The Amiga gave us some exceptional... "amigos". This page is a small and
humble tribute to the friends who are no longer with us, but who will be
remembered forever in our hearts and memories.
Kara N. Blohm (1944-2004)
We first learned to appreciate Kara and her artwork as Amiga users in the
1980s. This matured into a friendship and a tight cooperation which allowed us
to share many of the ups and downs of the Amiga days, and a bit more than that.
The Kara Collection,
featuring Kara's complete artwork on a CD, was first published by
Cloanto in 1996. Parts are also included in other publications, such as
the Personal Suite,
Personal Paint, and
Amiga Forever. In 2000, a
selection of The Kara Collection, inclusive of a new AnimFont, was
released for free download on
Kara had been suffering from the consequences of an enlarged heart,
and underwent a Batista procedure (experimental open-heart surgery) in
March 1997, after which she felt much better. As she said in 2002, "I am
still making my own record and living as much as I can." She passed away from a massive heart attack in Venice, California,
on the morning of Friday, December 10th, 2004.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 2:00 p.m.
at Gates Kingsley Gates, Smith Salsbury, located at 4220 South Sepulveda
Boulevard in Culver City, CA 90230, (310)-837-7121.
Raffaele Cocchi (1942-2004)
"Raffaele called me one day in 1988, when we were both working on speech
synthesis software on the Amiga," remembers Cloanto's Mike. "This call, which evolved into a friendship
which lasted for almost 20 years, is a great example for me of the many friendships that
were born with and around the Amiga and its talented and diverse community."
In the 1980s, the Amiga made it affordable to widely use speech
synthesis in innovative fields such as literature research (e.g.
Raffaele and Vanio's
Letteratura Amica project) and text processing for the blind and the
physically challenged (e.g. Cloanto's
HTX). Unfortunately it was
not easy as to deploy such systems in an educational environment where
other platforms were becoming increasingly more popular than the Amiga.
As Amiga emulation became more and more refined, Raffaele started
working on a port of Letteratura Amiga within Amiga Forever, for use by
Raffaele died unexpectedly in Bologna, Italy, on Wednesday, March 24, 2004.
Jay G. Miner (1932-1994)
Oscar vividly remembers the chats with Jay on the "Mission BBS", for which he
had written the SkyPix software to display animated graphics; some of the ideas
behind that software then found their way into
Personal Fonts Maker and Personal Paint.
And so does Mike, who had the privilege of meeting Jay at early Amiga events,
and interviewing him for what would
become the Amiga Forever project.
Without Jay Miner, "Father of the Amiga", the dreams and friends we
all shared would not have been possible.
Jay died of complications related to kidney failure on June 20, 1994,
in a Mountain View, California, hospital.