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

Jeffrey Brace jeffrey at vcfed.org
Thu Apr 28 17:10:07 UTC 2022

On Thu, Apr 28, 2022 at 12:20 PM Wil via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> Where these all recorded and will they be online?

All the talks in Room 1 were recorded and will be made available within a
few weeks. The A/V group needs time to edit and process them for the best
audio and video available.

> Wish I could have made it, and yeah it is funny how folks that were
> "influencers"  from back in the day would have had millions of followers on
> social media if it existed back then. For me all knowledge came from
> computer clubs, books and magazines, everything you hear was word of mouth
> and isolated for most folks. And it was once a month!

Yes. I have learned a lot these days as back in the day there was limited
availability of information about what really happened in the companies and
who the people were. So glad that I joined this group to see and meet the
creators of my favorite machines!

> On Apr 28, 2022 12:02, Jeff S via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> 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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