Staunch 8/89'er

The STAUNCH 8/89'er started as a quarterly newsletter about 8-bit H/Z computer and software in the fourth quarter (Oct-Dec) of 1986. It became bimonthly 1989. It appears that the last issue provided was the double issue of May-Aug 1992. If anyone has any later issues, please let me know at the email address below.

As official support for 8-bit computers began to fade, this was another newsletter created to help users keep their computers going. Heath Company was bought by Zenith and many of the new systems came pre-assembled branded as 'Zenith Data Systems', or ZDS for short. By this time, the new systems were all IBM PC Compatible and they started to include Intel 80286 processors. H8/H89 users felt abandoned, and this was a way for them to stay in-touch with other users. 

Hank Lotz created the newsletter and was the initial Editor of the newsletter. Kirk L. Thompson was the editor starting in 1988.

Even at the time of publication, reprinting was allowed with proper credit. Here is the quote from newsletter:

"Information from this publication may be reprinted, but of if credit is given to THE STAUNCH 8/89'er, listing its address. Credit should also be given to authors and/or other sources of reprinted material, if known."

All these scans, are complete scans of STAUNCH 8/89'er newsletters, the address is included in the newsletter. I'm not listing the address here, since the company no longer exists, and I don't want to post an address that may be someone unrelated to the newsletter.

 These are being posted in DJVU format. They were originally scanned to a PDF file and have been converted to DJVU to save space and download time. The DJVU files are 1/10th the size of the PDF files but are of the same quality. If you do not have a DJVU viewer, please search for DJVU in Google and install a viewer. You will be impressed. If you notice any errors, please contact me at the address below.

These scans were provided by Alex Bodnar, before I had any copies of these newsletters.  I recently received several issues in a donation. I now have issues #1 - #18, #20/21, and #22/#23. I'm looking for original copies of issue #19, and #24 - #30/31 and would be willing to trade them for some duplicated issues I have in BUSS and H-Scoop.

A big thanks goes to Alex Bodnar for scanning these newsletters in order for me to be able to post them on my site.

Individual Issues

Quarterly Issues










 Issue 1


 Issue 2

 Issue 3

Issue 4

Issue 5


 Issue 6

Issue 7

Issue 8

Issue 9


Bi-monthly Issues









Issue 10

Issue 11

Issue 12

Issue 13

Issue 14

Issue 15


Issue 16

Issue 17

Issue 18

Issue 19

Issue 20-21


Issue 22-23

Issue 24

Issue 25

Issue 26-27


Issue 28

 Issue 29

Issue 30-31




Complete years in ZIP files

To make it easier to download, entire years are provided below in ZIP format.

  • 1986 - only one issue, so download it from above.
  • 1987
  • 1988
  • 1989
  • 1990
  • 1991
  • 1992 - Incomplete (download individual issues above, unless/until I complete the year).


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This site is dedicated to preserving the history of the original Heathkit computers. They were initially release in 1977 and included the 8-bit H-8 and 16-bit H-11 systems. The H89 was released in 1979.