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Commodore 64 Turns 25

Posted in GETV Episode by ekai on the December 24th, 2007

The Commodore 64 home computer celebrated its 25th birthday at the Computer History Museum with several luminaries of the 8-bit computing era present. We take a peek at this popular pesky piece of silicon and plastic and try to get an idea of why the Commodore 64 was the best selling personal computer in history at 30 million units moved. GETV’s Roving Retro Reporter Violet Blue puts the question to Jack Tramiel, founder and head of Commodore, as well as his son Leonard Tramiel. Violet gets a bit of insight from a couple of the C64’s competitors, Steve Wozniak, creator of the first Apple computer, and Bill Lowe, known as the father of the IBM PC.

Episode links: Commodore 64, Jack Tramiel, Leonard Tramiel, Steve Wozniak, William Lowe, The Commodore Billboard, C64 sounds [YouTube:Lavoraste], C64 games [YouTube:tr0d], C64 Turns 25 [], Computer History Museum, Violet Blue

5 Responses to 'Commodore 64 Turns 25'

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  1. Rob said,

    on December 24th, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    I wonder if there is any truth to the band, Front Line Assembly, using an Amiga on earlier productions.

  2. on January 2nd, 2008 at 5:02 am

    […] the Geek Entertainment TV crew at the Computer History musuem to celebrate the 25th birthday of the Commodore 64 to talking to Jack Tramiel (founder of Commodore), Steve Wozniak and Bill Lowe. Like the levity […]

  3. on January 2nd, 2008 at 5:59 am

    Amazon knew there was a big anniversary coming up so they launched this to celebrate:

  4. on January 29th, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    […] TV fühle ich mich wohl. Die Damen und Herren berichten in ihren Videocasts über ANSI Art, den C64 und viele andere schöne Dinge, die mich zum Grinsen […]

  5. leetloo said,

    on February 16th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    aww, i had one of those. i'm old.