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Premier Issue of Family Computing Magazine


Volume 1

Volume Issue Date Title
1 1 September, 1983 Portrait Of A Computing Family - The First 100 Days
1 2 October, 1983 The Lure of Fantasy And Adventure Games
1 3 November, 1983 Preschool Computing: What's Too Young?
1 4 December, 1983 A Guide to Word Processing

Volume 2

Volume Issue Date Title
2 1 January, 1984 Computing Fun in the Sun
2 2 February, 1984 Learning Logo Is a Family Affair
2 3 March, 1984 *Missing from Collection*
2 4 April, 1984 *Missing from Collection*
2 5 May, 1984 *Missing from Collection*
2 6 June, 1984 *Missing from Collection*
2 7 July, 1984 *Missing from Collection*
2 8 August, 1984 *Missing from Collection*
2 9 September, 1984 *Missing from Collection*
2 10 October, 1984 *Missing from Collection*
2 11 November, 1984 *Missing from Collection*
2 12 December, 1984 *Missing from Collection*

Volume 3

Volume Issue Date Title
3 1 January, 1985 Home Finance
3 2 February, 1985 A Step-by-Step Guide to Computer Care
3 3 March, 1985 *Missing from Collection*
3 4 April, 1985 *Missing from Collection*
3 5 May, 1985 *Missing from Collection*
3 6 June, 1985 *Missing from Collection*
3 7 July, 1985 *Missing from Collection*
3 8 August, 1985 *Missing from Collection*
3 9 September, 1985 *Missing from Collection*
3 10 October, 1985 *Missing from Collection*
3 11 November, 1985 *Missing from Collection*
3 12 December, 1985 *Missing from Collection*

As its name implies, Family Computing was tailored to the home computing market. Articles would typically review educational software, games and home equipment such as Atari, Apple and Commodore products.


(Submitted April 3, 2011 17:45:12 by cuauhtemoc morgan)

The best computer magazine. I used to buy it in La Paz (Mexico) and was the best aid to learn more on the matter. My computer a Commodore Vic - 20


(Submitted January 2, 2011 10:43:19 by Carson)

Hey, it's Carson again almost 3 years later. :) I am wondering if the games and music in these magazines are in a D64 for download. I own the mags now but am unfortunately too busy to recode the games and music I typed in over 25 years ago. Feel free to email me.


(Submitted June 16, 2010 13:33:24 by Jim)

I have and am wiling to sell kpower ahoy and commodore and compute magazines found deep in a closet. Jim jtw7@sbcglobal.net


(Submitted March 7, 2010 15:31:03 by (a href=mailto:)Dawg(/a))

I would be interested in full scans (including ads) of this publication in a downloadable format. I remember renting copies from my junior high library at school and typing in the basic code for my brother's Tandy Color Computer. I would love to be able to find these mags again and type those programs in again. One thing though, was sometimes the magazine would print typos in the code and one letter/number off and it meant a big waste of time! Respond to this if you have any info.


(Submitted August 28, 2009 20:31:14 by Andrew L. Ayers)

I have almost all of the K-Power magazines (I am missing the first issue, unfortunately). I got them as a kid (I am 36). I am willing to give a good sum for that first issue - if anyone has it, please let me know...

http://www.phoenixgarage.org/


(Submitted April 29, 2009 10:33:22 by (a href=mailto:)Mortar(/a))

When computer magazines were springing up like daisywheels, I was subscribing to as many as I could. This was one of them, though it seemed to more fluff than anything else.


(Submitted March 4, 2009 20:57:55 by Grub)

I agree about K-Power and Joey Latimer... he wrote the best little BASIC toys and games. I really preferred K-Power to Family Computing, but I kept my subscription for years anyway.


(Submitted October 29, 2008 01:03:06 by Carson)

Before I moved on to Ahoy! magazines, I used to code the games and especially the music in these magazines. I blew away my 8th grade summer doing that. Anyone remember Hacksville Hoedown? What a fantastic tune. I would love to find some of these older magazines, especially 1984-1985 in pdf form


(Submitted September 11, 2008 10:47:23 by Bennie)

I have many of the 1984 and 1985 issues if interested please contact me - - - also available IBM PC JR with tons of accessories

-Bennie 360-490-6746


(Submitted September 2, 2008 21:55:39 by Gnat)

Just found one in the old stack of papers. March 1985: Telecomputing: The New Wave in Communications


(Submitted March 12, 2008 12:03:53 by LFFF)

I have two old Joey Latimer/Family Computing books that we don't need. Any suggestion as to what to do with them?


(Submitted February 26, 2008 16:12:23 by S Remick)

I'm putting a bunch of stuff on eBay today, including 3 books of programs from K-Power and Family Computing. I have a bunch of other vintage books going up. Keep an eye on http://ebay.sremick.net/ and keep checking, as I'm bound to find more. I know I have at least one whole boxful more of old computer books.


(Submitted December 3, 2007 22:19:13 by Andrew floyd)

Would someone please get Scholastic's permission and have someone put up a complete online archive for Family Computing and K Power? I'd LOVE to get my hands on the first four issues of K Power at least. Joey Latimer - DUDE, you rock! I typed in every one of your programs, but you really should have written Atari 8-bit versions of ALL of them.


(Submitted October 27, 2007 16:52:58 by Nick)

I'd have to honestly say that Joey Latimer could have been the inspiration for my career path! My dad used to bring home that Family Computing Magazines and I couldn't wait to type in the program so that I'd have a new game to play. I remember taking chunks of code from one program and putting them in another to my make own games. Awesome learning experience.

I think it would be cool to take some of those games and bring them up to 2007 technology - I remember playing Santa's Landing a ton with my brother. Do you have the issue with Santa's Landing??

Thanks for bringing back some memories!


(Submitted October 1, 2007 13:55:50 by Joey Latimer)

I worked for the magazine think I have the whole collection in my attic. Do any of you remember the Programmer section or K-Power?


(Submitted January 4, 2007 19:34:40 by Brian Hendricks)

I'm about to put a bunch of these up on Ebay, including most of the 1985 issues you don't have.


(Submitted June 27, 2006 15:50:07 by JINGLETHIS)

HI I HAVE MANY VINTAGE FAMILY COMPUTER MAGAZINES. MOST ARE IN VERY GOOD SHAPE...A FEW HAVE SOME WEAR. WONDERING IF ANYONE KNOWS VALUE OR SHOULD I JUST PUT IN MY E-BAY STORE. I HAVE NUMER VOL1# 1..SOME TEARING ON SPINE...BACK COVER ,2,3,4, VOL 2 #'S 1,2,3 VOL 2 #'S 2 VOL 3 #7,8,9,10,11,12 VOL 4 #1,2,3,4...I ALSO HAVE A BEST OF FAMILY COMPUTING PROGRAMS 1985 AND A FAMILY COPUTING DICTONARY OF TERMS MADE SIMPLE 1984.... DID NOT KNOW VALUE...


(Submitted June 27, 2006 15:49:31 by JINGLETHIS)

HI I HAVE MANY VINTAGE FAMILY COMPUTER MAGAZINES. MOST ARE IN VERY GOOD SHAPE...A FEW HAVE SOME WEAR. WONDERING IF ANYONE KNOWS VALUE OR SHOULD I JUST PUT IN MY E-BAY STORE. I HAVE NUMER VOL1# 1..SOME TEARING ON SPINE...BACK COVER ,2,3,4, VOL 2 #'S 1,2,3 VOL 2 #'S 2 VOL 3 #7,8,9,10,11,12 VOL 4 #1,2,3,4...I ALSO HAVE A BEST OF FAMILY COMPUTING PROGRAMS 1985 AND A FAMILY COPUTING DICTONARY OF TERMS MADE SIMPLE 1984.... DID NOT KNOW VALUE...


(Submitted April 10, 2006 08:21:49 by Chuck)

On EBay now Item number: 7021711294 Item number: 7021711498 family computing for years 1985 and 86


(Submitted March 29, 2006 11:18:03 by (a href=mailto:)Anon(/a))

My favorite part was where text listings of BASIC program (including all the long DATA statements) were listed in the different BASIC varieties. (mine was Apple)


(Submitted June 6, 2005 16:15:13 by RON ARRABITO)

UNABLE TO FIND THE LINK. ANY MORE INFO ABOUT FAMILY COMPUTING MAGAZINE.


(Submitted November 7, 2004 17:35:02 by Christopher Ryan)

If you're interested in ebaY, there's a guy selling 44 magazines of Family Computing for a very low price. Check him out! Here is the link.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ViewItem&category=52543&item=5136323506&rd=1&ssPag eName=WDVW

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