Artifact Details

Title

Spracklen, Danny and Kathleen oral history

Catalog Number

102701977

Type

Text

Date

2005-03-02

Contributor

Hendrie, Gardner, Interviewer
McInnis, Dan, Editor
Spracklen, Danny, Interviewee
Spracklen, Kathleen, Interviewee

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Eugene, Oregon

Extent

77 p.

Description

Kathleen and Dan Spacklen developed one of the early computer chess programs, Sargon. The program, running on a Wavemate computer, won the first personal computer chess tournament. They continued to produce improved Sargon versions mainly on Apple computers. They also wrote Chess programming books for Hayden. They developed chess programs for Chess Challenger, an automated chess board game. They even programmed a chess program for SPARC. Eventually with the continued improvement in computer speeds and capabilities the demand for chess programs declined. This oral history provides an insight into how this married couple worked together for many years on a single idea, computer chess programming.

Category

Transcription

Subject

Spracklen, Kathleen; Spracklen, Danny; computer chess; Wavemate; Macintosh (Computer); SPARC (Scalable Processor Architecture); Sargon; Applied Concepts; Fidelity Electronics; Hayden Books; Michie, Dr. Donald; Shannon, Gary; Chess Challenger; Zilog Z80 (Microprocessor); Motorola 68000 (Microprocessor); Intel 8080 (Microprocessor)

Collection Title

Oral history collection

Lot Number

X3108.2005