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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of December 8, 1976 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts




In The News

Jimmy Carter meets with almost every Democratic member of Congress and asks them for authority to reorganize the government quickly and according to one congressman, hinting he favors a “modest” tax cut.

President-elect Jimmy Carter’s brother, Billy, is appointed to the Board of Tax Commissioners in Sumter County (Georgia). Along with his job as an assessor, he’ll still manage the family peanut farm and his service station.

Stevens Elementary School, an obscure old public school in downtown Washington, has a surge of applicants since President-elect Jimmy Carter announced that his 9-year-old daughter Amy would attend the school’s fourth grade.

California’s death penalty statute is ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court, sparing the lives and 65 men and two woman. San Quentin Prison officials said pandemonium broke out when news reached the condemned men on Death Row. Some of the lives’ spared included Charles Manson. 

A Johns Hopkins University research team says that men generally relieve stress with liquor; smoking and sex while woman turn to food and soft drinks.


Where is the Chicago 7 now? Here’s a rundown…

Tom Hayden – married Jane Fonda and lost a California senate race.

Renee Davis – he’s now a follower of Mahara Ji

Richard Rothstein – is now a clothing workers’ union organizer in Denver.

David Dellinger – word has it, he’s about to become the publisher of Seven days, a left-wing answer to Time Magazine

Lee Weiner – Believed to be teaching.

Jerry Rubin – writing books and articles

Bobby Seals – ran for mayor of Oakland as a Democrat and lost

Abbie Hoffman – fugitive from justice on a cocaine selling charge. Wrote the anti-establishment “Steal This Book” a few years ago.


Radio news – December 8, 1976

Rick Dees, whose hit single “Disco Duck” indirectly got him fired from WMPS, Memphis in September, joins rival WHBQ. After Dees’ unexpected release from WMPS, rumors ran rife that WHBQ had offered the popular DJ, whose style involves a comic “cast of idiots” voices - $65,000 a year – unheard of in Memphis radio.


Fascinating Facts – December 8, 1976

Citizen Band radios have become popular in cars and so; thefts of the radios are way up. You can purchase alarm systems that do everything to honk your horn or turn on your lights in case of theft.

A new brand of cigarettes “Now” scores a virtual tie with previously uncontested champion “Carlton” for the lowest tar and nicotine ratings in the government’s latest tests. Both score with .5 milligram of tar and .05 of nicotine. The cigarette with the worst ratings was “Players” with 32 mg. of tar and 2.2. mg of nicotine.


Sports news – December 8, 1976

Danny Thompson (29), infielder for the Texas Rangers dies from complications of leukemia.

Three time NBA scoring champ Bob McAdoo and forward Tom McMillen are traded to the New York Knicks from the Buffalo Braves – For $3 million and forward John Gianelli.  


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie/Hollywood news – December 8, 1976

Actor Jack Cassidy (49) dies in a fire at his West Hollywood penthouse apartment. Firemen say his body was burned so badly that identification by normal means was virtually impossible. Sheriff’s deputies had spotted smoke and flames coming from the building while on patrol. The Fire Department said the main damage, estimated at about $150,000 for building and contents, was confined to Cassidy’s penthouse – one of two on the fourth floor of the building – a building owned by the actor. He married Shirley Jones in 1956 and they were divorced in 1975. Son David became popular as both a singer and actor in “The Partridge Family.” With Shirley Jones he had three sons – Shaun (17), Patrick (14) and Ryan (10).  It’s later disclosed that the actor fell asleep while smoking and the fire was started by his lit cigarette.

Johnny Cash was upset with CBS-TV and threatened never to return to television, but he’s changed his mind. CBS cut some of his closing song “Silent Night” and deleted scenes with his family during his Christmas special, but it came in at #1 and Cash is delighted: “I’m definitely not through with television. We were the No. 1 show in our time slot Monday night.”

Divorcing – Comedian Freddie Prinze (22) costar of “Chico and the Man” and Kathy Barber (26). Mrs. Prinze seeks custody of their son, Freddy J. Prinze and child support and alimony. It was his first and her third. 

Robert Redford is the No. 1 box office draw according to Quigly Publications 45th annual poll of theater owners. The rest of the top-10 in order: Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Clint Eastwood, Mel Brooks, Burt Reynolds, Al Pacino, Tatum O’Neal, Woody Allen and Charles Bronson.


Television news – December 8, 1976

Seen in syndication – “Wayne Newton’s Christmas Card” with guests Barbara McNair, Rita Moreno and Lynn Anderson.

Longtime New York weatherman Tex Antione is suspended (and later fired) from WABC-TV for a remark he made on a 6pm newscast. Before his appearance, anchorman Roger Grimsby had reported that attempted rape of an eight-year-old girl in the suburbs. Antione’s first words as he came on were: “With rape so prominent in the news lately, Confucius once say: if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it.” Within 25 minutes, the station received 635 phone calls from irate viewers. Antione was told by a boss to offer an apology before the end of the news broadcast and he did. On the station’s 11pm Eyewitness Newscast, anchorman Bill Beutel read part of a station statement of apology and announced the “indefinite suspension” of Antione and called the remark “insensitive and offensive” and “an inexcusable lack of judgment.” 

ABC cancels The Nancy Walker Show and Holmes and Yoyo and announces five new series: “Fish,” a comedy spin-off of Barney Miller featuring Abe Vigoda; The Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Mysteries and Feather & Father, with Stefanie Powers as an attorney and Harold Gould as her con artist father. The Hardy Boys will star Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy (son of jack Cassidy and brother of singer/actor David Cassidy). Also announced – “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour” featuring the stars of the sitcom, will air once every five weeks in place of The Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys.

The first Barbara Walters special airs this week as she interviews Barbra Streisand and her live-in companion Jon Peters. Also interviewed – Jimmy Carter and his wife from Plains, Georgia. It’s the first of the four-a-year, hour-long prime-time specials that are the other part of Ms. Walters’ million-dollar contract with ABC-TV. She also co-anchors the ABC evening news with Harry Reasoner. “All summer, when I was no longer working for NBC, but I wasn’t yet working for ABC, I worried whether I was doing the right thing. Now I know it was the only thing I could have done. I’ve never met people as good to me as the people at ABC and despite what some people would like to believe, that includes Harry. 

“Evel Knievel’s Death Defiers,” a 90-minute special starring Evil with several other daredevils, will be broadcast by CBS-TV on January 31. The special will climax in an attempt to jump over the world’s largest indoor salt-water pool, which will be stocked with man-eating killer sharks. The pool will be built in the Chicago Amphitheater, the primary site for the special. 

Two made for TV movies are in the works – and they center on real murderers: Rights to the life story of Gary Mark Gilmore, the convicted murderer in Utah, who wants to be executed, have been acquired by Lawrence Schiller’s New Ingot Co and Charles Fries Productions…. Actor producer Art Metrano says his is going to make a TV movie, also for ABC, about Richard Speck, the man convicted of murdering eight Chicago nurses, called “Born to Raise Hell.”


Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – December 8, 1976

CBS News with Walter Cronkite, CBS News Special, CBS Monday Night Movie

NBC – NBC News with John Chancellor and David Brinkley, Sanford and Son, Chico and the Man, The Rockford Files, Serpico

 ABC – ABC News With Barbara Walters and Harry Reasoner, Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, ABC Movie

PBS – Washington Week In Review, Wall Street Week


Music news – December 8, 1976

Elvis Presley is reportedly returning to Nashville to record within the next month. It will be the first time Presley has recorded here since 1971. His latest sessions were cut in a recording facility installed last February in the singer’s Memphis home at a cost of almost $200,000. Unable to land a hit from his private studio, Presley is again ready for the commercial sound of a Nashville session.

Dennis Wilson will be the first of the Beach Boys to release a solo album, though he says it won’t affect his relationship with the group. Wilson, who began as drummer, switched to keyboard when he injured his hand, and returned to drums, plays almost all the instruments on his album. He plans a number of singles from the album, scheduled to be released in February.

In a surprise move – Carole King leaves Ode Records to sign with Capital. She had been with Ode during her seven-year solo career. The album of new material is being produced by Gerry Goffin. Ode’s president, Lou Adler, produced her other eight albums for that label. He worldwide record sales of topped 20 million. “Tapestry” sold 13 ½ million copies alone.

Martin Scorsese has filmed “The Band’s” farewell concert and included Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and Eric Clapton. The name of the film is “The Last Waltz.” Scorsese began his career participating in a number of rock-oriented films. He was assistant director on “Woodstock,” editor for “Elvis on Tour” and director of “Medicine Ball Caravan.” He’s since directed a number of other films including “Taxi Driver,” “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” and the upcoming “New York, New York.”

Soul singer Isaac Hayes, composer of “Shaft” – files a personal bankruptcy petition of $6 million.

New from United Artists Records – “Hello and Goodbye” by Jill Ireland (yes – the actress). Will it be a hit?


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – December 8, 1976

TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT (Gonna Be Alright) - Rod Stewart 
MUSKRAT LOVE - Captain & Tennille
NADIA’S THEME (The Young And The Restless) - Barry DeVorzon & Perry Botkin, Jr.
I NEVER CRY - Alice Cooper
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A STAR (To Be In My Show) - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.
STAND TALL - Burton Cummings
NIGHTS ARE FOREVER WITHOUT YOU - England Dan & John Ford Coley
AFTER THE LOVIN’ - Engelbert Humperdinck
LIVIN’ THING - Electric Light Orchestra
ROCK’N ME - Steve Miller D
DAZZ - Brick 
HOT LINE - Sylvers 
BETH - Kiss
DISCO DUCK (pt. 1) - Rick Dees & Cast Of Idiots
DO YOU FEEL LIKE WE DO - Peter Frampton
CAR WASH - Rose Royce
JEANS ON - David Dundas
SHE’S GONE - Daryl Hall & John Oates
MAGIC MAN - Heart 
(Don’t Fear) THE REAPER - Blue Oyster Cult
YOU ARE MY STARSHIP - Norman Connors
I LIKE DREAMIN’ - Kenny Nolan 
WHISPERING/CHERCHEZ LA FEMME/SE SI BON - Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah” Band

Some top movies – December 8, 1976

Bugsy Malone - Jodie Foster, Scott Baio,

The Last Tycoon - Robert DeNiro, Tony Curtis, Robert Mitchum, Jack Nicholson, Donald Pleasence, Ray Milland, Dana Andrews, Peter Strauss

Marathon Man - Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, William Devane

 Silent Movie - Marty Feldman, Dom Deluise, Sid Caesar, Harold Gould, Mel Brooks, Ron Carey, Bernadette Peters

The Next Man - Sean Connery, Cornelia Sharpe

Shout at the Devil - Lee Marvin, Roger Moore

The Incredible Sarah - Glenda Jackson

The Front - Woody Allen

 Two-Minute Warning - Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes, Martin Balsam, Beau Bridges, Marilyn Hassett, David Janssen, Jack Clugman, Walter Pidgeon, Gena Rowlands

The Song Remains The Same - (Led Zeppelin) - John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant

Carrie - Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, Piper Laurie

Cousin, Cousine - Marie-Christine Barrault, Victor Landoux, Marie-France-Pisier, Guy Marchland

Network - Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall,

Norman... Is that You? - Redd Foxx, Pearl Bailey, Dennis Dugan, Michael Warren, Tamara Dobson, Vernee Watson, Jayne Meadows

The Other Side Of The Mountain - Beau Bridges, Belinda Montgomery, Dabney Coleman

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