visit for updated news and registration

Conceived and coordinated by two of the individuals responsible for
coordinating last year's highly successful "World of Atari" event, Classic
Gaming Expo is the industry's only annual event that is dedicated to
celebrating the roots of electronic entertainment, bringing together
industry pioneers, gaming enthusiasts and the media for the ultimate in
learning, game-playing and networking. Classic Gaming Expo is a production
of CGE Services, Corp.

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