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



In The News

Surgeons replace the dying heart of Barney Clark, a 61-year-old dentist with the first permanent artificial heart implanted in a human. The historic operation took place at the University of Utah.

The nation’s unemployment leaps from 10.4% to 10.8%.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy takes himself out of the 1984 presidential run – a decision he attributed for concern of his children and divorce proceedings that are wrenching his family.  

Latin trip – President Reagan meets with President Efrain Rios Montt of Guatemala and promises U.S. support for the military ruler’s battle against leftist guerrillas.

President Reagan scraps the idea of asking Congress to speed imposition of the 1984 tax cut scheduled for July 1 and instead, will stress a hike in the gasoline levy.

Update - Artificial heart recipient Barney Clark suffers seizures that placed him in critical condition and doctors are testing for brain damage.

Kevin John Masterson, who surrendered to the FBI for questioning in the Tylenol poisonings and “went berserk” when jail inmates accused him of the killings, waives extradition for return to Illinois.

Greeting card publishers say nostalgic themes are among the most popular designs in this year’s Christmas greeting cards. Teddy bears, adaptations from “The Night Before Christmas” and engravings from the Dickensian Era are popular.


Technology news – December 1, 1982

A 2,000-ft television and FM radio tower collapses killing five and injuring three others who were working on the structure. The tower is located on the edge of Houston, TX and was to be used by nine FM stations and KTXH television in Houston. 


Sports news – December 1, 1982

Dallas QB Danny White completes 21 of 29 passes for 216 yards as the Cowboys beat the Redskins 24-10. 

The San Diego Padres reportedly, have offered free agent Steve Garvey $6 million.

Superdome - Thomas Hearns defeats Wilfred Benitez at the Superdome in a 15 round decision.


Media and Sports  - December 1, 1982

Howard Cosell insists he is disgusted by the present state of foxing and says he will never be a commentator for another professional fight. “I love amateur boxing and if the company wants me to, I would do Olympic boxing. But professional, no. I have walked away from it. I am past the point where I want to be a part of it. I don’t want to be a party to the hypocrisy, the sleaziness… I’m worn out by it,” said Cosell.

Media - Sportscaster Vin Scully – best known for his LA Dodgers broadcasts on the West Coast, signs a multiyear contract with NBC that will pay him $1 million per year. The contract calls for Scully to do play-byplay on 28 baseball game-of-the-week telecasts as well as playoff and World Series games. He’ll also be involved in the network’s golf coverage.


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

British comic Marty Feldman (48) collapses and dies while finishing a new motion picture in Mexico.  He collapsed and died in his hotel room, shortly after returning from the set of “Yellowbeard.”


Music news – December 1, 1982

Ozzy Osbourne releases a live album of old Black Sabbath music.

Rock FM stations got a jump on the new Led Zeppelin album “Coda.” The much anticipated album was played, in some cases – 10 days before its official release – something Atlantic Records was not happy about.


Television news – December 1, 1982

CBS airs a Carol Burnett tribute with over 100 celebrities in gather. Look for Lucille Ball, Bette Davis, Sammy Davis Jr., Steve Lawrence, Jack Paar, Burt Reynolds, James Stewart and others.  

Carol Kane comes aboard as a regular cast member of “Taxi” but the ratings of the series aren’t that good. NBC airs the show Thursday nights.

In its first major commitment to public television, General Electric makes a 42.5 million grant in support of “Inside Story” which has been off the air since April to lack of funding.


Thursday night television listings/programs/TV guide – December 1, 1982

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

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

ABC – Joanie Loves Chachi, Star of the Family, Movie, Nightline, The Last Word

PBS – Sneak Previews


On  Joanie Loves Chachi – Joanie turns to Chachi after she’s accused of cheating on a term paper.

On Taxi – Simka’s cousin, a monk whose order forbids worldly stimulus except once every 10 years, shows up at the garage. She’s played by Carol Kane.


Top movies – December 1, 1982

My Favorite Years

They Call Me Bruce?


Officer and A Gentleman

Time Bandits

House Where Evil Dwells

Five Days One Summer

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