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Harv Laser passed away

Published 19.09.2022 - 17:38 by AndreasM

A journalist and technical writer by profession, Harvey "Harv" Laser was an Amiga Friend and supporter from the beginning.

He purchased an Amiga 1000 as soon as it became available on October 7, 1985. He founded the Amiga Zone dial-up service in the same year, starting on the American People/Link platform (a CompuServe competitor also known as "Plink"), transitioning to Portal Communications in 1991, and finally setting up a website, Telnet and Wildcat system at AmigaZone.com in 1996. He passionately maintained this infrastructure and community well into the 2010s. Having always been fascinated by handheld digital devices, he used to attend early Amiga events with a Canon Xap Shot camera (remember those 2" floppy disks?)

Harv wrote over a thousand Amiga-related articles and reviews, contributing to more printed and online publications than we can count. He was interviewed and quoted on Amiga topics in Time Magazine, Wired Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. He also wrote numerous software manuals, and the Amiga chapter in John Dvorak's Guide to Desktop Telecommunications (Osborne/McGraw-Hill, 1990). He helped edit Rob Peck's The Amiga Companion (IDG Communications/Peterborough, 1988). He took great care in writing the occasional obituary.

Harv passed away after a heart attack at his home in Torrance, California, on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.

Source: https://www.amigaforever.com/news-events/friends/

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