Glenn Hightower

Published on Jul 23, 2012

As the story goes, APh Technology Consultants (located in Pasadena, CA) was hired by Mattel in 1976 to help design what became the Intellivision system; eventually they programmed the system's software, most of the development tools, and all of the first Intellivision, M-Network, and Keyboard Component games. The team consisted of APh president Glenn Hightower, graphics artist Dave James (from the Mattel Design & Development Department, who worked with APh to define the Intellivision's system graphics, including the familiar running-man animation), and programmers, who were graduates of the California Institute of Technology (CalTech), such as David Rolfe and Hal Finney. The name, APh, was derived from the Applied Physics courses offered at CalTech.

See my interviews with David Rolfe and Hal Finney at the Atari Compendium website: