You might not know Eugene Polley, but you know the change he made in your life. Because of Polley, you can turn your television on and off without leaving the couch. Polley patented several versions of the remote control, beginning with the “Flash-matic” in 1955, and went on to create push-button radios and the video disk, which predates today’s now almost outdated DVDs. Polley died today at the age of 96. Join Patt as she talks to David Lazarus about Polley’s legacy.
David Lazarus, business columnist for the Los Angeles Times