Home Companion Books: Ancient Home Computing History

In 1982 the microcomputer revolution was in full swing. Apple, Commodore, Texas Instruments, Coleco, Tandy, and other companies were cranking out little machines like crazy. The problem was that these early machines, like the IBM PC that followed them, were difficult for mere mortals to understand.
George Beekman’s Home Companion books were designed to demystify these little beasts and make them useful in home environments. The first in the series, The Commodore 64 Home Companion, was selected by the Whole Earth Software Review as the best book for learning how to use Commodore’s ubiquitous machine. Unfortunately, the series publisher declared bankruptcy shortly afterward, much to the chagrin of the authors and home computer users everywhere.