Recently, I decided to renew the snacc-club.com domain and revive the website you’re now reading. I’d originally started the site back in May of 2008 as I kept bumping into former club members and friends in person and on the then-new social media sites like Facebook and MySpace. Doing a Google search for S.N.A.C.C. revealed nearly nothing about the club, its ten-year history, or the people I’d met along that journey. I wanted to correct that.
I gave the site two solid years, mostly as a “shrine” of sorts to club, but after the initial inrush of a half-dozen or so folks who’d also remembered the club, the site lay dormant and went months without a single hit despite ranking in the first few search result hits of those who might be looking for it. So I let it die.
Meanwhile, things didn’t totally fade away. The Facebook group continued on with an occasional post; can’t say the same for MySpace. But I think my personal interest in maintaining the club’s history waned. If seemingly nobody else cared, why should I?
Fast forward to 2013. In July of that year, I’d learned that Harvey Cannon had passed away. Harvey had been a cornerstone of the club in its later years and was always passionate about Atari and technology in general. His enthusiasm was infectious. What I’d learned about Harvey only after his death was that, much like me, he was meticulous about collecting information and researching whatever project he was working on at the time. This especially applied to Atari and his interest in the club. As his family needed to move quickly to settle his estate, much, if not all of Harvey’s remaining Atari possessions ended up in a heap destined for the landfill. So when it was offered to me, I took it. Sifting through it over several months has been difficult, especially for someone like me who’s wired to be nostalgic. But it’s also re-kindled for me an interest in S.N.A.C.C. and its history.
So once again I renewed the domain and am in the process of rebuilding, for lack of a better description, this “tribute” to one of the longest-surviving Atari clubs of its day. With any hope, you’ll find parts of this effort interesting.