This is very interesting reading. Someone has unearthed 10 years of Atari VAX emails that include excellent insight into the workings of the company on both a technical and social level as well as emails indicating mass layoffs and sad days ahead at the company.
…and if you don’t follow the above link, here are some samples:
From: KIM::PETROKA 12-DEC-1983 19:41
While we’re on the subject, I might mention that Ronald Wilson Reagan anagrams
into Insane Anglo Warlord. A public service message.
From: KIM::CALFEE 16-DEC-1983 13:50
Subj: Atari 800 Software Theft
It has been brought to my attention that some stolen Atari computer
software may now be residing on one or more of our VAXes.
This is intolerable.
We are a company whose existance depends on software sales, and every
ATARI game that was in a cartridge and has been put on disc and then
on the VAX is a potential leak to the outside world that can impact
sales. Any competitors’ games that might be on the system could
substantially weaken Atari’s cases against piracy in court. People
who participate in stealing software are risking their jobs and the
Please delete all questionable files immediately!!!
As Jed would say, Thank you or else.
From: KIM::RAY 3-AUG-1984 10:50
I’m sad to say that I will be leaving ATARI after 7 very enjoyable
years. I doubt that I will ever again be able to work with as many
exceptionally talented and fun people.
I wish each of you all the best wherever life takes you. To those
of you who are staying with ATARI, I wish you the best of luck in
turning this see-saw industry around.
I hope that I someday have the opportunity to work with you again.
It’s been REAL!!
From: KIM::VICKERS 3-AUG-1984 11:00
Subj: The “Newer” ATARI
From: KIM::DEUS 3-AUG-1984 11:35
Subj: GOODBY AND GOODLUCK
THIS IS THE FIRST TIME AND THE LAST TIME I AM USING THE MAIL .
YES ,I HAVE FEW WORDS TO SAY.ATARI HAS BEEN GOOD TO ME AND I HAVE NO
REGRETS.IT HAS BEEN FUN WORKING WITH ALL OF YOU AND GOOD LUCK TO ALL
OF YOU WHERE EVER YOU MAY END UP.AS VERY WISE OLD TURK TOLD ME:
” THIS IS IT”
“THERE ARE NO HIDDEN MEANINGS”
” THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS ,EACH MAN MUST DO FOR HIMSELF”
I MAY BE CONTACTED AT HOME FOR THOSE WHO MAY WANT TO CHAT ABOUT
ANYTHING.MY HOME ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER IS:
SO LONG, SAM DEUS
From: KIM::RUBIN 3-AUG-1984 12:15
Subj: Garfield is in good company
Garfield may be dead…but he was seen leaving carrying a
set of golf clubs!!!!!!!!
Golf has died too!
From: KIM::BABCOCK 3-AUG-1984 13:20
Subj: One more for the road
Goodbye to all those whose lifes intersected with mine. I’ve enjoyed
working with you all these past few years. Good luck to all those
who must now carry on the tradition of Atari, “the serious funtakers.”
May we meet again in future incarnations, and may you never take any
Eddie Dean Babcock, Jr.
P.S. I’m listed in the Albaugh white pages.
From: KIM::SINGH 3-AUG-1984 13:47
Subj: GOODBYE TO ALL
GOODBY… TO EVERYONE … ITS BEEN GREAT WORKING HERE.
DURING MY THREE AND HALF YEARS OF EMPLOYMENT AT *ATARI* I HAVE ENJOYED THE
WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND ALL THE SPECIAL PEOPLE OUT THEIR.I FEEL FORTUNATE
TO HAVE WORKED ON THE VARIOUS COMPUTER GRAPHICS SYSTEM AT ATARI. MY FUTURE
GOALS ARE TO CONTINUE IN COMPUTER GRAPHICS,VOLUNTEER FOR SIGGRAPH, CONTINUE
WITH MY STUDIES IN PROGRAMMING AND BE A GOOD MOTHER.
AND NOW I’M GOING OUT IN THE ATARI TRADITION …. “POUR ME ANOTHER ONE PLEASE”