Memphis Amiga Group (MAG) and
Memphis Commodore Users Club (MCUC) History

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Welcome

This is a collection of scanned and transcribed newsletters and disk magazines from the Memphis Amiga Group, as well as newsletters from its predecessor, the Memphis Commodore Users Club.

The Memphis Commodore Users Club (or Users Group, MCUG) started in the early 80s and lasted until the early to mid 90s. It spawned the Memphis Amiga Group (MAG) as a SIG in the late 80s. MAG operated from the late 80s to the late 90s. Commodore's demise in 1994 took the wind out of the group, and after a few more years it faded out of existence.

Meetings were held monthly, and most were preceeded by a board meeting the week before. MCUC presidents over the years included Ken Akins, Dwight Campbell, Jim Fox, Bob Nunn (of Operator Headgap BBS), and Pete Norton. MAG presidents included Alan Schwartz, Broadus Weatherall, Todd Rooks, Brian Akey, Bob Nunn, and Scott Pitts (who ran Amiga Pitts, MAG's official BBS). The only surviving near-relative of the group is AppleCore of Memphis, a Memphis-area Apple computer users group.

If you have newsletters, diskmags, or anything else at all pertaining to the Memphis Amiga Group, the Memphis Commodore Users Club, or even the Memphis PC Users Group, please contact me. I would like to add what you have to this site.

Contents

These newsletters and diskmags hold bits and pieces of history pertaining not just to MCUC and MAG, but to personal computing (particularly with regard to Commodore computers) in general. Some parts, such as these hardware prices from 1989, are particularly amusing. There are several chat transcripts (some from pre-Internet online services such as People Link and Genie) that indicate the state of Mac emulation in 1989, multimedia in 1991, and computer graphics in 1992. There are also old hardware hack instructions, such as upgrading the Amiga 1000 to the 68010 processor (1986.)

Some of the highlights of Commodore's rise and fall can also be traced:

Interesting Texts

The following is a random selection of a few of the "interesting" texts found throughout the disks in the DiskMAGs section.

Name Description
ram-disk.txt AmigaDOS script by Bruce Barrett of Commodore-Amiga written in 1985 that moves system assignments and programs off of the boot floppy. "Although I do not expect that most of you have more than 512k of memory or a hard disk yet..."
SetFont2.use Readme for SetFont, written by former Commodore chief engineer Dave Haynie.
MC68010.ins Description of a hardware hack to replace the 68000 in an Amiga 1000 with a 68010 written in 1986.
Amy_Today6.2 Amy Today, am Amiga text-file magazine, volume 6 issue 2 from December 25th, 1988. Includes a review of Dragon's Lair and the second part of a long article about Sheldon Leemon that has bits of information about the early days of the Amiga.
July91Cheats The Ultimate Amiga Cheat List from July 1991.
5min5-24 The StarShip 5-MINUTE Weekend Newscast from May 21st, 1993. Includes the announcement of Commodore's Amiga 200 Power Up Program that allowed Amiga 2000 owners to trade up to the Amiga 4000.
5min8-30 The StarShip 5-MINUTE Weekend Newscast from August 27th, 1993. Includes Commodore's announcement of the CD32 along with news from the European unveiling and the CD32's specs and numbers.
AR139.guide Amiga Report Magazine 1.39 from December 31st, 1993.
AR222.guide Amiga Report Magazine 2.22 from July 15th, 1994.
ar311.guide Amiga Report Magazine 3.11 from June 1st, 1995.