Many consider the PET 2001 to be the first all-in-one home computer and the first commercially successful personal computer ever. The PET’s aesthetic screams 1970’s and looks like it would fit right into a science fiction film like 2001: A Space Odyssey or THX 1138. The pre-installed version of BASIC on its ROM was produced by a little known company at the time from Albuquerque called Micro-Soft.
The PET got its name from Andre Souson, the VP of Engineering at Commodore after he saw the Pet Rock and stated they were going to make the “pet computer”. It was then backronymed to stand for Personal Electronic Transactor. The museum found it’s PET 2001 at a garage sale, perfectly intact, and not used in years.