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Al Alcorn is a pioneering engineer and comptuter scientist. He grew up in San Francisco, went to the University of California, Berkeley, and later was at the video pioneering company, Ampex. There, he met Nolan Bushnell and several other people that would end up being constants through the Atari / Apple / Grass Valley / Pizza Time Theater set of companies. An engineers degree is an academic degree which is intermediate in rank between a masters degree and a doctorate; it is occasionally to be encountered in the United States in technical fields. ... Wikibooks Wikiversity has more about this subject: School of Computer Science Open Directory Project: Computer Science Collection of Computer Science Bibliographies Belief that title science in computer science is inappropriate Categories: Computer science ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... University of California, Berkeley The University of California, Berkeley (also known as Cal, University of California, UC Berkeley, UCB, or simply Berkeley) is a public coeducational university situated in Berkeley, California, USA to the east of San Francisco Bay, overlooking the Golden Gate. ... Ampex is based in Redwood City, California. ... Nolan Bushnell [[1]] (born February 5, 1943) is the founder of Atari, Inc. ... For the concept Atari (当たり) in the board game of Go, see Atari (go term). ... Apple Computer, Inc. ... There also is Grass Valley, California, a city in Nevada County, California, USA and Grass Valley, Oregon, a city located in Sherman County, Oregon. ... Chuck E. Cheeses is a franchise of giant video arcades complemented by small rides, pizza (a central focus), and other popular diversions for young children, including ball pits, climbing equipment, and giant slides. ...

Alcorn was the original designer of PONG, creating it at the direction of Bushnell. Bushnell selected a simple table tennis game (a.k.a. Ping Pong) as a simple application to test feasibility, and all were pleasantly surprised how fun it was. It went on to be an amazing hit in the 1970s. The rest is history. PONG, an adaptation of table tennis to the video screen, was the first commercially successful video game and is widely regarded as ushering in the video game era. ... Regional competition level table tennis, showing table, net, and player getting ready to return the ball with a winning backhand topspin stroke. ... This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1970s. ...

Alcorn went on to be an Atari founder with Bushnell.

In addition to direct involvement with all the breakout Atari products, such as the Atari 2600, Alcorn was involved at some of the historic meetings of Steve Wozniak (at that time an Atari employee) and Steve Jobs presenting their Apple I prototype. Atari 2600 (four-switch version). ... Steve Wozniak—or The Woz—invented the Apple II, the computer that launched the home computer era and popularized the use of computers by the masses. ... Steve Jobs gives a keynote address. ... The Apple I was an early personal computer, and the first to combine a keyboard with a microprocessor and a connection to a monitor. ...

After Warner bought Atari, Alcorn consulted to many fledging companies in Silicon Valley, especially involved in the startups of Catalyst Technologies Venture Capital, one of the first incubators, created by Nolan Bushnell and other ex-Atari leaders. A view of downtown San Jose, the self-proclaimed Capital of Silicon Valley. Like many large cities, San Joses downtown is expansive and encompasses much more area than shown in this view. ...

Alcorn was involved in several of the startups directly, including Cumma, a re-programmable video game cartridge/kiosk system, and an advisor to Etak, one of the first practical, in-car navigation systems.

Alcorn later became an Apple Fellow, and led and consulted to a variety of startups during the tech boom.

In 1998, Alcorn founded Zowie Intertainment, a spinoff from Interval Research. There he developed a child's playset with a location system that allowed a PC to respond to the child's play. 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... The tower of a personal computer. ...

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