Obituaries

11:43am

Tue May 22, 2012
The Two-Way

The Father Of The Couch Potato, Inventor Of Wireless Remote Dies At Age 96

Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 4:35 pm

This 1955 photo illustration provided by LG Electronics, shows an ad for a Zenith "Flash-Matic," the first wireless TV remote control.
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Before you sink into your couch, before you flip through channels tonight when you get home, take a minute to think about the guy who made being a couch potato possible:

Back in 1955, Eugene J. Polley invented the "Flash-Matic," or the world's first wireless TV remote control. Back then, you held it like a gun and it acted like a flashlight using visible light to trigger photo cells on the TV to change channels.

Polley, whose engineering career with Zenith spanned 47 years, died on Sunday. He was 96.

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6:26am

Mon May 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Let's Remember Robin Gibb By Saying It: Bee Gees' Disco Years Were Great

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 9:13 am

Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees during a concert in the late '70s.
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8:47pm

Sun May 20, 2012
Music News

Bee Gee Robin Gibb Dies Of Cancer At 62

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 6:35 am

Robin Gibb performs at the Dubai International Jazz Festival in 2008.
Tracy Brand AP

Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees has died.

Gibb died Sunday after a long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery, according to a statement on his official website.

"The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this very difficult time," the statement said.

Robin and his brothers Barry and Maurice Gibb racked up dozens of hit songs in their five decade career. Robin Gibb, who had cancer, was 62.

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6:16am

Sat May 19, 2012
Remembrances

Katie Beckett Leaves Legacy For Kids With Disabilities

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 9:19 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Katie Beckett has died in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at the age of 34. She was just 3 years old when her case changed health care law. NPR's Joseph Shapiro has more.

JOSEPH SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Katie Beckett died Friday morning in the same hospital where she'd once made history. In 1981, Katie Beckett was living at St. Luke's Methodist Hospital in Cedar Rapids. She was stuck there because of a clash between advancing medical technology and antiquated health care law.

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4:34pm

Fri May 18, 2012
Remembrances

Baritone Fischer-Diskau Was One Of Opera's Greatest

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 9:51 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And we briefly note the passing of one of the world's great opera singers: German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau died today. He was 86. From his first recital in Berlin in 1947 until his retirement in 1992, Fischer-Dieskau is in demand at opera houses and concert halls the world over. He was especially known for his interpretations of Schubert songs, like this one from the song cycle "Winterreise" or "Winter Journey."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "WINTERREISE")

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