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Nov 10, 2022

No family name is more associated with the early popularization of computers than Tramiel. We speak with Leonard Tramiel, son of Commodore co-founder Jack Tramiel about his life growing up around tech, his role in Commodore's earliest machines and becoming VP of Software at Atari.
In this first part of our interview Leonard talks about programming Commodore calculators, advising his dad on the entry into computers, creating PETSCII, Jack's departure from Commodore, and the start of what would become the Atari ST.

Recorded March 2022.

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