My First Alphabet
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|My First Alphabet|
|Publisher(s)||Atari Program Exchange|
Herrera's son, Steve, was born with severe cataracts and was pronounced blind by medical specialists. Refusing to place his son in remedial classes, Herrera wrote a program to help his son learn the alphabet. After several months, his son made rapid progress, overcoming his handicap. The program later evolved into My First Alphabet.
When Atari began recognizing the top APX submissions in 1981, My First Alphabet was the first Atari Star Award winner, including a $25,000 prize. Herrera used the money to found First Star Software. Herrerra wrote First Star's initial title, Astro Chase (1982) as well as Bristles (1983). First Star was the maker of Boulder Dash (1984) and Spy vs. Spy (1984).
- atariarchives.org - Description of APX software
- atarimania.com Review - My First Alphabet
- Atari HQ - "Fernando Herrera" - First Star in the Atari Universe
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