Hello and intro from Steve Strowbridge

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Hello and intro from Steve Strowbridge

Postby ogsteviestrow » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:30 pm

Hello everybody, I'm Steve Strowbridge, the host of CoCoTALK! and this forum, and this is my mini life story.

I hung out at my local radio shack as a kid, probably as early as 12-13 years old, originally the Model I was "the" system to drool over, and eventually the CoCo arrived.
By the time I was 14, I was able to get a part-time job, was able to save up the $399 to get the Silver 16K CoCo 1 with Color BASIC and cassette player, and grew from there.
I continued to hang out at my local Radio Shack, and eventually got a job there after I graduated high school and was going to a local college.

I owned a silver 16K CoCo 1, upgraded to the 64K White CoCo 1, and ultimately the CoCo 3 (I was working at Radio Shack by that time) and around the time the CoCo 3 came out, so did the Tandy 1000, and since I was learning about PC's and DOS, etc., in college, I jumped ship to the PC and didn't look back for over 30 years.

I Mostly played games, many of which I paid for, many more which were "copies", and programming in BASIC and Extended Color BASIC, I actually wrote a ton of games and utilities, none of which I have today, sadly

I originally thought I wanted to be a programmer, since BASIC was fun and easy, I thought I'd go to college to learning "professional" programming, learn assembly, and make some awesome games. Turns out they weren't teaching assembly at all, and I had to learn about databases, and accounting, and a bunch of other boring things, so I dropped out and switched gears. I started doing retail sales, support, and training, and eventually moved into IT systems engineering and support, which I do to this day. I did continue to write games and software during the DOS days of the PC, and eventually lost a little interest when Windows became the norm.

I started making YouTube videos in April of 2015. My kids were big into the game Minecraft, in order to learn how to play we started watching YouTube videos, discovered that people actually do this as "a thing" and create daily game play videos, as an actual series, and millions of people watch them. My kids wanted to start doing Minecraft on YouTube, so I set up the channel to do that, we did that for a bit, they lost interest, and I continued on doing Minecraft, retro games, and even modern PC games.

The CoCo invades my YouTube channel! In the back of my mind I knew I wanted to play CoCo games on YouTube, I was just learning about the various emulators, and saw that as a way to re-live some childhood memories, and introduce a new audience to the systems and the games that started me off as a gamer. In July of 2015 I recorded a video called "an introduction to the Color Computer" which I figured was needed before I started playing CoCo games, figuring nobody would know or remember what this machine was. I recorded my first CoCo game play video in September of 2015, and have over 200 game play videos to date.

Highlights of some amazing things that have happened since starting YouTube:
    First CoCo videos, July 16 2015
    First CoCo game play vidoe, September 21, 2015
    Purchasing my first real CoCo off eBay in over 30 years, November 2015
    Mentioned on the CoCo Crew Podcast #06 - November 2015
    First game dev interview - Rick Adams - March 19 2016
    CoCoFEST! 25 - April 2016 - birth of the first CoCo DVD
    Joel M. Adams and Retro SWAG - August 2016
    Beta testing Nick Marentes' Pop*Star Pilot
    CoCoTALK! launched March 2017
    CocOFEST! 26 April 2017
    Beta Testing RIck Adams' Bomb Threat
    Tandy Assembly - October 2017
    The CoCo Crew Podcast Interview - October 2017

Future Plans:
    My original YouTube channel "The Original Gamer Stevie Strow" is being broken into 3.
    The OG channel will continue to maintain and feature retro video and computer games from the 70's - 90's
    A new dedicated Color Computer channel is now launched which is the current home of CoCoTALK! and future home of all new CoCo videos
    A 3rd channel "21st century gaming" will featuring modern PC and console games from the year 2000+
    New Talk Shows: RetroTALK! will focus on a wide variety of retro gaming systems and vintage computers
    GamingTALK! will eventually air and focus on mondern PC and console games
    Finishing my programming in BASIC serires starting one ore more CoCo games in BASIC and eventually learning assembly, doing a series on that, and starting some assembly language games
Current web site projects:
http://imacoconut.com is set up to be the one-stop-shop for all color computer needs, providing a central focal point for getting to all the various resources
http://8bit256.com the Retro SWAG shop featuring custom retro images by Instagram artist Joel M. Adams, son of Rick Adams
http://cocotalk.live the web site for the YouTube show, audio podcasts, and other related links
Steve Strowbridge aka The Original Gamer Stevie Strow
Host of CoCoTALK! the nation's leading live talk show featuring the Tandy Color Computer


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Re: Hello and intro from Steve Strowbridge

Postby WozzyCat » Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:58 pm

Hello Steve! Thanks for creating this tandyforum.org. This forum is another great resource for the CoCo!
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Re: Hello and intro from Steve Strowbridge

Postby frozenbeefpie » Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:19 pm

Wow, impressive Steve ! Keep up the good work !
A mind is like a parachute, it doesn't work if it is not open --- Frank Zappa.
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