Jack Tramiel is born
13th December 1928
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.
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."