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== A Brief History of Amiga Report By: Jason Compton ==
Introduction - This brief history has been compiled solely by me. Most of
the information is from direct experience with the magazine...the
information from the issues before I was involved with it are pulled from
my observations of the issues in question. Besides, most of the people
who might get offended don't read the magazine anymore anyway.
Somewhere in Time - Robert Glover becomes enamored with Atari STs, and the
various online Atari online magazines.
Mid 1991 - STReport, one of the aforementioned Atari online magazines,
forms AMReport. I've read AMReports recently, just for fun. The format was
all ASCII, there were all sorts of ads interjected for fun, and was
apparently posted on c.s.a.misc. It apparently goes through some changes
and disappears abruptly. At least, it disappears abruptly from Portal's
archives, and I can't find more than one issue anywhere else. In the end,
it didn't survive. (It's considerably shorter than current ARs...)
March 19, 1993 - Undaunted by the failure of AMReport, Mariano (Editor of
STReport) "allows" Robert Glover to start up the weekly Amiga Report,
since he thinks he owns the rights to #?Report. Anyway, Glover, who has
just recently forsaken the ST for an Amiga 1200, tries very hard to make
AR worth reading, but never shakes his Atari loyalty, constantly
reprinting from STReport and making references to how great Ataris are.
AR starts with all sorts of people on as editorial staff: A Technical,
Graphics, and Contributing Editor can be found in the first issue. Of
course, there are only two distribution BBSes at present, so the going is
slow. The first issue consists of little more than a huge, rambling
thread between Jim Drew (then Vice-President of Utilities Unlimited) and a
bunch of ST users-one of whom actually threatens Drew with legal action
from Atari for his planned ST emulator. Many issues to come will consist
of lots and lots of reposts from GEnie, until the GEnie people complain
and Glover totally drops any reference or acknowledgement of GEnie,
causing a rift only recently repaired. The magazine is still straight
May 28, 1993 - Robert Niles joins AR as "Assistant Technical Editor",
bringing In the Meantime, AR's third distribution BBS.
June 25, 1993 - Thanks to Robert Niles, Amiga Report goes to AmigaGuide
format. Niles is now actually doing the work of putting the magazine
together, even though he's just a "Technical Editor"...
July 30, 1993 - Jason Compton's first column, The Emulation Examiner
(later Rambler) appears. AR is up to 10 distribution BBSes.
September 10, 1993 - By this issue, 1.24, all of the original editorial
staff (except for Glover) are gone. Thanks to Michael Witbrock, AR is now
on the World Wide Web.
November 1993 - Glover has (finally) stopped listing the people involved
in other "ST-" offshoot magazines. They didn't exactly do anything for
January 21, 1994 - Amiga Report has taken on a slightly revamped design.
In this issue, 2.03, Glover talks about hoping to devote more time to AR
in the near future.
February 4, 1994 - Issue 2.05, and Glover leaves Amiga Report. Robert
Niles, who had been serving as Assistant Editor (the only editorial
position left), agrees to take over Amiga Report. His "acceptance
editorial", though, speaks of hard times and even a possible abandonment
of Amiga Report to come if things don't perk up for the struggling
February 11, 1994 - Issue 2.06, Rick Gideon becomes Assistant Editor. He
lasts exactly two issues. Jason Compton is named Emulation Editor.
February 25, 1994 - Issue 2.07, Jesper Juul becomes the first European
May 20, 1994 - Issue 2.16, David Tiberio becomes Associate (later
Contributing) Editor. AR has 35 distribution BBSes.
August 22, 1994 - Issue 2.25, Jason Compton takes over as Editor-in-Chief
and Robert Niles turns into the Assistant Editor. Michael Wolf takes over
as European Editor. AR will go biweekly, to beef up the issues and lessen
the load on the editors.
September 29, 1994 - Issue 2.28, Amiga Report holds the first-ever online
conference with a bidder for the Amiga technology.
October 10, 1994 - Issue 2.29, Katherine Nelson comes on as Copy Assistant
(Later Copy Editor, eventually Assistant Editor), taking over the hard part
of the magazine (i.e. actually putting everything together in AmigaGuide
October 24, 1994 - Issue 2.30, Amiga Report undergoes its biggest layout
overhaul since it started in AmigaGuide over a year previous. It's met
with mixed reactions, but it's here to stay.
December 4, 1994 - Issue 2.32, Amiga Report holds a world-first IRC
conference, with a record-setting amount of participants. Print magazines
around the world request reprint rights.
The Present - Amiga Report has just added Sean Caszatt as Games Editor.
AR is one of the few remaining online sources for information, and is
finally gaining acknowledgement from print magazines. An estimated 10,000
people read the magazine on every inhabited continent. A floppy
distribution network is in the making. Things actually look pretty good.
Who needs a Graphics or Technical Editor, anyway?