In this post I wanted to capture Tramiel’s sense of drive and how his desires ultimately drove him to try and destroy the company he created. I also wanted to create an impression that Amiga got what they wanted - their machine to be made, but at incredible cost. I also wanted to make the Atari ST more prominent than it usually is in these kinds of writeups.
Due to substack’s limits, I’m going to do a post in two weeks with more resources, links additional credits and corrections but if people want to read more about the original Amiga story, I’d highly recommend:
There are a bunch of talks on YouTube by RJ Mical, Leonard Tramiel, Bil Herd, David Pleasance and Dale Luck etc, but it’s best to treat these as their memories of their perception of events rather than direct sources as dates, events and people are a little muddled in places. I think Bagnall sums it up well when he talks about accuracy being difficult at the start of the Amiga years book.
I really would’ve liked to see a decent book on the original Atari ST history, there’s very little out there about how the ST went down compared to the Amiga and Shiraz Shivji seems to have been very private in general compared to the Amiga team.