Initially, Dr. Calvin Andrus and Dr. Edward Mickolus wrote software packages for the Texas Instruments Professional Computer, a not-quite-clone of the IBM PC, which required specialized software design and coding. Vinyard’s early product line included Trivial Towers, three Games and Graphics Packs, CompuTunes, Fictionary, Flashcards, Hacker’s Contest Pack (a collection of games and utilities written by TI-PC Users Group friends of Vinyard), Hardshell/Softshell (a set of business utilities), Executive Power Tools (more business utilities), and the Structured Programming Language for the TI-PC.
Vinyard branched out into international terrorism databases soon after, with Dr. Peter Flemming, then of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Saskatchewan, and Dr. Todd Sandler, then of Iowa State University, collaborating on events coding design and implementation. Today, Dr. Flemming serves as Research Director of our International Terrorism Data Center.
About that spelling: CalVIN and EdwARD joined the last three letters of their first names with the Spanish conjunction Y, yielding Vinyard Software. There is no E in Vinyard.