Yes kids, back in the old days of the 20th century, people actually had to get up off the couch, walk to their TV, and turn a dial to select the channel they wanted to watch. I remember functioning as my father's personal remote control as a kid, jumping up to change channels on our old Zenith.
[Eugene] Polley changed TV forever by inventing the "Flash-Matic," the first wireless TV remote, in 1955. The device looked like a ray gun. It's given way to the sleeker, high-tech devices we use today.
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