ldelsarte Posted September 25, 2021 Share Posted September 25, 2021 Dear Atari 8-bit fellows, I don't want to ruin the mood, but I have a very serious question: do you have anything in your will regarding your Atari collection? Let me explain. I was 13 when I got my Atari 800XL in 1984. So, I just turned 50. "Time flies". Family members, close friends and acquaintances get sick and leave us. It will happen to me one day too. The covid crisis has made things even worse and more complicated. I have no children and no Atari fans in my inner circle. What to do with these computers, floppy drives, cassette players, printers, software, cartridges, boxes, kits, books, magazines, user manuals, cubic metres of Atari? To whom should I leave all this? I beg you, please, please, no "send me all this!". I'm talking very seriously (and you too I hope). This passion for Atari 8-bit computers literally saved me from a very dull & gloomy childhood, by allowing me to escape into a new universe. It developed my creativity. It also helped and motivated me enormously in learning English. The discovery, step by step, of programming changed my way of seeing things, by organising, structuring, and breaking down problems into smaller, more easily solved chunks. It clearly guided my university studies, leading to degrees in IT that made me what I am today. This is anything but trivial. Today I can afford to splurge a bit, but I often think of the teenager who bought floppy disks by the piece. It can't all end up in the garbage dump. For me, it's not just a question of money, it's much more than that and much more important than that. Even today, reading a magazine I didn't know about, or an Atari technical document found about a prototype for example, fills me with happiness. The older I get, the more I admire the marvellous design of the Atari 8-bit computers. What will happen if I don't do anything, if I don't plan anything? Vague cousins, distant relatives, people who don't know me will inherit it all. They know nothing of the time spent patiently assembling this collection. They don't know about the little and big joys that this collection has given me and still gives me. They will bring in a "Nintendo expert" with one question, "How much is this stuff worth?" In a nutshell, I'm looking for a museum, an organisation, a structure in Europe (continental) that will appreciate it and show it off. I have some very dear contacts and friends in the USA but I let you imagine the shipping costs, the taxes, the customs duties, the legal and administrative complications, and all the paperwork, monstrous. The UK has left the EU so everything is more expensive and complicated, and the full consequences of the Brexit are only just beginning to emerge. So, I'm looking for a structure - not necessarily dedicated to Atari, too good to be true - but I'd like to avoid two trestles at the back of a room in a museum dedicated to the glory of the Commodore 64. I'm fine. I'm not sad, I'm not sick, I'm not depressed, I'm just thinking ahead. And it is precisely when you are not in a hurry that you can think calmly. Does anyone have an idea, an approach to explore, a suggestion to make? And what about you, how are you going to manage and bequeath your collection? Thank you for your thoughtful answers. 6 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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