Commodore Users Group of Saskatchewan

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The Commodore Users Group of Saskatchewan (CUGS) was a nonprofit organization comprised of Commodore 64 and 128 users interested in sharing ideas, programs, knowledge, problems, and solutions with each other. Membership benefits included access to an extensive library of public domain and shareware software, a disk backup service, and an electronic bulletin board system (BBS). Meetings were held monthly in Regina. The group disbanded in the mid-1990s.

The Monitor

CUGS published a monthly newsletter, the Monitor, which was distributed to members and to other Commodore users groups in North America. I have converted some of these newsletters to PDF format and made them available for download here. (Some formatting has been lost in the conversion, but all the text and graphics are preserved.) The April 1991 issue was scanned and provided by Ross Parker.

  • The Monitor April 1991
    • Editorial by Jarrett Currie
    • "Words from the top" (president's message) by Barry Bircher
    • "The musical world of SID" by Michael A. Rodgers
    • "GeoBugs" (various messages reprinted from Q-Link)
    • "Scratch 'n' Save (128 Library)" by Earl Brown
    • "Scratch 'n' Save (64 Library)" by Keith Kasha
  • The Monitor October 1993
    • Editorial by Tristan Miller
    • "Take my laptop, please" by Dan Gutman (reprinted from Q-Link, September 1989)
    • "Champions of Krynn" by Lyndon Soerensen
    • "The one-liner trading post" by E. Carl Reilly
    • "Micro City: a review" by Tristan Miller
    • "Q-Link network news: finding BASIC strings" by Bob k7 Kober
    • "COMPUTE! says Amiga is kaput!" by Lyndon Soerensen
    • "Sir Richard's BASIC" by Richard Maze (reprinted from the Monitor, November 1987)
    • "Ancient wisdom" by Ken Danylczuk (reprinted from the Monitor, March 1988)
    • "Long distance voyager: the trials and tribulations of BBSing long-distance" by Lyndon Soerensen
    • "Presidential parlez" by Barry Bircher
  • The Monitor November 1993
    • Editorial by Tristan Miller
    • "Sir Richard's BASIC" by Richard Maze (reprint)
    • "PC procreation" by Ben Fernandez (reprint)
    • "Addicted" by Anonymous
    • "The one-liner trading post: part two" by E. Carl Reilly
    • "No more paper Gazette?" by Lyndon Soerensen
    • "President's message" by Barry Bircher
    • "Addendum" by Tristan Miller
  • The Monitor December 1993
    • Editorial by Tristan Miller, Keith Kasha, and Lyndon Soerensen
    • "Sir Richard's BASIC" by Richard Maze (reprint)
    • "Huge losses for CBM" by Anthony Gnoffo, Jr. (reprinted from the Philadelphia Inquirer, via CUGS BBS)
    • "New from LoadStar: free disks" (reprinted from GEnie, via FidoNET)
    • "BBS report" by Tristan Miller
    • "Fleet System 4 for the 128" by Herb Thompson
    • "Commodore survey" (reprinted from 221B Baker St. BBS, via FidoNET)
    • "Presidential address" by Tristan Miller
  • The Monitor April 1994
    • "Executives' ramblings" by Tristan Miller and Keith Kasha(?)
    • "Speedscript 64 & 128" by Stan Mustatia
    • "Tips & Tricks" by Keith Kasha
  • The Monitor May 1994
    • Editorial by Tristan Miller
    • "Dual Top v2.5" by Stan Mustatia
    • "On the degeneration of adventure games" by Tristan Miller
    • "Perfect Print for GEOS" by Stan Mustatia
    • "The best of COMPUTE!'s Gazette" by Tristan Miller
  • The Monitor June 1994
    • Editorial by Tristan Miller
    • "Commodore goes under" (reprinted from PRNewswire, AP News, and Reuters, via Sage's Desk BBS)
  • The Monitor October 1994
    • Editorial by Tristan Miller
    • "Commodore 65" by Mike Naberezny (reprinted from TCCUG Newsletter)
    • "Gems at the library" by Stan Mustatia
    • "Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders" by Lyndon Soerensen
    • "President's message" by Tristan Miller
    • "Artura" by Lyndon Soerensen
  • The Monitor December 1994
    • Editorial by Tristan Miller
    • "Gems at the library" by Stan Mustatia
    • "Board talk" (reprinted from CUGS BBS and FidoNET)
  • The Monitor February 1995
    • Editorial by Tristan Miller
    • "A look into the C128 video display controller, part one" by E. Carl Reilly
  • The Monitor April 1995
    • Editorial by Tristan Miller
    • "Gems at the library" by Stan Mustatia
    • "A look into the C128 video display controller, part two" by E. Carl Reilly
  • The Monitor June 1995
    • Editorial by Tristan Miller
    • "A session on CUGS BBS" by Harvey Klyne
  • The Monitor October 1995
    • Editorial by Tristan Miller
    • "PEEKs into other clubs" by Judi Ruether and Drew Ruether
    • "C64 reset button" by Larry Bailey, Rolf Miller, and Arvid Nelson (reprinted from the Lucky Report, September 1994)
    • "Book reviews: C128 Peeks & Pokes and Tricks and Tips for the C-128" by Bill Kemper
  • The Monitor November 1995
    • Editorial by Tristan Miller
    • "PEEKs into other clubs" by Judi Ruether and Drew Ruether
    • "Video end labels" by Jack Blewitt
    • "Internet shell accounts" (reprint)
    • "Troubleshooting" (reprint)
    • "Here's looking at you!"

The Keyboard, Kids, and Krud

The Keyboard, Kids, and Krud is a 32-minute tutorial video in which CUGS member Ken Danylczuk demonstrates how to disassemble and clean a Commodore 64 keyboard. The video was shot at Miller Comprehensive High School in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1992.

Updates

If you have any issues of the Monitor in electronic form, please send them to me and I will add them to this page.