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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of October 15-31, 1982 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Poland’s top banking official in North America defects to the United States, bringing significant intelligence information, according to the FBI.

President Reagan unveils a government interagency agreement that would invest $5 billion in small business in 21 states and create as many as 300,000 jobs within four years.  

Chevron U.S.A. and Philips Petroleum announce the discovery of a giant offshore oil field holding at least 100 million barrels of recoverable oil.

John DeLorean is arrested in Los Angeles on charges of taking part in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The FBI says that a five-month undercover investigation had established that the 57-year-old DeLorean was the “financier” of a ring that brought nearly 60 pounds of cocaine into the LA area and had plans to import another 160 pounds, altogether, worth $27 million. Delorean – a maverick engineer, established his own company in Northern Ireland four years ago to produce the gull-winged, stainless steel-bodied sports cars that bore his name and were priced at $25,000 apiece.

Disregarding surprised shouts and protests by Chinese officials, U.S. publisher Malcolm Forbes flies without permission in a hot air balloon over Peking and lands in a restricted military camp. “This was not allowed,’ a Chinese official said gravely.” But we were too late to stop it.” Forbes and five other Americans completed the first motorcycle tour across China – a 1,500-mile trek. But he had been frustrated in his efforts to fly a 74-foot-tall hot air balloon he brought with him.

The Dow hits highest level in almost 10 years – closing up 20.32 at 1034.12 – its highest finish since it hit 1,039.36 on January 12, 1973. 

The cyanide Tylenol killings have spawned an outbreak of copycat product tamperings such as spiking acid into mouthwash, eye drops and nasal spray purchased at stores from coast to coast. A woman in suburban Chicago suffered burns when she used Listerine mouthwash contaminated with sulfuric acid. A California man’s eyes were severely burned by acid-laced drips.

The last of the copper pennies rolls off the presses at the Denver mint. It now produces the new copper-coated zine pennies.


News – Week of October 22, 1982

President Reagan offers to triple the tonnage of grain the United States will sell the Soviet Union with an embargo-free guarantee if the soviets will buy before Nov 30 and take deliveries within 180 days. 

President Reagan tells the president of Lebanon “we hear you,” and that he will give “serious consideration” to his suggestion that a multinational peacekeeping force be enlarged and given an expanded role in the strife-torn Arab country.

Weekly radio address - President Reagan advises the nation’s 11.3 million unemployed to “hang in there”’ saying a drop in inflation and interest rates and a recent surge in the stock market had brought “new cause for confidence.”  The country’s biggest problem, he said, “May be fear – fear that we’re adrift, that there is no plan, that no one is doing anything to make things better.” “That’s not true.”

President Reagan hails two days of optimistic economic news as evidence the recession is ending and the nation is headed for prosperity.  “Each week is fresh evidence that out program will work and is momentum for recover. Yesterday, we learned that productivity increased sharply in the third quarter,’ said the President.

In Northern Ireland a bomb explodes under a police vehicle in a rural area killing three officers instantly as they patrolled along a quiet road frequented by birdwatchers in County Armagh.

Virginia - School principals are asked to keep close watch on their teachers after columnist Ann Landers received a letter from a man identifying himself as a Wheeling teacher who threatened to commit ‘the worlds mass murder in the history of this country.” The anonymous writer – singed the letter “Wheeling, W.Va.”

President  Reagan in an interview, rejected charges that he is uncaring and declared, “I bleed for the unemployed” and dismissed House Speaker Thomas (Tip) O’Neill Jr.’s assertion that he has “ice water” in his veins.

A 20-year-old woman who had taken Extra Strength Excedrin capsules fell ill and authorities suspected that she had been poisoned by mercuric chloride, the toxic chemical blamed for an Excedrin poisoning this week.

King Hassan II of Morocco says that the Arab nations “wish to live in peace with Israel”, provided that Israel abandons the territories if won in the 1967 Mideast war.

Weekly radio address – President Reagan attached the “six big myths” about his economic policies that he said his opponents were spreading.

Passing – Former First Lady Bess Truman (97).


Fascinating Business news – October 15, 1982

Passing – Joyce Clyde Hall, who turned a small picture postcard business into Hallmark Cards Inc. the world’s largest greeting card company, dies in his sleep at 91. Hall ran Hallmark for 56 years and stepped aside as chief executive officer in 1966, when his son, Donald J. Hall took over. 

Hudson’s – the “Big store” with floor space exceeded only by Macy’s in New York is closing in January, leaving the downtown area of Detroit without a major department store.

At least 6,000 copies of a bogus publication that was printed to look like a section of the New York Times were confiscated after some dealers said they had been asked to insert them in the Sunday papers. The 12-page section which closely resembled the newspaper’s format, attacked the politically influential attorney Roy Cohn, Mayor Edward Koch and republican gubernatorial candidate Lewis E. Lehrman.


Technology news – October 15, 1982

GTE introduces its “PacMan Phone.” Fits in the palm of your hand.

Coming soon from Atari – “ET”- the home game.

Sony is about to debut the Watchman – which contains a revolutionary 2-inch flat black-and-white picture tube. It should sell for about $350 and you’ll be able to give it as a Christmas gift.


Sports news – October 15, 1982

World welterweight champ Sugar Ray Leonard, who underwent surgery in May to repair a detached retina in his left eye, will definitely retire in November. 


Radio news – October 15, 1982

Top-40 Radio is Back – Radio Ratings:

Looks like WBBM-FM’s “Hot Hits” format has pushed the station to third place in Chicago. WLS-AM fell to a 3.6 from a 4.8. WBBM-FM hit a 5.3 share overall – a 20.8 share with teens! The station had a 2.7 in the last ratings book.

Mike Joseph’s “Hot Hits” top-40 format comes to Detroit and WHYT (formerly WJR-FM). 

Rick Carroll signs a fourth station – KEGL (eagle) in Dallas will begin to sound like KROQ – Pasadena. 

WBLS-FM (New York) program director Frankie Crocker has big numbers on his late afternoon-early evening show. Frankie starts with a 5.5 share and ends with a 7.7 share.

Country WHN (New York) will pick-up Mets play-by-play.

Now four years old - Birch – the other ratings company, is now available in 56 markets. It’s competing with staple Arbitron for the radio ratings business.

WAPP – New York’s newest rock station hits a 4.9 share after running commercial free. But now commercials have been added – can they maintain those ratings? WKTU is still on top – but at a 5.5 share – down from 6.2 in the spring. WBLS is up to a 5.3 from a 5.1 and WRKS is down to 5.1 from 5.9. A/C WYNY is up to 5.0. Country is down to a 2.6 from a 2.7 and rival WKHK is up to 2.2 from 1.7. WNEW-FM is down to a 2.0 from a 2.9.

Los Angeles – KROQ is holding at a 3.7 while KMET falls to a 3.4 from a 4.0. Top-40 KIQQ moves up to a 4.1 from a 3.7.  Talker KABC leads LA with an 8.6 share, up from 6.7 last book.  KLOS gets a 4.7. A/C music station KFI slips to a 1.7 from a 2.5. KNX-FM (mellow rock) slips to a 1.6 from 2.2. Beautiful KBIG slips to a 4.0 from 5.0.


Television news – October 15, 1982 

Don’t miss Pac man on ABC Saturday mornings. The cartoon version has arms, feet and wears a hat, unlike the yellow blob seen in the arcades.

Comic strip character Garfield makes his TV debut in a primetime special – “Here Comes Garfield” on CBS-TV this week.

The Nashville Network, a new cable service is scheduled for launch next year. Look for lots of country music, live talk and variety shows and others – just for country fans. It’s a joint venture of WSM Inc and Group W. Satellite Communications.

Football is back – At Least A Little Bit - Ted Turner says his WTBS Superstation will carry a series of NFL All-Star games, because, as everyone knows, there is a player’s strike. The NFL Players’ Assn. cleared the legal hurdles for such games. The games will also be syndicated to regular TV by Turner. 

With lack of NFL games this fall, NBC has been telecasting Canadian Football coverage, but the ratings have been a disaster. 

Actress Eileen Brennan was in critical but stable condition after a speeding car struck in the middle of a darkened street in Venice, near Los Angeles. She had been dining with actress Goldie Hawn at a nearby restaurant.

Actress Jennifer O’Neill is shot once in the abdomen at her home in Westchester, NY. She’s listed in fair condition after surgery.


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – October 15, 1982

CBS – Magnum, P.I., Simon and Simon, Knot’s Landing

NBC –Fame, Star of the Family, Cheers, Taxi, Hill Street Blues, Tonight, David Letterman

ABC – Joanie Loves Chachi, Star of the Family, Too Close for Comfort, It Takes Two, 20/20,

PBS – Sneak Previews

On Cheers – The coach doesn’t like the man his daughter is about to marry.  


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – October 22, 1982

CBS – EPCOT Center –The Opening Celebration, Movie

NBC – Diff’rent Strokes, Silver Spoons, Gimme a Break, Love, Sidney, Devlin Connection, Saturday Night Live

ABC – T.J. Hooker, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island


EPCOT Center … The Opening Celebration – Danny Kaye leads a musical tour through Disney’s EPCOT.

On Devlin Connection  - Brian and Nick find a corpse in the trunk of Nick’s car.

On Saturday Night Live – Howard Hessman hosts with musical guests Men at Work. Also appearing – Andy Kaufman.


Music news – October 15, 1982

Janet Jackson (16) makes her album debut. “Young Love” is on A&M records. She is managed by her father, Joe Jackson for Joe Jackson Productions at 6255 Sunset Blvd., Suite 716 -  Hollywood, CA.  She’s been performing with the family since she was 7.

Update - The Nashville Network is set to launch in early 1983.

The USA Network will air a live concert by Utopia next month. The channel now reaches an estimated 13 million cable households. 

Elton John is suing the Dick James Organization for the returns of the copyrights of all his songs from 1967 through 1975, for a total of 150 songs. It comes in the wake of similar litigation between Gilbert O’Sullivan and the MAM Company and between Police lead singer Sting and Virgin Music.

MTV begins Halloween early with an Ozzy Osbourne concert taped this summer. Look for it on the 30th. Then on Halloween, MTV will present a Frank Zappa concert taped earlier after an airing of “Night of the Living Dead.”


Hot Rock Music Album Tracks – October 15, 1982

Electricland – Bad Company

New World Man – Rush

Everybody Wants You – Billy Squier

Don’t Fight – Kenny Loggins/Steve Perry

Eminence Front – The Who

You Don’t Want Me Anymore – Steel Breeze

Gypsy – Fleetwood Mac

Shock the Monkey – Peter Gabriel


Top Country Hit Music Singles – October 15, 1982

He Got You – Ronnie Milsap

Let It Be Me – Willie Nelson

Close Enough To Perfect – Alabama

I Will Always Love You – Dolly Parton

Break It To Me Gently – Juice Newton

Mistakes – Don Williams

You’re So Good When You’re Bad – Charley Pride

Yesterday’s Wine – Merle haggard & George Jones

I Wish You Could Have Turned My Head – Oak Ridge Boys

She’s Lying – Lee Greenwood


Top Pop Hit Singles In Britain – October 15, 1982

Pass the Dutchie – Musical Youth

Do You Really Want To Hurt Me – Culture Club

Zoom – Pat Larry’s Band

Hard To Say I’m Sorry – Chicago

There It is – Shalamar

Jackie Wilson Said – Kevin Rowland and Dexys Midnight Runners

Love Come Down – Evelyn King

Friend Or Foe – Adam Ant

The Bitterest Pill – the Jam

Just What I Always Wanted – Mari Wilson


Hot Pop Music Albums – October 15, 1982

Mirage – Fleetwood Mac

American Fool – John Cougar

Emotions in Motion – Billy Squier

Nebraska – Bruce Springsteen

Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band

Chicago 16 – Chicago

If that’s What It Takes – Michael McDonald

Vacation – Go-Go’s

It’s Hard – The Who

Eye in the Sky – Alan Parson’s Project

Business as Usual – Men At Work

Signals – Rush

A Flock of Seagulls – A Flock of Seagulls

Get Lucky – Loverboy

Combat Rock – The Clash

High Adventure – Kenny Loggins

Hey Ricky – Melissa Manchester

Donna Summer – Donna Summer

No Control – Eddie Money

Asia – Asia

Screaming For Vengeance – Judas Priest

Jump To It – Aretha Franklin

Shango – Santana

Built For Speed – stray Cats

Rough Diamonds – Bad Company

What Time Is It? – The Time

Good Trouble – REO Speedwagon

Rock in a Hard Place – Aerosmith


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – October 15, 1982 

Who Can It Be Now? – Men At Work

Jack and Diane – John Cougar

Abracadabra – Steve Miller Band

Hard To Say I’m Sorry – Chicago

Eye in the Sky – Alan Parsons Project

I Ran -  Flock of Seagulls

Somebody’s Baby – Jackson Brown

I Keep Forgettin – Michael McDonald

Blue Eyes – Elton John

Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

Hold On – Santana

Gypsy – Fleetwood Mac

Break It To Me Gently – Juice Newton

You Can Do Magic – America

Heart Attack – Olivia Newton-John

Eye of the Tiger – Survivor

Heartlight – Neil Diamond

What’s Forever For – Michael Murphy

Don’t Fight It – Kenny Loggins/Steve Perry

Gloria – Lora Branigan

Big Fun – Kool & The Gang

You Should Hear How She Talks About You – Melissa Manchester

The One You Love – Glenn Frey

Jump To It – Aretha Franklin

Nobody – Sylvia

You Don’t Want Me Anymore – Steel Breeze

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