Al Gross, also known as Phineas Thaddeus Veeblefetzer, granddaddy of citizens' band radio, who tinkered with all manner of electronic gear before people just had to have them. –NYT Born in Toronto, Canada he began his interest with amateur radio. He invented the walkie-talkie, the wireless pager & cordless telephone. He pioneered citizens band radio. His patents led to technological breakthroughs that became icons of the late 20th century, such as the cellular telephone.