A tribute to Jack Tramiel, father of Commodore 64 (gallery)

A tribute to Jack Tramiel, father of Commodore 64 (gallery)

Summary: Jack Tramiel was the king of the computer industry in the 1980s when the market for home computers first took off.

TOPICS: Hardware, CXO

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  • Jack Tramiel, known as the Father of the Commodore 64 - the best-selling computer of all-time, died on April 8 at 83. For more about Jack, read Violet Blue's story.

    ZDNet UK blogger Jack Schofield knew Tramiel during the 1980s and described him as "a jovial, cigar-smoking, balding and somewhat portly Jewish businessman known for hard bargaining and for the slogan: 'Business is war'."

    Here is Jack Tramiel as he appeared during the 25th anniversary of the Commodore 64 at the Computer History Museum.




  • Tramiel began using the name Commodore in 1952 with Commodore Portable Typewriters. He then turned to sales of typewriters, followed by adding machines, and calculators with some success before moving to computers.

    In this video, Jack tells ZDNet's Violet Blue that he founded Commodore Computing "by accident" and that he never cheats at Pac-Man.

Topics: Hardware, CXO

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  • Heck of a life

    Never thought about his life.
    He experienced a lot.
    I remember working on commercial equipment with the old 6800 chip.
    Way way back when.
  • Atari 520 ST

    Boy, the Atari ST sure brings back memory. Even todays PC doesn't have such a nice design