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