Jack Tramiel, the man who created my first computer, the Commodore 64 -- probably the best-selling machine of all time -- and then later forming the Atari Corporation, passed away surrounded by his family last weekend.
The piece on Forbes magazine about him has this great part:
"Jack Tramiel was an immense influence in the consumer electronics and computing industries. A name once uttered in the same vein as Steve Jobs is today, his journey from concentration camp survivor to captain of industry is the stuff of legends," says Martin Goldberg, a writer working on a book about the Atari brand and the early days of video games and computing with Atari Museum founder Curt Vendel.
"His legacy are the generations upon generations of computer scientists, engineers, and gamers who had their first exposure to high technology because of his affordable computers -- 'for the masses and not the classes.'"
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