The Commodore 64: The best Christmas present I ever got

As I wind down work for the year and look at the many presents that are stacked underneath our Christmas tree, I’m feeling a twinge of nostalgia. Since I got my son a new computer, I’m remembering the first and only time I got a computer as a Christmas present – and it was beautiful.

I’m talking, of course, of the Commodore 64C.

1988.xx.xx Sears Christmas Catalog P614

Look at that! Isn’t it glorious. I was ten years old, and SO into computers – I desperately wanted one, and there was only one that I really wanted: This one. It was my Red Ryder BB Gun… I annoyed the hell out of my mom and dad and finally won them over. And they spent a LOT of money… A lot more, adjusted for inflation, than I did for my son’s new computer.

I can path my whole career to that one Christmas… and the hundreds of hours I spent on that keyboard writing programs helped made me the technologist that I am today

So, thanks Mom and Dad! I know it cost a lot, but it was an investment well made.

Joseph Dickerson is a user experience professional and UX Lead for Microsoft based out of Atlanta, GA. He has implemented processes in user testing, design and ethnographic research and provided design and consulting services for many different projects and organizations.

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