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Bill Halsall and Garry Francis
« on: April 12, 2006, 01:09:48 PM »
Hi Paul,

Any idea whatever became of Bill Halsall (programmer who created loads of machine-code type-in games) and Garry Francis (adventure column writer)?

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Re: Bill Halsall and Garry Francis
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2006, 11:02:42 AM »

That's a good question Avram but unfortunately I don't know the answer!

I'd especially like to track down Garry Francis (of Australia) as he was obviously one of the key contributors and is currently one of the few that I haven't been able to trace.

Let's hope they read this at some point!

Paul


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Re: Bill Halsall and Garry Francis
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2006, 09:54:59 PM »
I have so many great memories of Page 6 as a youngster, particularly Garry's columns. I'm sure I wrote him a letter once (I would have been about 8 or 9) but never sent it due to his insistence any correspondence include "two international reply coupons" (what they?)

Paul - checking the Australian phone directory (http://www.whitepages.com.au) there is still a Francis family listed at that old address he used to put at the end of his columns - contacting Garry might be as simple as picking up the phone?

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Re: Bill Halsall and Garry Francis
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2006, 03:59:26 PM »

Thanks for that suggestion, I might write a letter and see what happens...

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Re: Bill Halsall and Garry Francis
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2006, 02:28:23 PM »
Woohoo! Page 6 meets the 21st century! Who'd have thought it?

Well, Paul wrote that letter and found one of those early Page 6 contributors. (Me!) I never knew I was so popular. Like jon, I have many happy memories of the Page 6 days and of Les Ellingham, in particular.

You must remember that all the Page 6 contributors donated their time and effort for free. It was all voluntary (at least in the early days) and there was no reward other than the warm fuzzy feeling you got from helping your fellow Atari enthusiasts. Les used to be pretty good to me. He'd send a free copy of the magazine and the software and other bits and pieces.

I used to get quite a few letters asking for Adventure hints and tips and the return airmail postage used to cost a fair bit, hence the request to include two international reply coupons. (You could buy them at your local post office in ANY country and I could exchange them at my local post office in Australia for the stamps to pay for the return postage.) Mind you, hardly anybody ever included the IRCs, but I always answered them.

So jon, if you've still got that letter lying around, why don't you email it to me? Just remember to attach two international reply coupons!   :)

Garry Francis

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Re: Bill Halsall and Garry Francis
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2006, 02:31:09 PM »
Oops.  Smilies don't work.

Garry

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Re: Bill Halsall and Garry Francis
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2006, 10:52:21 PM »
 :) :) :) They do now!? :) :) :)

Fantastic to hear from you Garry (private mail following shortly).

Paul

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Re: Bill Halsall and Garry Francis
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2006, 09:07:38 PM »
Hi Garry! Unfortunately I think the letter has been lost along the way somewhere. I probably wanted to know how to get past the screening door in Hitchhiker's or something..

I think even back then I did realise Page 6 was special, just by reading it you felt part of a community somehow - thanks in no small part to the contributors who gave up their time for the love of the good old Atari. Sadly the magazines got thrown out at some stage (probably by my parents when I went to uni) which is why it's so great to find so many memories preserved on this site.

I still play a lot of the old adventure games from time to time (actually playing Corruption by Magnetic Scrolls at the moment - did you ever finish that one?) Am only recently back from 6 years in Oz, next time I'm over I definitely owe you a beer or something!

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Re: Bill Halsall and Garry Francis
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2007, 10:12:00 PM »
Hi garry,

Glad to hear you are still aound. I have close to 99% of Les's magazines but they seldom see the light now. I do rumage through them and reminisce though.

take care,

Mark Hutchinson