"If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done."
Arthur Bloch, Murphy's Law
And last minute it is. This is the last article to be written
for this issue of ST NEWS, I have been putting it off for a long
time now because to tell you the honest truth, I haven't a clue
what to write about. I'm sitting here at Richard's ST, somewhere
on the hard disk there is a collection of files that form this
issue and we're pretty anxious to finish it.
I was just leafing through the Guiness Book of Records, the 1990
issue, and I wonder if ST NEWS can find a place in there.
"Longest existing disk magazine" or something. It's a bit
impressive, this is volume 8 which means that ST NEWS has been
around in eight years. So it all started when I was eighteen
years old, blissfully ignorant and still lost in that peculiar
world of the computer-freak. Now, I am twenty-six and my life has
changed a lot since then. Actually, it has changed a hell of a
lot in the last year. Yes, the unavoidable has happened, I
reached the subject of Ivette. I am surprised it took me two
paragraphs to get to it.
Those who read "Stef and Tim's bogus journey" from issue 7.3 (or
was it 7.2) where I described our roamings through the
southwestern United States know that I met a girl from Guatemala
there called Ivette. Now I have met girls before and gotten
infatuated by them and have rambled on about them in ST NEWS so
most people greeted my enthusiasm with a healthy dose of
sceptisism but this time it is more than an infatuation.
This issue contains one more article written by yours truly
(only two writings for an issue, a patheticly small number I
admit) and it is a report of my visit to Guatemala around the
change of years, 1992 to 1993. It was a truly unique experience
and when you're interested in exotic travels, you can't afford
not to read it.
My travelling to the other side of the world to visit a girl
already indicates a certain amount of seriousness and the fact
that this particular visit was an enormous success that lead me
to start making wild plans that involved relocating my being plus
all its belongings to a place as far away and adventurous as
Guatemala only confirms this seriousness.
A couple of months later Ivette was here in Holland and spent
three weeks being bewildered by the European continent as we
travelled around the place. Amsterdam, London, Paris, it was a
mini 'Ivette and Stefan thrash Europe' thing.
All this lead to the forming of invisible yet unbreakable bonds
between the two of us and we decided that living our lives
separated by about 11,000 kilometres was no longer something we
could handle so after many hours of pondering and agonizing over
the large amounts of pros and cons we decided that in September
of this year Ivette and her son Andres will move to Holland.
Before that, I will go there once more to spend about four weeks
there, a summer in Guatemala, what more can you want, right?
So I guess this is it, the chapter 'Look for nice female' of my
life can be closed and the 'Have a nice life with her' can begin.
Funny how things unfold themselves, one year ago I was still
oblivious to the turmoil that was to follow a few months later.
Some of you might wonder what will happen now. Will I throw my
ST out the window and nobody will ever hear from me again? Well,
I can't throw my ST out of the window because I don't have it
anymore. It's at my office, at SPC where it is used to aid in the
creation of Philips CDi products.
True, my devotion to the ST will diminish somewhat, but I have
to say that it has already shrunk to a level that allows me to
write only two articles for ST NEWS and get away with it. I will
also resign as the editor, I simply cannot muster enough time and
enthusiasm to go through the process of finishing and nursing an
issue of ST NEWS anymore. So this will be the last one that bears
my name as editor. Richard will take over from here, something
that was unavoidable really. He is totally responsible for this
issue's contents, my contributions have been two articles and a
very tiny bit of programming. Remarkable is that precisely five
years ago, May 15th 1990, we were busy finishing the first issue
with me as editor, issue 3.3.
But I will not disappear of course, and whenever the urge creeps
up my spine to write things I will do so. So you will see stuff
from me pop up in the forthcoming issues, and when I listen to
Richard I am sure there will be many.
I will leave it up to him to remember the past and reflect upon
it elaborately. I will just say that ST NEWS has been an unique
part of my life (and still will be) and I have enjoyed it
When I arrived here yesterday and read the dedication article I
was dumbfounded for the proverbial slices of nanoseconds (well, a
bit longer to be honest) and I want to thank Richard for this.
Kindof swell really. But I would also like to share this honour
with the one that has changed my outlook on life considerably,
Right. I guess that's it. Another ST NEWS lies before you,
writhing in brilliance and oozing inspiration. So forget this
sentimental business and just read it like you always did.
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.