Chuck Peddle was right to think highly of his accomplishments, and he was doubly correct in the assertion that he was able to create an entire generation where kids of the 1980s became computer literate (by learning BASIC).
The generation that came after this did become computer literate, but mostly on the networking and web page design side of things. Where is the desire to learn how to program? Something was lost since the old days.
Chuck Peddle is a giant of computer history, he actually taught the "two Steves" (of Apple) a few things as well.