A few days ago Linda reminded me that the mute button on my tv remote is going to be my best friend for the next six weeks – until the election is over.
As a child, I was the remote control and the mute button, both in my own home and at my grandparents. Luckily, turning the sound down didn’t come up very often back then, although my grandfather did like to switch channels during commercials. Also luckily there were only 4 channels back then.
So I’d like to give a salute to Robert Adler and Eugene Polley, the recognized fathers of the remote control. Although there were a couple of earlier versions of the remote control, it was the Zenith Space Command that came out in 1956 that paved the way for future remotes. Adler and Polley won an Emmy for this work!
Is there an inventor you’d like to canonize?