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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of March 1, 1979 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

 

In The News

Prime Minister Menachem Begin arrives in Washington for a meeting with President Carter.

President Leonid I. Brezhnev says a new strategic arms limitation treaty with the United States is near completion and for the first time, proposed a non-aggression pact to cover both conventional and nuclear warfare.

The largest non-Communist industrial nations agree to reduce oil consumption by 5% because of the cutoff of Iranian oil. The United States, the world’s biggest oil consumer, will bear the brunt of the reduction by cutting consumption by 1 million barrels a day.

The Vietnamese frontier town of Lang Son, 80 miles northeast of Hanoi, is reported in Chinese hands.

Keeping the Middle East peace initiative alive, President Carter gives Prime Minister Menachem Begin a set of U.S. proposals aimed at resolving the deadlock between Egypt and Israel. President Carter will fly to the Middle East in an effort to salvage hopes for peace between the two countries.

 

Sports news – March 1, 1979

Get Married – Tennis star Jimmy Connors has been secretly married for some time to a former Playmate of the year – Patti McGuire.

Carl Yastrzemski, who threatened two weeks ago to sit out the 1979 baseball season because of a contract dispute, reports to the Boston Red Sox training camp

Sportscaster Frank Gifford’s 24-year-old son Kyle is critically hurt and two companions are killed when their car ran off the Palisades Interstate Parkway rammed a tree and split into three pieces. He is in critical condition

 

Music news – March 1, 1979

Jimmy Buffet, who has released nine albums and two have gone platinum. He says commercial success is what everyone strives for: “if they deny that, they’re lying. I’ve always wanted to be a commercial success, but that doesn’t mean I want to be on the cover of People magazine. You have to impose certain limitations or you lose control of hat you’re doing. And I don’t have to do that kind of stuff to sell records.”

Interesting – Disco hits are really the province of the record producer. Three of disco’s hottest producers happen to be foreign – Giorgo Moroder – Italian, Cerrone who is French and Alec Costandinos who is Greek. Moroder for example, didn’t pioneer the use of the synthesizer in disco, but gave it a major boost through Donna Summer’s hit “I Feel Love.” He got his start in 1975 with Donna Summer’s first hit “Love to Love You Baby.’ He arranged the song and played all the instruments except bass. “American disco had just started six months earlier with George McRae’s ‘Rock Your Baby,” said Moroder.

Getting good reviews – The Police whose new “Outlandos D’Amour” album is being called the most inviting mainstream rock debut since the cars’ LP last summer. The band consists of drummer Stewart Copeland, singer-bassist Sting and guitarist Andy Summers. The band combines new wave, r&b and shadings of Jamaican reggae. The band was organized in January 1977 by Copeland, a former Cal Western University student. Though Copeland wrote much of the band’s initial material, Sting, formerly a singer in a jazz combo, eventually took over as the main Police writer. 

 

Sunday night television – March 1, 1979

CBS – 60 Minutes, All in the Family 200th Anniversary Show, Stockard Channing, Mary Tyler Moore Hour

NBC – Wonderful World of Disney, Movie

ABC – Osmond Family Show, TV Movie – “Ordeal of Patty Hearst”

PBS – National Geographic

 

Top movies – March 1, 1979

Hardcore

Superman

In Praise of Older Women

Fast Break

Agatha

Take Down

Nora Rae

California Suite

 
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