Atari 8-Bit Turns 40!

November marks the fortieth anniversary of the launch of the Atari 400 and 800 home computers. Developed at Atari Inc.’s Grass Valley facility by a team of engineers including Jay Miner and Joe Decuir, the computers were first shown at the 1979 Winter CES in Las Vegas and featured several custom chips that set them apart from the competition at the time: the Apple II, TRS-80, and Commodore PET among them. Of course we know that Atari’s real competition wouldn’t appear until Commodore released the C-64 in 1982.

The Atari 800

So if you needed another reason to feel old, dig out that 400/800/XL or XE and play a game of Star Raiders or M.U.L.E. For those who have long ago ditched their hardware, you can still enjoy the system through emulation using Altirra or another Atari 8-bit emulator for your modern system.

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Halloween 2019

While working in the graveyard late tonight, I stumbled ‘cross this long forgotten site… who’s still out there?

Happy Halloween!

Flashback to February 1985

Set the wayback machine to thirty years ago, Sherman.  Thanks to former member Phillip Cowes, the February 1985 newsletter has been found, scanned, and is available HERE.

Happy Holidays

…still waiting for Santa to drop off that 1450XLD and Atari Falcon030 under the tree.  Meanwhile, the snacc-club.com website has been renewed for another year’s neglect, and it’s time to wish my SNACC pals a very happy holidays and prosperous 2015!  Now, back to testing all of those unearthed E.T. cartridges!

Newsletters Added

Thanks in large part to Doug Thompson, who graciously scanned in his collection of old S.N.A.C.C. newsletters, you’ll find a growing collection of them HERE.  All but one issue from 1988 and all of 1989 are now available for download in Adobe PDF format.  More coming soon!

Rebirth

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.

Member Check-In

Members Richard Bush and Rich Ayers have recently checked in.

Site News

The site was offline for a bit but is chugging along again. In the meantime, several club members have joined our Facebook group!

Coming soon to the site: some scanned newsletters and magazine articles. Stay tuned.

Facebook Group

A Facebook group has been created. If you’re a Facebook member (or even if you aren’t!), check it out.

MySpace Page

We now have a MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/snacc_club.  Be sure to stop by and check it out!