The founder of Commodore International and one of the most important figures in the early history of personal computing, Jack Tramiel, has passed away at the age of 83.
Tramiel was born in Poland to a Jewish family in 1928. During World War II, he and his family were sent to Auschwitz, after which he and his father were sent to a labor camp called Ahlem, near Hannover. Tramiel was rescued in April 1945 and emigrated to the United States in 1947.
In America, Tramiel started a typewriter repair business. Staying in the forefront of technology, his typewriters morphed into calculators, and later computers. In 1982, Commodore International launched the Commodore 64, which went on to the best-selling personal computer of all time. In 1984, after being forced to leave the company he founded, Jack bought the crumbling Atari Inc.’s Consumer Division and formed Atari Corporation.
Must dig out my Commodore 64 tomorrow out of respect for Jack Tramiel. RIP.
— Jennifer Allen (@jenjeahaly) April 9, 2012
Man! Jack Tramiel was born in my home city. So sad news. Commodore was important even for people born in late 80's like me. 🙁
— Adel Vent (@AdelVent) April 9, 2012
RIP Jack Tramiel. My dad and I spent countless hours behind the C64 together. Your legacy is what started my career.
— Eddy Bruel (@ejpbruel) April 9, 2012
Jack Tramiel's work changed the course of my life in the same way you heard all those people say about Steve Jobs a few months ago.
— Anil Dash (@anildash) April 9, 2012
It's a pity… Jack Tramiel, founder of Commodore, father of C 64 and Atari ST died in age 83.
— mackozer (@mackozer) April 9, 2012
r.i.p. Jack Tramiel.. partly thanks to you and your C64 I became a game developer.. thank you sir!
— orangepascal (@orangepascal) April 9, 2012