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Jack Tramiel

Born: 1928-12-13 - Died: 2012-04-08
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Death Summary: Jack Tramiel died on Easter Sunday in California. No further details are available at this time.

Who was Jack Tramiel : Tramiel is best known for founding Commodore International, where his Commodore 64 is widely considered the best-selling personal computer in history.

As a child in Poland, Tramiel's family was transported by German occupiers to the Jewish ghetto in Łódź, where he worked in a garment factory. When the ghettos were wiped out his family was sent to Auschwitz concentration camp. He was selected for a work party, along with his father they were sent to the labor camp Ahlem near Hanover, while his mother remained in Auschwitz. It was reported that his father succumbed to Typhus, but Tramiel believed he was killed by an injection of gasoline. In 1945 Tramiel was rescued by the 84th Infantry Division. Two years later Tramiel emigrated to the United States, where he soon joined the Army, where he learned how to repair office equipment.

With his new found knowledge of office equipment repair, Tramiel bought a Bronx shop to repair office machinery in 1953. He wanted a military sounding name for his company, but Admiral and General were taken, so he settled on Commodore.

After leaving Commodore in 1984, Tramiel acquired the consumer division of Atari Inc. from Warner Communications, which was struggling from the video game crash of 1983. Tramiel would name his new company Atari Corporation.

In 1996 Tramiel decided to sell Atari to disk-drive manufacturer Jugi Tandon Storage, where he joined the board.

(Image via Alex Handy)
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  1. Vincent Says:

    You did’t spend money for hardware upgrades and bot commodore and atari died.
    Anyway it was your nature as a jew.
    We forgive you.

  2. Rich Nathan Says:

    Jack was a great man whose talents, vision and creativity were grossly underestimated by the media and his competitors. I attended and graduated from “The School of Jack”.


    Richard Nathan

  3. Nathan Dunlop Says:

    Jack was a great man , for his invention of the Commodore

  4. Jim Webb Says:

    My deepest sympathies to the family.
    Jack was one of the three most important men in my life. He introduced me to the world. My fondest memories are of designing the first electronic calculators with him.
    I miss him.

  5. Chris Burke Says:

    I loved his kugle bread and the was he say bubby to the old yentas at the star of David club. This man can’t stop cvetching so bye

  6. Ivan Says:

    One fine day in the middle of the night Hmm How does that work? How could you tell if it was one fine day, palucitlarry if they were dead.If they were back to back that was some shooting. But perhaps because they were dead they could just fire through themselves?Mr Ball

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