I’m heading to Atlanta — plus, Jack Tramiel’s phone numbers

I’ve been remiss in sharing some fantastic news. In April, I was awarded a “Geffen and Lewyn Family Southern Jewish Collections Research Fellowship” from the Rose Library at Emory University!

This fellowship will enable me to travel to Atlanta for a week or two and study materials at Emory related to several Jewish educational games for the Apple II made by Gesher and Yaakov Kirschen, which I rescued from floppy disks and published in 2022.

The Breman Museum, also in Atlanta, holds some similar materials that I hope to explore, including this floppy disk:

Image of the front and back of a demo disk with two games sent by David Geffen, of the Gesher organization, to Jane Leavey of the Atlanta Jewish Federation, in 1983.

If you’re interested in my project, here are links to my fellowship application materials:

While I’m there, I’m hoping to connect with some retrocomputing folks and maybe gave a talk (or two!) about Kirschen’s computer curiosities.

On a related note, Kirschen’s wife, Sali Ariel, sent me a box of documents related to his American company, “Just For You, Inc.”

I received it last week. It contained a mix of enlightening and saddening documents. An example of the latter is a handwritten letter to a creditor informing them they wouldn’t be able to pay their debts. Their software hadn’t sold.

I was scanning some of these items a couple nights ago, when two small things fell out of the cardboard box, which I hadn’t noticed before.

An image of a note card with phone numbers for Jack Tramiel, CEO of Atari. The phone numbers have been obscured for privacy.

Note cards with phone numbers for Jack Tramiel, CEO of Atari, and Nick LeFevre, Atari’s legal counsel.

The card for Tramiel has three numbers: his “direct” line at Atari and personal numbers for homes in California and Toronto.

Teenage me would have gone nuts if he somehow could have seen this.

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