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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of March 15, 1980 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

You could be paying more interest on your credit cards under President Carter’s anti-inflation program, outlined this week. Expensive new fees may also be implemented by banks. Acceding to the President’s request, the Federal Reserve Board took steps to make it much more costly for lenders to conduct their credit card operations. Banks could raise interest rates on cards, impose a special “transaction” fee, charge a yearly fee for use of credit card, or reduce lines of credit. Clearly, the new plan will make it harder for someone to secure credit. To help curb credit, the Federal Reserve is forcing the lenders to set aside $15 for every $100 in credit they extend to customers. The 15% set aside must be deposited in a Federal Reserve Bank without interest

In a Gallup Poll survey - 63% support President Carter’s proposed boycott of the Olympic Games in Moscow this summer.

President Carter tells members of the U.S. Summer Olympic teams they “will not go to the 1980 Moscow Games and says he hopes to sponsor alternative games ... Later, it’s announced that the U.S. and 11 other nations will go ahead with plans for a world sports festival for athletes who boycott the Moscow Olympics. A spokesman said the events are not intended as “counter-Olympics,” but will be held after the Moscow Games next July and will not harm the “unitary Olympic movement.”

It’s announced that the world’s rarest postage stamp - the British Guiana stamp, will auctioned off next month. It’s octagonal in shape and measures 1 1/4” wide.

Illinois primary - here are the results:

Republican vote -

Reagan - 49%

Anderson - 36%

George Bush - 11%

Re. Philip M. Crane - 2%

Democratic vote -

Carter - 65%

Kennedy - 30%

Gov Jerry Brown (Calif)  - 3%

Lyndon LaRouche - 2%


White House officials announce that Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt will visit Washington for separate talks with President Carter in April. Both leaders will be in Washington “to review the progress and pace of autonomy negotiations for the West Bank and Gaza.”

The Casablanca Record and FilmWorks no longer exists as of this week. The PolyGram Group has formed a new movie and television company with Casablanca chairman Peter Guber. The new company will be called PolyGram Pictures. PolyGram’s take-over of Casablanca began last month when the record division was purchased. 

14 Members of a U.S. Amateur Athletic Union team are among 87 killed as their airliner attempted an emergency landing at Warsaw’s international airport in Poland. The jetliner, on a flight from New York, reported trouble in one of its four engines and was preparing to attempt an emergency landing on a foam-covered runway at Warsaw’s domestic airport.

First Lady Rosalyn Carter flees a hotel in her nightclothes in Wichita, KS after a bank next store catches fire.  Secret Service agents called her hotel room about 4am “but, when my secretary opened the door, smoked poured in. I knew then I couldn’t get dressed, but I turned my suitcase upside down to find my slippers.” 

Now that she has been charged with the murder of Dr Herman Tarnower, Socialite Jean Harris is receiving offers of money to tell her side of the story. The New York Post offered her close to $25,000 for the exclusive rights to the story of the killing. Harris helped Dr Tarnower write the “Scarsdale Diet” - the book that made him famous.


Best-selling books – March 15, 1980

Princess Daisy - Judith Krantz

The Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum

The Devil’s Alternative - Frederick Forsyth

Who’s On First - William F. Buckley Jr.

Smiley’s People - John LeCarre

Moviola - Garson Kanin

Triple - Ken Follett

Portraits - Cynthia Freeman

The Brethren - Bob Woodward, Scott Armstrong

My Many Years - Arthur Rubinstein

Free To Choose - Milton and Rose Friedman

Donahue - Phil Donahue & Co

White House Years - Henry Kissinger

The Pritikin Program For Diet and Exercise - Nathan Pritikin

My Many Years - Arthur Rubinstein


Sports news – March 15, 1980

The Oakland Raiders officially announce that quarterback Kenny Stabler has been traded to the Houston Oilers for quarterback Dan Pastorini.

Cable-TV /Sports

ESPN expects to have their channel available to 4 million homes by the end of the month. ESPN says that by 1985, an estimated 23 million homes will be capable of receiving the channel. That may give it enough clout to compete with CBS, NBC and ABC for bigger sporting events. ESPN was the brainchild of its current board chairman, Bill Rasmussen. Employed in 1978, as a play-by-play for the New England Whalers hockey team, he got the idea of an all-sports channel while being stuck in traffic. ESPN currently offers programs 98 hours each week and its goal is 24-hour programming 7 days per week. Getty Oil purchased the channel last year for $10 million.


Radio news – March 15, 1980

Warner Brothers says it won’t charge radio stations the $2 per catalogue album it proposed earlier. Previously, radio stations received virtually unlimited quantities of records free. Under the new guidelines, stations would have continued to get free copies of new product, but would have been charged $2 for any LP more than 90 days old. A protest, sparked by a trade publication, erroneously reported that stations would only receive one copy of each album. Radio stations constantly need to replace worn records due to airplay. Warner Brothers says it will go back to the old policy effective immediately.

Deposed WABC morning man Harry Harrison is hired by WCBS-FM in New York to become their new morning man. Harry was fired by WABC in November.

KLOS-FM morning man Frazier Smith guests on Tom Snyder’s “Tomorrow” show this week. He’s honored as “One of the craziest DJ’s in America.”

Steve Dahl, who does mornings on WLUP-FM in Chicago, is going to be syndicated beginning June 1. Dahl has created a legion of dedicated followers with his anti-disco campaign and has ruffled the feather of a number of “Establishment” figures with his acid parodies and non-too-gentle satire.

Talk show host Bob Grant is returning to WMCA, New York in April. He left the station several years ago after his opinions disturbed large numbers of people. He had been commuting to Philadelphia and WWDB-FM on Saturdays. He’ll be teamed with Janet Rose, late of WKTU-FM and daughter of former WMCA newsman Oscar Rose (heard during the station’s goodguy heyday). 

Los Angeles radio ratings –

KABC – 6.5 (talk)

KMET-FM – 5.8 (album rock)

KJOI-FM 5.2 (beautiful music)

KBIG-FM – 5.0 (beautiful music)

KMPC  - 3.1 (AC)

KNX-FM – 3.0 (mellow rock)

KRTH-FM – 3.8 (oldies)

KLAC – 3.8 (country)

KIIS-FM – 3.6 (disco)

KRLA – 3.3 (oldies)

KHJ-AM – 3.2 (top-40)

KFI - 2.6 (top-40)

KOST – 2.3 (beautiful music)

KUTE – 2.3 (disco)

KIQQ-FM – 2.2 (top-40)

KLOS-FM – 2.2 (album rock)

No KFWB, KNX all-news ratings at this time.


Top-40 WKBW-AM Buffalo declines in the ratings from a 14.0 to a 10.9. 

In Chicago, top-40 WLS slips to a 5.3 from 6.2

In New York – WABC is steady at a 4.5. Rival WNBC is at a 4.0. WBLS-FM is on top with a 7.5, followed by WKTU-FM with a 6.0.


Fascinating Business news – March 15, 1980

Toyota Motor Co passes Chrysler Corp in January to become the third largest seller of cars in the United States - behind GM and Ford. Their success in the American car market has turned-out to be more of a headache as they face the decision of investing in U.S. production facilities or inviting protectionist curbs. 

Firestone Tire & Rubber Co said it is offering a $100 check to any of its 69,500 employees and retirees in the United States who buy a new U.S. car in April. “By purchasing a new car, you will play a direct role in aiding our nation’s economy and make it personal contribution toward strengthening domestic automobile sales, which in turn, strengthens our industry.” Firestone has suffered from the decline in car sales, which has been blamed on rising gas prices and uncertainty about fuel supplies. Main competitor Goodyear is also down.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Television news – March 15, 1980

NBC is ticked at ABC for not covering a live press conference from the President. Said NBC - “We slipped our schedule back to accommodate the news conference, CBS slipped its schedule back. How come ABC can’t slip its schedule - unless it’s a ploy to get ratings? ABC says it was motivated by a sense of fairness and thought it could offer viewers a service by providing an alternative time at which they could watch the news conference. 

Passing - Singer Jessica Dragonette (believed to be 70) - one of the most popular voices on radio in the 30’s and 40’s.

Passing - German Psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, who achieved worldwide fame as a follower of Sigmund Freud. He was 80.

Actor John Travolta is tiring of giving interviews to the press because most of the questions are negative. “Why can’t they ever ask about positive things? Things never come out the way I say them.” Travolta says he may never speak to the press again because “it isn’t going to help my career anyway.” 

On HBO All This Month… David Sheehan’s Hollywood. Look for Donna Summer, Dudley Moore, Stockard Channing, Harold Robbins and introducing – Rhonda Shear.


Syndication - “Sha Na Na” - guest this week is the 5th Dimension


Top TV shows – March 15, 1980

60 Minutes

The Dukes of Hazzard



Real People


Three’s Company

One Day At A Time

Diff’rent strokes

That’s Incredible


Tuesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – March 15, 1980

CBS - The White Shadow, Movie

NBC - Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, The Big Show, United States

ABC - Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Three’s Company, Taxi, Hart to Hart

PBS - Nova, Mystery!


Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo - Perkins masquerades as a ghost.

The Big Show - Dean Martin and Marlette Hartley host with guests Joe Namath, skater John Curry, Tanya Tucker and Sister Sledge.

Three’s Company - John dresses in drag to elude the cops.


Music news – March 15, 1980

Al Martino has his shoplifting case continued without a finding until march 19, 1981 and is hit with $300 court costs near Boston. Martino, whose record sales have hit 18 million, was charged with stealing $81 worth of shirts and socks from a department store December 19.

The Bee Gees are being sued in N.Y. Federal Court by a composer who claims “How Deep is Your Love” by Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb was “copied largely” from “Let It End” – a copyrighted composition of Ronald Selle.

Singer Graham Nash has a new solo album out - “Earth and Sky.” It was suppose to be a “Crosby, Stills and Nash” LP but says Nash - “things got a little crazy between the three of us. So then Stills was out and it and it was going to be a Crosby and Nash album. Then things to a little crazy between the two of us and I was left with all these songs. There was nothing left for me to do but a sol album so that’s what I did.”

Leaveil Degree – member of “The Whispers” soul group and his brother Dale are arrested for allegedly possessing about $300,000 worth of jewelry and gem stones which disappeared in the theft of a Los Angeles mail delivery truck.

Casablanca Records is slowly going away – already cutting back in personnel; the record company is closing its New York office.


Top pop hit music singles – March 15, 1980

Another Brick In The Wall - Pink Floyd

Too Hot - Kool and the Gang

Working My Way Back To You - Spinners

On The Radio - Donna Summer

Ride Like The Wind - Christopher Cross

How Do I Make You - Linda Ronstadt

Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Queen

Him - Rupert Holmes

Call Me - Blondie

Off The Wall - Michael Jackson

Desire - Andy Gibb

Longer - Dan Fogleberg

The Second Time Around - Shalamar

September Morn - Neil Diamond

Yes I’m Ready - Teri DeSario

Fire Lake - Bob Seger

 Three Times In Love - Tommy James

An American Dream - The Dirt Band

Lost In Love - Air Supply

What I Like About You - The Romantics

Pilot of the Airwaves - Charlie Dore

I Can’t Tell You Why - Eagles

Daydream Believer - Anne Murray

Special Lady - Ray, Goodman & Brown

Refugee - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Do That To Me One More Time - Captain & Tennille

I Pledge My Love - Peaches & Herb

Deja Vu - Dionne Warwick


Top music albums  - March 15 1980

The Wall - Pink Floyd

Mad Love - Linda Ronstadt

Damn The Torpedoes - Tom Petty

Fun and Games - Chuck Mangione

Phoenix - Dan Fogelberg

Against The Wind - Bob Segar

Glass Houses - Billy Joel

Bebe Le Strange - Heart

The Whispers - The Whispers


Other Top Albums -

Off The Wall - Michael Jackson

After Dark - Andy Gibb

Dancin’ and Lovin’ - Spinners

 Mad Love - Linda Ronstadt

Phoenix - Dan Fogelburg

September Morn - Neil Diamond

Partners In Crime - Rupert Holmes

Moonlight Madness - Teri De Sario

On the Radio/Greatest Hits - Donna Summer

Three Times In Love - Tommy James

An American Dream - Dirt Band

Christopher Cross - Christopher Cross

The Long Run - The Eagles

Romantics - The Romantics

One Voice - Barry Manilow

American Gigolo Soundtrack

Twice The Fire - Peaches and Herb

I’ll Always Love You - Anne Murray

Where To Know - Charlie Dore

The Whispers - The Whispers


Top Country Hit Music Singles – March 15, 1980

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys - Willie Nelson

Why Don’t You Spend The Night – Ronnie Milsap

I’d Love To lay You Down – Conway Twitty

Daydream Believer – Anne Murray

Sugar Daddy –Bellamy Brothers

Lying Time Again – Mel Tillis


Top Jazz album –

Fun and Games – Chuck Mangione


Top Soul Music – March 15, 1980

And The Beat Goes On- Whispers

Special Lady – Ray Goodman & Brown

Too Hot – Kool & The Gang

Stomp – Brothers Johnson

Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll – Vaughan Mason & Crew

The Second Time Around – Shalamar


Top movies – March 15, 1980

American Gigolo - Paul Schrader, Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondo

Little Darlings - Tatum O’Neal, Kristy McNichol

Saturn 3 - Kirk Douglas, Farrah Fawcett, Harvey Keitel

“10” - Bo Derek

The Last Married Couple In America - George Segal, Natalie Wood, Richard Benjamin, Valerie Harper, Dom Deluise

1941 - Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Belushi, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Christopher Lee, Tim Matheson, Toshiro Mifune, Warren Oates, Robert Stack, Treat Williams

Breaking Away - Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Barbara Barrie

Kramer Vs Kramer - Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep

Going In Style - George Burns, Art Carney

Hero At Large - John Ritter, Anne Archer, Bert Convy, Kevin McCarthy

The Rose - Bette Midler, Alan Bates

The Black Marble - Robert Foxworth, Paula Prentiss, Harry Dean Stanton

Little Miss Marker - Walter Matthau, Julie Andrews, Tony Curtis, Bob Newhart, Lee Grant, Sara Stimson

A Small Circle Of Friends - Brad Davis, Karen Allen, Jameson Parker

Cruising - Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino

Norma Rae - Sally Field

A Force Of One - Jennifer O’Neill, Chuck Norris, Ron O’Neal, Clu Gulager, James Whitmore Jr.

Coal Miner’s Daughter - Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Beverly D’Angelo, Levon Helm

All That Jazz - Roy Scheider

Being There - Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Warden, Melvyn Douglas, Richard Dysart, Richard Basehart

Foxes - Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, Sally Kellerman, Randy Quaid

The Ninth Configuration - Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Jason Miller, Ed Flanders, Neville Brand

Fatso - Dom DeLuise, Ann Bancroft, Ron Carey 

Last Rites - Patricia Lee Hammond, Gerald Fielding, Victor Jorge

Neil Simon’s Chapter Two - James Caan, Marsha Mason

The Visitor - Mel Ferrer, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, John Huston, Shelly Winters

Simon - Alan Arkin, Madeline Kahn Leaveil Degree

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