“Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore International and crucial figure in the early history of personal computing, passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday, his family confirms,” Dave Their reports for Forbes. “He was 83 years old.”
“Tramiel was born in Poland to a Jewish family in 1928,” Their reports. “During World War II, he and his family were sent to Auschwitz, after which he and his father were sent to a labor camp called Ahlem, near Hannover. Tramiel was rescued in April 1945 and emigrated to the United States in 1947.”
Their reports, “In America, Tramiel started a typewriter repair business. Staying in the forefront of technology, his typewriters morphed into calculators, and later computers. In 1982, Commodore International launched the Commodore 64, which went on to the best-selling personal computer of all time. In 1984, after being forced to leave the company he founded, Jack bought the crumbling Atari Inc.’s Consumer Division and formed Atari Corporation.”
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MacDailyNews Take: A true pioneer. Rest in peace, Mr. Tramiel.
In addition to our Macs, we owned Commodore-64 units with which, among other things, we attempted to wear holes through our Jumpman floppy disks and later used Commodore Amigas for broadcast television character generation (CG).