What Softalk Means to Me

Young and old, near and far, Softalk magazine touched many lives. For some, something as innocuous as a magazine has changed their lives, for others there are simply fond warm memories. Whatever the depth or breath, whether serious or fun, we want to hear from you.

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Softalk helped Cupid to deliver my arrow!

Jim and I have been together since 1986. But it was in 1983 that he first roared into my life and introduced me to Softalk magazine. I was a several year grad student in social network theory at UC, Irvine, cutting my techno-geek teeth on mainframes. Always short on money, I was tutoring high school kids, assistant teaching, and freelancing for Sociological Abstracts in San Diego.

Softalk connected us to our customers...

When I started marketing games, there were few venues to getting your products in front an incredibly limited audience. It was a chicken-egg thing. The stores did not want to carry your games without a demonstrable demand, and building that demand was tricky. Softalk was a drop dead easy buy decision if you had an Apple Compatible product.

I was six years old in 1983 when we got our first computer and I started reading Softalk...

I was six years old in 1983. As fall became winter, I was taking my first tenuous steps into the first grade at St. Paul’s school in suburban Baltimore.

My parents had never owned a computer, but the forward-thinking school wanted each student to have one at home. The school had Apple’s, so my parents felt that it was important to have the same thing at home.
So it was that for Christmas, our big “family gift” was an Apple //e, complete with the Apple monochrome display, an ImageWriter, and two disk drives. Several other boxes contained AppleWorks, and some games.

My First Computer, and First Magazine Subscription!

The Apple II+ was the first computer I ever owned, and Softalk was my first magazine subscription. As a high school student, I used the Apple II for homework, to learn programming, and to play games. I remember reading each issue of Softalk as soon as it arrived. I was mostly interested in the more technical articles like Assembly Lines or Graphically Speaking, but I read all of the "human interest" stories as well.

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