R. L. Phillips and friends

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"R. L. Phillips and friends" of Ann Arbor, Michigan are credited by Donald Brown as the creators of the dragon artwork that appears on the Eamon splash screen. The precise identity of the creator or creators is uncertain.


Brown credits the creators of the dragon in at least two places: in the original Eamon Player's Manual:

"[Acknowledgements] to the talented people of Ann Arbor, Michigan who designed that lovely Dragon Picture."

and in remarks in the Main Program:

25 REM Dragon picture shown
26 REM during program by
27 REM R.L. Phillips & friends
28 REM of Ann Arbor, Mich.
29 REM The beauty is greatly
30 REM enjoyed.


Huw Williams suggests that the "R. L. Phillips" may be Dr. Richard L. Phillips, an engineering professor who served at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor from 1965 to 1987. Phillips was highly active in the field of computer graphics and hardware in the 1970s and '80s: he taught courses on computer graphics in the University of Michigan's first Apple II lab, developed cooperative programs for the university with Apple Computer, and became a leading figure in computer graphics hardware and software development, lecturing and publishing a number of papers on the subject. He is now a retired professor emeritus in New Mexico.

Contacted by Williams in 2012, Phillips had no recollection of the game but stated that he was "probably" the person mentioned in Brown's remarks.

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