Friday, February 06, 2009

Confirmation Hearing Trivia

While we're in confirmation hearing season, I thought I'd mention that I've been reading the memoirs of James Quello, longtime FCC Chairman and Commissioner, who in 1974 underwent the longest initial hearing in all regulatory agency history -- eight full days of questioning. Seventeen years later he had one of the shortest: twelve minutes. (Other trivia: Quello often defended himself by professing -- confessing? -- to have "delusions of adequacy and 75% of my marbles.")