IN MEMORIAM: Jack TramielCommodore-founder Jack Tramiel passed away at age 83 on Easter sunday, 08.04.2012.
Michael Tomzcyk, a former Commodore employee that worked with Jack Tramiel, submits us following text:
"As a protege of Jack Tramiel during the home computer years, I mourn his death but I also celebrate his life. Jack was a self-taught businessman and technology leader. He had a unique instinct for consumer electronics and through Commodore the company he founded, he pioneered the development of digital handheld calculators--including the first wave of calculators in Europe. When it was time to launch the first Commodore computer (the P.E.T.) he introduced it in Europe before America which was a revolutionary concept at the time. He always balanced product introductions in Europe with U.S. launches. Most of all, he will be remembered for the development of affordable computers "for the masses, not the classes" which was one of his most famous quotes.
Jack Tramiel was my personal mentor and taught me huge lessons about business, technology and what it takes to create world changing innovations. Jack gave me the freedom and trust that allowed me to exercise my own talents, to guide the development and launch of the VIC-20 product line and provide leadership in many other areas.
In his later years he was reclusive and devoted to his family. His genius for creating a culture of innovation did not receive the recognition he deserved. His legacy is reflected in every home computing device we use today, as one of the forefathers of the home computer revolution. It was an honor and privilege to have worked closely with him and many of my own memories and stories are preserved on this website thanks to Stefan Egger, and by other retro-computing enthusiasts who are keeping history alive. My last word on Jack Tramiel is a classic saying: To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.
With warm regards,
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