Personal Computer Museum, Canada's Videogame Museum

Jim Butterfield (1936-2007) was a pioneer of early personal computers, and was best known for his books, articles, and lectures on Commodore computers.

Jim's best known book, Machine Language for the Commodore 64 (and Other Commodore Computers) is often cited as the inspiration for many I.T. professionals today and is even often referred to as the best book on the subject, ever.

Jim wrote articles for magazines such as Transactor, Compute!, and of course, TPUG. Since TPUG (Toronto Pet Users Group) was so close to Jim, he became friends with many of its members. Once the largest computer club in the world (with over 25,000 members) TPUG is still alive today and Jim even attended their last annual event in December 2006.

Lives Lived Jim Butterfield in Globe and Mail Although Jim was unable to make it to the Personal Computer Museum before he passed, his spirit is alive here in his many books and articles. You can also see mementos and even his great reference diaries on display. He also shared with us his last known written piece about computers, which we will be formatting and posting here soon for your reading pleasure.

You can read the Lives Lived article about Jim that appeared in the August 28, 2007 edition of the Globe and Mail, a Toronto newspaper.

We feel that everyone who uses computers today owes a small debt of gratitude to Jim. Even if you have never heard of him before, he helped bring microcomputers to the forefront of technology and promoted Commodore computers as easy to use and understand (even if they weren't at times). He was able to teach in such a way that anyone could understand, and by helping make Commodore computers popular he helped propel forward the industry today that many of us would be lost without. Thanks for the memories, Jim, and your uncommon and unselfish way of sharing yourself and your knowledge. Power off.

The official memorial for Jim Butterfield was held on Saturday September 22nd at the Toronto Naval Club.

You can watch Syd Bolton's memorial tribute to Jim.

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