Talk:Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing

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This page needs a refrence on how the typing program has become a cultural icon of children of the 90's. In the same way telivison shows such as the numerious Nicktoons of the 90's have become icons. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:35, 20 September 2007 (UTC)

Certainly worthy of inclusion here, although this article needs to be fleshed out. Mavis Beacon was one of the premier typing instruction programs for years. --Heah 17:29, 25 Apr 2005 (UTC)

The woman who 'plays' Mavis Beacon is not the first MB. Who is she? Who was the first Mavis Beacon, the model/actress, that is? --rand (

My recollection is, that the woman who appeared on the first Mavis Beacon box was just a saleswoman at a department store that Les Crane asked to pose for us. She was not a professional model. We didn't have the money to pay for a pro model in the early days. Capmango 16:48, 12 September 2007 (UTC)

The article cited says:
"As for the sleek, confidence-oozing African-American woman whose photograph has graced 4 million copies of the software, she's a retired Caribbean-born fashion model named Renee Lesperance, discovered - so the story goes - shopping in a department store.
"The model, Duffy said, was discovered in 1985 by Les Crane, the former talk-show host, while he shopped at Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills.
Meeting Lesperance, Duffy said, was "like Lana Turner being discovered at Schwab's (drugstore)."
DavidRavenMoon (talk) 03:54, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

I'm curious about when this product was first released.--Brokenchairs 12:49, 19 September 2007 (UTC)

Mavis Beacon 1.0 for PC, Apple II, Apple IIGS, Atari ST, Atari 400/800, Amiga and Commodore 64 first hit the store shelves Christmas of 1987. The Macintosh version was released in Spring of '88. I can't put this in the actual article because I'm a primary source, but there is your answer. Capmango 04:13, 23 September 2007 (UTC)

Thanks :) --Brokenchairs 18:27, 26 September 2007 (UTC)


The 1993 date mentioned in the article (or at least implied by the article) simply can't be right. Putting aside my own recollection of using Mavis Beacon well before that, most of the computer systems mentioned three sentences later (including Apple II, Atari, Commodore 64) were not produced anymore anywhere near 1993.

The wording in the article—"the program has been published regularly since 1993"—leaves a loophole, that it was published irregularly prior to that for some period. But that's a rather bizarre interpretation.

I think if no one can substantiate an actual date for Mavis Beacon's release, that the entire sentence should be removed.

--TreyHarris 14:31, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

As I mentioned above, Mavis Beacon was initially developed in the summer and fall of 1987 and released Christmas of that year. To the best of my knowledge, it continued to be published regularly. It seems unlikely to me that anybody has been paid money to report this fact, so what you want to put in the article depends on whether you want the article to be a) accurate and informative or b) "verifiable". I was the developer of the original Apple IIGS and Macintosh versions of Mavis Beacon, and I can attest to those dates. I think if any reader wants to know the dates, they will just have to look at the discussion section. Capmango 00:47, 31 October 2007 (UTC) P.S. I will correct the sentence in the article, but leave the {{Fact}} tag. Capmango 00:49, 31 October 2007 (UTC)

Found some contemporary references for the Atari ST version. A new product announcement from July 1988: And a review from November 1989: (talk) 04:47, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

Hrm, there's a copyright date of 1987 right there in the title screen of the original DOS version. Is referencing the software itself original research? :),226718/ (talk) 21:31, 5 November 2008 (UTC)


I for one am shocked, SHOCKED! that Mavis Beacon is not a real person (talk) 17:22, 28 November 2007 (UTC)


There is another article called Mavis BeaconThat should either be redirected to this article, or merged with it. --水の男の子 (talk) 14:58, 17 May 2010 (UTC)

I'm pulling the merge template down for three reasons: A) it was proposed in the wrong direction, to merge this article into Mavis Beacon 2) there's been no discussion to support the proposal for the ~2 years it's been up and d) the Mavis Beacon article is suitably well-cited in its own right and there's no apparent reason to merge/delete it. Rob T Firefly (talk) 02:33, 3 April 2013 (UTC)


It's stated that "the original photo of Mavis Beacon was of Caribbean-born Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community Renee L'Esperance", yet if you go to the link for Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, the list there, which dates from 1973 to present, does not include her name. (talk) 09:51, 21 August 2011 (UTC)

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An editor has asked for a discussion to address redirects from Mavis Beacon minigames. Please participate in the redirect discussion if you wish to do so. --BDD (talk) 19:30, 28 August 2019 (UTC)