I was just sitting here, listening to last night's recording of Slay Radio's BBB and the show's host, Boz, mentioned the first time he heard a Commodore SID tune. This got me thinking about the first time I came across a Commodore 64. I can't recall exactly when I first got to play with a C64, but it was either seeing it on display at the local K-Mart or Canadian Tire department store in my home town.
I do recall my first computing experience. It was in my eighth grade class, when we had a Commodore PET on loan from the high-school. I can also recall the first time I encountered a Commodore VIC-20. It was on display, in a small privately owned stereo shop in my home town, demo'ing the game Omega Race - complete with gaming paddles.
My uncle bought himself a VIC-20 and we got to borrow it for a week or so, and I played on that thing as much as I could. I guess my enthusiasm and interest in the VIC-20 inspired my parents to buy me my own Commodore, which (fortunately) was my C64.
But, before that special Christmas came along, I can remember spending many Friday evenings at the local mall, hanging out with friends and playing on the C64 demo machines setup at the K-Mart and Canadian Tire store. And when we got kicked off the machines when the sales clerks got tired of us hanging about, I would head over to the book shop and browse through the few computer books, manuals, and magazines they had available.
Ah, the memories.