80-U.S. Journal

80-U.S. Journal, later renamed Basic Computing, was one of the first personal computer magazines. It was devoted to the first mass-market personal computer, the TRS-80, which beat out the Apple II by a few weeks.

Begun as 80-Northwest Journal in September 1978, printed with dot-matrix printers, it became 80-U.S. Journal in January 1979, and moved up to professional printing. In July 1983 the name changed again to Basic Computing after the magazine absorbed the readership of at least two other TRS-80 focused magazines.

The magazine went under in mid-1984.

Computerese Simplified,” 80-U.S. Journal, September-October 1981, pp. 137-139

Enhanced BASIC for Models I and III: ENHBAS,” 80-US Journal, November-December 1981, pp. 82-85

Help for a dead language: Three spelling checkers,” 80-U.S. Journal, February 1982, pp. 23-26

Editorial,” 80-US Journal, December 1982, pp. 6-7.

Kraft System Joystick,” Basic Computing, July 1983, p. 118.

Arranger,” Basic Computing, September 1983, pp. 93-94.

Cover for 80-U.S. Journal for September-October 1981
Cover for 80-U.S. Journal for September-October 1981. The cover photo was taken in 1957 and shows a welder not wearing gloves. The photo has not much to do with microcomputers, but it was dramatic.

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