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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of January 26, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

State of the Union address – President Reagan declares that runaway deficits pose “a clear and present danger’ to the Republic and calls for a federal spending freeze and standby tax increases that could be imposed in two years. “I know this is strong medicine, but so far we have only cut the rate of increase in federal spending. The government has continued to spend more money each year, though not as much as it did in the past.”

In an off-the-cuff remark, President Reagan declares that the corporate income tax is “very hard to justify” and perhaps should be abolished. He made the remark after paying a surprise visit to a working-class neighborhood bar in South Boston.

President Reagan says he has given himself a swift kick for creating a political firestorm with a suggestion that corporate income taxes be abolished. “I said yesterday I would kick myself for having said it, and I have.”

President Reagan, when asked about the Super Bowl says – No plays will go in from me.”

General Motors announces that it will call more than 21,000 auto workers back to work in the next three months because of improved U.S. car sales.


Sports news – January 26, 1983

Super Bowl XVII played at the Rose Bowl – over 103,000 saw The Washington Redskins defeat the Miami Dolphins 20-17.

The Bel-Air home of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is gutted by fire. Several people were in the house at the time, but got out. Jabbar was in Boston and he’ll fly back while the Lakers fly on to Texas for a game.

Passing – Famed Alabama coach Paul (Bear) Bryant who managed to win more games than any other coach in college football history (so far). He was 69.


Media Business – January 26, 1983

CBS says it is selling its Pacific Stereo outlets – all 83 locations.


Music news – January 26, 1983

Tony Basil says her hit “Mickey” was re-written from a song called “Kitty.” “It was a teeny-bopper song with a wonderful rhythm. It had sassy, smart-alecky lyrics. All I had to do was change the name from ‘Kitty’ to ‘Mickey’ and write a cheerleader riff for it, the part that goes, ‘Oh Mickey, you’re so fine, you blow my mind.’” Ms. Basil has been around. She actually recorded for A&M Records back in 1967 – a single called “Breakaway.” She’s following up “Mickey” with something called “Shoppin’ From A to Z.” “Mickey” was an import only, when KROQ Los Angeles began playing it. Chrysalis Records saw the hit potential and the rest is pop history. 


Entertainment news – January 26, 1983

 Passing – Pat Bilon (35) the 2-foot, 10-inch midget, the principal of the three actors who portrayed “E.T. the extra Terrestrial. He also toured as the character. Pat did the majority of the movie but was assisted by a female and a boy in the role.


Television news – January 26, 1983

ABC drops “The New Odd Couple” and its “Friday Night Movie.” Look for a new sitcom starring David Naughton and Jimmi Walker called “At Ease.”

Merv Griffin is dropping the band on his syndicated talk show. Mort Lindsay, part of his band for 18 years is being let go among others.

Genie Francis, who led “General Hospital” to top ratings with “Luke and Laura”, is back on TV. Ms Francis left “General Hospital” last year. She’ll be seen on a prime-time soap – this one called “Bare Essence’ debuting on NBC-TV next month.   


Sunday night television listings/programs/TV guide – January 26, 1983

CBS – 60 Minutes, Archie Bunker’s Place, Gloria, The Jeffersons, One day at a Time, Trapper John J.D.

NBC – The A Team, Music City News Country Hits of the Year

ABC – Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Matt Houston, Movie

PBS – Masterpiece Theater

WTBS – The Week In Review, Weekend News

ESPN - Gymnastics

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