“Checkers with a modem offers a new twist for an old favorite.”

As teenagers, Greg Miller and I churned out shareware – mostly graphics and telecommunication programs we leveraged to gain free access to CompuServe and other early online services.

This kept us in contact with the people using our software and allowed us to collaborate between Michigan and Virginia without having to leverage weaknesses in the Bell System.

After working on McPaint, an early take on MacPaint functionality, and Rainboard, Rainbow Magazine’s namesake bulletin board system, they asked us to contribute something for their annual telecommunications issue.

To those who typed in six pages of computer code then called a 1-800 number and hacked a PBX just to play checkers with someone five states away for free, we salute you.