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#1 Retro Rogue OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 11:03 AM

Guys, just got confirmation from his son Leonard, a friend of mine. I'm sorry to say that Jack passed away yesterday. The man was an immense influence in the consumer electronics/computing industry whose legacy allowed many of us to enjoy years of great memories. My sincerest thoughts goes out to his family in their time of loss.

Curt and I were supposed to interview him next week for the book on Atari Corp. Was really excited to get the chance to meet and spend time him. :(

#2 Mayhem OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 11:06 AM

Wow... I would have liked to have met him as well, albeit for the Commodore side of course. RIP Jack :(

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 11:09 AM

Looks like this year and last are the years we're we've lost some great pioneers of the industry. I think I'm going to play some C64 now...

#4 Ogma OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 11:14 AM

And not a single news story about it when I search via Google...

#5 OldSchoolRetroGamer OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 11:15 AM

If anyone can get a real link or confirmation (my search turning up only Google Group / Tumblr etc) please post a link here........

Edited by OldSchoolRetroGamer, Mon Apr 9, 2012 11:17 AM.


#6 svenski OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 11:18 AM

That is really sad news. Our thoughts go out to his family. Rest in peace Jack, you kept Atari alive and achieved great things.

#7 Tanrunomad OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 11:29 AM

Link or it didn't happen.

#8 Retro Rogue OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 11:52 AM

Link or it didn't happen.


As stated, I just got confirmation directly from his son Leonard.

Currently assisting a writer from Forbes on the obit article.

#9 Philsan OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 12:04 PM

Thank you Marty.

I'm so sorry to hear that. He was a real pioneer. My deepest sympathy to his family.

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 12:11 PM

http://www.forbes.co...dies-at-age-83/

#11 high voltage OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 12:16 PM

Oh no, Mr 130XE HERO. Man that's worse than Steve Jobs' death (That doesn't sound right, but you kow what I mean).

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 12:19 PM

JT was massively influential and his products brought great pleasure to many. Another pioneer passes, but at least we can still enjoy his legacy with the great Commodore and Atari products his companies left behind.

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 12:23 PM

Truly saddened by this news...he was just one of the many technology pioneers who shaped a large part of my childhood. He certainly left a very positive mark in the history books. Rest in peace.

#14 amiman99 OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 12:48 PM

The MAN behind Commodore and Atari, he will be missed. :(

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 12:54 PM

Another constant figure from my geeky life gone... Rest in peace.

I'm going to play a bit of Jack Attack in honour of the man's vision.

#16 nathanallan OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 1:07 PM

http://atariuser.blo...l-has-died.html

I found that story, too, thanks for the link, Stephen. He will be missed. RIP Jack.

#17 dendawg OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 1:15 PM

Link or it didn't happen.


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#18 onlysublime OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 1:21 PM

sad day... My Atari devices under his watch...

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I'll always cherish my childhood memories of my 1040STf. Thank you, Mr. Tramiel...

#19 cimerians OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 1:26 PM

I'm on the Commodore side but he really kept Atari alive for a while. A good man from what I read.

#20 Master Phruby OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 1:34 PM

Thank you Mr. Tramiel for my XE, XEGS, STe, Lynx and Jaguar. I wouldn't be the developer that I am today without your wonderful toys. RIP. :_( :skull:

Edited by Master Phruby, Mon Apr 9, 2012 1:35 PM.


#21 Tanrunomad OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 1:34 PM

Link or it didn't happen.


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Thank you. That's exactly what I meant :grin:

On a serious note. That is very sad news indeed.

#22 Master Phruby OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 1:37 PM

http://www.forbes.co...dies-at-age-83/

#23 Trooper OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 1:43 PM

A great, great loss.
Enough said,

Edited by Trooper, Mon Apr 9, 2012 1:43 PM.


#24 Trebor OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 1:48 PM

Sad loss, but great legacy. Condolences to his family and friends.

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2012 1:56 PM

Love him or hate him, his impact was undenyable. Thanks Mr. Tramiel for the 2600 Jr and for fighting to bring the 7800 out of obscurity. My consolences to the Tramiel family.




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