Ed Smith And The Imagination Machine: The Untold Story Of A Black Video Game Pioneer

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    Ed Smith And The Imagination Machine: The Untold Story Of A Black Video Game Pioneer

    At APF in the 1970s, as the second-known African-American video game engineer, he helped create an industry.
    By Benj Edwardslong Read

    Thirty-seven years ago, New York-based APF Electronics, Inc. released The Imagination Machine, a hybrid video game console and personal computer designed to make a consumer’s first experience with computing as painless and inexpensive as possible.

    APF’s playful computer (and its game console, the MP1000) never rivaled the impact of products from Apple or Atari, but they remain historically important because of the man who cocreated them: Ed Smith, one of the first African-American electronics engineers in the video game industry. During a time when black Americans struggled for social justice, Manhattan-based APF hired Smith to design the core element of its future electronics business.

    What it took to get there, for both APF and Smith, is a story worth recounting–and one that, until now, has never been told in full.

    Edward Lee Smith was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1954. He grew up in Brownsville, an impoverished neighborhood within the borough. His parents moved there from Mississippi a few years prior, and they weren’t alone. Between about 1910 and 1970, millions of black families like the Smiths fled north in a Great Migration, as historians now call it, to escape the terrors of the American South during the Jim Crow era.

    What his parents found when they got to New York wasn’t much more promising than the South: Government policies and widespread racism kept black residents concentrated in small areas of low opportunity and high poverty. Places like Brownsville were the result. The neighborhood had once been primarily occupied by Jews, but later became known as a black ghetto, replete with scenes of crime and misfortune that unfolded every day. It was in this environment that Ed Smith came of age, the third eldest of six brothers and sisters, in a public housing development called Nobel Drew Ali Plaza. His mother was a domestic, and his father, an Army veteran, drove trucks for a living.

    Early on, Smith’s father told the younger Smith not to expect any greater aspirations for himself. “Get your chauffeur’s license so you can learn how to drive a truck,” Smith recalls him saying, “because that’s all you’re ever going to do.” And yet such expectations could not suppress Ed Smith’s intense curiosity about how things worked. He began taking apart everything he could, and he soon taught himself to repair basic electrical gadgets like toasters and irons. Later, he moved on to radio receivers and TV sets. Smith’s electronics skills came in handy as he began doing odd jobs around the neighborhood to help make ends meet for his family. At times, he largely provided for himself.

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    #TheLargerIssue #Fatherlessness #ChildNeglectMaltreatment #MentalHealth #Solutions

    Hello, NewsVine_Mariyam. About the 1970s.

    Isnt that America's post civil rights decade when large numbers of black American women, understandably emotionally troubled, as well as peeved after experiencing hundreds of years of racism...

    ...MADE THE CHOICE to toss the black American man out of her life and decided to adopt Uncle Sam as the primary provider for the perfectly HEALTHY children she CHOOSE to introduce to an UNHEALTHY, potentially life scarring, impoverished childhood upbringing?

    And due to her SELFISH decision to abandon the black American man, large numbers of abused and traumatized black Americans kids matured into apparent emotionally troubled teens and adults HATEFULLY viewing the black American woman as a less than human Bitch and HOE or THOT undeserving of being treated with basic human respect?

    I'm talking about traumatized teens and victims of CHILD ABUSE like Jay Z, 50 Cent, Nasir Jones and Biggie, all men who compose music denigrating black American women as less than human creatures and HOES?

    NewsVine_Mariyam, I have a question regarding POVERTY mentioned in the writing you shared...

    POVERTY toya graham .jpg


    NVM, Do you recognize that THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, young Ed Smith, as well as his brothers and sisters, were victims of a potentially life scarring medical disease today known as Childhood Trauma?

    NVM, I look forward to reading your reply, with hopes of intelligently discussing SOLUTIONS for PREVENTING large numbers of our Nation's most precious and cherished assets from experiencing, THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN, a traumatic, potentially life scarring childhood and teen upbringing fraught with Struggles, PAIN, Hardships, COMMUNITY FEAR, Frustrations, Uncertainty, Depression, Sorrow, Sadness, Torment, Demeaning Government Handouts, Resentment, HATE and COMMUNITY VIOLENCE!

    Peace.
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    American *(Children)* Lives Matter; Take Pride In Parenting; End Our National Health Crisis; Child Abuse and Neglect; End Community Violence/Fear, Police Anxiety & Educator's Frustrations
     
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    Oh ffs, make a movie, Nobody will watch it but it'll get all kinds Oscar nominations
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    I'm unclear. Do Black people code differently than White people?

    If that was the case, I'm sure I would have heard some stand-up comedians mentioned it.
     
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    Sounds like bullshit to me.
     
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    That childhood trauma is called white racism.
     
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    I bet Ed Smith helped with the gorilla in Donkey Kong.
     

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