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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of November 26, 1982 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Surgeons replace the dying heart of a dentist and replace it with the first permanent artificial heart this week. The historic operation was conducted at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. If successful, the operation would mean that dentist Barney Clark would have to be connected for the rest of his life by two tubes to an external air compressor.

President Belisario Betancur of Columbia criticizes President Reagan’s Latin America policies in a face-to-face encounter, demanding he alter some of risky economic and political positions. In an after lunch toast, Betancur forcefully urged that Reagan join in a “new social alliance,” that he liberalize U.S. trade and financial policies and that he stop opposing Cuban participation in the inter-American system. He also complained about massive spending for arms by developed countries. President Reagan is in the area as part of a five - day Latin American tour.

Kevin John Masterson - who surrendered to the FBI for questioning in the Tylenol poisoning, goes berserk when jailed inmates accused him of the killings. Authorities say he smashed the commode in his cell and smeared defecation on the walls.


Fascinating Business news – Tylenol Update – November 26, 1982

Tylenol is back on store shelves this week - now in triple-sealed tamper resistant packages. All stores should be stocked by January 1st. Parent Johnson & Johnson says consumer response to discount coupons “has been very good.”


Technology news – November 26, 1982

Need a word processor for the office? How about one from Exxon (the oil company?) Yes. The Exxon 510 word processor, for the price, offers a greater combination of practical function and performance features and reliability than the similar machines offered by Wang and IBM.  Exxon Office Systems. 


Sports news – November 26, 1982

Free agent Don Baylor, formerly of the California Angels, signs a four-year contract with the Yankees for $3.7 million.

Sportscaster Vin Scully signs a multiyear contract NBC that will pay him $1 million a year. The contract calls for Scully to do play-by-play on 28 Game-of-the-week baseball telecasts and do all nine innings on NBC’s coverage of World Series, playoff and All-Star games. He’ll also do golf coverage. Joe Garagiola, the network’s former #1 announcer is signed as the network’s No 1 commentator and will work with Scully. Garagiola was compensated for stepping down. Tony Kubek, who has been NBC’s No 1 baseball commentator, is demoted to the No 2 team with he and Bob Costas compensated financially.  

Herschel Walker of top-rated Georgia wins the Heisman Trophy, winning easily over Stanford quarterback John Elway and SMU tailback Erick Dickerson.


Best-selling books – November 26, 1982 

Master of the Game - Sidney Sheldon

Space - James A. Michener

2010 Odyssey Two - Arthur C. Clarke

Goodbye Mickey Mouse - Len Deighton

The Valley of Horses - Jean M. Auel

Different Seasons - Stephen King

Foundation’s Edge - Isaac Asimov

Life Sentences - Elizabeth Forsyth Hailey

Life Extension - Durk Pearson/Sandy Shaw

And More By Andy Rooney - Andy Rooney

Jane Fonda’s Workout Book - Jane Fonda

Having It All - Love, Success, Sex, Money - Helen Gurley Brown

Growing Up - Russell Baker  

Living, Loving and Learning - Leo Bauscaglia

Growing Up - Russell Baker


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie/Hollywood news – November 26, 1982

Passing - British actor Robert Coote noted “My Fair Lady” actor. He was 73. He spent most of his professional life working on Broadway, but it was the role of Col. Pickerung in the musical that brought him the most acclaim. He was with “My Fair Lady” from its start on Broadway in 1956.   

Marries - Actor Ralph Waite, who portrayed the father in “The Waltons” to interior designer Linda East in Palm Springs.

Actress Lillian Gish, actor Gene Kelly, and bandleader Benny Goodman are among five who receive Kennedy Center Honors. The others are Broadway, producer, director and writer George Abbot and conductor laureate of the Philadelphia orchestra Eugene Ormandy.

Speaking out for the first time since the July 23rd accident which killed actor Vic Morrow and two children, “Twilight Zone” director John Landis says “The explosions were much larger than anyone expected and said the explosion that crippled the helicopter was not supposed to take place. He denied another crewmember’s allegation that he ordered the helicopter lower and lower. He said he didn’t even have a walkie-talkie and “I was not in radio communication with the helicopter during the shot. Even if I had been, they could not have heard me anyway.”    

 Dies - British comic Marty Feldman (48) while finishing a new motion picture in Mexico City. Feldman collapsed and died in his hotel room shortly after returning from the set of “Yellowbeard” - a pirate put-on movie... Later in the week, Marty Feldman is eulogized at services tinged with laughter and jazz music - then he was buried in Hollywood near the graves of Stan Laurel and Buster Keaton (two of his favorites). 

Howard Cosell, disgusted by the state of boxing, says he’ll be no part of any pro-fight broadcast. “I love amateur boxing and if the company wants me to (ABC), I would do Olympic boxing. But professional, no. I have walked away from it. I am past the point where I want to be part of it. I don’t want to be a party to the hypocrisy, the sleaziness. I’m worn out by it.” Cosell was outraged last week while covering the heavyweight title fight in which champion Larry Holmes battered Randy (Tex) Cobb for 15 rounds. He kept telling his audience that he couldn’t believe the fight wasn’t being stopped.   

At Rockefeller Center in Manhattan - David Rockefeller, chairman of the center, lights a 70-foot Norwegian spruce Christmas tree. Also with him - Bob Hope, Merlin Olson and actress Sandy Duncan. 


Thursday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – November 26, 1982

CBS - Magnum PI, Simon & Simon, Knots Landing

NBC - Fame, Cheers, Taxi, Hill Street Blues

ABC - Joanie Loves Chachi, Star of the Family, Movie


On Joanie Loves Chachi - Joanie turns to Chachi after she is accused of cheating on a term paper.

On Cheers - A Boston Red Sox pitcher hits the slump and seeks advice from Sam.

On Taxi - Simka’s cousin, a monk whose order forbids worldly stimulus except once every 10 years, shows up at the garage for the occasion and has an eye for Elaine.

On Johnny Carson - guest host Joan Rivers with Tony Orlando.


Top music albums - November 26, 1982

Built for Speed - Stray Cats

Business As Usual - Men at Work

H2O - Hall & Oates

Lionel Ritchie - Lionel Ritchie

Signals - Rush

The Nylon Curtain - Billy Joel

Night and Day - Joe Jackson

Heartlight - Neil Diamond

Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen

... Famous Last Word - Supertramp

American Fool - John Cougar

Greatest Hits Vol. 3 - Olivia Newton John

Greatest Hits - Ray Parker Jr.

Eye In The Sky - The Alan Parsons Project

Here Comes The Night - Barry Manilow

E.T. - Original Movie Soundtrack

Heartbreaker - Dionne Warwick


Top Country Music Singles – November 26, 1982

War Is Hell (On The Homefront Too) - T.G. Shepard

It Ain’t Easy Being Easy - Janie Fricke


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – November 26, 1982 

Truly - Lionel Ritchie

Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes

Mickey - Toni Basil

Gloria - Laura Branigan

Heart Attack - Olivia Newton-John

Heartlight - Neil Diamond

Steppin’ Out - Joe Jackson

Rock This Town - Stray Cats

Muscles - Diana Ross

It’s Raining Again - Supertramp

Maneater - Hall & Oates

Shadows of the Night - Pat Benatar

Nobody - Sylvia

You Don’t Want Me Anymore - Steel Breeze

Southern Cross - Crosby, Stills & Nash

Pressure - Billy Joel 

Love Me Tomorrow - Chicago

Missing You - Dan Fogelberg

I.G.Y. (What A Beautiful World) - Donald Fagen

On The Wings of Love - Jeffrey Osbourne

I’m So Excited - The Pointer Sisters

Get Closer - Linda Ronstadt

Everybody Wants You - Billy Squier

Destination Unknown - Missing Persons

Theme From Dynasty - Bill Conti Orchestra

Wake Up My Love - George Harrison


Top movies – November 26, 1982

My Favorite Year - Peter O’Toole, Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna

Creepshow - Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Fritz Weaver, Leslie Nielsen, Carrie Ney, E.G. Marshall

An Officer and A Gentleman - Richard Gere, Debra Winger, David Keith, Louis Gossett Jr.

The Last Unicorn (A Rankin/Bass Production)

They Call Me Bruce - Johnny Yune, Margaux Hemingway, Pam Huntington, Ralph Mauro

The Empire Strikes Back - Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams Anthony Daniels

E.T - The Extra-Terrestrial - Peter Coyote

The Man From Snowy River - Kirk Douglas, Jack Thompson, Tom Hurlenson, Sigrid Thornton

First Blood - Sylvester Stallone

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