People: Apr. 11, 1969

The confrontation between CBS censors and the Smothers Brothers was bound to reach the showdown stage, especially after Tommy Smothers proclaimed that he and Brother Dick were not about to mend their ways. They refused to cut out such things as an antiwar song by Pete Seeger and an off-color Romeo and Juliet skit. "We feel it's important," said Tommy, "to stay and continue to push for new standards of broadcast content." That same week, CBS-TV President Robert Wood wired the brothers: "You are not free to use the show as a device to 'push for new standards.' " The response,...

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