Personal Computer Museum, Canada's Videogame Museum

Brian Lee - Donation - May 2009

Brian Lee's Truck
Brian Lee was only 13 years old when he got his first Atari - an 800. He kept the original invoice and product brochures in safe keeping for many years and through various moves - and just couldn't bear letting it go.

Brian Lee He had the classics like Pac-Man, Defender, and Centipede but he also had some unusual and rarer cartridges that included telecommunications software and great games like Astro Chase.

Bucking the trend of "one computer brand per family", Lee's father, Willie, was big on Commodore. He scoured thrift stores, yard sales, and so on to build up a decent collection. But not to keep! No, Willie would give them to kids in the family and friends. Eventually they gave them all back as everyone grew up (and so did their computer needs). This impressive donation included dozens of Commodore disk drives, Commodore 128's, 64's, monitors and all the fixings.

Did you know?

The lead designer of the video chip for the 8-bit Atari computers, Jay Miner, ended up leading the design team that created the Amiga for Commodore.

Shiraz Shivji was one of the original engineers on the Commodore 64. When Jack Tramiel, the founder of Commodore, took over Atari in 1984 he was buying a company that he had beaten into a bad state with the success of the C64. He brought Shivji over to his Atari team as the VP of Research and Development. Shiraz Shivji ended up being the primary design engineer on the Atari ST, which competed with the Commodore Amiga.

Essentially, Shivji and Miner competed against each other in both the 8-bit and 16-bit worlds. They just switched teams in between.

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