We also introduced our readers to some of the important and influential personalities from the frontier days of the microcomputer. Weighing in with opinions on the new machines were Ted Nelson, a founder of the Southern California Computer Society-one of the earliest of such computer groups--and David Ahl, who started Creative Computing magazine from the basement of his Morristown, New Jersey, home in 1975. We also meet Ed Roberts, president of MITS, the company whose assemble-it-yourself computer was but the opening salvo in a movement that changed how America did business. Then, such pioneers were often regarded as zealots trumpeting a fad. It was no fad.