Since the Amigas inception it has been influenced by a number of
people who have changed the system in some way. People who have
either improved or in one particular case, severely damaged the
Amiga. Here is a list of people who have altered the Amiga
Mehdi Ali- A former boss at Commodore who made
a number of bad decisions, including cancelling the A3000+ project
and the release of the A600. He has been largely blamed for the
fall of Commodore during 1994 and is universally disliked by most
Greg Berlin- Responsible for high-end systems
at Commodore. He is recognised as the father of the A3000.
David Braben- Single-handedly programmed
Frontier: Elite II and all round good egg.
Andy Braybrook- Converted all his brilliant C64
games to Amiga, and got our eternal thanks.
Martyn Brown- Founder of Team 17. Not related
Arthur C. Clarke- Author of the famous 2001AD
book and well known A3000 fan.
Jason Compton- Amiga journo, responsible for
the brilliant Amiga Report online mag.
Wolf Dietrich- head of Phase 5 who are
responsible for the PowerUP PowerPC boards.
Jim Drew- Controversial Emplant headman who has
done a great job of bringing other systems closer to the Amiga.
Lew Eggebrecht- Former hardware design
Andy Finkel- Known as the Amiga Wizard
Extraordinaire. He was head of Workbench 2.0 development, as well
as an advisor to Amiga Technologies on the PowerAmiga, PPC-based
Amiga system. He currently works for PIOS.
Fred Fish- Responsible for the range of Fish
disks and CDs.
Steve Franklin- Former head of Commodore
Keith Gabryelski- head of development for Amiga
UNIX who made sure the product was finished before faxing the
entire Amiga Unix teams resignation to Mehdi Ali.
Irving Gould- The investor that allowed Jack
Tramiel to develop calculator and, eventually desktop computers. He
did not care about the Amiga as a computer but saw the opportunity
for computer commodification with the failed CDTV.
Simon Goodwin- Expert on nearly every computer
known to man. Formerly of Crash magazine.
Rolf Harris- Tie me kangaroo down sport etc.
Australian geezer who used the Amiga in his cartoon club.
Allen Hastings- Author of VideoScape in 1986,
who was hired by NewTek to update the program for the 90's creating
a little known application called Lightwave, the rendering software
that for a long time was tied to the Video Toaster. This has made a
huge number of shows possible, including Star Trek and Babylon
Dave Haynie- One of the original team that
designed the Amiga. Also responsible for the life saving DiskSalv.
He has been very public in the Amiga community and has revealed a
great deal about the proposed devices coming from Commodore in
their heyday. His design proposal on the AAA and Hombre chipsets
show what the Amiga could have been if they had survived. He also
played an important part in the development of the Escom
PowerAmiga, PIOS, and the open source operating system, KOSH.
Larry Hickmott- So dedicated to the serious
side of the Amiga that he set up his own company, LH
John Kennedy- Amiga journalist. Told the Amiga
user how to get the most of their machine
Dr. Peter Kittel- He worked for Commodore
Germany in the engineering department. He was hired by Escom in
1995 for Amiga Technologies as their documentation writer and web
services manager. When Amiga Technologies was shut down he worked
for a brief time at went to work for the German branch of PIOS.
Dale Luck- A member of the original Amiga team
and, along with R.J. Mical wrote the famous "Boing" demo.
R. J. Mical- member of the original Amiga,
Corp. at Los Gatos and author of Intuition. He left Commodore in
disgust when Commodore choose the German A2000 design over the Los
Gatos one, commenting "If it doesn't have a keyboard garage, it's
not an Amiga."
Jeff Minter- Llama lover who produced some of
the best Amiga games of all time and has a surname that begins with
Jay Miner(R.I.P.)- The father of the Amiga.
Died in 1994. Before his time at Amiga Corp. he was an Atari
engineer and created the Atari 800). He was a founding member of
Hi-Toro in 1982 and all three Amiga patents list him as the
inventor. He left Amiga Corp after it was bought by Commodore and
later created the Atari Lynx handheld, and during the early 1990's
continued to create revolutionary designs such as adjustable
Mitchy- Jay Miner's dog. He is alleged to have
played an important part in the decision making at Amiga Corp. and
made his mark with the pawprint inside the A1000 case.
Urban Mueller- Mr. Internet himself. Solely
responsible for Aminet, the biggest
Amiga, and some say computer archive in existance. Responsible for
bringing together Amiga software in one place he deserves to be
worshipped, from afar.
Peter Molyneux- Responsible for reinventing the
games world with Syndicate and Populous. He is also famed for being
interviewed in nearly every single computer mag imaginable IN THE
Bryce Nesbitt- The former Commodore joker and
author of Workbench 2.0 and the original Enforcer program.
Paul Overaa- Amiga journalist. Helped to expand
the readers knowledge of the Amiga.
David Pleasance- the final MD of Commodore UK
and one-time competitor for the Amiga crown. Owes me 1 PENCE from
World of Amiga '96.
Colin Proudfoot- Former Amiga buyout
George Robbins- He developed low-end Amiga
systems such as the unreleased A300, which was turned into A600,
the A1200 and CD32. He was also responsible for Amiga motherboards
including B52's lyrics. After losing his driver's license, Robbins
literally lived at the Commodore West Chester site for more than a
year, showering in sinks and sleeping in his offices.
Eric Schwartz- Producer of hundreds of Amiga
artwork and animations.
Carl Sassenrath- helped to create the CDTV,
CDXL and has recently developed the Rebol scripting language.
Kelly Sumner- Former head of Commodore UK. Now
head of Gametek UK.
Bill Sydnes- A former manager at IBM who was
responsible for the stripped down PCjr. He was hired by Commodore
in 1991 to repeat that success with the A600. However, at the time
the Amiga was already at the low-end of the market and a smaller
version of the A500 was not needed.
Petro Tyschtschenko- Head of Amiga
International, formerly Amiga Technologies. Responsible for keeping
the Amiga on track since 1995.