Jack Tramiel is Born
13th December 1928
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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