The word legend does not do justice to Jack Tramiel, the father of the Commodore 64, the best selling single personal computer model of all time, passed away on Sunday at the ripe old age of 83.
It would be an understatement to call Jack one of the most influential men of all time, as his role will forever be etched in history as contributing tot he rise and growth of personal computing as we know it.
“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.
You can read a lot of articles, posts and biographical information on the man all over the internet.
The Commodore 64 has a special place in my heart along with the Sinclair ZX Spectrum+ as the machines that introduced me to computing and planted that early thirst for all things technological.