The Remote Control

Listen, my children, and you shall hear
of a time when you couldn’t just sit on your rear.
You had to stand up to change the TV,
but then we were blessed with the invention of the…

Remote control.

Yes, yes–– the TV remote has been around in some shape or form since 1950’s ‘Lazy Bones’ from Zenith, but in the 80s, well…

In the 80s, we got the first REAL remote. The zap-tastic infrared one.

Near as we can figure, Viewstar unveiled the first infrared remote in 1980, and the technology just blew up from there. Within just a few short years, remotes were being used to power VCRs, stereos, and even those new-fangled CD-player thingys.

All you had to do was point the remote at the console, and ZIP! a red laser light shot out that would change the channels, raise the volume, and (we’re pretty sure) blind the dog.

After all, it was a frickin’ laser beam.

These days we’re pretty sure the average household owns somewhere in the neighborhood of 12.7 remotes ––any three of which, at any given time, are buried in the couch cushions–– but there was a time, children, when there weren’t remotes; you had to get off your butt and walk over to the TV to change the channel.

We know, right?

But thankfully those days are long behind us. Thanks… to the 80s.

We ♥ the remote control.

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~ by weheart80s on March 9, 2012.

2 Responses to “The Remote Control”

  1. Was there game show on MTV called “Remote Control”?

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