From the moment I first saw Gail Wellington in Dave Haynie’s “Deathbed Vigil” video about Commodore’s demise, I knew I had to learn more about her. The more I’ve learned about her, the more I appreciate what an amazing human being Gail is. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about Gail ( more… )
The summer 1983 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was held in Chicago, IL (USA) at the Chicago Convention Center and two hotels from June 5 through June 8, 1983. 80,000 people attended the event to see 1,200 exhibits spanning 735,000 square feet of floor space. With the home computer wars at ( more… )
Yes, you read that correctly: there was a Commodore VIC-21 computer, but it’s probably not what you’re thinking. This wasn’t a follow up to the VIC-20 created by Commodore International. No, the Commodore VIC-21 was created by a department store in Boston, MA (USA). On Sunday, February 13, 1983 Lechmere ( more… )
This is a topic that has received a lot of attention over the years with estimates ranging anywhere from 12 million to 30 million c64s sold by Commodore. A quick Internet search yields this page as the first result: How many Commodore 64 computers were really sold? It’s clear that ( more… )
Commodore? They were a typewriter company who moved into making computers, right? So many people know Commodore as the company who made the C64. Some of the more hardcore enthusiasts know about the typewriter beginnings and calculators. The really crazy collectors know about thermostats and filing cabinets. Tonight my focus ( more… )
Prior to joining Commodore Thomas McGourty was a World War II veteran who has the distinction of having been the youngest Master Sergeant in WWII. He was in charge of the motor pool in the US 8th Army air corps. Prior to WWII McGourty worked for National Cash Register as ( more… )
Jay-Man Distributors, Inc was a Jack Tramiel and Manfred Kapp business that was founded on June 19, 1962 in New York, New York, USA. As can be seen in this advertisement from June, 1963, Jay-Man was billed as an “Office Equipment Supermarket”. I speculate that the Jay-Man name was derived ( more… )
Hi all, I’m setting this up because I’ve noticed that some of the more content-heavy topics don’t lend themselves to a simple social media post. I plan to back-fill a good bit of content that I’ve already posted elsewhere such that this will become the canonical source of content.