May 1989 MAGazine Volume 5 Number 5

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Saturday, May 13, 1989 - 1:00 PM - the General Meeting will be held in the Parrish Building, Room #7, which is east of Jenning's Hall on the campus of State Technical Institute of Memphis. We will discuss topics of general interest to the group. Please look in this newsletter for information about ordering T-shirts, etc. Todd Rooks will continue his lessons about the CLI and will try to have a handout showing the various AMIGA-DOS wildcard symbols and their uses. Todd is the chairperson for the New Users SIG.


By Broadus Weatherall

Well, those who didn't make it to the Computer Fair a couple of weeks ago missed a chance to compare almost any of the major, and not so major computer brands. Of course we know which computer would come out on top, but it is nice to have verification.

The Memphis Amiga Group was well represented in our two rooms, and I would like to thanks those whose came out to make the Amiga rooms a real informative and entertaining experience for any visitors. John and Sean Kiss had a tremendous amount of equipment for the music demo - hard to imagine there was a cable or two missing for a while.... and did you ever get everything hooked back up that night? Maybe if you wrote a book on assembly... of the system you have, not the language.

Shane Russell brought his machine with his graphic works and his Battletech manuals to do a little real-time graphic construction for the visitors. Ed Bilson had his 1000 there with his ploter, and was making individualized string art pictures for the folks. David Bath brought 2 - count 'em, two 500's - does that make a 1000? - from Software, Etc, and a combination TV, Monitor, and VCR, for showing some of the video tapes we have received over the past year or so. David also brought a large number of games to show, and play, and Dr. Demo (aka Rick Johnson) also made an appearance to show how those games should be played. Bill Bowers brought the Video Equipment and showed how easy it is to use - once he finally found RED, the pictures looked pretty good... at least a lot better than without. (Hope you found another cable, Bill). Terry Campbell brought his machine also, and I really like the carry case - I didn't know you could get all that in a shoebox - size 87 shoebox.

I also want to acknowledge the participation of Shane Coffman, he spent the whole day helping set-up, tear down and generally give support wherever he could. Don Lockard was also present for most of the day, and rumor has it that Tom Jones was around for a few hours, telling folks which cable went into which plug and why. Charles Williams even showed up in time to sign up a couple of new members. I'm sure I have missed some of the folks who were there lending support, my memory isn't what it used to be, but I want everyone to know that I appreciate their participation in this event. It's a chance for the Group to be in the public eye for at least a few hours, and to let the public know we exist.

While at the fair, I talked with the Commodore Club folks, and they had some news about the CASE meeting for this year. (In case you don't know, CASE stands for Commodore Association of the SouthEast, and they have had yearly computer shows in Nashville for the past 3 or 4 years) Anyway, this year's meeting will be in SEPTEMBER (!?!) instead of the spring - more info later as the late breaking story develops..

I guess I'd better finish now so the newsletter editors can get this included - nothing like doing these things at the last minute.

I look forward to seeing everyone next meeting. JoAnne says "hi".



Memphis Amiga Group
Box 17426
Memphis, TN 38187

MAGazine is published monthly by the Memphis Amiga Group (MAG), a nonprofit organization offering assistance to follow Amiga owners and those interested in he Amiga. Membership in the Memphis Amiga Group is available for an annual fee of $20 per family. Memphis Amiga Group officers for 1989 are:

Broadus Weatherall
(901) 767-9239

Todd Rooks
(901) 373-0198

Charles Williams
(501) 655-8777

Bill Bowers
(901) 756-8196

Sean & John Kiss
(901) 365-1244


By Tom Limoncelli

(Continued from last month)

Within the next year he predicted that there would be a sudden large growth of business software. Business graphics is one area to watch. He also suggested [as if he knows the programmers doing it or something :-)] that there is going to be a growth in your basic business software (i.e. you can't buy an Amiga for business right now because there isn't any good accounting / spreadsheet / etc. software... this will be changing). They have started a new distribution system. They have 1700 dealers and CBM wants them all well trained. Next week Computer Factory will start carrying Commodore MS-DOS computers (and slowly introduce the Amiga line).

He started talking about financial things. He said that as far as "Business and General Business".... "the company is strong". They are up $1.5 per share this year. Commodore is actually investing again! They also have cash now!

The ol' complaint department: They get 5,000 phone calls per day. They have set up a better organized system for that but what he really wants to do now is reduce the number of calls. (I.e. if 90% of your calls are the same 5 questions he wants to get those 5 problems solved). He also will be putting more people in support.

Repair support: 18 months ago there vas a 9 month back-log on parts. That is now been fixed. [Fixed? I'd say "reduced". I know there are still some problems there... but it is getting better. -Tom] He made an interesting point. He also wants the repair centers to be strong. Some of the "The place doing my repair can't get parts" complaints were actually about places that hadn't paid their bills.

Ooops. Correction. It was now that he gave us his direct phone number. He stated that he has a habit of sitting at his office from 6-9 PM making phone calls to customers and user groups and companies. He told an interesting story that on his first day he asked for one of every computer they sell in its packaging just like they sell it. He opened each one and installed each one. paraphrased: 'it was one of the biggest learning experiences in my life'. He also request the complaints file and started reading through them.

On his third day he called a person in Atlanta named "Eric" who had written a letter to "President Max Toy". He figured that this guy must be a real big fan because he vas only in office THREE days and this guy addressed a letter to HIM. Well, it turned out this person was a 10-year old. Eric was very nervous but eventually told Has Max about how he loves his C-64, and how all his friends use them. Max vas amazed at how much this little kid loved the computer and did so much with it. (Awwwwww :-). Anyway, (paraphrased) 'Eric then proceeded to tell me explicitly and exactly what he should do to make Commodore a better company' (pause) 'and you know what? He was exactly right.' Basically Eric told him that what makes Commodore so great is the non-Commodore people that stand behind them. All the user groups, net.people, etc.

Max said that he likes talking to his customers and he loves to get ideas from them. He also encouraged people to call him at his direct line when they felt they needed to. [Personal comment: This guy knows his stuff and I'm very happy to have him in charge now]

Then he started to take questions. If he couldn't answer it, he took the people's names & phone numbers and promised to get back to them or have a technician get back to him. He also made sure that everyone understood that he couldn't pre-announce things. [I was happy to see that nobody rudely asked him to make predictions about major things after that warning.]

Question: Since the US is a smaller market than Europe, how does that affect future R&D investments?"

Question: How will you penetrate the business sector?

Question: Does Commodore plan on running a BBS?

Question: "How will connectivity be done? Are you going to use AppleTalk?"

Answer: [long pause followed by a grin] "That sounds like a nice idea!"

Question: Student discount plans in the works? What about the educational market place?

Question: What opportunity's for CBM stock should we expect? What does it mean?

(To be continued next month)


One Casio CZ-1000 Keyboard is for sale for $300.00 (this amount is negotiable). Please contact Tom Jones at 901-386-7564 for further details.


by Charles Williams

Balance from last report in March issue of MAGazine $1308.50
New memberships 180.00
MAG lib & FF disk sales 84.50
Blank disk sales 382.00
Hardware rentals 6.00
Misc. income 28.89
Blank disk purchases $ 789.00
Newsletter & postage 18.32
'88 Christmas party food 165.34
Fred Fish disks purchased 56.00
Logo jacket refund 29.00
Misc. expenses 20.55
BALANCE $911.68
Less money collected for undelivered shirts & jackets $121.00

The club at present has about 1000 blank disks that are paid for.


By Bill Bowers

The disk given to each new member has been updated and will be available for new members at the next meeting. The updated disk is also available to other members as a "swap disk". Please bring your old disk to the meeting, and I will exchange then at that time.

I also plan to have the Fred Fish disks list updated by the upcoming meeting.


By Todd Rooks

I decided to write a short note about the club T-Shirts to keep you informed. Yes! We will take orders for t-shirts, sweaters, and jackets at the next meeting. The style will be the same as before, so the only thing left to decide is from whom to order them. This has been a matter of great concern to me because of the fiasco which occurred in dealing with our last vendor. As you may already know, the last order was two month's overdue and most of the jackets were poorly screened. This time we'll make sure that quality and performance is a top priority. We will require the vendor to complete the order by the meeting after the order was placed (one month). I probably won't have any order forms ready for this issue, so I will record your orders in my book. The prices will probably vary from the last order since we'll have a new vendor. I'll have all that information for you at the next meeting. See you there!

Memphis Amiga Group Membership list as of April 30, 1989

**** Please pay dues by the SECOND SATURDAY of the month on your EXPIRE DATE ****

You may pay dues by mail by sending your $20 check made out to Memphis Amiga Group to
MAG dues, c/o Charles Williams, 13 Lake Drive, Wilson, AR 72395

Last Name First Name City ST ZIP Expire
Andrews Freddie L. Memphis TN 38128 MAY 90
Bath David T. Memphis TN 38112 FEB 90
Bilson Edward Memphis TN 38115 JAN 90
Bowers William Memphis TN 38119 MAY 89
Breu Joe Memphis TN 38115 AUG 89
Branan Daisy Memphis TN 38111 NOV 89
Buford Matt Bartlett TN 38134 JUN 89
Burford Tim Southhaven MS 38671 FEB 90
Burns Keith Cordova TN 38018 SEP 89
Campbell Terry A. Horn Lake MS 38637 AUG 89
Chapman Walter T. Drummons TN 38023 JAN 90
Chiego John Memphis TN 38119 FEB 90
Clay Lonnie C. Memphis TN 38111 JAN 90
Coffman Shane Cordova TN 38018 MAR 90
Coleman Tom Oxford MS 38655 MAR 90
Crichton Robert H., Jr. Millington TN 38053 SEP 89
Davenport Marshall Memphis TN 38127 OCT 89
Davidson Al Memphis TN 38125 AUG 89
Davis Ray Memphis TN 38128 APR 90
Dodson Luciano Memphis TN 38115 APR 90
Doss Leonard & Mary Ann Memphis TN 38119 AUG 89
Echols Steve Memphis TN 38116 DEC 89
Ginn Raymond Memphis TN 38127 DEC 89
Goff Robert Memphis TN 38134 FEB 90
Gray Bobby,Vickie,Terre Brighton TN 38011 MAY 89
Grimes Tim McLemoresville TN 38235 NOV 89
Harruff Richard Cordova TN 38018 AUG 89
Harvey Eugene Memphis TN 38126 JAN 90
Helm Robert Memphis TN 38107 JAN 90
Hoffman Dr. Walter K. Memphis TN 38122 AUG 89
Hooker Bill Memphis TN 38134 NOV 89
Hudson Scott Memphis TN 38115 JUN 89
Jefferson Tom Bartlett TN 38134 NOV 89
Jenkins Andy D. Bartlett TN 38134 DEC 89
Jesmer Jerry Chalmette LA 70043 SEP 89
Johnson Richard Memphis TN 38127 SEP 89
Jones Tom Memphis TN 38128 AUG 89
Kane Brian Memphis TN 38128 APR 90
Karpov Victor Memphis TN 38115 OCT 89
King Guy O., Jr Collierville TN 38017 DEC 89
Kiss John & Sean Memphis TN 38118 FEB 90
Kligel Joe Fairhaven MA 02719 SEP 89
Lendennie Dianne Collierville TN 38017 DEC 89
Limer Walter E. Millington TN 38053 MAR 90
Lockard Don Alamo TN 38001 AUG 89
Morris Eugene West Memphis TN 72301 APR 90
Norman Joe R. Dyersburg TN 38024 JAN 90
Porter Sharon Memphis TN 38109 JAN 90
Robbins Dr. James Mobile AL 36695 JAN 90
Rooks Todd Memphis TN 38128 MAY 89
Russell Shane Memphis TN 38134 JUL 89
Sanders Joe Memphis TN 38134 DEC 89
Schwartz Dr. Alan Memphis TN 38187 AUG 89
Smart Timothy G. Memphis TN 38111 MAY 89
Spain David Bartlett TN 38135 NOV 89
Thomas Roland Millington TN 38053 APR 89
Vineyard Charles W. Memphis TN 38118 AUG 89
Wade Norman Memphis TN 38104 JAN 90
Wallace Michael S. Marion AR 72364 SEP 89
Walp Len Memphis TN 38128 DEC 89
Weatherall Broadus & JoAnne Memphis TN 38111 JAN 90
Williams Charles Wilson AR 72395 AUG 89
Willis Mark Bartlett TN 38135 APR 90
Winfield Kenneth Memphis TN 38128 DEC 89

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