Sega Interest Group Newsletter

Cleverly called The Sign, The Sega Interest Group Newsletter was a club newsletter published by an Australian Sega group around 1985. Volume 2 number 14 uses the date 17th September 1985 to refer to a current event. Other clues are the use of a Brother EP-44 typewriter (owned by ‘Tony”), which was released in 1984 and the Sega SF-7000 add-on for the Sega SC3000 released in 1983.

Volume 2 number 5 mentions Wally Tincher of Queensland, he was building and selling an RS-232 interface for the Sega for $65. At that stage Wally lived in Holland Park West, which would be in Brisbane. Likewise Mike Batters was offering a cheap modem that worked with the cassette port.

In Volume 2 number 9 the secretary asks for responses to 14 Derribong Road, Modbury North, 5092. Modbury North is an outer suburb of Adelaide, in South Australia.

Mark Fisher is a regular contributor. Jarrel Printers is a company mentioned in Volume 2 number 9, along with The Computer Centre.

Jamie Anderson and Mark Fisher both contributed programs to the workshop featured in Volume 2 number 10.

By Volume 2 number 13, the editor (who I suspect is also the secretary) is using SEGAWORD 3, a disk-based Sega word processor from John Sands.

In Volume 2 number 14 reference is made to obtaining copies of the New Zealand Sega magazine entitled (what else) “Sega Computer”, available from Grandstand Leisure. The same issue has a program that draws a kangaroo, contributed by Jan Jacobsen and Mark Fisher. It is dated 1985.

There is a hand-written Volume 2 Number 14 as well, which is different to the typed one. One would suspect a numbering problem. It includes a ‘Word Scrambler’ program contributed by rural member Brett Meaney. The editor is heading for Queensland and his computer is being ‘baby sat’.

Volume 2 number 16 is the last issue I have, it is printed on a different and much higher quality printer than previous issues. Given the featured program is one that plays ‘Deck the halls with boughs of holly’, one might assume this was a December issue.

If anyone has more copies of these newsletters and is prepared to share them, please let me know. john@yesterdaystechnology.com

The Sign

Vol 2 No 1

The Sign

Vol 2 No 13

The Sign

Vol 2 No 3

The Sign

Vol 2 No 14

The Sign

Vol 2 No 5

The Sign

Vol 2 No 14a

The Sign

Vol 2 No 6

The Sign

Vol 2 No 15

The Sign

Vol 2 No 9

The Sign

Vol 2 No 16

The Sign

Vol 2 No 10