Author: Dave McMurtrie

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Commodore “Vixen” History

Drawing from a number of sources including Brian Bagnall’s Commodore: A Company on the Edge, internal documents provided by Michael Tomczyk, various discussions in the Commodore International Historical Society Facebook group, and a litany...

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The Challenges of Document Preservation

Commodore historians are perhaps fortunate that in the earliest years of the company, Commodore ran somewhat afoul of the authorities due to their relationship with the Atlantic Acceptance Corporation.  Atlantic Acceptance was a Canadian...

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The History of the Commodore ChessMate

In 1978, Commodore International Limited released the ChessMate.  ChessMate was a consumer electronic chess playing device.  From all outward appearances, it looked similar enough to many of the other popular consumer electronic devices of...

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Commodore’s Unreleased C64 Game Machine

In 1990, Commodore released the C64GS.  “GS” stood for “Games System”.  It was Commodore’s attempt to have the wildly successful Commodore 64 compete in the game console market.  On the surface, this doesn’t seem...

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Commodore’s History in the Adding Machine Business

Jack Tramiel and Manfred Kapp weren’t strictly in the typewriter business even from their earliest business ventures together.  Nearly all of their ventures focused on office equipment generally, rather than typewriters or adding machines...

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Paper plots of Commodore chip layouts

As I mentioned in a previous post, Sandy Roshong Fisher worked on Commodore’s IC layout team in West Chester, PA from February, 1982 through June, 1993 when she was laid off.  During that time...

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Sandy Fisher memories

Sandy Roshong was hired by Commodore in 1982 in their IC Layout Department.  She eventually married Terry Fisher, also a Commodore employee, and took his last name in marriage. This post is a simple...