January 17, 2013 |
My experience over the years is that Nolan Bushnell, the guy who founded Atari and once hired Steve Jobs, doesn't talk to the press much. So when the opportunity to talk to him came up, I jumped at it. "I basically look at PR as something you do if there's an object in mind," Bushnell said during a phone interview this week. "But my ego doesn't need it. " Fair enough. But Bushnell does have an object in mind. In fact, two of them. The first is a documentary that's going to be airing on various PBS stations over the next few weeks called, "Something Ventured: Risk, Reward And The Original Venture Capitalists.
May 14, 2013 |
Now, if you promise you won't do this in front of your boss, I'll let you in on a nice video game secret today: Go to Google image search , type in "Atari Breakout," and, well, see what happens. Yes, that's right, now you can play the old arcade and Atari 2600 hit "Breakout" on your computer, with the Google images becoming the bricks you must destroy. This year is the 37th anniversary of the game, which has had many variations since its initial release, but there's still something magical in the original.
April 7, 2013 |
Nolan Bushnell can boast of some notable achievements in his remarkable career. He helped start Atari and Chuck E. Cheese. But almost as important: Atari famously hired the young Jobs in 1974, a time when the future Apple founder was in his heavy spiritual exploration phase, shaving his head, traveling to India. Not the button-down corporate type by any measure. Eventually, Jobs would leave and start a little company called Apple. But he remained friends with Bushnell over the years.
May 17, 1985
The home computer manufacturer's April withdrawal from the upcoming Summer Consumer Electronics Show had fanned speculation that the firm might be having difficulties getting its new "ST" computer to market. Sigmund Hartmann, president of the Atari software division, confirmed that Atari has rejoined the trade show and said that it has cleared FCC requirements to sell the product in the United States.
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December 22, 1987 |
Officials at Atari Corp. said Monday that they worked with federal agents on a sting operation to seize 2,000 pirated video game machines and accessories from a Canoga Park importer, the first such seizure in the United States. The target of the operation was PSD Inc., which Atari officials said was raided by federal agents Dec. 8. Federal authorities were unavailable for comment.
June 4, 1986 |
In a landmark lawsuit settlement, Atari, once the nation's leading manufacturer of video games, has agreed to distribute more than $600,000 in back pay to about 500 former employees who lost their jobs in a massive layoff in 1983. The case stemmed from Atari's announcement on Feb. 22, 1983, that it was firing 1,700 California employees and moving most of its manufacturing to Hong Kong and Taiwan to lower production costs.