Wasn't the Amiga buyout a post-Tramiel event?
I thought Tramiel was pulling the leads up until the 264 days (C16/plus4) which ended somewhere 1984. So he could be credited for at least helping to pull off all those 8 bitters from those days. Sure designers did the job, but you'll get nowhere without proper (yes you read proper) management. So that must count for something.
I wonder what would have happened if Tramiel held his position. I think they would have ran into trouble much sooner. History tells us he needed Irving Gould help to stay afloat or there wouldn't even have been a vic-20.
But let's not forget Chuck Peddle who did that wonderfull 6502. Is he still around btw?