Personal Computer Museum, Canada's Videogame Museum

Peter Epstein, Syd Bolton, Danny Epstein

The Epstein Brothers

Danny and Peter Epstein are very talented. At the time of this writing, they are working for Google and have worked for other major technology companies like Palm. Although they live in the U.S. now, they got their start with the Commodore PET 2001 in Canada.

Rather than trying to deal with bringing back a lot of old computer equipment to the United States, the brothers decided to search for a more local museum to donate their machines to. After some initial discussions, it was decided that we would meet them in Kingston, ON - approximately the half way point between where their equipment was located and where the museum is.

Initially, we were told that they had the PET 2001 and maybe a "few" other machines lying around. Interestingly enough, they parked (unknowingly) right beside us in a large parking lot. They didn't just have the PET - they had a car full of other machines, mostly Macintosh models. We took them all as there were many unique models that their father had amassed over the years.

Commodore PET 2001Their PET had some issues (which most of the PET 2001 models do) but we were able to get it working by using parts from another machine. When they donated this PET, the one in the museum was a loaner model and not long after, more PET 2001 machines started to appear. Their PET also has very worn 4 and 6 keys on the numeric keypad, which they explained was from extensive bouts of playing Space Invaders!

The brothers continue to be a great supporter of the museum and are working on bringing back the old code they wrote on their PET back to life.

Did you know?

The first brochure for the Personal Computer Museum featured a PET 2001 on the cover. When it was created, however, the museum did not have this machine in its collection.

The Commodore PET 2001 is one of very few computers to have a cassette drive built in for program and data storage.

The PET 2001 was designed by Chuck Peddle, who designed the 6502 CPU chip that led the personal computer revolution. This chip (and its variants) were used in the initial models of the PET, the Commodore 64 (and VIC-20), Apple and Atari computers.

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