30 individual interviews were conducted and recorded for The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore.
Former Commodore CEO Thomas Rattigan was the first interview. PET inventor Chuck Peddle was the final interview.
Over 44 hours of interviews were recorded. (2639 minutes)
Writing and research began in late 2003. The first draft was completed in May 2005.
Number of pages after first draft: 647 at 8.5″ x 11, single spaced.
Longest interview: Chuck Peddle at 3 hours 29 minutes while he was in Sri Lanka.
Magazine titles used to research book: 14
Total magazines used and catalogued for the book: Around 600, including full collections of Byte, Compute and Compute’s Gazette.
Retro computer systems collected for project: 25
Of the Commodore contacts made, everyone agreed to an interview except for Jack Tramiel, Fred Bowen, and Dale Luck (who originally said yes, then stopped answering email)
According to his son Leonard, Jack has a strict no-Commodore interview policy.
The Commodore 64 is the best selling computer model of all time. Estimates range from 17 million to 22 million. The Guinness Book of World Records says they sold 30 million but most people believe this is too high. (Guinness probably included C128 and VIC-20 sales.)
The Commodore 64 sold between the years 1982 and 1994
Today, the QVC Network occupies the old Commodore Headquarters in Pennsylvania.