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