John Williams is the (almost 10 years) younger brother of
Ken Williams. He became employee number 001 in Ken and
Roberta Williams's company
On-Line Systems (later Sierra On-Line). John was editor of the Sierra Newsletter and its successor InterAction. He wrote one of the high-points of the magazine, called the Rumor Mill, under the pseudonym Johnny Magpie.
He also ran Sierra's marketing team from time to time. He never worked on the development side of the business, so he has never worked on one of Roberta’s games. However, he has worked with Al Lowe on a few of the Leisure Suit Larry games, but only as a provider of moderately naughty jokes.
After Sierra was sold he worked on a dot.com (Alkinetworks) that made software for gas pumps (allowing them to display advertising while one buys gas).
The company was acquired but John is still working for a giant gas pump manufacturer. He has been married for over 20 years, has two girls and lives in Seattle.
Last updated: Mar 16, 2009