My Hero’s Gone: Eugene Polley, Inventor Of The TV Remote Control, Has Died


Downers Grove, IL—Eugene Polley, inventor of the first wireless remote control device for televisions, died May 20 of natural causes. He was 96.

In 1955, Zenith introduced Polley’s Flash-Matic remote control, which used a flashlight-like device to activate photo cells on the TV to change channels.  
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From The Editors: We Totally Forgot There Were 29 Days In February This Year…

Happy Leap...Day?

This is the best the art department could come up with on such short notice.

Ooof! Our bad. We totally forgot that today was Leap Day, or February 29th, or whatever the hell day this date is called officially. We totally have nothing to talk about and no pieces prepared to publish today. Sorry about that.

But, of course, our advertisers expect us to put something out every day, so…here you go.

Anyway…I guess…the election! Yeah, it’s an election year, right? How about those Republican primaries? Crazy, right? Yeah…crazy…
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“M*A*S*H” A*c*t*o*r H*a*r*r*y M*o*r*g*a*n D*i*e*s

Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan pals around with actor/writer/director Brian DiMaio on the set of RECOiL.

Los Angeles—Harry Morgan, who played Colonel Potter on TV’s “M*A*S*H,” died Wednesday at his home. He was 96.

Morgan was born Harry Bratsberg in Detroit in 1915, and appeared in more than 100 films. Before playing career Army surgeon Sherman Potter from 1975-1983, he played Joe Friday’s partner, Bill Gannon, on TV’s “Dragnet” from 1967-1970.

He won an Emmy Award in 1980 for his work on “M*A*S*H,” and reprised his role in the short-lived spin-off, “AfterMASH.”
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“Did Ya Ever Notice?” Andy Rooney Dies

Andy Rooney and Brian DiMaio

Andy Rooney and Brian DiMaio entered the Army on the same day at the same height, weight, hair, and eye color. Rooney would go on to write for Stars and Stripes and eventually 60 minutes. DiMaio wrote for the Army Times and, later, The Daily Quarterly. Rooney was always envious of DiMaio's accomplishments.

New York—Andy Rooney, known now to most Americans as the grumpy curmudgeon who griped about one thing or another at the end of “60 Minutes” every Sunday night, died Friday. He was 92.

He gained prominence as a writer for “Stars and Stripes” during World War II and was one of just six journalists who flew on the first American bombing raids of Germany.

His time on “60 Minutes” began in the summer 1978 as a replacement and filler for the recently cut debate segment, “Point/Counterpoint.” Rooney proved popular enough in his satirical musings that he became a permanent fixture of the show that fall.
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“Every Now And Then, We Re-enact The Dead Body Scene From ‘Stand By Me’ At The Park:” A TDQ Q&A With Actor Chad Jamian Williams, Part 2

Chad Jamian Williams for Long John Silver's

Long John Silver's is changing its image to attract a younger crowd of wenches and scallywags.

TDQ: Who are your influences?

CJW: Al Pacino, Christian Bale, Michael Jackson, Tom Hanks, my actor friends in Los Angeles, Urkel.

TDQ: What is the next project you have lined up?

CJW: I just wrapped a juicy role on “2 Broke Girls,” with a (hopefully) recurring character. My appearance was on the 5th episode, October 17th, 2011, at 8:30 pm on CBS. I’ve also completed a gig on “Desperate Housewives,” airing Nov. 13th as of now, and I’m currently shooting “Melissa & Joey,” airing TBA.

I am also working on developing a couple films, including a horror feature. Meanwhile, I continue to pay child support for my 12 children by fronting the commercials for the delicious Long John Silver’s.
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