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Unofficial Mirror in Memory of Curtis "Curt" Vendel

The original proprietor of The Atari Museum, the hugely respected computing historian Curt Vendel, sadly unexpectedly passed away aged 53 on August 30th 2020. This website became inaccessible around a year later when its hosting expired.

Having personally used this website and its predecessor for research over the years, it seemed such a shame for Curt's life's work to not be indexed and available on the wider web, so I took it upon myself to mirror it here in as complete a form as I could piece together. This mirror is based upon the Wayback Machine's 2021-07-16 14:12 crawl of, the last available before it went offline.

I have made no changes to the content or layout, only manually checking every page and fixing broken links and images where I find them - and adding this explanatory page. You can see the reconstruction and cleanup process in the GitHub repo here.

As a fellow fan of Atari history, my only motivation in making this mirror available is to make his work as accessible as possible in its original form, and I hope it is received by the community as intended. While I have no personal connection to Curt, he was a hero and inspiration of mine and we had some good chats on Facebook over the years, so I like to think that he would approve. May he Rest In Peace knowing that his efforts were not in vain.

Update: There's also now a YouTube video explaining the story of this mirror in more detail, as well as showing off some of the coolest exhibits in the museum!

Check it out above or watch on YouTube on this link: The Atari Museum's Rarest & Coolest Exhibits

As explained in the video, this website now has Karl Morris's blessing as the official mirror. Karl was Curt's cofounder and partner in the Atari Historical Society. I've also been working on reconstructing a mirror of the sister site to this one - Karl's excellent Atari Explorer, with his blessing, although it's still missing a few pieces.