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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 1, 1973 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Rep. Gerald R. Ford is sworn-in as the 40th Vice-President of the United States. At Ford’s side was President Nixon who nominated him. He takes office eight weeks and one day after Spiro T. Agnew resigned and pleaded guilty to one charge of income tax evasion. “I am a Ford, not a Lincoln. My addresses will never be as eloquent as Lincoln’s, but I will do my best to equal his brevity and plain speaking.” 

Because of the energy crisis - Environmental Protection Agency head Russell Train expects the agency to approve permission to burn dirtier fuels and warned Americans to expect dirtier air in some sections of the United States.

The U.S. postal service says the energy crisis could curtail mail delivery. Mail may have to be delivered every other day and airmail might be curtailed or cutback and higher postal rates may be required to offset higher fuel prices. Nothing has been decided, only looked at.   

Joseph Guildry of Tokheim Corp - a gasoline pump manufacturer, says that every gasoline pump in the country will have to be replaced if gas hits $1.00 a gallon (or more). “I doubt if a kit could be made to convert present pumps.” He also said 10% of all pumps out there, are of the older variety - made before 1962. Those pumps can only go to 49.9 cents, but with a kit, can go all the way to 99.9 cents.   

Time Inc says it will begin producing a weekly picture magazine of “personalities in the news” beginning late February. Called “People” magazine - it’ll be mainly aimed at woman. A million copies of the first edition will go on sale February 26 at 35 cents each.  

The Senate approves daylight savings time year-round (for two years) to save electricity and fuel. The bill calls for it to start on the fourth Sunday after enactment.

For Christmas - “Aggravation” game by Lakeside - $2.99 ... “Risk” by Parker Brothers - $6.36.

The Supreme Court rules that policeman can conduct full searches in traffic arrests. As long as the arrest is lawful, an officer can search every inch of the suspect’s body and clothing.


Technology news - December 1, 1973

Citizen Band usage by truckers is as popular as ever ... here is some lingo used by truckers: - “Blue and Gold” - marked patrol car, “Plain Wrapper” - unmarked patrol car, “Chicken Coop” - Truck weighing scales, “C’mon and run” - drive as fast as you can; Smokey the Bear” - any state policeman, “Smokey’s taking pictures” - State police radar trap, “Four-wheeler” - an automobile, “Candyman” - FCC inspector. 


Sports news – December 1, 1973

Coach Tom Landry of the Cowboys is furious. In a game this week with the Redskins, Landry says the Washington defense kept yelling “Hut-hut-hut” when QB Roger Staubach was trying to call signals. “We had six illegal procedure penalties because of it.” “Our lineman complained and we finally got the officials to warn Washington and they quit.” Dallas beat them 27-7. 

Rick Barry of the Golden State Warriors scores 50 points in a game against the Lakers - leading the Warriors to a 135-111 win... National League owners approve the move of the San Diego Padres to Washington D.C - but the city of San Diego doesn’t like it and let them know they will be hit with an antitrust suit.


Best-selling – December 1, 1973

 “The Salamander” - Morris West, “Burr” - Gore Vidal, “A Thousand Summers’ - Garson Kanin, “The Hollow Hills” - Mary Stewart, “The Joy Of Sex” - Alex Comfort, “How To Be Your Own Best Friend” - Mildred Newman, “The Onion Field” - Joseph Wambaugh, “Pentimento” - Lillian Hellman


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – December 1, 1973

All In The Family (30.2), The Waltons (29.8), Sanford and Son (29.60, CBS Tuesday movie (27.9), MASH (26.1), McCloud (26.1), Maude (26.0), Hawaii Five-O (25.1), Kojak (24.9), Mary Tyler Moore (24.6), World of Disney (24.2), Bob Newhart (23.5), Santa Clause Is Coming to Town (23.1), Streets Of San Francisco (23.0), Movie-Frankenstein: The True Story part 2 (22.4), Kung Fu (22.4), Emergency (22.2), Ironside (21.8), Carol Burnett (21.3), Special-Winnie The Pooh (21.2), Lisa, Bright and dark (21.2), Here’s Lucy (20.9) Monday Night Football (20.8), Cannon (20.8), Sonny and Cher (20.7).


Television news – December 1, 1973

This Monday on CBS - it’s back-to-back holiday specials - How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Frosty The Snowman and The Perry Como Winter Show.

On “Soul Train” this week – Ashford and Simpson, Bobby Bland and Barbara Jean English. Don Cornelius hosts.

Robbie Rist (8) - is added to the regular cast of “The Brady Bunch.” He plays the nephew of mother Brady. 

CBS and ABC announce their New Years Eve plans ... CBS will broadcast its “New Years Eve With Guy Lombardo” from the Waldord-Astoria and ABC will offer “New Years Rockin’ Eve “74 with Dick Clark in Times Square - George Carlin will be on The Queen Mary in California with musical guests the Pointer Sisters, Billy Preston, Joe Walsh and Tower of Power.

Actor David Janssen (48), is held in contempt for failure to pay $35,625 in alimony since last February. He must pay the amount by December 27 or face possible penalties.

On the CBS Evening news with Walter Cronkite this week - a man stepped before the camera holding a sign and managed to shout, “Gay people are protesting...” The sign read “Gays Protest CBS Prejudice.” Cronkite, startled - told the audience - “Well, a rather interesting development in the studio. We have a protest in the studio.” The man gained entrance posing as a college student on a tour of the studios.

Mary Tyler Moore (35) separates from her husband of 10 years - Grant Tinker. Tinker will continue to produce “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”


TV Mail –

TV letter – “As a resident of West Virginia, I strongly resent the grammar used by James Stewart in Hawkins. In last night’s show, Hawkins and his cousin referred to themselves as “hicks.” If they really wanted to portray themselves as West Virginians, they should have used the term Mountaineers. And there are a lot of true mountaineers in this state who speak better than Hawkins! We may have a regional accent in West Virginia, but no lawyer or other professional would speak like Hawkins – using bad grammar.


Wednesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – December 1, 1973

 CBS - The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, Cannon, Kojak ... NBC - Adam-12, Faraday and Company, Love Story ... ABC - Dick Clark Presents Rock and Roll Years, TV-Movie, Owen Marshall - Counselor At Law... PBS – Bill Moyers’ Journal


Sonny & Cher – Vincent Price and the Temptations guest.

Dick Clark’s Rock and Roll Years – The Fifth Dimension, B.B. King, the Shirelles, Neil Sedaka, Billy Preston, Johnnie Ray and Brenda Lee are featured.

Adam-12 - Officer Reed gets a ribbing from partner Malloy for wearing squeaky shoes.

Tonight Show w/Johnny Carson - The Amazing Kreskin guests.  


Music news – December 1, 1973

Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – December 1,1973

 “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” - Elton John, “Just You and Me” - Chicago, “Hello, It’s Me” - Todd Rundgren, “Photograph” - Ringo Starr, “I Got A Name” - Jim Croce, “Top Of The World” - The Carpenters, “The Most Beautiful Girl” - Charlie Rich, “The Love I Lost” - Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, “Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)” - Helen Reddy, “Space Race” - Billy Preston “Time In a Bottle” - Jim Croce If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)”  -  The Staple Singers,  “Mind Games” - John Lennon, “Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up” - Barry White,  “Living For the City” - Stevie Wonder, “The Joker” - Steve Miller Band, “Rockin’ Roll Baby” - The Stylistics, “My Music” - Loggins & Messina, “Who’s In The Strawberry Patch With Sally” - Tony Orlando & Dawn

Top Music Albums – December 1, 1973

 “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” - Elton John, “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” - Neil Diamond, “Ringo” - Ringo Starr, “Quadrophenia” - The Who, “Life & Times” - Jim Croce, “The Joker” - Steve Miller Band, “Goats Head Soup” - The Rolling Stones, “Brothers & Sisters” - The Allman Brothers, “Mind Games” - John Lennon, “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” - Jim Croce    


Some top movies – December 1, 1973

Jesus Christ Superstar - Ted Nefley, Carl Anderson Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen            

The Valachi Papers - Charles Bronson, Burt Reynolds

WestWorld - Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin

A Touch Of Class - George Segal, Glenda Jackson

The  Don Is Dead - Anthony Quinn, Frederic Forrest

Charley Varrick - Walter Matthau

Shamus - Burt Reynolds, Dyan Cannon

The Way We Were - Barbra Streisand

Ash Wednesday - Elizabeth Taylor, Helmut Berger, Keith Baxter, Henry Fonda

The Last Detail - Jack Nicholson

The Italian Connection - Henry Silva, Woody Strode, Mario Adorf

Kid Blue - Dennis Hopper, Warren Oates, Peter Boyle, Ben Johnson

Walt Disney’s That Darn Cat

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