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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 8, 1974 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

President Ford’s top energy advisors say they believe the government will have to adopt mandatory measures to conserve energy. Said one - “The real policy question we face is not either conservation or developments. The major decision is how do we balance these two strategies. How much conservation can the economy withstand? What should be the pace of resource development?”

 Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmy sets out tough new terms for a Middle East peace settlement, including putting limits on Israel’s population growth: “In any peace settlement, Israel must freeze its present population and pledge not to increase the number of its immigrants for the next 50 years.” He also said that Israel must eventually compensate the Arab countries for past “Israeli aggressions” and the Palestinians for “material and moral damages” over the last 26 years.

Drs John Harmon and Menelaos Aliapoulios - two Harvard medical school surgeons say that some men may develop fully feminine breasts from heavy marijuana smoking. The surgeons say they were treating 16 men with breast enlargement, apparently from marijuana smoking. The 16 were between the ages of 18 and 30 years, and smoked marijuana at least three times a week. They said that women also probably were affected, but the effect seems to occur in only a small percentage of people who use the drug. “If we’ve seen 16, there must be many more who don’t know we’re here and interested in their problem.”

Passing - journalist Walter Lippmann (85). Said President Ford: “We have lost a great American. As a newsman, political analyst and author, Walter Lippmann played a major role for more than half a century in the development of public dialogue and in shaping a new standard of journalism.”

The FTC says that Listerine may kill millions of germs, but it does not relief colds or sore throats. The FTC says that the mouthwash had been falsely advertised and issues an order requiring Listerine’s manufacturer to refrain from cold relief claims and to include a disclaimer in any Listerine ad for two years. The disclaimer, according to the FTC, should read - “Contrary to prior advertising of Listerine, Listerine will not prevent or cure colds or sore throats, and Listerine will not be beneficial in the treatment of cold symptoms or sore throats.”


Bestselling books – December 8, 1974

Something Happened - Joseph Heller

The 7% Solution - Nicholas Meyer

The Pirate - Harold Robbins

Centennial - James Michener

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy  John Le Carre

Harlequin - Morris West

Lady - Tom Tryon

God and Mrs. Gomez - Jack Smith

Palace Guard - Dan Rather/Gary Gates

Tales of Power - Carlos Castaneda

Cavett - Dick Cavett/Chris Porterfield

All Things Bright and Beautiful - James Herriot

Bermuda Triangle - Charles Berlitz

Helter Skelter - Vincent Bugliosi/Curt Gentry

Strictly Speaking - Edwin Newman


Sports news – December 8, 1974

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Milwaukee Bucks, quits his three-hour radio jazz show after one week. “It just takes so much energy away from basketball to do the show. It sure was fun and I thought I did a good job, but basketball’s more important.” 

Archie Griffin of Ohio State receives the Heisman Trophy at ceremonies in New York. Over 1000 attended the 40th annual awards, including nine former Heisman winners.

 End of an era in college football - Ara Parseghian resigns as head coach of the Notre Dame football team. “After 25 years as a head coach, I find myself physically exhausted and emotionally drained. This certainly is not an impulsive decision...” Parseghian says he will lead the Irish New Year’s night in the Orange Bowl and that will be it. What a record! Paresghian lead Notre Dame to win 94 games, 17 losses and four ties in the last 11 seasons. He coached three national champions, two unbeaten teams and took the team to postseason games in five of six years since Notre Dame changed its policy to permit bowl competition. He said he made the decision mid-season. Dan Devine, now of the Green Bay Packers, will replace him.  


Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 8, 1974

Actress/singer Debbie Reynolds is sued for $8.2 million because she failed to develop a planned museum for Hollywood memorabilia in a building next to the Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd. The suit was brought on by Erwin Karz, owner of the building. He claims that Ms Reynolds wrongfully backed out of the arrangement after he had put almost $3 million into it. He accuses her of fraud and breach of contract.

Former Hollywood bombshell Butty Hutton (53) is hospitalized after a complete emotional breakdown. 

Heavyweight boxing champ George Foreman (25) is sued for divorce by Pamela Foreman. The couple married in December of 1973, but separated in August. She seeks a divorce because of irreconcilable differences.


Top TV shows – December 8, 1974

Chico and the Man

Sanford and Son

All in the Family



Twas the Night Before Christmas

McMillan and Wife

Police Woman


Rockford Files

Streets of San Francisco

Frosty The Snowman

Bob Newhart

Mary Tyler Moore

Good Times

Little House On The Prairie

The Waltons

Hawaii Five-O

Movie-Red Badge of Courage


Television news – December 8, 1974

Actor Tony Dow, best known as “Wally” on “Leave It To Beaver,” joins the cast of ABC’s “General Hospital.” He’ll play the role of an assistant district attorney assigned to investigate the murder of Dr Phil Brewer (Martin West).

Sonny Bono, ABC Television and the producers of The Sonny Comedy Revue, are sued for $2.4 million by Chip Clark Productions, which claims Bono pirated a skit “The Newsstand” without paying for it. Clark says he submitted the skit, along with other material to Bono, but that the material was rejected last June. “The Newsstand” skit has been used weekly in the show since September. The writer seeks $400 thousand damages for property rights, $975 thousand for lost potential royalties and $1 million punitive damages.


Saturday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – December 8, 1974

CBS - All In the Family, Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart Show, Carol Burnette Show

NBC – Emergency, NBC Saturday night at the movies,

ABC - Football, Portrait: Legend in Granite


All In The Family - Gloria feels she’s become a dumb blonde in Mike’s life when he ignores her in favor of an intellectual friend.

NBC Movie - Walt Disney’s “Three Lives of Thomasina” (1963) - Patrick McGoohan, Susan Hampshire, Karen Dotrice.

Portrait: Legend in Granite - The story of the late Vince Lombardi - Green Bay Packers coach.


Music news - December 8, 1974

Guitarist Mick Taylor leaves The Rolling Stones this week. Mick Jagger made the announcement from Munich where the group is recording its next album.  Said Jagger, Taylor “wants the opportunity to try out new ventures” Mick Taylor replaced Rolling Stone founder Brian Jones in 1969.   

Beatle George Harrison guests at the White House, as a guest of President Ford’s son Jack.

Speaking of George Harrison - his latest album “Dark Horse” has just been released to mixed reviews. 

Asked about Chess - singer Neil Diamond said - “Chess is ordered, so precise, it’s almost like a musical form in that respect; but, there are great vast areas in which you can improvise and that’s even more like music.”

Glitter Rock may be dying, with some artists wanting to move in other directions like movies etc. At the bookstores, there’s a great book on one of the prime movers of the Glitter movement - Alice Cooper. The book is “Billion Dollar Baby” and is written by Chicago Sun-Times columnist Bob Green. “Alice’s shows are unbelievable. He does a number called ‘Dead Babies’ in which he has a simulated infant covered with blood lying on the stage. It’s all violent and bloody and has gotten Alice a lot of negative publicity, which was the idea in the first place. Alice and his group are afraid and desperate and trapped. He can’t get out of bed unless he has three warm beers. In the last fiscal year, the band grossed $17 million. It’s not long for this world. It may make another million-dollar tour or not. But I think the goal’s to turn Alice into a movie star.” Greene is obviously a fan of Glitter Rock, which also includes Lou Reed, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, The New York Dolls and Tiny Tim.

Now enjoying life in Key West, Fla - singer Jimmy Buffet (26) says he enjoys the pace of his life after 10 years of living in places like New Orleans. He wants to be known - yes, but for not what he calls “the star trip.” I want anonymity. I’ll never quit working ‘cause I love it. I work between 20 and 30 days a month now, do one album and score one movie a year. By the time I’m 30, I expect to be pretty much in control of where I am.” He says of Key West - “this is such a teeny-weeny town, everybody knows what everybody else does and it’s such a great melting pot for ideas. I meet the characters who become the basis for my songs.” Buffett gives an example of the song “Why Don’t We Get Drunk” and says it was inspired by watching a man trying to pickup a hooker. “We did it funky and loose and it’s on every jukebox wherever we go. It branded me as a blue-humor writer, so I try to veer away from doing it.”


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – December 8, 1974

When Will I See You Again - The Three Degrees

Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas

Angie Baby - Helen Reddy

Wishing You Were Here - Chicago (with the Beach Boys)

Sha-La-La - Al Green

Cat's In the Cradle - Harry Chapin

You're the First, the Last, My Everything -  Barry White                

I Can Help - Billy Swan

Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds - Elton John

Do It ('Til You're Satisfied) - B.T. Express                                     

You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet -  Bachman-Turner Overdrive

My Melody of Love - Bobby Vinton

Junior's Farm - Paul McCartney & Wings

 Everlasting Love - Carl Carlton

Boogie On Reggae Woman - Stevie Wonder

Doctor's Orders - Carol Douglas

Laughter In the Rain - Neil Sedaka 

Tin Man - America                             

Longfellow Serenade - Neil Diamond

Only You - Ringo Starr

You Got The Love  - Rufus feat Chaka Kahn

Ain’t Too Proud To Beg - Rolling Stones

Never Can Say Goodbye - Gloria Gaynor


Top Music Albums – December 8, 1974

Greatest Hits - Elton John

War Child - Jethro Tull

Back Home Again - John Denver

It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll - The Rolling Stones

Mother Lode - Loggins & Messina

Fire - Ohio Players

War Child - Jethro Tull

Not Fragile - Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Verities & Balderdash - Harry Chapin

Photographs & Memories/Greatest Hits - Jim Croce

Serenade - Neil Diamond

David Live - David Bowie


Other top music albums -  December 8, 1974

Dark Horse - George Harrison

 Goodnight Vienna - Ringo Starr

Explores Your Mind - Al Green

Living and Dying in 3/4 Time - Jimmy Buffet (features “Come Monday”)

Light of Worlds - Kool and the Gang

Pretzel Logic - Steely Dan

Rufus - Rufus

Greatest Hits - Three Dog Night

I Can Help - Billy Swan

Heavy - The Stylistics

For You - Eddie Kendricks

Fulfillingness - Stevie Wonder

The Kids & Me - Billy Preston

Barry Manilow II - Barry Manilow

Butterfly - Barbra Streisand

PrimeTime - Tony Orlando and Dawn

Here’s Johnny - Magic Moments From The Tonight Show - Johnny Carson


Top Country Hit Music Singles – December 8, 1974

She Called Me Baby - Charlie Rich

I Can Help - Billy Swan


Some top movies – December 8, 1974

The Towering Inferno - Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, Susan Blakely, Richard Chamberlain, Jennifer Jones. O.J. Simpson, Robert Vaughn, Robert Wagner

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore - Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson

 The Trial Of Billy Jack - Delores Taylor, Tom Laughlin

Lenny - Dustin Hoffman, Valerie Perrine,

Phantom of the Paradise - Paul Williams

Earthquake - Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Lorne Greene, Genevieve Bujold, Richard roundtree, Barry Sullivan, Victoria Principal

Tom Sawyer - Johnny Whitaker, Celeste Holm, Jeff east, Warren Oates


The Longest Yard - Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Mike Conrad

The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacobs

The Day of the Dolphin - George C. Scott

Airport 1975 - Charlton Heston, Karen Black, George Kennedy, Gloria Swanson, Helen Reddy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Susan Clark, Sid Caesar, Linda Blair, Dana Andrews, Roy Thinnes, Nancy Olson, Ed Nelson, Myrna Loy, Augusta Summerland

A Women Under The Influence - Peter Falk, Gena Rowlands 

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