The Commodore Vic-20, Part I
Hello, everyone, and welcome to Episode 73 of the Floppy Days Podcast, where modern computers are simply considered peripherals to the classic computers. My name is Randy Kindig. In the computer timeline, we’re still squarely in the year 1980. In that year, a breakthrough computer, with a great keyboard, color graphics and sound was announced for under $300. Of course, if you’ve been listening to the last few episodes of the podcast, you know that we’re talking about the Commodore Vic-20. William Shatner said it best in the TV ads of the time: “The wonder computer of the 1980’s: The Commodore Vic-20”. So far on Floppy Days, we’ve covered the history of the machine from the perspective of three different gentlemen: Brian Bagnall, historian; Neil Harris, member of the Vic Commando Team; and Michael Tomczyk, leader of that same Vic Commando Team and assistant to Jack Tramiel. In this episode, friends and fellow podcasters Jeff Salzman and Todd George, help me go through tech specs, peripherals, books, magazines, emulators, Web sites, and more for this groundbreaking machine. As there was a lot of material to cover, rather than making an extra-long episode, I’m breaking this topic up into 2 different shows. So, I hope you enjoy part 1 of this episode about the Vic-20.
Before we do that, I want to thank Brent Santin and Peter Cetinski for sharing their memories of the Vic-20. Later in the episode Brent has some additional memories that he shares with us as well.
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