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Date: 01/16/14 08:50 AM

15 Responses to The First Television Remote Control

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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
    7033 posts
    January 16, 2014 at 8:51 am
    Link: The First Television Remote Control - Remotes were a BIG deal in 1961.
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    DuckBoy87 Male 18-29
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    January 16, 2014 at 9:02 am
    It`s witchcraft, I tells ya!
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    January 16, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I can`t imagine a remote more primitive than the first one my family had. It was a big hunk of clay-colored plastic with two black bars sticking out of it. You pressed one for on/off, the other for channels (no volume control). There was a metal grill at one end. Whenever you pressed down on one of the black bars, you would hear a loud puff of air blowing through the grill. It`s like the thing was operated by a little bellows. Sorry now that I didn`t keep it.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 16, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I want a tv that shows everything in Dead Color.
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    SPERMBUBBLE Male 18-29
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    January 16, 2014 at 9:21 am
    Well thats not gonna get lost down the back of the sofa.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 16, 2014 at 9:22 am

    My parents always had remotes. They hollered at one of the kids to get up and change the channel or volume for them.

    Garage door opener worked the same way. As did the automatic dishwasher.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    January 16, 2014 at 11:11 am
    Hours of pure pleasure!

    I had a big TV with a "Space Commander ` remote control:



    Not electronic! Worked with ultrasonic frequency :-)
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    SavageChef Female 50-59
    2692 posts
    January 16, 2014 at 11:16 am
    Couldn`t they have gotten a narrator with a better voice than that Cagney clone?
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
    7033 posts
    January 16, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Can`t believe I found this. This is the remote I described below.

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    jinxiejae Female 30-39
    2927 posts
    January 16, 2014 at 12:28 pm
    back when it was called a clicker
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    January 16, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    If we`re going down memory lane here`s two words for you....

    Sylvania Bluedot.
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
    3291 posts
    January 16, 2014 at 3:41 pm
    Imagine if someone who was awed by this TV were to suddenly find themselves in a typical Walmart electronics department today?
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    razbitom Male 40-49
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    January 16, 2014 at 4:49 pm
    first WIRELESS remote control - before that remotes were tethered to the tv.
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    Vimto Male 40-49
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    January 17, 2014 at 5:06 am
    For some reason I`m reminded of the remote control war with the neighbours in Poltergeist.
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    MrAtari Male 40-49
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    January 18, 2014 at 7:22 am
    I had a wireless remote that worked with a tiny speaker that made very high pitched noises. The TV was equipped with a microphone as a receiver. It was a Philips K9 chassis model in the early eighties (it was second hand).

    I discovered that when I clapped my hands, the TV changed channels, and when I rattled my keys the volume went up...

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