The Lives They Lived: Making Us Laugh
The technologies of entertainment — from big-screen special effects to the shrinking devices that carry our favorite cultural products to the gym or on an airplane — tend to be warmly embraced by those of us being entertained. But there are exceptions. Consider the machine that a television engineer named Charles Douglass, who died this year at the age of 93, invented in the 1950's. It was called the Laff Box.