And I was very happy to see one of my all time favourite games on display – Elite!

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The Panels

There were two panel sessions on the day, both entitled “The People Who Made it Happen: BBC Micro Development Team”. The panel consisted of Chris Curry, Hermann Hauser, Stephen Furber, Andrew Hopper, Nick Toop, Chris Turner, Sophie Wilson and others.

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Hermann’s talk was very interesting and had lots of anecdotes. Below is a video of his talk I recorded (it runs for about 15 minutes):

The panel was moderated by Chris Searle, who was one of the presenters of the BBC TV programme The Computer Programme and then it’s successors Making the Most of the Micro and Micro Live. These were some of my favourite TV shows as a kid. Unfortunately Chris’s co-presenter, Ian McNaught-Davis wasn’t well enough to attend.

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The panel sessions were very interesting, but it was a little surprising that no-one really asked questions about the BBC Micro, although there were lots of other interesting topics!

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  • John Zajdler

    An excellent blog post Andrew. Well Done. It’s interesting how we get nostalgic in our lifetime. Thanks for sharing.

  • I like the portable telly with the built in tape deck… you can use it to load AND run your programs!

  • Rosalie

    It has me thinking of my first Amstrad with the disk drives at the side of the screen. One for the OS and the other for saving files, etc. Nostalgia, eh? And now that we have all singing and dancing, what do we want to do? – obtain a Raspberry Pi, and start all over again. A perfect world!

  • My Beeb is still in storage right next to my A310.

  • Dennis

    I love the beeb, got my first networking experience at school, sending “new” commands to unsuspecting students! Reserving storage for private use on the network with my first recursive algo. Getting kicked out of class for programming a game and teaching my buddies how to REALLY program comuters while in computer class 😉 Learning how to cover my tracks and overwhelm the log, from someone elses’ computer of course… hahhaha Those were some seriously GOOD times!

  • Oli

    Thanks for sharing, Andrew. Gutted to have not known this event was happening, but one consolation is that you documented it so well. Oli (former MVP)

  • Thank you so much for sharing this. For me the buh-beep of a BBC Micro being switched on is as powerful as Proust’s madeleine. I can still remember rushing out to buy Acorn User and Micro User, Beebug et al and slaving away in front of a hot 6502 second processor as I tried to become Elite. They’re hugely fond memories and this helped bring them flooding back. I wish I could have been there – the team behind the BBC machine gave me more pleasure than any group bar the Beatles.

    • It really was a great day – and I have my Beeb sitting next to me at the moment – I know exactly what you mean about the buh-beep J

  • Pluppie

    ahhhh the good old times , yes i remember , i had ( still have ) one at home , a friend of mine showed me the potential of the bbc , soon after i enrolled at a school that had a bbc network , there was no stopping me then , the teacher pulled out his hairs 😉 when i had a computer lesson ( logo ) no logo for me (*i am ????) it was to easy when i recall corectly it was *exec !boot you should find the i am in reverse , to take over the network , got an A+++ and frenzy was my faforite , have a bbc micro b with sideways and dual drive 80 tracks and a recompiled drive system ( my friend ) , * i am dutch so please ignore typos

    • Thanks Pluppie – it has a lot of fond memories for a lot of people!

  • John C

    What a great article, so once again, thanks for sharing. I can remember being the envy of my work colleagues when my Model B eventually turned up (they were still using ZX80 and ZX81’s). My other vivid memory of the time was struggling over some de-bugging to the strains of Echo and the Bunnymen … and they say nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.

    • Thanks John J

      I cant believe it’s been 30 years!!!!

  • Roger

    Greetings. Great work still going on! Though it does remind me of my age (62), I have a Computer Science MSc. and taught many TEC and other ‘Computing’ courses but everywhere I worked the science people were soon dominated by business studies who wanted IT, applications only. I took early retirement and now just ‘tinker’ with small computers, still have a working 8060 breadboard and an 8080 running FORTH.