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
Without A Trace -
Frances - Jessica Lange, Sam Shepard, Kim Stanley
The Road Warrior - Mel Gibson
Motherlode - Charlton Heston, Nick Mancuso, Kim Basinger, John Marley