Thursday, April 10, 2008

Gadget of the Day

I'm a big fan of modern technology. Today, my favorite gizmo is the Garage Door Opener. When we moved into our house almost 15 years ago, we were the proud owners of an ancient Montgomery Wards Garage door opener with 2 remotes. One remote disappeared when our mini-van and house were broken into. The other one just disappeared. Then the door opener itself broke. For months, we had to get out of the car and lift that door all by ourselves.

But now .... we have a new opener and TWO remotes (one for each car!) Our youngest children were in awe. "Mom, mom! Can I push the button. Please Mom!"

Check out what one website had to say about the Garage Door Opener (and Button):
http://www.historyofthebutton.com/2006/10/09/garage-door-opener/
"The garage door opener button is the unsung workhorse of the button world. Outcast to the garage, it often sits alone without any neighbors. No On or Submit or Popcorn to socialize with. It doesn’t even get enough respect to earn its own icon."

And

"By the way, the electric garage door opener was invented by C.G. Johnson in 1926 in Hartford City, Indiana. Five years earlier, he invented the overhead lifting garage door. Previously, all garage doors swung out like barn doors or slid to the side. His company Overhead Door is still going strong."

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