The collection consists of business papers such as reports, legal & patent documents, and sales & trade show material; notebooks;
service manuals & user guides; schematics; advertisements;, articles and photographs. Most of the papers concern Bristow's
career at Atari.
Steve Bristow (1950-2015) was a video game pioneer known especially for his work on arcade games at Atari. Bristow was born
in California and lived there his entire life. In 1971, while studying at University of California-Berkeley and interning
at Ampex under the supervision of Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney, Bristow worked on circuitry for Computer Space, the first
commercially sold coin-operated video game. After Ampex decided not to pursue the video game market, Bushnell left for Nutting
Associates, and Bristow followed in March 1972, creating a two-person version of Computer Space with his wife, among other
games. Around this time the Bristows also maintained and collected money from arcade machines in Berkeley as a sideline.
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