[vcf-midatlantic] TDL / Apple story

Dan Roganti ragooman at gmail.com
Fri May 20 20:52:31 EDT 2016

On Fri, May 20, 2016 at 5:49 PM, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> Herb and I attended Roger Amidon's funeral this morning.
> We heard an interesting story from a TDL engineer at the luncheon
> afterward. Herb said Roger had previously told this story; it was new to me.
> As the story goes, TDL's monitor program was called Apple, so they gave
> Jobs/Woz permission (at the PC'76 conference in Atlantic City) to call
> their company Apple as long as they didn't make any Z-80 products. TDL then
> renamed its monitor "Zapple".
> I sent Woz a message to ask if he remembers this. Waiting to hear back.
> Bonus story #1: "Valdocs" meant "Valuable Documents" and was selected
> because one of the top engineers (not Roger) was a Scientologist and they
> used that term a lot.
> Bonus story #2: Rising Star (mostly TDL guys) got the Valdocs interface
> influence from Claude Kagan's famous "Home Reckoner" paper; they hadn't
> even heard of Xerox PARC.

​Roger Amidon elaborated more on this story back at VCF East 7.0 during the
panel discussion
this link starts at the point he mentions about this,


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