The FCC may seem like a group of buttoned-down government appointees — and they are! But it must be a party a day there, popularizing catchphrases like vast wasteland and V-Chip.
— Since 1934, the FCC has set TV standards like equal time for political candidates and public-access channels (party on, Wayne!).
— A 1973 radio show broadcast George Carlin’s routine about the seven filthy words you can’t say on the air. The FCC then banned the words.
— Chairman Michael Powell (above) is Colin Powell’s son. Other Michael Powells: the long-jump record holder, and the director of 1960’s kinky Peeping Tom.
— Okay, fine! The seven filthy words are:
s — -, p — -, f — -, c — -, c — — — -er, mother f — -er, and tits.