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
ACTIVE-CIRCUITSCONFERENC A chat transcript from a August 1991 GEnie conference about multimedia and graphics on the Amiga.
amexpo.txt AMReport International Online Magazine from July 29th, 1991. This is a special edition that covers the happenings at Amiga World Expo in 1991. Mentioned are demonstrations of the first 68040 boards.
LetterCBMgould Letter to Commodore's shareholders from Irving Gould and Mehdia Ali, CEO and President of Commodore, respectively, from November 1991.
amr119.txt AMReport International Online Magazine from December 26th, 1991. Includes the news that Commodore "is the number one stock pick of 1992" and is also raising prices on computers.
Vortex Announcement of the Vortex ATonce-Plus, a 16mhz 286 CPU card for the Amiga 500, and a 386 card for the Amiga 2000. From October 1991.
5min4-29 The StarShip 5-MINUTE Weekend Newscast from April 23rd, 1993. News of Commodore's layoffs of engineers and other personnel coupled with the announcement of the marketing of the Amiga 4000 and Video Toaster 4000.
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.
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.
5min8-23 The StarShip 5-MINUTE Weekend Newscast from August 20th, 1993. Includes details about the upcoming 1993 World of Commodore Amiga Show where the CD32 was premiered and the announcement of Digital Creations' Brilliance paint and animation package.
AR207.guide Amiga Report Magazine 2.07 from February 25th, 1994.