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R.I.P. John Skruch?


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hi everyone,

i was informed a good friend of mine back in the atari days passed away in may, a to young 70. not sure if its true, but it seems to be. in case you are wondering, john wore many hats at atari, we called him the lifer. he was the last one left when jack finally pulled the plug and sold to hasbro.

 John called me the day before hasbro bought it. he hoped to get a bonus from jack for years worked. as far as i know, he never got it. here is some of his work, he started in the 8-bit days, ended with the jaguar.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman_Returns_(Atari_Lynx_game)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Soldier_2

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I-War_(1995_video_game)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempest_2000

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybermorph

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breakout_2000

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirty_Larry:_Renegade_Cop

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Lightning_(1995_video_game)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missile_Command_3D

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checkered_Flag_(1991_video_game)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defender_2000

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Lightning_(1989_video_game)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skyhammer

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FlipOut!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Checkered_Flag_(1994_video_game)

thanks,

lance

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2 hours ago, TrekMD said:

Sorry to learn about this.  RIP

thanks, my son tried to contact him in may about some hardware i bought out of atari, there was no response, then he found a announcement.

 

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Other than Iron Soldier 2 and Skyhammer those games I remember well.  They were all solid titles.  Some a bit weird but still had a certain charm.  They were unique and only on Atari.  Cybermorph is a personal favorite.  I spent many of my new Jaguar owner days playing that game.  I love 2D space shooters so that one was right up my alley.

Sorry to hear about the loss of an old friend.  My sympathies to his family and friends during this time of morning.  May he rest in peace.

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6 hours ago, RickR said:

Wow, that's quite a lineup of games to be involved with!  R.I.P. 

hi rickr,

 

 and that was just towards the end. he was in charge of the 8-bit stuff from the mid 1980's. he had to navigate jack, no easy thing to do. he once sent me two letters telling me what games he hoped to bring out, one was california games for the atari 7800.

 

 later on i asked about it, i was told a higher up already said no to california games, because it was available on the 2600. you simply can't make this stuff up!

 

lance

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12 minutes ago, kamakazi20012 said:

Other than Iron Soldier 2 and Skyhammer those games I remember well.  They were all solid titles.  Some a bit weird but still had a certain charm.  They were unique and only on Atari.  Cybermorph is a personal favorite.  I spent many of my new Jaguar owner days playing that game.  I love 2D space shooters so that one was right up my alley.

Sorry to hear about the loss of an old friend.  My sympathies to his family and friends during this time of morning.  May he rest in peace.

yes, thanks. he had to navigate jack, no easy thing to do.

 

lance

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On 7/19/2020 at 8:47 PM, Scott Stilphen said:

One of the true Atarians 😞

He appeared in the famous Atari Quest article from Ultimate Gamer (January 1996):

http://www.ataricompendium.com/archives/documents/ultimate_gamer_jan96_atari_quest.pdf

Here's the photo of him that appeared in the article, wearing one of the MindLink controller prototypes.

John Skruch.jpg

hi scott,

 

thanks for the pic, john was the best.

 

lance

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Is this the man who played guitar? If it is, then he's the guy that worked at Magnuson Engineers, Inc, San Jose, CA in 80s. John was called Disco. He left MEI with a guy named Lynn something (Crawford maybe). Lynn was R&D engineer at MEI.

Atari? Was that the place to which the owner owed a lot of money to sub-contractors . . . and would not pay?

Magnuson is doing very well, today (Oct 2020). Now in Colorado.

ALL hi tech places quickly vanish. 

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