[vcf-midatlantic] Great Commodore Related moments for me at VCF 2022,

Jeff S jsalzman at gmail.com
Thu Apr 28 16:02:39 UTC 2022

I find it interesting to learn that people who were key players in the
industry had lost touch with their own legacy to some extent. At least
that's my take on Christian's story.

I don't mean that in a bad way. I just find it interesting how a resurgence
of popularity over someone's originally popular creation can stray so much
from the original creator's perspective.

Jeff Salzman

On Thu, Apr 28, 2022, 10:37 AM Christian Liendo via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> I wanted to share some great moments for me from VCF 2022. I owned a
> C64, Amiga 500, Amiga 2000 and Amiga 3000, I worked in an Amiga only
> store and I worked on their ad campaign. So for me this was a big
> deal.
> Where do I start? Albert Charpentier was sitting in the small couch
> area in building 9010D and he was talking about his history and what
> he did at Commodore. Why he designed what he did and what he did
> afterwards. It was wonderful.
> Some small tidbits:
> He designed the VIC because he liked video games. I thought that was a
> great bit of trivia.
> He wanted to make a "Commodore 80" and he wanted to use an Intel Chip.
> He never heard of the C64 being called the "VW Beetle" of computers
> and was surprised with all the people making clones. He knew the
> VIC-20 and C64 were big sellers but didn't seem to realize the impact
> to so many people. I have to say, the staff from Commodore really
> don't know how much of an impact their work did.
> Later on I took him to see the Univac and he was very impressed. He
> was also impressed by the PDP-8. He had worked on a PDP-8 at one time
> and was surprised to see one
> At the Commodore Panel Hedley Davis admitted they didn't like the look
> of the Amiga 2000. Personally I like the A2000 case but they explained
> that the A3000 was an aesthetic choice. I also didn't know about the
> joystick design issue they had.
> I also realized I want to buy Andy Finkel's shirt collection.

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