First of all, hi everyone, and a big wave to those who remember me from years past. I’ve been off the boards for many years, but still meet locally with some ex-CoCoers every month or so in the So Cal area here. I still have my CoCo though haven’t used it for a while (when I have time, I have a new disk someone sent me that I need to try it out!) Roger, I’m still playing the violin for a living. If you saw “Ratatouille” this summer I was playing in the studio orchestra (if you pick up the soundtrack CD, you’ll see my name listed inside under Violins). I still have my webpage up, with the CoCo section as well as the Fujitsu FM-7 section (the Japanese CoCo “clone”). It’s at: www.nausicaa.net/~lgreenf if anyone wants to take a look. I don’t know how much time I have to hang out here but you can always email me or reach me through my webpage.
Anyway, onto the subject. CoCo in the movies.
Well I’ve posted about this before in the old forums, but in case you guys forgot, a CoCo was “featured” in Star Trek IV — not onscreen, but in the sound effects. It happens twice in the movie. Where the group travels through time… as they’re slowly waking up after the time travel, the sound in the background is the audio of a CoCo cassette tape program (after the initial leader tones). Trust me on this folks, I have perfect pitch and listened to audio cassettes loading on my CoCo for half my life. It’s the only time I’ve ever heard this sound effect used in a film, but I guess the sound engineer had an old CoCo (or at least a CoCo software cassette) laying around somewhere and used it. So forget the song of the whales in Star Trek IV, listen instead for the song of the CoCo!