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Jack Tramiel 1928 – 2012

Jack Tramiel, the father of the Commodore 64 home computer, died Sunday. He was 83.

Tramiel founded Commodore International in 1955. Tramiel wanted a military-style name for his new company, and the words General and Admiral were already taken, so Tramiel settled on the word Commodore.

The Commodore 64 was released in 1982 and went on to become the best-selling home computer of all time with over 17 million sold. It was the first computer I ever owned. I purchased my first Commodore 64 in 1985 while in the Air Force stationed in Philippines. I had a Commodore 64 with two 1541 floppy drives and a 1702 monitor. It was awesome.

Jack Tramiel was a great man. He will be missed.

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