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


In The News

Stimulating the economy - The Fed reduces its discount rate to 8.5% down from 9%.

Inflation seems to be in check as consumer prices rise just .1% in November. That could bring inflation just under 5% for 1982.

Teamsters Union President Roy L. Williams and four co-defendants are convicted in federal court of conspiracy to bribe a U.S. senator and to defraud a teamsters pension fund.

Historic action – The House votes to cite Ann Gorsuch, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency for contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over agency documents. She had refused on orders from President Reagan, to give both a House committee and a subcommittee documents dealing with EPA enforcement in the cleanup of hazardous waste sites.

Congress and President Reagan head for a showdown on whether to spend $1 billion on job stimulus programs.

Fighting inflation for more than three years - Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker is changing tactics – instead of fighting inflation, his emphasis is a recovery of the most depressed economy in four decades.

A plane chartered by the FBI crashes into bookstore in Montgomery, AL, killing all six aboard including a suspected embezzler who surfaced after being declared legally dead. He was leading FBI agents to the site of buried money. 4 FBI agents perished.

James Lewis - a man charged with trying to extort $1 million from the makers of Extra-Strength Tylenol after seven persons in Chicago died from taking cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules, is captured in New York City. The arrest ends after a 10-week search punctuated by letters from Lewis to the Chicago Tribune and Kansas City Star, in which he declared his innocence in a federal complaint.

Two acrobat bandits cut through the roof of an armored car in the Bronx, handcuff the guard on duty and escape with $5.3 million in what police say is the largest cash robbery in history.

An abnormal cancerous growth is removed from an area above First Lady Nancy Reagan’s upper lip.

Former CIA agent Edwin P. Wilson is sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined $200,000 for shipping weapons illegally to the radical government of Libya.

Trading barbs in TV Guide – White House Spokesman Larry Speakes accuses ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson of bating President Reagan.  Speakes said if Donaldson practiced his craft the same way in the Soviet Union, he would be “building snowmen in Siberia.” To that, Donaldson replied – “it’s my job to ruffle feathers.” And “Docile reporters may produce better stories’ from the White House’s point of view, but not the public’s.” Speakes said he wants to know why question-and-answer sessions with Reagan “turn into an attempt to get the President to say something he doesn’t want to say.” To that, Donaldson replied – “Larry, I’m amazed. I always thought Ronald Regan, that master politician and great communicator, usually said what he wanted to say. No?”


Sports news – December 15, 1982

Free agent first baseman Steve Garvey, formally of the Dodgers, signs a $6 million contract with the San Diego Padres.

Bobby Unser (48), three-time Indy 500 winner, says he’s retiring from auto racing.


Technology news - December 15, 1982

Looks like Columbia will be the first to offer Compact Disc product here in the U.S., but as Japanese imports. This should occur sometime in the first quarter of 1983. But Polygram says it will release product in Europe before the U.S. They say they’re doing this because of limited production capacities.

Said a spokesperson for Polygram – “For a successful launch, it will be crucial to have a great variety of repertoire available from the start. Due to limited production capacities, this must be well organized to avoid early consumer confusion and disappointment. In our view, it is preferable to delay a few months rather than go into it prematurely.” 

It’s predicted that by next year, cassettes will outsell vinyl albums. 

Kodak debuts “Journey Into Imagination” at Epcot Center at Walt Disney World. It’s 15 minutes of 3-D fun!


Radio news – December 15, 1982

DC 101 (WWDC-FM) in Washington DC, has a new morning man, “The Greaseman” who replaced Howard Stern. “I really gotta thank Howard. He left the audience primed. He certainly saved me the time of having to ease into my character.”

Rick Dees gave away $50,000 on his KIIS-FM morning show to the 50th person who called after hearing three specific songs in a special order.  

Mike Joseph is bringing his “Hot Hits” format to San Francisco. Look for it on 105.3 which is Spanish language KBRG, but soon to go top-40. It’ll go head-to-head with AM KFRC.

Big Ron O’Brien is leaving WNBC to take afternoon drive at KIIS-FM Los Angeles.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – December 15, 1982


Glamour Magazine publishes “5 Bodies to Die For” and here are some quotes:

Bo Derek (27) – Says the best thing about her body is her calves

Christie Brinkley (27) – Says the best thing about her body is that “it’s in proportion.”

Victoria Principal (33) says she likes her back because “I like to see my muscles rippling under my skin.’

Jane Fonda – (45) Says she has no pet parts – just overall fitness.

Anita Morris – Says she’s pleased with her tiny waist.


Passing – pianist Arthur Rubinstein.

Sherry Lansing, former model who became the first woman to be appointed head of production for a major movie studio, resigns as president of 20th Century-Fox. She said she’s leaving to accept some other position, but didn’t say where.


Television news – December 15, 1982


 In a Redbook magazine article, Jessica Savitch of the weekend NBC Nightly News said the myth the women cannot work together “came from the days of tokenism, when there was space for only one woman in the newsroom.” Asked if she was the next Barbara Walters, Savitch told the Redbook – “No, I’m not the new Barbara Walters. Barbara Walters is still around and doing quite well.”

CBS Cable goes off the air. It had been operating for some 18 months.

Howard Cosell tells the Washington Post he will no longer work fight nights on ABC-TV. During his coverage of the Nov 26 Holmes-Cobb fight on ABC-TV, Cosell kept calling the one-sided affair to be stopped, describing Holmes’ pummeling of Cobb as “brutal” and “outrageous.”

Saturday Night Live will be going without Eddie Murphy next season. Seems that the success of “48 Hours” has left him busy with Hollywood and movie commitments.

New Jersey gets its second-ever commercial VHF station as the FCC grants the license renewal of WOR-TV (channel 9) in New York City, but the license will shift to New Jersey. In 1980, the FCC ordered RKO General to forfeit its TV licenses in Boston, New York and Los Angeles due to a list of immoral practices by the company. By moving the channel to New Jersey, the FCC is letting RKO keep the station. New Jersey hasn’t had a commercial station since WNTA-TV (Channel 13) left the airwaves in December of 1961 after it was sold to educational broadcasters.  

Trend? - Cox Communications says it will shut down its St. Louis subscription TV service in February – the second over-the-air pay channel to go out of business. Starting March 1, Cox will resume full-time broadcasting over UHF station KONL. 


Wednesday night television listings/programs/TV guide – December 15, 1982

CBS – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Movie

NBC – Real People, Facts of Life, Family Ties, Quincy, Tonight Show

ABC – Tales of the Gold Money, Fall Guy, Dynasty

PBS – Kennedy Center Tonight, In Performance At The White House, A Christmas Special With Luciano Pavarotti

Showtime – Lost Satellite Network, Miss Pat Collins Hypnotizes the Cops, Movie

ARTS – Sing Noel


On  Real People – Featured - Toy manufacturers convention and a school for santas. 

On Facts of Life – Mrs. Garrett gets a marriage proposal from her jogging partner.

On the Tonight Show – Johnny Carson welcomes Elizabeth Ashley, Pat Boone, Neil Simon and Bo Uecker in a rerun.  


Music news – December 15, 1982

At bookstores – Neil Sedaka’s autobiography – “Laughter In The Rain.”

The Who’s Farewell Tour began in the summer, but the tour finally ends in Toronto and is broadcast on pay-TV systems.   

Still in drag? Yep. Boy George was seen in at New York’s tony Russian Tea Room. George strolled in wearing an outfit one would see in a fashion magazine.

NBC-TV will debut “In The Midnight Hour” – a rock concert series – only on four of its owned stations. Look for it March 21. If it jells, it’ll go nationwide.

Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon made a surprise appearance at the annual WNEW-Fm Christmas concert, held this year at Radio City Music Hall. . Performing – Gary U.S. Bonds, Psychedelic furs and Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul.

On Christmas Eve, MTV takes a look at the Who’s recent tour, including interviews and concert and backstage footage. On Christmas – MTV premiers a Men at Work concert. New Year’s Ever is the “rock ‘n’ Roll Ball and the following night is a concert with the Michael Stanley Band.  MTV presents “News that Rocked ‘82” on January 2.


Billboard’s Top New Pop Music Artists For 1982 



Soft Cell

Human League

Huey Lewis & The News

Aldo Nova

Tommy Tutone

Bertie Higgins

A Flock of Segulls

Tom Tom Club

Lindsey Buckingham

Haircut One Hundred

Glenn Frey

Men At Work

Bob & Doug McKenzie


Billboard’s Top Pop Music Artists for 1982 

Go-Go’s Rolling Stones


Olivia Newton-John

J. Geils Band


John Cougar

Rick Springfield


Kenny Rogers



The Police

Air Supply

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Willie Nelson

Daryl Hall & John Oates


Ozzy Osbourne

Juice Newton


Diana Ross



Neil Diamond

Kool & The Gang 

Stevie Nicks


Dan Fogelberg

REO Speedwagon


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

Maneater – Daryl Hall & John Oates

Gloria – Laura Branigan

Mickey – Toni Brasil

The Girl Is Mine – Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney

Steppin’ Out – Joe Jackson

Truly – Lionel Richie

Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye

Rock This Town – Stray Cats

It’s Raining Again – Supertramp

Down Under – Men At Work

Dirty Laundry – Don Henley

Muscles – Diana Ross

Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

Shadows Of The Night – Pat Benatar

Africa – Toto

Rock the Casbah – The Clash

You and I – Eddie Rabbit & Crystal Gayle

Look of Love – ABC

Baby Come To Me – Patti Austin

The Other Guy – Little River Band

Missing You – Dan Fogelberg

You Can’t Hurry Love – Phil Collins

Hand To Hold On To – John Cougar

Heart Attack – Olivia Newton-John


Top Country Hit Music Singles – December 15, 1982

Somewhere Between Right And Wrong – Earl Thomas Conley

The Bird – Jerry Reed

A Love Song – Kenny Rogers

Wild and Blue – John Anderson

Can’t Even Get The Blues – Reba McEntire

The American Dream/If Heaven Ain’t A Lot Like Like Dixie – Hank Williams Jr.

Going Where The Lonely Go – Merle Haggard

Lost My Baby Blues – David Frizzell

Marina Del Ray – George Straight

I Wonder – Roseanne Cash 


Top Music albums – December 15, 1982

Business As Usual – Men At Work

Lionel Richie – Lionel Richie

Built For Speed – Stray Cats

Famous Last Words – Supertramp

Night And Day – Joe Jackson

H2O – Hall & Oates

Get Nervous – Pat Benatar

Coda – Led Zepplin

Midnight Love – Marvin Gaye

The Nightfly – Donald Fagen

Combat Rock – The Clash

The Nylon Curtain – Billy Joel

Greatest Hits – Dan Fogelberg

Hello, I Must Be Going – Phil Collins

Long After Dark – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Heartlight – Neil Diamond

Spring Session M – Missing Persons

Forever, For Always, For Love – Luther Vandross

1999 – Prince

Screaming For Vengeance – Judas Priest

Daylight Again – Crosby, Stills and Nash

World of Mouth – Tony Basil

Wild Things Run Fast – Joni Mitchell

Security – Peter Gabriel

As One – Kool and the Gang


Top Pop Hit Music Singles In Britain – December 15, 1982

Save Your Love – Renee and Renado

Beat Surrender –  The Jam

Mirror Man – Human League

I Don’t Wanna Dance – Eddy Grant

Truly – Lionel Richie

Time  - Culture Club

Wishing – Flock of Seagulls

Young Guns (Go For It) – Wham!

Best Years of Our Lives – Modern Romance

Rio – Duran Duran

Living on the Ceiling – Blancmarbel


Top Rock Music Album Tracks – December 15, 1982

You Got Lucky – Tom Petty/Heartbreakers

Stand Or Fall – The Fixx

Darlene – Led Zeppelin

Twlight Zone –Golden Earing

Goody Two Shoes – Adam Ant

Subdivisions – Rush

Stand Or fall – The Fixx

Back on the Chain Gang – The Pretenders


Top movies – December 15, 1982

The Toy

Airplane II – The Sequel

48 Hours

An Officer and a Gentleman

E T – The Extra Terrestrial

First Blood

The Empire Strikes Back


Sophies Choice

My Favorite year


The Verdict

The Missionary

The Last Unicorn

The Man From Snowy River

It Came From Hollywood

Eating Raoul


The Chosen

Still of the Night

That Championship Season

They Call Me Bruce? 

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