Father of Commodore 64 Passes Away at Age 83

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Shalbatana

I'm a little late to the article, but had to chime in.

The C64 was just one awesome system, not only for its time, but for all time. Commodore was not only a computer company, but it was a company that inspired loyalty in its customers the likes of which (arguably) wouldn't be seen in computers again until apple's re-boot.

I learned how to "think logically" on a c64. I learned how to troubleshoot and program on a c64. I still own 3 of them, and to this day I occasionally break one out and play around. So much in such a little system.

People interested in finding out more about Tramiel and Commodore should check out arstechnica's articles about the amiga.

Thanks Jack

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EarthBoundMisfit

I went from owning the Timex Sinclair 1000 with 16kb expansion pack to the Commodore Vic20, to the Commodore 64...to the Atari 800Xl.
I learned how to write programs in BASIC....and translate those programs into other computers versions of BASIC.
I played some awesome games along the way. I second the motion put forth earlier..I had a awesome childhood and I wouldn't trade it for anything.Thank you Jack.

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Engelsstaub

Rest in peace, sir. Much respect.

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ness64

This makes me wish that I was born in the Eighties. RIP.

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Trooper_One

Like many (older) techkies here, I've learned a lot from the Commodore 64 and the VIC-20. Thanks for the memories.

RIP.

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Scatter

He was also the guy that purchased and destroyed Atari. He might have known how to run a computer company but he certainly didn't know how to run a video game company.

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Paul_Lilly

To be fair, Atari's best days were already behind it when Jack Tramiel bought the struggling company's Consumer Electronics Division in 1984, which he renamed Atari Corporation. Buyers weren't exactly lining up to acquire half of Atari, and it was already the end of an era (see Video Game Crash of 1983) at that point. It wasn't long after that Nintendo entered the picture.

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pastorbob

That is right Paul. I remember those days and Tramiel was trying to resurrect an already dead company. But by the time he bought it, IBM and MSDOS had already become the standard for personal computers and were firmly entrenched. It's really too bad because the Atari ST series were really pretty decent machines.

The Commodore 64 was ahead of most other systems on the price / performance ratio for sure.

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KLund1

Atari ST line of computers - Power without the Price (the Jackintosh)

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praack

C=64

still love that I had one for so long and that it did so much for so little

uptime - always
just got better as new items were built for it

Jack was a visionary - PC's were way to expensive and did not deliver color or sound at first - when they did it just was another item that could go wrong
and cost- my system was more the norm at the end but even then- it still did not equal the cost of a new pc of the day -

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JfreshA

Learned how to program in BASIC on a VIC-20 and spent many hours learning the ins and outs of running a BBS with a C64. May you rest in peace.

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JfreshA

Learned how to program in BASIC on a VIC-20 and spent many hours learning the ins and outs of running a BBS with a C64. May you rest in peace.

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Adam Wolfe

Thank you for my great childhood, Jack. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

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reimermatt

My first computer......RIP

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nbrowser

load"*",8,1 Rest In Peace

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