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Commodore founder Jack Tramiel dead at 83

By Fred O'Connor, Agam Shah
April 9, 2012 05:31 PM ET

1945 - U.S. Army liberates Auschwitz.

1947 - Marries Helen Goldgrub. He immigrates to New York first.

1948 - Reunites with his wife, fathers his first child and joins the U.S. Army, which assigns him to repairing office equipment in New York.

1955 - Moves to Toronto to open a typewriter shop carrying the name Commodore Business Machines International. The company grows from importing typewriters to manufacturing the devices as well as adding machines. Tramiel becomes chief executive officer.

1962 - Commodore goes public.

1968 - Moves to Silicon Valley to capitalize on the developing electronics revolution and starts developing electronic calculators.

1976 - Acquires chip manufacturer MOS Technology to produce chips for his calculators. Introduces a Commodore Computer at Comdex.

1977 - Commodore's computer reaches the market.

1984 - Tramiel disagrees with a Commodore stockholder and he is ousted from the company. Warner Communications sells its Atari Corp. operation to Tramiel.

1996 - Tramiel sells financially troubled Atari to JTS, a disk-drive manufacturer.

1996 - Tramiel retires to live with his wife in Monte Sereno, California.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

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