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Eugene Polley

This undated photo of a 1955 advertisement, provided by LG Electronics, shows an ad for a Zenith “Flash-Matic,” the first wireless TV remote control. A spokesman for Zenith Electronics says engineer Eugene Polley, the inventor of the device, died Sunday, May 20, 2012, of natural causes in Downers Grove, Ill. He was 96. Polley and fellow Zenith engineer Robert Adler were honored in 1997 with an Emmy for their work in pioneering TV remotes. (AP Photo/LG Electronics)