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#22059 - 05/23/12 09:47 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: alternaut]
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ooh, almost steampunk!
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#22064 - 05/25/12 08:05 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: alternaut]
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Loc: Iowa
Originally Posted By: alternaut
Former Zenith engineer and inventor of the first wireless TV remote control Eugene Polley (96) died in Downers Grove, IL.


My first TV remote was a subaudible one, that would turn either the volume or power knob one click to the right depending on which of the two buttons you pressed. Is that the sort of thing he invented? I assume they're not talking about IR being the first?
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#22065 - 05/25/12 09:12 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: Virtual1]
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The Flash-Matic was—literally—a flashlight to be aimed at light sensors at the 4 front corners of a TV set. Each corner sensor had a different function, and users often forgot which one did what. On top of that the sun or other light sources could activate the sensors rather haphazardly. Despite these problems (or before people realized those) Zenith apparently sold 30,000 of them.
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#22072 - 05/27/12 02:39 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: alternaut]
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There's an "invention service" that mentions "remote control" as "one of the simplest products," and I never understood how they could say that until reading your post.
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#22076 - 05/29/12 09:06 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: artie505]
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Loc: Iowa
I recall seeing an even simpler remote control once. It was a coat hanger bent on the end and duct taped to the channel knob, and a bend in the other end, to be twisted by hand while reclining in a recliner in the living room. (the tv of course was just at the end of the extended leg rest)

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#22078 - 05/29/12 12:45 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: Virtual1]
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Registered: 08/03/09
Loc: Portland, Oregon, USA
When I was very young, my parents moved from Idaho to Wyoming. I must have been...oh, probably about 5 years old at the time.

I remember only two things from the move. The first was that the moving van ran out of gas on the trip. My father walked to a gas station to get a can of gas, and then, lacking a funnel or spout or any other way to pour it into the truck's gas tank, he tried to make a funnel out of a styrofoam cup. Gasoline and styrofoam do...interesting things.

The second was staying in a horrible motel with green carpet and a stuffed fish on the wall. The TV set had a remote control that was wired into the television by a long cord, which is one way to make a TV remote, although a particularly inelegant one.
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#22126 - 06/02/12 05:32 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Doc Watson IMHO, maybe the best flat pick player ever.
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#22130 - 06/02/12 02:55 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: ryck]
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I don't think it gets much better than this , from 1963:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUQmNGLvL3U

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#22133 - 06/03/12 03:59 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: Dermot Trellis]
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Thanks for the link. Very enjoyable....it's now another in my list of musical events where I think: "It sure would have been great to have been there."
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#22135 - 06/03/12 06:58 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Richard Dawson, most remembered for Family Feud
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#22152 - 06/06/12 09:26 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Prolific writer and Sci-Fi legend Ray Bradbury (91) died last night in Los Angeles, CA.
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#22154 - 06/06/12 11:02 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Herb Reed , the last of The Platters...for those who remember doo-wop.
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#22272 - 06/17/12 10:19 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Cab driver Rodney (Why can’t we get all along?) King (47), whose violent arrest in March 1991 led to one of the worst race riots in US history, was found dead earlier today in his swimming pool in Rialto, CA.
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#22282 - 06/19/12 01:44 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Former Commander of the Egyptian Air Force and President Hosni Mubarak (84) was declared clinically dead at the Maadi military hospital in Cairo, Egypt, after suffering repeated heart failures and a stroke.

But:
- Egypt's Mubarak unconscious and on respirator, not clinically dead - two security sources tell Reuters
- washingtonpost - Mubarak's lawyer says ousted leader is not dead.


Edited by alternaut (06/19/12 05:42 PM)
Edit Reason: unconfirmed comments added
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#22286 - 06/19/12 05:50 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: alternaut]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: New York State
Perhaps this is a bit premature. We'll see as the day goes on.
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#22305 - 06/25/12 07:55 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: alternaut]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Iowa
Originally Posted By: alternaut
But:
- Egypt's Mubarak unconscious and on respirator, not clinically dead - two security sources tell Reuters
- washingtonpost - Mubarak's lawyer says ousted leader is not dead.


The last few deposed dictators were quite publicly found to have stashed large chunks of their country's cash in private foreign accounts as a "golden parachute" of sorts. And to no one's surprise, the country tends to want that money back after the dictator escapes. I'd bet something like this is the primary reason behind them squabbling over the legally-dead status of Mubarak.
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#22306 - 06/25/12 08:36 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: Virtual1]
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#22307 - 06/25/12 08:38 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: alternaut]
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Lonesome George, the last of his kind.
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#22318 - 06/27/12 05:45 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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US author, journalist, playwright and movie maker Nora Ephron (71) died yesterday in New York City from complications of leukemia.
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#22330 - 06/28/12 02:53 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: alternaut]
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Registered: 08/04/09
Loc: Tucson
Eight days ago: Film Critic Andrew Sarris, age 83.
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#22353 - 06/29/12 02:00 PM Doris Singleton [Re: donikatz]
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Registered: 08/04/09
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Doris Singleton, who appeared in the 1950s US sitcom I Love Lucy, (she played the neighbor wife) has died at the age of 92.
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#22355 - 06/30/12 02:45 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, 96, of unspecified causes, probably complications from Alzheimers
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#22407 - 07/03/12 08:34 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: roger]
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#22408 - 07/03/12 08:37 AM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: joemikeb]
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Doris Sams the inspiration for the movie "A League Of Their Own" about women's professional baseball during WWII.
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#22487 - 07/08/12 02:09 PM Re: Ad astra: another passing. [Re: donikatz]
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Ernest Borgnine, 95
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