CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy’s Underdog Computer

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  • Provides the first comprehensive history of Tandy’s CoCo series, which were mainstays in thousands of Radio Shack stores throughout the 1980s
  • Presents extensive original research and interviews from engineers and executives at Tandy, Radio Shack, Motorola, Microware Systems Corporation, and other members of the CoCo community
  • Offers a fresh perspective on key personal computing events from the 1970s to the present day
  • Requires no previous technical or business knowledge


CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy’s Underdog Computer is the first book to document the complete history of the Tandy Color Computer (CoCo), a popular 8-bit PC series from the 1980s that competed against the era’s biggest names, including the Apple II, IBM PC, and Commodore 64. The book takes you inside the interesting stories and people behind this unique, underdog computer.

Both noted computer science and technology advocates, authors Pitre and Loguidice reveal the story of a pivotal period in the home computing revolution from the perspective of Tandy’s CoCo. As these computers were sold in Radio Shack stores throughout the United States and other countries, they provide a critical point of reference for key events in the unprecedented evolutionary period for the PC industry in the 1980s. The book also features first-hand accounts from the people who created and promoted the CoCo, from the original Tandy executives and engineers to today’s active product creators and information keepers.

The CoCo impacted many lives, and this book leaves no stone unturned in recounting this fascinating slice of the PC revolution that is still in play today. From early telecommunications experiments to engineering and budgetary challenges, it covers all the aspects that made the CoCo a truly personal, useful computing experience in as small and inexpensive a package as possible.

Table of Contents

Tandy Gets Personal
Planting the Seed
Colorful Computing
Somewhere over the Rainbow
Double Trouble
Silicorn Valley
Three’s Company
Third Time’s Charm
Made in the USA
The Time Has Come
Hello Darling
CoCo Forever

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" … an extensive yet accessible history of one of the first home computers … Highly Recommended."