The Softalk Apple Project is very pleased to announce that Chris Torrence has accepted the role of Roger Wagner Volunteer Archivist for the Softalk Apple Project. Chris brings to the project a long standing appreciation for Softalk magazine and particularly for the articles written by Roger Wagner on Assembly Language. As Chris stated in accepting this Volunteer Archivist role:
I received my first complimentary issue of Softalk in January 1982, a couple of months after my family had won an Apple II+ at a computer store grand opening in Detroit, Michigan. I was 13 years old and in 8th grade, and from that point on, I was hooked on computers. I remember pouring over each issue of Softalk, reading reviews of new games, and interviews with people like Buckminster Fuller and Richard Bach.
One of the best sections was called "Assembly Lines", written by Roger Wagner. Here was someone who could explain the arcane mysteries of 6502 assembly language programming with both humor and passion. By January 1982, Assembly Lines was already up to part 16, past the "simple" stuff, and well into sound generation and hi-res graphics routines. A few months later, Softalk Books published a collection of the first 15 articles in Assembly Lines: The Book. The magazine series continued until June 1983. Softalk Publishing promised that Volume 2 would soon be arriving, containing all of the remaining articles. Alas, Softalk Publishing went bankrupt before the second volume could be completed.
Now, with Roger Wagner's blessing, I have taken on the task of publishing a combined book containing all of the content of Assembly Lines: The Book, as well as the remaining Softalk articles. As part of this task, I have also taken on the role of Volunteer Archivist on the Softalk Archive for all of Roger Wagner's contributions to Softalk magazine. Roger Wagner, in addition to his "Assembly Lines" series, was also the owner and president of Southwestern Data Systems (SDS) and later, Roger Wagner Publishing. Roger's companies published software such as the Merlin Macro Assembler, The Correspondent, Apple-Doc and List Master, ASCII Express and Z-Term, as well as many others.
As the Roger Wagner Volunteer Archivist, my goal will be to gather all references to Roger Wagner and SDS within Softalk, cross reference and link these with other references on the web using Linked Open Data (LOD), and hopefully, tie these references in a meaningful way to the rest of the Softalk archive. But I don't want this to just be a one-man show. If you find additional references to Roger Wagner, "Assembly Lines", or Southwestern Data Systems, please contact me and I'll make sure they get added to the archive.
Welcome aboard Chris! You've earned 300+ FactMiners pre-launch points as our first FactMiners/STAP Volunteer Archivist.
Those interested in contacting Chris: If you are a STAP community member, you can contact Chris via his Member Contact Form. Non-members can contact Chris via the STAP website Contact Form (select the appropriate topic).