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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.
Tramiel made his best move by buying chipmaker MOS Technologies which owned the 8-bit 6502 chip that became the dominant CPU for several years. You could find it in many Commodore products including the C64 and in other well-known computers such as the Apple I, Atari 400/800, and Apple II.
He used his chip to undercut the prices of his competitors leading to the success of Commodore Computers.