Let's Be Real: Celebrating The Remote

10:41 PM, May 23, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - Tonight we celebrate the life and legacy of yet another groundbreaking genius, a man who should have likely won a Nobel Prize, but instead had to settle for merely changing the world.

I'm talking about the guy behind perhaps the most important..most manly creation ever. Before there were sports highlights or even hats with beer, there was Eugene Polley, the man who brought us the wirless TV remote control.

That's right, that scepter of manliness that says right up front, I'm a king..and this is my Castle.

Polley's vision came to life in 1955. Folks who bought the Zenith flashmatic TV could change channels with this amazing device. Looks like a death ray, but the only victim? The need to get off the couch. Ever.

Polley's invention helped remake our worldi. Imagine having a 1000 channel universe, where you had to get up to change them one at a time. I know he changed my living room coffee table, which looks like a veritable Eugene Polley Shrine. My lady says why don't you just get a universal remote. All this is too complicated, I can't work your TV. I just smile .and say to myself, exactly.

So tonight a special thank you to Eugene Polley, who passed away this past Sunday at the age of 96. No. he never won a Nobel Prize, but tonight he's got the undying gratitude of many a happy king in his castle.

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