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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of February 1, 1982 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

White House spokesman Larry Speakes threatens a crackdown on press access to the Oval Office after accusing a reporter of creating an “Embarrassing” international incident by asking President Reagan “Is Cuba Getting Dangerous Again.” The reporter – Sam Donaldson of ABC-TV.  This was as the President sat down for a picture-taking session with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The President just smiled and waved off any other questions.

The White House orders officials involved in national security to sign a secrecy pledge in an effort to stop leaks of classified information.

President Reagan unveils a new budget showing deficits of $273 billion over the next three years – a record setter.

Unemployment dips from 8.8% to 8.5% in January.

Murder charges are filed against Hanpig (Harry) Sassounian (19) the assassination last week of Turkish Consul General Kemal Arikan in Los Angeles. Witnesses say he was one of two gunmen who riddled Arikan’s car with bullets at a stoplight in the Westwood section of Los Angeles.

A brick is hurled at Vice President George Bush’s limousine in Washington, sending SWAT teams and helicopters to the area. Streets were cordoned-off and buildings searched.  The aura in Washington is tense these days with the rumored climate of assassination attempts, rumored hit squads and terrorist kidnappings. The reaction may have been a little silly in hindsight, but the Vice-

President said, “You can’t laugh it off.”


Fascinating Business news – February 1, 1982

Laker Airways and its no-frills Skytrain air service, which offered low budget service across the Atlantic, goes bankrupt and halts all flights. Tens of thousands of Laker ticket holders were stranded abroad and forced to seek other means of transport. Skytrain service was introduced in New York in 1977 and you could get a ticket to London for $135. There was no comment from founder Sir Freddie Laker, but as recently as a few days ago, he told backers “I am flying high and couldn’t be more confident.”  Competitors TWA, Pan Am World Airways and British Airways said they would honor all Laker tickets.  

New stuff - a new product to challenge the Frisbee. AMF-Voit introduces its version of a flying disc this week - “The Vector.” They’ll go on sale February 15. Wham-O’s Frisbee accounts for 80% of the flying-disc market and is a household word. The other 20% is divided among dozens of others. AMF-Voit says “We think Wham-O caters to the toy end of the industry. We’re gearing Vector toward the sports involving the flying disc.”


Technology news – February 1, 1982

Debut – Ms. Pac-Man makes her debut this week.

Eastman Kodak unveils a disc camera. The devices use a flat film disc, rather than a film cartridge and automatically triggers the flash and sets the exposure. The film is advanced and flash ready to go for the next picture, so that the photographer can shoot another one second later. Three models are being introduced at suggest retail prices of $67.95, $89.95 and $142.95. A fifteen -exposure disc will list for $3.19. A package of two will list for $5.90.


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie/Hollywood news – February 1, 1982

Forum magazine picks its St Valentine’s Day list of the “10 Most Celebrated Lovers” in order:

Elizabeth Taylor

Margaret Trudeau (kiss-and-tell estranged wife of Canadian Prime Minister  Pierre Trudeau

Prince Charles

Marvin Hamlisch (composer)

Morgan Fairchild (actress)

Ron Dugway (New York Rangers)

Vitas Gerulaitis (tennis star)

Mick Jagger

Woody Allen

Bianca Jagger


Golden Globe winners - February 1, 1982 

Motion Picture drama - “On Golden Pond”

Motion Picture comedy - Arthur

Motion Picture actor-drama - Henry Fonda “On Golden Pond”

Motion Picture actress-drama - Meryl Streep “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”

Motion Picture actor-comedy or musical - Dudley Moore - “Arthur”

Motion Picture actress-comedy or musical - Bernadette Peters “Pennies From Heaven”

Best TV series - drama - “Hill Street Blues

Best TV series - comedy or musical - “MASH”  

Best TV actor - drama - Daniel J. Travanti “Hill Street Blues

Best TV actress - drama - a tie - Barbara Bel Geddes “Dallas” and Linda Evans “Dynasty”

Best TV actor - comedy or musical - Alan Alda - MASH

Best TV actress - comedy or musical - Eileen Brennan - “Private Benjamin”


Joint-venture negotiations are held between 20th-Century Fox and CBS are held this week with chiefs Marvin Davis of Fox and CBS Chairman William S. Paley. The talks are described as fluid. 

Passing - Toy Pioneer Louis Marx (85). What kid didn’t have a Marx toy?

Prince Charles and Princess Diana, on a pheasant shoot, get into a shouting match in front of workers and other members of the Royal Family. The argument was centered on her distaste for blood sports.

Porno star John C. Holmes is ordered to stand trial on charges of murdering four people last summer in the Laurel Canyon section of Hollywood. Two witnesses implicated Holmes in a robbery of drugs, cash, weapons and jewelry from a Los Angeles nightclub owner. (Eddie Nash) The murders were in retaliation of the robbery, but not performed by Holmes directly.  Two of the four who took part in the robbery of Nash’s home were murdered. One of the witnesses testified that Holmes had told him he was held at Nash’s home after the robbery and was threatened with death unless he revealed the whereabouts of Nash’s robbers. Finding the Laurel Canyon address, Holmes was forced to gain entrance to the home with the killers.  


Television news – February 1, 1982

ABC will air “Superman” over two nights this week – Sunday and Monday. Don’t miss it.

The Waltons are back  - Ralph Waite and other regulars from the series will reprise their roles in the television movie “A Wedding on Waltons Mountain” to air on February 22.

ABC reporter Sam Donaldson causes a stir at the White House - White House spokesman Larry Speakes threatens a crackdown on press access to the Oval Office after accusing Donaldson of creating an “embarrassing” international incident by asking President Reagan a question. Donaldson, spoke to the President as he sat down with a picture-taking session with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and asked “Is Cuba getting dangerous again?” Smiling, Reagan waved, indicating he wouldn’t answer questions. Speakes said he is considering banning the media from future Reagan meetings with heads of state. “It was embarrassing for the President of the United States and President of Egypt. We have a rule; these are rules that correspondents have to live by. It was an internationally embarrassing incident.”

WTVS - a public television station in Detroit has a bone to pick with NBC. WTVS airs a live call-in program titled “Late Night” and NBC now calls David Letterman’s new show “Late Night.” WTVS sent a letter to NBC asking that Letterman kindly find something else to call the show (which just debuted, replacing Tom Snyder). NBC says, “We think that ‘Late Night’ is a generic title that can’t be protected.” WTVS general manager Jack Caldwell then asked, “Does that mean it’s all right for us to come up with a “Tonight” show?

About 15,000 calls are logged after the fictitious “Pray TV” phone # is splashed on the made-for-TV movie broadcast this week (see ad). In the drama, Ned Beatty, playing a television evangelist said: “If you have a problem of any kind – financial, medical, spiritual – call the number you now see on the bottom of your screen and let us help you to be born again by the spirit of God.” The toll=-free number, 800-555-6864 is a vacant code,” which the phone company assigned to ABC for the movie. It is one of many numbers not in operation, which, when called, gets a computerized response. ABC says there was no disclaimer because the show was clearly a drama, but might do so in the future.    

“The Lawrence Welk Show” will seize production after a 27-year run. Welk - whose 78 says it’s time to retire. Reruns of the show will be available with new introductions - repackaged “Memories With Lawrence Welk.” 

Looks like the “Mike Douglas Entertainment Hour” may be headed for trouble. Douglas, who has been a staple on daytime TV for 20 years, was canned by his longtime syndicator Group W not too long ago. His current show is seen on 80 stations, but most of them broadcast the show in off-hours. Only a week’s worth of shows have been taped since November. Most of the production staff was laid off last December and the show is searching for studio space. Douglas continues to produce pilots for other interview-type shows. 


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – February 1, 1982

60 Minutes - 29.3

Dallas - 28.4

Magnum, PI - 24.5

MASH - 24.0

The Dukes of Hazzard - 23.9
Alice - 23.8

Three’s Company - 23.7

The Love Boat - 22.5

The Jeffersons - 22.5

Happy Days - 22.2

Archie Bunker’s Place - 22.2

Trapper John MD - 22.0

 Real People - 21.8

One Day At A Time - 21.5

Greatest American hero - 21.0

Slap Shot - 20.8

American Music Awards - 20.8

Laverne & Shirley - 20.5

Falcon Crest - 20.3

Dynasty - 20.3

That’s Incredible - 20.3

The Facts of Life - 20.2

House Calls - 20.0

Hill Street Blues - 19.8

Fall Guy - 29.8


Friday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – February 1, 1982

CBS - Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas, Falcon Crest

NBC - NBC Magazine, McClain’s Law, Cassie & Co

ABC - Benson, Open All Night, Family Feud, Strike Force

PBS - MacNeil-Lehrer Report, Washington Week In Review, Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser, Creativity With Bill Moyers


NBC Magazine -features reporting by Jack Perkins, Betsy Aaron, Garrick Utley and Douglas Kiker.

Later on - NBC - The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson - John Byner guests.

After the Tonight Show - SCTV Comedy Network.


Top Music Albums – February 1, 1982

Freeze-Frame - J. Geils Band

4 - Foreigner

Escape - Journey

Private Eyes - Daryl Hall & John Oates

Ghost in the Machine - The Police

Tattoo You - The Rolling Stones

Hooked on Classics - The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

For Those About To Rock We Salute You - AC/DC

Bella Donna - Stevie Nicks

Memories - Barbra Streisand


#1 Top Country single - The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known) - Juice Newton


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – February 1, 1982

I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) - Hall & Oates

Centerfold - The J. Geils Band

Harden My Heart - Quarterflash

Turn Your Love Around - George Benson

Leather and Lace - Stevie Nicks/Don Henley

The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known) - Juice Newton

Hooked on Classics - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Cool Night - Paul Davis

Comin’ In And Out Of Your Life - Barbra Streisand

Trouble - Lindsey Buckingham

You Could Have Been With Me - Sheena Easton

Waiting On A Friend - The Rolling Stones

Love Is Alright Tonight - Rick Springfield

Abacab - Genesis

Someone Could Lose A Heart Tonight - Eddie Rabbit

Come Go With Me - The Beach Boys

Love Is Like A Rock - Donnie Iris

Shake It Up - The Cars

Open Arms - Journey

I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For The World - Ronnie Milsap

She’s Got A Way - Billy Joel

Working For The Weekend - Loverboy


More music albums – February 1, 1982

Private Eyes - Hall & Oates

Nine Tonight - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Circle of Love - The Steve Miller Band

If I Should Love Again - Barry Manilow

Tonight I’m Yours - Rod Stewart

Shake It Up - The Cars

Dairy of a Madman - Ozzy Osbourne

Standing Hampton - Sammy Hagar

Living Eyes - Bee Gees

Physical - Olivia Newton John

Fancy Free - The Oak Ridge Boys

The Dude - Quincy Jones 

Precious Time - Pat Benatar

Chariots of Fire - Vangelis

Raise! - Earth, Wind & Fire


Top Country Music Albums – February 1, 1982

Feels So Right - Alabama

Fancy Free - The Oak Ridge Boys

Hollywood/Tennessee - Crystal Gayle

Big City - Merle Haggard

Still The Same Ole’ Me - George Jones

Juice - Juice Newton

Cimarron - Emmylou Harris

There’s No Gettin’ Over Me - Ronnie Milsap

The Pressure is On - Hank Williams Jr.

Step By Step - Eddie Rabbit

Live - Barbara Mandrell

Bet Your Heart On Me - Johnny Lee

Greatest Hits - Charlie Pride

Greatest Hits - Kenny Rogers

Share Your Love - Kenny Rogers

Especially For You - Don Williams

Greatest Hits - Jim Reeves & Patsy Cline

Mr. T - Conway Twitty

I Am What I Am - George Jones


Top movies – February 1, 1982

Chariots of Fire - Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Cheryl Campbell,

Alice Krige

On Golden Pond - Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda

Taps - George C. Scott,  Timothy Hutton

The Border -

Raiders of the Lost Ark - Harrison Ford

Absence of Malice - Paul Newman, Sally Field

Whose Life Is It Anyway? -

Night Crossing - John Hurt

Sharkey’s Machine - Burt Reynolds, Vittorio Gassman, Brian Keith, Charles Durning, Earl Holliman, Bernie Casey, Henry Silva, Rachel Ward

The Boogens -

The Seduction - Morgan Fairchild

Night Crossing - John Hurt, Jane Alexander, Beau Bridges

 Modern Problems - Chevy Chase, Patti Darbanville, Mary Kay Place, Dabney Coleman

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