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Miscellaneous News   Miscellaneous News : FRANK JAMES (JIM) BUTTERFIELD
   posted by terminator on 29-Aug-2007 21:56:15 (2375 reads)
FACTS & ARGUMENTS: LIVES LIVED

Husband, father, pioneer of personal computing. Born Feb. 14,1936, in Ponoka, Alta. Died June 29 of lymphoma in Toronto, aged 71.

A final tribute by his niece.

Globe and Mail, Lives Lived, Jim Butterfield
    

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Re: FRANK JAMES (JIM) BUTTERFIELD
Posted on 29-Aug-2007 22:33:55
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I've fond memories of Jim during my Commodore 64 years.
I was a member of TPUG (Toronto Pet Users Group)for many years,
and Jim wrote some programs for the C-64.


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My condolences

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Rest in peace, Jim. I'll always be grreatful to you for helping spark the fire that eventually led me down this adventure filled path of programming for and working with all kinds of wonderous micro-computers for the past 27 years.


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My condolences to his family. For me Jim will always be associated with my early Commodore PET experiences. A sad loss to the community and another reminder (if we needed one) that time is passing too quickly for us all.

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I too was largely introduced to computing by Jim after watching the Bits and Bytes series on TVO. I made a point of introducing myself to him and thanking him for his contributions while attending one of the World of Commodore Shows in Toronto. He was truly larger than life.

It's sad to see that two personalities from that series have been lost, with Billy Van passing away as well.

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Jim Butterfield was bigger than life for many of us growing up, as the first (few)people enbracing personal computers, he was truly someone to look up to.

Of all the computer pioneers to pass on in recent years, Jim's passing is probably the saddest for me. It's a shame a person who inspired so many and was such a pioneer will not have a larger place in history books. Jim Butterfield deserves more than a footnote

Thanks for the link.

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@ne_one
That's too bad. I hadn't heard about Billy Van's passing.

I guess that leaves only Luba Goy now.


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As I heard from other readers you were a piece of the Commodore large family of expert users, and a journalist, with an heart on C64.

The history of computing will miss you. Our community will miss you.

Rest in peace.

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@elatour

Yes, Billy Van died of lung cancer in 2003. Two deaths from cancer from one series is a shame.

I just noticed that there was a Bits and Bytes series 2 produced in 1991. I don't recall the follow-up but the original was a blast. I watched each episode religiously, before I even owned a C64.

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My condolences (I did not know him)


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@Thread

I didn't know him, but his record with computing speaks for itself - and Siasmese cat bagpipes? Wow! Condolences.


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