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Monday, August 19, 2013

Vintage Computer TRS80 - Lewis Kornfield Died Friday August 16,2013 : President of Radio Shack in 1977 & produced the TRS-80 Model 1

Lewis Kornfield  (97) died Friday 8-16-13 - he was president of Radio Shack in 1977 the year of the Plug and Play computers -the  TRS-80 Model 1, Apple 2 , and the Commodore Pet 2001


The Radio Shack TRS 80 Model 1 computer was the computer many folks used to learn about computing in the late 70's and early 80's.  It was low cost and worked right out of the box.

TRS 80 Interface Trainer
TRS 80 -1
I used the TRS -80 Model 1 for many years teaching Instrumentation and Automation at Virginia Tech & in Workshops for professional techies.  Our group (The Blacksburg Group) designed an engineering / teaching system that allowed us access to all the Input / Output signals. Several books were also written about the TRS-80 in our "Blacksburg Continuing Education Series"

Radio Shack was important player for a few years in the microcomputer revolution and Lewis Kornfield made a good choice to produce the TRS - 80 Model 1 in 1977.

                                                     


                           Early TRS - 80 Model 1 Advertising

       Here is a  story about Lewis Kornfield on C/NET  by

David Larsen
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