Open Apple #22 (Dec 2012): Kay Savetz, 10 PRINT, Polaroids, and Microzine

Kay Savetz

This month on Open Apple, Mike and Ken chat with Kay Savetz, Internet publisher and author of the memoir Terrible Nerd. We cross enemy lines to review a book about the cultural, scientific, and philosophical implications of Commodore 64 programming, some of it applicable to the Apple II. Paul Terrell’s Polaroid snapshots of the first Apple-1 computers are cool, just like our reception to Jordan Mechner’s new Karateka game. On eBay, we discover the Androbot is not just another neat product from a Nolan Bushnell company, but another reason we prefer the Apple II to other platforms. And Ken’s accidental purchase of some Microzines produces the concept for a new and very expensive podcast!

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Welcome, ChatterBoxers!

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Welcome to our friends and fans from the ChatterBox Video Game Radio Show! Open Apple co-host Ken Gagne appeared on ChatterBox episode #424 (MP3 / iTunes), where he and ChatterBox hosts Alon Waisman and Ara Shirinian talked about everything from chiptune music group 8 Bit Weapon performing at GameFest to John Romero keynoting KansasFest.

Ken has been a listener of ChatterBox since the first episode eight years ago, and previously had his letter read on the air on episode #323 (March 7, 2010). He much appreciates having had this opportunity to talk modern and retro gaming with friends old and new. We hope not only that ChatterBox‘s fans with an interest in retrocomputing will enjoy Open Apple, but that Open Apple fans will check out ChatterBox for an outsider’s unique perspective on the Apple II community.

(Also give a listen to ChatterBox’s 2005 interview with 8 Bit Weapon.)

And remember… all your Apples are belong to us!