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If you were alive in 1978 you’ll probably remember you couldn’t do much with a computer. The Altair had just hit the scene and BASIC was taking off but there was very little a kid of a certain age and predilection could do with this information. Luckily there were guys like David Ahl.

Best of all? George Beker and David Ahl are offering a nice discount on the book. He wrote to us!

FLASH! There is a special price offer (about $12 and $9) on the complete (code-plus-drawings) and the ‘Bot Folio through Christmas. Check out the sites above or my site (I’m the guy who did the drawings) and order!

George Beker


Ahl wrote what I would call the seminal work relating to BASIC programming and I recall many hours spent keying in his versions of MUGWUP and Lunar LEM Rocket. The book is available in two versions, a $14.95 “basic” version and a $17.50 version with George Beker’s crazy illustrations intact.

While kids these days may not want to mess with coding, this is a great way to wake them up to the possibilities of programming.

Product Page via Retrothing

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