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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of December 22, 1982 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Just before going home on holiday, Senators smash a conservative filibuster and pass President Reagan’s nickel-a-gallon gas tax. “I applaud the congress for their bipartisan support to assure our roads and transit systems are safe, efficient and in good repair” said Reagan. The measure is expected to cost the average motorist $30 a year.  

The Supreme Court serves notice that federal bankruptcy judges no longer will have legal authority to act after this week, leaving the system in limbo. Law experts say that the most financially strapped individuals who declare bankruptcy will not be affected.

Folsom Prisoner Alfonso Gutierez jumps to his death from his fifth-tier Folsom Prison cellblock, after hearing that his wife, also a prisoner, is captured after her attempted escape at a woman’s prison. Gutierez, imprisoned for attempted murder and multiple robberies became despondent after receiving a letter from his wife, informing him of the bad news. 

A burglar enters skater Dorothy Hamill’s room at the elegant pacific Plaza Hotel in San Francisco and makes off with $500 thousand worth of her custom-made jewelry. Taken in the burglary were 20 rings, 10 earrings, six necklaces and three watches. “We are looking for the suspect who came into the room, told the maid it was his room and that he wanted privacy.”


Store Prices/Gifts – December 22, 1982

At Sears - a Phasar Watch Clearance - all styles for men and woman. Were $34.99 to $94.99 - all on sale for $19.99.

At Saks Fifth Avenue - Liz Claiborne Silk Blouson - Originally $65.00 now $45.90 ... Cabled Cashmere Sweaters, Originally $90.00 now $59.90.


Best-selling books – December 22, 1982

 “Master Of The Game” - Sidney Sheldon, “The E.T. Storybook” - William Kotzwinkle, “And More By Andy Rooney” - Andy Rooney, “The One Minute Manager” - Kenneth Blnchard and Spencer Johnson.


Fascinating Business news – December 22, 1982

In San Jose, Lynette West wins a $10.5 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson. West almost died from toxic shock syndrome after using the company’s OB Tampons. West offered to settle for $150 thousand before the trial, but Johnson & Johnson refused the offer.


Technology news - December 22, 1982

IBM buys a 12% stake in Intel, its largest customer. IBM says it could purchase as much as 30% of the company’s outstanding shares and seek one seat on Intel’s board for an IBM nominee.  


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie/Hollywood news – December 22, 1982

Dies - Jack Webb - produced “Emergency” and “Adam 12” - best known for his portrayal as Sgt Friday on TV’s Dragnet first on radio, then twice on TV. Webb described Sgt Friday as “a neutral character, he has no religion, he’s had no childhood, no educational background, no war record, no personal side at all

Jerry Lewis (56) recuperates from double-bypass heart surgery. Lewis had suffered a crisis before the operation and doctors had to pound his chest to bring him around.

For the fifth year in a row, Burt Reynolds is voted the #1 box office star in the country by Quigley Publications. From # 2 on - Sylvester Stallone, Dudley Moore, Richard Pryor, Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Richard Gere, Paul Newman and Harrison Ford. 


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – December 22, 1982

 Dallas (26.2), 60 Minutes (24.2), MASH (23.2), Movie - Oh God (23.0), Chipmunk Christmas (22.6), Love Boat (22.1), Magnum PI (22.0), Movie-I Was A Mail Order Bride (21.5), Falcon Crest (21.5), On day At A Time (21.5), Dynasty (21.3), Newhart (21.3), Barbara Walters Special (21.1), Jeffersons (21.0), Smurfs Christmas (21.0), Monday Night Football (20.7), Real People (20.5), Simon & Simon (20.5), Three’s Compamy (20.4), Hill Street Blues (19.7)


Television news – December 22, 1982

Ad seen: If you have cable, ask for “the Satellite News Channel” - news 24 hours a day. “Give us 18 minutes. We’ll give you the world.”

Thomas Reilly, who portrays Officer Bobby (Hotdog) Nelson - the new bike buddy of officer Poncherello on CHIPS, is arrested by Chips officers for drunk driving in California. Officers also found a Quaalude tablet in Reilly’s 1979 Cadillac. 


Friday night television listings/programs/TV guide – December 22, 1982


(CBS) Dukes Of Hazzard, The Muppet Movie ... (NBC) The Powers Of Matthew Star, Knight Rider, Remington Steele ... (ABC) Pinoccchio’s Christmas, Movie


ABC Movie - “The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh” - Julius Erving, James Bond III, Stockard Channing, Jonathan Winters.

On Remington Steele - Remington and Laura are hired to find a missing executive.

Leonard Nimoy will team with William Shatner for an episode of T.J. Hooker. Instead of friends, they will play antagonists on “The Vengeance Is Mine.”


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – December 22, 1982

“Mickey” - Tony Basil, “Truly” - Lionel Richie, “Maneater” - Hall & Oates, “Gloria” - Laura Branigan, “Muscles” - Diana Ross, “Heartlight” - Neil Diamond, “Steppin’ Out” - Joe Jackson, “Rock This Town” - The Stray Cats, “It’s Raining Again” - Supertramp, “Heart Attack” - Olivia Newton-John, “Shadows Of The Night” - Pat Benatar, “Southern Cross” - Crosby, Still & Nash, “Love Me Tomorrow” - Chicago, “Missing You” Dan Fogelberg, “IGY(What A Beautiful World)” - Donald Fagen,


Top movies – December 22, 1982

The Verdict - Paul  Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason.

The Toy - Richard Pryor, Jackie Gleason

Tootsie - Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Teri Garr

Best Friends - Burt Reynolds, Goldie Hawn

Kiss Me Goodbye - Sally Field, James Caan, Jeff Bridges

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