Recently, on the Beeb board, we've been looking at the work of Hermann Hauser and how he and Chris Curry managed to steer the Beeb's lucrative 1980s computer contract towards Acorn and away from the jaws of Sir Clive.
Mind, at one stage of the negotiations, the Beeb seemed intent on looking to Newbury and a company called Grundy and their Newbrain micro...
Were they serious?
Here's an article detailing the spec of this somewhat little-known and early wannabe "serious" UK micro.
I'll let you decide what chance it really had...
ABOVE: Grundy's Newbrain ad tries to convince us that this micro means "serious business" and
BELOW: How it was envisaged to present itself in a 'serious' environment...
Post by atari8bitlover on May 11, 2019 16:08:30 GMT
From stuff I have read, and I am sure that BBC documentary Micro Men -well worth a watch if you haven't seen it- also touches on this topic, the Newbrain was indeed the original or preferred choice for the BBC Micro.
I have never really been able to get my head around it, I am sure this is because I was so exposed to the Acorn BBC Micro at school, so the thought of anything different is hard to picture.
What I will say is I am pleased the Acorn machine won out, and not the Grundy system. It looks horribly boring and business-like. I am also pleased the Sinclair Spectrum failed in it's bid to be the BBC's choice, as it was far better becoming the stalwart of the UK home micro environment and getting all the classic games it ended up with, rather than having a ton of educational drudge dumped on it!
My thoughts and sentiments match yours...it's almost as if it was "meant to be" - the Beeb in its ivory towers of Academia; Speccy in absolute Arcade Heaven and the Newbrain... well, where the hell did the Newbrain end up?!