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Alive 11
Edit me Beautiful!
                          And now, we are five!
We're getting good  at anniversaries now.  It must be all the practice
I've been getting in.  This is the  third  half-decade  celebration of
continued activity on the Atari and diskmag scene that I've taken part

I'm not quite sure why I've been active for fifteen years on the Atari
scene  (not counting the lurking period  of a couple of years before).
I think the passage  of time just  crept up on us all  without  anyone
quite realising it?

For most people, the demo scene  would be  just a short phase they went
through for a couple of years before the demands  of mundane daily life
claimed their full attention. For  a  small  minority  of the specially
afflicted,  including the  writer  and  most  of  the  readers  of this
editorial,  the Atari scene is a little bit special to them,  and worth
staying with for the longer term.

Maybe this is just my way  of avoiding  becoming  a totally boring and
mentally  fossilised  wage  slave.  I'm  a  little  bit  of  a  rebel,
but not  enough  of one to  start throwing sticks and bottles at lines
of riot  police,  so  perhaps  diskmag  writing  and editing is a good
outlet for this?

We've also had the good fortune to  be around when the Atari scene has
stabilised,  in  contrast  to  the huge turmoil  and  dying-off of the
decade before.  We can all be  quietly  pleased  that the Atari  scene
has managed to maintain some  forward movement in the past five years,
even if it is not as much as we would like, or as quickly as desired.

So,  the  good  news  is  that  Alive!  looks  very  much  like  going
on. The method of taking things one issue at a time is still a winner,
and I  think we could  be around for a while yet.  At least as long as
the people at large remain interested and want to do things on Atari.

I'd  like  to thank everyone concerned  with making Alive! what it is,
whether they are contributors, readers,  or the makers of those really
kewl prods  and hardware  which we like to write about. The  last five
years have been a lot of fun, and I'll see you again next time!

                                              CiH for Alive, 2005-11-05
Alive 11