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Newton Minow
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Bureaucrat
    (January 17, 1926- )
    Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (1961-63)
    Known for his 'vast wasteland' speech (May 9, 1961)
    Wrote 'Abandoned in the Wasteland: Children, Television and the First Amendment' (1995)
    He was appointed to the FCC despite lacking a background in broadcasting.
    His main qualification for the job appeared to be his friendship with John and Robert Kennedy.
    Many felt his 'vast wasteland' speech was elitist.
    If he thought the inane but benign TV of the early 60s was a vast wasteland, it's a wonder his head did not explode during the era of Jerry Springer and Fear Factor.
    He played a key role in the creation of Comsat and Intelsat, paving the way for communications satellites.
    He has been married to his wife Josephine for over 50 years.
    Sherwood Schwartz named the S.S. Minnow in 'Gilligan's Island' after him.
    He joked that his wife plans to inscribe 'Off to a vaster wasteland' on his tombstone.

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