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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of January 15, 1978 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Carter and Vice President Mondale deliver eulogies at the Washington memorial service of Hubert H. Humphrey. “Hubert Humphrey was the most beloved of all Americans. We and our families are here today to testify that Hubert Humphrey may well have blessed our country ore tan any of us,” said Carter. 

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat breaks off talks with Israel and called his foreign minister back to Cairo and accused the Israelis of deliberately blocking progress toward a Middle East peace.

A major blizzard hits the New York City area – in the worst snowstorm of the decade. There was 13 inches of snow in the City and growing. Also affected – Boston and Philadelphia.

Americans rating of President Carter falls to its lowest level yet – 41%.

President Carter asks Congress to cut personal and corporate income taxes by $25 billion with the overwhelming share of the savings going to families earning less than $30,000 a year.

U.S. Atty. David Marston says that in fact Atty. Gen. Griffin Bell had fired him. Marston said the action crippled “every major public corruption investigation” in Philadelphia, where he has been conducting a complex inquiry involving two Democratic congressmen.

NASA announces the selection of a new generation of astronauts including six women and three blacks to take part in the space shuttle flights scheduled for the 1980’s.  This is the first time that women and minority-group members have been selected for the astronaut corps. 

Prince Charles and Lady Jane Wellesley went to the royal country estate of Sandringham for a weekend reunion and romantic Britons again were hoping wedding bells might be in the offing. Lady Jane has been dating Price Charles off and on for five years.

Former budget director Bert Lance announces he would become a news commentator for WXIA-TV – the ABC station in Atlanta.

Inflation – Consumer prices rose a moderate .4% in December, bringing the overall rise in prices in 1977 to 6.8%.

The economy expanded 4.9% in 1977 – virtually on target with Carter Administration forecasts.

Personal income rose 11.1% in 1977 – the largest yearly gain since 1973.

A judge in Los Angeles denounces Evel Knievel for committing “an act of extreme cowardice” and ordered the dardevil to serve his entire six-month jail term behind bars. He was referring to Knievel’s Sept 21 baseball bat attack on 20th Century Fox v/p Sheldon Saltman.


Sports news – January 15 1978

Eddie Mathews is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame – Mathews, the third baseman of the Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves – hit 512 home runs in a 17-year career.

George Allen – head coach and general manager of the Washington Redskins for the past seven years is fired.

Jack Pardee quits as coach of the Chicago Bears and is seeking the vacant Washington Redskin head coach position. 

Bill Walton’s only basket of the fourth quarter, a layup with six seconds left, gave the Portland Trail Blazers a 96-94 victory over the Buffalo Braves.

Super Bowl is on CBS-TV with Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier reporting all the action from the New Orleans Superdome.

Super Bowl XII – Denver QB Craig Morton throws four interceptions as the Dallas Cowboys defeat the Broncos 27-10. Dallas QB Roger Staubach had a broken finger! It’s Dallas’ second Super Bowl win.


Music news – January 15, 1978

Barry Manilow’s new single is “Can’t Smile Without You” from his “Even Now” album. Look for the album next month.

Moving up – “Styx” – the Chicago-based rock band as demand for their concert tickets keeps getting bigger. The sudden popularity is due to their A&M album “The Grand Illusion” which is nearing the 2 million sales mark. Top-40 radio is playing a single from the album – “Sail Away.” Member Dennis DeYoung says so far – “Hardly anybody has written about us. For all its success, hardly anybody has bothered to review ‘The Grand Illusion.’ There was a time in my career when it gave me ulcers to think about this, but I’m able to handle it now.” DeYoung says the band has done quite well in the Midwest and the Southeast but “there aren’t any big media centers in these areas.” The band’s been around since 1970 and has only one personnel change since when Tommy Shaw took over for J.C. Curulewski. Other members are twins Chuck and John Panozzo and James Young. 

Post U.S. tour - Johnny Rotten says that he is quitting the Sex Pistols. We’ll see.

Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt will be cutting an album together.

Benny Goodman is back at Carnegie Hall with a terrific swing concert. He made his debut there some 40 years ago.

Teen idol Leif Garrett has no pretense about adulation from girls. “I love it when they come up to me and say, ‘Aren’t you Leif Garrett?’ I say, ‘Yes, that’s me.’ There’s no feeling like that.” Garrett is still in high school – and is trying to finish his 11th and 12th grade private school studies in a year. Like Shaun Cassidy, he works with producer Mike Lloyd for Mike Curb Productions. Garrett’s been an actor for a long time – since he was five. He’s been in 13 movies including “Walking Tall” and “Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice.” He says he owes his hot singing career to Shaun Cassidy.

Appearing in S. Africa for a concert – Singer Pat Boone deplored “hellish” rock musicians on the American music scene; “The entertainment industry has been invaded by a low element. This is especially true in the music industry where some rock performers and shows are so hellish I would not consider them to be entertainment. Many people are embarrassed by what they see on state. It is a shameful state.”


Television news – January 15, 1978

Programming wiz Fred Silverman quits ABC, which he brought to the top of the ratings – and is moving to NBC. He started at ABC in 1975 after a dozen years at CBS.  

Music On Television – “The American Music Awards.” Glen Campbell, Natalie Cole and David Soul co-host. Presenters include: Aretha Franklin, Crystal Gayle, Andy Gibb, Loretta Lynn, Barry Manila, Ronnie Milsap, Tony Orlando, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Kenny Rogers, Conway Twitty, Barry White. On ABC-TV.

 Passing – Carl Betz – beloved dad on the “Donna Reed Show.” He died from lung cancer at the age of 56. He won a drama Emmy for his starring role on “Judd For The Defense.”

Henry Winkler has decided to play “the Fonz” at least one more year on “Happy Days.”

Chuck Barris will host his own variety show – The Chuck Barris Rah Rah Show on NBC-TV.

On CBS-TV – The Eighth Annual “Entertainer Of The Year Awards.” Hosted by Jackie Gleason.  Look for Milton Berle, Chicago ,Roy Clark, Mike Douglas, Rich Little, Steve Martin, Donny & Marie Osmond, Dolly Parton, Bernadette Peters, Shields & Yarnell, The Sylvers and others.


Monday night television listing/programs/TV guide - January 15, 1978

CBS – Logan’s Run, Maude, the Fighting Nightingales, Switch

NBC – Little House on the Prairie, Made for TV Movie, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Lucan, American Music Awards (see ad),

PBS – Story of William Kurelek


Logan’s Run – Logan’s memory vanishes with a memory warp administered by an alien society.

American Music Awards – Glen Campbell, David Soul and Natalie Cole host the fifth annual presentation. Award presenters – Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Andy Gibb, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Tony Orlando, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, Barry White.

On the Tonight Show – McLean Stevensen guest hosts. George Gobel is the guest. 


Top movies – January 15, 1978

The Gauntlet

Saturday Night Fever


Which Way Is Up?

The Turning Point

Oh God!

High Anxiety

The World’s Greatest Lover

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