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Dr. Dobb's Journal of Computer Calisthenics & Orthodontia

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Dr. Dobb's Journal of Computer Calisthenics & Orthodontia with the subtitle Running Light without Overbyte was the full title of the pioneer computer newsletter published by Bob Albrecht[?] and Dennis Allison[?] People's Computer Company[?]. The reason for the subtitle was that the first page of the first edition showed an image of Robert Redford running with a lit torch. From the image, it was clear that his teeth were perfect, hence "without overbyte". This explains the orthodontia[?], while the running presumably was the inspiration behind calisthenics. "Dobb's" came from collapsing together Allison's and Albrecht's first names, the pasteup artist titling the original newsletter, thinking Allison's name was Don.

The publishers had also considered the somewhat shorter title Byte, but that was already taken.

The magazine content was pure computer entusiast[?], though. Initial interested circled around Tiny BASIC, but this soon expanded vastly. Most of the content were volunteer contributions[?]; Steve Wozniak counting among one of the more well known early contributors.

Programs published during the early years include:

The title was shortened to "Dr. Dobb's Journal", then changed to Dr. Dobb's Software Tools as it became more mainstream. The magazine exist to this day, in form of the Dr. Dobb's magazine.

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