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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  • The Atari Lynx was the first color gaming handheld and was released in 1989 for a price of $179. Nintendo's GameBoy was released at about the same time and although it was black and white, its price tag of $99 took a bite out of Lynx sales.

  • The last gasp of Atari was the the first 64-bit gaming system - Jaguar - released in 1993. It proved to be a commercial failure. Jack sold Atari 1996 and retired to Monte Sereno, California.

    Source: Evan-Amos

  • Jack was born in Poland in 1928 and was sent to a Jewish ghetto in 1939 after the Nazi occupation. He was sent to the Auschwitz death camp in 1944 where he was examined and then transfered to a labor camp before being freed by the U.S. Army in April 1945.

    In 1993, Jack was a co-founder of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Its collections contain more than 12,750 artifacts, 49 million pages of archival documents, 80,000 historical photographs, 200,000 registered survivors, 1,000 hours of archival footage, 84,000 library items, and 9,000 oral history testimonies.

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