|There are a number of people who have started out playing and owning computer and video games from their first
commercialization - in the early 70's. There are few people, however, that have kept those games - and in such good condition.
Steve Raszewski spent a good portion of the 80's tinkering and modding virtually every system he could get his hands on. He was most
interested in the Atari and soon modified everything from the Atari 400 (with a full size keyboard) to the Atari 130 XE. Raszewski
worked with people like Richard Adams (Happy Computers) and large entertainment companies like Electronic Arts. He enjoyed running
a BBS back in the day (and writing software as well) and he even had a
rare Disney Mickey Promotional pin. All told, Steve donated 28 boxes to the museum with several hilights including a boxed "heavy sixer"
Atari 2600 (with many early "text only label" Atari 2600 games), boxed Atari Video Pinball, a fully boxed and complete Magnavox Odyssey
(the first video game console) and various Atari hardware items ... most of which he modified himself.
Did you know?
Happy Computers was a small company based on Morgan Hill, CA and was founded by Richard Adams. Adams (brother of
Scott Adams of Adventure International) became famous as a child when he built a video camera before he was
even a teenager - and this was in the 60's!.
Although Happy produced products for both the Atari 8-bit line of computers and the 16-bit Atari ST, they were most known for
enhancement products that they produced for Atari 810 and 1050 disk drives. These enhancements included the ability to read
and write disks more quickly than what the stock drive allowed, and (probably more popularly) the enhancement board and software
allowed users to copy just about any disk - including those with copy preventation technologies.
The products were sold from 1982 until about 1990, and even beyond as the fan base has reverse engineered how the products
were produced and have gone on to make unofficial versions.
(The above Atari Mickey pin is quite hard to find today)
Users making changes to their hardware was actually quite common in the 8-bit days with users of all systems making their
own mods in one way or another. "Radio Shack was my favorite store" recalls Raszewski thinking back to the glory days.
Later Happy Computers products like the Discovery for the Atari ST were a little more user friendly (and therefore,
less interesting to Raszrewski). The cartridge plugged into the system and did not require any further modification to the
system in order to copy disks.
The Discovery Cartridge for the Atari ST - making copying disks rather easy!