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Offline RobertB

Kiki speaks of her Video Toaster/Amiga heritage
« on: February 14, 2010, 06:45:24 AM »
On Friday at the Macworld Expo 2010 in San Francisco, the Star Trek rock band, Warp 11, played four numbers for the live, on-stage Leo Laporte show.  In introducing the band, Leo spoke about the Amiga and the Video Toaster and had a brief talk with band member, Kiki Stockhammer, before the band started playing.  Kiki then talked a bit about her history with the Video Toaster.

To see the Kiki and Leo talk about the Amiga and the Video Toaster (and to see the band play their musical numbers), go to

http://blip.tv/file/3213349

In the next few days, the video will be edited
into segments and be put up on Youtube,
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Offline Pentad

Re: Kiki speaks of her Video Toaster/Amiga heritage
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2010, 04:29:50 AM »
She said that she lost all of her 'Toaster' money when she left NewTek with Tim and Paul.  Then -I think- that company started to have problems (Play, Inc.?) and then Paul Montgomery died and Tim left.

I know this is going to sound harsh but she reminds me of the popular-hot-cheerleader in high school that -after graduation- isn't quite sure what to do since you can't get a job being a popular-hot-cheerleader.


Wonder what happened to Laura Longfellow?  Now she was the real Amiga Party Queen!  ;-)
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Offline RobertB

Re: Kiki speaks of her Video Toaster/Amiga heritage
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2010, 07:01:25 AM »
Quote from: Pentad;543244
...she reminds me of the popular-hot-cheerleader in high school that -after graduation- isn't quite sure what to do since you can't get a job being a popular-hot-cheerleader.

Newtek still calls on her at times for various industry functions, and her day job is still in the industry.

Truly,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
http://videocam.net.au/fcug
The Other Group of Amigoids
http://www.calweb.com/~rabel1/
Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
http://www.sccaners.org
 

Offline Pentad

Re: Kiki speaks of her Video Toaster/Amiga heritage
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2010, 05:02:26 PM »
Kiki and the Amiga:

"NewTek should have dropped the Amiga like old luggage years ago." - Kiki Stockhammer (1995 Fall COMDEX)

After leaving Newtek, Kiki had a brief fling with failed company Play Inc, which led to this second quote:

"Well, all the brains at Newtek just felt that it was a complete waste of time to stay with such a dead platform like the Amiga. That is why we left the company and started Play Inc." - Kiki Stockhammer (1995 Fall COMDEX)

2.How did you end up in Warp 11?

Well, after I lost all of my money on Play Inc., I thought, "Hey, I'm a diva to geeks and losers already, why not beat that horse some more."

AND MY FAVORITE:

4.How'd you first get involved with Newtek back in the day?
I used to hang around a lot of college dorms and frat houses. When some of the guys finished school, they remembered me. I was called Kiki "Cock"Hammer back then.




You can read more about her here:


http://amigairc.amigarevolution.com/kiki.html
« Last Edit: February 15, 2010, 05:04:13 PM by Pentad »
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Offline Matt_H

Re: Kiki speaks of her Video Toaster/Amiga heritage
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2010, 05:06:16 PM »
The concept of Warp 11 is hilarious. I want to like their music, but I just can't get into it.
 

Offline beller

Re: Kiki speaks of her Video Toaster/Amiga heritage
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2010, 07:04:20 PM »
While it might not be popular, Kiki was saying what most developers were saying at the time.  

I was working with Digital Creations finishing Brilliance when Kiki and Paul came to negotiate the contract that led to Play.  As Digital explained to me, given the size of the pc market, even a failure could make lots of money.  Play's first consumer product was the Snappy digitizer which largely came from the work on DCTV.  It sold up the wazoo and funded the other Play projects which were expensive "Toaster" related hardware and software for the PC.  

I lost touch when Digital became Play, but from an outside observer, it looked like they were spending cash rapidly.  I'm not aware of anyone from inside Play saying much about what really happened at the end.  I've been given the sense it was very unpleasant.

Offline desiv

Re: Kiki speaks of her Video Toaster/Amiga heritage
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2010, 07:11:21 PM »
Quote from: Pentad;543305
Kiki and the Amiga:"NewTek should have dropped the Amiga like old luggage years ago." - Kiki Stockhammer (1995 Fall COMDEX)

A lot of people thought that at the time.

Of course as NewTek is still around and she's back working for them, sounds like she's moved on...

I mean, I don't think any less of Matt Frewer or Max Headroom knowing now that Matt is about the least technical person around.

desiv

(Seriously edited in light of the post below that points out that the other quotes were fabricated.)
« Last Edit: February 15, 2010, 07:24:06 PM by desiv »
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Re: Kiki speaks of her Video Toaster/Amiga heritage
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2010, 07:15:12 PM »
..for those who skipped the pre-"interview" text...

Quote
Alas, we submitted the questions which follow but never received a response.

...

bottom line: no response was forthcoming.

So what were we to do?

With the greater public interest in mind, we decided to answer the questions for her. What follows are what her answers very well might have been had she taken the time to actually respond to our questions.


Though that doesn't account for the "drop Amiga" sentiment stated earlier.
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Offline RobertB

Re: Kiki speaks of her Video Toaster/Amiga heritage
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2010, 07:24:12 AM »
Quote from: I;543078
To see the Kiki and Leo talk about the Amiga and the Video Toaster (and to see the band play their musical numbers), go to

http://blip.tv/file/3213349

In the next few days, the video will be edited into segments and be put up on Youtube

The first segment of the above video has now been posted to Youtube.  Go to

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC4Q1wDy5Ec

Truly,
Robert Bernardo
Fresno Commodore User Group
http://videocam.net.au/fcug
The Other Group of Amigoids
http://www.calweb.com/~rabel1/
Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
http://www.sccaners.org

Offline RobertB

Re: Kiki speaks of her Video Toaster/Amiga heritage
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2010, 08:28:11 AM »
Quote from: RobertB;543619
The first segment of the above video has now been posted to Youtube.  Go to

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC4Q1wDy5Ec


     The second Youtube segment is on-line.  Go to

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9A-2P4FAV8

             Truly,
             Robert Bernardo
             Fresno Commodore User Group
             http://videocam.net.au/fcug
             The Other Group of Amigoids
             http://www.calweb.com/~rabel1/
             Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
             http://www.sccaners.org
 

Offline RobertB

Re: Kiki speaks of her Video Toaster/Amiga heritage
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2010, 08:02:05 AM »
The final Youtube segment is now up at

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4e5MQiEQ1w

                 Truly,
                 Robert Bernardo
                 Fresno Commodore User Group
                 http://videocam.net.au/fcug
                 The Other Group of Amigoids
                 http://www.calweb.com/~rabel1/
                 Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
                 http://www.sccaners.org

Offline Tension

Re: Kiki speaks of her Video Toaster/Amiga heritage
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2010, 11:45:48 AM »
I posted a comment, but someone deleted it.

Typical.

Offline Crom00

Re: Kiki speaks of her Video Toaster/Amiga heritage
« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2010, 02:53:45 PM »
NewTek is just a good company. The Jim Plant and Tim Jennison are genuinely cool folks that care about their employees. With that sort of leadership folks will come back and work with NewTek. The company has been through peaks and Valleys but I never heard any NewTek folks complain, if anything they're postive and proactive.
 

Offline Crom00

Re: Kiki speaks of her Video Toaster/Amiga heritage
« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2010, 02:55:58 PM »
ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!
Kiki COCKHammer!!!
Ha ha ha ha !!!!!

that's a good one!

Offline RobertB

Re: Kiki speaks of her Video Toaster/Amiga heritage
« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2010, 05:46:34 AM »
Quote from: me;543078
To see the Kiki and Leo talk about the Amiga and the Video Toaster (and to see the band play their musical numbers), go to

http://blip.tv/file/3213349
The video there has been replaced by one with less compression (but a bigger file size); in other words, now it looks better.

        Enjoy,
        Robert Bernardo
        Fresno Commodore User Group
        http://videocam.net.au/fcug
        The Other Group of Amigoids
        http://www.calweb.com/~rabel1/
        Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network
        http://www.sccaners.org