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    Found a site with this commercial from the 80's.

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    All ahead ham factor 1
    Hey, does anybody remember any other celeb's that peddled VIC20's ?
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    You mean besides Bill Cosby's face appearing everywhere, praising the glories of the TI99-4A? Or what about "Charlie Chaplin" and the Peanut? Ok, here's one that no one else will think of. ToughTVTrivia: Which home computer did Sarah Purcell used to plug? (Extra points if you can remember the name of the show).
    Do embedded product placements count? If that's the case, then let's not forget Peggy Hill and Marge Simpson, both of whom have been known to utter the name KayPro on-the-air.

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    Oops, misread the question. I thought it said: "...peddled home computers?"

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    i know this is the commodore site but does anyone know where i can watch the early Apple II computer commercials? (Premacintosh)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry Yager
    If that's the case, then let's not forget Peggy Hill and Marge Simpson, both of whom have been known to utter the name KayPro on-the-air.

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    i remember that, it was the y2k episode. a woman waiting in line at the store
    tells peggy "i use to work at dell computer..... i know stuff" (since when do people at dell know anything?, News to me)
    peggy ask's if her kaypro is y2k compliant and the woman say "ha kaypro!, My watch has more memory then that piece of crap!"

    killer website btw i love look at old ad's and such.
    If you don\'t know where you are going.. Any road will get you there.

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    Aahh, Y2K. I'm still using up the batteries and bottled water well meaning relatives bestowed me with. It was a big wash-out. I didn't even manage to cash in on the big code-patching wave. Of course, the batteries are nearing the end of they're shelf-life.
    I remember it quite well, being my usual sarcastic self, when Marlyand didn't explode, or implode, or whatever, I quipped that perhaps, since we've got this whole time zone thing going, the world started ending in Greenwich, or maybe in the middle of the Atlantic, or something.

    Secretly, I think Y2K was a marekting ploy invented by Costco.

    It's interesting how Nostradamus never managed to predict the computer. How could he have missed it ? I mean, Russians, the end of the World, etc. are laid at his door, but no computer.

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    It's interesting how Nostradamus never managed to predict the computer. How could he have missed it ? I mean, Russians, the end of the World, etc. are laid at his door, but no computer.
    Now that you've mentioned it, somebody somewhere will dig up a quatrain that could be translated as predicting the computer. (Actually, I'm surprized that Leonardo didn't invent it, he seems to have invented everything else). And what about the Bible Codes? What do they have to say on the subject...?

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    Wait, wait, maybe this is one of those Terry Gilliam moments. Perhaps, now, that the final secret of Nostradamus...*squish*..

    And now, for something alomst different

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    I'm more interested in the secret of Commodore. Not only the computers, but the brand name. The official story, retelled many times in slightly different forms was that Jack Tramiel was sitting in a cab - either in Germany, somewhere in the US or elsewhere thinking about what to call his company. He wanted something with military rank, but General and Admiral were already occupied. Then he saw an Opel Commodore in front of the taxi, and decided this should be the company.

    The story is swallowed as a whole by many web sites and enthusiasts, but recently I've found a few flaws:

    * Tramiel left Germany in 1947 to move to the US
    * He start to repair typewriters in 1952-53 and started the company in 1954
    * Opel Commodore was launched in 1967
    * I'm not sure that the Opel brand even exists in the US, but he could of course have been in Germany while seeing it

    It means that the most innovative scenario is that Jack Tramiel sits in a cab on the way to leave Germany in 1947, and in front of it is a car that will not be produced until twenty years later. He decides that if he ever starts a typewriter company, something he will wait at least 5-7 years to do, it will bear the name of the car. Nostradamus, eat your heart out!

    My solution to the story is that he was in a cab somewhere in the US in 1953, saw a Hudson Commodore and got inspired. Later, when someone inquired from where he got the name, he said "it was a car called Commodore" and someone else filled out "aha, an Opel?". This story takes away all the foresighting abilities of the man, but seems more probable, don't you think?
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