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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of August 8, 1978 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

It’s announced that President Carter, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin will meet September 5 at Camp David in a major effort to reach a mid-east peace accord. Only last week, Sadat said he would no longer talk with the Israelis unless they agreed to withdraw from occupied Arab lands. Press Secretary Jody Powell said each leader would be accompanied by a small delegation to help in the negotiations. 

Pope Paul VI is buried in the Basilica of St Peter after an open-air funeral service. The Pope died last week at the age of 80. The 104 cardinals who will choose Paul’s successor concelebrated the funeral Mass and 150 priests carried Communion to the thousands gathered at the piazza. The service was the first open-air funeral for a pope.

A federal grand jury indicts 11 members of the Church of Scientology, including the wife of founder L. Ron Hubbard, on charges of stealing government documents from the Justice Department, the IRS and a U.S. courthouse. The indictment charges that church members used electronic surveillance and prepared “bogus credentials to gain access to various agencies and departments.” The government’s case is based in part on the FBI’s raid in July of 1977 of the church’s offices in Washington and Los Angeles in which 100’s of thousands of documents were seized.

Japan and China sign a 10-year friendship and peace treaty - a pact that cleared diplomatic clouds left since the hostilities of WWII and signals improving Sino-Japanese relations.


Fascinating Business news – Ford Has A Pinto Problem – August 8, 1978

The gas tank of a Ford Pinto explodes after it was struck in the rear near Elkhardt, Indiana, killing three teen-aged girls. At least 59 people have died since 1975 in fiery accidents involving Pintos struck from behind.


Sports news – August 8, 1978

Tthe Los Angeles Rams fire head coach George Allen (for the third time). He had been fired after his club had been beaten in its first two exhibition games. He had previously coached the Rams from 1966-1970. He was fired after Christmas in 1968, but was rehired again, only to be fired in 1970. Offensive Coordinator Ray Malavasi will replace Allen. 


Bestselling books – August 8, 1978

Scruples - Judith Krantz

The Human Factor - Graham Greene

 Chesapeake - James A. Michener

Eye of the Needle - Ken Follett

The World According to Garp - John Irving

Bloodline - Sidney Sheldon

Till Death Us Do Part - Vincent Bugliosi/Ken Hurwitz

My Mother, My Self - Nancy Friday

Time For Truth - William E. Simon

The Complete Book Of Running - James F. Fixx

If Life Is A Bowl Of Cherries - What Am I Doing in the Pits? - Erma Bombeck

Transformations - Roger L. Gould


Technology news – August 8, 1978

New from Apple: Introducing the Apple Communication Interface card. Just plug it in and it turns your Apple into an intelligent terminal which can go-online with other terminals, time-sharing computers and especially, other Apple computers. You can even play, “Tele-Pong!” Everything you need is in one small card. With a modem, it enables you to communicate by phone at 110/300 baud RS 232/Full Duplex I/O. It’s controlled by simple BASIC commands.

At Sears - Beta Vision Video Cassette Recorder - “works with any TV set! You get the proven performance of the Beta recording system with the dependability of Sears in an easy-to-use video recording system. Watch what you want ... when you want. - just $845. Sears Beta Vision Video Cassettes - 1 hour - $12.45 ... 2 Hours - $16.95.


Entertainment/Movie/Celebrity news – August 8, 1978

Filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, who is just turning 79 is planning yet another movie “Short Night.” When asked about his health, he replied, “I’m afraid I’m in bad shape.” A “higher-up” at Universal suggested he get an assistant:   “But only I know how I feel and the truth is I’m strong enough from the waist up. So what do I need an assistant for? I’m bursting my blood vessels to get on with this picture. It’s an exciting story. And Ernest Lehman has written a fine script.” Word has it that Hitchcock is eying Sean Connery to play the lead.


Television news – August 8, 1978

The National Parent Teacher Assn labels CBS’s “Kojak (starring Telly Savalas) as one of the worst shows on television. The show fits in the worst categories - “most violent,” “most offensive,” and having “least overall quality.” Other “worst” CBS shows are “Husbands, Wives and Lovers,” “Another Day,” “Maude,” and “Ted Knight.” NBC’s include “Chuck Barris Rah-Rah Show,” “Joe and Valerie,” “Roller Girls” and AES Hudson Street.” ABC had only one - “Sugar Time.” Rated as top quality - ABC’s “Donny and Marie” and “Julie Farr, M.D”; CBS’s “The Waltons and NBC’s “Grizzley Adams.”


More Television news – August 8, 1978

Some returning 1978 television shows will get face-lifts in the fall. Here’s a rundown:

 “Operation Petticoat” will have an entire new cast, with the exception of two supporting characters. ABC says the old crew of the pink sub wasn’t likeable enough.

“What’s Happening” finds Roger and Rerun becoming college men and moving out of their house.

“Charlie’s Angels” welcomes back Farrah Fawcett-Majors (for three shows).

“Welcome Back Kotter” - John Travolta will appear for eight shows. Travolta has catapulted to superstar status with “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever.” In addition, Kotter (played by Gabe Kaplan) is promoted to assistant principal, replacing Mr. Woodman, who becomes the principal. Kotter’s wife will now work at the school as her husband’s assistant.

“Little House on the Prairie” - The Ingalls family moves to Winoka, will they will join Mary, the daughter who has gone blind.

“The Jeffersons” - last season’s ratings took a dive so here is what producers have come up with: Tom and Helen Willis will now draw greater comedic attention and in addition - The Willises will be joined by their long-lost son, who will have the physical appearance of a white father.   

 “All In The Family” - Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner will not be returning. Archie will have some new neighbors (to play off of). Edith may get a job at Archie’s tavern.  

“The Incredible Hulk” - Hulk will get his Gatorade-colored makeup lightened to a paler shade of green. His teeth will be chiseled so he looks less menacing to children.

“Chips” - the boys will get a police dog.  

“Good Times” - Esther Rolle returns as mom and it looks like the grotesque humor of J.J. (played by Jimmie Walker) will be softened.


Top TV shows – August 8, 1978

In Ranking Order - One Day At A Time, Three’s Company, Alice, Charlie’s Angels, Starsky & Hutch, Lavern & Shirley, MASH, Carter Country, Quincy, Barnaby Jones, Lou Grant, Fantasy Island, Columbo, All in the Family, Switch, Hawaii Five-O, Happy Days, NBC Big Event, Police Story, The Jeffersons, Love Boat, Good Times.  


Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – August 8, 1978

CBS - The Jeffersons, Good Times, MASH, One Day At A Time, Lou Grant

NBC - Little House on the Prairie, Movie

ABC - Football

PBS - Anna Karenina, Opera Theater

Operation Prime Time - “Evening At Bysantium”


The Jeffersons - George calls President Carter as a publicity stunt and he gets more than he bargained for.

One Day At A Time - First of a two-parter - Julie may leave the house.

Lou Grant - Lou plunges into the world of the Hare Krishna movement when Charlie fears he has lost his son to the sect.

 The Tonight Show - Guest Host David Brenner. Guest Helen Gurley Brown

Syndicated - America 2Night with Martin Mull, Fred Willard and Frank DeVol.

Barth Gimble, Jerry Hubbard and Happy Kyne welcome Carl Reiner. (Satire of talk shows - great ad libbing by Martin Mull).  


Music news – August 8, 1978

Folkgroup Peter, Paul & Mary are reunited in concert for the first time in a decade. The trio appeared at Southern Illinois University’s festival at Edwardsville. Says Mary - “what was interesting in coming back is that we changed, grown. We’re more gracious with one another and more adaptable to one another’s idiosyncrasies.”

Rock and Roll’s - “The Who” is busy these days. In a few weeks, they’ll release “Who Are You” - their first LP since “The Who By Numbers” in 1975. In a unique promotional move, MCA Records is premiering the album is six U.S. cities Aug 20 via listening parties complete with laser shows. Also coming up for the group - “The Kids Are Alright” film and soundtrack due out in February. Drummer Keith Moon says, “It’s the history of the Who. It deals with our 15 years on the road. There’ll be concert shots and clips of some of the first things we did in the country.” The group says no touring is planned at this time.


Top pop hit music singles – August 8, 1978

Grease - Frankie Valli

Miss You - The Rolling Stones

Three Times a Lady - The Commodores

Last Dance - Donna Summer

Copacabana (At the Copa) - Barry Manilow

Love Will Find a Way - Pablo Cruise

Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey

My Angel Baby - Toby Beau

Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty

 Hot Blooded - Foreigner

Use ta Be My Girl - The O'Jays

Shame - Evelyn "Champagne" King

Life's Been Good - Joe Walsh

Magnet and Steel - Walter Egan

Hopelessly Devoted to You - Olivia Newton-John (from Grease)

An Everlasting Love - Andy Gibb

It's Heartache - Bonnie Tyler

Two Out of Three Ain't Bad - Meat Loaf

Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione

Dance With Me - Peter Brown

You're the One That I Want - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (from Grease)                              

Macho Man - The Village People

Still the Same - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb

King Tut - Steve Martin

Stay - Jackson Browne

You - Rita Coolidge

I’ve Had Enough - Wings

Runaway - Jefferson Starship

Love Is Like Oxygen - Sweet

The Groove Line - Heatwave

Kiss You All Over - Exile


Top Music Albums – August 8, 1978

Grease - Original Movie Soundtrack                     

Some Girls - The Rolling Stones  

 Worlds Away - Pablo Cruise                                  

Double Vision - Foreigner                         

Stranger In Town - Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band                                         

Darkness On the Edge of Town - Bruce Springsteen

Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf          

City to City - Gerry Rafferty               

Natural High - The Commodores                       

Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb  

But Seriously Folks - Joe Walsh

Saturday Night Fever - Soundtrack

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band - soundtrack                         


Other Top Music Albums – August 8, 1978

Thank God It’s Friday - Donna Summer

Even Now - Barry Manilow

Mixed Emotions - Exile

Toby Beau - Toby Beau

 Love Me Again - Rita Coolidge

So Full of Love - The O’Jays

Not Shy - Walter Eagan

Stranger In Town - Bob Segar and the Silver Bullet Band

City to City - Gerry Rafferty

City Nights - Nick Gilder

Sleeper Cather - Little River Band

Earth - Jefferson Starship

Taste of Honey - Taste of Honey

Smooth Talk - Evelyn Champagne King

What Ever Happened - Chris Rea

Eddie Money - Eddie Money

Champagne Jam - Atlanta Rhythm Section

Central Heating - Heatwave

Fantasy Love Affair - Peter Brown

 Level Headed - Sweet

Songbird - Barbra Streisand

Rejoice - Emotions

Heaven Tonight - Cheap Trick

A New World Record - Electric Light Orchestra

Life Is A Song Worth Singing - Teddy Pendergrass

Mariposa de Oro - Dave Mason

Nightwatch - Kenny Loggins 

The Cars - The Cars

Welcome Hone - Carol King

Dream - The Captain and Tennille


Top movies – August 8, 1978

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band - Peter Frampton, The Bee Gees, Frankie Howard, Paul Nicholas, Donald Pleasence, Sandy Farina, Dianne Steinberg, Steve Martin, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Earth, Wind & Fire, Billy Preston, George Burns.

National Lampoon’s Animal House

Grease - John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Frankie Avalon, Joan Blondell, Edd Byrnes, Sid Caesar, Alice Ghostley, Dody Goodman, Sha-Na-Na

Who’ll Stop The Rain - Nick Nolte, Tuesday Weld, Michael Moriarty

Revenge of the Pink Panther

Hooper - Burt Reynolds, Jan-Michael Vincent, Sally Field, Brian Keith, Robert Klein

Heaven Can Wait - Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, James Mason, Charles Grodin, Dyan Cannon, Buck Henry, Vincent Gardenia, Jack Warden

Star Wars - Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alex Guinness

Foul Play - Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn

F.I.S.T. - Sylvester Stallone

Eyes of Laura Mars - Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones

Walt Disney’s Hot Lead & Cold Feet - Jim Dale, Karen Valentine, Don Knotts, Jack Elam, Darren McGavin

Youngblood - Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, Bryan O’Dell, Ren Woods

Harper Valley PTA - Barbara Eden, Ronny Cox, Nanette Fabray, Louis Nye, Susan Swift, Pat Paulsen

Saturday Night Fever - John Travolta

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