CRN 30th Anniversary: 10 Computer Ads From The Early 1980s

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Beam Me Up, VIC

In the early 80s, William Shatner became a pitchman for Commodore Computers. And in 1982, the same year that "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" hit theaters, Captain Kirk himself appeared in a number of TV commercials and advertisements like this one promoting the new, ultra-affordable Commodore VIC-20.

The VIC-20 is considered to be the first low-cost color computer, thanks to its $299.95 price tag and its large color display. The VIC-20 became the best-selling PC in 1982, and it was reportedly the first computer of any kind to sell more than 1 million units. But when Commodore introduced the 1983 Commodore 64, the VIC-20's sales plummeted until the model was discontinued in 1985.

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