Atari co-founder Ted Dabney dies aged 80

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    From Eurogamer:

    Atari co-founder Ted Dabney dies aged 80

    Atari co-founder Ted Dabney has died aged 80, according to a close friend.

    Historian Leonard Herman, who told Dabney’s story in an article for Edge magazine published in 2009, announced Dabney’s death in a post on Facebook:

    “I just learned that my good friend, Ted Dabney, the co-founder of Atari, passed away at the age of 80. RIP good friend. Your legacy will live on a long time!”


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    Ted is one of those Atari folks I’ve never met personally. I’ve met Bushnell, Al Alcorn, and quite a few others, but Ted’s role in the early days of Atari were often (quite deliberately) eclipsed by Bushnell’s Roddenberry-esque tendency to try to claim sole credit for the whole thing*, and he didn’t do the convention circuit as such.

    A pity. Thanks in large part to Leonard Herman’s reporting, Ted’s vital role in Atari’s origin story has gone public, and I think a lot of people, like myself, would’ve gladly thanked him in person for that role.

    * remember, this is also the Nolan Bushnell who said that Magnavox Odyssey, a first-of-its-entire-order-of-technology breakthrough which sold nearly a quarter million units in 1972, was a “failure”…by unfairly comparing that quarter-million to console ownership/adoption statistics from years later when the technology was known. I appreciate and admire many things about Nolan, but his very loose grasp of the truth of what actually happened back then isn’t one of them.

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