EDITORIAL - ST NEWS AND THE WORLD
In the last couple of months, I was glad to welcome three new
official ST NEWS distributors: Mr. David Meile (Minnesota, United
States of America), Mr. Thierry Foulkes (Paris, France) and Mr.
Ronny Hatlemark (Ørsta, Norway). Guido Stumpe (Bonn, West
Germany) replaced German distributor Stefan Colombier who had to
switch from ST to an MS-DOS machine. Further, the Dutch
distribution has been cast off to ST Club Eindhoven as well now,
and ST NEWS now has a copyright in The Netherlands (will still be
sold at PD prices, though - it's just a technical trick).
Yesterday evening, I sat down and thought about what ST NEWS has
achieved in the 1.5 years of its existence. Could I have expected
it to grow as big as it has when I wrote the first issue (summer
1986)? Many people from all over the world have reacted very
positively and enthusiastically, and some major foreign magazines
have written about it now - and quite positive as well!
I also thought about the many readers we now have - something I
could not expect back when I started.
ST NEWS is now read by people that have seen the polar light,
people whose ancestors came to Australia many centuries ago or
whose ancestors fought under general Robert E. Lee in the U.S.
Civil War, people that walk to school on the streets where once
Julius Ceasar celebrated his triumphs, people that have climbed
the Eiffel Tower, the Akropolis or the Brussels Atomium. Also,
people that regularly walk through the beautiful countryside of
Southern England, people that skate on the Botnian Gulf, people
that have visited Vienna's Opera House, people that have seen the
biggest flocks of sheep wandering in the vast plains of New
Zealand and people that usually drink beer from barrel-sized mugs
can be seen reading ST NEWS. Some more fantasizing tells me that
these people have the strangest 'professions'. There are doctors,
students, editors, musicians, graphix men, music programmers,
civil servants, acupuncturologists, headbangers, retired people,
hackers, sysops, punkers, shrinks, 'raubkopierer', shopkeepers,
public relations women, game programmers, unemployed people,
teachers, (computer) salesmen, paleontologists, reporters,
writers, sportsmen, actors...you name it.
In recent times, there have also been less positive points about
ST NEWS, especially when seen from my side. I hereby refer to my
periods of self-doubt - is ST NEWS worth gettin' on with for at
least another year? Can I afford to spend another year of trouble
and money making it? Shouldn't it become commercial? And then
there was pure fear: Can I continue to improve (or keep up)
standards set by previous issues of ST NEWS?
As you can see by this issue, I decided that it is surely worth
gettin' on with, even without commercializing. Why should I give
up that what I have built up with so much trouble and at such
high (telephone bill) costs (my telephone bill during all ST NEWS
productions can be estimated at 3,500 guilders....oops)? The
concept has been accepted by many magazines and companies now, so
I knew that stopping would be a stupid thing to do. I also knew
that people will appreciate ST NEWS more and more, the longer it
exists. I want to show everybody that simple students on a simple
home computer can do things that have to be reckoned with!
With help of Willeke, the man upstairs and all my friends, I
will go on with ST NEWS...who knows for how long?!
(Editor of ST NEWS)
The text of the articles is identical to the originals like they appeared in old ST NEWS issues. Please take into consideration that the author(s) was (were) a lot younger and less responsible back then. So bad jokes, bad English, youthful arrogance, insults, bravura, over-crediting and tastelessness should be taken with at least a grain of salt. Any contact and/or payment information, as well as deadlines/release dates of any kind should be regarded as outdated. Due to the fact that these pages are not actually contained in an Atari executable here, references to scroll texts, featured demo screens and hidden articles may also be irrelevant.