Me back in 1984 with my Commodore Vic 20

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This was the computer, my first computer, that forever changed my life and set me on the path I'm on today. I think I was in 7th grade in this photo. After the VIC-20 followed the C=64, then my favorite, the C=128. When I went into the Navy I had to sell off my computers, but after my training I got an Amiga 500. However, I still have fond memories of those early days of sitting down with a Commodore magazine and typing in a program for hours to play a game or do something cool. There was something magical about those days, so I was thrilled when I found this old photo of those great days!

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  1. slashcrisis 58 months ago | reply

    This is the English version of the website about the demonstration:,en/

    The video is a trailer of the demonstration.

  2. B.S. Wise 57 months ago | reply

    Funny, I had that same chemistry set!

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called . TV . room ., and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  3. Texas.713 54 months ago | reply

    That was my dream when I was a kid

  4. Anachrocat 47 months ago | reply

    The memories! Not only did I have the Vic 20, but I recognize the chemistry set on the left! I had a very similar one! Thank you for posting this pic; it reminds me of some very happy times. =)

  5. Kosmik Klaus 46 months ago | reply

    I remember the good old days! The VIC-20 was also my first computer!

  6. Thomas S Cook 44 months ago | reply

    forgot to mention, after spending 2hrs typing in every line, the game didnt work....arrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!


    I had a spectrum 48k, spectrum+, a c64 and an atari st500FM

    Those were the days

  7. killermarmots 43 months ago | reply

    Woah! I haven't seen those chemistry sets lately. It's a wonder we didn't poison ourselves or blow our &$^# heads off! I remember mixing a bunch of stuff together, and then it started to bubble up and spill all over the bright red shag carpet! ha ha. Great times!

  8. Jacquelyn K 38 months ago | reply

    I love this image - I'm going to use it in a presentation at a conference as part of a "technology timeline" which seems to be in compliance with your create commons choices but wanted to let you know in case you didn't want commercial use.

  9. Patrick Hoesly 38 months ago | reply

    Great photo. It reminds me of my days with my Vic 20. I thought that machine was smoken back then. About 2 years passed and I upgraded to a C-128 which I still have in my garage.

    Thanks for sharing and bringing back my youth. :)

  10. diasflec 37 months ago | reply

    My first computer was the Vic 20 as well. I used to be scared of computers, then my mom bought us a used Vic-20 to help me get over it. I tore that thing apart and learned every inch of it. Now I have a degree in computers and am a developer/data analyst. I owe it to the Vic!

  11. .sanden. 37 months ago | reply

    holy wow. this is SO awesome!!

  12. Lefty Limbo 33 months ago | reply


    20 GOTO 10
    30 END

  13. Amiller67 31 months ago | reply

    The Vic20 was my first computer . Remember the "Poke" command? LOL!

  14. King Power Cinema 30 months ago | reply


    j/k Love that classic setup! You know what I think makes this photo awesome? The handle on the TV set.

  15. Lefty Limbo 30 months ago | reply

    LoL Grayfamilia had the same comment as I did hahhahaa...long live the old school =D

  16. circuitbeta 27 months ago | reply

    The day I bought my Vic 20 was the day I became an indoorsman! Had the chemistry set too, but found some experiments were best done outside :D

  17. djenkinson00 20 months ago | reply

    I remember those magic times, I was the same age with the exact same progression of computers. And I as well was set on the path I am today because of long hours on that vic-20, either typing in programs for computes gazette or programming tasks my Dad would give me. Such great memories.

  18. SamPrado 14 months ago | reply

    I bought me a Commodore in '85, I was also in the Navy. I finally fired it up in '90 while stationed in Bahrain. Commodore had a huge following in Bahrain because of the cheap programs and gaming attributes. I bought me a new Commodore color monitor and disk drive, each for $300. When I flunked COBOL at the University of Maryland Extension there, that was the end of my Commodore pursuits. Oh well, wish I stayed with it and took BASIC instead.

  19. Jeremy Brooks 6 months ago | reply

    Just stumbled across this. Looks very similar to me as a kid with a C64. :-)

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