was the only disk magazine for the Commodore
64 and 128, and was published by Softdisk of Shreveport, LA. In 1987
the job of editor was handed to Fender Tucker, a former bar band
guitarist with roots in Louisiana and New Mexico. Life in the
Loadstar Tower would never be the same.
eventually became co-owner of Loadstar along with his wife Judi, and
edited the publication from 1987 until early in 2001. Editing and
production duties were then turned over to Dave Moorman, who
produced the magazine for several years before allowing it to fall
dormant. (Fender and Judi are still the legal owners of the
property, so who knows, it could again rise from the ashes!)
part of its run, the disk magazine was available on newsstands,
shrink-wrapped with a full-color cover. In 2010 Fender sent us a
bunch of these covers, and kindly gave permission for them to be
Estel, August 2011
are some inserts from old LOADSTAR packs back when we used to spend
a lot of time and energy on "covers."
When I started at Softdisk in September of 1987 one of the first
things I had to deal with was the cover. The art department did all
the hard work; I just had to tell them what the cover should be. But
what did I know?
Mangham was in charge of the photo sessions and he enjoyed playing
the role of quirky director. He liked spicy covers so he always
wanted to have a pretty girl on them - even if pretty girls had
absolutely nothing to do with computers in
those days (see issue #42). Then on #43 he made those poor actors
actually wade waist deep in the Red River, something no sane person
would ever do.
44 was my first cover shoot and Dan Tobias and I went to a local
museum and made the shot. Dan supplies the mummy's arm. I found
acting (posing) very difficult and resolved to never get into show
business unless I had a guitar to hide behind.
46 is me again. I was the only one who had ever played bridge so I
set up the shot. Does it make bridge sense? Hell if I know. I was a
lousy bridge player.
48 is my favorite all-time cover. Jerry Jones, the art director,
perfectly captured the feel of the game. I always felt that the
cover, when looked at squinty-eyed, looked like Paul McCartney's
face from the back of the Revolver album. The candle
and the drink are the eye sockets.