As some will remember TRS-80.com published a notice back in September 2013, of Wayne Green’s death. Green was instrumental in promoting the TRS-80 by publishing 80-Micro, and Hot CoCo magazines. He also started the publication of many other technical magazines.
About a week ago Kevin Savetz released an audio interview he made with Green just eight months prior to Green’s death. (Many in the retrocomputing hobby may recognize Kevin Savetz’ name. He has been very active in Atari archiving.)
David Larsen of the recently featured BugBook Museum tells a brief story of how Green boasted he could help fix many problems of the Soviet Union in a planned group trip, and of Larsen’s relief when Green canceled his involvement at the last minute.
Curiously Savetz also submitted an FBI Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on Green. According to Savetz, along with the information returned were some pages vetted by the CIA. Those included the comment, “It is certainly possible that [redacted] could have furnished Green, Jr.’s name for possible recruitment by the Soviets…”
I don’t believe there is evidence that Green was ever working for the USSR but what more colorful information on a man whose life seemed an adventure.
For more of the FBI’s records on Green along with other links on him, see the original posting and the Savetz’ interview page.
- Kevin Savetz Interviews Wayne Green
- David Larsen’s Wayne Green Memories
- TRS-80.com Sep 2013 Posting on Wayne Green’s Passing
- AtariMagazines.com site, an example of Kevin Savetz’ work