Post by Mike Spadoni on Feb 17, 2007 3:19:07 GMT 1
One of the men who helped make the remote control an ubiquitous part of television viewing has died. Robert Adler, a former engineer for Zenith Electronics, passed away February 15th at a Boise, Idaho nursing home. He was 95. During his career with Zenith, Adler had 180 patents to his credit. But the company credits both Adler and fellow engineer Eugene Polley with inventing the wireless remote. In 2003, I wrote about the history of the remote for Teletronic. You can read the article at www.teletronic.co.uk/clicker.htm Adler had this to say in a 2004 interview with the Associated Press about critics who have denounced the remote as making television more passive than it is: "People ask me all the time - 'Don't you feel guilty for it?' And I say that's ridiculous," he said. "It seems reasonable and rational to control the TV from where you normally sit and watch television."
"Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some."--Alfred Hitchcock