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



In The News

Pope John Paul II arrives in the United States for a week’s visit. His first stop - Boston. Leaders of church and state, led by First Lady Rosalyn Carter, joined in the arrival ceremonies. Later in Philadelphia, the Pope again rejected woman as priests and stressed the importance of priestly celibacy. In Washington - the Pope is challenged publicly by a high-ranking nun - who called on him to reconsider his stand against woman becoming priests. The Pope told her that Mary, Jesus’ mother - was not an apostle and that this ruled out women in the church hierarchy.

Several major banks raise their prime lending rates from 13.5% to 14.5% sending the stock market plummeting. The Dow Jones average of 30 industrials was down 26.45 at 857.59. Trading was heavy with volume at 55,900,000.

An Amtrak passenger train careens off the tracks on the early morning darkness in Lawrence, Kansas and kills two crewmen and injures 68. The 18-car train carried a total of 187 passengers and crewmembers. The wreck tore up track for 2000 feet and dumped several cars down a slight ravine.

President Carter invites a few country music stars to the White House for lunch telling them he is grateful for “the way you can cross state lines and international lines to bring messages of joy and entertainment.” On hand - Dolly Parton, Dottie West, Johnny Cash, June Carter; Tom T. Hall, Glenn Campbell, Bill Monroe, the Oak Ridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap and the Bluegrass Boys. They’ll be playing at the “Country Music Gala” at Ford’s Theater - a benefit that is trying to raise $1 million to finance new American theatrical productions.


Fascinating Facts – Bunji Jumping And More – October 1,1979

Bunji Jumping from the Golden Gate (What’s bunji jumping?) - Five persons lowered themselves on ropes from the deck of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The Coast Guard, who caught three of them, said the group described their stint as “bunji jumping” and they said they did it for charity. Said a Coast Guard spokesman - “They had British accents. They called it “bunji jumping” and they said they had done it before on other bridges.” 

East of  Darwin Australia - Christine Gaghan watches helplessly from shore as a 13-foot-long crocodile kills her husband. She said her husband Trevor who was skin diving with a friend, suddenly surfaced screaming and struggling in the jaws of the animal. A search party found his body several hours later on a bank. The body bore only slight injuries and he appeared to die from drowning. 

New York City Mayor Edward Koch orders WNYC - the city radio station, to begin broadcasting the names of men convicted - but usually set free with record expunged - of soliciting or patronizing prostitutes. “I believe it is unfair that we assess criminal penalties for prostitutes but we don’t assess criminal penalties against the johns.” Koch says the name of the program will be “The John Hour.”

Passing - former slave Charlie Smith - believed to 137 years old. Smith said he was born in Liberia in 1842 and brought to this country as a slave in 1854. Smith was sold at a slave auction in New Orleans, July 4, 1854 to a Texas rancher. He adopted the rancher’s name and picked the day of the sale, Independence Day as his birthday. 


Bestselling books – October 1, 1979

The Last Enchantment - Mary Stewart

Jailbird - Kurt Vonnegut

The Dead Zone - Stephen King

The Formula - Steve Shagan

Triple - Ken Foiliet

The Establishment - Howard Fast

Restoring The American Dream - Robert J. Ringer

The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet – Herman Tarnower

The Pritikin Program For Diet and Exercise - Nathan Prtikin

How to Become Financially Independent - Albert J. Lowry

The White Album - Joan Didion

How To Prosper During The Coming Bad Years - Howard J. Ruff


Technology news – October 1, 1979

Home videotaping is not illegal -

U.S. Dist Court Judge warren Ferguson rules that home recording of television programs on videotape machines is not a violation of federal copyright laws. The decision came after three years of litigation and five weeks of trial. Both Universal Studios and Walt Disney Productions contended use of videotape recorders by individuals threatened to erode the audience for commercial television and thus destroy markets for new television productions. Sony’s Betamax machine was the only videotape format discussed in the suit, but the decision goes for any brand, any format. The decision is a victory for Sony. Said the judge in part of a 102-page summary - “Noncommercial home use recording of material broadcast over the public airwaves does not constitute copyright infringement.” Making home videotapes this way is a “fair use of the copyrighted works.”

More home video tape. From a Sony ad… There are kinds of Videotape systems - “There are two leading kinds of Home Videotape Recording Systems on the market today. One uses the Beta tape-loading system and the other uses the VHS tape-loading system. Sony invented both of them. But ever since we did, there have been lots of imitators making lots of different and sometimes confusing claims. So if you happen to be interested in buying one, here are some things you should know. Both the Betamax SL-5400 and the competition offer over four hours of recording time. They both can be programmed to record several days in advance. They both have remote control. The big difference is the Beta tape-loading system. It enables Sony to offer remarkable features like BetaScan. BetaScan is like fast-forward and fast-reverse. But you can actually see what you’re looking for. And stop when you find it. And Sony even makes videotape especially for the Beta System. Now the fact that the other tape loading system doesn’t have BetaScan doesn’t mean it’s a bad system. In fact, it’s a very good one. And we should know. Because before we invented our system the Beta System. we invented theirs And since we did invent both systems, we’re in a rather unique position to judge which one is superior. We believe that the Beta System is the state of the art in home videotape recorders. Even the competition uses the Beta tape-loading system for their professional machines, acknowledging its superiority for really demanding applications. And that’s why we invented it. So if you’re thinking about buying a home videotape recorder, think about that.” Sony. The one and only.   


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – October 1, 1979

The movie “Urban Cowboy” is being shot and for the past several weeks they’ve been shooting scenes at Gilley’s Honky Honk in Pasadena, Texas. The movie has been hush-hush, with no advance publicity. That’s because the star - John Travolta - doesn’t want any and has ordered a moratorium on all publicity.  He’s reportedly smarting from the critical attacks on “Moment by Moment” and is fearful of being made to look ridiculous dancing the “Cotton-Eyed Joe” in western attire. Not only has he refused interviews; he will not allow journalists from coming onto the set to interview anyone else. He’s also demanded that crewmembers and extras that talk to journalists be dismissed.   

Hanging it up - Troubadour Burl Ives (71) says he’s quitting after his current concert tour in Australia. “I’m going to retire and become a recluse.”


Television news- October 1, 1979

David Brinkley ends his tour as co-anchor of the NBC Nightly News after 23 years. He’ll become a political and social commentator for NBC News. The move leaves John Chancellor as solo anchor. The NBC Nightly News has been steadily losing ground to ABC World News Tonight. 


Top TV shows – October 1, 1979


Eight Is Enough

Special - Johnny Carson’s 17th Anniversary

The Jeffersons

Three’s Company

 Charlie’s Angles

60 Minutes

One Day at a Time

Little House on the Prairie

Trapper John, MD

Barney Miller

Movie- Portrait of a Stripper


Happy Days



Archie Bunker’s Place

The Love Boat


Mork & Mindy


Sunday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – October 1, 1979

CBS - 60 Minutes, Archie Bunker’s Place, One Day At A Time, Alice, The Jeffersons, Trapper John, MD

NBC - World Of Disney, Movie, Prime Time Sunday

ABC - Out of the Blue, A New Kind of Family, Mork and Mindy, The Associates, Movie

PBS - Connections, Masterpiece Theater


World of Disney - $1,000,000 Duck. A science professor is determined to make himself a fortune after discovering a duck that lays golden eggs. Dean Jones, Sandy Duncan, Tony Roberts and Joe Flynn star.

Mork and Mindy - Mork plays doctor to an ailing robot named Chuck who’s headed for the junk heap.

ABC Movie - “Vampire” (1979) Jason Miller, Richard Lynch, E.G. Marshall, Jessica Walter. A handsome but mysterious millionaire, whose deadly powers of seduction are irresistible to woman, is the target of a frenzied hunt by men who will do anything to destroy him.  


Top Country Hit – October 1, 1979

Last Cheater’s Waltz - T.G. Sheppard


Music news – October 1, 1979

At the CMA awards in Nashville - Willie Nelson gets Entertainer of the Year. Kenny Rogers received top male vocalist. “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” wins top single of the year and Charlie Daniels also wins Instrumentalist of the year. Barbara Mandrell edged Crystal Gayle, Janie Fricke, Emmylou Harris and Anne Murray for Female Vocalist of the year. The Statler Brothers win best vocal group for the seventh time. Veteran Hank Snow is voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Top Pop Hit Music Singles(top-40) USA – October 1, 1979

Sad Eyes - Robert John

Sail On - The Commodores

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson

Rise - Herb Alpert

Pop Muzik - M

Don’t Bring Me Down - Electric Light Orchestra

My Sharona - The Knack

Driver’s Seat - Sniff ‘n’ The Tears

Lonesome Loser - Little River Band

I’ll Never Love This Way Again - Dionne Warwick

Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough - Michael Jackson

Dirty White Boy - Foreigner

Heartache Tonight - The Eagles

Dim All The Lights - Donna Summer

You Decorated My Life - Kenny Rogers

Cruel To Be Kind - Nick Lowe

Please Don’t Go - KC & The Sunshine Band

Sail On - The Commodores

Good Girls Don’t - The Knack

Get It Right Next Time - Gerry Rafferty

Bad Case of Loving You - Robert Palmer

Heaven Must Have Sent You - Bonnie Pointer

Hold On (To What You Got) - Ian Gomm

Lovin’ Touchin’ Sqeezin’ - Journey

Spooky - Atlanta Rhythm Section

The Boss - Diana Ross

Where Were You When I Was Falling In Love - Lobo

Dependin’ On You - The Doobie Brothers


Misc rock album music cuts – October 1, 1979

You’re Only Lonely - John David Souther

Our Love - Donna Summer

Radio, Radio - Elvis Costello

Rock and Roll Girl - The Beat

I Fought The Law - The Clash

Stop Your Sobbing - The Pretenders

Girls Talk - Dave Edmunds

Human Fly - The Cramps

I Don’t Like Mondays - The Boomtown Rats


Top Music Albums-  October 1, 1979

In Through The Out Door - Led Zeppelin

Get the Knack - The Knack

Midnight Magic - The Commodores

Slow Train Coming - Bob Dylan

Risque - Chic

Off the Wall - Michael Jackson

Rust Never Sleeps - Neil Young

First Under the Wire - Little River Band

Head Games - Foreigner

Breakfast in America - Supertramp

Candy-O - The Cars


Other Top Music Albums – October 1, 1979

Rise - Herb Alpert

Robert John - Robert John

Pop Muzik - M

Fickle Heart - Sniff ‘n’ The Tears

Head Games - Foreigner

The Long Run - The Eagles

Discovery - Electric Light Orchestra

Night Owl - Gerry Rafferty

Bad Girls - Donna Summer

Secrets - Robert Palmer

Kenny - Kenny Rogers

I Am - Earth, Wind & Fire

Tusk - Fleetwood Mac

Bonnie - Bonnie Pointer

Million Mile Reflections - Charlie Daniels Band

Evolution - Journey

Labour of Lust - Nick Lowe

Gomm With The Wind - Ian Gomm

Disco Nights - GQ

I’ll Always Love You - Ann Murray

Do You Want To Party - KC & The Sunshine Band

Maureen McGovern - Maureen McGovern


Top Disco Hit Music Singles/Tracks – October 1, 1979  

France  Joli - Come to Me/Don’t Stop Dancing

Herb Alpert - Rise

Michael Jackson - Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough

Kat Mandu - The Break

Cory Daye - Green Light/Pow Wow

Kool and the Gang - Ladies Night

Front Page - Love Insurance

 Destination - Move On Up

Ashford & Simpson - Found A Cure/Nobody Knows

Diana Ross - The Boss

Stephanie Mills - Put Your Body In it

Santa Esmeralda - Another Cha Cha

Suzy Lane - Harmony

Al Hudson - You Can do It

Fern Kinney - Groove me

The Knack - My Sharona

Karen Silver - Hold On I’m Coming

Revanche - Music Man

Freddie James - Get Up and Boogie

Chic - Good Times/My Forbidden Lover/My Feet Keep Dancin’

Taana Gardner - When You Touch Me

Bruni Pagen - Fantasy

Patrick Hernandez - Born To Be Alive

Ritchie Family - Put Your Feet to the Beat

Fever - Pump It  Up/Beat of the Night

AKB - Stand up, Sit Down

Giorgio Morodor - E=MC2

Denice Williams - I’ve Got The Next Dance

Donna Summer - Dim all The Lights/Bad Girls

Gregg Diamond - Danger

Crusaders - Street Life

Cognac - How High

Gene Chandler - When You’re #1

Grace Jones - On Your Knees

Love De-Luxe - Here Comes That Sound Again

Melba Moore - Miss Thing

Jackie Moore - This Time Baby

Disco Circus - Over & Over

Debi Jacobs - Don’t You Want My Love


Top movies – October 1, 1979

Starting Over - Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh, Candice Bergen

The Muppet Movie

National Lampoon’s Animal House - John Belushi, Tim Matheson, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, Thomas Hulce, Donald Sutherland

Time after Time - Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, Mary Steenburgen

When A Stranger Calls - Charles Durning, Carol Kane, Colleen Dewhurst

The Onion Field - John Savage, James Woods, Franklyn Seales, Christopher Lloyd, Ronny Cox

Breaking Away - Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley, Barbara Barrie

Rocky II - Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith

Ten - Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, Robert Webber

Life of Brian - Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

Dawn of the Dead - David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, David Crawford

Rich Kids - Trini Alvarado, Jeremy Levy

Hot Stuff - Dom DeLuise, Suzanne Pleshette, Jerry Reed, Ossie Davis

Something Short of Paradise - Susan Sarandon, David Steinburg, Jean-Pierre Aumont

North Dallas Forty - Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, Charles Durning, Bo Svenson, Dabney Coleman, Dayle Haddon, Steve Forrest

The Wanderers - Ken Wahl, John Friedrich, Karen Allen, Toni Kalen

In In-Laws - Peter Falk, Alan Arkin

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