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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of September 22, 1982 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

About 800 U.S. Marines return to Beirut and take control of the airport from departing Israeli forces in a new peacekeeping operation. Later, a cluster bomb kills one Marine and injures 3 others.  

Some 300,000 gather in Tel Aviv to protest their government’s war policy and demand the resignations of Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Defense Minister Ariel Sharon.

The Senate approves a bill that would allow bands and savings and loans to offer high interest money market funds covered by federal deposit insurance. But, it also severely limits a homebuyer’s right to take over an old low-interest mortgage.

Falling food and gas prices hold inflation to .3% in August, the smallest rise in four months.

Woolworth Co. announces that it is closing its 336 Woolco discount stores. The stores, which opened during the 1960’s are primarily located in the southeastern and south-central U.S.

Chanting, “Begin resign,” about 3,000 people marched on Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s home to protest his rejection of an immediate inquiry into the Beirut refugee camp massacres.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy launches an expensive reelection advertising campaign in Massachusetts that emphasizes the tragedies in his life and highlights his role as “head of the entire Kennedy clan.”

The first landing of the Eiffel Tower reopens this week after shedding 1,000 tons so the tower’s 93-year-old legs can go on supporting France’s top tourist attraction. The landing at the 187-foot-level of the 1,062-foot tower was closed 22 months ago after engineers decided that the tower’s 11,000-ton overall weight was too much for its steel supports and that some girders needed replacing or shoring up.

President Reagan declares that despite the recession and unemployment, Americans are “better off today than we were,” before his election. He denied any responsibility for the 14-month-old business slump and blamed democrats in past administrations for “overspending and taxing us into this recession.”

Commerce Department - The nation’s trade deficit soared to a record $7.1 billion in August, the largest monthly figure ever.

Passing – Actress Sarah Churchill – daughter of the late Sir Winston Churchill, who was described as hard working and hard drinking. She was 67.


Sports news – September 22, 1982

Pat Riley, who coached the Los Angeles Lakers to their second NBA title in three years, signs a multi-year contract with the team.

NFL strike is still on. The striking players accuse the three major television networks of funding the pro football owners and threaten the networks with picketing and legal action.

Joe Namath is arrested and charged with drunk driving near Tarmarac, Florida. He was reportedly uncooperative with police, refusing alcohol tests and refused to be fingerprinted.

Passing – Monty Stratton – former Chicago White sox pitcher whose comeback attempt in professional baseball after losing a leg inspired the 1948 motion picture “The Stratton story” starring James Stewart and June Alyson. He was 70.


Fascinating Business/Media news – September 22, 1982

“I Love N.Y.” ads are going into their fifth year. Look for new television ads by Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall, Mickey Rooney and Lena Horn beginning this week.

McDonald’s files suit seeking to keep Burger King’s new commercials off the air. McDonald’s says the Burger King campaign is “false and misleading” because it portrays McDonald’s hamburgers as fried and Burger King hamburgers as broiled, while contending that consumers prefer broiling to frying. The suit also says the ads contain a further misleading claim from burger King about McDonald’s hamburgers containing 20% less meat. When the prices of the hamburgers are taken into account, McDonald’s sandwiches do “contain as much or more meat than Burger King hamburger sandwiches,” said McDonalds.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – September 22, 1982

Toy manufacturers agree – the hot items this Christmas season are sure to be E.T., Garfield and Pac-Man. More and more scented toys will hit the market.

New – Milton Bradley introduces the Pac Man board game!

Professor Albert Millar Jr., who teaches a course on the Bible as literature at a college in Virginia, notes there are 33 instances in the movie “E.T.” that closely parallel the life of Jesus. “I think the thing that struck me most was the idea of the capacity to heal, and then when E.T. died and was resurrected,” said Miller in a telegram to Universal City Studios.

“This is Judy Woodruff at the White House,” the memoir of an NBC White House correspondent has just come out with a jacket bearing a picture of Woodruff’s White House press pass – and the Secret Service wants it pulled. By the time the offending cover was noticed in the White House, 14,000 copies of the book had been sent to bookstores. The Secret Service says that the picture is a violation of Title 18 of the U.S. Code prohibiting the “counterfeiting alteration or misuse” of such identity documents. The publisher says it will change the jacket. 

Broadway news – Much anticipated – Look for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicalization of T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” in the Broadway opening of “Cats.” It begins October 7 at the Winter Garden Theatre. 


Television news – September 22, 1982

New debuts this week include Matt Houston and Knight Rider.

The MacNeil-Lehrer Report on PBS will be expanded from 30 minutes to an hour beginning in April 1983. 

NBC White House correspondent John Palmer is named news anchor on the “Today” show, replacing Chris Wallace who will assume Palmer’s post.

Passing – Actress Mabel Albertson – best-known as portraying Darin’s mother in “Bewitched” during the 1960’s. She was 81.

Princess Grace – The Last Interview – on “20/20” – this week. 


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – September 22, 1982

CBS – 60 Minutes, Archie Bunker’s Place, Debut-Gloria, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, Trapper John, M.D.

NBC – ChiPs, Knight Rider, TV’s Censored Bloopers No. 3

ABC – Debut-Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Debut-Matt Houston, The 2nd Edition of Whatever Became Of…”

PBS – Nova, Masterpiece Theater


Debut-Ripley’s – Jack Palance hosts/narrates this series on strange, unexpected and bizarre phenomena of man and nature. First show features a look at the worst orchestra in London, “Bog” people and a look at rare Stradivarious violins.  

Debut – Gloria – Stars Sally Struthers as Archie Bunker’s daughter. She’s now working for a small-town veterinarian.


Radio news – September 22, 1982

KRTH (Los Angeles) completes its live DJ lineup – Dean Goss, Brian Beirne, Brother John, Pat Evans and Jan Marie.

Mutual Broadcasting introduces multi-casting as it takes advantage of the multi-channel capabilities of its satellite delivery. Mutual will feed 11 different channels ranging from sports to classical music. 

Doubleday Broadcasting president Gary Stevens signs a deal with Metromedia to purchase WMET-FM (95.5) in Chicago. Price is $9.5 million. It’s the third major radio station purchase for the company – behind WAVA Washington and WAPP New York. Metromedia is selling the station to clear the way for the purchase of WFLD-TV from Field Communications for $136 million. 

The day after his debut on WNBC New York, Howard Stern gets stuck home in bed with a strep throat. Program Director Kevin Methany says Stern’s doctor told him to gargle with salt water and keep his mouth shut. Continues Methany about the expectations of Stern on WNBC – “It was okay for him to talk about oozing sores in D.C (WWDC-FM) because he was entertaining 12-24 year-olds on a rock format. But that’s exactly what we’d like to avoid at NBC. Our 25-49 core likes Willie Nelson and James Taylor, has 2.2 kids, a dog, a cat, a sedan and a mortgage.” Stern takes over 4p-8p on WNBC radio 66. 

Bob and Ray – the legendary radio comedy team – return to radio. They’ll be heard Sundays on National Public Radio. 

Radio consultant Bobby Hatrik has been hired by WPLJ-FM (New York) to monitor new rival WAPP. Hatrik use to work for the company that owns WAPP – Doubleday.  

Twenty five album rock FM stations are set to launch a “Ticket to Rock” contest in the fall. It’s the first national game promotion of its type and was put together by Contemporary Marketing in St. Louis.


Music news – September 22, 1982

Another British invasion is clearly hitting the charts. The latest band – “ABC” has “The Look of Love.” ABC joins the ranks of the Human League, A Flock of Seagulls, Duran Duran and Soft Cell – all from Britain.

ATI Video Enterprieses which produces “Night Flight” on the USA Network, introduces FM-TV – to be spun into a syndicated video series. In addition, ATI is producing a “Black Aerbicise” program with DJ Frankie Croker.

MTV is having an influence - particularly in the outlying areas and is helping sell records. One record dealer in remote Washington state says – “MTV is the greatest thing that ever happened. Our customers had to go 150 miles each way to Seattle to see touring acts until MTV.” “I can carry more catalog. All of a sudden people here know Joan Armatrading, Huey Lewis and the News, the Motels and the stray Cats.” Another dealer in Turlock, California says – “It’s driving me crazy, trying to keep up with the new requests. MTV has been in the area less than two months. Now the customer knows the name of the act, the song and the album because it’s spelled out on the screen. It has stimulated some of our old customers.” Another operator in Akron, Ohio says MTV is doing quite a bit to help his sales. He’ll be installing a large-screen television tuned to the channel. Up until now, he delegated one of his employees to keep him abreast of MTV traffic. WOW!

CBS is eying theatrical exhibitions to display new music videos. It’s already been done by Epic with Aldo Nova and Columbia with Men At Work videos.

Passing – Country singer Jimmy Wakely. He was 68.

In last week’s issue of “Rolling Stone” magazine, a special repot disputed the record industry’s claim that home taping is responsible for more than $1 billion in lost record sales.

Singer Marie Osmond (22) who was married June 26 to former college basketball player Steve Craig (25) is expecting her first child in April.


Top Country Hit Music Singles – September 22, 1982

Dancing Your Memory Away – Charly McClain

She Got The Goldmine (I Got The Shaft) – Jerry Reed

Big Ole Brew – Mel McDaniel

Whatever – Statler Brothers

Put Your dreams Away – Mickey Gilley

Love Will Turn You Around – Kenny Rogers

This Dream’s On Me – Gene Watson

I Just Came Here To Dance – David Frizzell and Shelly West

I Wish YouCould Have Turned My Head – Oak Ridge Boys


Hot Rock Music Album Tracks – September 22, 1982

Gypsy – Fleetwood Mac

New World Man – Rush

Athena – The Who

Shakin’ – Eddie Money

You’ve Got Another Thing Coming – Judas Priest

Dirty Laundry – Don Henley

Don’t Fight it – Kenny Loggins and Steve Perry

Electricland – Bad Company

Burning Down One Side – Robert Plant


Top pop hit music singles in Britain – September 22, 1982

Save a Prayer – Duran Duran

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Private investigations – Dire Straits

Hi-Fidelity – Kids from fame

All of My Heart – ABC

I Eat Cannibals part 1 – Toto Coelo

Come On Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Walking on Sunshine – Rockers Revenge & Donnie Calvin

What – Soft Cell

Can’t Take y eyes Off You – Boystown Gang

Give Me Your Heart Tonight – Shakin’ Stevens

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