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Jack Tramiel is Born

13th December 1928
Jack Tramiel is Born

Jack Tramiel was born Idek Trzmiel in Poland on the 13th December 1928.

After immigrating to the United States, he started a portable typewriter company. They later made calculators, and when the designer told Tramiel that calculators were a dead end, and computers were the future - Jack Tramiel told him to build one and prove the point. Chuck Peddle, the designer, presented the Commodore PET.

Commodore was formed and later released the VIC-20, and then the Commodore 64, which was the best-selling home micro computer of all time, selling between 11 and 19 million units.

The name Commodore was chosen as Tramiel wanted a military name, but Admiral and General were already taken.

It was during this time that Tramiel famously said "We need to build computers for the masses, not the classes."





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