Atari History Timelines by Michael Current

A History of
Tramel Technology / Atari

http://mcurrent.name/atarihistory/tramel_technology.html
Compiled and Copyright (c) 2008-2017 by Michael D. Current
Library Department, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Information presented here is derived as directly as possible from sources published or produced in the original time period.  While also consulted extensively, modern historical retrospectives (including books, oral histories, and especially websites) are utilized chiefly as pathways to primary sources.

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1984
May 17: Tramel Technology, Ltd. was founded by Jack Tramiel (pronounced truh-MELL; born Idek Trzmiel), previously (until January 1984) director and president of Commodore Business Machines, Ltd., which he founded in 1958, with Schreiber & McBride partner Leonard I. Schreiber (Lee Schreiber), previously (until May 1984) general counsel to Commodore International, Ltd., and Shiraz M. Shivji, previously (until May 1984) director of research and development at Commodore International Ltd., "to design, manufacture, sell and service personal computers and related software and peripheral products."  Tramiel would be chairman and CEO; Schreiber would be a director, VP, and secretary; Shivji would be VP Advanced Technology (research & development).  Tramiel had been approached by Lazard Frères & Co., investment banking firm for Warner Communications Inc., about a possible purchase of Atari.  Discussions between Tramiel and Warner Communications commenced.  (WashPost 7/3)

Tramel Technology, Ltd.

June 29: An agreement to sell most of Atari was formally approved at a Warner Communications board of directors meeting, final details pending. (WashPost 7/3)

June 29?: Sam Tramiel (elder son of Jack Tramiel) joined Tramel Technology as President, Chief Operating Officer and a Director.  With the exception of the period from 1979 to 1981, he was previously employed by Commodore International, Ltd. since 1974, most recently as Vice President - Japan and General Manager - Asia. From 1976 until 1977 he served as head of Commodore's Consumer Division from Toronto and as General Manager in Hong Kong, London and Santa Clara. From 1979 to 1981, he operated his own OEM manufacturing business in the Far East.

June 29?: Samuel Wai Leung Chin joined Tramel Technology as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and was elected as a director.  From 1980 until 1984, he was employed by Commodore International, Ltd. as its Director of Taxes and its Vice President - Finance, Commodore Electronics, Ltd. Prior to joining Commodore, he was employed by Arthur Andersen & Co.

June 29?: Gregory A. Pratt joined Tramel Technology as General Manager.  He was previously employed by Commodore International Ltd. in several capacities, including as Vice President - Finance and Vice President - Operations. Prior to joining Commodore, he was employed by Arthur Andersen & Co.

June 29: In the UK, Tramel Technology established the wholly owned subsidiary, Sellthings Limited, for the purpose of taking over the consumer products business of Atari International (U.K.) Inc. (the Warner Communications Inc. subsidiary).

July 1: Date of Assets Purchase Agreement between Tramel Technology, Ltd. and Atari, Inc. and certain subsidiaries and affiliates of Atari, Inc.; date of Agreement among Tramel Technology, Atari, and Jack Tramiel; and date of Intellectual Property Rights Heads of Agreement between Tramel Technology and Atari. 

July 2: Warner Communications Inc. and Tramel Technology, Ltd. (statement by chairman Jack Tramiel) jointly announced the acquisition by Tramel Technology of the Atari, Inc. home video game and computer businesses, in a deal finalized at 4 A.M. that morning in New York City. (UPI 7/3; NYT 7/3; WashPost 7/3) 

Tramel Technology would gain intellectual properties including the "Atari" trademark itself as well as Atari games developed for coin-operated arcade environments, would gain (via subleases) the exclusive use of Atari offices including 1265 Borregas Ave. and 1196 Borregas Ave. in Sunnyvale CA as well as Atari House at Railway Terrace in Slough England, and would gain the Atari manufacturing plants at Taipei Taiwan (ATMC), Limerick Ireland, and Hong Kong (AWC).

Manufacturing plant locations included in the transaction: 31 Min-Chu Road, Chu-Wei, Tam-Shui, Taipei, Taiwan (Atari Taiwan Manufacturing Corp.); Ennis Road, Limerick, Ireland; 2/Fl., King Yip Bldg., 59 King Yip St., Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong (Atari-Wong Co.)

Tramiel and his partners agreed to invest $75 million in the new venture, to be called Atari Corporation.  Warner Communications received no cash, but received US$240 million in long-term notes and warrants for a 32 percent interest in Tramiel's new venture. Tramiel, in return, received warrants giving him the right to purchase one million shares of Warner Communications common stock at US$22 a share. (NYT 7/3)  

"Both the home-computer and video-game marketplaces continue, in my view, to offer great opportunities," said Jack Tramiel, as quoted by the AP.

The transaction included an inventory of 100,000 XL computers. (Current Notes Sept84p10)

By midday, Jack Tramiel, his son Sam, and more than 20 of his aides were reportedly already installed in the president's suite at Atari's Sunnyvale, Calif., headquarters. (NYT 7/3)  Jack Tramiel assumed the titles of chairman and CEO; Sam Tramiel was named president.  (LA Times via Wash Post 7/6)  Leonard Schreiber was VP and secretary.  Shiraz Shivji was VP Advanced Technology.  Samuel W.L. Chin was VP, CFO and treasurer.  Greg Pratt was General Manager.  Leonard Tramiel (middle son of Jack Tramiel), previously a Ph.D. student in astrophysics at Columbia University, would be VP Software Development.  Garry Tramiel (youngest son of Jack Tramiel), previously an account executive at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, & Smith, would be Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer, and VP administration (and was charged with collecting more than $100 million of outstanding payments previously owed to Atari, Inc. by its customers).  Taro Tokai (Tony Tokai), previously VP, Commodore Japan Ltd., would be VP, charged with setting up an Atari subsidiary in Japan for production engineering.  Thomas B. Brightman, previously of Commodore (speech technology division in Dallas, which had just closed), would be VP engineering. (Electronic News 7/16)  David Harris, previously Commodore International sales and marketing director, would be VP/sales (AdWeek 7/16/84) (international sales).  John Feagans, previously Director of Technology at Commodore International, where he had been responsible for system software and operating systems for the Pet 2001, Vic-20, and Commodore 64, would be Director of Software Technology (TOS architect).  Craig Suko, previously software engineer at Commodore, would be a software engineer. 

July 3: In France, Guy Millant remained P.E.C.F. Atari président-directeur général (PDG), which had 65 employees. (source)  Productions et Editions Cinématographiques Françaises SARL (P.E.C.F.) remained a wholly-owned French subsidiary of Warner Communications Inc. (WCI).

July 4: Local radio in Texas reported that the Atari remanufacturing and software production facility in El Paso was not included in the Warner Communications sale of Atari assets to Tramel Technology, Ltd., and that the plant would be shut down. (source @10:10)   The Atari remanufacturing operation in El Paso would be moved to Sunnyvale, and Atari software production in El Paso would be moved to Taiwan.  (UPI 7/6; AP 7/6)

July 5: Tramel Technology notified the State of California of its new principal office address (60,000 square feet): 1265 Borregas Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA.  Sam Tramiel was president of Tramel Technology, Ltd.

July 5-6: Tramel Technology hired approximately 300 of the existing Atari, Inc. domestic consumer and home computer division employees.  Among key marketing and advertising executives, the lone holdovers were expected to be West Shell, director of marketing (computers), and Bryan Kerr, group product manager (videogames) (AdWeek, July 9, 1984; InfoWorld July 30)  Engineers and technicians included Jim Tittsler, Lane Winner, and Jose Valdes, plus: Phil Suen, Vincent H. Wu, George Nishiura, Mike Barall, David Owen Sovey, Peter R. Atesian, John Hinman, George Kulcher, John Honig, Michael Wooding, Songly Mu, Randy Hoopai, Gary Rubio. (source)   Software product management: Richard C. Frick, John Skruch.  Programmers: Rob Zdybel, Landon Dyer, David GetreuClaude Nahum, previously Atari, Inc. director of international business development, would be director of international sales.  Diana Goralczyk would remain as manager, customer relations.  Total domestic employees would number about 325.

July 10: Commodore (corporate counsel Nicholas Lefevre) filed a lawsuit in Chester County Court in Pennsylvania against four former employees, Shiraz Shivji, Arthur S. Morgan, John E. Hoenig and Douglas L. Renn, who had recently left Commodore for Tramel Technology, alleging they had stolen files containing trade secrets they intended to divulge at their new company.  Chester County Judge M. Joseph Melody Jr. issued a preliminary injunction barring them from using or revealing any trade secrets.

July 11: Tramel Technology, Ltd. filed a Certificate of Amendment to its Articles of Incorporation changing the corporate name to: Atari, Corp.

Atari Corp. logo  

July 13: Assignee Atari, Corp. gained assignor's interest in 3 patents (4,116,444; 4,112,422; 4,314,236) from assignor Atari Games, Inc.

July 13: Leonard I. Schreiber remained Atari, Corp. VP and secretary.

July 13: Judge M. Joseph Melody Jr. in Chester County PA temporarily extended an injunction issued July 10 that prevented four former employees of Commodore from revealing any Commodore trade secrets at their new jobs with Atari.

July: Digital Research and Atari software engineers together commenced work on ports of CP/M-68K, GEM, and Dr. Logo to a new computer hardware platform to be developed at Atari.  The Digital Research team, led by engineering project manager Lou Tarnay, would include Steve Schmitt (Dr. Logo), Steve Cavender (GSX and operating systems), Lowell Webster (GEM services and the GEM desktop), and Rich Greco (project architect). (Digital Dialogue Feb85)

July: Steven M. Kawalick joined Atari as Director of Taxes.  Kawalick was previously with Arthur Andersen.

July 16: Atari had asked the three U.S. networks to sell off all previous TV commitments for the third and fourth quarters -- including a $6-million Olympic buy with ABC. (AdWeek 7/16/84)

July 19: In West Germany, Atari would establish Atari Corp. (Deutschland) GmbH which would take over the Atari consumer products business of Atari Elektronik Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH, and Atari Elektronik general manager Klaus Ollmann departed the company. Atari Corp. (Deutschland) would hire 42 of the 84 employees previously employed by Atari Elektronik.  Irma Obersteiner would be Atari Corp. (Deutschland) business manager.  (source)  (Soft & Micro #4 Jan85 p27Atari Corp. (Deutschland) GmbH location: Frankfurter Straße 89-91, D-6096 Raunheim

July 23: Business Week reported that Atari's Jack Tramiel had "axed several of Atari's current products, including the 7800 video game system and the $150 600XL home computer."

July 26/Aug 1: In the UK, Simon P. Westbrook, previously financial controller at Atari International (U.K.) Inc. (the Warner Communications Inc. subsidiary), had become Sellthings Limited (the Atari, Corp. UK subsidiary) managing director. (PopularComputingWeekly Jul26/Aug1), as Sellthings Limited had taken over the consumer products business of Atari International (U.K.) Inc.  About 30 of the 130 previously employed by Atari International (U.K.) had been hired by Sellthings Limited (Atari User #11, 2011; source #2), which subleased its 33,600 square foot location from Atari International (U.K.) Inc.: Atari House, Railway Terrace, Slough, Berkshire, England Rob Harding would be Sales & Marketing Director, Jon Dean would be product manager, and Les Player would be technical manager. 

July 30: Atari had confirmed plans to run videogame spots on the Olympics on American television, as well as Alan Alda computer spots, though it was still trying to sell off as much of its Olympic commitments as possible.  Atari had also said that it was "not getting out of the videogame business."  West Shell was Atari marketing director. (AdWeek 7/30/84)

Summer: Coinciding with the 1984 Summer Olympics (held July 28 to August 12 in Los Angeles), Atari shipped (limited releases, US only): Track & Field for the Atari 2600 (GCC; with Track & Field Arcade Controller), Track & Field for Atari home computers (with Track & Field Controller), and Atarisoft Track & Field versions for C-64 and for Apple II (each with Track & Field Controller).

August 3: Date of State of Nevada certificate of corporate status for Atari "U.S." Corp. (original incorporation date needed).

August 3: Date of State of Nevada certificate of corporate status for Atari Technology Corp. (original incorporation date needed).

Atari Corp. logo Atari Technology Corp.

August 7: Tandon Corp. announced it had reached agreement in principle for the sale of up to $130.5 million in floppy disk drive and subsystem products to Atari Corp. Deliveries, which were subject to definitive purchase orders from Atari, had begun and were scheduled to continue through the first half of calendar 1985.

August 13: As Commodore International announced their acquisition of Amiga Corporation and plans to release the Amiga computer, Atari filed a suit for fraud against Amiga Corporation in Santa Clara, Calif., Superior Court.  According to Leonard Schreiber of Schreiber & McBride, Atari's general counsel, Amiga signed an agreement in March 1984 to develop three microchips for Atari, Inc.  Atari, Inc. then advanced the company $500,000.  In late June, days before Mr. Tramiel and fellow investors bought the Atari unit from Warner Communications, Amiga canceled the deal and returned the money, saying that the chips did not work.  (NYT)

August 13: Atari had informed its advertising agencies of plans to "pursue the videogame market this Christmas with the long-awaited introduction of its 7800 model." (AdWeek 8/13/84)

August: Massimo Ruosi, previously head of Atari International (Italy) Inc., would join Atari, Corp. as general manager of the new Atari Italia S.p.A. and Atari Europe General Manager. 

August (mid-month): In the US, Atari cut the price of the 800XL from $250 to $179. (AP 11/13) 

August: Bryan Kerr was head of special events for Atari.

August: Neil Harris joined Atari as Atari "U.S." Corp. Director of Publications.  Harris would head efforts to produce a new monthly consumer magazine, to be called Atari Explorer, in the tradition of Atari, Inc.'s Atari Connection.

August: James L. Copland (Jamie Copland) joined Atari "U.S." Corp. as vice president of marketing, replacing West Shell who departed the company.  Copland had previously been General Sales and Marketing Manager of Commodore Computers, a Canadian company.

August?: Josephine T. Druehl (Josie), attorney at law and previously a trial lawyer for nine years (source), joined Atari as Corporate Counsel.

August: Atari established Atari (Japan) Corp. (The Japan Economic Journal 11/6/84).  Atari VP Taro Tokai would be VP and General Manager, Atari (Japan) Corp., which would serve as Atari's primary production engineering facility.  Location: No. 7 Koike Bldg. 6F, 2-3-6 Minami-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-Ku, Tokyo

August 16/22: At Sellthings Limited (the Atari, Corp. UK subsidiary), Rob Harding was marketing manager, and Simon Westbrook was managing director. (PopularComputingWeekly 16-22 Aug p1) 

August 17: Atari "U.S." Corp. principal office: 1265 Borregas Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA.  Leonard I. Schreiber was Atari "U.S." Corp. VP.

August 17: Atari Technology Corp. principal office: 1265 Borregas Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA.  Leonard I. Schreiber was Atari Technology Corp. VP.

August 22: Date of Atari, Corp. OEM Software License Agreement with Digital Research (California) Inc.

August 22: In the UK, the name of Sellthings Limited (the Atari, Corp. UK subsidiary) was changed to: Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited

August 25-26: TariCon '84, the first Atari-only computer fair, was held at Southfield Civic Centre near Detroit Michigan.  Sponsored and organized by two User Groups - CHAOS (Ike Hudson of the Capitol Hill Atari Owners Society) and MACE (Mike Lechkun of the Michigan Atari Computer Enthusiasts).  About 1800 attended.

August 27: In Ireland, Atari registered the business names: Atari Corp (Ireland), Atari Ireland Distribution Company, Atari Ireland Manufacturing Company

August 27: In its first official statement, Atari, Corp. announced its manufacturing centers in Taiwan, Ireland and Hong Kong, and stated the intention to be full line manufacturer of products in the video game, family computers and small business computers categories.  Atari planned to manufacture and supply the Atari 800XL family computer with aggressive, competitive pricing through the end of 1984, and the 2600 would remain available as well.  "We will give to the retail markets of the world 8-, 16-, and 32-bit microcomputers, all at affordable RBPs [rock-bottom prices]," said Atari chairman Jack Tramiel.  James L. Copland was Atari "U.S." Corp. VP marketing.

Summer/Fall: In Switzerland, Marco Guerra became managing director of Atari (Schweiz) AG. (source)  He had previously worked for Siemens, Commodore, and Xmit.

Summer/Fall: Ira L. Velinsky joined Atari as director of industrial design.  He had previously held a similar position at Commodore.

September 1: Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited cut all prices, including the 600XL by £60, from £159.99 to £99.99, and the 800XL by £50, from £249.99 to £199.99. (PopularComputingWeekly 8/16; TheTimes 8/21p17; The Guardian (London) 9/6)  In France, P.E.C.F. Atari would reduce the 800XL by 1000 F to 2199 F. (source; source)

September 5: In Ireland, Atari, Corp. established Atari Ireland Manufacturing Company Limited. (source).  Through the new unit, Atari, Corp. would acquire the Atari consumer products manufacturing plant in the Raheen Industrial Estate on Ennis Road, Limerick from Atari Ireland Ltd, the subsidiary of the Irish Warner Communications unit, Atari Holdings Ltd.

September 5: In Ireland, Atari, Corp. established Atari Ireland Distribution Company Limited. (source).  Through the new unit, Atari, Corp. would acquire the Atari consumer products purchasing/traffic/accounts facility in the Raheen Industrial Estate on Ballysimon Road, Limerick from Atari Ireland Ltd, the subsidiary of the Irish Warner Communications unit, Atari Holdings Ltd.

September 5: In Ireland, Atari established Atari Corp. (Ireland) Limited. (source).  The new unit would take over the Irish Atari consumer products sales business from Omni Tech. Unlimited.

September 6: UK Media report that Atari 600XL was discontinued. (PopularComputingWeekly 9/6)

September 7: Garry Tramiel remained Atari, Corp. assistant secretary.  The Atari, Corp. address remained: 1265 Borregas Avenue, Sunnyvale CA

September: Nicholas Lefevre, previously Corporate Counsel at Commodore, joined Atari to establish and serve as general manager of an Atari, Corp. subsidiary in Canada.

September: At Atari Taiwan Manufacturing Corp., Sr. Engineer, Engineering Eric Hoh departed the company.

September: In exchange for a cash payment to Atari, Corp., Warner Communications bought back $10.1 million in accounts receivable from Atari, Corp., for a former Atari unit currently in bankruptcy law proceedings. (what unit?????)  (The Globe and Mail (Canada), 12/11/84)

September 25: Rather than halt production of Atari's 800XL home computer and its 2600 video-game player, as many had expected, Atari has significantly expanded production of the two products, Sam Tramiel said (interviewed in Taipei by the Dow Jones Service). "In January, Atari will introduce a second low-priced computer that will run games and software made for the predecessor product."  (The Globe and Mail (Canada))

September 30: Warner Communications reduced its valuation of the notes owed it by Jack Tramiel for his Atari acquisition from $180 million to $150 million (originally: $240 million). (The Globe and Mail (Canada), 12/11/84; LATimes 2/15/85)

October 3: In Atari, Corp. vs. Amiga, in the depostion of David S. Morse, in the Superior Court in and for the County of Santa Clara, Atari was represented by Leonard I. Schreiber and Josephine T. Druehl. (source)

October: Warner Communications would buy back the one million shares of Warner Communications common stock held by Atari in exchange for a $12.5-million 13 per cent senior note (loan) to Atari, repayment due Sept. 30, 1987.  Initially, Atari exercised its right to have Warner Communications buy back 640,000 of the shares, for a total of $8 million.  Atari would also exercise its right to have Warner Communications buy the remaining 360,000 shares, for a total of $4.5 million.  (The Globe and Mail (Canada), 12/11/84)

October: Sigmund Hartmann, previously VP software for Commodore International, joined Atari as President of Software (AtariSoft software management/development division).  Leonard Tramiel would be VP software, Richard Frick would be software product manager, 16-bit computers, and John Skruch would be software product manager, 8-bit computers.

October 22: Invisible Software, Inc. was established by former Atari, Corp. engineers Michael Barall and Vincent Wu.

October 26: In the UK Atari now offered the 800XL for £169. (TheTimes 10/26p9)

Fall: Atari shipped new PAL I (UK) and PAL B/G (West Germany) versions of the 2600 in two packages: 2600JR console with two Super Controller joysticks (CX24) and Centipede cartridge, or 2600JT package with one Super Controller and no pack-in game, replacing the 2600GP package versions of the silver format 2600A series by Atari, Inc.  In France, P.E.C.F. Atari shipped a new Péritel version of the new PAL 2600 (PAL console with permanent SCART cable connector with PAL composite video output) in one package, 2600 JR Péritel console with one Super Controller and no pack-in game, replacing the SECAM version of the 2600GP.

Fall: In the U.S. and Canada, new-production Atari 2600 systems would be very similar to the latest 2600CR package by Atari, Inc., including essentially the same silver format square box containing the 4-switch black/no woodgrain 2600A series console, but would include only one CX40 joystick and no game. 

Fall: For the 800XL Atari shipped: AtariLab Light Module, Sky Writer, Millipede, Moon Patrol, Final Legacy.  In Europe Atari shipped the 1029 printer, and in the UK, the new Atari Software Products Division shipped: The Pay-Off

Fall: In the UK, under the Atarisoft label, Atari released for Sinclair ZX Spectrum: Pole Position, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaxian

Fall: In the UK, under the Atarisoft label, Atari released Pole Position for BBC Model B, and released Robotron: 2084 for BBC Model B/Acorn Electron. (July85 review)

Fall: In the UK, Quicksilva released Battlezone, title by Atari, for 48K Spectrum.

November 1: In Canada, Irwin Toy ended its role as exclusive distributor of Atari computers, having been supplanted in the role by the newly-established Atari (Canada) Corp.  The price of the 800XL was being cut to below $200 (previously: $400; the 600XL was to be priced at under $100 (previously: $250-$300).  Irwin Toy would continue to distribute the 2600 in Canada. (Winnipeg Free Press November 16, 1984; source #2)

November 5: Digital Research announced the Graphics Environment Manager (GEM) for MS-DOS Version 2 or 3, or for Concurrent DOS Version 3.2.1 operating in DOS mode.

November 6: Walt Disney Productions filed a $68.8 million lawsuit in California state court against Atari, Corp., Atari Games, Inc., and Warner Communications Inc., alleging failure to live up to terms of a 1982 contract that licensed Atari to use Disney characters and stories in home video games, and that the license was not transferable.

November 8: Simon Westbrook remained Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited managing director. (PopularComputingWeekly 11/8)

November 13: Atari held a press conference proclaiming "The New Atari Corp." at company headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA.  The company currently offered two machines, the 2600 which remained available for $40, and the 800XL computer, now reduced from $179 to $119.  Two new 8-bit computers, compatible with the 800XL, and a new 16-bit computer were to be introduced at the January 1985 CES, with a new 32-bit computer to debut at the Hanover Trade Fair in April 1985.  Atari also confirmed that GEM, a newly announced software operating environment from Digital Research Inc., would be part of Atari's proprietary operating system in the new computers. The current 2600/800XL product line was manufactured in Taiwan and Ireland; the new machines were to be made in Japan.  Atari announced the new Atari Explorer magazine, headed by director of publications Neil Harris.  Atari executives participating included: Jack Tramiel (chairman), Sam Tramiel (president), Sigmund Hartmann (president, software), James L. Copland (Atari "U.S." Corp. vice president, marketing)   (InfoWorld 12/10/84)

November 14-18: Computer Dealer Expo (COMDEX) Fall.  Atari did not exhibit at the show, though reportedly Atari officials were there courting software developers for the new Atari computers in development.

November?: In Hong Kong, the Atari-Wong Co. consumer products manufacturing plant, idled since May 1984, resumed operations with new production of the Atari 1050 disk drive.  Ongoing 1050 production in Singapore by Tandon (S) Pte. Ltd. would be discontinued.

November: In France, P.E.C.F. Atari shipped the 800XL SECAM version (2 499 F).  Also remaining available: 800XL PAL version (2 199 F), 600XL PAL version (1 599). (L'Atarien #5 p19; L'Atarien #7 p33 for date; another source)

November: Bryan Kerr was Atari marketing manager. (AdWeek 11/19/84)

November: Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited took legal action against MRM Software over MRM's Castle of Gems game for the BBC, and the dispute was resolved out of court.  The Atarisoft Crystal Castles for BBC was scheduled to ship in December (never shipped). (PopularComputingWeekly 11/29)

November 19: In the US, Atari had launched a print campaign in major market newspapers to support holiday price cuts on the 800XL. Full-page ads carried the theme, "The powerful personal computer so affordable even Scrooge would have given it." (AdWeek 11/19/84)

December 6: It was reported that Atari would make an immediate 23 per cent reduction to DM 499 (US$160) in the price of its 800XL home computer in West Germany and similar cuts in the UK and Italy. Atari estimated the company's share of the West German home computer market at 8%, compared with 2% in 1983. In the UK, the 800XL price cut was from £169 to £129.  Also, Atari had recently appointed a European marketing manager, M Ruosi.    (PopularComputingWeekly 12/6)

December 8: Atari's James Copland, John Skruch, and Bryan Kerr participated in the Children's Holiday Celebration, a fund raising event for the Scholarship Fund of the Children's Health Council (CHC).  Atari loaned 24 800XL computers to the event's coordinators.  The systems were then rented to participants, proceeds to the Scholarship Fund.  Two of the 800XLs and 1,000 T-shirts were donated by Atari to the organization.

December 20: Atari announced the permanent shutdown of its manufacturing plant in Limerick, Ireland.  About 250 workers lost their jobs.  Atari chairman Jack Tramiel said Atari now was hoping to build a new, automated plant in Europe. In the meantime, European production would be shifted to Atari's plant in Taiwan. (SJMNews 12/22)   Atari Ireland Manufacturing Company Limited (Ennis Road, Limerick), Atari Ireland Distribution Company Limited (Ballysimon Road, Limerick), and Atari Corp. (Ireland) Limited would all be shut down.

December 22: Atari had laid off between 30 and 40 workers at its Sunnyvale headquarters, and was in the process of closing its main headquarters building, one of two remaining facilities in Sunnyvale.  The cut positions were mostly in management information services.  Atari now had a local staff of less than 300.  James J. Copland remained Atari "U.S." Corp. VP marketing. (SJMNews)  Corporate offices would be consolidated at 1196 Borregas Ave. (46,000 square feet), and Atari would vacate the moderately larger 1265 Borregas Ave. building.

1985
January 1: In France at P.E.C.F. Atari, Peter Brookhouse Richards, previously financial controller (CFO), became interim general manager, replacing Guy Millant, who departed the company along with 14 others, including former P.E.C.F. Atari sales manager Antoine Gallozzi to establish Galaxie, a consumer and professional computer product distributor. (source; source; source)

January 5-8: At the International Winter Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, under the banner 'Power Without the Price' Atari introduced the 520ST computer ($599), the 130ST computer ($399; never shipped), the 130XE computer ($149), the 65XE computer ($99), and the 65XEP computer ($399; never shipped), announced the 65XEM computer ($149; never shipped), and featured the 2600 (2600A series; source).  Atari also privately announced a 260ST computer ($499) to some reporters.  ST computers were to run Atari TOS (including CP/M-68K and GEM Desktop, both by Digital Research) included on ROM; ROM was also to include either Atari Logo (Atari/Digital Research) or Atari BASIC (by MetaComCo for Atari; would ship as: ST BASIC) (final Logo vs. BASIC decision to be determined later).  For the ST Atari introduced: STM1 mouse, SM124 High-Resolution Monochrome Monitor, SC1224 color monitor, SF354 3.5" MicroFloppy disk drive (500K double-sided; would ship as: 360K), SF324 3.5" MicroFloppy disk drive (250K single-sided; never shipped), STC504 printer (never shipped), SMM804 printer, SDM124 printer (never shipped).  Also for the ST, Atari announced the SH104 10MB hard disk drive ($599; never shipped), and privately announced the SH317 15MB hard disk drive ($399; never shipped) to some reporters.  ST software announced: Infinity (by Matrix Software; never shipped).  The in/out MIDI ports on the ST computers were demonstrated driving the new Casio CZ-101 $499 synthesizer.  The XE computers would run the Atari OS as found in the Atari 800XL which would now be phased out.  For the XE Atari previewed/announced: XC1411 monitor (never shipped), XM128 monitor (never shipped), XF521 5.25" disk drive (130KiB; never shipped) with DOS 2.5, XTM201 printer (never shipped), XTC201 printer (never shipped), XMM801 printer, XDM121 printer, XM301 modem.  New software by Atari for the XE would include: Infinity (by Matrix Software; never shipped), Silent Butler (by Atari/Silent Butler Software), Shopkeeper (never shipped), AtariWriter Plus, Song Painter (by Atari/Carousel Software; would ship as: Music Painter), Atari Tutorial (never shipped), and several titles previously introduced by Atari, Inc.: The Learning Phone (access software for the PLATO Homelink Service), Proofreader, Crystal Castles, Mario Bros.  Also featured for the XE: AtariLab Light Module, Sky Writer, Millipede, Moon Patrol, Track & Field, Final Legacy.  Bryan Kerr was marketing manager and user group liaison.

Atari, Corp. had five international subsidiaries, headquartered in West Germany, France, Italy, the U.K., and Holland, represented at the show.  In West Germany, Irma Obersteiner was business manager for Atari Corp. (Deutschland) GmbH.  Massimo Ruosi was Atari European general manager.  Claude Nahum was director of Atari's international distribution (sales). (Atari Explorer Apr/May85p69)   

January 7: Warner Communications reportedly had paid off Alan Alda's $10-million spokescontract, which expired in 1988, for Atari. (AdWeek 1/7/85)

January: Ian Kennedy joined Atari (Canada) Corp. as director of sales and marketing; Nicholas Lefevre remained general manager. (source)

January 30: In the Netherlands, Atari, Corp. established Atari (Benelux) B.V. which would take over the business of Atari International (Benelux) B.V. (the Warner Communications Inc. subsidiary), including the headquarters location at Atoomweg 480, 3542 AB Utrecht. (sourceSeveral former employees of Atari International (Benelux) B.V. would be hired by the new Atari (Benelux) B.V., including Ruud Van Nispen as operations manager, Pieter Norp as financial controller, and W.P. (Wilfried) de Graaf as sales and marketing manager.

February 14: Warner Communications disclosed that it would no longer attach any balance-sheet value to the $240-million face value of long-term notes that Jack Tramiel issued in July 1984 to acquire the Atari home-computer and video-game business, and that it intended to recognize any interest and principal payments from Atari, Corp. as income when received. (LATimes 2/15)

February 14-15: A GEM seminar was conducted for software developers at Digital Research headquarters in Monterey CA.  200 attended; most committed to developing software for the Atari ST.  (CN 4/85 p18)

February: First issue of Atari Explorer magazine, published by Atari "U.S." Corp. Director of Publications Neil Harris.  Atari executives listed/profiled: Jack Tramiel (chairman), Sam Tramiel (president), Sigmund Hartmann (president, software), David Harris (vice president, international sales), Leonard Tramiel (vice president, software development), Tom Brightman (vice president, engineering), Joe Spiteri (vice president, manufacturing), Gregory A. Pratt (Atari "U.S." Corp. president), James L. Copland (Atari "U.S." Corp. vice president, marketing).

February: Atari TOS developers abandoned the CP/M-68K component for the new GEMDOS, also by Digital Research. (source)

February?: Atari discontinued manufacturing operations at the Atari-Wong Co. (AWC) plant in Hong Kong (most recently, 1050 disk drive production), and would withdraw from the joint venture originally established between Atari, Inc. and Wong's Electronics Co. (WEC) in 1980.

February: Atari, Corp. completed its acquisition of Atari Taiwan Manufacturing Corp. (ATMC) from Warner Communications Inc.  Atari vice president Samuel W.L. Chin, previously Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, would now be General Manager of ATMC, replacing Loren R. Wolter who departed the company to Stackpole Far East.  Greg Pratt, previously Atari general manager, became Atari Vice President - Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer (replacing Chin in the roles; Pratt would temporarily remain Atari "U.S." Corp. president as well). 

March 5: At the San Leandro Computer Club, a panel of eight top Atari executives (Hartmann, Skruch, Frick, Feagans, Schreiber, Pratt, Shivji, Neil Harris) answered questions from the audience of 200 for over two hours.  Atari pledged both the XE and ST would ship in April.  Regarding the 65XEP, Atari had "postponed plans to produce an 8-bit portable computer, due to lack of interest."  Regarding the 65XEM, "plans for an XEM 8-bit music computer have been postponed indefinitely due to problems with finalizing the AMY sound chip."  The 520ST professional development package was available for $4,500.  In the U.S., as previously announced, the 520ST was to retail for $599; the 130ST was to retail for $399.  Also, Atari again promised to introduce a new 32-bit computer at the Hanover Trade Fair in West Germany in April.  (CN, Apr85, p. 19; SPACE Apr85)

March: The protracted closure of Atari's manufacturing plant at the Raheen Industrial Estate on Ennis Road, Limerick, Ireland, initiated December 1984, was completed.  The workers had won significantly improved severance payments by occupying the plant for two months.  (source; source for date)

March 25: Atari, Corp. notified the State of California of its new principal office address (46,000 square feet): 1196 Borregas Ave., Sunnyvale, CA.  Garry Tramiel remained Atari, Corp. assistant secretary.

March 27: The Boston Computer Society General Meeting featured Leonard Tramiel of Atari, as well as Digital Research's Bruce Cohen, and Bill Bowman from Spinnaker, and marked the east coast unveiling of the new 520ST Computer. The meeting filled Boston's New England Life Hall to capacity.

March 29: Alwin Stumpf, previously head of Commodore in West Germany, joined Atari in West Germany as General Manager, Atari Corp. (Deutschland) GmbH. (source Business manager Irma Obersteiner remained with the company as well.

March 30: At the first meeting of the Atari Worldwide User Network (WUN), held at the office of Antic magazine in San Francisco, Atari announced that the 130XE had just shipped in the U.S. ($149), the 65XE was currently being shipped in Canada, and that DOS 2.5 (OSS) was now shipping with 1050 disk drives (replacing DOS 3) and would be also be distributed as freeware. Dave Duberman was the new User Group Coordinator at Atari (replacing Atari marketing manager Bryan Kerr in the role).

March 30-April 2: At the 10th West Coast Computer Faire at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, The San Leandro Computer Club (SLCC) and the Atari Bay Area User's Computer Society (ABACUS) both displayed 520ST and 130XE units supplied by Atari, their first showing to the general public.

April 5: Ian Kennedy, previously Atari (Canada) Corp. director of sales and marketing, was now Atari (Canada) Corp. general manager. (source)  Nicholas Lefevre, previously general manager of Atari (Canada) Corp., would become Atari, Corp. corporate counsel.

April: Atari featured the 520ST and 130XE at the Hannover Messe (Hanover Trade Fair), West Germany.  Atari proclaimed a May 1st marketing launch for the 520ST, with production ramping up to maximum by July 1st.  (NewsBytes)  For the ST, Atari introduced the SF314 MicroFloppy Disk Drive and previewed the PS3000 Color Monitor/Disk Drive (would ship in limited numbers only), and featured the SF354 disk drive, SC1224 and SM124 monitors, SMM804 and SDM124 printers, again promised a 10MB hard disk drive (SH104) and Infinity, and announced The Silent Butler (never shipped). For the XE Atari featured the XMM801 and XDM121 printers  Also, Atari did not plan to attend June's Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago (they would change their minds in time to attend). (PopularComputingWeelky 4/25)

April: For the XE, Atari released DOS 2.5 as freeware via the CompuServe Atari SIG.

April: Atari discontinued production of the 800XL computer. (source)

April?: In France, P.E.C.F. Atari (controlled by Warner Communications) was restructured with an 80% reduction in headcount, and the division was spun off into a new entity, majority-controlled by Atari, Corp., named Atari France S.A.; P.E.C.F. Atari Interim Country General Manager Peter Richards would depart the company.  Massimo Ruosi (general manager of Atari Italia S.p.A.) would be pro-tempore general manager of Atari France S.A.  (L'Atarien #7-#8 front-matter for timing; L'Atarien #10 p45)  Atari France S.A. would remain at the former location of P.E.C.F. Atari: 9-11, rue Georges-Enesco, 94008 Créteil Cedex

April 22: Atari shipped the 130XE in the UK (£169.90). (NewsBytes for date; PopularComputingWeekly 4/25 for price)

Spring: In France, using the Atarisoft label, Atari released for the XL/XE: Nostradamus, L'Enigme du Triangle

Spring: In the UK, Superior Software released Tempest, title by Atari, for the Acorn Electron/BBC Micro. (May85 ad)

Spring: Atari announced that European distribution, warehousing and administration operations were being centralized in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. (Atari User May85 p19; Page 6 #15 My/Jn85 p5)  (Operations were eventually established in Vianen.)

May 1: Sig Schreyer joined Atari as vice president and general manager for Atari "U.S." Corp. (replacing Greg Pratt in the role).  Schreyer was previously vice president for computer peripherals at Silver Reed.

May 6: Atari confirmed its European structure.  Simon Westbrook, previously managing director of Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited, had become Atari UK and European Controller.  Direct Atari subsidiaries would operate in West Germany, England, France, Holland and Italy, each reporting to Atari president Sam Tramiel.  Independent distributors would operate in other European countries, coordinated by Massimo Ruosi as Atari Europe General Manager, general manager of Atari Italia S.p.A., pro-tempore general manager of Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited (replacing Westbrook in the role) and Atari France S.A.  Also at Atari Italia S.p.A.: Ernesto Zanzi was attorney general, Roberto Freggia was Sales Manager; Fiorenza Anelli was Marketing Manager; and the position of Technical Manager was vacant. (source)  Max Bambridge had joined Atari as head of European sales. (Atari User June85) 

May 6-9: Atari had 4 ST and 2 XE computers on display, and primarily highlighted upcoming 3rd-party software for the ST (which had not yet shipped) and the XE at the Spring COMDEX show at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta GA.  In a joint announcement, Atari and Rising Star Industries, of North Hollywood, CA, intended for Atari to market Rising Star's Valdocs software products (Valdraw, Valpaint, others) for the ST.  Atari said the first ST computers would ship to Atari user groups for beta testing later in the month, with machines for the general public to ship in July.  While the previously-announced 130ST was now canceled, Atari still planned two different versions of the ST: a $799 520ST package for specialty retailers with disk drive and monochrome monitor to ship imminently, and a scaled down model (later: 260ST) for mass mechandisers to ship in September.  Atari said the 800XL and 130XE were available for mass retailers in the meantime and that they expected the 800XL to sell widely through toy retailers for Christmas 1985.  Atari said they were working on a CD-ROM drive for the ST, developed in conjunction with North American Philips.  Atari said they intended to release a 32-bit "graphics workstation" "late this year or possibly early 1986".

June 2-5: At the Summer CES in Chicago, Atari and Activenture, a California optical media company formed in 1984 by Gary A. Kildall, founder/chairman of Digital Research, demonstrated a prototype CD-ROM drive (550MB capacity) for the 520ST, along with a CD-ROM with Grolier's Encyclopedia (unnamed at the show) and Facts and Figures retrieval software for the ST.  Atari introduced the 260STD ($499; later: 260STFM; never shipped) and announced (but did not show) the 260ST ($399; later: 260STM; never shipped) as the new low-end, "mass market" complements to the 520ST, which was now only to be sold through computer specialty stores.  Atari announced that the 520ST was shipping in Canada and Europe, and that the 520ST would ship in large-volume in the U.S. by July 8.  While the 260ST/260STD were to include TOS on ROM, 520ST computers were shipping with TOS on disk, with a TOS ROM chip upgrade to be released later.  For the XE Atari featured the XM301 modem, introduced The Professional (VIP Software; never shipped), GEM Desktop (VIP Software; never shipped), and Home Astronomer (by Atari/Deltron; would ship as: Atari Planetarium), and featured AtariWriter Plus and Silent Butler.  Atari also featured the 2600 (2600A series) and 5200 at the show.  5200 units would be distributed with the original pack-in game, Super Breakout.

June: Atari shipped the 520ST (first systems to the UK; £750 monochrome system; TOS on disk; volume supplies to ship in August). (NewsBytes for month) 

June: Atari announced an agreement with Mosaic Software to bundle an ST version of their Lotus 1-2-3 clone, The Twin (ST version never shipped), with the 520ST.

June: Adron W. Beene joined Atari as a part-time law clerk.

June 19: In a resolution to the legal case initiated by Commodore on July 10, 1984, a federal judge in Philadelphia ruled that while four engineers who left Commodore to join Jack Tramiel at Atari did take some classified documents with them, the documents weren't "crucial" information and had nothing to do with trade secrets. (NewsBytes)

July 1: Donald Thompson (Don Thompson) joined Atari "U.S." Corp. as national sales manager.  Thompson was previously vp and director of consumer products for American Education Computers, and had also served as regional sales manager, national sales manager, and finally director of sales at Atari, Inc. (Consumer) from 1976-1979.

July 3: Date of State of Nevada certificate of corporate status for Tramel Trading Limited. (original incorporation date needed)

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Tramel Trading Limited

July: Atari shipped the 520ST in the U.S., with: STM1 mouse, SF354 disk drive, TOS System Disk, Atari Logo Language Disk, and SM124 monitor ($799 system package) or SC1224 monitor ($999 system package).

July 19: The address of the principal executive office for Tramel Trading Limited was: 1196 Borregas Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA.  Garry Tramiel was president of Tramel Trading Limited.

Month?: Joseph Ferrari, previously a Commodore product manager, joined Atari (Canada) Corp. as Director of Software Development

Months?: For the XE, in the UK, using the Atarisoft label, the Atari Software Products Division released on diskette: Software Pack (The Home Filing Manager + The Pay-Off / Paint), and re-released on cassette: The Lone Raider, Chess, Eastern Front (1941), European Countries and Capitals, An Invitation to Programming

Summer?: Atari released an ST demo disk that included: Dr Doodle (Digital Research)

Summer: In France, using the Atarisoft label, Atari released for the XL/XE: Caméléon, Promoteur

September 4-8: Atari featured the 520ST (£749.99 monochrome system) and 130XE at the Personal Computer World (PCW) show at London's Olympia Hall.  Atari also previewed the 260STFM (earlier name: 260STD; never shipped) and introduced the SH104 10MB hard disk drive for the ST (never shipped).  Max Bambridge, previously head of Atari European sales, had become Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited general manager (replacing Atari Italia S.p.A. general manager Massimo Ruosi in the role).  Bob Katz was Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited ST Product Manager. 

September: Mobex Pty Ltd would become the first and exclusive Atari ST distributor in Australia. (Courier-Mail 9/10/85)

September 26: Atari announced that Atari VP and Atari "U.S." Corp. general manager Sig Schreyer was no longer with the company, and that Atari "U.S." Corp. VP of marketing James L. Copland was resigning from the company. 

September 30: Atari had shipped over 50,000 units of the 520ST. (InfoWorld 12/9/85 p19)

September/October?: For the ST Atari released (for free distribution): ST Writer, NEOchrome (preview version)

October 1: In France, Denis Friedman, previously Atari France S.A. Software Manager, became Head of Third Party Software. (source)

October 21: Computer Systems News reported that Atari had signed a license for the Unix System V operating system from AT&T.

October 28: Atari had shipped 10,000 520ST systems in the U.S. (InfoWorld 10/28/85 p8)

October 28-November 1: Atari introduced the 520ST+ and 260ST at Systems '85 in Munich, West Germany (which was attended by about 126,000 people).  The new computers would initially ship with TOS on disk.

October/November?: For the ST Atari released ST BASIC.

Fall: Rather than produce the announced XF521 disk drive, Atari turned (back) to Tandon (S) Pte Ltd for a new production run of the Atari 1050. 

November?: Chris Hall, previously with Acorn, joined Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited in sales and marketing (alongside Rob Harding, both under Max Bambridge).

November: For the XE Atari shipped AtariWriter Plus.

November 15: Atari announced that Michael V. Katz was the new EVP of Marketing and President of the new Entertainment Electronics Division (both new positions), and would be elected to the Atari, Corp. board of directors.  Katz was previously chairman, president, and chief executive officer of software publisher Epyx, Inc., and before that VP marketing for Coleco Industries from 1979 to 1983, and marketing director for new products at Mattel from 1975 to 1979.

November 18: Atari announced that Albert Montross, founder and president of Compco Computer Centers, was the new Atari vp/general manager of Atari "U.S." Corp. (replacing the departed Sig Schreyer).

November 20-24: At the 7th annual Computer Dealers Exposition (COMDEX/Fall) in Las Vegas, Atari featured the 520ST and the 130XE, primarily showcasing 3rd party software for the ST.  520ST banner: "It's better...It's less money...The critics love it...and it's selling!"  Notably, Atari presented a display consisting of an Atari 520ST, a Commodore Amiga, an Apple Macintosh, and an Atari 130XE, all running versions of the famous Amiga Boing Ball demo program.  Software featured/announced from Atari for the ST: ST Writer, NEOchrome, 3-D Interiors, DB Master (Stoneware; would ship as: DB Master One), 2-Key Accounting System (never shipped), GEM Write (Atari/Digital Research; never shipped), GEM Paint (Atari/Digital Research; never shipped), NEO Images (Atari/Imagebank), ViCom (AM Software/Atari; would ship as: FaSTcom), The Manager (BMB Compuscience/Atari; would ship from BMB), Atari Planetarium, ST BASIC, Atari Logo, K-RAM (Kuma/Atari; would ship from Kuma), K-Seka (Kuma/Atari; would ship from Kuma), CP/M Emulator (Softronics/Atari), Modula-2 (TDI/Atari; would ship from TDI), Joust, Star Raiders, Music (Atari/Rising Star Industries; never shipped).  For the holiday season each 520ST system would ship with 5 free software programs: ST Writer, DB Master One, Megaroids (Megamax), Atari Logo, ST BASIC.  Atari also promoted the SMM804 and SDM121 printers, SF314 disk drive, and the 10MB Atari Hard Drive (SH104) for the ST, while saying that the hard drive would actually ship as a 20MB unit (SH204).  For the XE Atari promoted: XM301 modem, The Learning Phone, AtariWriter Plus, Proofreader, Silent Butler, Music Painter (previously: Song Painter).  Bryan Kerr remained Atari marketing manager; Dave Duberman remained Atari user group coordinator.

November/December: Larry Samuels, previously president of Vicom Distribution, joined Atari "U.S." Corp. as director of sales and marketing (responsible for all US computer sales and marketing efforts), replacing the departed James Copland as head of marketing and replacing national sales manager Don Thompson who departed the company.  (Mike Katz remained Atari EVP marketing.)

December: For the XE Atari shipped the XM301 modem.

December: For the ST Atari announced DB Master One (Stoneware) and FaSTcom (AM Software/Atari)

Atari sold about 100,000 ST computers (50,000 within the U.S.), and over 1 million 2600 game systems, worldwide in 1985. (Compute! Apr86 p31,34; CN Feb86p10,21)

Atari's 8-bit user base in the U.K. has now reached 400,000...close to 100,000 of the [discontinued 800XL] are believed to have been sold during the run up to Christmas alone. (Atari User Feb 1986 p.9)

1986
January 9-12: At the Winter CES in Las Vegas Atari announced the 1040STFM, introduced the 520STM, featured the 65XE and 130XE, reintroduced the (yet to ship) 7800, and introduced the 2600JR version of the Atari 2600 to the U.S.  The 1040STFM would be distributed in the U.S. exclusively by computer dealers (replacing the original 520ST in that respect), in two packages: $999 with SM124 or $1,199 with SC1224.  The 520STM would be available in the U.S. through mass merchandisers and sold in 3 packages: $399 without disk drive or monitor, $699 with SF354 and SM124, or $899 with SF354 and SC1224.  All new ST computers would include TOS 1.0 on ROM (rev. 20-Nov-85), were to ship with 1st Word (by GST), and would ship with a new ST Language Disk which would include: ST BASIC, Atari Logo, NEOchrome (preview version v0.5), VT52 Terminal Emulator.  For the ST Atari also announced the SH204 20MB external hard drive, to be available "next month" for $800.  Atari also announced the SC1424 14" replacement for the SC1224 (to be ready 3/1/86; never shipped) and previewed ST Star Raiders.  For the 65XE and 130XE Atari announced the XC11 program recorder, previewed Star Raiders II (disk), and featured: Silent Butler, Music Painter, Home Astronomer (to ship as: Atari Planetarium), AtariWriter Plus.  Also, both the 130XE and 65XE were to be marketed in the U.S. in bundles; the $399 130XE bundle would include: mouse (STM1), printer (1027), disk drive (1050) and five software titles: Silent Butler, Star Raiders, Music Painter, Paint, AtariWriter.  The 7800 (previously introduced by Atari, Inc. on May 21, 1984) would list for $79 and ship with two Pro-Line Joystick controllers (CX24) and Pole Position II cartridge.  Atari also featured 9 additional game titles for the 7800 (all titles previously introduced by Atari, Inc.): Deluxe Asteroids (previously: 3-D Asteroids; would ship as: Asteroids), Centipede, Dig Dug, Food Fight, Galaga, Joust, Ms. Pac-Man, Robotron: 2084, Xevious.  Rescue on Fractalus! (never shipped) and Ballblazer were promised by Atari for the 7800 as well.  The "cosmetically re-designed" 2600 (unofficially, "2600 Jr.") had been shipping in Europe since fall 1984.  The 2600 would list for $49 and ship with one Standard Joystick (CX40) (and no game), and was expected to ship February 1.  For the 2600 Atari showed: Dig Dug, Pole Position, Stargate, Moon Patrol, Joust.  Mike Katz remained Atari EVP and Entertainment Electronics division president; Al Montross remained Atari vp/general manager Atari "U.S." Corp.).

January: Atari VP/general manager Atari "U.S." Corp. Al Montross departed the company.

January: Atari user group coodinator Dave Duberman had departed the company.

January 20: In the Netherlands, a new location, 19,400 square feet, for Atari (Benelux) B.V.: Hagenweg 7B, 4131 LX Vianen.  (source for date)  

February: Atari France S.A. became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Atari, Corp. (previously: majority-controlled).  Elie Kenan, previously PDG of Procep (Commodore importer/distributor in France), joined Atari France S.A. as PDG (replacing Atari Italia S.p.A. general manager Massimo Ruosi in the role).  Daniel Hammaoui, previously of Procep, would join Atari France S.A. as director of marketing.  (source)  New location: 9, rue Sentou, Suresnes (near Paris)

January/February: For the XE Atari shipped: The Learning Phone

Winter: Atari shipped the TOS ROM chip upgrade for earlier ST computers (520ST and early 520ST+ and 260ST units) which had shipped with TOS on disk.

Winter: Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited product manager Jon Dean departed the company.

Winter: The name of Activenture, Atari's CD-ROM developer partner, was changed to: KnowledgeSet

February 14: Neil Harris remained Atari Director of Communications, Marketing Dept. (previously: director of publications), and remained publisher of Atari Explorer. (Usenet post; InfoWorld reported Harris' title as "hardware products manager" throughout 1986; mc believes that title was never correct)

March 1: New ST system price list from Atari France S.A. included: 520STF (would ship in France instead of the 520STM): 5 990,- FRF; 1040STF : 9 990,- FRF with SM124; 11 990,- FRF with SC1224 (source)

March 7-9: At the (first) Atari Computer Show (ACE), sponsored by Atari User magazine, in the Champagne Suite at the Novotel, Hammersmith, London (the first Atari-specific exhibition to be held anywhere in the world), Atari introduced the 1040STF (£799 with SM124 or £999 with SC1224), introduced the 520STM (£399) to the UK, announced the 520STFM (£499) which was to ship in a "few months," previewed the 7800 for the UK (£70; would not ship in the UK until 1989), and featured the 2600 and the 130XE.  For the ST Atari previewed the "MS-DOS Box" (IBM V20-Emulator; 8088 + socket for 8087 + 512K RAM; never shipped) and announced the CP/M-Z80 Emulator (CP/M-80 version 2.2 emulator by SoftDesign).  For the XE Atari previewed an "80-column adapter" (would ship as: XEP80) and introduced the XC11 program recorder.  Close to 15,000 attended the event.

March 12-19: At CeBIT '86 (Centrum für Büro und Informationstechnik) in Hanover, West Germany (this was the first year that CeBIT was held separately from the Hannover Messe (Hanover Trade Fair)), Atari introduced the 1040STF to Europe and featured the 520ST+ and 260ST.  Atari also showed the SMM804, SH204, and previewed the MS-DOS Box (IBM V20-Emulator; never shipped) and the CP/M-Z80 Emulator.  For the XE Atari again previewed an 80 column card (XEP80), previewed a 3.5" floppy disk drive (XF351; never shipped), and previewed a new DOS (later: ADOS; would ship as: DOS XE).

March: Atari shipped the 1040STF and 520STM (U.S. and UK), shipped the 65XE (U.S. release), and for the XE shipped: Proofreader, Silent Butler (Ted A. Goldstone; shipped with order form for Silent Butler Checkholder from Silent Butler Software), Music Painter

Winter/Spring?: Tom Sloper, previously of Rudell Design, joined the Atari Entertainment Electronics division as director of product development (2600/7800).

April 3: In the UK, the name of Atari International (U.K.) Inc. (the Warner Communications Inc. subsidiary; country of origin: US) was changed to: Atari Games International (UK) Inc.  Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited continued to sublease its Atari House headquarters from Atari Games International (UK) Inc.

April: Sandi Austin was the new User Group Coordinator at Atari (replacing the departed Dave Duberman).

April: Atari announced that Toys "R" Us would be the first mass merchandiser to offer the ST in the U.S., starting in May.  (Mike Katz remained Atari EVP marketing.)  (NewsBytes)

April: Larry Samuels, previously Atari "U.S." Corp. director of sales and marketing, additionally became general manager, Atari "U.S." Corp., replacing the departed Al Montross.  August J. Liguori (Augi Liguori) joined Atari as Vice President - Administration, Atari "U.S." Corp.  Liguori was previously Vice President of Finance at Knickerbocker Toy Co. (subsidiary of Warner Communications).

April: Eric Cabedoce joined Atari France S.A. as Directeur technique.

April 28-May 1: At the Spring COMDEX show in Atlanta, Atari featured both the XE and ST computer lines.  For the XE Atari showed the XMM801 printer, again previewed an 80 column card (XEP80), again previewed a 3.5" floppy disk drive (XF351), and showed software including Star Raiders II.  For the ST Atari showed the SH204 hard drive, the SMM804 printer, an MS-DOS emulator (IBM V20-Emulator; never shipped), the CP/M-Z80 Emulator, and announced plans to market dBMAN by Versasoft.  Atari also previewed a 1200 bit/s modem for XE or ST (would ship as: SX212).

Spring: For the ST Atari shipped the SMM804 printer, and for the XE Atari shipped the XMM801 printer and Atari Planetarium

May 10: Date of Atari, Corp. Industrial Lease Agreement for Warehouse at 360 Caribbean Drive, Sunnyvale, California.

May: Geoffrey Earle (Geoff Earle) joined Atari (Canada) Corp. (as national sales manager?).

May: In Canada Atari shipped the 7800 (GCC; NTSC version with "thin rainbow" design) for North America, boxed with Pole Position II cartridge (GCC) and two Pro-Line Joystick controllers (CX24).  (K-Mart ad, Winnipeg Free Press May 28, 1986)

May: Atari established the subsidiary, Atari Explorer Publications Corp.  Address: 7 Hilltop Road, Mendham NJ

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Tramel Trading Limited
Atari Explorer Publications Corp.

May 26: For the ST Atari shipped the SH204 hard drive.

June 1: Atari announced that David H. Ahl was the new editor of Atari Explorer magazine (replacing Director of Communications, Marketing Dept. Neil Harris in the role.  The Winter 1986 issue was the last published by Harris and his team).

June 1-4: Atari primarily featured the 2600 and 7800 at the Summer CES in Chicago, under the banner, "Where The Action Is".  Atari announced that the 7800 would be available in the fall (source), and for the 7800 Atari announced: Ballblazer (introduced by Atari, Inc. in 1984), Desert Falcon (introduced by Atari, Inc. in 1984), and the first 12 7800 "Supergames": Choplifter! (title by Brøderbund), Karateka (title by Brøderbund), Touchdown Football (title by Electronic Arts), One-on-One Basketball (title by Electronic Arts), Skyfox (title by Electronic Arts; never shipped), Summer Games (title by Epyx), GATO (title by Spectrum Holobyte; never shipped), Super Huey (title by Cosmi), Hat Trick (title by Bally Sente), Demolition Derby (title by Bally Midway?; never shipped), Winter Games (title by Epyx), Impossible Mission (title by Epyx).  New 2600 titles by Atari would include: Jr. Pac-Man (introduced by Atari, Inc. in 1984), Midnight Magic (introduced by Atari, Inc. in 1984), Solaris (by Douglas Neubauer), Masters of the Universe (INTV; previously shipped by Mattel; never shipped by Atari), Thunder Castle (INTV; never shipped), Treasure of Tarmin (INTV; never shipped)

For the XE Atari introduced the XEP80 interface, introduced Star Raiders II, and also featured the XMM801 printer, Atari Planetarium, and Silent Butler.

For the ST Atari introduced ST Star Raiders, Millipede (never shipped) and BattleZone, and also introduced DB Master One from Stoneware. (DB Master One had been temporarily provided free with 520ST computers during December 1985.)  Also featured: the CP/M-Z80 Emulator

Atari also announced/previewed a Hayes-compatible 1200 bps modem for ST/PC/XE ("XM 1200"?; would ship as: SX212) to ship by late summer 1986, and announced a VT100 emulator cartridge (would ship as: ST Terminal Emulator: VT100 Version) for the ST. (InfoWorld June 16 p.22) 

June 3: Atari announced 200,000 STs had been sold worldwide, 40% of those in the United States. Sig Hartmann was Atari Software President; Bryan Kerr was Computer Product Marketing Manager. (source)

June?: Richard Bernhardt joined Atari as legal administrator (hired by corporate counsel Josephine Druehl).

June: New ST system pricing from Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited, to "run through to the end of July": 520STM with one SF354 drive: £449 (previously: £550); 520STM with two SF354 drives and SM124 mono monitor: £699 (previously: £849); 520STM with two SF354 drives and colour monitor: £849 (previously: £999).  As previously, all UK packages were bundled with mouse, GEM, ST Basic, ST Logo, 1st Word, CP/M emulation program and the Neochrome painting program. (NewsBytes 6/17)

June: In the Netherlands, Wilfred Kilwinger joined Atari (Benelux) B.V. as Software Support Supervisor.

Month?: Atari (Schweiz) AG (Switzerland) general manager Marco Guerra additionally became general manager of Atari Italia S.p.A. (Italy).(source), replacing Massimo Ruosi who departed the company.

July 1: For the ST Atari assumed the exclusive worldwide marketing rights to dBMAN by Versasoft.  Versasoft would remain the developer and source for support.

July: Atari shipped the 520STM (West Germany/Europe, where it replaced the 260ST).

July: Atari announced an agreement with Microsoft to offer Microsoft Write for the ST (based on the Macintosh version of Microsoft Word; replacement for the unshipped GEM Write).  Atari would sell, market, and distribute the product, to ship Oct/Nov 1986.

July: For the ST Atari announced they were shipping DB Master One and Joust (title by Williams).

July: For the XE Atari shipped: Star Raiders II

Summer?: Atari announced that 17 educational titles in the (multi-platform) Arrakis Advantage series by Arrakis would be released by Atari for the ST.  The programs would cover algebra, geometry, statistics, trigonometry, biology, chemistry and physics, and would be designed for high school students (grades 7-12). 

Summer: For the XE Atari shipped the XC12 program recorder (Europe)

Summer?: Bryan Kerr, previously Atari computer product marketing manager, became Atari "U.S." Corp. director of marketing (replacing Atari "U.S." Corp. general manager Larry Samuels in the role).

August: Hi Tech Expressions announced that they and Atari were teaming up to provide computers and software in pediatric wards of hospitals in 10 US cities for Christmas 1986.  Atari would donate 28 Atari 130XE computers, along with printers and joysticks, while Hi Tech Expressions would provide its complete line of greeting-card and novelty software, including PartyWare, HeartWare, and Jingle Disks. (NewsBytes)

August 29: Date of Memorandum of Agreement among Atari, Corp., Jack Tramiel, Atari Holdings, Inc., Productions et Editions Cinematographiques Francais S.A.R.L., Atari Games International (UK) Inc., Warner Communications Inc. and certain subsidiaries of Atari Holdings, Inc.  Atari, Corp. and Warner Communications (WCI) agreed that, in consideration for: the net assets Atari acquired in the July 2, 1984 transaction; accrued interest on the purchase obligation at 17%; and the repayment of WCI's $24.7 million advanced to Atari, including accrued interest thereon at 10.5%, Atari would issue to WCI 7,100,000 shares of Atari Common Stock, and would pay to WCI approximately $36.1 million, upon consummation of a public offering of Atari Common Stock. (The IPO would occur on November 7, 1986.)

August/September: For the ST Atari shipped ST Star Raiders, and released the CP/M-Z80 Emulator (CP/M-80 version 2.2 emulator by SoftDesign) to the public domain.

August/September: Atari shipped the 7800 (NTSC version with "thin rainbow" design) in the U.S., boxed with Pole Position II cartridge (GCC) and two Pro-Line Joystick controllers (CX24), and for the 7800 Atari shipped Asteroids (GCC), Joust (GCC), and Ms. Pac-Man (GCC). (one source) (Toys "R" Us newspaper ad Sept. 4)

September 1: Garry Tramiel, previously Atari Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and Vice President - Administration, would now be Atari Secretary, Assistant Treasurer and Vice President - Administration.  Schreiber & McBride partner Leonard Schreiber, previously Atari director, VP, and secretary, would remain an Atari director and, on behalf of Schreiber & McBride, Atari general counsel.

September 3-7: At the 9th Personal Computer World Show in London, Atari introduced the 2080STF computer (£1149 monochrome system or £1349 colour system; to ship in the UK in November; never shipped), the 4160STF computer (£1459 monochrome system or £1659 colour system; to ship in the UK in November; never shipped), and the BLiTTER (Bit-Block Transfer Processor) upgrade for ST computers (never shipped), and again previewed the MS-DOS Box (IBM V20-Emulator; never shipped).  For the ST Atari introduced FaSTcom, NEOchrome (final version 1.0), and ST Star Raiders, previewed a BBC BASIC emulator, and introduced Microsoft Write.  For the XE Atari introduced the XEP80 and Star Raiders II to the UK.  Max Bambridge remained Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited general manager; Les Player remained technical manager. (Atari User 11/86)

September 12: Atari, Corp. filed a certificate of amendment to its articles of incorporation changing the corporate name to: Atari Corporation

September 15: About 150,000 ST computers had been sold to date, with perhaps half of those going abroad.  Almost a quarter of Atari's sales came from video games. (Compute! Jan87p89)

September: Max Bambridge remained Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited general manager. (Microscope via NewsBytes)

September: Motorola announced the 68030 chip.

September 18: Atari announced that it had filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering of 4.5 million common shares, to be priced from $11.50 to $13.50. The underwriter for the offering would be Paine Webber Inc.  The IPO would occur on November 7.  According to the prospectus, Atari had sold over 150,000 ST computer systems world-wide as of Sept. 15, 1986.  Atari executive officers (12) consisted of: Jack Tramiel (chairman of board), Sam Tramiel (president), Samuel W.L. Chin (vice president), Leonard I. Schreiber (director (legal counsel)), Gregory A. Pratt (vice president-finance), Taro Tokai (vice president), Garry Tramiel (secretary/vp administration), Shiraz Shivji (vp-advanced technology), Leonard Tramiel (vp-software development), Michael V. Katz (vp-marketing/Entertainment Electronics), Thomas Brightman (vp-production engineering), Joseph Spiteri (vp-manufacturing). (CN Nov 86)

Sept/Oct: First issue of Atari Explorer magazine produced by Atari Explorer Publications Corp. of Mendham, NJ, headed by David H. Ahl, founder and former editor of Creative Computing magazine.

Fall: For the 7800 Atari shipped: Centipede (GCC), Dig Dug (GCC), Food Fight (GCC), Galaga (GCC), Robotron: 2084 (GCC)

Fall: Atari shipped Jr. Pac-Man (GCC), Midnight Magic and Solaris for the 2600.

Fall: Atari shipped Ballblazer and Rescue on Fractalus! for the 5200 (both titles were introduced by Atari, Inc. in 1984).

Fall: For the ST Atari shipped: ST Terminal Emulator: VT100 Version (cartridge), 1st Word (1.06; by GST; new-production ST computer systems would not ship with 1st Word as they had previously)

October 1: Atari France S.A. Head of Third Party Software Denis Friedman departed the company to Brøderbund.  (source)

October 1?: Max Bambridge, previously Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited general manager, would move to Taiwan on a trial basis to consider an offer to serve as head of the Atari operation in the Far East, including the Taiwan factory which employed 1,500 people (would replace Samuel W.L. Chin as General Manager of Atari Taiwan Manufacturing Corp.).  Bob Gleadow, previously VP for Asia at Commodore International (and prior to that head of Commodore in the UK), would join Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited as general manager, replacing Bambridge in the role.  Separately, Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited Sales & Marketing Director Rob Harding also departed the company. (source #1; PopCompWkly 10/2/86 and 10/16/86; NewsBytes 10/7, 10/14; Atari User)

October: Sig Hartmann, previously president of the Atari software division (worldwide), became Atari Executive Vice President of Business Development (sales and marketing efforts to original equipment manufacturer (OEMs), value-added resellers (VARs), and Fortune 1,000 companies.  Richard Frick, previously Atari ST line product manager, became Atari Director of business development. (IW 10/27/86)   Atari Associate Director for Computer Software (XE line) John Skruch would additionally be responsible for ST line software development (replacing Frick in the role).

October/November: Paul Welch, sales manager at Commodore in the UK from 1981-1985, joined Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited as sales manager, replacing the departed Rob Harding.

November 7: Initial public offering of shares of Atari Corporation common stock on the American Stock Exchange, under ticker symbol ATC.  Atari sold US$50.6 million worth of stock, or 4.5 million shares at US$11.25 each.  Jack Tramiel and his associates retained collective controlling ownership of about 52% of the company.  Under the agreement between Atari and Warner Communications Inc. (WCI) of Aug. 29, 1986, WCI beneficially acquired 7,100,000 shares of Atari Common Stock, or about 22% of the company, and also received approximately $36.1 million.

November 10-14: At the Fall COMDEX in Las Vegas, under the theme "Atari Means Business" Atari introduced the SX212 modem (ST/XE/PC), demonstrated the BLiTTER upgrade for the 520ST/1040ST (upgrade never shipped), and featured the 1040ST, SH204, and XEP80.  Emphasizing software more than hardware, for the ST Atari introduced Microsoft Write and NEOchrome (final version 1.0; new-production ST computer systems would not ship with NEOchrome as they had previously.), featured the ST Terminal Emulator: VT100 Version, and introduced a line of education software programs licensed from Arrakis (Arrakis Advantage series).  The ST was the number one selling micro in West Germany, and second in the U.K. after Amstrad, according to Atari.

November 12: Styra Corporation was established in Carrollton Texas (near Dallas) by Lynn Reed.

November 14: Max Bambridge, previously Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited general manager, would become Atari director for international sales and marketing, replacing David Harris who had departed the company. In Hong Kong, Harris established Hartech Limited, a calculator company.

November: Larry Samuels, previously Atari "U.S." Corp. general manager, became Atari VP strategic markets (worldwide education, multimedia, computer graphics, and music markets).  August Liguori, previously VP administration Atari "U.S." Corp., became VP and general manager, Atari "U.S." Corp. (replacing Samuels in the role).

November: Atari "U.S." Corp. director of marketing Bryan Kerr departed the company (to Blue Chip). (source)

November 25: In Hong Kong, Atari established Atari Finance (Japan) Co., Limited (for investing in Hartech Limited?)

November 22: John Skruch remained Atari Associate Director for Computer Software. (source)

November 28-30: At the Atari Christmas Show at the Royal Horticultural Hall, London, Atari featured ST computers, introduced the 7800 to the UK (would not ship in the UK until 1989), and featured the 2600, and for the XE featured the XEP80.

November/December: For the 7800 Atari shipped: Xevious (GCC), for a total of 10 released games for the 7800. (ComputerEntertainer 12/86p8; 2/87p13)

December 12: Atari shipped the the 520STFM (UK; £459). (PopCompWkly 12/18/86; NewsBytes)

December?: Don Reisinger, previously Commodore-Amiga, Inc. Regional Marketing Manager, joined Atari "U.S." Corp. as director of marketing/computer products (replacing the departed Bryan Kerr in the role).

December 17: Date of Atari's Industrial Lease Agreement for Warehouse at 390 Caribbean Drive, Sunnyvale, California.

An Atari spokesman said that 100,000 7800 units had been sold in 1986. (ComputerEntertainer 12/86p8)

1987
January 8-11: At the Winter CES in Las Vegas Atari introduced the Atari PC, to ship in two configurations: US$499 (CGA/Mono/Hercules; version never shipped), or US$699 system (EGA/CGA/Mono/Hercules) with PCM124 EGA monitor; all PC systems were to ship with PCM1 mouse, MS-DOS 3.2 by Microsoft, GW-BASIC by Microsoft, GEM Desktop by Digital Research, and undetermined applications software.  For the Atari PC Atari also previewed an external 20MB hard disk drive (PCH204).  Atari introduced the Mega ST, to ship in three configurations: 1 MiB RAM for about US$1,200, 2 MiB RAM for about US$1,500, or 4 MiB RAM for about US$2,000.  For the Mega ST Atari introduced a laser printer (SLM804) and an external 20MB hard drive (SH205).  Atari announced new prices for earlier ST systems: 1040STF with SM124 from $999 to $899; 1040STF with SC1224 from $1199 to $1099; 520STM with SM124 from $799 to $499.  Atari featured the BLiTTER upgrade for 520ST/1040ST, confirmed that the IBM PC emulator box for the ST was still under development, and also featured the SH204 and NEOchrome 1.0.  Atari previewed the XE game system, and for the XE again previewed a 3.5" disk drive (XF351), introduced the XC12 program recorder to the U.S. (never shipped in the U.S.), featured the XEP80, and announced 80-column XEP80 versions of Silent Butler (later: Silent Butler 80; upgrade for Silent Butler; never shipped) and AtariWriter Plus (would ship as: AtariWriter 80).  For the ST/XE/PC Atari featured the SX212.  For the 2600 Atari featured the 3 recent releases Jr. Pac-Man, Midnight Magic, and Solaris, and also showed: Crystal Castles, Pole Position, Centipede, Joust, Battlezone.  For the 7800 Atari planned 9 new releases (for a total of 19 games available) by June 1987, including (all titles previously announced but not yet shipped): Karateka, Choplifter!, Summer Games, One-On-One Basketball, Skyfox (never shipped). (one source Neil Harris remained Atari Director of Marketing Communications.

January: Roy J. Good, previously VP product development at Fortune Systems, joined Atari as Manager of Product Development (hired to lead development of 32-bit successor to Atari ST, ultimately named the Atari TT), replacing VP engineering Thomas Brightman who departed the company to Visual Information Technologies Inc. (VIT) as VP operations; in winter 1988 Brightman would co-found APT Corp. as VP marketing; APT would soon be renamed, Cyrix Corporation. (Good would report to VP Advanced Technology Shiraz Shivji.)

January: Simon Westbrook, previously Atari UK and European Controller, became Atari Financial Controller.

January: Alex Leavens joined Atari as Technical Support Manager (online support).

Winter: For the ST Atari shipped: NEOchrome (final version), Crystal Castles

Winter: Atari added new sales offices / subsidiaries in Spain and Sweden.  In Spain, Claude Nahum, previously Atari Director of International Sales, would establish and serve as general manager of Ordenadores Atari S.A.

February 2: New ST system pricing from Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited: 520STM: £260 (previously: £344); 520STFM: £400; 1040STF monochrome system: £700 (previously: £920); 1040STF colour system: £900 (previously: £1150). (NewsBytes)

February 15-18: Atari introduced the XE game system at the American International Toy Fair in New York.  The system would include console, keyboard, joystick (CX40), and video gun (XG-1 light gun), and would be bundled with "a sophisticated computer game requiring keyboard interaction" (Flight Simulator II), "a fast-action arcade-style game" (Missile Command), and "a new shooting game for the video gun" (Troubleshooter; later: Blast 'Em; would ship as: Bug Hunt)

March 4-7: At CeBIT '87 in Hanover, West Germany, Atari introduced the Mega ST, the Atari Laser Printer (would ship as: SLM804), the Atari PC (both CGA/Mono/Hercules version (never shipped) and EGA/CGA/Mono/Hercules system with PCM124 EGA monitor), and the XE game system to Europe, featured the 1040STF, introduced Crystal Castles and the Arrakis Advantage series for the ST, announced BattleZone XE (title previously announced/previewed by Atari, Inc. in 1983), and also announced a new XE-styled replacement for the recently fast-selling-out 800XL (would ship as: 800XE).

March 10-12: Atari planned to introduce the 520STFM and feature the ST Terminal Emulator: VT100 Version cartridge in their first appearance at CorpCon, East, a minicomputer industry trade show, at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in New York. (ST World v2n2; confirmation wanted!)

March: Joshua Tropper, previously as Associate at Gaston Snow & Ely Bartlett, joined Atari as Corporate Counsel, replacing Josephine Parry (formerly: Josephine Druehl) who departed the company (to Tandem).

March 17-20: At the Eighth Australian Personal Computer Show, held at Sydney's Centrepoint, Atari was represented by their distributor in Australia, Mobex Pty Ltd.

March 24: Atari and Commodore International said that all pending litigation between the two personal computer companies had been settled. On August 13, 1984, Atari had sued the Amiga Corporation, which was later acquired by Commodore, for breach of contract in a deal to develop a new computer. Atari subsequently sued Commodore in Federal court for patent infringement. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.  (NYT 3/25)

March 24: Atari announced that technical support manager Alex Leavens was no longer with the company.

April 3: Atari Executive Vice President of Business Development Sig Hartmann announced that, while retaining responsibility for OEM, VAR, and Fortune 1000 sales, he would additionally resume his prior responsibility for U.S. software development and sales (ST line).  Richard Frick, while retaining responsibility for OEM, VAR, and Fortune 1000 sales, additionally resumed his prior responsibility for U.S. software development and sales as Atari Director of Software Development (ST line). (source John Skruch, previously Atari associate director for computer software (ST and XE lines), would become Atari Director of Software Development (non ST lines).

April 6: Atari announced the appointment of J. J. (Jerry) Brown, previously VP corporate marketing at Texas Instruments, as VP and general manager of U.S. operations (Atari "U.S." Corp.) (CN v7n6p13), replacing August Liguori in the role; Liguori would become Atari VP operations.

April 6: Atari announced that it had canceled its plans for its recently announced domestic offering of $75 million of convertible subordinated debentures. Instead, it would offer the debentures solely to foreign investors resident abroad.

April: WordPerfect Corp. announced WordPerfect for the Atari ST (WordPerfect 4.1).

April 16: In Australia, Livaro Pty Ltd. was established.  Atari would later take control of Livaro, and the company would be renamed: Atari Computers Pty Ltd.  Atari Computers Pty Ltd would take over the Atari business in Australia from distributor, Mobex Pty Ltd.

April 24-26: At the Atari Computer Show, Champagne Suite & Exhibition Centre, Novotel, Hammersmith, London, Atari introduced the Business PC (would ship as: PC2) (£599.95 with twin floppy drives, or £999.95 with single floppy and built-in 20MB hard drive), introduced the Atari PC (£399.95 without monitor, or £499.95 with PCM124 monochrome monitor) to the UK, introduced the Mega ST (2 MiB RAM for £999 or 4 MiB RAM for £1299) to the UK, introduced the XE game system to the UK (console: £80; keyboard: £40), and introduced the SLM804 laser printer to the UK.  Atari also featured the 520STM , 520STFM, and 1040STF.  Atari also announced it would be selling $75 million in convertible Eurobonds at 5 1/4% to European investors. (ST World v2n5; CN v7n5, CN v7n6, PopCompWkly 5/1/87)  NewsBytes UK estimated that between 25 to 30,000 STs had been sold in the UK to date.

April 24: In Arizona, Hartech Limited (of Hong Kong) established Hartech U.S.A., Ltd.  Former Atari VP international sales David Harris was president of Hartech.

April 24: NSI, a chip and board maker headquartered in Marlborough, Mass., announced that Atari had purchased an equity position in the company.  NSI would be supplying Atari with chips for the Atari PC's. (ST World v2n5)

April 25-29: At the SICOB (Salon International d'Informatique, Télématique, Communication, Organisation du Bureau et Bureautique) show in Paris, Atari featured the Mega ST2, the Mega ST4, and the Atari PC.

April 29: Atari completed the sale of $75 million of 5 1/4% Convertible Subordinated Debentures due 2002.

Spring/Summer: For the ST Atari shipped BattleZone, and in the Arrakis Advantage series: Algebra I Vol. 1, Geometry Vol. 1, Biology Vol. 2, Chemistry Vol. 1

May: Steven Kawalick, previously Atari director of taxes, became Atari Vice President-Treasurer and Assistant Secretary.  Greg Pratt, previously Atari Vice President - Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, would now be Atari Vice President - Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

May 21: Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Atari Corporation, Sunnyvale CA.  Six were elected to the board of directors.  Reelected: Jack Tramiel, Sam Tramiel, Samuel W.L. Chin, and Leonard I. Schreiber.  Newly elected: Gregory A. Pratt (Atari Vice President - Finance and Chief Financial Officer) and Michael Rosenberg (of Ross & Roberts, Inc., a plastics company).  Mike Katz, previously a director, would remain EVP marketing and president of the Entertainment Electronics division.

May 22: Atari announced a 2-for-1 stock split. The record date would be June 2, 1987. The payment date would be June 19, 1987.

May 29: Atari announced the appointment of Clifford Slobod as director of national sales for its Entertainment Electronics division.  Slobod's experience included 13 years with Mattel.  Slobod would be responsible for domestic sales of video game systems and software, and would manage the introduction of the new Atari XE game system.

May 30-June 2: At the Summer CES in Chicago Atari's slogan was "Come Fly With Us" and beneath the ceiling-mounted "Flying High" banner, sitting on top of the airport-inspired Atari exhibit, sat a real Piper Cherokee aircraft.  Atari promoted 40 game titles for the 2600, 7800, and XE, including 16 games for the 2600, 10 games for the 7800, and 14 game cartridges for the new XE game system.  Introduced/featured by Atari for the 2600: RealSports Boxing, Super Baseball, Super Football, Crossbow (title by Exidy), Desert Falcon, Donkey Kong (title by Nintendo; previously released by Coleco), Donkey Kong Junior (title by Nintendo; previously released by Coleco; previously announced by Atari, Inc. in 1984), Mouse Trap (title by Exidy; previously released by Coleco), Venture (title by Exidy; previously released by Coleco), Q*bert (title by Gottlieb; previously released by Parker Brothers).  Promoted by Atari for the 7800 (all previously announced): Desert Falcon, Choplifter!, Karateka, Touchdown Football, One-on-One Basketball, Skyfox (never shipped), Summer Games, Winter Games, Impossible Mission, Hat Trick

For the XE Atari announced that, in addition to keyboard, joystick, and video gun (light gun), the XE game system would be bundled with Flight Simulator II (previously released by SubLOGIC), Missile Command (previously released on cartridge), and Blast 'Em (previously: Troubleshooter; would ship as: Bug Hunt).  Atari introduced 14 XE cartridges: Hardball! (previously released by Accolade), Fight Night (previously released by Accolade), Touchdown Football (previously released by Electronic arts; XE cartridge never shipped), One-on-One Basketball (previously released by Electronic Arts), Archon (by Free Fall Associates; previously released by Electronic Arts), Ballblazer (by Lucasfilm; previously released by Epyx), Rescue on Fractalus! (by Lucasfilm; previously released by Epyx), Lode Runner (previously released by Brøderbund), Blue Max (by Brøderbund; previously released by Synapse), David's Midnight Magic (previously released by Brøderbund), Crossbow (title by Exidy), plus Atari's own Food Fight, BattleZone, and Star Raiders II (previously released on disk).  Atari said they were additionally developing "two new shooting games" as well (would ship as: Barnyard Blaster, Crime Buster).  Also for the XE, Atari introduced the XF551 disk drive with ADOS (would ship as: DOS XE), featured the SX212 and introduced/announced SX Express!, featured the XEP80, and featured Atari Planetarium.

Atari also featured the Atari PC at the show, which was slated to ship with: MS-DOS, GEM Desktop, GEM Paint, GEM Write.  While the ST product range was not otherwise represented, Atari did have one new model 520STFM unit on display.  Mike Katz remained Atari EVP marketing and Entertainment Electronics division president.

Separately, the Hartech U.S.A., Ltd. division of Hartech Limited of Hong Kong (headed by former Atari vice president for international sales David Harris) introduced a line of Atari branded calculators, which would include: CC90R ExecuCard (Solar), CC90B ExecuCard (Solar), CC91R ExecuCard (Solar), CC91B ExecuCard (Solar), CC91G ExecuCard (Solar), CC92 ExecuCard (Solar), CC190 Junior Desk-Top Auto Recall Calculator (32-Step Auto Recall), CC191 Compact Wallet Calculator, CC192 Mini Card Auto Recall Calculator (32-Step Auto Recall), CC-1800 Compact Wallet Auto Recall Calculator (32-Step Auto Recall), CC1900 Professional Desk-Top Auto Recall Calculator, DB2100 Data Bank Calculator, DMP2000 Hand Held Printer With Desk-Top Features (Electronic)

June 1-4: Atari did not attend the Spring COMDEX in Atlanta, which coincided with the Summer CES.

June: Adron W. Beene, previously part-time law clerk with Atari, was promoted to Assistant Corporate Counsel.

June 15: John Skruch remained Atari Software Director (non ST lines). (source)

June 19: A 2-for-1 split of Atari Common Stock was effected in the form of a 100% common stock dividend distributed to all Atari shareholders. (As a result, significant minority shareholder Warner Communications Inc. now beneficially owned 14,200,000 shares of Atari Corporation Common Stock.)

June 19-20: Atari hosted the World of Atari exposition at Techmart in the Santa Clara Convention Center, California.

June 21: Augie Liguori was Atari VP operations (WashPost)

June 27-30: Atari featured ST computers at the Summer NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) at McCormick Place, Chicago (the first appearance by any computer company at a NAMM). (ST World Sept 87)  Atari signed up 50 music stores nationwide to carry the 520STFM and 1040STF computers and planned to sign up another 200 dealers within the next few months.  J.J. Brown remained vice president and general manager of Atari's U.S. operations. (NewsBytes)

June/July: Atari shipped the 2MiB Mega ST in West Germany. (NewsBytes 7/7)

July: Atari VP and general manager of U.S. operations (Atari "U.S." Corp.) Jerry Brown departed the company. (Microtimes for date)  August Liguori, previously Atari VP operations, would (again) become Atari VP and general manager of Atari "U.S." Corp., replacing Brown in the role.

Summer: Atari shipped the XDM121 printer for the XE.

Months?: For the 7800 Atari shipped: Choplifter! (ibidinc), Karateka (ibidinc), One-on-One Basketball (Computer Magic).  Released in limited quantities: Desert Falcon (GCC), Winter Games (Computer Magic)

Months?: For the 2600 Atari shipped: RealSports Boxing, Desert Falcon, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Junior, Venture, Mouse Trap, Q*Bert.  Also, Stargate for the 2600 was re-released by Atari as: Defender II

Month?: Atari shipped Gremlins for the 5200.  It would be the last game released by Atari for the 5200.

Month?: Atari VP Samuel W.L. Chin discontinued his role as General Manager of Atari Taiwan Manufacturing Corp.

July/August: Atari shipped the 4MiB Mega ST in West Germany. (NewsBytes 8/11)

August: Atari shipped the Mega ST in the UK: 2MiB system for £995; 4MiB system for £1,295. (NewsBytes)

August: Atari announced plans to introduce a new computer based on the Inmos Transputer around June 1988.  The computer would be designed by the British company, Perihelion, and run the Perihelion Software operating system, HeliOS.

August: In the UK Atari announced that the SLM804 printer would list for £1,299. (NewsBytes 8/25)

August: Lawrence Siegel, previously president/owner of Memetron, joined the Atari Entertainment Electronics Division as VP software development, replacing Tom Sloper who would depart the company to Activision.

August: Joseph Ferrari, previously Atari (Canada) Corp. Director of Software Development, would become Atari Director, Applications Software (ST line), replacing Richard Frick who departed the company to The Learning Company. (source for title)

August 23: Atari Corporation and The Federated Group, Inc., seller of home entertainment and consumer electronics products through a chain of 67 electronics stores in California (main territory), Texas (19 stores), Arizona and Kansas, announced that they had entered into a merger agreement pursuant to which Atari would purchase all the shares of Federated at $6.25 per share in cash ($67.3 million).  Paine Webber had acted as financial advisor to Atari and would serve as the dealer/manager for the offer.  Wilfred Schwartz was the chairman of The Federated Group, which he had founded as Federated Electronics, Inc. on February 10, 1970 in Los Angeles.

August 27: The name of Styra Corporation was changed to: Styra Semiconductor Corporation

August 28: Date of Atari's Agreement and Plan of Merger with The Federated Group, Inc.  Atari began its $6.25-a-share offer to shareholders of The Federated Group, Inc.  The transaction was expected to have a total value of approximately $70 million.

September 1: In the UK Atari cut the price of the 520STFM to £299 (previously: £399), and cut the price of the 1040STF to £499 (previously: £599) with no monitor, £599 with monochrome monitor, or £699 with color monitor. Paul Welch remained Atari sales and marketing manager. (NewsBytes) 

September 2: Atari announced it had acquired controlling interest in The Federated Group, Inc.  A partnership consisting of Wilfred Schwartz, chairman of Federated, and members of his family, along with Federated's three other principal executive officers and members of their families, had tendered 6,523,237 shares in response to Atari's cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of Federated.  Such number of shares represented 61 percent of the shares of Federated outstanding as of Aug. 23, 1987, and together with shares previously acquired by Atari, was in excess of 51 percent of the shares on a fully diluted basis.

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September?: Atari shipped the Atari PC (PC1), along with the PCM1 mouse and PCM124 monitor in Europe (West Germany). (CN12/87p.16)

September: Atari shipped the SX212 modem.

Fall: Atari shipped the 520STFM in the U.S., and would phase out the 520STM in both the U.S. and the UK.  (Atari would continue to ship the 520STM rather than the 520STFM in West Germany.)

September 18-20: (first) Atari Messe Düsseldorf, Messehalle 1, Messegelände, West Germany.  Organized by Atari Corp. (Deutschland) GmbH.  About 20,000 attended.

September 22: On the eve of Atari's announcement of a transputer at the PCW show, a transputer presentation was given by Atari and Perihelion at the Cafe Royal in London; over 100 software developers, hardware manufacturers and press people attended.

September 23-37: Atari announced (but did not show) the CDAR500 CD-ROM drive (never shipped) at the Tenth Personal Computer World (PCW) show at the Olympia exhibition hall in west London.  The Atari PC series (PC and PC2?) was again previewed as well. (NewsBytes 3/22/88)

September/October: Atari shipped the XEP80 interface for the XE.

September/October: Atari shipped the XE game system in late September, and it reached most dealer shelves by mid-October, retail price US$150. XES4001 package included: Missile Command and Atari BASIC on ROM, keyboard, Joystick (CX40), Light Gun (XG-1), Bug Hunt (previously: Blast 'Em) cartridge, Flight Simulator II cartridge

September/October: For the ST Atari shipped, in the Arrakis Advantage series: Algebra I Vol. 2, Geometry Vol. 2, Statistics, Trigonometry, Biology Vol. 3, Biology Vol. 4, Physics Vol. 1

Fall: For the XE Atari shipped: Rescue on Fractalus!, Ballblazer, Star Raiders II, Blue Max (Sculptured Software), Lode Runner (Chuck Peavey), David's Midnight Magic, Hardball! (Sculptured Software), Fight Night (Sculptured Software), Barnyard Blaster (K-Byte), Archon, One-on-One Basketball (Sculptured Software)

Fall: For the XE Atari announced (via a new 2600/7800/XE Video Game Catalog): Desert Falcon, Choplifter! (previously released by Brøderbund), Commando (title by Capcom; never shipped), GATO (title by Spectrum Holobyte)

Fall?: In the UK, Electric Dreams Software released Star Raiders II, title by Atari, for Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64/128, or ZX Spectrum 48K/128K/+.

Fall?: In the UK, Electric Dreams Software released Tempest, title by Atari, versions for ZX Spectrum 48K/128K/+ or for Amstrad CPC.

October 5: Atari completed its acquisition of The Federated Group, Inc., a retailer of consumer electronic and home entertainment products with 91 outlets in Arizona, California, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas for $64.1 million in cash.  Federated was headed by Wilfred Schwartz, chairman, Keith Powell, president, and Michael Pastore, senior vice president of operations.

October 9: Atari announced that it had started shipping its new Mega 2 ST and Mega 4 ST computers to authorized Atari business computers centers (U.S.). The announcement was made at a special rollout for dealers that was being held in conjunction with the Northeast Atari Computer Fair, Oct. 10 and 11 at The Centrum in Worcester, co-sponsored by the Boston Computer Society.  The SH205 and SLM804 were again promised.

October 12: Federated Group chairman Wilfred Schwartz, president Keith Powell, and senior vice president Michael Pastore all resigned from the company.  Atari named Garry Tramiel (Atari vice president) president of Federated Group.

October: Elton H. Southard, previously SVP engineering at Robinton Products, and Group Vice President-Commodore Semiconductor Group from 1979-1985, joined Atari as VP Semiconductor Operations (new position at Atari).  Atari would acquire Styra Semiconductor Corporation, to be headed by Southard (and Styra founder Lynn Reed would depart the company).  Styra Semiconductor would remain at: 2161 Hutton Drive, Suite 200, Carrollton TX (near Dallas)

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October: WordPerfect Corp. shipped WordPerfect for the Atari ST (WordPerfect 4.1).

October 23: Nintendo of America Inc. requested a preliminary injunction against Atari Corporation in U.S. District Court in New York, protesting that two Atari television commercials were false and misleading.  The first commercial claimed the XE played hundreds of games while Nintendo's NES played only 80.  Nintendo said the Atari claim was inflated because it was based in part on older games now hard to find.  The second commercial stated the XE played both disk and cartridge games while the Nintendo played only cartridge games.  While the commercial acknowledged the disk drive for the XE must be purchased separately, Nintendo said the claim was misleading because the disk drive was expensive and hard to find.

October 27: Regarding Nintendo's legal action against Atari of October 23, the U.S. District Court in New York denied Nintendo venue in New York, transferred the suit to U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., and refused Nintendo's request for a temporary restraining order to stop airing Atari's commercial comparing the new Atari XE Game System with the Nintendo game system.

November 2-6: At the Fall COMDEX '87 in Las Vegas Atari introduced the Inmos T800-based Abaq transputer (developed by Perihelion, including Jack Lang (founder) and Richard Miller (Managing Director); later: Atari Transputer Workstation (ATW)) running HeliOS (developed by Perihelion Software, headed by Tim King) in a developer's configuration to be used in conjunction with an external Mega ST (configuration never shipped); a standalone system was also announced (would ship as: ATW800).  For the Mega and ST Atari introduced the Atari CD (CDAR500; never shipped), introduced the Megafile 20 (SH205) and Megafile 40 (never shipped), introduced DeskSet (by G.O. Graphics; never shipped; DeskSet II version eventually shipped), featured Microsoft Write, and featured the SLM804 laser printer.  Atari also featured the PC1 (previously: Atari PC "entry level system"), introduced the PC2 (previously: Business PC "expandable system") and PC4, previewed the PC3, and announced the PC5 (PC3/PC5 to be introduced at CeBIT '88).  The PC systems would run MS-DOS 3.2 and ship with: GEM Desktop, GEM Write, GEM Paint, GW-BASIC.  Atari also introduced the PromiseLAN network system (by Moses Computers; never shipped) for Mega, ST, and PC, plus a Macintosh AppleTalk interface.  (The 65XE/130XE were not shown.)

November: Atari Corp. (Deutschland) GmbH announced a new division responsible for development, headed by Helmut Joswig (Commodore, Siemens, Nixdorf, Olympia), to join Atari in April 1988.  Alwin Stumpf remained Atari Corp. (Deutschland) GmbH general manager.

November 20-22: Atari Christmas Show at the London Novotel Hotel.

November/December: For the ST Atari shipped, in the Arrakis Advantage series: Algebra II Vol. 1, Algebra II Vol. 2, Algebra III, Biology Vol. 1, Chemistry Vol. 2, Physics Vol. 2

December 15: The Honorable Robert P. Aguilar, United States District Judge, Northern District of California, denied the October 23, 1988 request by Nintendo of America for a preliminary injunction against the Atari television ads comparing Atari's XE game system with the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).  The court ruled that the advertisements did not violate the Lanham Act.

December: Atari announced they had worked with federal agents on a sting operation to seize 2,000 pirated video game machines and accessories from P.S.D., a Southern California importer.  The pirated machines seized were the popular 2600 models, and were worth more than $100,000.  The company set up a sting operation to buy the equipment with the help of agents from the U.S. Customs Service and the U.S. Marshal's office.  Authorities raided P.S.D.'s warehouse on Dec. 8 and seized a shipping container on Dec. 17.  U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter issued a permanent injunction against P.S.D. to prevent it from selling Atari knockoffs.  Joshua Tropper was Atari corporate counsel; Richard Bernhardt was Atari legal administrator.

December: Atari shipped the Atari PC1 (Atari PC), along with the PCM1 mouse and PCM124 monitor, in Canada.  Systems included: MS-DOS 3.21, GW-BASIC, GEM Desktop, GEM Write, GEM Paint (source)

December?: Atari shipped the XF551 disk drive (with DOS 2.5) for the XE. (source#1; CN June88p15)

In 1987, Atari Corp. (Deutschland) GmbH sold 72,000 1040STF computers, 38,000 520STM computers, and 10,000 Mega ST computers in West Germany. (source)

1988
January 4: Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited offered the first of four planned desktop publishing packages: £2,400 for 2MiB Mega ST, SLM804 and DeskSet DTP software.  Further systems, with a 4 MiB Mega ST and/or high-end DTP software, were to become available later in the month. (NewsBytes)

January 5: Atari Corp. (Deutschland) GmbH had won a contract to supply computers to the University of Stuttgart. Up to 500 computers were to be used for the study of computer science. (NewsBytes)

January 7-10: Atari did not exhibit at the Winter CES in Las Vegas, but instead occupied a suite away from the show floor and sponsored ads in the daily show magazines for its Atari game systems. (Compute! Mar88p4)

January?: Atari exhibited at the Winter NAMM show in Los Angeles, featuring the Mega and ST computers.

January: Neil Harris, previously Atari Director of Marketing Communications, became Atari "U.S." Corp. Director of Sales & Marketing for the East and Midwest Regions.

January: The Federated Group SVP Merrill Lyons departed the company. (LA Times 8/16/89)

January 27: For the Mega and ST Atari announced that they had shipped Microsoft Write (direct port of Microsoft Word 1.05 from the Macintosh), and the SLM804 laser printer (with SLMC804 interface).

January 27: Assignee Atari Corporation gained assignor's interest in U.S. patents Des. 255,565 and Des. 303,127 from assignor Atari Holdings, Inc.

Winter: For the XE Atari shipped: BattleZone (Ken Rose)

Winter: Atari shipped both the PC2 and the PC3. (West Germany)(source)

February 8-17: Atari featured the 2600, 7800 and XE video game systems at the 85th American International Toy Fair in New York City.  Sam Tramiel remained Atari president and COO, and Michael Katz remained Entertainment Electronics division president.

February 29: Les Player remained Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited technical manager. (source)

March 1: Atari had approximately 4,090 employees, of which approximately 1,860 were employed in the computer and video game business and 2,230 were employed within the Federated retail business.  Within the computer and video game business Atari employed approximately 140 in engineering and product development, approximately 250 in marketing, sales and distribution, approximately 1,310 in manufacturing and production, and approximately 160 in general administration and management.  Within the retail business approximately 1,980 were employed in the retail locations, approximately 150 were employed in general administration and management and approximately 100 were employed in warehousing and distribution. (10K for 1987)

March 1?: Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited increased the price of the 520STFM to £399 (previously: £299), and increased the price of 1040STF systems by £100 as well. (NewsBytes)

March 1?: New Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited price listings for promised Atari PC computers: PC2-SD (single 5.25" floppy disk drive) at £599-99, the PC2-DD (dual floppy disk drives) at £649-99, and the PC2-HD (30MB hard drive) at £949-99 (prices excluding VAT).  The original Atari PC (PC1) was no longer slated for release in the UK. (NewsBytes 3/22/88)

March 1-3: Atari introduced the CDAR504 Optofile CD-ROM player (later: CDAR504 Compact Disc Drive) at Microsoft's Third International Conference on CD-ROM in Seattle.

March 4: In Hong Kong, Atari established Tambercombe Company Limited.  (Maybe the odd name because the Warner Communications subsidiary, Atari International (Hong Kong) Limited (AIHK; originally Atari-Wong Limited) remained in existence?)

March 9: The formal name of the Atari's subsidiary in West Germany was changed from Atari Corp. (Deutschland) GmbH to: Atari Computer GmbH

March 14: In a lawsuit filed in Federal District Court in San Jose, Calif., Atari said it had reached an agreement on the telephone to buy three million memory chips from Micron for $3.75 apiece. Atari said, however, that Micron later broke the agreement and asked for a new, substantially higher price. The suit sought unspecified damages for breach of contract, bad faith and violation of antitrust laws.  Joshua Tropper was Atari's corporate counsel; Richard Bernhardt was Atari spokesman.

March: Atari shipped the PC2 in Canada (and the UK?).  Systems included: MS-DOS 3.21, GW-BASIC, GEM Desktop, GEM Write, GEM Paint  (source)

March: For the 7800 Atari shipped: Ballblazer (GCC)  (Atari pr 6/4/88)

March 16-23: At CeBIT '88 in Hanover, West Germany, Atari introduced the Abaq (name to be changed) Atari Transputer Workstation (ATW) standalone system (would ship as: ATW800), the PC5, and the SR444 removable cartridge hard drive (would ship as: Megafile 44), and also featured: Mega ST, CDAR504, PC2, PC4.  Reportedly "As almost all times...an airplane with a long streaming ATARI banner circled the grounds." (SPACE April '88 p.10).  Privately, Atari previewed a 68030-based software prototype system running 68020 UNIX tools and software; the goal was to install UniSoft UNIX System V Release 3.1.  Authentic, detailed, but unauthorized specifications for two upcoming 68030-based Atari computer models became public: the "TT" (to run TOS; would ship as: TT030) and the "TT/X" (to run UNIX SVR3; "TT/X" never shipped)

April 1: In West Germany, Helmut Joswig, previously of Commodore, joined Atari Computer GmbH to establish and serve as managing director a new Atari technology, research and development division (source, source), which would be located in Braunschweig (Brunswick) on Julius-Konegen-Straße, and primarily tasked to develop additional products in the Atari PC product range.

April 15: In its legal dispute against Micron initiated in March, Atari announced it had amended its complaint to add claims that Micron also violated California's unfair business practices laws.  Joshua Tropper was Atari's coporate counsel.

April 19-21: Atari exhibited a desktop publishing system package (Mega 4, Megafile 20 / SH205, SLM804, Softlogik Publishing Partner Professional) at the Corporate Electronic Publishing Systems (CEPS) show in Chicago.  Also, Atari "U.S." Corp. had formed a new Atari Computer division, launched by Charles Babbitt (Chuck Babbitt) as division president and Anthony Gould (Tony Gould) as division VP sales.  Neil Harris, previously Atari "U.S." Corp. Director of Sales & Marketing for the East and Midwest Regions, had become Atari Computer division Director of Product Marketing, replacing Don Reisinger who departed the company.  (August Liguori remained Atari VP and general manager of Atari "U.S." Corp.)

April 22-24: At the Atari User Show at London's Alexandra Palace, Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited introduced the 520STFM Summer Pack (£399-99 including 22 bundled games), to be offered until Sept. 1.  Also, new production 520STFM units now featured a double-sided 3.5" floppy disk drive (previously: single-sided).  Atari confirmed an ST laptop project, code-named Stacy.  (The Atari CDAR504 CD-ROM drive was not shown as promised.) (NewsBytes)

April 25-29: At the SICOB show in Paris, new products featured by Atari included the PC2/PC4 (not for sale in France yet), and the Abaq (name to be changed) Atari Transputer Workstation (ATW).

Spring: Atari shipped the SX Express! disk software package for use with the SX212 modem on the XE.

May 3: Assignee Atari Corporation gained assignor's interest in U.S. patent 4,349,708 from assignor Atari Holdings, Inc.

May 9-12: At the Spring COMDEX in Atlanta, Atari featured the Mega and ST, the PC4, and the CDAR504 CD-ROM drive, along with Deskset for the ST. (Atari did not show the Abaq Atari Transputer Workstation (ATW).) 

May: At the London Cafe Royale, Atari introduced the PC4 to the UK (£1,299) and announced that the 1040STFM was to ship in the UK Sept. 1988.  Atari also announced it was shipping prototypes of its Abaq Transputer workstation to software developers. (NewsBytes)

May: For the 2600 Atari shipped: Crossbow (Atari pr 6/4/88)

May: Atari Corporation was #484 on the latest Fortune 500 list, making the list for the first time. (NewsBytes 5/24)

May: John Skruch remained Atari director of software development (non ST lines). (CN 5/88 p8)

May 17: Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Atari Corporation.  Six were elected to the board of directors: Jack Tramiel (Chairman), Sam Tramiel, Samuel W.L. Chin, Leonard I. Schreiber, Gregory A. Pratt, Michael Rosenberg.  Atari director, president, and COO Sam Tramiel additionally became CEO of Atari (replacing Atari chairman Jack Tramiel as CEO).

May/June: For the Mega and ST Atari shipped: Atari Planetarium (by Deltron), Missile Command, Crack'ed

June 1: Atari announced that Axlon Chairman Nolan Bushnell had signed a video game development agreement to design and develop on an exclusive basis an unspecified number of video games for Atari's 2600 and 7800 home video game systems.  Axlon would develop four games initially.

June 1: According to Atari, more than 25 million Atari 2600 systems had been sold to date, and the 7800 had sold more than [one?] million units to date. (source)

June 4: At the Summer CES in Chicago the Atari Entertainment Electronics Division (Michael Katz, president) announced several new appointments: Ronald L. Stringari (16 years as video game product line purchasing/marketing at Sears; 1981-83 Atari Inc marketing vp) as vice president of sales and marketing (replacing the departed Clifford Slobod); Bob Harris (previously advertising and marketing director at Sega) as marketing director; Bob Blau (previously Coleco video game sales) as eastern and southern regions sales director; Robert J. Schuricht (founder and national sales and marketing manager for CSS) as midwest region sales director; Jeneane Harter (previously of Atari computer marketing) as marketing manager; Madeline Gordon (previously Capcom sales administration manager) as manager of sales planning and merchandising; Dave Staugas (with Atari for 6 years as a video game designer and software engineer) as software engineer; Juli Wade (with Atari since 1985) as assistant product manager for the 2600 line.

June 4-7: At the Summer CES in Chicago (booth 9405) Atari announced plans to add 45 new game titles in 1988 for the 2600 ($49.95), 7800 ($79.95) with new Joypad controller (CX78; package with CX78 never shipped in the U.S.), and XE ($149.95) game systems.  Slogan: "The Winning Package."  6 new 2600 titles would include: Crossbow (released in May), Super Baseball, Super Football, Sprint Master, Dark Chambers.  19 new 7800 titles would include: Ballblazer (released in March), Desert Falcon (summer), Winter Games (Epyx), Impossible Mission (Epyx) (summer), Summer Games (Epyx), Hat Trick (summer), Super Baseball (summer; would ship as: RealSports Baseball), Skyfox (never shipped), Super Huey, Dark Chambers (John Palevich) (summer), Commando (title by Capcom), Mario Bros. (title by Nintendo), Ace of Aces (title by Accolade), Crack'ed (Atari/Robert Neve), Crossbow (title by Exidy), Fight Night (title by Accolade), Donkey Kong (title by Nintendo), Donkey Kong Junior (title by Nintendo), Nebulus (Hewson; would ship as: Tower Toppler).  20 XE titles would include Battlezone (released early 1988) and 19 new titles (for a total of 52 XE titles), available 2nd Qtr: Ace of Aces (previously released by Accolade), Desert Falcon, GATO, Necromancer (by Bill Williams; previously released by Synapse); 3rd Qtr: Choplifter!, Commando (never released), Crime Buster, Crossbow, Crystal Castles, Into the Eagle's Nest (by Pandora), Karateka (previously released by Brøderbund), Mario Bros., Mean 18 Ultimate Golf (title by Accolade; never released), Summer Games (previously released by Epyx), Thunderfox (by Aztec Design); 4th Qtr: Airball (by MicroDeal), Dark Chambers, Jinks (by Softgold; never released), Nebulus (Hewson; later: Tower Toppler; never released).  Atari announced the XE/7800/2600 "Atari's Winning Package for '88" advertising and promotion campaign featuring a World Series Sweepstakes endorsed by Ozzie Smith, a Superbowl Sweepstakes endorsed by Doug Williams, an NBA Championship Sweepstakes endorsed by Spud Webb, and the Atari Advantage collectors' program.  Bob Harris remained Atari Electronic Entertainment Division marketing director.  Michael Katz remained president of Atari's Electronic Entertainment Division. (source; source; source)

June 6: Atari "U.S." Corp. Atari Computer division president Chuck Babbitt and VP sales Tony Gould had departed the company.  (August Liguori remained Atari VP and general manager of Atari "U.S." Corp.)  (source; CN Jul/Aug88p8)

June 7: For the Mega and ST, Atari was shipping the CDAR504 Compact Disc Drive in limited quantities. (NewsBytes)

June 13: The first meeting of the Atari Dealer Council, held at company headquarters in Sunnyvale, was attended by fifteen dealerships.

June 14: Atari announced an out-of-court settlement of its lawsuit against memory chip maker Micron Technology, Inc. Terms were not disclosed. Atari had accused Micron of breaking contracts by raising memory chip prices.

June: Atari Software Development, a sub-unit of the Atari's Entertainment Electronics division, was established in Lombard IL (suburban Chicago), by Lawrence D. Siegel (Larry Siegel), who remained division vice president of software development. (source for date)  The unit would produce entertainment software for the Atari ST, XEGS (and XL and XE computers), 7800 and 2600 systems.  Mike Katz, based in Sunnyvale, remained president of the Entertainment Electronics division of Atari.

June: For the ST Atari announced Moon Patrol (title by Irem). (Dealer News 6/88)

June: Atari exhibited at the Summer NAMM in Atlanta, where they featured the Mega and ST computers, and they formed a MIDI Developer's Council.

June: Richard Bernhardt was Atari coordinator of government affairs.

June: Atari User Group Coordinator Sandy Austin departed the company.

June/July: For the XE Atari shipped: GATO (Xanth F/X)

Month?: Ira Goldstein, previously of Thomson Components Mostek Corp., joined Atari's Styra Semiconductor subsidiary as VP engineering.

Month?: Dan Morris, previously manufacturing director at Hughes Semiconductor (and earlier with Commodore), joined Atari as a production engineer.

July: Atari announced that they would bundle Imagen Corp.'s Ultrascript Postscript-compatible interpreter with their Mega ST-based desktop publishing systems.

July: For the ST and PC, Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited announced, in the new Battlescapes series of wargame simulations (by Dr. Peter Turcan), Borodino and Armada.

July 16: The Houston Chronicle reported that Atari was close to an agreement to lease the 400,000-square-foot former Deauville Mall in Kingwood for use as a computer manufacturing/assembly facility.  (Atari never closed this deal.)  Vincent M. Giammatteo was Atari VP for manufacturing operations (source), having replaced the departed Joe Spiteri.

July: Atari Corporate Counsel Nicholas Lefevre departed the company.

July: Atari vp strategic markets (worldwide markets) Larry Samuels departed the company. (source)

Summer: For the 7800 Atari shipped: Desert Falcon (GCC) (wide release), Winter Games (Computer Magic) (wide release), Hat Trick (ibidinc), RealSports Baseball

Summer?: Atari shipped the 520STFM in West Germany, replacing the 520STM there.

August: For the Atari PC Atari shipped the PCF554 Floppy Disk Drive (5.25") in Canada. (source)

August: Cindy Claveran, previously Atari developer-relations coordinator, was appointed Atari User Group Coordinator (replacing the departed Sandy Austin).

August: Atari "U.S." Corp. Atari Computer division Director of Product Marketing Neil Harris was assigned to update the computer marketing at Federated Group stores. (NewsBytes 8/30)  Mike Dendo, previously of Star Micronics, joined the Atari "U.S." Corp. Atari Computer division as VP sales, replacing the departed Tony Gould (and essentially assuming the previous roles of Harris and departed division president Chuck Babbitt as well). (source)

August: Darryl Still joined Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited as ST product manager.

August-September: Tangerine Dream 26-concert North American tour was sponsored by Atari.

August 26: Atari Corporation filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Jose charging it was defrauded when it purchased Federated Group Inc.  Atari claimed it was defrauded of $43 million when it bought Federated in August 1987 and completed the acquisition in October 1987 for $64.1 million in cash.  Atari charged that Wilfred Schwartz, Federated's former chairman and principal stockholder, conspired with other Federated officers to misrepresent the value of the company's assets.  Atari also sued Ernst & Whinney, accountants for Federated at the time of the acquisition, and Goldman Sachs & Co., the investment banking firm that represented Federated in the transaction.  Joshua Tropper was corporate counsel for Atari.

Summer/Fall: Atari shipped the PC4 and the PC5 (Europe).(source)

August/September: For the XE Atari shipped: Desert Falcon (Ken Rose), Ace of Aces, Mario Bros. (Sculptured Software)

September 2-4: The (2nd) Atari Messe in Düsseldorf, West Germany, organized by Atari Computer GmbH.  Products featured by Atari included the XE game system, the Atari PC line, the CDAR504 for the Mega and ST, and the Abaq (name to be changed) Atari Transputer Workstation (ATW).  26,000 attended, according to Atari.

September 15-17: At the Seybold Desktop Publishing Exposition at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Atari featured the Mega ST desktop publishing systems with DeskSet, and introduced Ultrascript by Imagen.

September 16: Carrying out orders issued the day before by Judge Whitman Knapp of the U.S. District Court, agents of Executive Security Services, working with Atari's security forces, raided eight New York businesses and seized hundreds of counterfeit video game machines and thousands of related accessories.

September 16-18: Atari announced the Pocket PC (would ship as: Portfolio) at the Personal Computer Show (PC Show) at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London.  Atari also announced UltraScript for the SLM804 and Mega ST, and featured the Abaq (name to be changed) Atari Transputer Workstation (ATW), the PC3, the PC4, and the PC5.

September 23: Atari reached a settlement with defendants of the Sept. 16 counterfeit video game raid in New York in which more than 700 counterfeit Atari 2600 consoles and joysticks were seized. The terms of the order, which was reached in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, stipulated that all video game machines, joysticks and their packaging, along with Atari-related software seized by Atari, would be destroyed.

September 23: Atari "U.S." Corp. Atari Computer division Director of Product Marketing Neil Harris departed the company. (source)

September/October: For the Mega and ST Atari shipped: Moon Patrol (Andromeda)

October 1: Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited reduced the price for the 520STFM to £299 (previously: £399), reversing the March 1988 price increase. (NewsBytes)

October 4: Hotz Instruments Technology was established by Jimmy Hotz and Mick Fleetwood.

October?: Atari published three "Atari Advantage" catalog/posters, one each for the XE, 7800, and 2600 game systems.  "Coming Soon" for the XE: Crystal Castles, Thunderfox, Crossbow, Into the Eagle's Next; for the 7800: Crossbow, Tower Toppler (title by U.S. Gold; previously: Nebulus), Donkey Kong, Commando, Impossible Mission, Donkey Kong Junior, Summer Games, Fight Night, Super Huey, Crack'ed, Ace of Aces, Mario Bros., Dark Chambers; for the 2600: Super Baseball, Super Football, Sprint Master, Dark Chambers

October?: For the 7800 Atari shipped: Summer Games (Computer Magic), Donkey Kong (ITDC), Donkey Kong Junior (ITDC), Mario Bros. (ITDC)

October?: For the XE Atari shipped: Food Fight (The Softworks Factory), Necromancer

October: In the Netherlands at Atari (Benelux) B.V., Wilfred Kilwinger, previously Software Support Supervisor, became Support Manager.

October 17: The Warner Communications Inc. subsidiaries AIL Holdings Limited, AIL Ireland Limited, Atari International Hong Kong Ltd. ("AIHK"), and WEA Musik Neue Medien and Elektronik GmbH ("WEA Musik") transferred their collective 14,200,000 shares of Atari Corporation Common Stock to Atari Holdings, Inc.

October 18: Atari Holdings, Inc. declared a dividend of the 14,200,000 shares of Atari Corporation Common Stock (acquired the previous day) to its parent, Warner Communications Inc.

Fall: John Feagans remained Director of Software Technology at Atari. (source)

Fall: Frank Foster, previously of Hybrid Arts, joined Atari as director of specialty markets (MIDI and graphics products marketing, worldwide), replacing the departed Larry Samuels in the role.

Fall: Atari announced the release (U.S.) of the Megafile 20 (SH205) 20MB hard-disk drive ($680).  The SH204 hard-disk drive had been discontinued. (source)

November 8: Atari announced that it had purchased the creditor position of approximately $32 million in the Federated Group Inc., its wholly owned consumer electronics retailing chain, from five banks led by Security Pacific National Bank.

November: Atari CFO Greg Pratt became responsible for The Federated Group operations. (LA Times 3/10/89)

November: Atari director of applications software (ST line) Joe Ferrari departed the company.

November 14-18: At COMDEX '88 in Las Vegas, Atari featured the Mega and ST computers, the Atari Transputer Workstation (previously: Abaq; specific configuration: ATW800), and the PC4 and PC5.  For the Mega and ST Atari introduced UltraScript (developed by Imagen), introduced DeskSet II (developed by G.O. Graphics), and introduced the Megafile 30, Megafile 60, and the RoboKit (developed by Personal Robots for Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited).  Also for the Mega and ST, Atari introduced the A Bentley Bear At-Home Tutor series (by Avni): Magical Math I, Magical Math II, Magical Math III, Spelling Bee, Memory Master, Memory Master II, Alphabet Tutor, Typing Tutor, Magical Anagram, Equation Builder, General Store.  Atari confirmed plans for a 68030-based ST computer ("TT"), to run both Atari TOS and UNIX System V.  The "Stacy" prototype ST laptop computer was privately previewed.

Nov.21-Dec.31: "Atari Holiday Bonus Software Program" -- Any consumer who purchased an Atari 2600 or 7800 video game system (U.S.) would receive a bonus of two free game cartridges, direct from Atari. In addition, current owners or new owners who bought any two Atari game cartridges would get one cartridge free.  Also through Dec. 31, Atari offered a $50 rebate for the purchase (U.S.) of an XE game system.

November 22: Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited launched a media campaign to promote the PC3, PC4, and PC5, and also announced that the "Stacy" ST laptop was to list for £695 (single-floppy and 1MiB RAM) and to ship May 1989, following an introduction at CeBIT '89 in March.

November 25-27: Atari Christmas Show, London's Alexandra Palace, was attended by 13,000.  (NewsBytes)

November/December: For the 2600 Atari shipped: Super Baseball, Super Football, Sprint Master

December 13: Warner Communications Inc. contributed the 14,200,000 shares of Common Stock of Atari Corporation held by it to Warner Communications Investors, Inc.

December: For the XE Atari shipped: Crystal Castles (The Softworks Factory), Into the Eagle's Nest

1989
January 1: Atari began treating The Federated Group as a "discontinued operation" for accounting purposes. (LA Times 3/10/89)

January 4: Atari and Hartech Ltd. of Hong Kong jointly announced the cancellation of the licensing agreement authorizing the use of the Atari trademark on calculators.  Instead Atari would create a Consumer Products division to expand its product line to include not only calculators, but a largely expanded selection of consumer electronic products.  David Harris, Hartech's president, would be president of the Atari Consumer Products division, which would be located in Phoenix, Ariz. (home of Hartech U.S.A., Ltd.).

January 7-10: Atari's Entertainment Electronics division exhibited in a suite of rooms at the Dunes Hotel near the Winter CES in Las Vegas. (ST World Feb89)  Atari announced it would be shipping over 20 new titles for the 2600, 7800, and XE, which would bring the total library to 114 "active" titles: 44 for the 2600, 29 for the 7800, and 41 for the XE.  Three new titles for the 2600: Road Runner, Double Dunk, Secret Quest.  10 new games for the 7800 would include: Tower Toppler, Impossible Mission, Fight Night, Crossbow.  6 new titles for the XE would include: Commando (never shipped), Into the Eagle's Nest, Airball. (CN Mar89p13; Apr89p12)  At the CES itself, Epyx previewed the Handy, which would ultimately ship as the Atari Lynx.

January: For the XE Atari shipped DOS XE (earlier name: ADOS).  New production XF551 disk drives would also ship with DOS XE (replacing DOS 2.5).

January 20-22: Atari previewed the Hotz MIDI Translator (invented by Jimmy Hotz for Hotz Instruments Technology) at the Winter NAMM International Music Market show in Anaheim CA.  Mega and ST computers were exhibited by Atari as well.

January 31: Atari filed a $250 million lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Jose CA against Nintendo Co. Ltd. and its Redmond-based U.S. subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc.  Atari's complaint stated that "developers are faced with the choice between selling games only to Nintendo customers or not selling."  As a result, Atari said game creators--fully aware of Nintendo's strong market position--"yield to coercion from Nintendo" and leave Atari and other manufacturers of video game consoles unable to obtain many popular games for use on their own systems.  Sam Tramiel, president of Atari Corporation, said Nintendo's efforts to limit the rights of independent game developers to sell their own games to other consumers is "bad for the people who invent the games and worse for the consumers who want to play them."  The case would finally go to trial on February 11, 1992.  Joshua Tropper was Atari corporate counsel. (NYT error: "general counsel")

January 31: In the Netherlands, Ruud van Nispen, previously Atari (Benelux) B.V. operations manager, became sales director, replacing W. P. (Wilfried) de Graaf who departed the company. (source)

February: Craig Erickson, previously of Mindscape, joined the Atari Entertainment Electronics division as Executive Producer of Software Development. (source for titleLarry Siegel remained division VP Software Development.

February: Richard G. Miller, previously Managing Director of Perihelion Ltd., joined Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited as Technical Manager, replacing Les Player who departed the company (to head GFA System Technik's operation in the UK (source)).

February 15: Atari VP Advanced Technology Shiraz Shivji departed the company.  (1989 proxy)

February 21-24: At the Which Computer? Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham Engliand, Atari and Distributed Information Processing, Ltd. (DIP) introduced the Pocket PC (later: Atari Folio; would ship as: Atari Portfolio), and announced that DIP had licensed Atari to manufacture and market the Pocket PC on a worldwide basis. The £199 machine was to begin shipping from the end of April.  David Frodsham was DIP's managing director. (NewsBytes)

March 1: Atari had approximately 1,780 employees including 160 in engineering and product development, 280 in marketing, sales and distribution, 1,140 in manufacturing and production, and 200 in general administration and management. (10-K for 1988)

March 4: Time Incorporated and Warner Communications Inc. (WCI) announced plans to merge, where Time would acquire WCI to form Time Warner Inc.

March 8-15: At CeBIT '89 in Hanover, West Germany, Atari announced that the 7800 would ship in West Germany in June 1989, for the ST introduced the SM194 monitor, the Megafile 44 (previously: SR444) removable cartridge hard drive, and the SMM824 printer (never shipped), previewed the "Stacy" portable ST, and previewed the Folio (previously: Pocket PC; would ship as: Portfolio).  Also featured: the Mega ST including the Mega 1 ST, the PC4, the PC5, and the ATW800.  (The prototype 68030-based ST computer ("TT") running a modified TOS 1.4 was privately previewed, as was a prototype enhanced 68000-based ST ("STe"). (source) )

March 9: Atari announced the decision to discontinue its operation of The Federated Group, Inc. All stores in the money-losing chain were to be closed or sold by the end of 1990.

March 13: Start of 6-week Atari promotion in the U.S. featured the 520STFM, 1040STFM ($799.95), Mega 2 and Mega 4 systems, plus the SLM804 ($1,495).  Also, the Atari Folio was to ship in the U.S. in the summer ($299). (NewsBytes)

March 14-17: PC89 conference in Sydney was opened by Atari chairman Jack Tramiel.  The Atari Folio was to ship in Australia in June or July for AUS$495.  Nigel Shepherd was the managing director of Atari Computers Pty Ltd.

March 15: Atari VP for manufacturing operations Vince Giammatteo was additionally General Manager of the Atari "U.S." Corp. Atari Computer Division (source; source; source), replacing the departed Chuck Babbitt.  (August Liguori remained Atari VP and general manager of Atari "U.S." Corp.)

March: For the XE Atari shipped: Choplifter! (Sculptured Software), Dark Chambers (Sculptured Software), Crime Buster

March: Antonio P. Salerno, previously of Borland International, joined the Atari as director of software marketing (3rd party computer software development), replacing the departed Joe Ferrari.

March: Atari User Group Coordinator Cindy Claveran departed the company.

March: At the Federated Group, Atari's 60-store electronics chain, Atari appointed a new management team that included Jim Fisher, vice president of marketing; Lew Brown, vice president of merchandising; Bill Turner, vice president of store operations; and Howard Cohn, vice president of finance. Headquarters work force would be reduced by 30 percent, and the company's Dallas headquarters and warehouse operation would be closed. All inventory, marketing, warehousing, personnel and other headquarter operations would be consolidated to the City of Commerce and Sunnyvale locations in California.

Winter/Spring: For the 7800 Atari shipped: Touchdown Football (Imagineering), Impossible Mission (Computer Magic), Crack'ed, Crossbow (Imagineering), Ace of Aces, Tower Toppler (Hewson)

Winter/Spring: For the 2600 Atari shipped: Secret Quest (DeFrisco Entertainment for Axlon)

Winter/Spring: Joe Mendolia joined the Atari "U.S." Corp. Atari Computer division as vice president of marketing (replacing the departed Neil Harris).

April 3: Date of Atari (U.S.) 1989 Distributor Price List, in which Atari announced or again promised, for the 2600: Double Dunk (May), Ikari Warriors (title by SNK) (Sept.), MotoRodeo (4th Qtr), Off The Wall (July), Radar Lock (3rd Qtr), Road Runner (August), Street Fight (3rd Qtr; never shipped), White Water Madness (4th Qtr; never shipped); for the 7800: Super Huey (May), Commando (Sept.), Ikari Warriors (title by SNK) (4th Qtr), Jinks (by Softgold) (August), Mat Mania Challenge (4th Qtr), Mean 18 Ultimate Golf (title by Accolade) (Sept.), Ninja Golf (4th Qtr), Planet Smashers (4th Qtr), White Water Madness (4th Qtr; never shipped), Xenophobe (title by Bally Midway) (August); for the XE: Deflektor (August; never shipped), MIDI Maze (by Xanth F/X) (Sept.; never shipped), Commando (Sept.; never shipped), Super Football (Sept.; never shipped), Tower Toppler (previously: Nebulus; title by U.S. Gold) (Sept.; never shipped), Xenophobe (title by Bally Midway) (Sept.; never shipped)

April 4: Atari's The Federated Group subsidiary announced the immediate closure of 15 of its 60 stores, including 8 stores in California (La Puente, Fresno, Modesto, Stockton, Sacramento, San Jose, Pinole, Colma), 4 stores in Arizona (Phoenix and Tuscon) and 3 stores in Texas (Ft. Worth, El Paso, San Antonio), the closure of a regional headquarters and warehouse in Texas, and 400 layoffs (180-200 in California).  James D. Fisher was Federated's newly-announced VP marketing.  Federated said it would now concentrate on the Southern California market, where it had 21 stores, along with Sacramento, Dallas and Houston.  A regional office and warehouse remained in the City of Commerce CA. (LA Times 4/5)

April 6: Max Bambridge, previously Atari director for international sales, was now Atari director for international sales and marketing (source) and Ron Stringari, previously Atari Entertainment Electronics Division vice president of sales and merchandising, would be president of the division, together replacing Atari EVP marketing and Entertainment Electronics division president Mike Katz who departed the company. (CornellAlumniNews 1989 p57 Under Stringari, the Atari Entertainment Electronics division would now be known as the Atari Entertainment division.

April 10-13: At the Spring COMDEX in Chicago, Atari introduced the Stacy Portable Computer (to ship in three configurations: Stacy (1 MB RAM), Stacy2 (2 MB RAM), Stacy4 (4 MB RAM), and introduced the Portfolio Hand Held Personal Computer (running DIP OS 2.11; $399).  For the Portfolio Atari introduced: Smart Parallel Interface, Serial Interface, Memory Expander Plus, PC Card Drive, AC Adaptor, 32K Memory Card, 64K Memory Card, 128K Memory Card.  Atari also introduced the Megafile 44 to the U.S. and introduced Wordflair by Blue Chip International (eventually released by Goldleaf Publishing).  Also featured: the Mega and ST product lines, and the Atari PC4 (running Microsoft Windows on MS-DOS Version 3.3), and DeskSet II for the ST.  (The prototype "TT" was not shown; neither was the PC5 as Atari had announced in advance of the show.)  In the Atari "U.S." Corp. Atari Computer division, Mike Dendo was VP sales, and Joe Mendolia was VP marketing.  Also, Antonio Salerno had just joined Atari (corporate) as director of software marketing (3rd party computer software development).

April?: For the XE Atari shipped: Crossbow (Sculptured Software), Karateka (Sculptured Software), Summer Games, Airball (The Softworks Factory), Thunderfox.  These would be the last game cartridges released by Atari for the XE.

April: Atari released the May/June Premier issue of Atarian magazine, "the official magazine of the Atarian Video Game Club sponsored by Atari (U.S.) Corp." (source for date)  Published by Atari Explorer Publications Corp., David H. Ahl, Publisher/Editor, in support of the 2600, 7800, and XE game systems.

May: Atari VP Samuel W.L. Chin became Atari Vice President - Manufacturing Operations, replacing VP manufacturing and General Manager of the Atari "U.S." Corp. Atari Computer Division Vince Giammatteo who departed the company.  (August Liguori remained Atari VP and general manager of Atari "U.S." Corp.)

Spring?: Atari shipped the Mega 1 ST computer (Europe).

May 5: Roy Good remained at Atari. (source)

May: Atari shipped the Atari Transputer Workstation (ATW800) (Europe).

May?: For the 2600 Atari shipped: Double Dunk

May?: For the 7800 Atari shipped: Super Huey

May: For the XE Atari shipped: AtariWriter 80.  This would be the last release by Atari for the XE.

May: Atari engineer Dan Morris was promoted to VP production engineering, replacing Roy Good who departed the company (to Versyss Corporation) (source for timing), and Richard Miller, previously Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited Technical Manager, became Atari Director of Research and Development (replacing departed VP advanced technology Shiraz Shivji). (1991 proxy)  (Miller would report to Morris.)

May: Atari was joined as a co-plaintiff in a patent infringement action against Nintendo, now entitled Atari Games Corporation, Tengen, Inc., and Atari Corporation v. Nintendo of America, Inc., et al. (Case No. C88-4805 FMS) in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California. In its complaint, Atari joined Atari Games in alleging that Nintendo had infringed upon U.S. Patent No. 4,445,114, "Apparatus for Scrolling a Video Display," issued to David R. Stubben (of Atari, Inc.) on April 24, 1984.

May 16: Ellen W. McBride joined Atari as Assistant Secretary.  (McBride was the daughter of Atari director Leonard Schreiber.)

May 16: Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Atari Corporation.  Six were elected to the board of directors: Jack Tramiel (Chairman), Sam Tramiel, Samuel W.L. Chin, Leonard I. Schreiber, Gregory A. Pratt, Michael Rosenberg 

May 16-18: Atari exhibited an ST desktop publishing system, the Portfolio, and the PC4 at the Corporate Electronic Publishing Systems (CEPS '89) show in Chicago.

May 31: Atari announced it would introduce the new Atari Portable Entertainment System (would ship as: Lynx) at the Consumer Electronics Show on June 3 in Chicago.

June 3: Date of Atari's Hardware Technology Assignment and License Agreement with Epyx Inc., and Atari's Software Production and Distribution License Agreement with Epyx Inc.

June 3-6: At the Summer CES in Chicago, Atari introduced the Atari Portable Color Entertainment System (APCES or PCES; developed by Epyx; previously: Epyx Handy; would ship as: Lynx) at 11 a.m. in the Lenox Lohr Room, McCormick Place East, along with 6 game titles for the PCES: California Games (by Epyx; to ship with the system), Blue Lightning (by Epyx), Time Quests & Treasure Chests (by Epyx; would ship as: Gauntlet: The Third Encounter), Gates of Zendocon (by Epyx), Impossible Mission (by Epyx; would ship as: Electrocop), Monster Demolition (by Epyx; would ship as: Rampage).  The PCES would run on on six AA batteries, an AC adapter, or a cigarette lighter adapter, and was to ship Sept. 1989.

Atari announced they would ship "more than 20 new game cartridges" by December 1989 for the 2600/7800/XE game systems, under the slogan: "Atari Advantage: Great Value... Great Games."  Atari introduced the G1 Light Gun for the 2600/7800 (never shipped; Atari would supply the XG-1 instead).  Introduced/featured/announced from Atari for the 2600: Off The Wall, Road Runner, Radar Lock, Ikari Warriors, White Water Madness (never shipped), Street Fight (never shipped), MotoRodeo, Sentinel, Shooting Arcade (never shipped), BMX Simulator (would ship as: BMX AirMaster); for the 7800: Barnyard Blaster, Sentinel, Commando, Ikari Warriors, Xenophobe, Planet Smashers, Ninja Golf, Mat Mania Challenge, White Water Madness (never shipped), Mean 18 Ultimate Golf, Jinks, Tower Toppler; for the XE: Commando (never shipped), Super Football (never shipped), Tower Toppler (never shipped), Xenophobe (never shipped), MIDI Maze (never shipped), Deflektor (never shipped).  At the Atari Entertainment division: Bob Harris remained marketing director, Ron Stringari remained president.

Making its "official domestic release" Atari featured the Atari PC4, and Atari featured and marketed the ST computer for musicians. ("The Atari ST Computer has the Winning Package")

Finally, the Atari Consumer Products division (the former Hartech U.S.A., Ltd.) introduced a line of calculators which would include: CC90R ExecuCard (Solar; previously released by Hartech), CC90B ExecuCard (Solar; previously released by Hartech), CC91R ExecuCard (Solar; previously released by Hartech), CC91B ExecuCard (Solar; previously released by Hartech), CC91G ExecuCard (Solar; previously released by Hartech), CC92 ExecuCard (Solar; previously released by Hartech), CC180 Desk Top Calculator (Value Line), CC181 Electronic Calculator (Value Line), CC190 Junior Desk-Top Auto Recall Calculator (32-Step Auto Recall; previously released by Hartech), CC192 Mini Card Auto Recall Calculator (32-Step Auto Recall; previously released by Hartech), CC193 Dual Power Tiltable Calculator (Specialty), CC1010 Professional Desk-Top Auto Recall Calculator (32-Step Auto Recall), CC-1800 Compact Wallet Auto Recall Calculator (32-Step Auto Recall), CC-1200 (Lap Top Style 12-Digit), DB-2100R Data Bank (Electronic Memo Banks), DB-2200 (Electronic Memo Banks), DB-2300 (Electronic Memo Banks), DB 2400 Auto Dialer (Electronic Memo Banks), DB 2500 Easy Use Direct Entry Desk Top Model (Electronic Memo Banks), DMP2000 Hand Held Printer With Desk-Top Features (Electronic; previously released by Hartech), DMP 2002 Full Feature Desk Top Printer, S300 Programmable Scientific Calculator (Specialty), S310 10-Digit Scientific Calculator (Specialty)

June 12: Date of Atari's OEM Purchase and Distribution Agreement with Epyx Inc.

June 12: Chris Roberts became User Group Coordinator at Atari (replacing the previously-departed Cindy Claveran).

June: Engineers John Mathieson and Martin Brennan, previously of Flare Technology Ltd., teamed with Atari to establish Flare II Ltd., which would be 80% owned by Atari, to develop a next-generation home game console for Atari (would ship as: Jaguar).

June?: Atari shipped the 7800 PAL versions (thick rainbow design), with Asteroids built-in, boxed with two Joypad controllers (CX78).  7800 PAL versions would include: PAL B version for Europe (West Germany), PAL I version for the UK (source) (source)

June 17-20: Atari featured the new Stacy and also showed the Hotz MIDI Translator and the Mega and ST computers at the NAMM Music & Sound Expo in Chicago.

June 21: The Federated Group, Atari's chain of 40 electronics stores, announced it had agreed to pay $12.1 million to as many as 15,000 employees and job applicants who were required to take polygraph tests.  Gregory Pratt, chief financial officer for Atari Corporation, said the tests were discontinued shortly after Atari bought the Federated Group in 1987. (AP)

June 21: Date of Atari's Manufacturing Services Agreement with Epyx Inc.

June 23-25: Atari Show at the West Hall, Alexandra Palace, London.

Month?: For the Mega and ST Atari shipped: Robotron: 2084

Month?: John Feagans, previously Atari Software Manager (TOS, 7800), became Atari Technical Product Manager (Portfolio).

Month?: In the Netherlands, Jurek Ceglarek joined Atari (Benelux) B.V. where he would be customer support manager.

Summer: Atari "U.S." Corp. Atari Computer division vp of sales Mike Dendo departed the company.

July 24: Pursuant to a tender offer, Time Incorporated acquired a controlling majority of the outstanding stock of Warner Communications Inc. (59.3%), and the name of Time Incorporated was changed to Time Warner Inc.

July 28: Last day at Atari for Atari "U.S." Corp. Atari Computer division marketing VP Joe Mendolia.

July 28: Last day at Atari for User Group Coordinator Chris Roberts.

July 31-August 4: Atari featured the ATW800 at the ACM SIGGRAPH computer graphics convention in Boston.

August 2: Conner Peripherals had announced that it was selling a supply of low-profile 20 MB and 40 MB 3.5-inch disk drives to Atari for the coming Atari Stacy laptop portable computer. (NewsBytes)

August 14: The Atari Portable Color Entertainment System (APCES or PCES) had been renamed: Lynx (Atari 1989 Second Quarter Results)

August: Jim Fisher (previously of The Federated Group) joined the Atari "U.S." Corp. Atari Computer division as VP of Marketing and advertising (replacing the departed Joe Mendolia).

August: Atari development engineer Jose Valdes departed the company.

August 17: In the civil trial ruling resulting from a lawsuit brought against Atari by former The Federated Group president Keith Powell and SVP Marrill Lyons, Orange County (CA) Superior Court Judge Jack K. Mandel ordered Atari to pay Powell $260,000 and Lyons $175,000 in withheld severance pay, with interest, along with withheld life insurance benefits, bringing the total value of the verdict against Atari to about $600,000.  The judge denied punitive damages against Atari, however. Atari would appeal the ruling. (LA Times 8/18)

August 25: Atari announced a just-completed 3-day conference in Monterey CA, sponsored by Atari and Epyx, for developers for the 7800 and the Lynx; over 100 attended.  Ron Stringari remained president of the Atari Entertainment Division

August 25-27: At the Düsseldorf Atari Messe, West Germany, organized by Atari Computer GmbH, Atari introduced the TT030/2 (16 MHz 68030 desktop configuration; 2MiB RAM; 30 MB HD; to run Atari "TOS 030" (would ship as: TOS 3) which was not shown; about 6500mk), introduced the 1040STe (1600mk), again promised the Stacy (prototype shown with 4 MiB RAM and 40MB HD; plans called for initial units with 1 MiB RAM and 1 726K floppy for around 4000mk; a 20MB HD model would also be available), introduced the Lynx to West Germany (to ship in 1990 in West Germany), and introduced the Portfolio to West Germany (to ship in 1990 in West Germany; around 900mk).  Also featured: 1040STFM (1300mk).  145 3rd party developers and over 35,000 people attended the show. (source; source)

August 29: Atari France headquarters were severely damaged by fire. (source)  The unit would swiftly re-establish operations at: 79, avenue Louis Roche, Gennevilliers (near Paris)

August 30: Time Warner Inc. beneficially owned 24.6 percent or 14.2 million common shares of Atari Corporation.

Summer/Fall: For the 7800 Atari shipped: Dark Chambers (Sculptured Software), Fight Night (Imagineering), Xenophobe (BlueSky)

Summer/Fall: For the 2600 Atari shipped: Road Runner, Dark Chambers, Off The Wall (Axlon), Radar Lock, BMX AirMaster

September 12: Atari announced Rainbow TOS (TOS 1.04; previously known as TOS 1.4) was available as an upgrade for all Mega and ST computers.  ROM date: April 6, 1989; release notes date: August 7, 1989

September 13: Atari announced the release of the Portfolio ($399.95).  James Fisher remained Atari "U.S." Corp. Atari Computer division VP Marketing and advertising. (Atari PR 1/4/90; NewsBytes)

September: Atari shipped the 1040STe (West Germany) and the Megafile 44.

September: Robert Brodie (Bob Brodie) joined Atari as manager of user group services (replacing the departed Chris Roberts).

September: Atari France would divide its operations into two divisions: Atari Business Computer (ABC), headed by Sam Mamane, would handle the Mega ST, 1040ST, Stacy, PC compatibles, TT, vertical solutions, etc.  Atari Grand Public (AGP), headed by Daniel Hammaoui, would handle the 520STe, XE, and all game systems.  Both divisions would handle the Portfolio and Stacy. (source)

September 25: H. Michael Morand (Mike Morand), previously of AST Research, joined Atari as President of the Atari "U.S." Corp. Atari Computer division (source), replacing the departed Vince Giammatteo.

September 27-October 1: At the 12th annual Personal Computer Show (formerly: PCW Show) at Earl's Court in London, Atari launched the ABC 286 (with 3.5" floppy; £599.99) and ABC 286/30 (with 30 MB HD and monochrome monitor; £899.99), launched the Stacy (1 MiB RAM and 20MB HD; £1,299), previewed the TT, and featured the Atari Transputer Workstation.  Most of the Atari exhibit space was devoted to demonstrating standard business applications on PCs and STs, plus the British-designed Portfolio palmtop.  (Atari did not show the 1040STe.)

October: August Liguori, previously VP and general manager, Atari "U.S." Corp., became Atari VP.  (Atari "U.S." Corp. general management would now be distributed among Atari Computer division president Mike Morand, Atari Entertainment division president Ron Stringari, and Atari Consumer Products division president David Harris.)

October: Third and final issue of Atarian magazine.  New/upcoming games from Atari previewed for the 2600: Sentinel, Fatal Run; for the 7800: Sentinel, Fatal Run, Ninja Golf, Planet Smashers

October?: Bill Crouch joined the Atari "U.S." Corp. Atari Computer division as vice president of sales (replacing the previously-departed Mike Dendo).

October 2: Richard Miller, previously Atari Director of Research and Development, became Atari VP-Technology, assuming the role of VP production engineering Dan Morris who departed the company to Integrated Device Technology. (Annual Report 1989 for date)

October 8: In Israel, Atari established Atari Computers Ltd.

October: Atari senior software engineer Lane Winner departed the company.

October: Engineer Tracy Hall, previously proejct designer at Mattel Toys, joined Atari as senior design engineer.

October: Atari France shipped the Portfolio and the 520STe. (source)

Fall: Ian Kennedy remained general manager of Atari (Canada) Corp.

Fall: Charles Cherry, previously of Antic, joined Atari as ST-TT Applications Manager (developer technical support).  Antonio Salerno, previously director of software marketing, was promoted to Atari VP Applications (still head of 3rd party software development).

November 1: Atari EVP business development Sig Hartmann departed the company (to Televideo).

November 2: In San Jose CA, the Vanishing Children's Alliance presented and demonstrated an Atari computer system that would be used to expedite poster and data dissemination campaigns.  Greg Kranich, an officer with the San Jose California Police Department, had set up the system.  The computer system, including Mega 4, hard drive, and laser printer, was donated to the program by Atari.  Mike Morand remained Atari "U.S." Corp. Atari Computer Division president.

November 8: Date of Agreement for Sale of Assets among Silo California Inc., The Federated Group, Inc. and Atari Corporation.

November 9: Atari said it had agreed to sell 26 of its Federated Group consumer electronics stores to Silo Inc., a Philadelphia-based electronics retailer. Silo would take over 21 Federated stores in Los Angeles and Orange counties and 5 in San Diego. Atari officials said discussions were continuing with buyers for its 14 remaining stores in Texas, Kansas and Arizona. (NYT 11/10; AP 11/10)

November: Donald A. Thomas, Jr. (Don Thomas), most recently Advertising-Marketing Manager at Atari's Federated Group, returned to Atari as Portfolio marketing manager.

November 13-17: At the fall COMDEX in Las Vegas, using the motto "A Computer for Everyone", Atari featured the Portfolio, Stacy ($1,500), and a desktop publishing package (Mega 4 ST, Megafile 30, SLM804, DeskSet II; $4,399), introduced the 1040STe Personal System to the U.S., introduced the ABC 286 to the U.S., showed a 520STe, previewed the TT, and also featured the Megafile 44.  (Atari did not show the ATW800.)

November 21: U.S. launch event for the arrival of the Lynx ($179.99 with California Games (Epyx), ComLynx cable, AC adapter) was held by Atari for members of the press and financial community at 8 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel, New York City.  Available launch titles sold separately for the Lynx included: Blue Lightning (Epyx), The Gates of Zendocon (Epyx), Electrocop (Epyx), Chip's Challenge (Epyx).  Sales through the end of 1989 would be limited to New York city area retail and department stores.  Ron Stringari remained president of the Atari Entertainment division.

December 7: Atari filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against Nintendo and PepsiCo regarding a $22 million joint magazine ad campaign showing Nintendo's Game Boy hand-held video toy with a screen featuring a color picture of Super Mario drinking a Pepsi Cola in a Santa suit.  Unlike the full-color Atari Lynx, the Nintendo Game Boy's display in reality was black-and-white only.  "Nintendo and PepsiCo have intentionally and willfully embarked on an advertising program designed to mislead prospective purchasers of handheld, portable, programmable video games into believing that the Nintendo game contains a color screen when it does not," according to the suit.

December 8: Atari and Pepsi reached a partial settlement regarding the lawsuit filed the previous day by Atari, as PepsiCo accepted responsibility for an ad in the Dec. 8 People magazine. Pepsi also agreed to run no future ads claiming that Nintendo's "Game Boy" comes with a colorized screen, except for a full-page layout already set to appear in the following week's issue of People. Atari was seeking unspecified damages in its suit.  No trial date had been set.

December: In the UK Atari shipped the 1040STe, the Stacy2 (2MiB RAM, 20MB HD; £1,299) and the Stacy4 (4MiB RAM; 40MB HD; £1,799). The Stacy (1MiB RAM) was promised to ship early 1990.  (source)

December 18: At Atari "U.S." Corp., Consumer Products division president David Harris had additionally become Atari Computer division president, replacing Mike Morand who departed the company.

December: All 16 The Federated Group electronics stores in Houston and Dallas were being closed and their stock liquidated, according to Western Liquidators, which had bought the stores' inventory from Atari.  In Houston about 400 employees were laid off at the city's 8 stores.  Liquidation sales were to be completed in 4 to 5 months. (UPI 12/20)

Dataquest estimated that Atari had 4.1% of the 1989 personal computer worldwide market share, and 3.4% in the U.S., as measured in units shipped.

Atari had produced around 70,000 Lynx consoles for the U.S. Christmas market. (NewsBytes)

1990
January 4: Atari announced a Portfolio Developer Starter Kit, and that more than 150,000 Portfolio palmtop computers had been sold since the system's September 1989 release.  David Harris was Atari "U.S." Corp. Atari Computer division president; Antonio Salerno was Atari VP applications.

January 5: Date of Atari's License Funding and Sale Agreement with Epyx Inc.

January 6-9: Adjacent to the Winter CES in Las Vegas, at a private hospitality suite in the nearby Mirage Hotel, Atari promoted the Lynx ($180) and Portfolio ($399.95) by emphasizing a rebuilding of its distribution network, and by courting potential 3rd-party developers with newly-available development systems for both Lynx and Portfolio.  Five games were currently available for the Lynx, with more than 25 new titles from Atari and 3rd-party developers promised during 1990.  Atari also announced an agreement with Atari Games Corporation that would bring up to 35 Atari Games arcade titles to the Lynx.  Ronald Stringari remained Atari Entertainment Division President.  Andy Marken was Atari spokesman.  (NewsBytes)

January 10: Warner Communications Inc. (WCI) became a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., completing the merger of Time Incorporated (now Time Warner) and WCI.

January: As announced in November 1989, 23 of Atari's southern California leasehold interests (Federated locations) were sold to Silo Holdings Ltd., a Pennsylvania based chain of consumer electronics stores.

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January: David Harris, previously Atari "U.S." Corp. Atari Computer and Consumer Products divisions president, would become Atari VP international division (returning to his earlier role with Atari), replacing Max Bambridge who would depart the company.  Mead Ames-Klein, previously of the Koala Springs beverage company, joined Atari "U.S." Corp. as Atari Computer division president (replacing David Harris in the role), as well as Atari Entertainment Division president, replacing Ron Stringari who departed the company. (source; sourceThe Atari Consumer Products division (calculators) would be shut down.

January: At the Winter NAMM in Anaheim CA, using the theme "Beyond MIDI. The Next Generation From Atari" Atari featured the ST product line (especially the Stacy), the Hotz MIDI Translator, debuted MIDI Magazine, introduced the Atari MIDI-Tasking System, and also showed the Lynx and Portfolio.

January 27-28: Atari introduced the Lynx to the UK at the British Toy Fair.  The Lynx would not ship in the UK until late March/early April at the earliest. (NewsBytes)

Winter: Atari shipped the Megafile 44 in the U.S.

Winter?: Ron Beltramo, previously of Koala Springs, joined the Atari Entertainment division as VP marketing, replacing Bob Harris who departed the company. 

Winter: In West Germany, via Atari Computer GmbH, the Atari technology, research and development division located in Braunschweig (Brunswick) on Julius-Konegen-Straße was shut down, and division managing director Helmut Joswig departed the company.  In Israel, Gideon Amir would join Atari Computers Ltd. to establish and head a small research and development operation (replacing the German R&D center), located at: 47/7 Golomb St., 46 305 Herzliya (Tel Aviv district)

February: Atari's Styra Semiconductor subsidiary announced the ST82C21 HEAT Styraset Chip set (never shipped?). "A 16-MHz three-chip set that replaces Chips and Technology's CS8221 NEAT chip set. Compatible with IBM's PC AT and Intel's 80286. Supports systems up to 20 MHz. Avaialble in first quarter 1990. CPU/bus controller, page interleave and EMS memory controller, and data/address buffer implemented in 1.2-micron CMOS technology. Cost (10,000s): $19.95." (Computer v23n2 Feb90 p90)

February: Medical Entertainment Systems was the exclusive distributor of Atari products in the health care community, and was in the process of establishing video game rental operations at 149 hospitals nationwide. Patients would be able to rent an Atari Lynx unit, complete with software games, for $7 a day.  The first hospitals to receive the Lynx units included St. Vincent's Hospital, Bridgeport, CT; Walker Memorial and Avon Park in the Orlando, FL area, Freehold Hospital, Freehold, NJ, and Mercy Hospital in San Diego. (NewsBytes)

March 5: Atari had approximately 1,420 employees including 170 in engineering and product development, 320 in marketing, sales and distribution, 710 in manufacturing and production, and 220 in general administration and management. (10-K for 1989)

March 9-11: At Atari Computer Expo ("Atari Expo" or "World of Atari Expo") conducted by Atari in the ballroom of the Queen Victoria Building, Sidney Australia, Atari Computers Pty Ltd (Atari Australia) launched the 520STe/1040STe and the Lynx, and also featured the ATW800, Portfolio, Stacy, PC4, and PC5.  The show also featured entertainment by leading Australian musicians from groups such as Icehouse and Sirocco. At Atari Australia: Nigel Shepherd was the managing director of Atari Australia.Managing Director Mr. Nigel Sheppard, Marketing Manager Gillian Franklin and National Manager Alistair Campion   More than 4000 attended.

March 10: Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited launched the 520STFM Discovery Pack (£299.99 with FirST BASIC, NEOchrome, S.T.O.S., ST Tour, Carrier Command, Outrun, Space Harrier, Bomb Jack, Discover the Atari ST book) (NewsBytes)

March 14: The name of Tramel Trading Limited was changed to: Liquid Crystal Systems Technology Corporation

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March 15: Atari Explorer Publications Corp. (David Ahl and Betsy Staples) was shut down by Atari, and Atari Explorer magazine went on hiatus.  Jim Fisher remained Atari "U.S." Corp. Atari Computer division VP Marketing and advertising.

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March 16: (Friday) Some 30 people, or 15% of the Atari "U.S." Corp. staff, were laid off.  The cuts came among office, sales, and shipping workers. (NewsBytes 3/20)

March 21-28: At CeBIT '90 in Hanover, Atari introduced the ABC 386/40 (never shipped) and featured the latest Model 4.5 of the ATW800 Atari Transputer Workstation (a Motorola 68000 and at least three Inmos Transputers; 10MiB RAM minimum).  Again promised: the TT, now in two configurations: TT030/2 desktop (2 MiB RAM), or TT030/X tower (6-slot VME expansion; 6 MiB RAM; 60MB HD minimum; never shipped) running ATX (Atari UniSoft UNIX System V Release 3.1).  Atari also introduced Atari-Net (ethernet for STs, TTs and PCs; never shipped).  Atari promised the Lynx would ship in the UK and Europe by the end of the month, and featured: 1040STe, Stacy, CDAR504, Portfolio.  For the Portfolio Atari previewed: extended DOS utilities (would ship as: DOS Utilities HPC-701); financial calculator (would ship as: Finance Card HPC-702); scientific calculator (would ship, to Europe only, as: Science Card HPC-703); and two games packages - Mindgames (including backgammon, draughts and reversi; never shipped) and Portfolio Chess (HPC-750).

March 28: Atari announced that production of Atari Explorer magazine would be taken in-house at Atari headquarters in Sunnyvale CA.  Jim Fisher remained Atari "U.S" Corp. Atari Computer division VP Marketing.

April 3: In the court case brought by Atari on August 26, 1988 against Goldman Sachs, Ernst & Whinney, and several individual associated with The Federated Group, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California judge James Ware entered an order granting all defendants' motions for summary judgment against Atari's claims of fraud.  The court would proceed to deliberate on the defendants' counterclaims against Atari regarding indemnity.

April 11: The name of Atari "U.S." Corp. was changed to: Atari Computer Corporation.  Corrseponding to the name change of Atari's US subsidiary, the Atari Entertainment Division would now operate as a division of Atari corporate, rathar than as a division of the former Atari "U.S." Corp.

April: Ken Jacobsen was Portfolio Applications Manager at Atari (having replaced Jim Kennedy, who had replaced Rick Meyer as the initial Portfolio product manager).

April: Simon Westbrook, previously Atari Financial Controller, was promoted to Atari Vice President - Corporate Controller.

April 17: The Business Software Alliance (BSA) announced that criminal proceedings for suspected copyright infringement had commenced against  Atari Taiwan Manufacturing Corp. and against Pacific Electric Wire and Cable Company.  The companies were the targets of surprise court-ordered searches conducted by Taiwan police, accompanied by BSA's lawyers and computer experts, where "significant numbers of software copies which BSA believes to be unauthorized" were confiscated.  The software at issue included Ashton-Tate dBASE III Plus database management software and Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet software.

April 24: Taro Tokai remained Atari VP and Atari (Japan) Corp. VP and general manager. (1990 proxy)  

April 27: Atari (Japan) Corp. had started contract production of the Atari Lynx in Taiwan by Taiwan-based electronics maker EFA Corporation.  The Taiwan-manufactured Lynx units were planned for initial shipment to the U.K., West Germany, and France, and to all the other countries in Europe by year's end, and to supplement supplies in the U.S. and Japan as well.  To date Lynx had been made only in Japan, and sold about 150,000 units in the U.S. and about 100,000 units in Japan. (NewsBytes)

May 3: "Possible Violations of U.S. Antitrust Laws by Foreign Corporations" hearing before the Subcommittee on Economic and Commercial Law of the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, included testimony by Atari chairman Jack Tramiel.

May 7: Atari announced the national availability (U.S.) of the Lynx ($179.99), and for the Lynx Atari announced Gauntlet: The Third Encounter (previously: Time Quests & Treasure Chests; developed by Epyx; title by Atari Games via Tengen), along with a Lynx carrying case and car cigarette lighter adaptor.

May 7?: In the U.S. Atari announced the 1040STFM price was lowered to $699, while the Mega 4 price would be lower to $1795.95.  (Prices for the 520STFM and the Mega 2 remained unchanged). (source)

May 12: Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited announced the Model 4.5 of the Atari Transputer Workstation (ATW) series (replacing Issue 4 machines), now featuring high SCSI (small computer system interface) device transfer rates, the Helios filing system, assembler, Ansi C compiler and a source level debugger, as well as X-Toolkit, as standard facilities.  Promised for later in 1990: support for Ethernet via TCP/IP and NFS (network filing system), along with X-Windows Release 11.4. Gary Lawman was ATW Product Manager. (NewsBytes)

May: Atari announced that Atari Computer Corporation Vice President of Marketing Jim Fisher would be the new editor of Atari Explorer, to replace David Ahl.

May: Adron Beene, previously Atari Assistant Corporate Counsel, was promoted to Atari corporate counsel, replacing Joshua Tropper who departed the company.

May?: Atari director, president, and chief executive officer Sam Tramiel dropped the additional title of chief operating officer.

May 15: Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Atari Corporation.  Six were elected to the board of directors: Jack Tramiel (Chairman), Sam Tramiel, Samuel W.L. Chin, Leonard I. Schreiber, Gregory A. Pratt, Michael Rosenberg 

May 25: David Harris remained Atari VP International Division. (source)

May 30: At (the discontinued) The Federated Group, Inc., Garry Tramiel remained CEO; Steven M. Kawalick remained secretary and CFO; Richard Bernhardt was the designated contact agent.  Business: "Retail sales of consumer electronics and related items."  Address: 1196 Borregas Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA

May 30: Report that James C. Furnivall, recently treasurer and vice president of acquisitions and divestitures for Atari Corporation, had joined the Newport Beach offices of 3i Capital Corp. as vice president.  (source

May/June: Akiva Dar, previously TeleVideo Systems Inc. EVP operations, would join Atari as VP semiconductor operations, replacing Elton Southard who departed the company. (source

June 1-3: At the Atari '90 show at the Novotel Exhibition Centre in London, hosted by Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited, Atari launched the ABC 386SX/40 (16MHz 386SX, 1 MiB RAM, 40 MB HD; £1,499) and launched the 1040STe Extra Pack (£499.99; 1040STe with Productivity bundle (ST-Word, ST-Base, ST-Calc, ST-Graph) and Leisure bundle (FirST BASIC, S.T.A.C., Hyperpaint, Prince)).  Atari also announced it had acquired the exclusive rights to all posters on the London Waterloo/City commuter route in order to promote the Portfolio.

June 2-5: At the Summer CES in Chicago Atari primarily featured the Lynx and the Portfolio, and also featured the 7800, 2600, and 1040STe.  For the Portfolio Atari introduced the RAMcard drive, transfer software for both IBM and Macintosh systems, and 3 new ROMcards: DOS Utilities (HPC-701), Finance Card (HPC-702), File Manager/Tutorial (HPC-704); File Manager/Tutorial would ship with new production Portfolio units.  Atari announced several new games for the Lynx, two to be available summer 1990, and others later in the fall and winter.  Also announced were several games for the 7800 and 2600.  At Atari Computer Corporation, Meade Ames-Klein remained President, Bill Crouch remained VP of Sales, Jim Fisher remained VP of Marketing.  For the Atari Entertainment division, Ron Beltramo remained vp of marketing, and Ames-Klein remained president. (source)  Don Thomas remained Atari Portfolio marketing manager.

June 3-6: Atari did not exhibit at the Spring COMDEX in Atlanta GA, which coincided with the Summer CES.

June 4: Atari (Canada) Corp. introduced the TT to Canada at a downtown Toronto hotel.  Geoffrey Earle was General Manager of Atari (Canada) Corp. (having replaced the departed Ian Kennedy).

June 16-18: At the Summer NAMM at McCormick Place in Chicago Atari featured the Hotz MIDI Translator and an Atari MIDI Education Center.  Atari was the only computer company at the show.

June: Atari shipped the Stacy in the U.S. (for FCC Class A Commercial use), and Atari shipped the 1040STe in the U.S. ($699).

Month?: In Spain, Ordenadores Atari S.A. general manager Claude Nahum departed the company.

Month?: Atari Technical Product Manager (Portfolio) John Feagans departed the company.

Month?: Alistair Bodin joined Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited as software development manager.

Months?: For the 7800 Atari shipped: Commando (Sculptured Software), Mean 18 Ultimate Golf (BlueSky), Jinks, Ikari Warriors (Imagineering), Mat Mania Challenge (BlueSky), Planet Smashers (Datafast Computer Services), Ninja Golf (BlueSky), Basketbrawl (BlueSky)

July 10: In the court case brought by Atari on August 26, 1988 against Goldman Sachs, Ernst & Whinney, and several individual associated with The Federated Group, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California judge James Ware entered an order dismissing the counterclaims of defendants Ernst & Whinney and Goldman Sachs & Co. against Atari regarding indemnity.

July: Elie Kenan, PDG of Atari France S.A., arrived in the US to additionally become general manager of Atari Computer Corporation (replacing Mead Ames-Klein in the role), with plans to replace Geoffrey Earle as General Manager of Atari (Canada) Corp. as well.  (Mead Ames-Klein would remain Atari Entertainment division president.)

July: Atari announced that the TT030, in all production configurations, would feature the 68030 running at 32 Mhz (rather than 16 MHz as according to all earlier announcements).

July 17: Charles Cherry, Atari ST-TT Applications Manager, departed the company.  Antonio Salerno remained Atari vp applications (developer support).

August 9: Atari launched the Hotz MIDI Translator (retail commercial debut) at MIDI-Fest '90, held in the Ballroom of the Beverly Garland Hotel, North Hollywood CA.  Speakers/performers included Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac), Jimmy Hotz, Scott Gershin, Paul Haslinger (Tangerine Dream), and Greg Whelchel and Mark Ritter (Pointer Sisters).  The event was organized by Atari and American Music, a large music store also in North Hollywood.  Frank Foster was Atari director of specialty markets.

August 9: The name of Atari's Styra Semiconductor subsidiary was changed to Atari Microsystems Corporation, and the unit would move from Carrollton (near Dallas) to a new, nearby location: 4115 Keller Springs Road, Suite 200, Dallas Texas.  The unit's expanded role would include primary hardware design, product engineering, and document control responsibility for most of the Atari 68000 family and some of the Atari IBM-compatible family.  Atari senior staff engineer Jim Tittsler had moved to Japan and joined Atari (Japan) Corp. in Tokyo, formerly Atari's primary production engineering operations, and Atari VP and Atari (Japan) Corp. VP and general manager Taro Tokai would depart the company.  Ira Goldstein, previously Styra Semiconductor VP engineering, would become Atari Microsystems general manager (reporting to Atari VP Technology Richard Miller), replacing Atari VP semiconductor operations Akiva Dar who departed the company.  Tom Ulaszek, previously of Interphase Corp, would join the unit as product engineering manager (replacing Goldstein the role).

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August: Flight Video, Inc. began offering the Sony Video Walkman and movies, the Atari Lynx and games, and the Nintendo Game Boy and games for rent at major airports in the U.S. (New York Magazine 11/19/1990)

August 22: Atari announced it had contracted six outside firms to develop a total of 13 new games for the Atari Lynx.  U.S. Gold was to produce Leaderboard (never shipped), E-Motion (never shipped), Rotox (never shipped), GOLD (never shipped), and Italy 1990 (never shipped).  APTI Game Systems had designed Battle Universe (never shipped) and Alternate Earth (never shipped).  Telegames USA was to introduce The Fidelity Ultimate Chess Challenge and Krazy Ace Miniature Golf.  Shadowsoft planned Bugs. Reflex Software planned Cards.  Cyber Labs was to introduce two games. Larry Siegel remained Atari Entertainment division VP software development

August 24-26: The Atari Messe in Düsseldorf, West Germany, organized by Atari Computer GmbH, was attended by over 43,000 people.  Atari introduced the TT030 Graphics Workstation (running TOS 3; 32 MHz; 2 MiB RAM minimum; 40 MB harddrive minimum) and featured/promoted: Mega ST (1, 2, or 4 MiB RAM), SLM804, ATW800, Portfolio, PC3, ABC 286/30, ABC 286/60 (8/12 and optional 16 MHz), ABC 386SX/40, 1040STFM, 1040STe.  Atari featured ATX (Atari UniSoft UNIX System V Release 3.2) running on the TT030/X (earlier 16 MHz TT tower configuration prototype), but announced that ATX would be redeveloped as UNIX SVR4 for any TT030.

September: Frank Foster, Atari director of specialty markets (MIDI and graphics products marketing, worldwide), departed the company.

September: For the Lynx Atari shipped Todd's Adventures in Slime World (by Epyx).

September 17: Bill Rehbock joined Atari as Manager of Technical Support (replacing the departed Charles Cherry).  Antonio Salerno remained Atari vice president, applications (developer support).  The Atari Developer Support Group would shift from Atari corporate to being a division of Atari Computer Corporation.

September 27: Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited launched the 520STe Turbo Pack (£399; 520STe bundled with: FirST BASIC, Hyperpaint 2; Music Maker 2; S.T.O.S.: The Game Creator, Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade, Dragons Breath, Blood Money, Anarchy, Outrun, Super Cycle, Impossible Mission II, Human Killing Machine), to be available starting October 1.

October 2: Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited announced plans to ship at least 20 new software cartridges for the 7800 by the end of the year, including: Meltdown, Motorpsycho, Ikari Warriors, Basketbrawl, Mat Mania Challenge (NewsBytes 10/2)

October 11: At Liquid Crystal Systems Technology Corporation, Sam Tramiel remained CEO; Garry Tramiel remained secretary and CFO.  Address remained: 1196 Borregas Avenue, Sunnvale, CA.  The Atari subsidiary was an "importer of personal computers and video game systems."

October 12: Greg Pratt, previously Atari Vice President - Finance and Chief Financial Officer, had become Atari Computer Corporation general manager (replacing Atari France S.A. PDG Elie Kenan in the role).  August Liguori, previously Atari vice president for international finance, would now be Atari Vice President - Finance, and Chief Financial Officer (replacing Pratt in the role).  (Geoffrey Earle would remain General Manager of Atari (Canada) Corp.)

October: A criminal indictment for copyright infringement was handed down against Atari Taiwan Manufacturing Corp. and two employees: Kuo Mao Hsing, chief of Atari Taiwan's computer center, and Chen Jian Chung, an employee in the quality control department.  The indictment followed a court-ordered search of the company in April that turned up several suspected unauthorized copies of Ashton Tate's dBase III Plus software and Lotus Development Corp.'s Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet program.

October: Jim Fisher, Atari Computer Corporation Vice President for Advertising and Marketing, departed the company.  Fisher's former responsibilities would be assumed by Portfolio marketing manager Don Thomas.

October 22: Dell Computer Corporation had announced its new European manufacturing facility, the former Atari consumer products manufacturing plant in the Raheen Industrial Estate on Ennis Road, Limerick, Ireland.  The sale was valued at $1.8 million by Atari. (source; source; Atari 10-K 1991)

October 23-29: Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited "Atari computer whistle stop tour", where special displays were built into six carriages on a train which visited Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow and Birmingham International (during the autumn school holidays), attracted around 20,000 visitors.

October/November: For the Lynx Atari shipped: RoadBlasters (title by Atari Games via Tengen), Zarlor Mercenary (by Epyx), Ms. Pac-Man (title by Namco), Paperboy (title by Atari Games via Tengen), KLAX (title by Atari Games via Tengen), Xenophobe (title by Bally via Midway)

November 12-16: At COMDEX/Fall'90 in Las Vegas (in the new Sands Expo and Convention Center), Atari introduced the Mega STe Business Computer (up to 4 MiB RAM) and the SLM605 laser printer, introduced the TT030 Graphics Workstation to the U.S. (configurations planned for U.S. sales: TT030/2-50, TT030/4-50, TT030/8-80 (2, 4 or 8 MB RAM; 50 or 80 MB internal hard drives)), featured the 1040STe and the Portfolio, and also promoted the 520STFM.  A sample desktop publishing package including Mega STe with 50MB hard disk and SLM605 would list for $2,800.  Also introduced: SC1435, TTC1434 (would ship as: PTC1426) and TTM194 monitors, and FSMGDOS.   

November: For the Portfolio, Atari announced PowerBASIC (HPC-705; Spectra Publishing; a compact version of PowerBASIC for PC, which was formerly Borland's TurboBASIC).  Greg Pratt was general manager, Atari Computer Corporation.  (source)

November: In Germany, Normen B. Kowalewski joined Atari Computer GmbH as Developer Support Manager.

November 22: Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited cut the price for the Lynx (still including Calfornia Games) by £50 to £129-99.  Peter Staddon was Atari UK's marketing manager. (NewsBytes)

November 30: Atari announced the donation of at least $50,000 worth of Lynx kiosks (15 kiosks with four Lynx units each) and game cartridges (including Blue Lightning, Electrocop, Gauntlet: The Third Encounter and Todd's Adventures in Slime World) to the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) in support of Operation Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia.  Ron Beltramo remained VP Marketing and Meade Ames-Klein remained president of the Atari Entertainment division. (source)

December 6: Atari vp applications Antonio Salerno departed the company.  Bill Rehbock, previously Atari manager of technical support, would be promoted to director of technical services, replacing VP applications Antonio Salerno who departed the company.  Programmer Mike Fulton, previously of Neocept, would join Atari in developer technical support (replacing the promoted Rehbock in the role).

December 12: Atari held a press conference in Munich where they introduced the Mega STe 4 (4 MiB RAM, 48 MB HD; DM 3.000 with SM124 monitor) to Germany, to ship shortly after Christmas. (source)

December: For the Lynx Atari shipped: Rampage (title by Bally via Midway), Rygar (title by Tecmo), Robo-Squash

December: James Grunke, previously keyboard tech/audio engineer with Brother Records - The Beach Boys, joined Atari as director of specialty markets (pro audio, MIDI, international music markets) (replacing the departed Frank Foster). 

December?: Atari began shipping the TT030/2 in the U.S. ($2,995 with 2 MiB RAM and 50 MB HD; for FCC Class A Commercial use).

December: Atari (Canada) Corp. cut the price for the 1040STe from Can$999 to Can$699. (NewsBytes)

December 31: Atari announced Hyperlist (HPC-713) for the Portfolio, to ship January 1991. (NewsBytes)

1991
January 1: (effective date) Lawrence Siegel (Larry Siegel), previously Atari Entertainment Division vice president of software development and head of the Atari Software Development office in Lombard IL since its inception, became president of the Atari Entertainment division, replacing Mead Ames-Klein who departed the company.  Craig Erickson, previously Executive Producer of Software Development, would be the new division vice president of software development (replacing Siegel in the role).  New Atari Entertainment Division address: 330 North Eisenhower Lane, Lombard, Illinois

January 4: Bill Crouch, Atari Computer Corporation sales vice president, departed the company.

January 4: Assignee Atari Corporation gained assignor's interest in patent 4,445,114 from assignor Atari Games Corporation.

January: Atari shipped the Mega STe.

January 10-13: At the Winter CES in Las Vegas Atari introduced the new "Lynx II" version of the Lynx, to be sold in two packages: the base system ($99.95), or a deluxe package including AC Adaptor, Comlynx cable, and two games including California Games ($149.95).  Atari also announced a series of Lynx hardware accessories to be sold separately: AC Adaptor, Comlynx Cable, Kit Case, Pouch, Sun Visor/Screen Guard, Auto Cigarette Lighter Adaptor.  Atari announced that the number of available games for Lynx would double from 16 to 32 by June, with 14 new Lynx titles: World Class Soccer, Ninja Gaiden (title by Tecmo), Blockout (title by LDW California Dreams), Xybots (title by Atari Games via Tengen), Shanghai (title by Mediagenic), Warbirds, NFL Football, Vindicators (title by Atari Games; never shipped), Grid Runner (later: Hyperdrome; never shipped by Atari; would be shipped by Telegames in 1999), Turbo Sub, Checkered Flag, A.P.B. (title by Atari Games via Tengen), Scrapyard Dog, Tournament Cyberball (title by Atari Games via Tengen).   Atari also promoted 8 titles for the 7800, featuring recent releases Ikari Warriors, Planet Smashers, Basketbrawl, Mean 18 Ultimate Golf, Mat Mania Challenge, and Ninja Golf, and introducing/announcing MotorPsycho and Alien Brigade.  Privately, Atari previewed the "Panther" game console (scheduled to launch summer 1991; never introduced).  At the Atari Entertainment division, Ron Beltramo remained marketing vice president, and Lawrence Siegel remained president.

Also at the show, Atari announced the new retail price for the Portfolio of $299.95 (previously: $399).  For the Portfolio Atari featured RAM Memory Cards (32K, 64K, or 128K), the PC Card Drive, Smart Parallel Interface, RS-232 Serial Interface, DOS Utilities, and AC Adapter, and announced or again promised 14 software titles: PowerBASIC (HPC-705; Spectra Publishing), Stock Tracker (HPC-729; Lifestyle Software; never shipped), Turbo Translator from Organized Solutions, Personal Finance from Bytesize Software, Scientific Calculator (HPC-703; would ship, to Europe only, as: Science Card), Bridge Baron (HPC-724; Lifestyle Software; never shipped), Wine Companion (HPC-725; Lifestyle Software; never shipped), Astrologer (HPC-728; Lifestyle Software; never shipped), Chess (HPC-750), Hyperlist (HPC-713), Diet/Cholesterol Counter (HPC-726; Lifestyle Software; never shipped), U.S. Traveler's Guide from Organized Solutions (earlier: City Guide), European Traveler's Guide from Organized Solutions, Spell Checker/Dictionary/Thesaurus (HPC-709; would ship as: Instant Spell).  Atari also featured the 1040STe in a package bundle for musicians (1040STe "MIDI Music" bundle: 1040STe, SC1224, Band-In-A-Box).  Andy Marken was Atari Spokesperson.

January 11-14: At the Winter NAMM Show, Anaheim Convention Center, CA, Atari featured the Hotz MIDI Translator along with the 1040STe, Mega STe, and TT.

January: Atari shipped Shanghai for Lynx.

January 18: C-Lab and Atari announced a joint marketing and dealer support program that would provide sales and support assistance to nearly 50 MIDI dealers across the US.  At Atari Computer Corporation, Greg Pratt was general manager, and James Grunke was MIDI Product Manager.

January 21: Atari (Canada) Corp., announced a workforce reduction of 40%, or 16 people, leaving a remaining workforce of "about 18 or 20 people" as part of "a realignment of the North American market."  Geoffrey Earle remained general manager of Atari (Canada) Corp.

January 21: According to Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited, there were now about 500,000 Atari computers in use in the UK, while UK Lynx sales were expected to soon pass the 75,000 mark. (Newsbytes)

Jan/Feb: Return of Atari Explorer magazine, now headed by John Jainschigg and (again) published in-house at Atari.

Winter: In the UK Atari launched the 1040STe Family Curriculum pack (£399 for 1040STe with 5 software modules: Play & Learn, Junior School, GCSE Revision, Business Computing, Creative Computing) (Atari ST User #63 p6)

February 1: At Atari France S.A., Daniel Hammaoui, previously directeur commercial, and head of the subsidiary's Atari Grand Public (AGP) division, was promoted to DG, replacing Elie Kenan who departed the company. (source) (source)

February 12: In the court case brought by Atari on August 26, 1988 against Goldman Sachs, Ernst & Whinney, and several individual associated with The Federated Group, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California judge James Ware ruled that defendants Wilfred Schwartz, Keith Powell, Merrill Lyons, Michael A. Pastore, Hyman Hershow and Marc Laulhere were not entitled to indemnity from Atari as counterclaimed.

February 15: Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited reduced the price for the Lynx to £99 (without Califronia Games) (previously: £129 with California Games).  The "Lynx II" version of the Lynx expected to arrive in the UK later in the year.  Peter Walker was Atari spokesman. (NewsBytes)

February: Atari Computer Corporation price list:  1040STe $599.95; Mega STe $1699.95 (2MiB RAM / 50MB HD), $1849.95 (4MiB RAM / 50MB HD); TT030/2-50 $2399.95; TT030/4-50 $2799.95; TT030/8-80 $3799.95; Megafile 30 $599.95; Megafile 44 $899.95 w/cart.; Megafile 60 $799.95; SLM605 Laser $1295.95 (source)

February: Don Mandell, previously with Wang, joined Atari Computer Corporation as vp sales (replacing the departed Bill Crouch).

March 5: Atari had approximately 1,260 employees worldwide including 150 in engineering and product development, 310 in marketing, sales and distribution, 570 in manufacturing and production, and 230 in general administration and management. (10-K for 1990)

March 12: Atari and Naiditch Consulting announced Micro Hedge for the Portfolio.  Greg Pratt remained general manager, Atari Computer Corporation.

March 13-20: At CeBIT '91 in Hanover, Germany, Atari introduced the STBook Computer System (notebook computer), previewed the STPad tablet computer (later: STylus; never shipped), introduced the CDAR505 CD-ROM player (never shipped), introduced the Developers Package V (Atari UniSoft UNIX System V Release 4.0) for the TT030, introduced 8MiB and 16MiB RAM upgrades for the TT030, announced an "AtariFile 200" 200MB hard drive (never released), and again promised FSMGDOS.  Atari Computer GmbH General Manager Alwin Stumpf had additionally become Atari Executive Vice President - Sales & Marketing, replacing David Harris who had departed the company.

March: Leonard Tramiel, previously Atari VP Software Development, became Atari VP Operating System Software / Advanced Software Development.

March: Steven Kawalick, previously Atari VP - Treasurer and Assistant Secretary, became Atari Vice President - Legal and Secretary, replacing Atari director Leonard Schreiber as head of the Atari legal department, and replacing Garry Tramiel as Atari secretary.  August Liguori, Atari Vice President - Finance and Chief Financial Officer, additionally became Atari Treasurer (replacing Kawalick in the role).  Garry Tramiel, previously Atari secretary, assistant treasurer and Vice President-Administration, departed the company.

March 15: Barbara Anderson had joined the Atari legal department.

March 19: Atari announced they would be releasing more than 36 new games for the Lynx in 1991, including: Tournament Cyberball, Pac-Land (title by Namco), Turbo Sub, NFL Football, World Class Soccer, Golf (later: Golf Challenge; would ship as: Awesome Golf), Hockey (Alpine Studios).  Larry Siegel was Atari Entertainment division President.

April 1: Dana Plotkin joined the Atari Entertainment Division in Lombard Il. as VP of marketing and sales, replacing VP marketing Ron Beltramo who departed the company.  Plotkin was previously a vice president in Citicorp's national marketing division. (source)

April 2: The State of Israel Ministry of Trade and Industry announced a preliminary agreement with Atari Corporation where the government and Atari would combine to invest $150 million (Atari: $97.5 million; government: $52.5 million) to build a new Atari manufacturing plant to replace Atari's factory in Taiwan, and where the government and private investors (to be recruited by Atari) would combine to invest another $75 million (government: $60 million; investors: $15 million) on new factories that would produce parts for Atari and other local computer and electronics companies.  (part of Atari's strategy: duy-free exports from Israel to the European Economic Community)  (MidEast Markets 5/13/91; Journal of Commerce 4/3/91)

April 3: In the court case brought by Atari on August 26, 1988 against Goldman Sachs, Ernst & Whinney, and several individual associated with The Federated Group, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California judge James Ware decided in favor of the defendants regarding Atari's claims of fraud, but decided in favor of Atari regarding the defendants' counterclaims concerning indemnity.  All parties would appeal the judgements to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

April 8-11: The new Atari Professional Systems Group, orgainzed by Atari and including Linotype/Hell Company, Goldleaf Publishing, Inc., ISD Marketing, Inc., and Soft-Logik Publishing Corp., featured "Direct To Press" publishing solutions utilizing the Atari TT030 at the Corporate Electronic Publishing Systems (CEPS) show in Chicago.

April 16-17: Atari showed the Portfolio at the Lap & Palmtop Expo, New York City.  Don Thomas remained Atari Portfolio marketing manager.

April 17: In Hong Kong, Atari Finance (Japan) Co., Limited was shut down.

April 26-28: Atari launched the Mega STe in the UK at the The MIDI Music Show at the Novotel In Hammersmith, London.  The 1MiB model was to cost £816.63 and the 2MiB model £1169.12.  Systems were now expected to ship in the UK in July. (Atari ST User #65 p7)

Spring?: Atari customer relations director Diana Goralczyk departed the company.

May 10: Atari released Warbirds for Lynx.

May 14: Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Atari Corporation.  Six were elected to the board of directors: Jack Tramiel (Chairman), Sam Tramiel, Samuel W.L. Chin, Leonard I. Schreiber, Gregory A. Pratt, Michael Rosenberg.  The TT, STe, Lynx, and Portfolio were on display.  Atari announced that the STPad would ship as: STylus (never shipped).  Atari also confirmed that the XE computers remained in production, and that the 2600 and 7800 were still being sold as well.

May 20-23: Atari did not attend the Spring COMDEX in Atlanta.

June 1-4: During the Summer CES in Chicago, from a suite at the nearby Barclay hotel, Atari privately previewed the Jaguar, and for the Lynx Atari privately previewed: Grid Runner (later: Hyperdrome), NFL Football, Rolling Thunder (title by Namco via Atari Games via Tengen; never shipped), Toki (title by TAD via Fabtek), Golf Challenge (previously: Golf; would ship as: Awesome Golf), Baseball (would ship as: Baseball Heroes), Hard Drivin' (title by Atari Games via Tengen), S.T.U.N. Runner (title by Atari Games via Tengen), Basketbrawl, Hockey, Cabal (title by TAD via Fabtek; never shipped), Checkered Flag, Ishido: The Way of Stones (title by Michael Feinberg and Software Resources International via Publishing International), Dirty Larry: Renegade Cop, World Class Soccer, Turbo Sub, Scrapyard Dog, Tournament Cyberball, Xybots, Lynx Casino, Viking Child (by Imagitec Design). (source)

June 6: Atari announced that it had signed a contract for the sale of its property in Taiwan. The facility would be sold for $60 million, and closing was scheduled for late June 1991. The sale was contingent upon certain conditions of closing being met. Atari further commented that assembly operations had been relocated in a move to increase efficiency and reduce costs.  August J. Liguori remained Atari VP - Finance, Treasurer, and CFO.

June 26: Atari announced the closing of the sale of its land and building located in Taipei, Taiwan for $60 million (realizing a gain of $40.9 million).  Atari Taiwan Manufacturing Corp. would be shut down. (A separate Atari office for liaison with local subcontractors in Taiwan remained.)

Month?: New production European 2600 systems would ship with the CX78 Joypad controller (instead of CX40 Joystick controller).

Months?: For the 2600 Atari shipped: Ikari Warriors, MotoRodeo (DeFrisco Entertainment for Axlon), Sentinel, Xenophobe

Months?: For the 7800 Atari shipped: MotorPsycho (John Boeschen & Co.), Fatal Run (Sculptured Software), Alien Brigade (Sculptured Software), Barnyard Blaster (Datafast Computer Services?), MeltDown, Scrapyard Dog (BlueSky), Midnight Mutants (Radioactive Software; title by SNK via Pixcel Software)

Month?: In Dallas, engineer Jerry Smith joined Atari Microsystems Corporation as a product engineer.  (Tom Ulaszek remained product engineering manager, and Ira Goldstein remained general manager.)

July: Bob Brodie, previously Atari manager of user group services, became Director of Communications, Atari Computer Corporation

July: Atari released the XControl 1.0 Extensible Control Panel (ECP) for ST/MEGA/STe/TT.

July: For the Lynx Atari released Blockout (California Dreams) and Ninja Gaiden.

July 15: At Liquid Crystal Systems Technology Corporation, Sam Tramiel remained CEO, Steven M. Kawalick was secretary, and Gregory A. Pratt was CFO.  Address remained: 1196 Borregas Avenue, Sunnvale, CA.  The Atari subsidiary was an "importer of personal computers and video game systems."

July 18-20: Summer NAMM originally scheduled to take place at New York's Jativs Center was canceled.

July 22: Atari announced that the Software Publisher's Association had named the Atari Lynx game Warbirds to its listing of top-selling video games. The first Lynx title to make the list, Warbirds debuted at number five for the month of May. There were now 20 games available for the Lynx, and Atari planned to introduce at least 20 more by the end of the year.  Dana Plotkin was Atari Entertainment division VP marketing.

July 25: Atari had canceled plans to replace its former manufacturing plant in Taiwan with a new factory to be built in Israel. (NYT)  Atari would now rely entirely on subcontractors for its manufacturing.

Summer: Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited marketing manager Peter Staddon departed the company.  Bob Gleadow would appoint the marketing duties to two product managers: Matthew Brown would handle Lynx and Darryl Still the ST range. (source)

Summer: In the UK Atari shipped the 520STe Discovery Xtra pack (£299 for 520STe with Final Fight, Sim City, 9 Lives, Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters, Neochrome, FirST BASIC, ST Tour)

August 1: Atari released the new "Lynx II" version of the Lynx (U.S., U.K.)

August: Atari director of legal and governmental affairs Richard Bernhardt departed the company.

August?: Atari published a new Lynx product catalog that announced or again promised from Atari for the Lynx: A.P.B., Hard Drivin', Turbo Sub, Scrapyard Dog, Awesome Golf (previously: Golf; then: Golf Challenge), Checkered Flag, Pac-Land, S.T.U.N. Runner, Lynx Casino, Ishido: The Way of Stones, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Viking Child (Oct 91), Tournament Cyberball (Dec 91), Dirty Larry: Renegade Cop (Jan 92), Hyperdrome (Jan 92; previously: Grid Runner; never shipped by Atari; would be shipped by Telegames in 1999), Crystal Mines II (Jan 92), Xybots (Jan 92), Basketbrawl (Feb 92), World Class Soccer (Feb 92), NFL Football, Hockey (Feb 92), Toki (Feb 92), Baseball Heroes (previously: Baseball; Feb 92), Pit-Fighter (Mar 92; title by Atari Games via Tengen), Hydra (Mar 92; title by Atari Games via Tengen), Cabal (Apr 92), Rolling Thunder (May 92; never shipped), 720° (Jun 92; title by Atari Games via Tengen; never shipped), Vindicators (Jun 92; never shipped), GeoDuel (Jun 92; never shipped), Rai-Den (Jun 92; later: Raiden; title by Seibu Kaihatsu via Fabtek; never shipped by Atari; would be shipped by Telegames in 1997)

August 19: Atari announced U.S. availability of the new compact version of its Atari Lynx ("Lynx II") - stand-alone unit for $99.99, or as a $149.99 package with an AC adapter, a California Games game cartridge, and a ComLynx cable.  Atari said there were currently more than 20 games available for Lynx (including Blockout, Rampage, Roadblasters and Ninja Gaiden), and that by the end of 1991 more than 45 Lynx games would be available, including original titles Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Turbo Sub, and Scrapyard Dog; arcade hits Hard Drivin', Pac-Land and A.P.B.; and others including Checkered Flag, Viking Child, and Ishido, The Way of Stones.  At the Atari Entertainment division, Dana Plotkin was VP marketing, Lawrence Siegel was president.  

August 23-25: The Atari Messe in Düsseldorf, Germany, organized by Atari Computer GmbH, was attended by over 30,000 people.  Atari made no new product introductions, but featured the upcoming STBook laptop and the STylus (previously: STPad) computers, as well as the Atari System V Developer's Kit (ASV: Atari UniSoft UNIX System V Release 4.0) running on the TT030.

August 26: For the Portfolio, Atari announced the release of PowerBASIC (HPC-705).  Don Thomas was Computer Marketing Director, Atari Computer Corporation.

August (late month): For the Lynx Atari shipped Pac-Land and A.P.B. (Quicksilver Software).

September: Atari Portfolio marketing manager Don Thomas additionally and formally became director of customer service / marketing (replacing the departed Diana Goralczyk).

September: Goldleaf Publishing shipped WordFlair II, marking the first available release of Atari's Font Scaling Manager, FSMGDOS.

September: New production Atari TT030 systems would qualify as U.S. FCC Class B devices (consumer use), and new production TT030 and Mega STe systems would now both include 1.44 MB 3.5" floppy disk drives rather than the 720K drives shipped to date.

September: For the Lynx Atari shipped Turbo Sub and Scrapyard Dog (CSD).

October 1-4: The Atari Professional Systems Group (APSG) exhibited its direct-to-press solutions, utilizing the Atari TT030, at the Seybold Computer Publishing Conference & expositions in San Jose, CA.

October: For the Lynx Atari shipped Checkered Flag and Ishido: The Way of Stones (California Dreams).

October 21-25: Atari introduced the ABC386SXII ($1,195) and ABC386DXII ($1,995) desktop PC-compatible computers and the ABCN386SX laptop PC-compatible computer ($2,895), all three machines to ship with MS-DOS 5.0 and Microsoft Windows 3.0, at the Fall COMDEX '91 in Las Vegas.  The STBook was introduced to the U.S. market, as was the CDAR505 CD-ROM player (never shipped).  For the U.S. Atari launched the 520STe Discovery Xtra pack, to be bundled in the U.S. with SC1224 monitor, and the 1040STe Family Curriculum pack, also to be bundled in the U.S. with SC1224 monitor.  Atari also featured, and announced the imminent availability of, the pre-release version of the Atari System V Developer's Kit (ASV) for the TT030, featured the Portfolio, and showed the Hotz Translator (software for standard music synthesizer) (The STylus was not shown.)   

Fall: In France Atari shipped the new "Lynx II" version of the Lynx, shipped the Mega STe, and shipped the 7800 Péritel version (thick rainbow design, with Asteroids built-in, boxed with two Joypad controllers (CX78); RGB video, PAL composite video, and audio output all via a 13-pin DIN socket; shipped with console-to-SCART cable). (source) (source) (source)

November: Atari shipped the pre-release version of the Atari System V Developer's Kit (ASV: Atari UniSoft UNIX System V Release 4.0; general release form of ASV never shipped) for the TT030.

November: For the Lynx Atari shipped: Viking Child (Imagitec design), Hard Drivin' (NuFX), S.T.U.N. Runner (title by Atari Games via Tengen), Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Awesome Golf (HandMade Software)

November 23-24: Chicago ComputerFest by Atari / Lake County Atari Computer Enthusiasts (LCACE), Ramada O'Hare, featured the TT, STe, Portfolio, and Lynx, and was the first directly Atari-sponsored computer show in North America. The show also drew 8-bit Atari computer developers and users, as Atari also brought substantially all of their remaining inventory of 8-bit computer products for clearance sale.  Bob Schuricht was Atari Entertainment division national sales director.

December: For the Lynx Atari shipped: Tournament Cyberball, Xybots.

December: Atari VP Corporate Controller Simon Westbrook had departed the company (sourceto Creative Labs, Inc.

December: In Japan, Senior Staff Engineer Jim Tittsler, with Atari since March 1981 and with Atari (Japan) Corp. since 1990, departed the company to Chinon Industries KK.

December: "..as of Christmas 1991, Atari decided to discontinue the XEGS, 2600, and 7800 systems." --Tim Duarte, AtariUser magazine, July 1992, p. 22.

December 23: Atari Microsystems Corporation was merged into Atari Computer Corporation; "Atari Dallas" would continue operations as before, now technically as a division of Atari Computer, Atari's main US subsidiary.  Ira Goldstein remained Atari Dallas general manager.

December 23: TW Investment Corp. was formed by Time Warner.  The 14,200,000 shares of Common Stock of Atari Corporation held by Warner Communications Investors, Inc. would be contributed to TW Investment Corp.

December 31: Atari had approximately 507 employees worldwide including 146 in engineering and product development, 190 in marketing, sales and distribution, 31 in manufacturing and production, and 140 in general administration and management. (10-K for 1991)

1992
January 8: Atari announced the departure of Atari Computer Corporation general manager Greg Pratt to Creative Labs Inc.  Vice President of Sales Don Mandell would continue to supervise the sales organization, with marketing by Don Thomas (Director of Portfolio Marketing), James Grunke (Corporate Director, International Music Markets), and Art Morgan (Technical Marketing) under the direction of Sam Tramiel. (source)

January 9-12: During the Winter CES in Las Vegas, at a nearby location, Atari announced it had sold its one millionth Lynx game cartridge, announced that the Lynx now had a library of 40 games with 75 titles to be available by year's end, and introduced the Lynx Sun Visor/Screen Guard (new "Lynx II" version) and Lynx Battery Pack.  Lynx titles promised/announced, for January: Super Skweek (by Loriciel); February: Toki, Crystal Mines II; March: Hyperdrome, Lynx Casino; April: Dirty Larry: Renegade Cop, Pit-Fighter, Baseball Heroes, Basketbrawl, NFL Football, Hockey, World Class Soccer.  Other Lynx titles shown: Daemonsgate (never shipped), Kung Food, Dino Quest (would ship as: Dinolympics; would be released by GameTek on non-Atari platforms as: The Humans), Battlezone 2000, Hydra, Steel Talons (title by Atari Games via Tengen).  Also announced for Lynx: Lemmings (title by Psygnosis in conjunction with Amethyst Enterprises).  Also again promised for Lynx: Vindicators.  At the Atari Entertainment division, Dana Plotkin remained vice president of marketing, Larry Siegel remained president. (one source) (source) (source)

January 15: Atari announced it was making all of the released TOS development information available to the general public.  Bill Rehbock remained Atari Director of Technical Services.

January: Bernard Stolar (Bernie Stolar), previously founder/ceo of Amitron, Inc. and Amitron Distribution, Inc., and before that co-founder of Pacific Novelty Manufacturing, Incorporated, joined the Atari Entertainment division as director of business development. (source; source)

January 17-19: Atari formally announced their new Music Division, headed by James Grunke since winter 1991, at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA.  Atari also introduced the SM147 monitor and showed the STBook at the show.  Additionally, Atari announced that it's products would be serviced by the 250 strong General Electric Service Center network thoughout the United States and Canada. Ted Maciejewski remained Atari's National Service Manager.

January 23: Debenture holders Nathaniel Grey, Bernard Heerey, and Harlene and Jay Pine filed an involuntary bankruptcy petition with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California against The Federated Group, Inc., the subsidiary of Atari Corporation. (JTS 10-Q 11/2/97) (source #2)

Winter: Gary Weiner joined Atari as Vice President of Marketing and Sales (corporate/international, replacing Atari Computer GmbH General Manager Alwin Stumpf in the role).  Maxie R. Smith became Atari vice president of quality assurance.  Tony Serra was the new general manager of Atari Computers Pty. Ltd. (Australia).

February 11: The lawsuit filed by Atari against Nintendo on January 31, 1989 went to trial in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.  Atari Corporation lawyer William Jaeger faced Nintendo lawyer John Kirby.  A key issue in the lawsuit was Nintendo's former requirement that private developers of video games agree not to make the games available to other computer console systems for two years in exchange for a license to use the Nintendo system

February 11: Dana Plotkin remained Atari Entertainment division VP marketing.

February?: Accolade released Asteroids, developed by the Code Monkeys, title by Atari, for Game Boy.

March: (before March 13) Atari announced the release of Hyperlist (HPC-713) for the Portfolio.  At Atari Computer Cororation, Don Thomas was Portfolio Marketing Manager, Don Mandell was VP sales.

March 10-16: At CeBIT '92 in Hanover, Germany, Atari introduced MultiTOS for 68030-based Atari computers, and also featured the Atari System V Developer's Kit (ASV) running on the TT030.  The ABC N386SX notebook, STBook and STe were shown as well.  Atari also privately previewed the Falcon030.

March: For the Lynx Atari released Crystal Mines II and Toki.

March?: Accolade released Missile Command, developed by the Code Monkeys, title by Atari, for Game Boy.

March 23: Debenture holder Lana Grey joined the involuntary bankruptcy petition against The Federated Group, Inc., of January 23, 1992. (source)

March 26: The Surpreme Court of California declined to hear Atari's appeal of the August 17, 1989 ruling by the Orange County Superior Court in Keith L. Powell, Respondent v. Atari Corporation et al., Appellants.

March/April: For the Lynx Atari released Super Skweek (Loriciel).

April 4-5: ACE '92, the Atari Canadian Exposition, was held at the Skyline Hotel, Toronto, hosted by Atari Canada and the Toronto Atari Federation.

April 6-9: Atari did not attend COMDEX/Spring '92 (& Windows World Chicago '92) in Chicago.

April: Atari VP marketing and sales (corporate/international) Gary Weiner departed the company.  (The role would not be directly replaced.)

April: Bill Rehbock, previously Atari Director of Technical Services, was now Director of Application Software.

April 21: Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited announced a Lynx national high score competition, to start on May 9, in 60 independent high street computer stores, and run for one week a month over a five month period, featuring 10 Lynx games.  The 12 top scorers from the semi-finals would go forward to a grand final at the Spitfire Go-Karting Track in Feltham, Middlesex, on October 10.  The competition was co-sponsored by Game Zone magazine and the National Association of Specialist Computer Retailers (NASCR).  Darryl Still was Atari's marketing manager for Lynx games consoles. (NewsBytes)

April 24: Atari and Rovac Industries announced Atari Explorer Online, to be published beginning May 1.  The print Atari Explorer would continue under publisher/edit John Jainschigg as well.

Spring?: Under the Mirage label, GameTek released The Humans, concept by Atari (would ship from Atari as Dinolympics for Lynx), developed by Imagitec Design, for Amiga.

May 1: The jury handed down a partial verdict in the Atari-Nintendo monopolization case. It said Nintendo had monopoly power in the United States, which is not by itself illegal, but it had not been proved that Nintendo intended to monopolize the market illegally.  The jury deadlocked on two other questions: whether the exclusive-rights contracts were an unreasonable restraint of trade and whether Nintendo had illegally maintained a monopoly through exclusive or restrictive practices.

May 1: Premier Edition of Atari Explorer Online.  Publisher: John Jainschigg; Editor: Ron Kovacs

May 14: Relying on the May 1 jury verdict, United States District Judge Fern Smith dismissed the Atari Corporation's suit that accused the Nintendo Company of illegally monopolizing the United States market for home video games. Atari said an appeal would be considered.

May: Director of Atari Service Ted Maciejewski departed the company.

May: Atari Computer Corporation vp sales Don Mandell departed the company.  Mandell's former responsibilities would be assumed by Atari Corporate Director, International Music Markets James Grunke, and dealer sales coordinator Mike Groh would be promoted to national sales manager.

May 26: At Atari Computer Corporation: Sam Tramiel was CEO, Steven M. Kawalick was secretary, August J. Liguori was CFO.  Type of business: "Research, development, sales & marketing of video games, computers and software"

May 28: Atari released the FontGDOS version of the Graphic Device Operating System for Atari TOS-based computers.  Bill Rehbock remained Director of Application Software, Atari Corporation

May 29-June 1: During the Summer CES in Chicago, from their suite in a nearby downtown Chicago hotel, Atari promoted the Lynx.  Atari promised to ship 24 Lynx titles during the upcoming summer season, followed by an additional crop of 15 titles for fall and winter release. Promised for June release: Batman Returns, Basketbrawl, Lynx Casino, Rampart (title by Atari Games via Tengen).  July-August: Hockey, Hydra, Hyperdrome, Kung Food, Pinball Jam (Elvira and the Party Monsters by Midway / Police Force by Williams), Pit-Fighter, Rolling Thunder, Shadow of the Beast (title by Psygnosis), Steel Talons, World Class Soccer.  September: Baseball Heroes, Battlezone 2000, Dirty Larry: Renegade Cop, Daemonsgate, Dinolympics (previously: Dino Quest), Dracula - The Undead, Jimmy Connors Bad Boy Tennis (title by UBI Soft; would ship as: Jimmy Connors' Tennis), Malibu Beach Volleyball (would ship as: Malibu Bikini Volleyball), NFL Football, Switchblade II (title by Gremlin Graphics).  October-December: 720°, Blood & Guts Hockey (never shipped), Cabal, Eye of the Beholder (title by Strategic Simulations Inc.; never shipped), Full Court Press (never shipped), Heavyweight Contender (never shipped), Lemmings, Ninja Gaiden III (title by Tecmo), Ninja Nerd (Lore Games; never shipped by Atari; would be shipped by Telegames in 1997 as: Fat Bobby), Power Factor (title by Hand Made Software), Rai-Den, Road Riot 4WD (title by Atari Games via Tengen; never shipped), Space War (never shipped), Super Asteroids/Super Missile Command, Vindicators.  (source)

June 2: Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Atari Corporation.  The size of the board of directors was reduced from 6 to 5.  Reelected: Jack Tramiel (Chairman), Sam Tramiel, Leonard Schreiber, Michael Rosenberg.  Newly elected: August Liguori (Atari Vice President - Finance, Treasurer, and Chief Financial Officer).  Atari confirmed that they were discontinuing their MS-DOS line of computers, but that the XE computers remained in production, and that the 2600 and 7800 were still being sold as well.

June 10: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard the appeals from all parties of the judgements by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on April 3, 1991.  Atari was appealing the decision in favor of the defendants regarding fraud, and Goldman Sachs, Ernst & Whinney, and several individual associated with The Federated Group were appealing the decisions in favor of Atari regarding indemnity. (970 F.2d 641)

June 14: John Skruch was Atari Director of Entertainment Software Development. (source)  (Craig Erickson remained Atari Entertainment Division VP software development.)

June: For the Lynx Atari shipped: Batman Returns (coinciding with the June 16 opening of the Warner Bros. movie), Rampart, Hockey (Alpine Studios), Hydra (NuFX), Lynx Casino

June 20-21: NAMM Summer Session was held in Atlantic City NJ.  Atari did not attend.

June 27-July 5 : At the Taste of Chicago, Atari operated a video-game contest under a tent in Grant Park on Congress Parkway east of Columbus Drive. Gamers could play any of four new video games, Batman Returns (just released), Hydra (just released), Pinball Jam (preview), or NFL Football (preview), on 125 Lynx game systems; each day's highest-scoring players won Lynx systems, and other Lynx systems were given away at random; Atari gave away more than 45 Lynxs. (source) (source)

June 29: TW Investment Corp. was merged with and into Warner Communications Inc. (WCI).  As a result, the 14,200,000 shares of Atari Corporation Common Stock (24.6%) were now held by WCI.

Months?: For the 2600, in PAL versions for Europe only, Atari shipped: Fatal Run, KLAX (DeFrisco Entertainment for Axlon).  These would be the last releases by Atari for the 2600.

Month?: For the 7800, in a PAL version for Europe only, Atari shipped Sentinel (Imagineering).  This would be the last release by Atari for the 7800.

Month?: Virgin Games released Arcade Smash Hits (Centipede, Missile Command, Breakout), titles by Atari, for Sega Master System.

Month?: Engineer David M. Schwartz, previously of Tandy Electronics Research Labs (where he headed the software team developing the first erasable CD ROM), joined Atari.

Month?: Atari France S.A. directeur technique Eric Cabedoce departed the company.

Month?: In the Netherlands, Atari (Benelux) B.V. sales director Ruud van Nispen departed the company.

July 3: Atari withdrew its appeal of the May 1 verdict favoring Nintendo in the federal antitrust/monopolization case. The withdrawal accompanied a decision by Nintendo not to proceed with its attempt to recover certain legal costs from Atari.

July 8: Don Thomas remained Atari Portfolio Marketing Manager. (open letter to PC LAPTOP Computers Magazine)

July: Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited offered a "Batman Returns" Lynx bundle (£99-99) for four weeks, coinciding with the UK opening of the Warner Bros. movie. Darryl Still was Atari's marketing spokesman. (NewsBytes)

July: Atari moved to shift Entertainment division sales, marketing, and support from the Lombard, Illinois location back to the Sunnyvale, CA company headquarters.  Bernie Stolar, previously Atari Entertainment director of business development, became Atari EVP sales & marketing-Games and president of the Entertainment Division, replacing Larry Siegel who departed the company.  Bob Schuricht, previously Entertainment division national sales director, would be promoted to VP sales, replacing VP sales and marketing Dana Plotkin who departed the company.  The Lombard location was to remain a programming center for Atari (and Craig Erickson remained Entertainment Division VP software development).

July: Ron Smith, previously of Wang, joined Atari as EVP sales & marketing-computers and Atari Computer Corporation general manager.  Atari Computer Corporation national sales manager (computers) Mike Groh departed the company.

July: Atari (Canada) Corp. was shut down as an Atari subsidiary and converted into a sales office of Atari Computer Corporation  The office would continue to be headed by Geoff Earle.

July 22: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the orders by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on April 3, 1991 that granted summary judgment for the former The Federated Group executives and associates and against Atari. The court found that Atari knew prior to the merger that the assets of The Federated Group were overvalued. The court reversed the order denying the individual defendants' counterclaim for indemnification from Atari, and remanded to the District Court for a determination of those attorneys' fees and costs. (970 F.2d 641)

August 12: Atari announced that Atari Explorer magazine would now be published by editor Mike W. Lindsay and advertising/art director Darren R. Meer.  John B. Jainschigg, previously Atari Explorer publisher/editor, had departed the company.  Ron Kovacs remained editor of Atari Explorer Online.

August 14: Atari announced at a private dealer meeting that the Mega STe was being taken out of production.

August 21-23: Atari introduced the Falcon030 personal integrated media computer system at the Atari Messe in Düsseldorf, Germany, organized by Atari Computer GmbH, which again attracted around 30,000 visitors.  The Falcon030 was to ship in 3 configurations: 1 MiB RAM with no hard drive, 4 MiB RAM with internal 65 MB hard drive, or 14 MiB RAM with 65 MB hard drive.  Atari also announced a new STe compatible analog joystick (never shipped), and also featured the Atari System V Developer's Kit (ASV) running on the TT030.  For the Lynx Atari featured and promised for fall release: Pinball Jam, Shadow of the Beast, Steel Talons, World Class Soccer, Kung Food, and Basketbrawl, and also again promised 720° (Feb 93). (source)  (This would be the last Atari Messe held.)

Summer/Fall?: James Hampton joined Atari as senior producer / designer (games).

September 1: In the Netherlands Atari established Atari Corp.-Dutch Branch, and Atari (Benelux) B.V. financial controller Pieter Norp additionally became Atari corporate controller, replacing the departed Simon Westbrook.

September 6-8: Atari introduced the Falcon030 to the UK at the European Computer Trade Show (ECTS) held at the Business Design Centre, London, to be available in two configurations: 1 MiB RAM system (no hard drive) for £499, or 4MiB system with 65MB hard disk for £899. Alister Boden was Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited technical manager.  Atari also introduced the 1040STe Family Curriculum II pack (£300 for 1040STe with Play and Learn, Junior School, GCSE Revision, and Family Computing (Hyperpaint, ANI ST, Music Maker II, FirST BASIC, First Word) software collection modules; pack never shipped?) and the revised 520STe Discovery Xtra pack (£250 for 520STe, Final Fight, Sim City, 9 Lives, Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters, Neochrome, FirST BASIC, ST Tour, First Word, ANI ST).  (Atari ST User #81 p9)

September 12-13: Atari demonstrated the Falcon030 at the Southern California Atari Computer Faire, Glendale Civic Auditorium, Glendale CA (suburban Los Angeles).  Two models of the Falcon030 were to be offered in the U.S. at the end of October: A $799 model with 1 MiB RAM with no hard drive, or $1,399 model with 4 MiB RAM and internal 65MB 2.5-inch IDE hard disk drive.  Bill Rehbock was Atari director of applications software. (NewsBytes)

September 14: Bernie Stolar remained Atari's VP of sales and marketing. (Crain's Chicago Business)

September: Atari Entertainment division VP sales Bob Schuricht departed the company to Camerica. (source)

September?: In the UK, Atari Games International (UK) Inc. (the Warner Communications Inc. subsidiary; country of origin: US) wrapped up its 10-year lease of Atari House, Railway Terrace, Slough, Berkshire, England, which it had been subleasing to Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited since July 1984.  Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited established its own, direct lease of Atari House.

September 23: Atari introduced the Falcon030 to the U.S. at the meeting of the Boston Computer Society in Boston, MA.  The Falcon030 with 1 MiB RAM was to list for $799 and be available in November.

September 23: Motorola's High Performance Microprocessor Division announced that its 68030 provided the processing power for the Atari Falcon030.  The Atari Falcon030 also incorporated Motorola's 56001 digital signal processor (DSP).

September 23: Craig W. Harding remained general counsel of Sierra On-Line (source).

September 29: Atari said it was closing research and development facilities in Dallas and Chicago and consolidating operations to company headquarters in Sunnyvale CA. One of the facilities being closed was the Atari Dallas research and development and production engineering facility, with about 40 employees. The other was the Atari game development facility in Chicago (Lombard IL) with about 20 employees. Atari also said it was curtailing operations at an office in Taiwan that served as a liaison with subcontractors.  Ten or 12 people would be laid off there, and some of the office's operations would be taken over by Sunnyvale and the company's Hong Kong office.  Atari had about 500 employees worldwide. (AP)  Departures from the company would include Entertainment Division VP software development Craig Erickson and Atari Dallas general manager Ira Goldstein.  Jerry Smith would be promoted to Atari product engineering manager, replacing Tom Ulaszek who would depart the company to Intelect.  (Atari's Tel-Aviv, Israel research and development operation, Atari Computers Ltd., was likely shut down at this time as well, and Gideon Amir departed the company.)

October: Laurence M. Scott, Jr. (Laury Scott), previously President and Managing Director of Radofin Electronics, joined Atari as VP of manufacturing and operations (contract basis?), replacing Samuel W.L. Chin who departed the company to EFA Corporation.

October: In Germany, Atari Computer GmbH moved to their new 95,000 square foot site, a new office and warehouse facility near Frankfurt at: Am Kronberger Hang 2, 6231 Schwalbach/Ts.  Atari Computer GmbH general manager Alwin Stumpf was newly appointed as head of Atari Europe.

October 20: Remaining operations of the former Atari Entertainment division were fully integrated into Atari Computer Corporation operations, and Atari EVP sales & marketing-Games and Entertainment Division president Bernie Stolar had departed the company to Archer Communications Inc.

October 20: In Germany, Atari Computer GmbH general manager and head of Atari Europe Alwin Stumpf departed the company (he would take a similar position with Commodore).  Irma Obersteiner, previously business manager, would be the new general manager of Atari Computer GmbH. (source)

October 30: Assignee Atari Corporation gained assignor's interest in 6 patents from assignor Atari Games Corporation: 3,793,483; 4,054,919; 4,045,789; 4,016,362; 4,102,532; 4,116,444

November 16-20: At the fall COMDEX in Las Vegas, under the "Personal Integrated Media" motto, Atari featured the Falcon030, TT030, and Portfolio.  Atari ST/TT/Falcon software featured: SpeedoGDOS, Concierge (previously: ST Sutra; would ship as: Atari Works).  Atari/Kodak promoted Kodak Photo CD running on both TT030/Falcon030.  Atari also showed the new Power Pad controller for Falcon030 or STe, and showed/previewed four games commissioned by Atari for the Falcon030: Raiden (Imagitec Design; title by Seibu Kaihatsu; never shipped), Steel Talons (Koveos; title by Atari Games via Tengen; would be shipped by 16/32 Systems), Cyber Assault (Koveos; never shipped), Llamazap (Llamasoft; would be shipped by 16/32 Systems)

November 17: Garry Tramiel would return to Atari as general manager of Atari Computer Corporation, replacing Atari EVP sales & marketing-computers and Atari Computer Corporation general manager Ron Smith who had departed the company.

November 18: For the Lynx Atari announced it had shipped (August through November) Shadow of the Beast (Digital Developments), Steel Talons (NuFX), Kung Food (Lore Games), Pinball Jam and Switchblade II (Gremlin Graphics), and the four sports games NFL Football, Baseball Heroes (DeFrisco Entertainment), World Class Soccer and Basketbrawl.

December 6: First issue of Atari Explorer Online published under new editor Travis Guy (replacing the departed Ron Kovacs).  Mike Lindsay remained editor of the print Atari Explorer.

December 10: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had granted Atari's petition for a rehearing of the decision of July 22, 1992 (970 F.2d 641), and issued a replacement judgment for clarification purposes.  The Court noted that their ruling for the former The Federated Group executives and associates and against Atari did not establish that Atari waived its right to collect damages for their breach of contract defense or to assert their breach as a defense to enforcement of the Agreement.  (981 F.2d 1025)

December: Atari senior design engineer Tracy Hall departed the company.

December: For the Lynx Atari shipped Dracula - The Undead (HandMade Software) and Dirty Larry: Renegade Cop (Knight Technologies).

December?: Accolade released Centipede, developed by the Code Monkeys, title by Atari, for Game Boy.

1993
January 7-10: During the Winter CES in Las Vegas, from a nearby hotel suite showroom, Atari promoted the Lynx.  For the Lynx, through a new catalog, Atari announced or again promised: Rolling Thunder, Pit-Fighter, Rai-Den, Lemmings, Jimmy Connors' Tennis (title by UBI Soft; previously: Jimmy Connors Bad Boy Tennis), Malibu Beach Volleyball (would ship as: Malibu Bikini Volleyball), Dinolympics, Ninja Gaiden III, Eye of the Beholder, Road Riot 4WD, Gordo 106 (title by Tenth Planet), Power Factor, Relief Pitcher (title by Atari Games via Tengen; never shipped)

Also at the show, GameTek announced the release of The Humans, title by GameTek, developed by Imagitec Design for Atari and to ship from Atari as Dinolympics for Lynx, and previously shipped under the GameTek Mirage label as The Humans for Amiga, for PC, and also introduced/announced the game for SNES, Game Boy, Genesis, and Game Gear (never shipped for Game Gear).

January 15-18: Atari featured the Falcon030 at NAMM in Anaheim, CA.

January: Atari shipped the Falcon030 in Germany.  Configurations: 1MiB RAM/no hard drive, 4MiB RAM/no hard drive, 4MiB RAM/65MB internal hard drive, 4MiB RAM/120MB internal hard drive, 14MiB RAM/65MB hard drive, 14MiB RAM/120MB hard drive

January/February: Atari released Pit-Fighter for Lynx.

Jan/Feb: Final published issue of Atari Explorer magazine.

March 10: Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited announced that the Falcon030 had shipped in the UK, available in three configurations: 1 MiB RAM system for £599; 4MiB system for £799, or 4MiB system with 65MB hard disk for £999.  Darryl Still was head of Atari's marketing department.  (NewsBytes)

March: Atari had completed centralizing European warehousing operations in Holland at Atari (Benelux) B.V., while it would maintain satellite sales offices in Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Italy.  Robert Gleadow, general manager of Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited, was additionally head of Atari Europe (replacing the departed Alwin Stumpf in the role). (source)(sourcePaul Welch of Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited would be International Distributor Manager.

March: Garry Tramiel, previously general manager of Atari Computer Corporation, became president of Atari Computer Corporation.

March 24: Atari had approximately 270 employees worldwide, including 78 in engineering and product development, 77 in marketing, sales and distribution, 27 in purchasing and material control, and 88 in general administration and management.  Atari would complete its restructuring during 1993 and expected to reduce the number of employees in all categories. (10-K for 1992)

March 24-30: At CeBIT '93 in Hanover, Germany, Atari primarily featured the Falcon030, and also exhibited the TT030, Portfolio and Lynx.  For the Falcon030/TT030 Atari introduced/featured: Atari Works (earlier names: ST Sutra, Concierge), SpeedoGDOS, and MultiTOS, and also introduced/showed games commissioned by Atari for the Falcon030 including: The Humans (Imagitec Design; would be shipped by 16/32 Systems as: Evolution: Dino Dudes), Llamazap, Road Riot 4WD (Koveos; title by Atari Games via Tengen; would be shipped by 16/32 Systems), Raiden, Space Junk (Imagitec Design; never shipped) 

March 31: Craig W. Harding remained general counsel of Sierra On-Line (source).

March/April: Atari dealers in the USA received Falcon030 demonstration units.

April: Gabriel S. Baum, previously of InfoTechnology (and earlier of Mattel Electronics) had joined Atari as VP entertainment software (replacing the departed Craig Erickson in the role).

May 10: Atari announced the appointment of ION Finland Oy as its official full products distributor in Finland.  In addition, SLO Viestinta (Engineering Division) would supply the Falcon030 to the specialist professional audio and video market.  Paul Welch was Atari's International Distributor Manager. (source)

May: Geoff Earle, employed by Atari in Canada since May 1986, departed the company as Atari Computer Corporation closed its Canadian sales office.

May 15: Final issue of Atari Explorer Online published by Atari.  Atari would shut down their Atari Explorer operations.  Atari Explorer editor Mike Lindsay, Atari Explorer advertising/art/layout director Darren R. Meer, and Atari Explorer Online editor Travis Guy would depart the company.  (As Subspace Publishers, publisher Michael W. Lindsay and editor Travis Guy would continue producing AEO independent of Atari.)

May 17: SuperMac Technology announced that Atari had licensed SuperMac's Cinepak video compression technology (formerly known as Compactvideo).  Laury Scott remained Atari VP manufacturing and operations.

May 24-27: Atari did not attend Comdex/Spring '93 in Atlanta.

May/June: For the Lynx Atari shipped Dinolympics (concept by Atari; developed by Imagitec Design for Atari; same game as The Humans by GameTek for non-Atari platforms) and Power Factor (Hand Made Software).

June 3: Atari announced the launch of the Jaguar (approximately $200, with one software experience and a Power Pad Controller), to launch in the New York market in the fall, with a national roll-out of the product within one year.  For the Jaguar Atari also announced a compact disc peripheral (would ship as: Jaguar CD), which would be double-speed and would play regular CD audio, CD + G (Karaoke) and Kodak's new Photo-CD.  Jaguar games (on MegaCart) announced: Battlezone 2000 (would ship as: Hover Strike), Tempest 2000 (Llamasoft), Cybermorph (Attention To Detail), Alien vs. Predator (Rebellion), Jaguar Formula One Racing (Rebellion; later: Checkered Flag II; would ship as: Checkered Flag).

June 3-6: Atari did not attend the Summer Consumer Electronics Show at McCormick Place in Chicago.

June: Adron Beene, previously Atari corporate counsel, became Atari Vice President - Legal and Secretary, replacing Steven Kawalick who departed the company.  Craig W. Harding, previously general counsel of Sierra On-Line, would join Atari as corporate counsel (replacing Beene in the role).

June: Atari VP manufacturing and operations Laury Scott, previously hired on a contract basis, was retained on a salaried basis. (?)

June: Atari shipped the Falcon030 in quantity in the USA, in three configurations: 1MiB RAM/no hard drive, 4MiB RAM/no hard drive, or 4MiB RAM/80MB internal hard drive.  (14MiB RAM/80MB hard drive configuration still promised as well.)  All configurations would ship with: TOS 4 with GEM, MultiTOS, hard drive utilities, the games Landmine and Breakout, CalAppt (personal time manager and phone book/dialer), ProCalc Scientific Calculator, Talking Clock, System Audio Manager (SAM; not included with early units), AFM : the Audio Fun Machine (not included with early units).  Hard drive systems would additionally ship with: Atari Works, SpeedoGDOS, Falcon-D2D Recorder.  Atari also separately shipped for all ST/TT/Falcon computers: Atari Works, SpeedoGDOS, MultiTOS

June 25: Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Atari Corporation.  Five were elected to the board of directors: Jack Tramiel (Chairman), Sam Tramiel, August J. Liguori, Leonard I. Schreiber, Michael Rosenberg. On display for the shareholders were a number of Lynx machines in a tower style Lynx kiosk, two Atari Falcon030s, and a Jaguar Development system.

June 28: Atari announced that under a 30-month agreement, Atari's Jaguar would be built by IBM at an IBM factory in Charlotte, N.C.

Months?: GameTek / Mirage released Human Race: The Jurassic Levels / Humans 2: The Jurassic Levels / The Humans: Insult to Injury, concept by Atari, developed by Imagitec Design, add-on releases for The Humans for Amiga and for PC. 

July 6: Microsoft announced Microsoft Arcade, for Windows 3.1 PC, featuring Asteroids, Centipede, Battlezone, Missile Command and Tempest, all properties licensed from Atari.  Scheduled to ship in August.

July/August: For the Lynx Atari shipped Gordo 106 (Tenth Planet).

August: To date, Atari had shipped approximately 13,000 to 14,000 Falcon030 systems in Europe, about 40% (5200-5600) of that in Germany. (source)

August 18: Atari introduced the Jaguar 64-bit interactive multimedia system (US$200, no game included) in a hands-on press event held at company headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif.  Three Jaguar games were featured: Cybermorph, Alien vs. Predator, and Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy.  Additional Jaguar games announced/promoted by Atari: Raiden (Imagitec Design; title by Seibu Kaihatsu), Evolution: Dino Dudes (concept by Atari, developed by Imagitec Design for Atari; same game as Dinolympics for Lynx and The Humans from GameTek for non-Atari platforms), Club Drive, Checkered Flag II (previously: Jaguar Formula One Racing: would ship as: Checkered Flag), Tiny Toon Adventures (never shipped), Kasumi Ninja (Hand Made Software for Atari), Tempest 2000.  A prototype of the double-speed Jaguar CD-ROM peripheral, to be introduced in 1994 and to include support for audio CD, karaoke CD+Graphics and optional Kodak Photo CD (Photo CD cartridge never shipped) was also shown, and a Jaguar MPEG 2 cartridge (never shipped) for playing full length motion pictures from CD was announced.  Atari also announced plans to distribute 50,000 Jaguars in the New York and San Francisco markets during fall 1993, with a national roll-out in 1994.

August/September: For the Lynx Atari shipped Lemmings and Jimmy Connors' Tennis (HandMade Software).

August/September: Normen Kowalewski, previously Developer Support Manager for Atari Computer GmbH (Germany), became Atari International Developer Support Manager (based at Atari headquarters in Sunnyvale CA).  In the Netherlands at Atari (Benelux) B.V., Wilfred Kilwinger, previously Support Manager, became European Support Manager (replacing Kowalewski in the role).

September 16: Date of Falcon software catalog produced by Atari France S.A., where Daniel Hammaoui remained DG.  (source)

September 18-19: Southern California Atari Computer Faire in Glendale, CA.  Bill Rehbock remained Atari director of application software.

September 23: Atari announced that Terrence Valeski (Terry Valeski) had joined the company as director of marketing and advertising for Jaguar (replacing the departed Bernie Stolar in the role).  Valeski would report directly to Atari president Sam Tramiel.  Valeski was known for his association with Intellivision: He was hired by Mattel Electronics as Senior Vice President of Marketing in 1983, in 1984 he founded Intellivision, Inc. after obtaining the rights to the platform from Mattel, and he continued to head the company, later known as INTV Corp., until it closed in 1991.

September 24: Atari announced its initial list of 20 licensed 3rd party game developers for the Jaguar.

Fall: In Australia, Atari Computers Pty Ltd was shut down.

Fall: The Atari TT030 saw a final production run of several thousand units over September - November, 1993. (Atari ST Review #26 5/94 p29)  

October 19: Atari filed legal proceedings in California Northern District Court against Sega of America, Inc alleging patent infringement of Atari's '114 Patent: U.S. Patent No. 4,445,114, "Apparatus for Scrolling a Video Display," issued to David R. Stubben (of Atari, Inc.) on April 24, 1984.  Case name: Atari Corporation, et al v. Sega of America, Inc

November 4: In an elaborate media event Atari introduced the Jaguar in the Hemisphere Club on the 48th floor of the Time/Life building on West 50th Street in New York City. Over 300 attended, including buyers for major retail stores, major corporate players, and media reporters.  The Jaguar system was to retail for US$249 (with game included).  Atari announced the signing of several major new developers for the Jaguar, including: Virgin, Interplay, Microprose, UBI Soft, Gremlin Graphics, Millennium Interactive, Accolade, Activision.  The Time Warner library of video clips would be available to Jaguar developers. Atari Games Corp. announced that they would be using the Jaguar as a board for arcade games (hardware would be known as: CoJag).  For use with the future Jaguar CD multimedia player, Atari announced the Jaguar MPEG 1 cartridge (CD-i and Video CD support; never shipped) and again promoted the Jaguar MPEG 2 cartridge (never shipped). Atari expected to ship about 50,000 Jaguar systems before Christmas, with 10,000 slated for the European market and the remaining 40,000 divided between stores in the New York and San Francisco areas. (Newsbytes)

November 5: Atari VP entertainment software Gabriel Baum had departed the company to his own consultancy, Polynomics. (source)

November 11: Atari and Accolade jointly announced a licensing agreement where Atari would publish 5 titles by Accolade for Jaguar by fall 1994: Al Michaels Announces HardBall III (never shipped), Brett Hull Hockey (never shipped), Bubsy in: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind (never shipped), Charles Barkley Basketball (same game as Barkley Shut Up and Jam! for SNES and Genesis; never shipped), Jack Nicklaus' Power Challenge Golf (later: Jack Nicklaus Cyber Golf for Jaguar CD; never shipped)

November 15-19: At the Fall COMDEX in Las Vegas Atari featured the Jaguar as part of the OEM (original equipment manufacturers) section of the IBM exhibit.  Finished games exhibited by Atari for the Jaguar: Cybermorph, Raiden, Evolution: Dino Dudes, Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy; previewed: Alien vs. Predator, Checkered Flag II (would ship as: Checkered Flag). 

November 23: Atari announced that Jaguar was shipping, in New York and San Francisco area retail stores.  The 17-button Jaguar Controller (same as the Atari Power Pad controller for Falcon030/STe) and Cybermorph shipped with the system, suggested retail $249.99.

November 29: Atari announced a list of 15 additional software companies signed as developers for Jaguar (some of these previously announced on November 4), bringing the total to 35.  For the Jaguar Atari announced/promoted: Return to Zork (to be published by Activision; never shipped); Al Michaels Announces Hardball III, Brett Hull Hockey (Ringler Studios), Charles Barkley Basketball (Ringler Studios), Jack Nicklaus Power Challenge Golf (Hand Made Software), Bubsy in: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind, Doom (Id Software), 3D Gunship 2000 (to be published by Microprose; never shipped), Zool 2 (Gremlin Graphics); Jimmy Connors Pro Tennis (to be published by by UBI Soft; never shipped)

November/December: For the Jaguar Atari shipped: Raiden, Evolution: Dino Dudes, Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy (Atari's Flare II unit)

December: For the Lynx Atari shipped Malibu Bikini Volleyball (HandMade Software).

December: James Grunke, previously Atari director of specialty markets (pro audio, MIDI, international music markets), became Atari director of audio.

December 31: Atari had approximately 133 employees worldwide, including 43 in engineering and product development, 38 in marketing, sales and distribution, 7 in purchasing and production, and 45 in general administration and management. (10-K for 1993)

December 31: Atari maintained active operations in the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. (Atari Corp. Annual Report for 1993)

December 31: Atari's authorized capital stock consists of 100,000,000 shares of Common Stock, par value $.01 per share, of which 57,214,587 shares were issued and outstanding,

Atari said it sold 20,000 Jaguar systems in the 2-market rollout for Christmas (Consumer Electronics 1/17/94)

1994
January 6-9: Atari promoted the Jaguar and Lynx at the Winter CES (main floor, Pavilion A) in Las Vegas, in Atari's first showing at a CES since January 1991.  For the Jaguar Atari featured Alien vs. Predator, Checkered Flag II (would ship as: Checkered Flag), and Tempest 2000, and also promoted Club Drive, Doom, and Tiny Toon Adventures (never shipped).  For the Lynx Atari featured (and again promised): Raiden (title by Seibu Kaihatsu via Fabtek; previously: Rai-Den; never shipped by Atari; would be shipped by Telegames in 1997), Eye of the Beholder (never shipped), Ninja Gaiden III 

January: John Mathieson, previously of Atari's Flare II unit (Jaguar development), joined Atari as Vice President Advanced Technology (R&D). Richard Miller remained Atari Vice President - Technology (engineering).

February 11: Atari Technology Corp. officers: CEO Sam Tramiel, secretary Adron Beene, CFO August J. Liguori.  Location 1196 Borregas Avenue, Sunnyvale CA.  Business: "Personal business and home computers and video game products"  (filing with State of California)

February: Atari shipped Ninja Gaiden III for the Lynx.

February: Atari France S.A. was dissolved. (source Atari would maintain European offices in Holland and the U.K.  Jean Richen, previously of Atari France, would join Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited as Atari European Marketing Manager.

February 24: The Hotz Corporation was co-established by Jimmy Hotz to create the Hotz Translator for Windows, based on the Hotz MIDI Translator formerly produced and marketed for Hotz Instruments Technology by Atari.

March 14-19: Atari did not attend CeBIT '94 in Hanover, Germany.

March 7: Atari announced 48 additional Jaguar developers, publishers and licensees signed since January 1, 1994, bringing the total to 86.  Terry Valeski remained Atari director of marketing and advertising.

March: In the Netherlands at Atari (Benelux) B.V., European Support Manager Wilfred Kilwinger departed the company.

March 19: Report that Atari Computer GmbH had sold its administrative and storage buildings in Germany, with the sale to be completed in June.  Irma Obersteiner remained general manager of Atari Computer GmbH. (source)

March 22: Atari Technology Corp. officers: CEO Sam Tramiel, secretary Adron Beene, treasurer (CFO) August Liguori.  Location 1196 Borregas Aveenue, Sunnyvale CA. "Personal Computers and home computers and video game products."  (filing with State of California)

March 22: At Atari Computer Corporation: Sam Tramiel was CEO, Adron Beene was secretary, and August Liguori was CFO. "Personal Computers and home computers and video game products"

March 24: Atari announced that Nintendo of America, Inc. and Atari had settled litigation concerning Atari's '114 Patent: U.S. Patent No. 4,445,114, "Apparatus for Scrolling a Video Display," issued to David R. Stubben (of Atari, Inc.) on April 24, 1984.  Atari would receive $2.2 million cash from Nintendo and Atari would grant Nintendo a license to certain Atari patents.

March 24: There were 57,223,862 shares of Atari Corporation Common Stock outstanding.

March 24: Date of Stock Purchase Agreement between Atari Corporation and Time Warner, Inc.  Atari would issue 1.5 million shares of its common stock to Warner Communications Inc. (the wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner) at a price of $8.50 per share for an aggregate investment of $12.8 million. 

March 24: Date of Stock Purchase Agreement between Atari Corporation and Atari Games Corporation.  Atari would issue 70,000 shares of its Common Stock to Atari Games in settlement of royalty payments owed by Atari to Atari Games for ports of Atari Games games to the Atari Lynx (18 titles), ST (3 titles), 7800 (5 titles), and 2600 (1 title) through December 31, 1993.

March 24: Atari announced that in addition to the initial launch markets of New York and San Francisco, they had now introduced Jaguar in Los Angeles.

March/April: Atari director of marketing and advertising Terry Valeski departed the company.

April 10-12: Atari featured the Jaguar, expected to be released in Europe in fall 1994, at ECTS (European Computer Trade Show) held at the Business Design Centre in London.

April 13: Atari announced it was shipping Tempest 2000 for Jaguar. 

April 19: Pursuant to the agreements of March 24, 1994, Atari sold to Warner Communications Inc. (WCI) (the wholly owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc.) 1.5 million shares of its common stock at a price of $8.50 per share for a total of $12.8 million, and Atari issued to Atari Games Corporation (majority owned by Time Warner) 70,000 shares of its common stock.  There were now approximately 58,793,862 shares of Atari Common Stock outstanding.  Before the new stock issuances Time Warner beneficially owned 14,200,000 shares of Atari; the 15,770,000 shares of Atari Common Stock now beneficially owned by Time Warner constituted approximately 26.8% of the outstanding Atari Common Stock.

April 25: Wavefront Technologies and Atari announced a worldwide agreement making Wavefront's GameWare the exclusive game graphics and animation development software for the Atari Jaguar system. Bill Rehbock was Atari VP Software Business Development.

April 29: Adron Beene remained Atari Vice President - Legal and Secretary.

May 3: Atari announced that it had licensed Jaguar technology to Sigma Designs to deliver Jaguar PC Card (never shipped), a PC card incorporating the Jaguar technology with Sigma's Reel-Magic full-motion video capabilities.

May 3: Atari said it had shipped between 50,000 and 100,000 Jaguar systems to date, and that the Jaguar was now available across the US.  Five game titles for Jaguar had shipped to date. (Newsbytes)

May: "The [Atari] Falcon hasn't actually been out of manufacture in Taiwan in the last 15 months and the ST has been in and out of manufacture" - General Manager of Atari Europe Bob Gleadow, Atari ST Review #26 5/94 p28  

May/June: Ron Beltramo, previously Director of Marketing at Gallo Salame, rejoined Atari as VP marketing, replacing the departed Terry Valeski in the role.

June 3: Atari director of communications Bob Brodie departed the company.

June: Atari Vice President - Legal and Secretary Adron Beene departed the company.  Atari director, Vice President - Finance, Treasurer, and Chief Financial Officer August Liguori additionally became Atari Secretary (replacing Beene in the role). 

June: Atari engineer David Schwartz, head of the Jaguar CD project, conceived of a new type of interactive entertainment product, named "GameFilm", merging videogame and film formats.

June 17: Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Atari Corporation.  Five were elected to the board of directors: Jack Tramiel (Chairman), Sam Tramiel, August J. Liguori, Leonard Schreiber, Michael Rosenberg.

June 23-25: At the Summer CES in Chicago (the final Summer CES to be held), for the Jaguar ($250; five game titles shipped to date), Atari featured the Jaguar CD multimedia player, to ship fall 1994.  The unit would include the Virtual Light Machine (VLM).  Titles announced from Atari for the Jaguar CD: Blue Lightning (Attention to Detail; title by Epyx), Battlemorph (Attention to Detail), Highlander: The Last of the MacLeods (Lore Design; title by Gaumont Television), Jack Nicklaus Cyber Golf (previously: Jack Nicklaus Power Challenge Golf on cartridge; never shipped), Creature Shock (Virgin Interactive; never shipped), Demolition Man (Virgin Interactive; never shipped).  Atari also announced the Jaguar Voice/Data Communicator (never shipped), developed by Phylon Communications, to be supported initially by Doom, Club Drive and Iron Soldier (Eclipse Software for Atari).  Atari announced that the number of signed licensed developers for the Atari Jaguar had surpassed 150.  Atari also announced Tempest 2000: The Soundtrack (audio CD), and featured the Lynx at the show as well.  Ron Beltramo was Atari VP marketing; Bill Rehbock was VP third party development; James Grunke was Director of Music and Audio.

June 23: Atari announced its participation in the SuperTour '94 summer long exhibition of the Atari Jaguar in many popular shopping malls across America, co-sponsored by Electronic Gaming Monthly (E.G.M.).  Donald Thomas was Atari director of Customer Service.

June 24: The Atari Jaguar was now being launched nationwide (U.S.) and overseas in the UK, Germany, and France. (NewsBytes)

Months?: GameTek released Humans / Humans 1 and 2, concept by Atari, developed by Imagitec Design, for CD32 and for PC.

July 7: Beamscope Canada and Atari announced that Beamscope Canada had been appointed the exclusive Canadian distributor for the Atari Jaguar.

July 12: Atari announced an agreement with Time Warner Interactive (TWi) whereby the Jaguar technology engine would be available for use in Time Warner Interactive's arcade games, and arcade titles developed by TWi on the Jaguar platform would also be available for Atari's Jaguar consumer console.

July 12: Atari confirmed a majority of its 1994 300,000 piece production of Jaguar would be manufactured by IBM in Charlotte, North Carolina.

August 1: Atari announced it was shipping Wolfenstein 3-D by Id Software for Jaguar.  Additional Jaguar titles expected to ship by the end of 1994: Alien vs. Predator, Doom, Kasumi Ninja, Iron Soldier, Troy Aikman NFL Football from Williams.  Ron Beltramo was Atari VP marketing.

August 2: At MacWorld Expo in Boston, Microsoft introduced Microsoft Arcade for Macintosh, featuring Asteroids, Centipede, Battlezone, Missile Command and Tempest, all properties licensed from Atari.

August 22: Atari announced that Telegames had released Brutal Sports Football for Jaguar.

August/September: In Germany, Atari Computer GmbH entered into bankruptcy proceedings.

September: Atari launched the Jaguar in France. (source)

September 26: Date of Atari's Stock Purchase Agreement with Sega Holdings USA, Inc. Atari reached an agreement with Sega Enterprises Ltd. concerning Atari's '114 Patent: U.S. Patent No. 4,445,114, "Apparatus for Scrolling a Video Display," issued to David R. Stubben (of Atari, Inc.) on April 24, 1984.  Under the terms of the agreements: Sega would receive worldwide, non-exclusive rights with certain exceptions to Atari's library of more than 70 U.S. patents and applications (excluding certain of Atari's Jaguar and Lynx patents), for a fully prepaid royalty to Atari amortized at approximately $7 million per year over 7 years for a total of $50 million; Sega would purchase approximately 4.7 million shares of Atari common stock for a total price of $40 million; both companies would enter into software license agreements for up to five game titles per year that would be made available on each company's present and future platforms; Atari would dismiss its legal proceedings against Sega, and each company will release all claims against the other.  Atari Corporation, et al v. Sega of America, Inc, filed in the California Northern District Court on October 19, 1993, would be dismissed.

September 26: Atari and Williams announced that Atari would develop and market new versions of such Williams hits as Joust, Defender and Robotron for Jaguar, while Williams would license the new versions to market them for high performance PCs.  They also announced that Williams would release Double Dragon V for Jaguar.

October 10: Atari announced that Toys "R" Us would carry the Jaguar.  Jaguar titles expected to ship by the end of year would include: Alien vs. Predator, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (Virgin), Doom, Troy Aikman NFL Football from Williams, Iron Soldier, Kasumi Ninja.  Ron Beltramo was Atari VP marketing.

October 14: The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California dismissed the involuntary bankruptcy petition against The Federated Group of January 23, 1992.  The petitioners would appear to the District Court, see: D.C. No. CV-95-00021-WHO

October: Atari engineer David Schwartz became Atari VP New Media Systems and Technology.

October 21: Atari shipped Alien vs. Predator for Jaguar.

October 25: Atari and Virtuality Group jointly announced that Virtuality would finalize development of a consumer version of its head mounted display technology (virtual reality headset) that Atari would manufacture and market for use with the Atari Jaguar, to ship by Christmas 1995 (never shipped).  Ron Beltramo was Atari VP marketing.  In the UK, Peter Walker, of Fitzroy, remained Atari spokesman; Bob Gleadow remained MD Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited.

November 16: Atari announced that it had received regulatory approval in connection with its September 26, 1994 agreements with Sega and the transactions had closed.

November 20-January 15: In the U.S., with the purchase of a Jaguar system, Atari offered a free Jaguar game cartridge, choice of: Evolution: Dino Dudes, Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy, Raiden

November 21: As a result of the settlement between Atari and Sega, Atari Corporation, et al v. Sega of America, Inc, filed on October 19, 1993, was dismissed by Judge Claudia Wilken.

November 21: Atari announced the launch of Jaguar in Japan, including 25 Toys "R" Us outlets, and that Mumin Corporation of Tokyo was handling Jaguar distribution and sales in Japan.  Jaguar was already available in Europe, Canada, and the US.  Ron Beltramo remained Atari VP marketing; Laury Scott remained Atari VP manufacturing and operations. (Newsbytes)

November 23: For Jaguar Atari announced the imminent, late November releases of: Doom, Checkered Flag, Club Drive, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

November/December: Atari VP manufacturing and operations Laury Scott additionally assumed responsibility for Atari's engineering department (source), assuming the role from Richard Miller who departed the company. (1995 proxy for date) (Miller would found VM Labs, Inc. on 1/11/95.) (John Mathieson remained Atari Vice President Advanced Technology.)

December 2: Atari announced it was shipping Doom for Jaguar.  Ron Beltramo was Atari VP marketing.

December 9: For Jaguar Atari announced the imminent, December releases of: Kasumi Ninja, Zool 2 (Gremlin Interactive, formerly known as Gremlin Graphics), Bubsy in: Fractured Furry Tails (Imagitec Design, title by Accolade), Iron Soldier, Val d'Isère Skiing and Snowboarding (Virtual Studios).  Jaguar titles Atari announced to ship in 1995: Hover Strike (previously: Battlezone 2000), Space War 2000 (never shipped), Troy Aikman NFL Football from Williams, Rayman from Ubi Soft, Double Dragon V from Williams, Theme Park from Ocean, Syndicate from Ocean, Fight for Life (High Voltage Software for Atari).  Atari stated that more than 200 third-party developers had agreed to create new titles for the Jaguar.  Ron Beltramo was Atari VP marketing.

December 14: Atari and Time Warner jointly announced the initiation of Time Warner Cable's Full Service Network (FSN) in Orlando, Florida, featuring Jaguar games which were stored on magnetic hard drives and downloaded to the game device at the consumers' request.  The system, including 5 Jaguars, was also in use at the "Home of the 21st Century," a model home sponsored by Time Warner Cable's Full Service Network and Southern Living Magazine and equipped with Full Service Network capabilities, and other state-of-the-art home services located in the Sweetwater, Wekiva, Lake Brantley and Springdale community near Orlando.  Ron Beltramo was Atari VP marketing.

December 22: Atari announced the releases of Iron Soldier and Kasumi Ninja for Jaguar.  Ron Beltramo was Atari VP marketing.

December 31: Atari had approximately 101 employees in the U.S., including 58 in engineering and product development, 18 in marketing, sales and distribution, 5 in purchasing and production, and 20 in general administration and management; in addition, the Company had approximately 16 employees outside the U.S. (10-K for 1994)

December 31: There were 63,648,535 shares of Atari Common Stock outstanding.

1995
January 6-9: At the Winter CES in Las Vegas, Atari announed that the the Jaguar CD multimedia player, including the Virtual Light Machine (VLM), would ship winter 1995 for $149.99, and that the first Jaguar CD titles would be Battlemorph, Blue Lightning, Highlander, Demolition Man and Creature Shock.  For the Jaguar Atari introduced the JagLink Interface cable (spring 1995 for $29.99), and again promised the Jaguar Voice/Data Communicator (fall 1995 for under $150) and the Jaguar virtual reality headset (by Christmas 1995 under $200).  Atari promoted Batman Forever (never shipped), Thea Realm Fighters (CD; High Voltage Software; never shipped), and Primal Rage (CD) from Time Warner Interactive as the top coming attractions for the Jaguar.  Sports titles promoted by Atari for Jaguar: Charles Barkley Basketball (never shipped), Brett Hull Hockey (now for CD; never shipped), Al Michaels Announces HardBall III; never shipped), Jack Nicklaus Cyber Golf (never shipped), Troy Aikman NFL Football from Williams, White Men Can't Jump (High Voltage Software, title by TriMark), CD League Bowling from V Real (never shipped), Sensible Soccer from Telegames (would ship as: International Sensible Soccer).  Additional upcoming Jaguar titles promoted by Atari: Fight for Life, Space War 2000, Hover Strike, Ultra Vortex (Beyond Games for Atari; would ship as Ultra Vortek), Rayman from Ubi Soft.  Previewed for Jaguar: Hover Hunter (Hyper Image; later: Phase Zero; never shipped), BurnOut (by Shen Technologies via Virtual Xperience; would ship as: Super Burnout), Air Cars (MidNite Entertainment Group; never shipped by Atari; would be shipped by ICD), Varuna's Forces (CD; Accent Media; never shipped).  Already available Jaguar titles that were featured: Doom, Iron Soldier, Checkered Flag, Club Drive, Kasumi Ninja, Val d'Isère Skiing and Snowboarding, Bubsy in: Fractured Furry Tails, Zool 2.  Atari also showed 4 games for the Lynx (what games????).  (some reports)  Ron Beltramo was Atari VP marketing.

January 16: Jon Correll had recently joined Atari as VP of Software Product Development. (source (Bill Rehbock remained Atari VP of Software Business Development.)

February: Atari Director of Audio James Grunke departed the company to Online! Technologies.

February 17: Time Warner sold 4,500 of its shares of Atari Corporation stock.

March 13: Atari and Williams Entertainment announced that Atari would be publishing Mortal Kombat III (never shipped) for the Atari Jaguar.  Bill Rehbock remained Atari VP of Software Business Development.

March: Dean Fox joined Atari as Senior Vice President, Marketing.  (Ron Beltramo remained Atari VP marketing.)

March 17: Atari subsidiaries, worldwide, consisted of: Atari (Benelux) B.V., Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited, and the U.S. subsidiary, Atari Computer Corporation. (10-K for 1994)  Numerous subsidiaries had been shut down over the preceding 12 months.

Atari Corp. logo

March 17: Atari had decided to port and publish certain of its Jaguar titles on the IBM PC compatible platform.  Atari expected to publish four titles in CD media by the end of 1995, the first of which would be Tempest 2000.  (10-K for 1994)

March 21: Atari announced the Jaguar "64-Bit Power Kit" package, including Jaguar console, controller, power adapter and video cable, with no game included, to retail for $159.99.

March 21: Time Warner sold 60,000 of its shares of Atari Corporation stock.

March 22: Atari and Acclaim announced that 3 Acclaim titles would be published by Atari for Jaguar, including NBA Jam Tournament Edition (title by Midway) and Frank Thomas Big Hurt Baseball (never shipped).

March 22: Time Warner sold 90,000 of its shares of Atari Corporation stock.  The 15,615,500 shares of Atari Common Stock now beneficially owned by Time Warner Inc. constituted approximately 24.5% of the outstanding Atari Common Stock (based on 63,648,535 outstanding shares reported by Atari as of December 31, 1994).  15,545,500 and 70,000 of Time Warner's shares of Atari were held by Warner Communications Inc. and Atari Games Corporation, respectively.

March 25: Time Warner Inc., seeking to reduce its debt load, disclosed that it planned to sell part or all of its 24.5 percent stake in the Atari Corporation. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the giant media and entertainment company said it expected to dispose of "some or all" of its 15.6 million common shares of Atari "from time to time in open market transactions or otherwise."  At current prices, the stake was worth $42.9 million.

March 26-28: At the European Computer Trade Show (ECTS) at London's Olympia, Atari announced that the price of its Jaguar games console was reduced from £230 to £149.  The Jaguar CD was scheduled to ship in June for US$149.  Atari also announced an extended contract with Virtuality, the London-based Virtual Reality (VR) software house, in which Virtuality would develop two VR games for the Atari Jaguar.  Peter Walker was Atari spokesman, and Bob Gleadow remained MD Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited. (Newsbytes)

March 27: Atari announced the release of Tempest 2000: The Soundtrack (audio CD).  Executive producer: John Skruch.  Produced by Imagitec Design.  IDI Musicians: Ian Howe, Alastair Lindsay, Kevin Saville, Julian Hodgson.  Production Director: James Grunke.  Ron Beltramo remained Atari VP marketing.

April?: Atari released Hover Strike for the Jaguar.

Spring?: Maximina K. Fagan joined the Atari legal department (reporting to corporate counsel Craig Harding; the two would comprise the entire legal department).

May 1: Atari announced the hires of Dean Fox, previously of Rocket Science Games and earlier of Sega, as SVP Marketing, and Jon Correll, previously Manager of Development Administration for Sega of America, as VP Software Product Development.  Ron Beltramo, previously VP marketing, would become VP advertising and merchandising.

May 9: Following up on market success for the Jaguar in the UK, Atari had signed a series of European country Jaguar distribution agreements, including Cosmo Entertainment in Germany, Mirage in Poland, Product Finale in Spain, and Adastra in Sweden.  Computer Trade Weekly had also reported that Atari was about to sign further Jaguar distribution deals in Denmark, Israel, Italy, and Turkey. (NewsBytes)

May 11-13: The (first-ever) Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), held the Los Angeles Convention Center.  Atari introduced the Jaguar VR (by Virtuality Entertainment; never shipped), along with Missile Command VR (by Virtuality Entertainment; earlier: Missile Command 2000; would ship as: Missile Command 3D) and Zone Hunter (by Virtuality; never shipped) for the Jaguar VR; Atari promoted the Jaguar CD multimedia player with built-in Virtual Light Machine (VLM), to ship in August ($150), and the CD titles Battlemorph, Highlander: The Last of the MacLeods, Blue Lightning, Demolition Man, Myst (Sunsoft; title by Cyan), and Creature Shock; Atari again promoted the JagLink interface, introduced the Team Tap controller, and again promoted the Jaguar Voice/Data Communicator; Atari announced there would be nearly 100 titles for the Jaguar by the end of the year; Atari featured the Jaguar games Thea Realm Fighters (CD), Rayman from Ubi Soft, White Men Can't Jump (with Team Tap controller), and Ultra Vortex, and promoted the additional new release titles: Primal Rage from Time Warner Interactive, the Highlander RPG series, Fight for Life, and NBA Jam Tournament Edition (High Voltage Software); Atari announced a line of classic games for the Jaguar including Dactyl Joust (High Voltage Software for Atari; never shipped), Defender 2000 (Llamasoft for Atari), and Missile Command VR; Atari announced they would publish classic games for the PC at the end of the year, beginning with Tempest 2000.

May 24: Sam Tramiel remained Atari Corporation CEO; August Liguori remained secretary and CFO; Craig W. Harding was corporate counsel.  Address remained: 1196 Borregas Avenue, Sunnyvale CA.  Type of business: "Manufacturer and distributor of video game systems and software"

June 5: Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Atari Corporation.  Five were elected to the board of directors: Jack Tramiel (Chairman), Sam Tramiel, August J. Liguori, Leonard Schreiber, Michael Rosenberg

June 20: "Fun 'N' Games" hands-on media event at Atari Corporation headquarters.  Jaguar titles featured by Atari: Blue Lightning (CD), Hover Hunter (cart; later: Phase Zero; never shipped), White Men Can't Jump (cart), FlipOut! (CD; by Gorilla Systems; would ship on cartridge), Highlander: The Last of the MacLeods (CD), Myst (CD), SuperX (cart; by Tiertex; would ship as: Supercross 3D), Baldies (CD; by Creative Edge), Robinson's Requiem (CD; by Silmarils; never shipped by Atari; would be shipped by Songbird in 2011), Charles Barkley Basketball (cart), Commander Blood (CD; by Cryo; never shipped), Breakout 2000 (cart; never shipped by Atari; would be shipped by Telegames in Dec. 1996), Vid Grid (CD; developed by High Voltage Software, title by Jasmine Multimedia Publishing and Geffen Records), Varuna's Forces (CD), Battlemorph (CD), Fight for Life (cart), Space War 2000 (cart), Ultra Vortex (cart), Creature Shock (CD), Demolition Man (CD), Black ICE \ White Noise (CD; by Kelp Entertainment; never shipped), Defender 2000 (cart), Thea Realm Fighters (CD), Brett Hull Hockey (shown on cart; to ship on CD), Max Force (CD; Nerf game developed by Genus Microcomputing; never shipped)

June 22?: Atari SVP Marketing Dean Fox departed the company. (source for day?)  Atari director of customer service Don Thomas would additionally become director of marketing.  Ron Beltramo remained Atari VP advertising and merchandising.

June 26: Atari announced that Theodore M. Hoff (Ted Hoff), previously SVP and general manager of Fox Interactive, and prior to that SVP of Time Warner Interactive from 1990-1994, had joined the company as president of North American Operations (U.S., Canada, Mexico)  (Garry Tramiel would remain Atari Computer Corporation general manager.)

Month?: In the Netherlands at Atari (Benelux) B.V., customer support manager Jurek Ceglarek departed the company.

July 5: Atari announced the release of Super Burnout for Jaguar.

July 12: Jeanne Winding was product marketing manager for Atari.

July?: Nintendo released Arcade Classic No. 1: Asteroids / Missile Command, titles by Atari, developed by Accolade, licensed to Nintendo, for Game Boy (or Super Game Boy).

Summer: Atari conducted a sale (auction) of remaining product inventory from their consolidated European warehousing operation at Atari (Benelux) B.V., Hagenweg 7B, 4131 LX Vianen. (see AA discussion and also STFormat #73 8/95 p11 for a slightly earlier report)

July 17: Atari and Activision announced Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure for Jaguar, to be developed by Activision and released by Atari, and announced Atari Action Pak II (this version with Atari properties never shipped) for single-user IBM and PC compatible computers, which would include the Atari properties: Air Sea Battle, Breakout, Super Breakout, Space War, Surround, Millipede, Combat, Yar's Revenge, Canyon Bomber, Gravitar, Maze Craze, Night Driver

July 28: Atari terminated their Jaguar distribution agreement in Germany with Cosmo. (source

August 1: For Jaguar Atari announced the release of White Men Can't Jump with Team Tap controller.  The library of games for Atari Jaguar 64 was promised to approach 75 titles by the end of 1995.

August 2: Atari announced that on Saturday, Aug. 12, Atari Corporation would donate $10,500 to the San Francisco Giants Community Fund. With more than 300 Atari employees and their families in attendance, Sam Tramiel, president and CEO of Atari, would present the donation to Giants' third baseman Matt Williams as the team faced the Chicago Cubs at Candlestick Park. The previous year, Atari had committed to donate $250 for every home run Williams hit over the season, and Williams had proceeded to hit 42 home runs.

August 9: Atari announced that U.S. Gold had released Flashback, The Quest for Identity (Delphine Software) for Jaguar.

August?: Nintendo released Arcade Classic No. 2: Centipede / Millipede, titles by Atari, developed by Accolade, licensed to Nintendo, for Game Boy (or Super Game Boy).

August 12: Craig Harding remained Atari corporate counsel.

August 25: Atari Computer Corporation general manager Garry Tramiel departed the company. (source)  (Ted Hoff remained president, Atari Computer Corporation.)

August 28: For Jaguar Atari announced the release of FlipOut!.

August 30: Atari announced an agreement with ATOMIX Inc. (formerly TOPIX, an Emmy Award-winning CGI and new media development house) to develop a next-generation user support World Wide Web Domain on the Internet.

September 10-12: At the European Computer Trade Show (ECTS) at London's Olympia, Atari most heavily featured the 5 new Jaguar titles: Fight For Life (cart.), Zero 5 (cart.; Caspian Software; never shipped by Atari; would be shipped by Telegames in 1997), Primal Rage (CD) from Time Warner Interactive, Fever Pitch Soccer (cart.; US Gold), Attack of the Mutant Penguins (cart.).  Additional new Jaguar titles shown by Atari included: Atari Karts (cart.; Miracle Designs), Blue Lightning (CD), Vid Grid (CD), Myst demo (CD), Tempest 2000: The Soundtrack (audio CD), Brett Hull Hockey (CD), Defender 2000 (cart.), Highlander: The Last of the MacLeods (CD), Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure (cart.), SuperCross 3D (cart.; previously: SuperX), Power Drive Rally (cart.) from Time Warner Interactive, Rayman from Ubi Soft.  (The Jaguar VR headset was not shown.)  Also at the show Atari announced that Rushware (ABC Spielspass) was the new Jaguar distributor in Germany (replacing Cosmo).  New Jaguar system list prices in Germany: console without game: 299 DM; console with game: 399 DM; CD-ROM: 299 DM.  Paul Welch remained Atari's international distributor manager.  (source, source

September: Atari Developer Support Engineer Mike Fulton departed the company.

September: For the Jaguar Atari released Ultra Vortek.

September 19: Atari announced that Ubi Soft had released Rayman for Jaguar.

September 21: Atari announced the release of the Jaguar CD Multimedia Player for the Jaguar, bundled with: Blue Lightning, Vid Grid, Myst demo, Tempest 2000: The Soundtrack (audio CD).  Package suggested retail price: US$199 

September 22: Jon Correll remained Atari VP software product development. (source)

October 6: Atari announced the new JAGWIRE World Wide Web domain, created by ATOMIX Inc., at http://www.atari.com, and named CompuServe as its official Jaguar 64 commercial on-line support site.  Donald A. Thomas Jr. remained director of Atari Customer Service/Marketing.

October: For the Lynx, Atari released Super Asteroids/Super Missile Command and released Battlezone 2000 (HandMade Software).  These would be the last two releases by Atari for the Lynx.

October: Four months after holding their first such event, Atari held their second Press Day at company headquarters in Sunnyvale.  Jaguar titles featured by Atari included: Fever Pitch Soccer (cart.), Formula One Racing (CD; temporary name; never shipped by Atari; would be shipped by Telegames as: World Tour Racing), Atari Karts (cart.), SuperCross 3D (cart.), NBA Jam Tournament Edition (cart.), Phase Zero (cart.; previously: Hover Hunter; never shipped), Battlemorph (CD), Baldies (CD)

October: For the Jaguar Atari released: the JagLink Interface, the Team Tap Multi-Player Adapter, the ProController, and the Memory Track for the Jaguar CD.

October 18: For Jaguar Atari announced the release of Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure by Activision.

October 23: For Jaguar CD Atari announced the release of Hover Strike: Unconquered Lands.

October 24: Time Warner Inc. sold 6,600,000 of its shares of Atari Corporation stock.  Consequently, Time Warner now beneficially owned 8,709,300 shares of Atari Common Stock, constituting approximately 13.67% of the outstanding shares. 8,639,300 of the shares were directly held by Warner Communcations Inc., while 70,000 of the shares were held directly by Atari Games Corporation.

October 27: Atari announced that the Jaguar was now available through the RadioShack unlimited and the Sears Wish Book catalogues.

October 30: Atari, USA Network and Electronic Gaming Monthly announced "USA: Up All Night Atari Jaguar Sweepstakes" to air on the "USA: Up All Night" program for three consecutive Friday nights from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. on November 10, 17 & 24.

October 30: For Jaguar CD Atari announced the release of Highlander: The Last of the MacLeods.

October 31: The Atari Board of Directors determined to substantially reduce the resources devoted to the Jaguar and related products, and to change Atari's strategic focus by devoting its resources to PC software publishing and strategic opportunities.  In particular, the Atari Board of Directors directed management to focus on evaluating strategic opportunities for Atari including potential investments and acquisitions. (1996 proxy)

Fall?: Max Kiko Fagan would be promoted to Atari corporate counsel, replacing Craig Harding who departed the company.

November 2: Atari dismissed about 20 employees (internal Jaguar development team and other development staff -1996 proxy); notably including Atari VP of Software Business Development Bill Rehbock and senior producer / designer James Hampton.  Continuing as direct reports to VP software Jon Correll: John Skruch (director software), Eric Elliot (art director), Craig Suko (director engineering) ("current org chart" found here)

November 6: Atari announced the release of Ruiner Pinball, developed by High Voltage Software, for Jaguar.

November 6: Time Warner Inc. sold 39,300 (29,200 + 10,100) of its shares of Atari Corporation stock.  Consequently, Time Warner now beneficially owned 8,670,000 shares.  8,600,000 of the shares were directly held by Warner Communcations Inc., while 70,000 of the shares were held directly by Atari Games Corporation.

November 7: Atari announced that Run PC, a regional retail leader in computers and next-generation game systems, had opened the first Jaguar Mall Store in the Twin Peaks Mall in Longmont, Colorado, on Nov. 4.  The prototype store would exclusively demonstrate and sell the Atari Jaguar home entertainment system and the Atari Lynx handheld color gaming system.  Atari provided interactive merchandising materials including arcade-style "hands-on" displays, banners and signage.

November: Time Warner Interactive released Area 51 by Atari Games, developed by Mesa Logic, 33" Showcase and 25" versions (incorporating CoJag hardware based on Jaguar by Atari Corporation)

November 16: In the initial meeting between the two companies, Sam Tramiel, president and CEO of Atari Corporation, and Sirjang L. "Jugi" Tandon, the Chairman of JT Storage, Inc., met at the Las Vegas airport following the Comdex show.  A follow-up meeting was scheduled for early December to further discuss a possible investment in JTS by Atari. (1996 proxy)

December 12: Atari announced the release of Missile Command 3D, developed by Virtuality Entertainment, for Jaguar.

December 14: Jack Tramiel and Sam Tramiel of Atari met with Jugi Tandon and T. David Mitchell at JTS.  At this meeting, the parties discussed a potential investment by Atari in JTS and the possibility that Jack Tramiel would become a director of JTS. (1996 proxy)

December 15: Atari announced that the Jaguar 64 system would now be priced at $99, and for the Jaguar Atari announced the release of: Atari Karts, I-War (Imagitec Design), Fever Pitch Soccer, Supercross 3D

December: Atari Vice President Advanced Technology John Mathieson departed the company (to VM Labs, Inc.).

December: Atari president and CEO Sam Tramiel suffered a mild heart attack and spent two days at Stanford Medical Center. (source)  

December 31: Atari had approximately 73 employees worldwide. (10-K for 1995)

1996
January 2: Atari announced the new division, Atari Interactive, which would create titles for a variety of platforms and consoles such as Atari's Jaguar system, PC, Macintosh, the Internet and websites.  Atari announced 4 Atari Interactive PC CD-ROM titles to ship first quarter 1996: Tempest 2000, Highlander (never shipped), Baldies (never shipped), and FlipOut! (never shipped).  Atari planned more Atari Interactive PC games based on other of its old games, including Missile Command, Crystal Castles, Asteroids, Pac-Man and Centipede; a total of 17 PC games were planned for release in 1996. (source)  Ted Hoff remained president of Atari North American Operations.

Atari Corp. logo     Atari Interactive (Atari Corp.) logo

January 5-8: In an off-site showing near the Winter CES in Las Vegas, Atari introduced the Atari Interactive PC CD-ROM titles Tempest 2000, Highlander (never shipped), Baldies (never shipped), and FlipOut! (never shipped), each to ship First Quarter, 1996.  Atari also announced the additional Atari Interactive titles: Missile Command 3D (never shipped), Return to Crystal Castles (never shipped), Interactive Rocky Horror Show (never shipped), Virtual War (never shipped).  (source)

January 8: Jack Tramiel, Sam Tramiel and T. David Mitchell met at Jack Tramiel's home to further discuss a strategic transaction between Atari and JT Storage. (1996 proxy)

January: In Europe, Atari Interactive released Tempest 2000, developed by Llamasoft, conversion by Imagitec Design, title by Atari, for PC CD-ROM (DOS) (and also released Tempest 2000 demo, T2K_PC10.ZIP).  It would be the only release by the Atari Interactive division of Atari.

January: For the Jaguar Atari released Zoop (Hookstone via Viacom) and NBA Jam Tournament Edition, and for the Jaguar CD Atari released Myst, Baldies, and Battlemorph.

January 17: Meeting was held at JT Storage to discuss the proposed transaction between Atari and JT Storage.  Present at the meeting were Jack Tramiel, Sam Tramiel and Mr. Liguori of Atari and Mr. Tandon, Mr. Mitchell and Ms. Walker of JT Storage. Also present were representatives from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C., counsel to Atari, and a representative of Cooley Godward, counsel to JT Storage.  There was substantial discussion regarding a proposed merger of Atari and JT Storage. (1996 proxy) 

January 17: Atari dismissed 20 employees, notably including VP advertising and merchandising Ron Beltramo, game producer Ted Tahquechi, and International Developer Support Manager Normen Kowalewski, as the Atari Interactive division was shut down.  Garry Tramiel would again return to Atari as head of Atari Computer Corporation, replacing president Ted Hoff who departed the company (effective December 31, 1995 for financial purposes).  Don Thomas remained customer service/marketing director; John Skruch and Larry Pacey would oversee Atari's Jaguar and PC software development, respectively. (source)

February 5: JT Storage, Inc. established JTS Acquisition Corporation for the purpose of merging with Atari Corporation.  (The two companies would proceed to merge, but this new corporate entity would not be used after all.)

February 12: Date of Agreement and Plan of Reorganization by and among Atari, JTS and JTS Acquisition Corporation.  (This original version would be replaced by the Amended and Restated Agreement and Plan of Reorganization of April 8, 1996.)

February 13: Date of Security Agreement by and between Atari and JTS.  Atari Corporation loaned $25.0 million to JT Storage, Inc.  Atari Corporation and JT Storage, Inc. (dba JTS) announced they had agreed to merge the two companies.  The new corporation would operate under the name of JTS Corporation and the officers of JTS would become the officers of the merged company.  The Atari entertainment business and the JTS disk drive business would operate as separate divisions of the new merged company.  As a result of the transaction, Atari stockholders would hold approximately 60% of the outstanding shares of the new company following the merger.  The transaction was structured to qualify as a tax-free reorganization and would be accounted for as a purchase.

February 14: Atari announced the release of Defender 2000 for Jaguar.  Don Thomas was Atari Marketing Director.

March 1: (effective date) Atari director, Vice President--Finance, Treasurer, and Chief Financial Officer August Liguori departed as an executive officer with the company (to be VP finance of Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc.).  Atari director, President, and Chief Executive Officer Sam Tramiel would additionally become Chief Financial Officer in place of Liguori.  Liguori would remain an Atari director until the JTS merger was completed (July 30).

March 3: Atari headquarters moved from 1196 Borregas Ave, Sunnyvale CA to: 455 S Mathilda Ave, Sunnyvale CA (a former Bank of America building; 7,200 square feet)  (source for date)

March 15: Atari shipped Attack of the Mutant Penguins, by Sunrise Games, for Jaguar.

March: Atari Vice President, Manufacturing and Operations Laury Scott departed the company (to join JT Storage as Vice President - Materials).

March 29: Time Warner Inc. sold another 70,000 shares of its Atari Corporation stock, reducing its beneficial holdings of Atari to 8,600,000 shares.  Specifically, 70,000 shares of Atari Common Stock were transferred along with all other assets of Atari Games Corporation to Williams Interactive, Inc.

March 31: Atari had approximately 25 employees in the U.S., including five in engineering and product development, 12 in marketing, sales and distribution, two in purchasing and six in general administration and management. In addition, Atari had six employees outside the United States. (10-K for 1995)

April 4: $19.7 million of the $25 million Atari loan had been expended by JT Storage. (1996 proxy)

April 8: Date of Amended and Restated Agreement and Plan of Reorganization By and Between Atari Corporation and JT Storage, Inc.  This revised (and final) Merger Agreement modified the legal structure of the merger agreement of February 12, 1996 into a merger of Atari with and into JT Storage, with JT Storage as the surviving company, to be renamed: JTS Corporation.  This change in the legal structure of the merger did not materially modify the economic terms of the merger.

April 12: Atari Corporation subsidiaries, worldwide, consisted of: Atari (Benelux) B.V., Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited, Atari Computer Corporation.   (10-K for 1995

April 19: Atari released Fight for Life for the Jaguar.  It would be the final release by Atari for the Jaguar.

April 26: Sam Tramiel was Atari Corporation president and CEO, secretary, and CFO.  Atari address: 455 South Mathilda Avenue, Sunnyvale CA.  Type of business: "Publisher and manufacturer of video game software and hardware products"

Spring: In the Netherlands, Atari's lease for Hagenweg 7B, 4131 LX Vianen (the vacant former Atari European warehousing facility) was concluded, and Atari (Benelux) B.V. was formally shut down.

May 16-18: Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles; Atari did not attend.

May: FilmMagic, Inc. (later: ImaginOn) was incorporated by Atari VP New Media Systems and Technology David Schwartz.

June 1: From the introduction of Jaguar in late 1993 through May 1996, Atari had sold approximately 135,000 units of Jaguar.  Atari had approximately 90,000 units of Jaguar in inventory.  As of May 31, 1996, Atari held over 150 patents in the United States and other jurisdictions which would expire from 1996 to 2010 and had applications pending for three additional patents.  (1996 proxy) 

June: Atari VP New Media Systems and Technology David Schwartz departed the company.

June: The amount of the February 13, 1996 loan from Atari Corporation to JT Storage, Inc. was increased from $25 million to $30 million. (1996 proxy)

June 19: Atari had 22 employees, including 15 in the United States and seven outside the United States. (1996 proxy)

June 19: The name of JT Storage, Inc. was changed to: JTS Corporation

June 24: Atari Corporation had a single subsidiary: Atari Corp. (U.K.) Limited. (JTS Corp – ‘S-4’ )

June 28: There were approximately 2,375 holders of record of Atari Common Stock and 63,854,718 shares of Atari Common Stock were issued and outstanding (and no share of Perferred Stock). (1996 proxy)

Months?: Majesco released Arcade Classics (Pong, Missile Command, Centipede) by Sega, titles by Atari, for Genesis, Mega Drive, and Game Gear.

Months?: GameTek released Humans 3: Evolution - Lost In Time..., concept by Atari, developed by Imagitec Design, for Amiga, CD32, and PC.

July 30: Atari Special Meeting held at the offices of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C., 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, California, legal counsel to Atari, at 9:00 a.m.

Atari Corporation was merged with and into JTS Corporation.  Approximately 63,850,000 shares of JTS Common Stock were issued to the former shareholders of Atari for all of the outstanding stock of Atari (1:1 ratio) (including the 8,600,000 shares of Atari held by Time Warner Inc.).  Atari Common Stock was delisted from the American Stock Exchange at the end of the day.  Financially, the merger was calculated as the acquisition of JTS by Atari for about $112.3 million.  JTS would gain the Atari leases at 455 S Mathilda Ave, Sunnyvale CA (headquarters), at Santa Clara CA (warehouse), and Atari House in Slough England (international sales).  See: A History of JT Storage / JTS


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