Sad news today for those of us whose first experience with a computer was a Commodore product. It was announced by Jack Tramiel’s family that the man responsible for the Vic 20 and the Commodore 64 passed away last Sunday at the age of 83.
“Jack Tramiel was an immense influence in the consumer electronics and computing industries. A name once uttered in the same vein as Steve Jobs is today, his journey from concentration camp survivor to captain of industry is the stuff of legends,” says Martin Goldberg, a writer working on a book about the Atari brand and the early days of video games and computing with Atari Museum founder Curt Vendel.
“His legacy are the generations upon generations of computer scientists, engineers, and gamers who had their first exposure to high technology because of his affordable computers – ‘for the masses and not the classes.’”
To learn more about Tramiel and the Commodore legacy he helped to craft make sure to check out the Retroist’s VIC 20 podcast!
Welcome to the Retroist Commodore VIC-20 Podcast. On this week’s show I talk all about the Commodore VIC-20. I talk about the company that made it, the people involved, the technology inside and much much more. Music on the show was provided by Peachy.
This was the first computer that I owned, so it is very near and dear to me. I hope my appreciation and passion for it comes through in the show.
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I am not sure what the question was in 1983, but you can be sure of one thing, this kid has all the answers.
Feet up, datasette just withing reach with a pile of tapes. I am sure what we cannot see on the other side of him is a heaping bowl of chips, a cold drink and just out of frame behind him, his massage therapist arriving for his noon shoulder massage.
When this ad ran in the Toronto Star in 1984, the VIC-20 had already been out for almost 4 years. While other computers were more powerful, 60 bucks Canadian for this machine was a bargain in my opinion. Especially when you could load up on carts for $7 a piece.
It is hard to believe that I could just sit and stare at an ad this simple for hours when I was a kid, but these simple text and pic ads had me drooling for a VIC 20. When one showed up under the Christmas tree, I hooked it up to the TV in the living room and probably didn’t leave the 5 foot area in front of it for 2 months.