Johnson did not really want to go the 1983 Amusement Operators Expo. Sure he liked video games as much as the next person, but his job working at a game maker was only a step on his path to big business success. As soon as he finished his MBA at night school, he would be done with this kids’ stuff and go to work for a company that manufactured planes or cars. Things adults used. Still, he was sent to do a job and he took it seriously, methodically covering each aisle and sizing up the competition.
He had spent some time at the Sega booth. Loading up on swag, a t-shirt and a hat, he then turned down the aisle and spotted the area Gottlieb had reserved. Things looked chaotic there and he was just about to move along when he spotted…HIM.
Their eyes met across the crowded hall and the chemistry was unmistakable. He didn’t know what a Q*bert was, but this was no ordinary digital creation. He knew in an instant that this orange ball with the long nose was his new magnetic north, his soul mate.
The above photo was the last one ever taken of Johnson. It appeared in a 1983 issue of Video Games magazine.
Some say that Johnson is still out there, traveling from arcade to arcade maintaining old Q*bert arcade machines and keeping the dream alive. Some might think that isn’t the best way for a person to spend their life, but look at this photo. In it you see a moment of pure truth, when all of a single human’s destiny becomes crystal clear. Those who argue with truth are fated to never find it.
The death of Nancy Reagan yesterday triggered some emotions in me that I had dealt with a year ago, when my maternal grandmother passed away. She loved everything about the Reagans and was a Conservative of the highest order. Like Ronald Reagan, she succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease after a lengthy battle, living almost 12 years from the time of her diagnosis until her death in February 2015. Until she died, I often compared her longevity to Ronald Reagan. I even remember saying it about two days before she passed away, when asked how she was doing.
The Project Apollo Archive is a long running multimedia and info source for NASA’s Apollo Missions. Recently they took things up a notch in reaching out to the greater internet by posting their amazing collection of photos on Flickr for the world to browse and boy is it a lot to browse. Hundreds of photos spanning from Apollo 7-17 all scanned in high-resolution, many of them absolutely stunning, all of them fascinating. So if are a science or history buff, drop on by the Project Apollo Archive and enjoy.
You do not find a lot of decent “Whiz Kids” related content online, so I was very excited to find this image in an older magazine I was reading featuring the main cast. A quick trip to the scanner and here is online for everyone to enjoy. If you are not familiar with the great shortly lived show, check out the Retroist Whiz Kids Podcast.