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Dona Bailey (2017)

Dona Bailey is an American game programmer who, along with Ed Logg in 1981, created the arcade video game Centipede. As a young programmer Bailey was hired by General Motors and trained in assembly language programming.

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About the Dona Bailey Interview

I'll be happy to answer your questions about the long ago old days at Atari in the coin-op division, as well as my more recent experiences programming using Unix and then teaching an array of subjects. I always like to answer questions on reading and writing, too. I earned two master's degrees starting when I was 48 years old, so I also understand being an older, nontraditional student. Ask me anything!

PROOF: https://twitter.com/dona_c_bailey/status/830210077428690947

Just to get things started...

I did a nice little video with VICE last year that you can check out here for more info on my background: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/meet-dona-bailey-the-unsung-programmer-behind-centipede

Links illustrating some of my more recent work:

My short video titled "Navy Blue Tautology," which defines a rhetorical term: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NYptcqF-LM

My short video on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Rhetoric and Writing department: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQmZWmlntPg

Current writing projects:

I'm working on three film scripts --

1) A movie inspired by the original 1966 Beaker Street program on KAAY.
2) A movie inspired by the life and work of Dr. Andrea Lunsford, a giant in the field of composition and writing.
3) A movie inspired by the work of Dr. Lori Baker, forensic anthropologist, and Jen Reel, producer of the digital project titled "I Have a Name."

Some of my favorite fiction:
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry by Leanne Shapton

Best science book I read last year:
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Favorite photography collection in a book:
The Imaginary Photo Museum by Renate Gruber, L. Fritz Gruber, Michael Rollof

I'm excited to be here, and thanks for having me! Oh, and I'm always open to hearing about your video game ideas. :-)

Dona Bailey Feb 16, 2017