Q In Auto Focus, Greg Kinnear’s actor/porn enthusiast Bob Crane (right, with Willem Dafoe) uses a wireless TV control in the mid-’60s. Could Crane have owned such a gizmo then?
A There’s a remote chance. In 1956, Zenith began marketing the Space Command, designed by engineer Robert Adler. Such clunky early models — priced at around $100 — could only adjust volume and turn the tube on and off. But Auto prop master Rick Chavez (who sought inspiration in old Sears Roebuck catalogs) thinks Crane would’ve been tuned in to the latest technology. ”He was a gadget freak,” he says. ”We went with whoever had the hot component at the time.”
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