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John J. Anderson or J.J. Anderson (November 8, 1956 – October 17, 1989) was a writer and editor covering computers and technology. The New Jersey native wrote for publications such as Computer Shopper and Atari Magazine. At the time of his death he was an editor for MacUser magazine in Foster City, California. He was 33, and was survived by a wife, Lauren Hallquist Anderson, and two children.

John began writing the "Apple Cart" column in Creative Computing magazine in January 1983 after David Lubar left to work for a video game company in California.[1] He followed this with the "Outpost Atari" column in the same magazine.[2]

Death and legacyEdit

He and fellow MacUser editor Derek van Alstyne were killed in San Francisco during the Loma Prieta earthquake.[3][4] They were visiting the city for a business meeting when the front of a building collapsed, burying his car in debris from a brick wall. MacUser named two of its annual Editors' Choice Awards, celebrating distinguished achievement and up-and-coming talent, respectively, after the pair.[5] On October 31, 1989, the John Anderson Memorial Fund was established by Ziff Davis as a trust fund for John's two children. Bill Ziff, President of Ziff, personally contributed $50,000.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Index of Creative Computing articles by John J. Anderson". Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  2. ^ Anderson, John J. "Outpost: Atari; Jack Tramiel, a look back, a look ahead, and the Amiga Lorraine revisited". Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  3. ^ Prodis Sulek, Julia (17 October 2014). "25 years after quake: Tales of love lost, rediscovered". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  4. ^ AP. "The California Quake; Earthquake Casualties". Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  5. ^ "The Day the Earth Shook". Macworld. Retrieved 2018-11-23.