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..."
Index5.3 Index of all Amy Today articles up to December 1988.
Amy_Today5.1 Amy Today, am Amiga text-file magazine, volume 5 issue 1 from November 10th, 1988. Includes the first part a long article about Sheldon Leemon that has bits of information about the early days of the Amiga.
AMR101.txt The first issue of AMReport International Online Magazine from July 7th, 1991. Contains news about Commodore's Amiga 3000 upgrade program, review of the Amiga User Interface Style Guide book, and the "Amiga laptop question".
Palette.README Discussion (with picture example in same directory) of using dithering to achieve the appearance of more than 16 on-screen colors.
5min5-18 The StarShip 5-MINUTE Weekend Newscast from May 14th, 1993. Includes news from The Gathering 1993 demo party (which "Desert Dream" won) and the announcement of OctaMED 4.
5min9-7 The StarShip 5-MINUTE Weekend Newscast from September 3rd, 1993.
5min4-4 Cyberspace Report Weekly from April 1st, 1994.
ar309.guide Amiga Report Magazine 3.09 from May 2nd, 1995.
ar310.guide Amiga Report Magazine 3.10 from May 17th, 1995.