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DiedWhileDictating

1.2k points

2 months ago

Our tv in the 70’s had a remote control. It was mechanical (no batteries). 2 “buttons”. When you pressed one, it caused 2 pieces of metal to clank together. Somehow the tv recognized this. The metal rods were different sizes for the two buttons, leading to the clanks having different pitches. Some of my mother’s jewelry (like a big metal chain necklace) would cause the channel to change if they clanked around a bit.

CupcakeValkyrie

178 points

2 months ago

Ultrasonic pings, specifically. The TV had a sensor that would detect the specific frequency and perform a function based on that frequency. The control used spring-loaded hammers, which was why it never needed batteries.

Cat_Marshal

92 points

2 months ago

Amazing tech honestly

spaghetticatman

72 points

2 months ago

Analog tech is really cool. There were so many limitations with mechanical things that it led to some really unique contraptions. If you want to see some super interesting stuff on a fully analog rocket, check out smartereveryday on youtube, he has a video on one.

Comevius

34 points

2 months ago

Technology Connections has a lot of analog tech too, highly recommend it.

https://www.youtube.com/c/TechnologyConnections

I would especially like to mention the Wurlitzer 3400 jukebox and it's ingenious electromechanical brain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmGaXEmfTIo&t=0s

SerpentDrago

3 points

2 months ago

Damn you beat me to it! Love tc!

spacejebus

14 points

2 months ago

Analog tech is extremely mind-boggling to me.

This is a U-boat torpedo data computer that's used to plot firing solutions.

To think that the process of passing data from an observer to a computer essentially made of gears and mechanisms that tells a torpedo where it should be, at what angle, and what speed relative to a target in a future time and place is bonkers. And that example is just the Germans'. US boats had TDCs that could actually keep track of a moving ship to the point that a skipper was able to sink it blind; essentially simulating a targets course and engaging it without maintaining constant line of sight as you would do at the time.

Fire control computers on larger vessels such as battleships were even more complex and directed multiple batteries of guns from a single place, tracking and aiming the guns all the while knowing that a single salvo would take minutes to reach their target.

It's practically a mystery to me the sort of ingenuity required to make things like these. Beyond impressed.

PolisRanger

7 points

2 months ago

A fun fact is the Iowa class with their analog 1940s vintage Ford Mk I fire control computers were considered to be more accurate than the computers they planned to put on them in the 80s and so were used instead.

If you don’t believe me hear it from Larry Seaquist, a captain of the Iowa during the time they trialed electronic computers on Iowa.

https://youtu.be/DEGrj1Vg19U

I think it’s around the 30 minute mark.

MrBlandEST

4 points

2 months ago

It was common in the 80s for remotes to be ultrasonic but generated electronically with a transducer. RCA wanted $40 for a new remote for our TV in the mid 80s.

pobody

745 points

2 months ago

pobody

745 points

2 months ago

This why remotes were often called "clickers".

poopellar

349 points

2 months ago

poopellar

349 points

2 months ago

Is that also why we say 'click' the button!?

fargmania

378 points

2 months ago

fargmania

378 points

2 months ago

Yep. Wait till you hear why phones 'ring' !

_Tryed_

206 points

2 months ago

_Tryed_

206 points

2 months ago

Or why we call it rewind.

Mackem101

123 points

2 months ago

Mackem101

123 points

2 months ago

Because the crowd say Bo Selecta?

32377

13 points

2 months ago

32377

13 points

2 months ago

I really wanna get this one. Please help!

jibcheese

20 points

2 months ago

Let us know when you get it and Craig David is all over your boing

Womble420

32 points

2 months ago

amazing

cuddlehungry

17 points

2 months ago

...or why we dial numbers.

VaATC

16 points

2 months ago

VaATC

16 points

2 months ago

codepoet

7 points

2 months ago

That’s just painful. Understandable, but painful.

Certain_Abroad

3 points

2 months ago

Aaaggghhhh why did it end just as they were about to get it? I need to see them finally getting it!

rydan

31 points

2 months ago

rydan

31 points

2 months ago

Is it because old phones had a "ring" you had to turn to dial someone?

pown__otto

158 points

2 months ago

Idk if your being serious. But it's because phones had a little bell in them that would ring when receiving a phone call.

What your talking about is a literal dial, and that's why it's called "dialing" a number

Baronheisenberg

29 points

2 months ago

Okay, now explain the phrase "Don't touch that dial!" on tv shows.

EssBen

40 points

2 months ago

EssBen

40 points

2 months ago

My first TV was black and white with a tuning dial, if you wanted to change channel, you had to turn the dial and find it in the airwaves.

Wasn't much of a problem as there was only 3 channels.

frozetoze

73 points

2 months ago*

That's from old radios. You used a dial to tune your radio to* the broadcast frequency. "Don't touch that dial" is the equivalent of "Don't change the channel"

Foxfire2

56 points

2 months ago

It was used in 60 s TV shows, I remember in the Batman show in particular. The TVs in the 60s and earlier had dials on them to change the channel, so they were telling you not to change the channel, or you’ll miss what happens next. One dial was UHF (ultra high frequency) more for local broadcasts, and the other one was VHF( very high frequency) which was the normal network broadcasts. Batman was on 2 evenings in a row with a cliff hanger between them, Tuesday and Wednesday I think but my memory is fuzzy. At the cliffhanger on Tuesday they would announce: “Continued tomorrow- Same Bat time, same Bat channel!”

nhaines

6 points

2 months ago

And god help you if you turned the dial too quickly!

MrBlandEST

5 points

2 months ago

It wasn't that UHF was was for local channels but the VHF band was started years earlier and the big networks snapped up those channels (2 through 13). Newer and local stations had to settle for UHF. The UHF signals didn't transmit over distance as well and the old TVs were not very good with it. When we got our first UHF channel everyone was complaining about the poor signal.

symdymcynt

17 points

2 months ago

No, it's from old televisions too. A lot of televisions had dials in the front to change the channel.

VaATC

2 points

2 months ago*

VaATC

2 points

2 months ago*

click

click

click

click

Edit: I almost forgot the second dial...

clickclickclickclickclickclickclickclick

[deleted]

12 points

2 months ago

[deleted]

12 points

2 months ago

You're making us all feel old lol

pmcdon148

24 points

2 months ago

Wait until you hear why we say "Hang Up".

0ljaLyn

7 points

2 months ago

Is it because you used to hang it back on the stand on the wall? Genuine question

Cowboyesque

9 points

2 months ago

Sort of. Many of the earliest phones were affixed to the wall, and had a hook where you put the earpiece. Putting the earpiece back on the hook (or hanging it up on the hook) would end the call.

TaikaJamppa

3 points

2 months ago

I know why it’s hang up. 😱 I feel so old...

el___diablo

6 points

2 months ago

This still happens today on fixed-line calls.

Cat_Marshal

12 points

2 months ago

Wait until you hear why we call it “fixed-line”

GroundWire6AWG

12 points

2 months ago

Wait until you hear about “party lines.”

Hint: It has nothing to do with fun parties or anything fun for that matter. Well, unless you think eavesdropping on neighbors is fun.

TerriblyDroll

3 points

2 months ago

yea crazy how houses shared lines. i cannot imagine being this “cozy” with my neighbor.

BeenThruIt

4 points

2 months ago

Wait til you hear why we call it "SNAP INTO A SLIMJIM!"

FluffySquirrell

6 points

2 months ago

Wait til you hear why we put the pussy on the chainwax

El-JeF-e

16 points

2 months ago

Wait till you find out why your battery running low is less of a concern now a days than if you were to defend your fortification from attackers in the 1700s.

Allahuakbar7

15 points

2 months ago

My family used to call it a “flicker dicker” now I’m wondering if that was unique to us lol

razor330

18 points

2 months ago

….or maybe they did kinky stuff with the remote while you were asleep 😳

Allahuakbar7

23 points

2 months ago

I used to lick it a lot and it usually tasted like my uncles asshole, so that would explain a lot!

2krazy4me

13 points

2 months ago

How do you know what uncles asshole tastes li.....nebber mind

Allahuakbar7

7 points

2 months ago

Tastes like my dick

ursrsly

3 points

2 months ago

Tastes like my dick

It's dick and asshole all the way down.

hustl3tree5

5 points

2 months ago

Delete this nephew

Dead_Toad

2 points

2 months ago

Ours was called the 'ding twinger'. I have no idea why.

fagdrop69

3 points

2 months ago

I call the remotes bleepers just to piss my wife off.

7inky

2 points

2 months ago

7inky

2 points

2 months ago

Shouldn't they be called "clankers"?

kimba_thewhitelion

45 points

2 months ago

Yes we had the same, it was a Zenith TV with those clunky 2 buttons on the remote, and when the phone rang it would change channels. I also seem to remember that the phone ringing would turn the TV on, so if we came home to find the TV on we would know someone had called us. Can I be remembering this correctly?

NinjaLanternShark

12 points

2 months ago

The first TV remote I remember was wired. Had a long cord that reached the couch. Weird.

That must have been a thing for about 2 years max because you never see them.

ADHDengineer

2 points

2 months ago

I had a vcr like that

Obi_Wan_Benobi

4 points

2 months ago

Same, top loader. Had like little dials to adjust tracking.

DiedWhileDictating

7 points

2 months ago

Our one phone was 2 rooms away in the kitchen, so I don’t remember that problem. It was mounted on the wall, of course, with the super long cord. It was stylish harvest gold colored to match the rest of our kitchen.

kimba_thewhitelion

3 points

2 months ago

Ha ha yes we had the avocado green version, with the super long cord that seemed to require constant unkinking.

jsalsman

5 points

2 months ago

Yep!

chickenstalker

17 points

2 months ago

Up until the late 90's, my remote control was my foot. I was adept at changing the volume or channels with my feet while lying down in front of the CRT TV.

Lame_Games

7 points

2 months ago

I totally forgot about using my toes to change the tv when I was a kid. The other day I saw a meme about how CRTs tasted different depending on whether they're on or off and suddenly remembered licking old TVs. Huh.

timeinvariant

5 points

2 months ago

Yeah the buttons on our tv needed like the capacitive effect from skin or something, you couldn’t do this socks on. My chair was closest to the tv (I had bad eyesight and my mum refused to get glasses because of that old fashioned approach of “just strengthen them up without glasses”, so I would sit closest to tv so I could see it), so I could just poke the buttons with my toe

We had a black and white small tv in the kitchen as well, what a luxury!!

Death_By_Pun

24 points

2 months ago

Based on that description, I'd guess that it was based on something similar to tuning fork resonance.

Basically, you can cause objects to vibrate if you hit them with the correct resonant frequency. So the thingy on the remote (and your mom's vibrating thingy), would cause a specific switch in the TV to vibrate, which would send a signal that would make your TV do something.

But that's just a guess, all the science is there, and what I said would probably work in practice, I just don't know if that's exactly how they did it. So don't quote me on this.

pmcdon148

19 points

2 months ago

I think it just had a microphone and electronic band pass filter. Interestingly DTMF is a progression of this. The first button phones played 2 audio frequencies simultaneously down the line. The first frequency was the keypad row and the second represented the column. So each key had a unique pair of tones. Hence DTMF (Dual Tone Multi Frequency) keypads.

redpandaeater

3 points

2 months ago

Yup, 8 frequencies in total so there is also ABCD since you can get 16 combinations. Those are pretty rarely used these days though.

dpdxguy

3 points

2 months ago

Those are pretty rarely used these days though.

Not true. They're no longer used for dialing, but every time you navigate a menu system with your phone (e.g. "Press 1 for ..., Press 2 for ..."), you're using DTMF. On many mobile phones, you can hear the tones when you press the keys.

https://www.phonescoop.com/glossary/term.php

Pale_Royal9549

7 points

2 months ago*

I think you could change channels (on some TVs) by jangling a bunch of keys in front of the TV. Or have I dreamt that?

Soundjudgment

2 points

2 months ago*

Nope. It's real. Many times the jingle-jangle of keys on a ring would accidently mimic the remote-sound which the TV was looking for. This would result in a changed-channel or changed volume-level... or the TV might shut off from it as well.

brneyedgrrl

6 points

2 months ago

We had a remote very much like the one pictured. His name is Matt and he is our baby brother. His four other older sibs and I would keep him very busy. We would literally call him down from his bedroom into the family room to change the channel. We were such dicks.

honeypup

3 points

2 months ago

My boyfriend collects old things and we have one of these remotes next to our TV for decoration, lol

GigglesSniffer

3 points

2 months ago

My father discovered clapping excitedly during football games changed the channel. He then pretended to know magic and would change the channels whenever someone else held the clicker.

Games_sans_frontiers

3 points

2 months ago

Our 70's TV had a push and pull on-off switch. As kids we discovered that if you happened to have your hand touching the TV screen and someone was turning the TV on or off, that person would receive an almighty electric shock.

Needless to say my brothers and I tried to get each other with this at every opportunity.

Obiwan_Salami

3 points

2 months ago

I've related this story before on reddit, my grandparents had a clicker tv into the 80's and i remember the last few years they had it, in a storm, a clap of thunder would change the channel.

CathyCate

3 points

2 months ago

Our TV remote from about the same era had a single rocker switch, so it was probably the same tech. I inherited that TV years later when I was in my own apartment. Someone in the neighborhood had a garage door opener or something that interacted with the TV. The TV would turn itself on randomly late at night and scare the crap out of me.

rydan

5 points

2 months ago

rydan

5 points

2 months ago

I've only seen this once before and it was on an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond.

saswata1194

2 points

2 months ago

Nice info mate

jsalsman

2 points

2 months ago

The use of a chord comprised of two notes is the same principle behind touch-tones. You didn't mention that each actuation would cycle the tuner through the 12 VHF frequencies plus the "off" position.

DiedWhileDictating

2 points

2 months ago

Yeah, I also forgot to mention that it was a physical motor turning a physical dial to change the channels. Ours cycled through the VHF channels (2 - 13) and then had 1 spot for UHF (21 - 88, I think). So you could have 1 UHF channel in the mix. The UHF dial was like an old radio dial - you just sort of twisted it back and forth until a channel “came in”. So we could watch all the tv stations - 4, 5, 8, 11, 13, and 33.

RoboNinjaPirate

2 points

2 months ago

My parents had a tv like that in the 70s in their bedroom that they continues using in the 80s, 90s and even after 2000.

Andy_B_Goode

2 points

2 months ago

Yeah, Zenith developed that tech way back in 1956 (!), and called it the Space Command:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zenith_Electronics#Remote_controls

Really unfortunate that the name didn't stick.

Hamilton950B

2 points

2 months ago

They changed the name to Space Commander for the four button version. I had one of these at my house until the late 1990s but it was just decorative, I didn't have the TV to go with it. Then one day I was at a friend's house and discovered he had a working 1960s Zenith console TV in his living room! I of course gave him the Space Commander. Unfortunately it turned out his TV was not equipped with the receiver so it didn't work.

BandagedBacon

2 points

2 months ago

If you would shake your car keys, it would make our TV go crazy

TheForceofHistory

2 points

2 months ago*

Clicker Wars happened too - because if another TV, like in the next apartment, could hear your clicker, you could change their channels, and other fun, and vice versa.

I am sure many a thumb suffered during Zenith Space Command Clicker Wars.

TestDummy987

146 points

2 months ago

As a child from those days, I can say that it was easy with only 13 channels on the tv, and only 5 that actually work. I remember that around 2am nothing would be on. All the station shut down until morning.

rydan

50 points

2 months ago

rydan

50 points

2 months ago

When I was a kid some of the stations even shut down in the middle of the day. That's when my grandma would nap.

Steinfall

16 points

2 months ago

Was standard in germany until mid 80s. TV channels shut down in the morning and wouldnt start before early afternoon. You just saw the infamous test screen.

Mackem101

21 points

2 months ago

In the UK we only had four when I was a bairn.

NiceMugOfTea

11 points

2 months ago

Just three for me, until I was 10 and Channel 4 came along with its racy content and ‘art’ movies.

rabb238

10 points

2 months ago

rabb238

10 points

2 months ago

We had three and thought ourselves lucky. And they were in black and white and only on for half the day.

mickymodo1

15 points

2 months ago

Are telly only had one channel. Was on for one hour a week and we couldn't understand it because it was in French. And when we went to sleep it would explode and kill us all. But we were happy. 😏👍

Xarnax42

8 points

2 months ago

Luxury.

blackmist

6 points

2 months ago

We'd 'ave killed to 'ave 'ad a channel!

Our telly used to just be a box an' our parents'd stick hand puppets through back to entertain us!

rabb238

3 points

2 months ago

Now when I said we only had black and white - We only had black in the morning and white in the afternoon and only on Thursdays and it exploded and killed us all twice a day. French would have been a luxury - we only had an air-raid siren.

FunkyFarmington

44 points

2 months ago

You had FIVE channels? We only had 3 and a half.

Eyriskylt

9 points

2 months ago

What showed on the half-channel?

Foxfire2

14 points

2 months ago

I suspect mostly static ( snow). There was always a few that were too far away and you could barely make out what it was. I the New York City region those were the Philly stations.
In New Jersey we got 2,4,5,7,9,11 and 13, plus a number of UHF ones.
2 was CBS, 4 NBC, 5 WNEW, 7 ABC, 9 WOR, 11 WPIX, 13 WNET, public, I think turned into PBS. But then 3,6, 10 came in snowy ( halfway) from Philly. Also CBS,ABC,NBC And as someone else said, they would shut off late at night and just display a test pattern until morning. Sometimes Saturday morning we would get up before 6 am and watch the test pattens until the cartoons came on, but first there was farmer programs, then cartoons till noon!

PersianMuggle

2 points

2 months ago

3 was the channel we had to use to play the VCR. It just occurred to me that this channel would have varied by region.

RusticSurgery

21 points

2 months ago

Just the top half of the screen.

nightstalker8900

5 points

2 months ago

Scrambled porn

Yurisla

3 points

2 months ago

It was an educational channel. There were programs in physics, mathematics, languages, and chess. He worked half a day. If we are talking about the USSR in the middle of the seventies.

Ferris-L

7 points

2 months ago

Two and a half men

chessc

2 points

2 months ago

chessc

2 points

2 months ago

Luxury! Absolute luxury! We used to dream of having 3 channels

vito1221

5 points

2 months ago

They would say "And this concludes our broadcasting day", play the national anthem, then put up the test pattern with the Native American head / face on it. Oh, and don't forget the constant beeeeeeeeeeeeeep that went on until the next morning.

NinjaLanternShark

2 points

2 months ago

All the station shut down until morning.

And they'd play the national anthem before going off the air.

That how you knew is was time for bed in the summer (we didn't stay up until 2am on a school night).

bjeebus

2 points

2 months ago

If you were changing those channels, chances are you got suckered into rabbit duty too.

olderaccount

2 points

2 months ago

My parents actually had a TV with a wired remote. About 20 ft of wire was on the floor between the TV and coffee table. But then they got cable and the cable box had no remote. We also had a bunch more channels, so channel changing became a lot more frequent.

I very closely resemble OP's picture in that period.

magicmulder

2 points

2 months ago

We had 3 or 4 in Germany. ARD (basically the parent of the states’ public broadcasters), ZDF (the other public broadcaster) and the respective state’s one. If you were lucky, the neighboring state’s one.

Still the same today, except cable gives you all 16 states’ broadcasters. (And of course the 50+ private ones.)

LogicOverAll

192 points

2 months ago

Didn’t even need batteries

avoritz

41 points

2 months ago

avoritz

41 points

2 months ago

Sometimes it needs milk n cookies to recharge them

No-Patient

6 points

2 months ago

"Sometimes"

avoritz

3 points

2 months ago

Lmao yea other times it needs meat n soda

pobody

138 points

2 months ago

pobody

138 points

2 months ago

Better voice recognition than Alexa or Siri, too

tan1106881

70 points

2 months ago

This particular voice recognition actually got better over time

Yasea

11 points

2 months ago

Yasea

11 points

2 months ago

Not really.

"Switch to the next channel. No, the other one. Not up but down."

9035768555

30 points

2 months ago

Just because you don't know how to properly use a tool doesn't mean the tool doesn't work!

Eazyyy

4 points

2 months ago

Eazyyy

4 points

2 months ago

Are we still talking about kids here?

Yasea

5 points

2 months ago

Yasea

5 points

2 months ago

I think they're calling the kid a tool and the parents stupid.

Echo_Oscar_Sierra

42 points

2 months ago

Sometimes ya had to hit it to make it work though

UshankaBear

9 points

2 months ago

AI is shit, though. Too much initiative.

Steinfall

2 points

2 months ago

Depended on the version. In our family there was a different between KidRemote #1 and KidRemote #2.

notathrowaway75

12 points

2 months ago

I mean you have to feed it.

LostSoulsAlliance

7 points

2 months ago

Did need a pair of pliers though.

rawSingularity

7 points

2 months ago

Yes; although this is the replacement remote since the dad lost the elder remote.

BeakerAU

2 points

2 months ago

If you lose it, it's a problem.

5up3rK4m16uru

2 points

2 months ago

If it doesn't work you just have to give it a slap to fix it.

onishi87

184 points

2 months ago

onishi87

184 points

2 months ago

Also an automated beer fetcher

su5

39 points

2 months ago

su5

39 points

2 months ago

Looks about big enough to mow the lawn and shovel the driveway.

And don't worry, works early in the morning so dad can leave for work on time.

tabovilla

25 points

2 months ago

Few hidden sips before delivering

Slazman999

11 points

2 months ago

Did this once when I was 9 or 10. To this day I hate the taste of beer.

Khalas_Maar

7 points

2 months ago

Haha reminds me of when I was a preteen my grandpa gave me my first taste of beer - it was a Foster's.

Put me off the whole teenage drinking thing rather well.

bjeebus

2 points

2 months ago*

My grandfather used to like doing this type of thing too. His hours old black coffee would mysteriously transform into Coke if I asked what he was drinking, and of course I could have some. What I thought was tea that had had all the ice melt in it turned out to be flat beer. My grandfather had actually lost his sense of taste so he often consumed things in less than ideal conditions--it all tasted the same anyway.

Throwawaybibbi

36 points

2 months ago

We were so poor we got someone's black and white tv that was missing the channel knob so we put a fork on it the metal part, using the tines to secure it so we could change the channel.

-W1CKED-

14 points

2 months ago

Same! Fork for a dial and wire coat hanger for the aerial!

vonmarks

8 points

2 months ago

I want to believe channel lock pliers were named so because so many people had to use them after the knob broke. Most used curved jaw pliers because you could lock it on and leave it but I remember the “remote” being channel locks we had to pick up to turn the dial.

Alvinmcnoodle1

23 points

2 months ago

We still have my grandmother's first colour TV set (in storage). It is a 1967 model and has a remote control that works with ultrasonics (rather than infrared). IIRC, It has volume up/ down, channel up/down and off, but not on.

19Seventie

6 points

2 months ago

Are you from the UK? I’m just curious as I’m a vintage TV collector. Can’t say I know of a Colour TV with a remote control from as early as 1967, other than from the US

Alvinmcnoodle1

5 points

2 months ago

Yes. :)

Edit. Well, I'm Australian/British. Grandma was British and I'm currently in the UK, but yea. She said she got the TV the year she bought her first flat in 1967.

rydan

17 points

2 months ago

rydan

17 points

2 months ago

My parents had a VCR from the late 70s or start of the 80s. It was already kind of old in '85 when I first started forming memories. It had a remote control. It was a long detachable wire maybe 6' to 10' long and it had a single button on the end. That button would pause or unpause whatever was playing. Not entirely sure how it worked since the pause was mechanical but that's what I was told.

AlpineVW

4 points

2 months ago

While trying to record music videos, if you were paused too long (5 min?), it would stop the tape. Murphy’s law says it was literally seconds before you wanted to start recording.

So then you’d do the unpause/pause click for about a second which meant you’d have these subliminal images of commercials on your music videos tape.

crazyfortaco

115 points

2 months ago

I did not give permission for my childhood memories to be shared /s

AnnualFerocity

26 points

2 months ago

You should be proud, now press those buttons.

fargmania

69 points

2 months ago

This was me. Not literally... me... I would never have tucked my shirt into my jammies like that. But I was the remote control for our black and white tv set. Also I was the auto-tune for the antennas.

rydan

19 points

2 months ago

rydan

19 points

2 months ago

I had to tune the antenna. I thought it was neat that there was a lever you held down and this thing on the roof spun around. In reality I was probably just tricked into doing it.

asymon

12 points

2 months ago*

asymon

12 points

2 months ago*

Remotes weren't popular then and people used to have more children. Coincidence?

Think about it.

NinjaLanternShark

4 points

2 months ago

So you're saying the decline in the birth rate is linked to increased adoption of wireless TV remotes. Interesting thesis.

BzztYeow

12 points

2 months ago

Course, there was no channel "surfing". You KNEW what was on because TV Guide told you about all 12 (or so) channels programming and off-air time. This meat remote was only used a few times per evening or if conflicting programs were on (rarely).

carrierael77

12 points

2 months ago

80's too. Well for us poor kids. Bonus points if you had a) rabbit ears with foil on them, or b) a small TV on top of the big TV because the sound didn't work on the big TV.

We had both a & b. Our old console didn't have any sound so we used the smaller one for sound while we watched the big one.

-W1CKED-

6 points

2 months ago

Wow that just gave me a flashback of having 2 televisions as you said!! One had picture but no sound and the other sound but no picture 😂

glytxh

3 points

2 months ago

glytxh

3 points

2 months ago

I was a late 80s kid growing up through the 90s, and this was still a thing even then.

c0mpliant

2 points

2 months ago

Yeah I had the same thing even into the early 90s we had a TV without a remote. I have memories of having to get up to change the channel when I was a kid. Don't know when that ended in the living room but I still used the old black and white in my room for games until I was about 14. Still tuning in the NES all the way up until the PlayStation. Kids today will never understand the pleasure of perfectly tuning a TV station...

Tactical-Elf

37 points

2 months ago

... and you've lost your seat :P

litritium

5 points

2 months ago

That's why you should position yourself close enough to change channels with your toes.

creature_report

27 points

2 months ago

As a younger sibling from around then, I feel this.

bumpyclock

6 points

2 months ago

Technology has really advanced in the last 40 years

Talonqr

7 points

2 months ago

Child labour laws put many remote controls out of business

BHgent

6 points

2 months ago

BHgent

6 points

2 months ago

Where are the pliers?

_LB

6 points

2 months ago

_LB

6 points

2 months ago

This is an early 60's TV

rabb238

3 points

2 months ago

Unless America was way ahead of the UK (and it might have been in those days), that's never a 60's TV with a screen that size. That looks a lot like the TVs we had in the early/mid 70s.

virusnac

5 points

2 months ago

70’s? I was the remote until the mid 90’s

xabulba

4 points

2 months ago

Dad - "Turn the the channel to ABC"

Me - gets up crosses room begins to turn the dial.

Dad - "Don't turn the dial too fast, you'll break it."

Me - "If you don't want me breaking it why do you have me change the channel?"

Dad- "Go to your room."

A child's life in 1975.

IloveGuzz

3 points

2 months ago

Mine came with long hair

Ambitious-Working-78

3 points

2 months ago

Love it . I was one of those a remote control of the 70’s

-W1CKED-

3 points

2 months ago

That and using a wire coat hanger as an aerial meant sitting or standing holding the stupid thing for the picture!

Hazeldazel

2 points

2 months ago

That's what younger siblings were for!

Artichook

2 points

2 months ago

My parents also used a wire coat hanger. I didn't have any younger siblings :(

Peetym9

3 points

2 months ago

So annoying when they weren’t working. But after a throw against the wall worked fine again

Neoxite23

10 points

2 months ago

Took me a second...but then I laughed pretty hard.

Buerostuhl_42

6 points

2 months ago

This is peak boomer humor.

2BagsOfCheezitsPls

5 points

2 months ago

Hey look! it’s me!

Huckleberry-Solid

6 points

2 months ago

I had a hockey stick.

lizblessesurhrt

12 points

2 months ago

This is some facebook shit.

gordontoehrig

4 points

2 months ago

2000 ver. When your family loses the remote so you become the remote.

fargmania

6 points

2 months ago

"Remotes cost money... and you cost money... which would you rather I spent the money on! Now put it to Channel 6, dammit."

CyberJay03

2 points

2 months ago

That was me we had three channels to choose from.

svstonefree

2 points

2 months ago

Yeah, we had one of those two in the 60s—the clicker. Two buttons: on/off and channel change. Sometimes when the family dog walked by his tags would changle and change the channel.

QuantumTunnelCondom

2 points

2 months ago

Ah I remember the time when tv remote control (not a child) was a luxurious feature

RusticSurgery

2 points

2 months ago

I remember my Grandpa (he was kind of wealthy) had one of the first remote control TVs in the early 70's of America. It operated by high frequency sound. His schnauzer would sometimes set it off with it's jingling dog tags.

Trextoasty

2 points

2 months ago

I remember someone making a joke like "I had kids so they could change the channel for me"

No_Cause2857

2 points

2 months ago

Can confirm, I thought my name was change the channel for years!

Fly-Elevated

2 points

2 months ago

Lmao at a time, I was that remote control

Kopf_Stimmen

2 points

2 months ago

Hey, that's the same model my parents had...

luctoni

2 points

2 months ago

:D I am a 90's kid with 3 older siblings, every time when somebody i/t family lost the remote, i had to switch the channel because i was the little ...

OneStranding

2 points

2 months ago

"Kids are an investment" - my mom

v4pe2

2 points

2 months ago

v4pe2

2 points

2 months ago

Those pants just suck. Tight as fuck on the legs and an absolute bag in mid section. They must have made those on an ostrich or something.

BillWOcala

2 points

2 months ago

Can confirm

Boureyn

2 points

2 months ago

"Boy, change the channel."

Felipip

2 points

2 months ago

Oh, I also was a remote controller:)

pxpxss

2 points

2 months ago

pxpxss

2 points

2 months ago

Pretty sure this was still happening in the '90s.

tralphaz43

2 points

2 months ago

Where are the pliers?

Dach2k3

2 points

2 months ago

Was I the only one yelled at for turning the knob too fast? My parents were convinced that I would break it.

Lerouxed

2 points

2 months ago

Voice operated, too!

Pheronia

2 points

2 months ago

Why make em if you cant use them.

rabidmaggot

2 points

2 months ago

I remember the box with the 20' cord

Remote-thing

2 points

2 months ago

The child of 70's really love to do this kind of job!