Update: Jack’s passing has beenÂ confirmed.
Jack Tramiel,Â founder of Commodore Portable Typewriter Company which later became Commodore Business Machines and then Commodore International, has reportedly died. Â Though the major news services have yet to pick up on it,Â posts are beginning to appear on the popular Atari boards and onÂ Twitter. Â Tramiel at one point was interested in buying the young Apple Computer, Inc but the deal fell through. Â Jack resigned from Commodore in 1984 and later that year, purchased a controlling interest in the Atari home computer and gaming divisions of Warner Communications.
An odd bit of trivia: though both Woz and Tramiel were early movers and shakers in the industry, and their companies were direct competitors in the home computer market, the two didn’t meet untilÂ 2007.