Oh, but not just any stick, it'd have been this extendable one. This patent from 1976 depicts a completely different era of "remote control." I'm glad TV tech improved so quickly or else, we'd still be stuck in the stone age today.
In a time when our coffee tables are littered with a handful of remotes with an exorbitant number of buttons, this extendable stick/wand thingy from 1976 sure looks much simpler and "intuitive" to operate, even for grandma and grandpa.
Filed by New Yorker, Chris T. Michaels, the patent describes:
A rod-like member of variable adjustable length has a handle at one end. A head part at the opposite end of the member cooperates with the dial of a TV set in a manner whereby a user in an area distant from the set selectively rotates the dial via the member.
If it looks like it stick, sounds like a stick, it's a stick. Man, Michaels tried to patent a stick! Good thing the remote took off. Phew, crisis averted!