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Ted Dabney
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Inventor
    (May 15, 1937-May 26, 2018)
    Born in San Francisco, California
    Birth name was Samuel Frederick Dabney, Jr.
    Electrical engineer
    With Nolan Bushnell, co-founder of Atari (1971)
    Designed the motion circuit used in the arcade games Computer Space and Pong
    He said about becoming an engineer at Ampex, ‘I figured it’s going to take them at least three months to find out I ain’t no engineer.’
    He kicked his daughter out of her bedroom to get space for the equipment while creating the motion circuit.
    After two years, he left Atari following a dispute with Bushnell.
    He and Bushnell disagree on whether he quit (Dabney’s claim) or was fired (Bushnell’s).
    He created the motion circuit for Pong from components of a standard TV set to avoid using expensive computers.
    Bushnell took out a patent on his motion circuit without crediting him.
    Bushnell tried to erase him from Atari history, calling himself the sole founder of the company for years.

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