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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of February 8, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The jobless rate edges downward to 10.4% a sign that President Reagan says, “America is on the mend.” “I think it is a trend. I don’t think it will come up above the high mark of 10.8% in recent months.”

Chief Justice Warren Burger warns that the U.S Supreme Court’s swelling workload is approaching a “disaster” level and calls for the creation of a new national tribunal to decide all conflicts between federal appeals courts. In his annual state of the judiciary speech, the Chief Justice said - “We can no longer tolerate the vacuous notion that we can get along with the present structure because we have always done it that way.” He said that the new court would have a five-year life to provide “immediate relief” while a commission Burger also proposed, would work out longer term solutions to the “tidal wave” of new cases that Burger says threatens to engulf the Supreme Court.

In Beirut, a car laden with explosives blows-up in front of a building housing a research center funded by the Palestine Liberation Organization - killing 15 and wounding scores.


Fascinating Business News - February 8, 1983

John Jay Hooker is now one-third owner of MediaNews Corp - the company that operates United Press International. Hooker has been around. He was a confidante of the Kennedy’s in the 1960’s, an unsuccessful candidate twice for the governorship of Tennessee and once for the Tennessee seat in the senate. He was head of STP Corp (the racer’s edge) and founder of the now defunct Minnie Pearl’s Fried Chicken chain.

MCI expanding - the long-distance company purchases $200 million worth of satellite communication channels from Hughs Aircraft on its Galaxy satellite. The purchase of the 24 channels plus its new telephone cable network in the eastern U.S. will increase its voice and data transmission capacity 50% by 1985. 

Marina Verola - a stockbroker for E.F. Hutton is told by the company “resign or be fired” because of continued publicity generated by her appearance in a six-page Playboy Magazine spread. She use to work for Dean Whitter Reynolds, but was let go after she told them she was to appear in the magazine. She never told her current employer, who found out after the publishing date. She feels the firing is “unwarranted and unjustified” and will remain a broker. (When E.F. Hutton Talks, Everybody Listens).


Bestselling books – February 8, 1983

2010: Odyssey Two - Arthur C. Clark

Master of the Game - Sidney Sheldon

The Valley of Horses - Jean M. Auel

Mistral’s Daughter - Judith Krantz

Emerald - Phyllis A. Whitney

Deadeye Dick - Kurt Vonnegut

Life Sentences - Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

Foundation’s Edge - Isaac Asimov

Megatrends: Ten New Directions Transforming Our Lives - John Naisbitt

The One Minute Manager - Kenneth Blachard/Spencer Johnson

Jane Fonda’s Workout Book - Jane Fonda

How To Win A Pullet Surprise - Jack Smith

Having It All: Love, Success, Sex, Money - Helen Gurley Brown

And More By Andy Rooney - Andy Rooney

Living, Loving and Learning - Leo Buscaglia


Technology news – February 8, 1983

Computer news - in the Seattle area - a van operated by Pacific Science Center brings the world of computers to area small businesses, students and housewives. The van carries 15 home computers and two instructors for daylong hands-on instruction for students in kindergarten through the 12th grade. Adults can take classes at night. The courses teach students how a computer operates and how to work a computer. The program is funded by high-tech companies in the Seattle area.


Entertainment/Movie/Celebrity news – February 8, 1983

Hollywood hot trends - posters for the movie “Revenge of the Jedi.” That’s because the upcoming movie has been renamed to “Return of the Jedi” which is due out in May. The change was made quietly in recent weeks by George Lucas. Theaters began hanging “Revenge of the Jedi” posters around Christmas to promote the film. If you see one at a local theater, you might want to cut a deal with the general manager.

Passing - Jim Ameche (68) - brother of actor Don Ameche. He was first to play the radio role of “Jack Armstrong.” He also acted on several other radio shows and was the announcer for a while on the “Amos and Andy” show. Jim later became a disc jockey for WHN Radio in New York City.   


Sports news – February 8, 1983

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers scores a tip-in to give him 29,000 points for his career.

Near Dublin, Ireland - two unidentified gunmen abduct Shergar, one of the world’s most valuable race horses and demand a ransom of $3.1 million. Shergar, winner of the 1981 English Derby Stakes and Irish Sweeps Derby, was taken on a stud farm in County Kilare, 20 miles south of Dublin.  

Mickey Mantle takes a job with an Atlantic City hotel and casino as director of sports promotions, but is told by baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn that he must give up his part-time coaching position with the New York Yankees. A spokesman for Kuhn said Mantle was “not being banished or booted out of baseball” and could still play old-timers games and make appearances on behalf of the Yanks. Mantle said he is not bitter about Kuhn’s decision - “He’s the commissioner and he does what he thinks is right and I have to respect that.” Mantle says Kuhn asked him “Why couldn’t you do like Reggie Jackson and do a Panasonic commercial.” Mantle’s reply” “I’ve been out of baseball 14 years and I don’t have Panasonic and Mr. Coffee knocking down my door” (Mr. Coffee is being endorsed by Joe DiMaggio).


Television news – February 8, 1983

This Saturday Night On ABC-TV - William Shatner reunites with Leonard Nimoy on T.J. Hooker. “They’re Best Friends ... Who Become Bitter Enemies! A rape case sends them in opposite directions! One to uphold the law... and one to break it!

Tom Selleck of “Magnum, PI” sues the National Enquirer for $36 million for purportedly libeling him in three articles last year. One linked him to actress Victoria Principal of “Dallas.” He says it’s not true whatsoever. 

Saturday Night Live’s Joe Piscopo says he gets nervous when he does his biting impersonations of Frank Sinatra. “I certainly hope Frank has a sense of humor. I seem to get more nervous doing him than anybody else ... In our house; it was always the Pope first, then Frank. Unless it was Frank and then the Pope.


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – February 8, 1983

Winds of War - Part 1 - 39.1

Magnum, PI - 25.8

60 Minutes - 25.1

Dynasty - 24.3

Dallas - 24.0

Love Boat - 23.7

MASH - 22.6

Fall Guy - 21.4

Movie - Confessions of a Married Man - 20.7

Simon & Simon - 20.7

Newhart - 20.7

That’s Incredible - 20.6

NFL Pro Bowl - 20.2

 Falcon Crest - 20.1

Shogun - part 1 - 19.6

Hill Street Blues - 19.3

Movie - Thursday’s Child - 19.3

Dukes of Hazzard - 19.2

Shogun - part 2 - 18.9

Hart to Hart - 18.4

Knots Landing - 18.4

Square Pegs - 18.4

Shogun part 4 - 18.3

Movie - The Kid With The 200 IQ - 18.1

Movie - The Scarlet and the Black - 18.0

T.J. Hooker - 17.6

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not - 17.3

Diff’rent Strokes - 17.1

Silver Spoons - 17.1

Three’s Company - 17.0


Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – February 8, 1983

CBS - MASH, Newhart, Movie

NBC - Little House: A New Beginning, Special-Television’s Greatest Commercials

ABC - Special-The Winds of War

PBS - MacNeil-Lehrer Report, Frontline, Great Performances, The Making Of Gandhi, Mr. Attenborough & Mr. Gandhi

ARTS (Cable channel) - Dave Brubeck: Love at the Vineyards, New World Ballet, Handmade in America

HBO - Fraggle Rock, Movie-National Lampoon’s Animal House, Simon and Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park

USA - Pro Boxing From Madison Square Garden, NHL Journal


On MASH - Charles suddenly befriends Maj Houlihan after she obtains a record player.

On The Winds of War - part 2 - Byron and the Jastrows are set free and make their way to Warsaw. Pug’s wife falls in love with Palmer Kirby. Robert Mitchum, Polly Bergen, Jan-Michael Vincent and Ali MacGraw star.

On The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson - Charlie Osbourne, hiccup king is the guest.


Music news – February 8, 1983

Music news - Peter Frampton is dropped from the A & M record label after a string of poor selling albums. Frampton was once on top with his “Frampton Comes Alive” album of 1976.

Bob Segar adds Old Grand Funk Railroad drummer Don Brewer to his new Silver Bullet Band lineup.

Rick James, angered by MTV’s restrictive program policy, accuses the channel of racism. “I’ve sold 10 million albums over the past few years and I still can’t get my videos played on MTV. It’s a terrible crime. I’m a pop musician and so is Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye and I don’t see MTV playing any of our videos. Instead, every time I turn on the station - and I’ve watched it a lot lately - I see all these white groups I haven’t even heard of and who certainly haven’t sold anywhere near as many records as I have.” The channel says it does play some black acts - notably “Musical Youth” and “The Bus Boys,” but that black music has proved unpopular with its audience. Says music program director Buzz Brindle - “We don’t play Dolly Parton or Barbra Streisand either. We’ve tested Prince, but frankly he’s not doing well with our audience. The rock audience, which is the audience we’re after, isn’t interested in hearing R&B or disco, which is how they define black music.” Other video showcases for black artists include The syndicated Night Flight, Music Video Channel; also HBO, Showtime and BET, which show music videos with portions of their programming.  

Passing - Singer/drummer Karen Carpenter (32) - half the singing duo “The Carpenters.” She collapsed at her parents’ home and was taken to the hospital by paramedics. She died of a full cardiac arrest. Battling anorexia for years, she weighed less than 100 pounds. Ms Carpenter was married in 1980 to real estate developer Thomas J. Burns. They were divorced last year.

A recent survey of 2,000 MTV viewers conducted by Nielsen. Most of its audience – 85% falls in the 12-34-age range. When asked if there were artists the viewer first heard of on MTV, 81% said yes, up from 45% in January. 68% said that MTV played the most important role in their album-purchasing decisions. 


Radio news – February 8, 1983

Pete Salant, director of operations and programming for WYNY, the NBC-FM station in New York, quits to open up his own consultancy. His first client – WRCP/WSNI Philadelphia. He had joined WYNY as program manager in 1980. Before that, he was operations manager at WAVZ and WKCI New Haven.

Doubleday President Gary Stevens rehires former Doubleday Group program director Bobby Hattrik as consultant to the nine-station chain.

WIFI Philadelphia is converting to Rick Carroll’s “Rock of the 80’s” format. The station is between hot hits and hot A/C. Also, Rock Carroll adds 91X in San Diego as a client.  

KEZY Anaheim moves from oldies to all-news, becoming “Newscenter 12” after its 1190 AM radio dial position. The lineup – Bill Cooper from KFWB does mornings; Barbara Whitsides a former KFWB anchor follows, Mike Villani afternoons and Boyd R. Britton in afternoon drive. CNN audio will be carried the rest of the night.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – February 8, 1983 

Down Under - Men At Work

Africa - Toto

Baby Come To Me - Patti Austin with James Ingram

Shame on the Moon - Bob Segar

Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye

Stray Cat Strut - Stray Cats

You and I - Eddie Rabbit with Crystale Gayle

Rock The Casbah - The Clash

You Can’t Hurry Love - Phil Collins

Pass the Dutchie - Musical Youth

The Other Guy - Little River Band

Goody Two Shoes - Adam Ant  

Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy - Sammy Hagar

Heartbreaker - Dionne Warwick

The Girl Is Mine - Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney

Heart to Heart - Kenny Loggins

Allentown - Billy Joel

Hand To Hold On To - John Cougar

You Got Lucky - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Love In A Store - Fleetwood Mac

Back on The Chain Gang - The Pretenders

Heart of the Night - Juice Newton

Shock The Monkey - Peter Gabriel

I Knew You When - Linda Ronstadt

All Those Lies - Glenn Frey

Shoot For The Moon - Poco

Billie Jean - Michael Jackson


Top Music Albums – February 8, 1983

Business As Usual - Men at Work

H2O - Daryl Hall and John Oates

Built For Speed - Stray Cats

Combat Rock - The Clash

Get Nervous - Pat Benatar

Thriller - Michael Jackson

Toto IV - Toto

Hello, I Must Be Going - Phil Collins

The Distance - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

Long After Dark - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Coda - Led Zeppelin


More Music Albums – February 8, 1983

Rio - Duran Duran

Frontiers - Journey

Quiet Lies - Juice Newton

Cut - Golden Earring

Too-Rye-Ay - Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Pyromania - Def Leppard

Records - Foreigner

Three Lock Box - Sammy Hagar

Pleasure Victim - Berlin

Forever Now - The Furs

The Other Side of the Rainbow - Juice Newton

The Lexicon of Love - ABC

I Can’t Stand Still - Don Henley


Top Pop Hit Music Singles In Britain – February 8, 1983

Too Shy – Kajagoogoo

Down Under – Men At Work

Change – Tears For Fears

Gloria – Laura Branigan

You Can’t Hurray Love – Phil Collins

Oh Diane – Fleetwood Mac

Wham Rap! – Wham

Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes

Electric Avenue – Eddy Grant

The Cutter – Echo & The Bunnymen

Hot Rock Music Album Cuts – February 8, 1983

Twilight Zone – Golden Earring

Even Now – Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

Separate wars – Journey

Goodbye to You – Scandal

Photograph – Def Leppard

Don’t Tell Me You Love Me – Night Ranger

Something To Grab For  Ric Ocasek


Top Country Hit Music Singles – February 8, 1983

Why Baby Why – Charley Pride

Faking Love – T.G. Sheppard & Karen Brooks

The Rose – Conway Twitty

Last Thing I Needed First thing this Morning – Willie Nelson

Still Taking Chances – Michael Murphey

If Hollywood Don’t Need You – Don Williams

Somebody’s Always saying Goodbye – Anne Murray

Velvet Chains – Gary Morris

I Wouldn’t Change You If I Could – Ricky Skaggs


Top movies – February 8, 1983

Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal

Best Friends - Burt Reynolds, Goldie Hawn

Tootsie - Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange, Bill Murray, Terri Garr

The Verdict - Paul Newman

Sophie’s Choice - Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol

Gandhi - Ben Kingsley

48 Hours - Eddie Murphy, Annette O’Toole

The Entity - Barbara Hershey

Videodrome -

Without A Trace -

Frances - Jessica Lange, Sam Shepard, Kim Stanley

The Road Warrior - Mel Gibson

Motherlode - Charlton Heston, Nick Mancuso, Kim Basinger, John Marley

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