Personal Computer Museum, Canada's Videogame Museum

Steve Raszewski - Donation - March 2012

Atari 400 Raised Keyboard
There are a number of people who have started out playing and owning computer and video games from their first commercialization - in the early 70's. There are few people, however, that have kept those games - and in such good condition.

Syd Bolton, Steve Raszewski Steve Raszewski spent a good portion of the 80's tinkering and modding virtually every system he could get his hands on. He was most interested in the Atari and soon modified everything from the Atari 400 (with a full size keyboard) to the Atari 130 XE. Raszewski worked with people like Richard Adams (Happy Computers) and large entertainment companies like Electronic Arts. He enjoyed running a BBS back in the day (and writing software as well) and he even had a rare Disney Mickey Promotional pin. All told, Steve donated 28 boxes to the museum with several hilights including a boxed "heavy sixer" Atari 2600 (with many early "text only label" Atari 2600 games), boxed Atari Video Pinball, a fully boxed and complete Magnavox Odyssey (the first video game console) and various Atari hardware items ... most of which he modified himself.

Odyssey 1 Outer Box Odyssey Box
Inside the Odyssey Odyssey Complete in the Box
Boxed Atari 2600 Heavy Sixer Boxed Atari Video Pinball
Text Label Atari 2600 Games Modified Atari 810 Drive with Write Protect Switch
Modified Atari 130 XE

Did you know?

Happy Computers was a small company based on Morgan Hill, CA and was founded by Richard Adams. Adams (brother of Scott Adams of Adventure International) became famous as a child when he built a video camera before he was even a teenager - and this was in the 60's!.

Although Happy produced products for both the Atari 8-bit line of computers and the 16-bit Atari ST, they were most known for enhancement products that they produced for Atari 810 and 1050 disk drives. These enhancements included the ability to read and write disks more quickly than what the stock drive allowed, and (probably more popularly) the enhancement board and software allowed users to copy just about any disk - including those with copy preventation technologies.

The products were sold from 1982 until about 1990, and even beyond as the fan base has reverse engineered how the products were produced and have gone on to make unofficial versions.

Disney Atari Mickey Pin
(The above Atari Mickey pin is quite hard to find today)

Users making changes to their hardware was actually quite common in the 8-bit days with users of all systems making their own mods in one way or another. "Radio Shack was my favorite store" recalls Raszewski thinking back to the glory days.

Later Happy Computers products like the Discovery for the Atari ST were a little more user friendly (and therefore, less interesting to Raszrewski). The cartridge plugged into the system and did not require any further modification to the system in order to copy disks.

Happy Computers Discovery Cart Atari ST

The Discovery Cartridge for the Atari ST - making copying disks rather easy!


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