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In this black and white photo, Newton Minow holds a coffee cup and smiles at the camera behind him is an American flag and the seal of the FCC
Newton Minow

Remembering Newton Minow

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Newton Minow


The passing earlier this month of former FCC Commissioner Newton Minow, who died on May 6, at age 97, has caused many of us here at the Library of Congress to reflect on Mr. Minow’s great impact on–and expectations for–the mass media.  Among his myriad of other accomplishments, Mr. Minow was also a key advisor the Library’s American Archive of Broadcasting.

At this link below, AAPB’s Alan Gevinson pays tribute.


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  1. We would be blessed with his notions today. Time passes, we don’t know what his presence meant. How fortunate we were to have guidelines that meant something.

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