This is going to be rather long as I have spent 7 1/4 years here. It is time to say my farewells. I leave in good company. TO: Dan Van (or Dan Ban Elderen) Who always aggravated me by asking the one question I didn't have an answer for; who after many years of teasing Taco, couldn't remember if Taco was Mexican or Japanese and had to ask me; and who affectionately called me "the little nipper". (It was meant to be affectionate, wasn't it?) TO: George Opperman (The Kraut): Who I constantly told if it hadn't been for the German's, we'd have won the war. Georgie, you finally learned my name as Yoko and not Kyoko and now I am leaving. TO: Pete "Taco" Takaichi: Who when I first came to the company, in conversation, thought I was speaking Japanese to him when it actually was English - the word he misunderstood was "culture". (Remember, Pete?) TO: Ricky Moncrief (Mr. Bedroom Eyes): Who in conversation always tried to embarrass me, but got embarrassed instead. (Carol and Carrie can attest to that.) Anyway try to be good. TO: Dave Sherman: Who supplied my little pudgy body with tea and cookies (and even sympathy when my dog died 6 years ago). TO: Mike Albaugh: Who gave me my U.S. Daily Requirement of hugs, some days in the past, it was the only gesture that kept me going. TO: Morgan Hoff: Who provided me with such "intellectual" entertainment any much more. TO: Dave Shepperd: Who I tried to emulate and who tried his very best to teach me to be a programmer when I grew up, and who always bailed me out when I screwed up my computer (which was often). TO: Rich Moore: Who was ever constant and positive in his attitude when things got bad. TO: Mike Mahar: Who never failed to stop by to say good morning and who functioned as my EDT instructor. TO: Susan McBride: Who made it her job to bother me at every opportunity but who made up for it by sharing with me her coffee ice cream. You always made me laugh. TO: Mary Johnson, Otto DeRuntz and Gerry Lichac: We've been to Adcotech, now Atari - we may be together again one day. What company should I choose? TO: Carol Martinez: Who gave me a bad time at every opportunity and whom I will always remember when I eat at Taco Bell. You made my life a lot easier at times. TO: Erik Durfey: (Also known as my baby brother) I won't be around for your birthday this time. Have a Happy Birthday. I still feel we look alike - we just got the "yellow" color reversed. You have blond hair and I have yellow skin! Love, Jen TO: Cyndy Grossman: Who's life I enjoyed being a part of and who saved my sanity many times over the last three years. TO: Lorie Carbello: Who I now, bequeath my son, please take care of him for me. TO: Wyle B. Wains: My son the engineer, Mr. Excitement, Hollywood Rains - We'll keep in touch you and I, but I feel you should know how truly grateful I was to work for you, with you, and sometimes even against you. Both you and Atari afforded me great opportunities and personal growth. I am forever in your debt. To you a very fond goodbye. P.S. I still feel the Decmation Word Processor cannot compare to the Wang. I know, defiant until the end! I never did learn to say your name either. TO ALL THESE PEOPLE A SPECIAL THANK YOU. TO THE REST OF ENGINEERING, I THANK YOU AND WISH YOU ALL VERY WELL AND MUCH SUCCESS. I HOPE I WILL FIND A COMPANY WITH AT LEAST HALF OF THE KIND OF PEOPLE I HAVE MET HERE. IT HAS TRULY BEEN A PLEASURE, NOT TO MENTION A DEFINITE EXPERIENCE. Warmest regards, Yoko
Well it's time to log off for the last time. Thanks for the use of the toys! Since the first day, I never did believe that I was getting paid for this anyway. I have to admit, I loved every minute of it. I will continue to maintain the Alumni Phone List on my bulletin board (xxx-xxx-xxxx) so those of you with modems can always call for a bit of the "old Atari". My special thanks to Dave, Steve, Steph... I hope you can understand what I wrote. If your ever in Washington DC, be sure to stop by the Smithsonian and visit the Pong on display there...chances are 1 in 3 that it was one of mine.
For those of you who missed my LAST farewell message, here's Rev. 2: I can honestly say the time I spent working here has been the most demanding but also the most rewarding. Most of the people who work here are Really Good, and working with Good people can make having to deal with all the other bullshit worthwhile. Good luck to all of you who are left here to carry on. I hope to be enshrined in the Atari Hall of Fame for being laid off, by the same group, twice in seven months. If not the Hall of Fame then perhaps the Believe It Or Not. See you all on the ski slopes, Linda Sinkovic
Well, it's cheerio from me. No, this is not a breakfast cereal commercial - it's my way of saying goodbye. I've really enjoyed working here at Atari and it's been a wonderful introduction to California and the U.S.A. There's lots that I'm going to miss: parties, doughnuts, Evolution, the Beermeister, Stubben's pipe, Drobney's mutterings, searching for coffee/sugar/cream in the mornings, rumors (they all seem to be true!), moving office regularly, finding photocopiers that work, "now you have a friend in the paper business" every five minutes, dodging falling (asbestos?) ceiling tiles, Vax mail, cafeteria tables, Mario Brothers and the best bunch of foreigners this side of London! Here's the catch - I'm not going just yet. Since my status in the U.S. is questionable without Atari's employment, Atari have been decent enough to keep me on until I get my green card (permanent residence visa) which should be in about a month or so's time. So there's plenty of time for you all to say goodbye to me (via Vax mail if you like). Good luck for the future. Cheerio, Paul Watmore
Mar 22, 1985