JACK TRAMIEL, the founder of Commodore, died in the US on 8 April at the age of 83.
As the founder of Commodore Business Machines and afterward owner of the Atari brand name, Tramiel oversaw the introduction of some of the most famous machines from the begining of the personal computer, including the Commodore PET, VIC-20, Commodore 64 and the Atari ST.
similar to many personal computer pioneers, Tramiel seems to have got into the business more or less by accident.
A Polish settler to the US, he founded Commodore as a typewriter company, then got into selling calculators before purchasing chip firm MOS Technology and meeting its legendary designer, Chuck Peddle, who influenced him that computers were the future.
The result was the Commodore PET, which launched in 1977, the same year as the Apple II, and was an instant hit.
Breaking News – Pioneer of Home Computer Jack Tramiel Passed Away at Age of 83