Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 1, 1978 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is expelled from the Congress Party, which she led to defeat in general elections last March. The move ended 30 years of control of the Congress Party by Mrs Gandhi and her father, Jawaharial Nehru. Her expulsion has split the Congress party - India’s oldest political party.
John William Warner announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Norfolk. His wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor said, “This is the proudest day of my life.” Warner said - “My wife and I have been campaigning across the state for the past year and we feel that Virginians have taken us into their hearts.” Warner raises cattle on his farm in Middleberg, VA.
President Carter - fresh from a seven-nation, nine-day first venture into global politics, says he’s ignoring his campaign promise and will sharply increase spending and boost U.S. troops in Europe. Among the stops, was France, where the president discussed mutual problems with French President Valery Giscard and Saudi Arabia, where he met for more than an hour with King Khaled.
Sports news – January 1, 1978
In the Superbowl - it’s the Denver Broncos with QB Craig Morton and the Dallas Cowboys and Roger Staubach. Dallas is a 5-point favorite.
Notre Dame tops AP’s and UPI’s list of best college football teams:
Entertainment/Celebrity news – January 1, 1978
Actress Jane Fonda and her husband, political activist Tom Hayden, are given permission to open a children’s camp in the mountains above Santa Barbara, CA. The camp, for low income, urban children, will be located on the couple’s 118-acre ranch.
An all-points bulletin is issued for the arrest of motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel after he failed to return to Los Angeles County jail from a work-furlough program. His probation officer telephoned the jail watch commander, saying Knievel was upset with recent news reports dealing with world news and would not return to the country until it straightens itself out. The daredevil was serving a sentence stemming from a September baseball bat attack on television exec Shelson Saltman.
Lionel Williams (21) - a Michigan jail inmate, is named as a suspect in the murder of actor Sal Mineo, who was knifed to death in front of his Hollywood apartment almost two years ago. Mineo died of a massive hemorrhage from a stab wound in the chest, which penetrated his heart.
Get Married - actress Karen Valentine (30) and composer-writer Gary Verna (29). It’s the second marriage for the pretty actress, who won an Emmy for her role in the television series - “Room 222.”
Will it really happen? - Alton G. Marshall - president of Radio City Music Hall in Rockefeller Center, says the famed theater will shut down after the Easter show on April 12 - ending a 45-year run. He says the 6,200-seat theater has operated at a loss for the last several years, blaming lack of attendance on television and lack of quality family movies. Radio City Music Hall is the largest movie house in the world. The stage curtain stands 78 feet high and 112 feet wide.
Is the “Today” show’s Betty Furness in trouble? School board officials in Hartsdale, NY say they will meet to decide whether to take legal action against the NBC television consumer reporter and the network, for serving an alcoholic beverage to 15 underage high school students, who took part in a “Today” show segment on teen-age drinking. NBC says Ms Furness warned officials of the school district that she would be serving 30-proof drinks to the students - aged 12 to 16, during a November 28th taping of the NBC morning show. The segment was broadcast December 13th on the “Today” show. Says Ms. Furness - “The whole intent of our report was to demonstrate our concern that alcoholic drinks are made more attractive to children though products that are made in flavors that appeal to them.” Robert Frelow, superintendent of the school district said the producers of the NBC report “misled” teachers when they got permission to use students in the report. He said that school officials were unaware that alcohol would be on the menu. Miss Furness apologized to school officials in a letter.
Television sports - It’s official - Dick Enberg - for 12 years, the play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Rams on radio, is moving to NBC-TV and calls his last game for the Rams. Considered one of the best in the business, Enberg was made an offer from CBS four years ago, but turned it down. “I guess the main answer is that I’ve grown up. A lot has happened to me in the last four years. I’m no longer married now, that whole process sends you off onto roads you never thought you would take... I want to write a book. I want to do more international travel. I want more time with my children.” Enberg will do one more season as announcer for the California Angels. Enberg has three children - Jennifer-15, Andy-12 and Alex-5. His Los Angeles broadcasts were heard on KMPC (710) which carries both the Rams and the Angels.
Bestselling books – January 1, 1978
The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Thorn Birds - Colleen McCullough
Illusions - Richard Bach
The Immigrants - Howard Fast
Daniel Martin - John Fowles
The Honourable Schoolboy - John le Carre
True Confessions - John Gregory Dunne
All Things Wise and Wonderful - James Herriot
The Book of Lists - David Wallechinsky/Irving Wallace/Amy Wallace
The Second Ring Of Power - Carlos Castaneda
Looking Out For #1 - Robert Ringer
The Complete Book Of Running - James Fix
Gnomes - Wil Huygen
Television news – January 1, 1978
Richard Thomas (John-Boy) returns to the Waltons this week to guest star in an episode where he returns from New York to help revive the community after a major disaster. Thomas left the series last season. Lorimar Productions emphasizes that the actor is not returning to the series on a full-time basis.
Speaking of the Waltons - Mary Elizabeth McDonough (16), who plays the second-oldest daughter on the series says she doesn’t date except in a group - “Being associated with adults has made me more mature in some ways. But I never date except in a group and my mother always knows where she can get in touch with me. If the place we are partying is changed, I telephone her. She doesn’t demand this, but I feel she might worry about me otherwise.”
Top TV shows – January 1, 1978
NFL Football - Cowboys vs. Vikings on CBS
Laverne & Shirley
One Day At A Time
Movie - Serpico
Movie - Zorro
Christmas Miracle in Caulfield U.S.A.
Movie - Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo
Sunday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – January 1, 1978
CBS - 60 Minutes, Rhoda, On Our Own, All In The Family, Alice, Carol Burnette Show
NBC - Wonderful World Of Disney, Bob Hope Special, Special-Nashville Remembers Elvis On His Birthday
ABC - Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, Six Million Dollar Man, Movie
PBS - Masterpiece Theater, Visions
Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries - Tonight - It’s up to the Hardy Boys to investigate what happened when a beautiful singer is charged with a hit-and-run. Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy star.
Bob Hope Special - a tribute to vaudeville with guests George Burns, Sammy Davis Jr., Donny and Marie Osmond
All In the Family - Edith is asked to do a television commercial
Nashville Remembers Elvis on his Birthday - Jimmy Dean hosts a tribute to the late singer - the first birthday after his death (Elvis would have been 43). Those interviewed or performing on the program - Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker, Larry Gatlin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich, Conway Twitty, Dottie West, the Jordanaires, Jack Albertson, Bill Bixby, Gary Lockwood, Mary Ann Mobley, Sheree North, Nancy Sinatra and Stella Stevens.
ABC Movie - Nashville (1975) - Lily Tomlin, Henry Gibson, Keith Carradine, Ned Beatty.
Masterpiece Theater - “I Claudious”
Music news – January 1, 1978
The Sex Pistols open their American tour in Atlanta. They finally obtained their visas. U.S. officials at first refused them entry because of their arrest records. The Sex Pistols is Sid Vicious, Paul Cook, Steve (Pistol) Jones and Johnny Rotten. Jones told reporters before they left from London - “We’re going to see Uncle Sam ... and take some dollars off the Yanks.” The Atlanta police vice-squad says they’ll be on hand “just to see how raunchy it is.” The group is known on stage to vomit, spit, fight, drool and curse.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) USA – January 1, 1978
How Deep Is Your Love - The Bee Gees
Blue Bayou - Linda Ronstadt
(Every Time I Turn Around_) - Back In Love Again - L.T.D.
It’s So Easy - Linda Ronstadt
You Can’t Turn Me Off (In The Middle Of Turning Me On) - High Energy
Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle
Heaven On The Seventh Floor - Paul Nicholas
Turn To Stone - Electric Light Orchestra
Baby Come Back - Player
Swingtown - Steve Miller
Just The Way You Are - Billy Joel
Disiree - Neil Diamond
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood - Santa Esmeralda
Short People - Randy Newman
Here You Come Again - Dolly Parton
You’re In My Heart - Rod Stewart
Hey Jeanie - Shaun Cassidy
Slip Slidin’ Away - Paul Simon
Runaround Sue - Leif Garrett
Top Country Hit Music Singles – January 1, 1978
Take This Job and Shove It - Johnny Paycheck
Here You Come Again - Dolly Parton
Top Music Albums – January 1, 1978
Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
Out of the Blue - Electric Light Orchestra
Alive II - Kiss
News of the World - Queen
Foot Loose & Fancy Free - Rod Stewart
Born Late - Shaun Cassidy
I’m Glad You’re Here With Me Tonight - Rod Stewart
Saturday Night Fever - soundtrack
Born Late - Shaun Cassidy
All ‘N All - Earth, Wind & Fire
Aja - Steely Dan
Moonflower - Santana
I’m Glad You’re With Me Tonight - Neil Diamond
Down Two Then Left - Boz Scaggs
Draw The Line - Aerosmith
Streisand Superman - Barbra Streisand
Cat Scratch Fever - Ted Nugent
The Stranger - Billy Joel
Looking For Mr. Goodbar - soundtrack
Point of Know Return - Kansas
Finale - Loggins & Messina
Top movies – January 1, 1978
The Gauntlet - Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke
The World’s Greatest Lover - Gene Wilder, Carol Kane, Dom DeLuise
Heroes - Henry Winkler, Sally Field, Harrison Ford
Looking For Mr. Goodbar - Diane Keaton
Which Way Is Up? -
Saturday Night Fever - John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gornley
Telefon - Charles Bronson, Lee Remick, Tyne Daly, Patrick Magee, Donald Pleasence
Walt Disney’s Pete’s Dragon
The Turning Point - Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, Tom Skerritt, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leslie Browne
High Anxiety - Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman, Dick Van Patten, Ron Carey, Howard Morris
Star Wars - Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alex Guinness
Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon
Oh God! - George Burns, John Denver, Teri Garr, Donald Pleasence
Semi-Tough - Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh
The Choirboys - Charles Durning, Louis Gossett Jr., Perry King, Clyde Kusatsu, Tim McIntire, Randy Quaid, Don Stroud, James Woods, Burt Young, Robert Webber, Barbara Rhoades, Vic Tayback