from The Washington Post

Commodore founder Jack Tramiel dies at 83

By Dean Takahashi |

Jack Tramiel, a huge figure in computer history and founder of Commodore, died on Sunday at the age of 83, according to Forbes.

comm64.jpgTramiel was both a visionary and controversial figure as the founder of Commodore International and former chief executive of Atari Corp. He was a Holocaust survivor and turned out to be a tough businessman. His life was like a chronicle of the tech industry.

He bought a typewriter repair shop in 1953 in New York and renamed it the Commodore Portable Typewriter company. The company became famous in tech circles in as it launched the Vic20, Commodore PET, and the Commodore 64. The latter went on to be one of the best-selling computer models of all time and it was a favorite among early video game fans, including a number who became famous video game designers.

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