Founder of Commodore Dies at 83

Written by John Ponio    Tuesday, 10 April 2012 18:41

Jack TamrielJack Tramiel, founder of Commodore (who made the Commodore 64, one of the best-selling computers of all time), has died at 83. Back around the time of the Commodore 64, his name was always used in the same way that Steve Jobs' name is used today. 

After the struggle of being a Jewish child in Poland during World War 2, Tramiel emigrated to the United States. There he started a typewriter business, which grew as technology grew, and eventually it turned into a computer business. This is Commodore International, which was the company that launched the Commodore 64 in 1982. Two years later, Tramiel was forced to leave his own business, so he decided to buy Atari's Consumer Division and turn it in to Atari Corporation. 

This man certainly was amazing, and we can thank him for many things we take for granted today. His wife Helen, and sons Gary, Sam, and Leonard all survive him. For a less quick summary of his life, Wikipedia is always a nice source for information like this. If you own a Commodore 64, break it out tonight in his honor.