William Shatner knows computers! He lets us know in this classic commercial from Commodore for the Vic-20 that it has “a real computer keyboard”, as opposed to one of those fake knock-offs.
Phew … I was worried I might end up with a counterfeit keyboard!
Kidding aside, the Vic-20 beat Apple to the home computing market, and while between this model and the Commodore 64 (C64)they probably launched more computer enthusiasts in those early days than any other system out there. They were easy to practice rudimentary coding with, and if you went for a cassette add-on or a 5.25″ floppy drive, the world opened up to you as you could finally save things you did.
I started off with the C64, and it was my first foray online in 1986 when I got a hold of a 9600 baud modem for it. It must have taken me ten times minimum to log into any thing I called, but man did it make you see more of the world.
So, thank you Mr. Shatner for confirming it had a keyboard … and for wearing your “goin’ to church” toupee for the occasion.