I started to write a post last night about a topic that I thought was great. I was so inspired. I thought you would be cheered by childhood reminiscence. Then, my ISP went down. I couldn’t connect to WordPress, I couldn’t link to YouTube, I couldn’t research what I was writing about. I was sitting here with this awesome laptop, and I was a technological cripple. Yes, I could’ve connected via my phone and the wireless network, but then I’d have felt like I was switching from a remote control to having to change channels by hand.

Who, besides me, remembers that? Usually, the kid was practically chained to the television set, while the parent watched the kid change channels. And, by the way, why the HECK did it take so long to decide which channel they wanted, when there was no cable back then? We had all of about four channels! Whoever drew the short straw would just keep having to flip…flip…flip…flip… It was ridiculous. And half of the time, our family had a channel knob that was broken! So, how did we change the channel? Vice grips! Vice grips, people! Thanks be to God that the remote control was invented before home satellite dishes were invented. I cannot even imagine the horrors of child slave labor parents would have initiated, all because they had three hundred channels to get through. Oh, the agony in my fingers, at even the thought of Daddy ReloVertigo, forcing me to flip back and forth through twenty or thirty sports channels alone, on a Saturday during football season. The children across America, numb-footed, hands cramped around the channel knobs, begging dads in every American city, “Please, please, pick a game and stick with it!”

So, on behalf of millions and millions of kids all over the world, for generations to come, thank you to the late, great, Eugene Polley, inventor of the first wireless television remote control. He was a Zenith Electronics engineer and Chicago native (Da Bears), and won an Emmy along with fellow Zenith engineer Robert Adler in 1997, for their work on remote controls. Mr. Polley passed away in 2012 at the age of 96. He still had one of his original remotes. Right on, Mr. Polley. Right on.

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