Earl Keyser Passes Away

Earl L. Keyser, Jr., long time programmer and A.P.P.L.E. Member died on the 29th of January. He passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Windmill Manor in Coralville, Iowa, after battling Parkinson’s disease.

Earl, 70, of North Liberty,Iowa, was best known in the Apple world for his programs on the early Apple II computer. He produced over 20 programs for the early Apple II under the Rainbow Computing moniker which were carried by Apple Computer in the Contact Newsletter. He also produced E-Z Pilot for A.P.P.L.E. in the early 1980’s.

About Earl Keyser
Earl was born on October 7, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois to Dr. Earl Keyser and Patricia (Fraser) Keyser. He spent his childhood in the town of Marshalltown, Iowa, where his father had spent his entire life, graduating from Marshalltown High School.

He attended and graduated from Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. Earl later earned an MA degree from Iowa State University.

Earl married Christine Evans on May 31, 1970 and lived in Wayzata, Minnesota, where Earl served as a Network Administrator for the Wayzata, Minnesota School District until he retired in 2004. After retiring, Earl and Christine relocated to Fairfield, Iowa, residing there until 2011, relocating to North Liberty, Iowa.

Earl is survived by Christine, his wife of 44 years,their daughter, Amy Keyser, his brother, Thomas Keyser (Katherine Harris) of White Bear Lake, Minnesota; and two sisters, Carol Burnside (George) of Montgomery, Alabama as well as Bonnie Thurston, also a life-long resident of Marshalltown, Iowa.

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Bill Martens

A.P.P.L.E. Chairman of the Board and Club president -- Bill worked for the founder, Val J. Golding and A.P.P.L.E. from 1981 to 1982. In 1999, he began archiving the materials which were distributed and sold by A.P.P.L.E.. That project led to the group that remained of A.P.P.L.E. Bill was involved in the financial industry in Tokyo and has over 20 major office infrastructure projects to his name. In March 2001, he retired to write books and to spend more time pursuing personal interests. As the president of the users group, Bill is in charge of distribution of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine as well as the organization of this web site. Bill currently resides in Tokyo, Japan and Shelton, Wa splitting time between the places.