Remembering Bob Bishop

Posted Fri, Nov. 14th 2014 in News
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Bob Bishop at KansasFest 2011 with one of his original cassette tape products.

Bob Bishop, co-founder of Apple’s R&D lab and the keynote speaker at KansasFest 2011, passed away recently.  You may learn more about his legacy through the Apple ][ History website or a recording of the keynote.

In Bishop’s obituary, his colleague and friend Mr. Wozniak shared that “[Bob’s passing] indeed is VERY sad for me. It really makes you realize that all the good people you have known will pass someday. Bob was an important person in my life during the early Apple days, the later Apple days, and afterwards. I try to live by the concepts in his book Shades of Reality.

Bob was part of the early history of the Apple computer and has developed numerous commercial software titles, worked side-by-side with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, written a book on assembly language programming, and published articles in most Apple II magazines. Bob has lived what most of us only dream about, and he has the stories to prove it.

In 1976, Dr. Bishop knocked on Steve Jobs’ door and ended up owning an Apple I. Soon, he bought one of the first Apple II computers. A few months later, the first graphical Apple II games, like Rocket Pilot and Star Wars, came from Bob’s keyboard before Apple had even finished the documentation. Later, Bob brought speech to the personal computer with Apple-Talker and Apple-Listener. In 1978, Bob and Steve Wozniak founded Apple’s research and development division. His program Apple-Vision was included on DOS 3.3 master disks, demonstrating the audio and video capabilities of the Apple II. Even after retiring in 1981, he continued using, programming, and writing about the entire Apple II line.

The stories do not end with the Apple II. Bob has hosted a radio show using the “Mr. Logic” personality, written essays, founded a comic book club, designed a computer programming language, and written online riddles.

Thank you, Bob Bishop, for everything you’ve accomplished and shared.

Bob Bishop’s keynote speech

Posted Mon, May. 21st 2012 in Echoes of KFest (video), News

The start of each KansasFest’s schedule of sessions is the keynote speech, delivered by someone who has made an immeasurable impact on the development of the Apple II platform and community. While we eagerly await legendary programmer John Romero kicking off KansasFest 2012, we’re pleased to finally release the video of Bob Bishop’s 2011 keynote speech.

Bob Bishop talked for more than an hour about co-founding (with Steve Wozniak) Apple’s R&D division, programming the Apple II computers that powered the television show Tic Tac Dough, writing the book on assembly language programming, and his development of the modern programming language SiMPLE.

This video was recorded July 20, 2011, by Jason Scott.

Updates from KansasFest 2011

Posted Thu, Jul. 21st 2011 in News

KansasFest has been in full swing for more than 48 hours, and attendees are already exhausted from the bounty of sessions, hardware, knowledge, and camaraderie. A few have even taken the time to share their experiences with the online community, so if you couldn’t make it here yourself, you can catch a glimpse of the action as it’s happening.

Kirk Mitchell has continued his tradition of daily reports to the Usenet newsgroup comp.sys.apple2. Rather than duplicate his efforts, the staff of A2Central.com are firing out morsels of news in a timely fashion, including several YouTube videos. Steve Weyhrich has used information gleaned from yesterday’s keynote speech to update his page on Bob Bishop. And Ken Gagne wrote a brief post on why it’s great to be a part of the Apple II community.

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Bob Bishop with one of his original cassette tape products.


Finally, there’s always Twitter, with its 140-character limit on current events. This Web site has a live Twitter feed that compiles the tweets of almost every KansasFest 2011 attendee, as well as any tweet using the #A2KFest hashtag.

More reports will be posted as members of the community find time, so stay tuned!

The Golden Age of the Apple II

Posted Thu, Jul. 21st 2011 in

The Apple II was in production from 1977 to 1993. From early interest to broad adoption to being over shadowed by the Mac, followed by cancellation, diehard support, and retrocomputing revitalization, the machine has survived many eras and purposes. What was the golden age of the Apple II? What constituted its heyday, and how long did it last — assuming it’s already over, or has even happened? Jason Scott will moderate this panel consisting of Bob Bishop (Apple Computer Inc.), Steve Weyhrich (Apple II History), and Geoff Weiss (Juiced.GS).

KansasFest 2011 Keynote

Posted Wed, Jul. 20th 2011 in

Bob Bishop, co-founder of Apple’s R&D lab, will be the keynote speaker at KansasFest 2011. Bob is part of the early history of the Apple computer and has developed numerous commercial software titles, worked side-by-side with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, written a book on assembly language programming, and published articles in most Apple II magazines. Bob has lived what most of us only dream about, and he has the stories to prove it.

See more details in the official press release.

Bob Bishop to keynote KansasFest 2011

Posted Fri, Dec. 17th 2010 in News

KANSAS CITY, MO — December 17, 2010 — Bob Bishop, co-founder of Apple’s R&D lab, will be the keynote speaker at KansasFest 2011. Bob is part of the early history of the Apple computer and has developed numerous commercial software titles, worked side-by-side with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, written a book on assembly language programming, and published articles in most Apple II magazines. Bob has lived what most of us only dream about, and he has the stories to prove it.

In 1976, Dr. Bishop knocked on Steve Jobs’ door and ended up owning an Apple I. Soon, he bought one of the first Apple II computers. A few months later, the first graphical Apple II games, like Rocket Pilot and Star Wars, came from Bob’s keyboard before Apple had even finished the documentation. Later, Bob brought speech to the personal computer with Apple-Talker and Apple-Listener. In 1978, Bob and Steve Wozniak founded Apple’s research and development division. His program Apple-Vision was included on DOS 3.3 master disks, demonstrating the audio and video capabilities of the Apple II. Even after retiring in 1981, he continued using, programming, and writing about the entire Apple II line.

The stories do not end with the Apple II. Bob has hosted a radio show using the “Mr. Logic” personality, written essays, founded a comic book club, designed a computer programming language, and written online riddles. Alas, Bob has not yet founded the fanciful “Subroutine Shack” stores “for supplying software components.” Today, he lives in California, still “plays with computers,” and laments that his Web site is forever under construction.

KansasFest 2011, the 22nd annual Apple II conference, is set for July 19th through July 24th at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. KansasFest was originally hosted by Resource Central and has been brought to you by the KFest Committee since 1995. Any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends are invited to attend this year’s event. Registration details will be announced on the KansasFest Web site in early 2011. For photos, schedules, and presentations from past year’s events, please visit the event’s official Web site at http://kansasfest.org/

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