What an incredible person! I really enjoyed listening to a person that can only be described as an artist in every sense of the word.
Its because of Chuck's wisdom in creating a processor that anyone can afford that really did put computing power in the hands of the masses.
One of his computers that I wish I had is the KIM-1. This cheap little computer had so many I/O expansion options right out of the box that it would be an excellent controller today. One of the programs developed for it that still fascinates me is MicroChess. I bet this program upset a few academics at the time.
The world has changed a lot and incredible people like Chuck Peddle would have a challenge fitting in to todays corporate world.
I know that this may sound strange, but when I put a lot of time into learning how to program in 6809, 6502 or 68000 machine language, I get more motivation in knowing that if the current machine dies, there is more machines to take its place. The computers are relatively cheap at the moment, in ten years time it may be a different story. I love this hobby, I'm in my early forties and I need these computers to last at least another forty years.
The Coco was my first real computer and its nice to know other people are also collecting it.
I only use emulators for software work. There is something magic about a real retro CPU running software I just created. Yes I think a real KIM-1 (original or replica) will come into the collection.