Your editor in chief will tell you how we got to MCCW. Discover
the real story behind MCCW and also learn something about
the history of its parent(s). Thrill and suspense await you! Especially if
you are not familiar with the Dutch MSX magazine scene...
The other magazine
The end of MCCM
In the beginning... there was MSX Computer Magazine. One of the first MSX
magazines in The Netherlands. I am writing 1985. After about 22 issues,
they included pc-support, changing the name to MSX/MS-DOS Computer Magazine. But
they were not really satisfied, so they changed it back in issue 36, to MSX
Computer Magazine. The editor in chief of MCM — as it is often referred to —
since issue 8 or so, is called Wammes Witkop. He has played an important role
of course in MCM history.
A funny detail is that in the first issue of MCM Wammes had to make
some letters up for in the mail-page. He told me he typed those letters and
other articles on a Commodore 64... As I said above, the first 8 issues or so,
Wammes was not the editor in chief, but the program-editor. He was responsible
for all the programs that were published in the magazine. At that time people
liked typing those programs over to extend their program collection. Later he
switched positions with Ronald Blankenstein, the editor in chief.
There’s by the way a nice story about these listings in the time of Wammes
Witkop being the program editor. It illustrates that at that time, people indeed
really liked typing over those listings! The story goes as
“The gentleman studdenly stood next to Wammes! He had just ringed at the door of
the publishing company and was sent through to the old kitchen on the first
floor, where the MCM had its office. The man wanted to talk to Wammes
about a remark he made in a previous issue: ‘We always have a lot more programs
sent to us by readers that we can ever publish.’. Well, this man was very
disappointed... He’d like to have more programs!
Wammes told him that it would
be an almost impossible job to type over listings without the use of the ICP,
the check-program of MCM; he would get terribly stuck in all kinds of
errors! The published programs had all been checked and optimized for
readability: adding spaces, indentation, that kind of things.
But the man
wouldn’t listen! And above all, he wanted to type them over, he didn’t want them
on disk or tape! So what do you do then?
... One hour later he left as a very
happy man... He was carrying a big load of printing paper. The MCM
staff just printed about 30 raw listings for him. Programs that were not good
enough for publishing.
Wammes never heard again of this man. We assume he is
still typing and above all: finding all the errors...”
The other magazine
But in the same period, a group of members of the international DAI-club also
started a magazine, called MSX Club Magazine. The first 21
issues or so are only for the members of the Club. After this issue the magazine
is also sold in the shops. The Dutch — he had a Belgian collegue — editor in chief of MSX Club Magazine — which was
not referred to as MCM but as Clubmagazine; a relief for
the Dutch MCM! — is Frank H.
Druijff. The funny thing is that the MSX Club Magazine was hardly ever mentioned
in the MCM, because Wammes thought he shouldn’t ‘advertise’ for free for other
magazines. MSX Club Magazine was never really commercial. MCM was. When MCM had
reached issue 57 they realised they could not continue with the magazine on a
commercial basis. MSX Club Magazine also experienced the decreasing interest for
MSX computers, so something should change.
The result was that MSX Computer Magazine and MSX Club Magazine merged to MSX
Computer & Club Magazine in 1993; Frank H. Druijff became the editor in
chief and Wammes Witkop became the publisher. It was called MCCM and was on a non-profit
basis. In this way the spirit of both magazines could live on for a couple of
years. Wammes Witkop was and is by the way not only the publisher of MCCM, but also of
another couple of magazines, of which PC-Active is the most well known one; one
of the biggest pc-magazines in The Netherlands. They agreed to continue with issue number 58/45, the number the next MCM
would have had if they wouldn’t have merged. After this issue they continued with only the first number.
The end of MCCM
As we all know, the interest in MSX decreased and decreased even more. At some point
MCCM stopped being sold in the shops and became a subscribers-only
It could go on for a while again. When reaching number 78 — I think — the
layout was changed for the last time — it changed in the merge, of course! It
was a mix of both old layouts — and that’s also the layout these pages were
But, after a while, the expenses increased and the number of articles decreased
so much, that Frank and Wammes had to decide to lower the frequency from eight
issues per year to six issues per year. Otherwise there was not enough quality
per issue. They’d rather have less issues in the same quality than giving up
quality standards to get the same number of issues.
In the end the magazine became so expensive for Wammes Witkop, that he had to
decide to stop publishing the magazine. For all exclusive subscribers who stayed with MCCM
untill the end — issue 90 — there was a special surprise: Millennium. A
set of two cd’s full of legal MSX software, pictures and other interesting
things. This was in the end of 1997 and then the final professional MSX magazine
in the Netherlands was gone.
A long time no-one ever heard about MCCM anymore, except for one or two
updates of its website — see  — on which
there was support for the cd-set, the MSX4PC emulator — a product of MCCM —
and some other things. The editor of this website simply didn’t have enough time
to keep it updated. Was this the MCCW Frank was talking about in
MCCM number 90?
Then, in 1999, after some e-mails to Frank H. Druijff, we decided something
should change. I offered to help them with the website, together with some other
people like Arnaud de Klerk. Wammes, Frank, Arnaud and I made some agreements at
the bar on the International MSX Fair in Tilburg that year. But, due to some personal problems of Arnaud — e.g.,
he was moving to a new house — and a lack of time we could only update the
linklist of the site. Frank was not satisfied of course — and so did he let me
know on the Bussum meeting last year! — and neither were Arnaud
and I. Then I had an idea: why not continue MCCM in a web-format? This idea was
accepted enthousiastically by Frank and Wammes, but only if I — and the other
members of the MCCW staff — could guarantee quality and continuity. So we
started gathering texts and designing the website. And here is the result: the
web version of MCCM, now called MCCW: MSX Computer & Club Webmagazine!
Don’t think this was an easy job, though! We have been working really hard to
get it all done. You could/can read more about it in the Preface. Okay, I hope
you liked this little story. Now go ahead and read this Webmagazine’s first