Kornfeld, who died Friday at the age of 97 in Fort Worth, Texas, recognized the future potential of the personal computer and saw a unique opportunity to make Radio Shack a manufacturing name as well as a successful retailer.
Behind the mass distribution ability built in to the Radio Shack network of 3,000 stores, the TRS-80 was the early leader in a personal computing market that was virtually uncontested at the time.
The original “TRS-80 Micro Computer System,” which was launched in 1977 and later known as the Model I, was one of the earliest mass-produced and low-cost personal computers.
August 18, 2013 4:00 AM PDT
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