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G . R . A . S . P . GAZETTE 

(Greater Richmond Atari Support Program) 
GpR . A.S,P, i B an independent Atari uflerfl 
group not affiliated in any way with 
ATARI, INC- or TRAMIEL ENTERPRISES, INC , 

The opinions expressed in this 
newsletter are those of the individual 
author (e) and do not necessarily reflect 
those of G . R < A. S . P . , its officers or 
members . The Editor reserves the right f :o 
edit any material submitted for 
publication . 

Unless specifically noted otherwise # 
other user groups are welcome to reprint 
articles from this newsletter as long as 
credit is given to its author and 
G * R * A i S , P , 

Please send all correspondence and 
newsletter for exchange to: 

Editor 

G.R.A.S.P. 

1420 Yale Ave , 

Richmond, Va * 23224 

GEnie: TOMMARVIN, 

G.R.A, S . P . Officers: 

All (804) 


President : 

Mickey Angell 744-6201 

Vice President: 

Earley Barge 379-1935 

Secret ary/ Treasurer : 

Dan Grenoble, „ . . , , ,271-0205 

Publi c Relations ; 

Jack Richford 270-2177 

Newsletter Editor : 

Tom Marvin, 233-6 155 

Program Chairman: 

Frank Leveque. - . , , . , 266-8497 

Commercial Librarian: 

Dave Jones . , . . , , , , 740-7823 

Public Domain Librarian [8 Bit] : 

North of the James 

Bill Rhodenhi ser , , ,747-1766 

South of the James 

Carl Dean,,* 

North & South [16 Bit]: 

Mickey Angell ,,,, 744-6201 

Tom Marvin, 23 3-615 5 


Membership : ' ; 

Membership in G.R.A.S.P, is open to all 
persons interested in the At ar i 'comput er . 
Semi-annual dues of $10,00 ar© payable 
January 1 and July 1 of the year or annual 
dues of $18,00 are payable for 1 full year 
at any time. 

Membership will include 11 monthly issues 
of the G.R.A.S.P. GAZETTE, no January 
issue and access to the Public Domain and 
Commercial libraries, group purchased, 
club discounts at participation retailers, 
and participation in drawings. 

Meetings i 

Meetings are held the second and fourth 
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LETTERS TCP THE EDITOR 

From THE DISK ORGANIZER in Seattle, Na . 

Hello Tom, 

Thank you for your recent order of Disk 
Organizers! I've enclosed an order form rnr 
future orders. You noticed the word "chat 
on the bottom of our order form. As we &J .e 
manuf acturered In Canada, my different forms 
are also supplied by the same Canadians, 
Therefore, we add a little international 
flair, to this whole business I 
If you have any questions, suggestions as to 
how to improve our product or computer 
^elated products you would like to see 
Invented, pleas© give me a call. We are 
Always looking for good ideas and have a 
iianuf acturer that is willing to listen! 

Vfa do have a “new" line of tract© r feed 
labels , coming out soon , This Tue , , to be 
enact. When I'll have them, is another 
story. These will fit on your 3,5“ floppy. 
We also hope to have a turntable, lazy-susan 
itfrm, for mounting multiple Disk Organizers 
together. Won't it be nice, to store up to 
14C- disks in a small space. If your like me, 
your computer space is limited! Last, but 
not least, w© will soon be introducing a new 
function bar identifier. This will allow you 
to enter different FI thur FID functions for 
different programs and have up to four on 
youir computer at once. Most people have one 
tap ad onto the surface, above the function 
key:? , This is a rotating square item, 
attached how, I'm not sure. They keep me in 
the dark, some of the time J Your on my 
mailing list, so when any of it happe^^, 
you’ll be second to know! 

As far as advertising with you goes, yesr~we 
are more than happy to work with you and 
please find enclosed one Disk Organizer for 
payment! Our ad copy will be along shortly. 

Sincerely, 

Steve Drake - Mfg . Rep. 


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back fhdf f woufdn' f use Publishing Parfner fa do fife 
ffewsleffer again because of fhe qualify of fhe prlnf on a 
9 pin prlnfer, Well, fbfngs do change, dnn*f fheg. flits 
enffr© issue fs done using P,P, f now haue $off(.ogfk*s 
Parfner fanfs fanf Disk which contains Deuaf, Spokane and 
fftanes as well as Heleufc, i also haue fhe fanf faefarg 
fanf Disk. * I which has duanf flap de, Courier and 
Calligraphy as well as Heleufc. dfsa oof are a bunch of 
Clip Art disks, fhe only ones f have now are fanf faeforg 
•1 and fonf faefarg *3. Mhaf happened fo number Z? t 
missed something somewhere J also hatre a hunch of ofher 
clip arfs on ofher disks. Bg fhe wag, t puf up on fl£nle 
’lyzsArc'* d greaf clip arf series for P»P, buf f did 
make one mlsfake, If you hane fhe file, use PlcSwifch *a 
conuerf fhe PfZ’s fo PH's, How fhe plcfures will J 
Sorry ahouf fhaf Chief, How fhls Hewsfeffer, fhe fronf 
pic fare couer was done wifh 0£GdS CUlC & pasfed 
fogefher, fhls page Is tfeleufc wlfh fhls edfforal done ulfh 
Calligraphy, Page 3 Is all Spokane, Page 4 Is Qeool, Page 

— I CONT, PAGE 9 



G R. A S. P. 


GAZETTE 


AUGUST ’87 


B R O DE RBUND NEWS: 

Or No Ne\x/s Is B Ad Nsu/sl 

by Douq MatHew SON 

F' — 'I D'Buq NEWSLETTER OfJUNE/July 1987 

received My copy of BROdERbUNd News, a pubUcATioN 

MAllEd TO OWNERS Of BROdERbUNd SOFTWARE. I ANTlClpATEd 
INTERESTINq NEWS ON FUTURE PROdUCTS fOR THE ST ANd ATARI 8 
blT MACHINES. In a SCENARIO THAT Is bECOMlNq All TOO COMMON 
lATEly, I WAS SURpRISEd TO flNd NOT A MENTION Of THE U/ORd 
Atari In tHe entire newsletter! This would EllciT a 'so wHat* IF 

IT WEREN'T FOR THe Fact THAT BROdERbUNd hAS bEEN A lEAdER in 

the deyelopMENT oF innovative software For Atari computers 
since the old 600/400 dAys. BROdERbUNd Has qIven us a 
CATAlOq OF PROqRAMS SUCh AS THE 'PRINT Shop' SERIES, SyNCAlC 
ANd SNyfilE+, BANk Street Writer ANd a Host of oames From 
L odE Runner to tHe electronic novels Like MinOwHeeL. 

l would not Have bEEN suRpRissd IF BROdERbUNd Has no Atari 
6 blT ANNOUNCEMENTS. I EXPECTEd SOME NEWS OF ST SOFTWARE 
SINCE BROdERbUNd'S ARCH COMPETITOR’S pROqRAM PRINTMASTER 
WAS dEVElOpEd FOR THE ST- My blqqEST dlSAppOINTMENT WAS IN 
THE lACk Of REFERENCE TO AN/THlNq ATARII DOES TRlp HAWklNS' 
Electronic Arts own BROdERbUNd? 

In AN ARTICLE ENTITlEd 'MICROCOMPUTERS: ON THE DOORSTEp OF 

the Graphics revolution*, references are MAde to the Apple II 

SERIES (*WItH ThE AdVENT Of 'dOUblE HI-RES‘ ON THE ApplE II 
SERIES, For INSTANCE, hOME-USERS CAN WOfik WITH up TO SIXTEEN 
dlFFERENT COLORS.*): THEN TO THE ApptE IICS ANd COMMOdORE 
AMlq a, ("Even more recently. The Apple llqs ANd the 
COMMO dORE AMlqA HAVE bEEN RELEASEd WITH UP TO 4,096 
COLORS In THEIR COMpUTERlZEd 'PAIETTES.**); ANd fINAUy FROM 
BROdERbUNd'S Senior Graphic Artist MicHeILe McBRidl, *THe 
w^Rk that we're doiNq Here in PRoducT Development, with 
>HICS TAblETS ON STOCk ApplES, COMMOdCRSS ANd !BMS, IS 
SiHRIlNq TO COMPARE FAVORAbly WITH THE qRApHICS pROdUCEd A 
Few YEARS Aqo ON MAINFRAME systems.* 

All This is oLd news to Atari owners, we Have plAyed wiTh 
SOphlSTlCATEd qRApHICS FOB YEARSl ON Which plANET ARE THESE 
PROdUCT dEVEtopMENT pEOPlE lOCATEd? THIS WAS ThE ARTICLE 

that piqued My pepper, as it were- 1 doN'r MiNd software 
COMPANIES THAT Hold OFF ON PRoducT RElEASEd UNTIL THEY ARE 
sure They Have a l arce ENouqh HARdWARE bAse to assure a 
profit on sales, buT when they Have the bREATH to mention 
such 'Hot blq sellers* as the Apple llqs ANd The COMMOdORE 
AMlqA, ANd NOT MENTION THE ATARI 1040ST...WEU I JUST qET 
«> # S*'&"...sUqhTty upset. So rather than spin oFF a Letter 

Filled WITH A plEThORA OF EXPLETIVES, I CAlMEd MySElF dOWN ANd 
siMply sent The Follow iNq: 

* Are there so Few Atari computers using BROdERbUNd 
SOFTWARE, ThAT you saw FLt to omIt ANY reference to At ar Un 
THE RECENT ISSUE OF BROdERbUNd NEWS'!* 

ThE REpty WAS: 

"IWs is In response to your Better. BRodtRbuNd values our 
Atari customers ANd will continue to support current 
PR oducTs. Due to the low current saIes level oF Atari 8-bli 
PROdUCTS, WE Have TO CAREFuIIY CONSldER NEW pROduCT 
SUbMlSSlONS bEFORE MAKING pUbllSHlNQ COMMITMENTS. IF WE 
dET ERMINE a PROdUCT HAS THE pROpAblUTY OF SIGNIFICANT SALES, 
WE would CONSldER publisHiNq IT. 

'We APPRECIATE YOU TAKING THE TIME TO WRITE TO US ANd ARE 
ToulY SORRY TO ANNOUNCE NO NEW RElEASES FOR ATARI 8-blT 
■HINES AT THIS TIME. 

i Ask why Atari isn't MENTioNEd in the BROdERbUNd News ANd 
They teLI me 8 blT software Isn’t sEtllNql I wish It were siMply a 
pROblEM OF A 'lANqUAqe bARRIER". 

If This boTheRS you as much as It does me Here is an AddRESS 


TO WRITE TO: 

BROdERbUNd News 

P.O. Box 12947 

San RaFaeL, CA 94917-2947 



ZM AG N6VSVIRE 

EXCERPTS FROM: JULY, 1987 
ACTIVISION ANd INFOCOM Have published tHeir "Fun, 
Fame, ANd Fortune* REdEMpTiON coupon booklETs c on t a i ni N q 
over 2245.00 In spec l aI oFFers, Free PRoducTs, ANd other 
boNuses. This promotion covers MANy of the Activision ANd 
InFocom TlTles ANd IS qood THROuqh AuqusT 1907. 

SpEAklNq of INFOCOM.JnFocom IS oFFerInq FREE 'iNVlsIctuES* 
booklETS For BUREAUCRACY, HOLLYWOOD HIJINX, 
MOONMIST, ANd LEATHER GODDESSES OF PHOBOS wlTh 
the purchase oF any oF These titles. RedEMpTioN coupons are 
AVA llAblE THROuqh YOUR SOFTWARE dEALER OR CAN bE ObTAlNEd 

From InFocom. 

MINDSCAPE Has puRChASEd CBS SOFTWARE, ANd will 
SHORTly be RE-RElEASINq THEIR MOST POPULAR TlTlES UNdER ThE 
NEW NAME. 

SPINNAKER SOFTWARE, publlshER OF such Famous TlTles as 
IN SEARCH OF THE MOST AMAZING THING, TRAINS, ANd 

NUMEROUS OTHER EdUCATlONAl ANd ChlldREN'S qAMES, HAS 
PECENTly ACQUlREd HAYDEN SOFTWARE, publlshER Of ThE 
lONq-dEAd SOFTWARE kNOWN AS tHe MICRO MATH SERIES 
(iNdudlNq MICRO ADDITION ANd MICRO DIVISION). 

ATARI ANNOUNCEd ThAT MANY OF ThElR NEW PROdUCTS Will bE 
IN MANUFACTURINq by JUNE, ANd Will bE ON ThE SHELVES SOON 

after. These iNciude The NEW Atari game machine (which will 
iNClude a cARTRldqe VERSION of FLIGHT SIMULATOR II plus 
SCENERY disks), ThE 1 MEG ST ANd LASER PRINTER, ThE 
PC-CLONES, MODEM, ANd some software titles. (CTSY 
M.A.M.) 



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G.R.A.S.P. GAZETTE 


AUGUST • 87 


Eldersoft may be for you. this device Is a small 
card l h a i plugs into the parallel pori and 
contains some custom audio chips, U allows you 
to hook up the card to your stereo system and 
Input sound directly through the card. The screen 
^ ts as an oscilloscope, and the track Is stored In 
> It format In ram and can toe played bach 
through the ST sound chip, the final version Is 
expected to allow you to play U bach through 
the stereo. The sound is said to be much Improved 
and Is expected to rival that of the Amiga. In 
addition you can save your modified sounds to 
dish and, with the Included software, use It In 
your own C, Pascal or Basic programs. 

Springboard Software has started worh on an 8 
bit version of It's popular Newsroom program, 
this software allows you to limited dish top 
publishing and Is highly thought of In the Apple 
community , 

Brouderbund will release Art Director and 
Film Director for the ST, This is a program that 
allows you to create short animated movies. Art 
Director produces Degas compatible art which 
you can then animate using Film Director, This 
program was first produced In Hungary and Is 
being distributed by Brouderbund In the U.S, 

Brouderbund's version of Print Shop for the 
ST Is nearing completion. It will be similar to the 
version produced for the Mac, 

According to Atari, both the SO column card 
(ZEP-80) and the 1200 baud modem (SX-212) have 
been held up because of a delay in the delivery of 
chips. I've heard that the delay on the modem Is 
caused by H r s failure to pass the FCC test. Both 
? XE_-80 and the SX-212 are expected to be 
» * teased In July, 

Computer E yes Is producing a monochrome 
only version of It's ST video digitizer for $149.95. 
The color/monochrome version costs $249,95, 

Micro O Is going to produce a 2/4 megabyte 
solderless memory upgrade for the ST, U will sell 
for $159, without ram chips, the two meg version 
requires 16 chips and the 4 meg version requires 
32, Micro 0 will sell you the chips for $30, each 
or you can try to find them at a better price 
elsewhere, 

Manhattan Graphics of New York Is porting 
READY, SET, GOf to the ST, this Is a popular 
Mac desktop publishing program and should be 
available In September. 

Atari Is working on a technique called banding 
that will allow a standard 520 to output to the 
laser printer, this technique Involves formatting 
part of the output and then sending that section 
to the printer. As It stands now a 2 meg 
computer will be required to use their new laser 
printer. In addition Atari Is working with another 
company to develop a desktop publishing program 
called Page Boy. 

U seems than Softloglk, makers of Publishing 
Partner, has backed out of Us plan to market 
Image Scan, the Image scanning device for the ST, 
yroore-Radlx, the original developer of the 
device, sent letters to those who have ordered 1l 
Informing them that Softloglk will no longer be 
Involved, tls thought that Sey more-Radlx will 
either market the dlvlce themselves or find 


someone else to market it for them, 

QMI will release a graphics tablet for the St, 
If features a 9“ by IT drawing surface with a 
resolution of ,001. This Includes an arm that will 
allow you to trace things and the accompanying 
software will allow you to use just a section of 
the tablet and blow It up so Us full screen on 
the monitor. The list price on this will be $400, 

Paradox, the people who developed Ms EM, 
have developed a IBM hardware box for the ST, It 
features a NEC V-20 with 256K expandable to 
640K, a color graphics adapter and serial card 
and runs at either 4,77 or 8 Mhj, The box 
Includes 6 expansion slots Clwo are used up by 
the serial and CG A cards) and you can use either 
your ST drives or buy a 5,25 drive from Paradox. 
This should be available by the end of June and 
will sell for $350. You can contact Paradox at 
(602)-72l-2023, 

Avanie Garde has begun shipping Us software 
emulator and first reports about It are all raves, 
see me at the meeting for a list of IBM software 
that the emulator will run. 



THE O 1$ It M ATE GRAPEVINE 

ST X- Press News UMre 

Volume 1, No, 5, May 1987 

Rumor has It that there Is a special connector 
being made to allow the ST's to be hooked up to a 
multi-synch monitor. This means that we may soon 
have the capability of running low, medium, and high 
res from ONE monitor. This should be Interesting 
A laser drive was shown In Germany, U seems to 
work on the compact disk technology. We will be 
able to read and write to the disks (which will have 
a storage capacity of 500 terabytes*) The creator 
estimates the price to be around $250 and they will 
be available by the end of 1987, 

In Canada, Atari was showing 520 ST's with 
built-in power cords and single sided disk drive's (a 
poorman's 1040 ST), There were also 520's with a 
meg of ram, supposedly It is very hard to find a 
"regular" ST In Canada anymore; all of them are 
upgraded. 

Firebird has released their next game, G010EN 
PATH. U looks very promising with nice graphics, 
sound, and animation. The game Itself offers a very 
unique playing aspect. It seems that this program Is 
very Indepth, 

Atari has set some new dates for their new 
hardware. The laser printers are supposedly being 
finished up and will be ready "by the end of May", 
The Mega $T*s won t be available until the end of 
June and the Atari PC's also won't be available until 


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either June or July. For everybody who ie looking 
for the blitter chip In the next few weeks, don't 
count on It. As I have told everyone who asks 
me, Atari will most likely not be releasing the 
blitter until after the Mega ST's are released, 
The Mega's will contain the blitters, maybe Atari 
is hoping that people will get fed up waiting for 
the blitter and breakdown to buy the Mega ST's 
instead. 

The NEWSROOM, from the publishers of 
PRINTMASTER and PRINTMASTER PLUS - 
Unison World, Is expected to be released shortly. 
It Is another desktop publishing system, from the 
various photos that we have seen It doesn't look 
too bad. 



WHAT'S THE NAME OF THAT CUTE 
G.R.A.S.P. EDITOR AGAIN? 


IMAG&l mi 

-Jum 2 9, 3 59 

HOT Atari News and Reviews 

MI NDS CAPE / ATAR I GAMESSY 

SQP*Mike Schoenbach 76703,43630 

MINPSCAPE TO PUBLISH ATARI'S 5 T AND -ALONE 

ARCADE GAMES FOR HOME 

Hindscape Inc* has signed an exclusive 
agreement with Atari Games Corp. to publish 
home computer versions of the Milpitas, 
Calif., company's stand-alone video games 
that now usually are found in coin 
arcades. According to a statement from the 
Northbrook, 111*, software publisher, first 
in the line-up of new titles will be Atari's 
Paperboy and Gauntlet games. Then, over the 
next few years, Mindacape expects to publish 
Road Runner, Road Blasters, Gauntlet II and 
others in home computer formats. "There are 
tremendous growth opportunities in the 
retail versions of coin-op games, 11 says 
Mindscape President/ CEO Roger Buoy. "We look 
forward to working with Atari because, with 
their consistently high-quality products and 
keen perception of the market, they arefar 
and away the best company with which to be 
associated. 11 --Charles Bowen 

COMPUSERVE CONTROL KEY GUIDE 
Control Keys on CompuServe 
By : SYSOP* Charles McGuinness 76701,11 
KEY Description 

A A Stop at end of line (delayed A S, sorta) 
Type-ahead control C. "hi ts 11 w-hen the 
program next asks for input. 

A C Interrupt, Either kills the program 
outright or tosses it into an interrupt 
routine . 


Beep I Break character... 

Backspace 

Tab 

Line feed. Break character 
Vertical tab 
Form feed 
Return 


Disconnect, if you're direct connected 
to a node, this is the eguivilent to 
hanging up. 

A E 
A F 
A G 
A H 
A I 
A J 
A K 
A L 
*M 
A N 

A Q Di s able/ enable output toggle. Output is 
bit-bucketed until another A 0 or the program 
explicitly turns it back on. (Mote the SIG 
ie very good at turning it back on just 
before prompts) 

A P "soft" interrupt -- flushes output, 
sets a bit program can check. Like A C, but 
gentler. 

rt Q Resume from A S or A A 
A R 

A S Suspend output 

A T Use to give a job status in the old 
4ays, nothing now 
A U Abort current line 
A V Retype current line 
A W Alternate version of A Q 
A X 
■ A Y 

A 2 End of file. One of the fun ways to 
get a program to end occa s i onally , 
usually with messy tracebacks. The SIG 
program is immune, but there's always some 
program floating around that isn't care^ '1 
Qftoirgh . 


,gB’W6'P'C§XL'Part"? 

In a move that could sharply increase 
telecommunications costs, the Federal 
Communications Commission last week proposed 
that enhanced service providers no longer be 
exempt from paying interstate access charges 
as Of January 1# 1986, The charges could 

include a 3 cent per minute 
traffic-sensitive access charge, a 4.3 cent 
per minute terminating access charge, and a 
2 cent per minute originating charge, 
depending on such factors as whether the 
call is local said Ruth Milkman, an attorney 
in the policy division of the FCC's common 
carrier bureau. 

Affected services include Telenet, Tymnet, 
CompuServe, and Dow Jones 
News/Retrieval . Paulo Guidi, president of 
Telenet Communications Corp of Reston, Va , , 
called the proposal misguided and said it 
would discriminate against users of computer 
oriented services , "It ' a an issue we're going 
to be looking at very carefully 11 said Ken 
Allen, executive director of the Information 
Industry Association, a lobbying group in 
New York. The FCC is presently inviting 
comments from interested parties. 


SSI/TSR AGREEMENT? 

Strategic Simulations Inc. and TSR Inc.. have 
signed a letter of intent to enter into a 
strategic alliance. The five-year licensing 
agreement gives SSI exclusive worldwide 


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AUGUST '*7 


rights to produce and market a product line series 
of games based on TSR's classic Advanced 
Dungeons and Dragons(r) fantasy role-playing 
game, SSI will be the first company to bring TSR 
'""mes to the computer, The agreement Is valued 
jp to several million dollars over the contract 
period, At least ten different role-playing and 
several action game versions are planned by SSI for 
the most popular microcomputers. Including 
C-64/128, Apple It series, IBM/ compatibles, Atari ST 
and Amiga. 

Versions are also planned for family game 
systems, such as the Nintendo, The games will 
appear on the market beginning early next year 
and will be sold In SSI packaging with Joint SSI/ TSR 
logo Identification. The games will be marketed 
through SSI distributors, retail, and hobby store 
channels amounting to over 10,000 outlets 
worldwide, Randy Browelelt, Vice President of Sales 
at SSI, states! ‘It's a high mark of recognition to be 
selected by TSR. the giant of the Industry and 
creator of the most famous and popular fantasy 
role-playing game of all time, as their exclusive 
partner. We expect to create wonderful exciting 
new computer games based on a very 
complementary relationship, ‘Michael Cook, Vice 
President of New Product Development at TSR said; 
'We are also pleased to begin a long-term 
relationship with SSI- whom everyone recognizes as 
a leading quality games producer. SSI's credentials 
as one of the finest creators of computer games, 
and their proven product line allows us to combine 
strengths to produce the best possible fantasy 
rn'^-piaylng and action computer games, 

2 M A G NEW PRODUCT 
ANNOUNCEMENT 

GOOD NEWS COMPUSERVE USERS! 

INTERLINK ST Is now shlpplngl INTERLINK Is the most 
advanced yet easy to use terminal package for 
your ATARI ST. ‘IN TE RLI N K ST Is an outstanding 
telecommunications program for the Atari ST and 
my personal choice tor ease of use and speed.' - 
Dave Groves Sysop - 

CompuServe's ATARI Forums'lNTERLINK ST has been 
my terminal program of choice for several months 
note and I don’t even have the final version yet.' - 
ST-LOG April 1987 
With features such as; 

* MINI BBS collects messages and 
uploads/ downloads flies 

* Run programs from Inside INTERLINK ST 

■ Loadable transfer and emulation protocols 

* GEM Based 

* Full disk commands 

* Advanced auto dialer 

* Super Recorder/ Playback lets you handle those 
repetitive chores, like getting those same stock 
quotes every day 

* Clip Board 

* Custom translation tables 

r ' line display option on monochrome 

* Jl continuous status display 

* Type-ahead buffer lets you enter and edit a line 
before sending It (great or chats) 

* Online help gives you a quick reminder when you 
need it 


* Buffer window with powerful entry and edit 
capabilities, works like a word processor 

* Connect Chimes with true carrier timer gently 
remind you of your connect duration every 
fifteen minutes 

* 20 Macro keys 

* Built-In password protection and encryption for 
your logon data and macro keys 

* Supports baud rates 300, 600, 1200, 2400, 4800, 
9600, and 19200 

* Word wrap 

* RS-232 spooling 

* And much more,,,,,,, 

Retail price: $39,95 

Act now until July 30th 1987 and we will give you 
$15 dollars off INTERLINK ST when you send In your 
old commercial brand terminal program. 

Toll Free 800-826-0130 
In Florida 813-923-8774 

INTERSECT Software Corp,3951 Sawyer Road Suite 
108Sarasota, FI 3358330 


Secrets of ATARI Part 1 

1 Nolan Bushnell. Atari’s founding father, originally 
named the company Syzygy (the sun, moon, and 
earth In total eclipse), He renamed It to Atari 
because another company already owned the 
name Sy 2 ygy, 

2. Bushnell Is generally believed to be the author ot 
Pong, Atari's first game, Actually, Magnavox 
released the Odyssey 100, the first home video 
game system, which included a game remarkably 
similar to Pong, several months before Pong's 
debut In the arcades In 1972, Years later, Bushneil 
admitted In court that he had seen an Odyssey 
prototype on display earlier In 1972, The Odyssey 
100 was designed by Ralph Baer. 

3. Bally/ Midway rejected Bushnell's Pong when he 
demonstrated the game in Its Chicago offices In 
1972, Bushnell went back to California and started 
Atari. 

4. Given a choice between Mappy and Pole 
Position, two arcade creations by the Japanese 
firm Namco, Bally/Midway amazingly opted tor 
Mappy. Atari had to settle for Pole Position, which 
went on to become the biggest game of 1983. 

5. Gravltar was one of Atari's worst-selling arcade 
games. So they took the game out of the cabinets 
and converted them all to Black Widow. 

6. Mike Hally designed Gravltar. He recently 
redeemed himself as the project leader for Atari's 
spectacular Star Wars game. 

7. Rick Mauer never programmed another game for 
Atari after he did Space Invaders for the VCS, He Is 
said to have earned only $11,000 for a game 
that grossed more than $100 million. 

8. Todd Fry, on the other hand, has collected close 
to $1 million In royalties for his widely criticized VCS 
Pac-Man. 

9. The man for bringing Pac-Man home to Atatl- 
Joe Robbins, former president of coln-op. was 
severely reprimanded by the chairman of the board 
Ray Kassar for making the deal with Namco without 
consulting him. It seems Robbins was In Japan 
negotiating a legal matter with Namco at the 
time, and Namco demanded that Atari buy the 
home rights to Pac-Man as part of the 


G.R.A.S. P. GAZETTE 


AUGUST *8? 


settlement, Pac-Mon had yet to take oft, but when 
it did, Robbln's gutsy decision paid off as Pac-Man 
went on to become the company's best selling 
cartridge ever, 

10, The man for bringing E.T, to Atari * 1 ? None other 
than Warner Communications chairman, Steve Ross. 
So convinced was he that E.T, possessed video 
game star quality, Ross paid Steven Spielberg an 
enormous sum fdld l hear S21 million?) tor the rights 
to the little extraterrestrial bugger, Designer Howie 
Warshaw spun the game out In four months, only 
three million cartridges were sold and Atari began 
to announce million dollar losses, E,T, Is now selling 
for as little as $5 In some stores, Next week 11-20.,, 


JL JJL A. 


ZMAGAZINE INFORMATION NETWORK 

Publisher/Editor: Ron Kovacs 

Assistant Publishers: Susan Perry/Rich Decowsk 

SHOW NEWS: Atari made history by becoming the 
first computer manufacturer to exhibit at NAMM, the 
National Association of Music Merchants show in 
Chicago, The ST was present throughout the show in 
virtually every booth where there were MIDI 
instruments. Atari sales people at the show were 
beselged by music dealers eager to sign up as Atari 
dealers. By the time this 4-day event was over, there 
were literally hundreds of dealer applications waiting 
to be approved. Before NAMM, Atari had 50 music 
stores as dealers -- it looks like there will be 250 
when the new dealers are selected. In other news from 
NAMM, Keyboard magazine announced the results of 
its latest reader survey. The Atari ST computer has 
rocketed Into the #1 slot In the vital "Intent-to-buy" 
category ahead of perennial leader Macintosh. 

The word in Atari HQ is "Today MIDI -- tomorrow. 
Desktop Publishing. 

(C) Copyright 1987 by Atari Corporation, all rights 
reserved. For the exclusive use of GEnle members, 
no- charge bulletin boards, and Atari user groups. May 
be reprinted only with this notice intact; - 


PROSPECTING FOR GAME H INTStl 

(Reprinted in part from the April '87 L.A.C.C.) 

Author unknown 

Ever have a game that you were Just so bad at that 
you couldn't get past the first screen, but you'd 
really like to see what some of the other screens look 
like (even if it involves cheating?)? Here are some 
hints to getting you ahead on some games, collected 
by a Mr. Engelkes from a couple of BBS's, namely 
Jellystone Park BBS and White House BBS. Now with 
everyone credited, ONWARDI 

I don't have all of these games, and some I have I 
never even heard ofl So I cannot guarantee that the 
following data is correct. Also, I have omitted some 
hints like the password to the upper level of 


Pharaoh's Curse. Half of the fun is finding out the " 
passwordl (I do own a copy of Pharaoh's Curse.) 
Here we go: BURT'S BREW BIZI : Press the option 
key to skip to the next screen, press ESC to adjust 
screen colors. KAZOO : If you are about to get kill 
press the space bar to pause the game. The mont, 
wilt pass right through you and you can continue by 
pressing the space bar again, DIMENSION X 
(ORIGINAL): press control-F while loading for a Fort 
Apocalypse dmeo, or press control-S to play SLIME . 
PITFALL : Press OPTION to start the game instead 
of START or the joystick fire button, you will then 
have unlimited II vest CRYSTAL CASTLES : On each 
level of the game (not necessarily each maze), there 
is a "window" where you can skip ahead two levels. 
On the first board, It Is on the left hand side. Press 
the button and warp ahead two levelsl SPELUNKER : 
With a sector editor, read sector #28 and change 
these bytes: $A6 $CB $30 $2D to: $A2 $07 $86 $CB 
to get unlimited men, DONKEY KONG JR. : Hold 
SHIFT and type "BOOGA" then "K" If you don't want 
to get killed (except by falling into the water) or "S" 
to skip to the next board, GHOST CHASER : Type 
"FRANK" to replenish your supply of men, Type 
"FANDA" to skip half the game. OLLIE'S FOLLIES : 
To skip to screen 5, type "FANDA"; to screen 10, 
type "FRANK"; to screen 15, type "NORBI"; and to 
screen 20, type "ZOOOM". MINER 2049er : Type Big 
Five's phone # while playing then SHIFT and # of 
screen to go to. SPARE CHANGE : Pressing CTRL-Z 
will bring you to the zerk control panel, TRACK 
ATTACK : On the box car scene, listen for a c 1 ’ '* 
from the keyboard. One second later, jui 
E NCOUNTER or SNOKIE : Press the number of the 
wave you wish to go to. You must have already 
reached that level. LODE RUNNER : Press CTRL-E 
while loading the editor command menu. Then type 1 
character command (P = play level, etc.). 
THRESHOLD: Remove the THRESHOLD disk from 
the drive after It loads in. Every time the drive 
restarts, you will by up 1 level. Insert the disk when 
the drive is off to start at that level. CANYON 
CLIMBER : If you complete the first screen and have 
lost any men, hold down the joystick button as the 
bridges are exploding and then press START. On the 
next screen, you will have 3 men, but your score will 
be reset. NIGHT MISSION PINBALL : Type "FIX" to 
get machine control menu. CAVERNS OF MARS & 
PHOBOS: Press SHIFT, CONTROL, & TAB at the 
same time to go to the next level, JUMPM AN : On 
the first level, go to the far right and type "54354" 
and then the number of the level you want to go to. 
G HOSTBUSTERS : Use account name JAZ and 
account number 999999999, and you will be rolling 
in dough. There you have It. Try It at your own risk, 
and don't call me if It doesn't work. Try calling the 
Jellystone Park BBS, 



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G.R.A.S.P. GAZETTE 


AUGUST *87 


HI NOTES OF 2. AST HS STING 

JULY 23* 193 7 . 

Tha sacond monthly meeting of G.R.A.S.P. 
vas called to order July 2 3, 1987, at 

* 3 0PM with 15 members and 2 guests 
©sent * 

under old business, President Mickey 
Angel 1 spoke about the move from Lyndale 
Baptist Church to the Laprade Branch of 
the Chesterfield Library in September. 
The library is located behind the church 
on Hicks Road, From the light at R t . 360 

and Hicks Rd,, proceed north on Hicks 2/10 
of a mile and turn left onto Libro Loop. 
Turn left again into the library parking 
lot, -NOTE- The meetings in September are 
on the second and fourth WEDNSDAYS, In 
October, they will revert back to the 
regular schedule of second and fourth 
THURSDAYS. Again this year there will be 
only one (!) meeting in November and 
December due to the Holidays, More 
information will be available on the GRASP 
BBS at 744-8022 

Under new business , Mickey spoke about 
overnight accomodations for the ATARIFEST 
October 23, 24, 25, in Fairfax, VA. He 

also handed out literature about the 
upcoming Hamfests in northern VA and 
Maryland, Mickey also spoke at length 
about PC DITTO - an IBM PC emulator for 
the ST, He gave a retail price of around 
$80.00 with L&Y selling it for $69.99. 

Tom Marvin then spoke about a disk 
organizer for 3 1/2“ disks. It holds 25 

disks with space for 10 back-ups. It is 
-vailable mail-order for $10,95 + ,50 S6h, 
e Tom for more details, 
fli this time, doorprizes were awarded with 
Tommy Fincher and Charlie Montgomery each 
winning a T-shirt, 

Next Dave Jones gave a demo of the HAPPY 
7,1 software. It has the ability to 
convert IBM PC format files to ATARI 
format so that they may be loaded into the 
computer from a 1050 drive. Of course 
anything other than text files would be 
practically worthless, however any file 
could be altered with a suitable word 
processor or editor and then saved back 
out in IBM format. It was rather strange 
to see IBM text files transfered from an 
IBM disk to an ATARI disk and then copied 
to the screen editor. Requirements for the 
set-up include at least one HAPPY modified 
1050 drive, HAPPY 7.X software and an IBM 
as/dd diskette to be read. It is 
imperative that the IBM disk is single 
sided as the directory may not be read if 
it is double-sided 

Carl Dean then proceeded to demo both 
public domain software and commercial 
software . 

There being no further business, the 
meeting was adjourned at 9s 00PM with 21 
members present. Refreshments ware at the 
PIZZA HOT, Dan Grenoble 



EXECUTIVE MEETING - JULY 20, 1987 

On July 20, the first Executive Committee 
meeting of the new year was called to order 
by President Mickey Angel! at 7:30. Present 
were: Mickey, Farley Barge, Dave Jones, Carl 
Dean, Tom Marvin, Dan Grenoble, and last but 
not least, Duane, 

Items discussed included our moving to the 
Laprade Branch of the Chesterfield Library 
in September; The Club buying 5 1/4" disks 
for re-sale to the members at a good price 
in order to boost the treasury; The cost of 
setting up a table at the Atarifest in 
Fairfax, VA this October, It was decided not 
to pursue the issue further. A proposal was 
made to to support the GRASP BBS thru 
membership dues. At this time it was voted 
unami nously to contribute $60.00 iraraediatly 
and and an additional $2.00 per member when 
their dues were renewed. This should work 
out most favorably. 

There being no further business to discuss, 
the meeting was adjourned at 8:45. 

Dan Grenoble 


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 

From the W.A.C.O, Newsletter in Warrensberg, MO. 
Dear Tom, 

Thanks for the issue of G.R.A.S.P, Gazette for 
July. We have suddenly been hearing from more and 
more Atari folks since our Club had a spot in 
ANALOG'S User Group section. 

We at W.A.C.O. would be happy to add you to our 
list of exchange newsletters, and look forward to 
receiving yours. Since our next issue won't come 
out until Aug., I am sending you our JUNE/ JULY 
issue, Hope you enjoy it. We are not a terribly 
big club, but we try hard to do the best we can 
on our meager budget * 

G.R.A.S.P. is a well known club around my house, 
my favorite telecom program is 1030 EXPRESS, I 
have read that Keith Ledbetter has now gone to 
work at I CD. I'll bet you miss having him around. 
Again, thanks for sending us your newsletter, and 
we hope you enjoy ours. Sincerely, 

- Lew Lynam, pres. 



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