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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of March 1, 1972 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The outlook for the nation’s economy this year appears highly favorable, says the Federal Reserve Board. But the board said effective administration of President Nixon’s wage-price controls will be critical in maintaining public confidence and the containment of inflation.

A Mohawk Airlines propjet carrying 47 crashes into a residential neighborhood near the downtown area while attempting a landing in a light snowfall. At least 18 are dead.

 Premier Chou En-Lai extends invitations to President Nixon’s two daughters and their husbands to visit china.

The Senate defeats a new attempt to have federal courts from ordering busing in school desegregation cases.

Key Biscayne - President Nixon, his daughter Julie Eisenhower and Florida friend (Bebe) Rebozo go out for dinner at Key Biscayne Hotel After his dinner of New York strip sirloin, the President danced with his daughter.

52 persons, most of them women, are injured by a bomb that exploded behind a movie theater and rocked central Belfast. Minutes later, another blast wrecked a hotel in Londonderry.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis testifies in federal court that she smiled for a photographer accused of harassing her because “I know he wants to catch me when I’m not smiling.” Most of the pictures in evidence show Jackie smiling and all were taken by Ronald Galella. 


Medical/Health news – March 1, 1972

Charles Spurgill – the only person with a successful transplanted lung, is doing well some 55 days after the operation. He was crippled with emphysema and was kept alive for the past three years by a respirator placed through a hole in his throat.


Music news – March 1, 1972

Houston - A domestic relations court rules that Yoko Ono Lennon could have temporary custody of daughter Kyoko (8). She and her father Tony Cox have not been seen since last December when Cox was released from jail after refusing to allow Mrs. Lennon to visit her daughter. When asked if she were addicted to drugs or used marijuana, she replied “no.” Said John Lennon, “We’re happy but it’s like when you survive an accident. We still have to find the girl.”


Entertainment/Celebrity news – March 1, 1972

On Broadway, don’t miss Gloria Swanson in “Butterflies Are Free.” At the Booth Theatre. Also on Broadway – “Grease” at the Eden Theatre. 

Now shooting in El Paso – Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw in “The Getaway.”

Tiny Tim’s two-year marriage is on the rocks as he and Ms. Vickie separate. Tim blames the couple’s troubles on his wife’s desire for a modeling career and the fact that “basically I’m broke.” His real name is Herbert Khaury and her maiden full name is Victoria Budlinger. They have a daughter – Tulip, who was born last May 10. Tim said that although they are separated, “the wedding ring will always stay on my finger I’ll always love her. I lover her more now than when I met her. She is still my sweet angel.” Tim said he’d never agree to divorce. 


Playing in Las Vegas –

Petula Clark – Caesars Palace

Phil Harris/Frank Sinatra Jr.  – Desert Inn

Marty Allen – Flamingo

Kathryn Grayson/Howard Keel – Fremont

Jimmy Durante/Edie Adams – Frontier

Bill Cosby/Diahann Carroll – Hilton

Jimmy Dean – Landmark

Don Rickles – Riviera

Frank Gorshin/New Christy Minstrels – Sahara

Robert Goulet – Sands


Sports news – March 1, 1972

Jack Nicklaus (32) wins the Doral Eastern Open golf tournament and vaults past Arnold Palmer into first place on the all-time money-winning list. In his 11th pro season, Nicklaus is at $1,471,2000 in winnings. Palmer, 42 in his 18th year had led the all time list for a decade. He did not compete this week.


Technology news – Home Video Update – March 1, 1972

State of home video - On the French Riviera this week – the second international conference (Vidca) on video cassette formats for home viewing. Everyone seemed optimistic that the format will someday take off. Separately, there are four different technologies presently striving for acceptance in home video records – magnetic tape, photographic film, disks and holographic tape.

The first entry in the lists is Cartridge television which has developed a magnetic tape system for the home called Cartrivision that it says will go on sale in three months. Cartrivision will be sold by sears at its Chicago stores in June at an opening price of $16,00 for a complete system – 25-inch TV set, video tape unit containing a player and recorder and a black and white camera. But there are plans to sell these accessories separately. The recorder/play unit would sell for 4750.Both pre-recorded and blank tapes will sell for $12.98 to $39.98. Other producers of magnetic film systems include Sony, Ampex and Phillips, but none has developed any full-scale marketing. Sony has a system it calls U-Matic and sells for $995 for a playback unit - $1385 for a record/playback unit.

The film home market has Kodak and CBS, but CBS is having doubts with its electronic video recording (EVR) system after pouring some $35 million into it.

A third home video technology is discs led by Teldec – owned by Telefunken and Decca. By the end of next year, they will have a playback system on the market which utilizes 7-inch polyvinyl foil disks, each of which plays 5 minutes on each side. 

New York’s Commodore Hotel says it will offer a dial-a-movie service. A guest need only choose which he wants to see and call downstairs. A projector and loaded cassette will be wheeled into his room for an uninterrupted feature length showing for $4.50. The movies are being chosen and supplied by Sensory Devices Inc., a subsidiary of Precision Sound Centers of Miami. Entertainer George Jessel, as executive vice president of Sensory, is in charge of getting the film production. SDA Panacolor, the portable cassette projector system, does not involve television sets. Film can be stopped at any time in the projector which has a two-hour film. 


Television news – March 1, 1972

Merv Griffin returns his talk show to syndication. He’ll replace David Frost, who replaced him when he went to CBS-TV late nights to battle Dick Cavett and Johnny Carson. The show is produced and distributed nationally via taped syndicated by the Metromedia Producers Corporation and will begin its run with 47 TV stations. Griffin, left the show two years ago when it was produced by Westinghouse to join CBS. For his opening program, he’ll feature guests Dinah Shore, Milton Berle, Steve Lawrence Angie Dickinson and Dom DeLuise.

“The David Frost Show” will continue but most stations carrying both will put him on a later hour. KTTV in Los Angeles, dropped Frost, but it was picked-up by rival KCOP.  WTTG Washington will put Frost on in the afternoon. This week, Frost does an entire show with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.  


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – March 1, 1972

CBS – Gunsmoke, Here’s Lucy, Doris Day, Sonny and Cher

NBC – Rowan and Martin, Movie, Johnny Carson

ABC – Champions, Movie, Dick Cavett

PBS – Special of the Week


Rowan and Martin – Debbie Reynolds guest with cameos by Jack Carter, Johnny Cash, Charlie Callas, Dick Cavett, Queenie Smith and Burt Mustin.

ABC Monday night movie – “The Delphi Bureau” – Laurence Luckinbill, Celeste Holm, Joanna Pettet, Dean Jagger, Bob Crane.

Sonny and Cher – Sandy Duncan guests.


Some top movies – March 1, 1972

Tales From The Crypt – Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Roy Dotrice, Richard Greene, Ian Hendry, Patrick Magee, Barbara Murray

Sometimes A Great Notion – Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Lee Remick

Play Misty For Me – Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter

Dollars – Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn, Gert Frobe, Robert Webber, Scott Brady

The Nightcomers – Marlon Brando

The Hot Rock – Robert Redford, George Segal

The Boyfriend – Twiggy

Diamonds are Forever – Sean Connery as James Bond, Jill St. John

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