Jack Tramiel is born

13th December 1928
Jack Tramiel is born

Jack Tramiel (December 13, 1928 - April 8, 2012) is born Idek Trzmiel in Poland.

After migrating to the United States, Tramiel started a typewriter company called Commodore Portable Typewriter. The company 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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