The Infamous TV Remote Control - Breathing Space Blog
“A 2004 interview with The Associated Press showed Alder to be a modest man, who worked with 24 other engineers to create a way for viewers to remain seated while searching for their programming preference. Although some felt that he and his fellow engineers should feel guilt about the results of their creation, Adler told the AP that the idea was ‘ridiculous,’ explaining that he felt it was ‘reasonable and rational to control the TV from where you normally sit and watch television.’"
Adler's widow recalls her husband having been ‘more of a reader’ than a television watcher. "He was a man who would dream in the night and wake up and say, 'I just solved a problem,'" Ingrid Adler recalls. "He was always thinking science." He had little use for TV. Given that we all did, our lives would be filled with Breathing Space.