the Commodore 64 Author: Ben Davis

Jack Tramiel (pictured above), is known for creating Commodore International and computers such as the Commodore 64. He was born to a Jewish family in Poland in 1928, and during the Holocaust, he and his family were moved to Auschwitz concentration camp. His father died after he and Jack were were to a work camp away from his mother. Eventually, Jack was liberated by the 84th Infantry Division. He then emigrated to America and joined the US military and learned to repair machines. He then started a repair shop in the Bronx for office supplies.
Commodore International had a rough start with their mechanical adding machines. Japanese companies were dominating the market in North America, so Tramiel went to Japan to see how the Japanese were dominating the market. This is where he first saw a digital calculator, and when he returned to North America he started to produce a digital calculator with an LCD screen to the American market.
The Commodore 64 was a revolutionary home computer. It served not only as a computer, but a gaming system as well. It supported high-resolution graphics and 3 complex sound channels, which made it popular for creating digitally produced music. It at first was only able to store data on its Commodore Datasette recorder, but a floppy drive was eventually released and was prone to failure. While more expensive at first, eventually the manufacturing cost dropped to $25.00 and the consumer price to $200, making it a very cheap alternative to the other computers on the market with more impressive specs.

The Commodore 64 was so popular that it still holds the record for the most sales of any computer in history with over 17 million copies!

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