Personally, the commodore 64 was a big part of my childhood it symbolized all that a computer could be in the eyes of a 11 year old. Music, graphics, game play.. a new world. I was a commodore child of the 80′s Mac who?
Jack Tramiel, visionary , holocaust survivor and the father of Commodore , When Jack attacks he wins and he did through the late 70′s to early 80′s.Commodore were on top of the world in 1982 with the debt of the Commodore 64 selling 17 million units between 1982-1993 making it best selling computer of all time . Leaving the Mac, IBM PC and Atari well behind for much of the 80′s in terms of sales figures .
In Jack’s immortal words..Computers for the masses not the classes . Commodore’s success was not only marketing the C64 through it authorized network work of computer delayer ships but selling to department stores, discount stores and toy stores.
Add an aggressive Television ad campaign to the mix and you have a winning formula.
In January 1984, Jack resigned from Commodore, because of disagreement “on the basic principles—how to run the company” he formed a new company named Tramel Technology, Ltd.
In July 1984, Tramel Technology bought the Consumer Division of Atari inc.
In the late 1980s, Tramiel decided to step away from day-to-day operations at Atari, naming his son, Sam, President and CEO. Jack Trammel died on April 8, 2012, of heart failure at the age of 83. We will miss you Jack you gave us so much RIP your legacy still lives on and so does the commodore 64.