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Z*NET INTERNATIONAL ATARI NEWS SERVICE - Z*BREAK #91-20 - 5/15/91
START MAGAZINE CEASES PUBLICATION
Story by John Nagy
After days of conflicting rumors, it was confirmed by START Magazine
staff members today that the bi-monthly Atari magazine START will NOT
publish another issue until further notice.
"STart has suspended publication pending a sale of the magazine," said
Editor in Chief Tom Byron. A sale is said to be in the works with
unidentified parties, and no timetable is being discussed publicly.
Byron also said that the next issue, the June/July edition, is complete
and was waiting for printing when he got the news today that the
suspension was in effect.
The resolution of the fates of subscribers and the many writers to whom
STart has owed moneys dating back to mid 1990 is not known or
predictable at this point. If STart is sold, it may be that those owed
will be paid from the revenues, or the new owner may assume the
liabilities of the company. A third possibility is that there would be
a liquidation and sale of assets held by STart itself, which may be
Z*Net will continue to follow this story which is of great concern to
the entire Atari community. STart is the last commercial "slick"
magazine for the Atari in the U.S.A. It will leave behind only Atari
Explorer, Atari's owned house magazine, and newspaper-type publications
like AtariUser and ST INFORMER.
Look for followup on the STart story in Z*NET #91-21, this weekend on
telecommunication services and bulletin boards world-wide.
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