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BBC Micro User Group 
The group was formed in 1982 by Sheridan Williams and Lee Calcraft. Calcraft and Williams were contributors to Personal Computer World magazine (PCW) at the time. Calcraft was writing under pseudonyms in PCW, Acorn User and The Micro User. Williams was a founding contributor to PCW.
When Acorn announced that they had won the contract to provide the computer to support the BBC's Computer Literacy Project, BEEBUG was formed to provide a magazine and support group. It turned out that Acorn were unable to supply the BBC Micro for many months and customers who had ordered the computer were anxious to learn as much about it before its arrival.
Within 6 months membership reached 5,000 and at its peak membership exceeded 30,000. The BBC Micro plus the whole of Acorn's range of computers can be seen at The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park, England. The company is still in existence and nowadays the core business involves providing computer networks in schools.
The first issue of the Beebug Newsletter appeared in April 1982 and the last issue, volume 12 no 10, in April 1994. Newsagents W H Smith sold the magazine at some point. It was the first subscription magazine for computers made by Acorn Computers.
At the start the cover was monochrome, but a colour printed cover was then introduced in March 1983 when membership was 16,000. At the beginning each issue had 28 pages, but it expanded to 50 pages by 1985 when membership exceeded 30,000. The content included hints, program listings, hardware and software reviews, brain teasers and competitions. Illustrations were rudimentary. The magazine sometime included special members' offers for items such as operating system upgrades. Cover mounted tape cassettes containing programs,  binders and an advertising supplement were also published.
It was published 10 times a year in A5 format. It was published by BEEBUG Publications Ltd, based in St Albans, UK. In 1985 membership including a postal subscription in the UK cost £11-90 a year (10 issues).
The magazine and its younger Acorn Archimedes companion RISC User were considered by Archive in 1990 as "friendly rival[s]". The magazine was remembered in 1998 as being "an essential source of information and tips for BBC Micro and Master users". 
Some of the topics covered in the magazine listings included fractal trees, Lorenz attractors and modelling of 3D functions. Such basic principles have been included in the 2004 book Flash Math Creativity, with reference to the magazine's coverage of the topics. An enhanced version of one listing was included in the 1996 book An Introduction to Experimental Physics.
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- "Sheridan Williams, rocket scientist to tour guide". TNMOC newsletter (15) (The National Museum of Computing). September 2010. Retrieved November 09, 2012.
- Jennings, Peter. "A Good, Long Read (for 18 Years)". Foundation RISC User Online. RISCOS Ltd. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
- Matthewman, David; Regan, Jill (April 1998). "Success Stories". Acorn User (193). pp. 44–46.
- "Friendly rivalry". Archive 3 (6). March 1990. p. 13. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
- Weerasuriya, Krisantha (12 March 1988). "Personal computers in the Third World". BMJ 296: 787.
- Khan, Rashid N.; Auvinen, Stuart; Funkai, Liu (14 December 1993), United States patent number 5,271,098, retrieved 2 November 2012
- Kip Parker; Brandon Williams; Jared Tarbell; Manny Tan, Glen Rhodes, Keith Peters, Jamie McDonald, Ty Lettau, Paul Prudence, JD Hooge, David Hirmes, Ken Jokol, Pavel Kaluzhny, Gabriel Mulzer (16 December 2004). Flash Math Creativity. Apress. p. 6. ISBN 978-1-59059-429-2. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
- Colin Cooke (1 May 1996). An Introduction to Experimental Physics. Psychology Press. p. 89. ISBN 978-1-85728-579-6. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
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