After spending some time with Stuart Marks, and learning of his intense
interest and participation in sports, you're struck by the juxtaposition of his
professional life and personal interests. His goal is "to enjoy life and avoid
having to sit behind a computer terminal day after day." Yet, he is a talented
programmer and game designer whose job requires that he scroll through screen
after screen of program code on a daily basis. Luckily, he is able to stagger
his hours and pursue the necessities of life - smashing forehands to the
baseline and chipping delicate golf shots over greenside bunkers.
Born in Houston, Texas, Stuart spent most of his boyhood years in the
outdoors, enjoying tennis, golf, water skiing, snow skiing, softball and
volleyball. When he wasn't playing, he was watching, and he still follows the
progress of the Houston Astros and Houston Oilers. He is plays championship
caliber golf and tennis, competing in tournaments throughout the state.
Stuart attended the University of Texas, studying accounting to learn new
methods of depreciating his Apple II computer. Ostensibly purchased to "help
with homework", the computer soon became a tool for dealing with his lifelong
fascination with games... and VisiCalc was replaced by Pong. Fortunately, there
weren't many games that really captured Stuart's attention, and he began
developing his own entertainment ideas.
Since 1981, Stuart has created eight different games for the personal
computer. The first to be published is OMEGA. As long as Stuart has to take time
away from sports to have his rackets restrung and his golf clubs regripped, you
can bet he'll continue his pursuit of the software side of gaming.
(From the Cybertank Engineer's Handbook, 1989)