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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of June 25, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

 

In The News

Two Americans - including Maxie Anderson, one of three men who piloted the first helium balloon across the Atlantic, die in a balloon crash in West Germany.

 A 100-foot section of an interstate 95 bridge collapses near Greenwich, Conn, hurling trucks and cars 70 feet into the Mianus River. Three are dead and at least three are critically injured. The three eastbound lanes of the bridge dropped into the river at about 1:30am. Two tractor-trailer trucks and two cars fell into the water.

The Supreme Court holds that a jail sentence may be struck down as unconstitutional because it is too long for the crime the defendant committed. Voting 5 to 4, the justices decided that a South Dakota judge had violated the Eighth Amendment’s ban on “cruel and unusual punishment” when he sentenced a 36-year-old alcoholic to life imprisonment without parole as a repeat offender. Jerry Helm had been convicted of seven nonviolent felony crimes, the final one involving a $100 bad check that he said he passed while intoxicated.   

U.S. Navy F-14 jet fighters intercept a pair of Libyan MIG-23 warplanes as the Libyan planes approached an area where the U.S. carrier Eisenhower was steaming. Officials say the MIG’s turned away and returned to their home bases in Libya without any shooting.  

 

Bestselling books – June 25, 1983

The Little Drummer Girl - John Le Carre

Voice of the Heart - Barbara Taylor Bradford

 Christine - Stephen King

Heartburn - Nora Ephron

Ancient Evenings - Norman Mailer

The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco

The Warlord - Malcolm Bosse

Mega trends: Ten New Directions transforming Our Lives - John Naisbitt

In Search of Excellence: Lessons From America’s Best Run Companies - Thomas J. Peters/Robert H. Waterman

Blue Highways - William Least Heat Moon

Our Lives - John Naisbitt

Creating Wealth - Robert G. Allen

 

Sports news – June 25, 1983

The Seattle Mariners, who lost their last eight games, fire Manager Rene Lachemann and name Del Crandall as his replacement. Crandall was managing the Dodgers’ Albuquerque Dukes farm team.

Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn reaches a decision to fine Dodgers reliever Steve Howe $57,000 - believed to be the largest player fine so far. It represents his pay for the 30 days he has been unavailable because of drug therapy.

 

Radio news – June 25, 1983

Rick Carroll -  new-rock programmer at KROQ-FM (106.7) in Pasadena-Los Angeles has been so successful - he consults XTRA-FM (91X) in San Diego and this week - adds a new station - KQAK in San Francisco. Carroll’s format is called “All New Music.” Rick Carroll and KROQ are usually the first in commercial radio to play groups like “The Talking Heads,” “Duran Duran,” “U2,” “A Flock Of Seagulls,” “R.E.M,” “The Fix,” “Naked Eyes” and many more. In fact the format is credited for breaking many of these acts on commercial radio.

 

Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – June 25, 1983

The Three Stooges finally to get star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame - the ceremony is now set for August 30th. Los Angeles disc jockey Gary Owens was largely responsible for the campaign.

Says Owens - “The whole thing started out as simply a fun thing to do, but then gradually I realized just how popular the Three Stooges still are. Those 40-year old films and shorts they made have produced laughter for several generations. They’re timeless. I think for that alone, The Three Stooges deserve a star on the Walk of Fame.” Owens called on his radio audience, plus DJ friends across the country to drum-up support. “We ended up with 15,000 signatures from Stooges fans. Of course, it helped quite a bit when, in the Stooges honor, we twisted the noses of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce with a pair of pliers. Moe would have been proud.”

Cable guru Ted Turner got “sick as hell” at a Playboy magazine interviewer aboard an airplane, smashed his tape recorder, kicked his tape bag into the cockpit door and then, swearing and shouting, stamped on the tapes.

Passing - Mary Livingstone (77), widow and former stage partner of comedian Jack Benny.

Passing - Walter O’Keefe, humorist, lyricist and longtime emcee of radio’s famed “Double or Nothing” quiz show. 

The St. Louis home of ragtime composer and musician Scott Joplin will be restored and operated as a museum. The residence is among 33 sties associated with famous black Americans that have been designated by the Interior Department as national historic landmarks.

 

Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – June 25, 1983

Trapper John, MD - 19.2

The A-Team - 19.1

The Jeffersons - 18.1

Movie - The Princess and the Cabbie - 17.9

Simon & Simon - 17.5

Hill Street Blues - 17.2

NBC Monday Night Movie - 17.0

Remington Steele - 16.8

60 Minutes - 16.1

 On the Road - 16.1

Cagney & Lacey - 16.0

Knight Rider - 15.8

20/20 - 15.8

Cheers - 15.8

MASH - 15.7

Fantasy Island - 15.2

Magnum, PI - 15.2

Love Boat - 15.0

Hart to Hart - 15.0

Family Ties - 14.5

St Elsewhere - 14.3

Matt Houston - 14.0

Archie Bunker’s Place - 14.0

Eishied - 13.9

Our Times - 13.8

Wishman - 13.5

Gimmie a Break - 13.3

Movie - Loving - 13.3

Three’s Company - 12.8

Facts of Life - 12.4

 

Television news – June 25, 1983

“Saturday Night Live” bares another movie star - this one Joe Piscopo. He’ll play gangster Danny Vermin in “Johnny Dangerously” starring Michael Keaton and Maureen Stapleton. “All these offers to do movies were coming in, but I wanted to do something different. Outside of Eddie Murphy and Billy Murray, I think some of the projects the other people have gotten involved with have been really bad.” Piscopo says he has no plans to leave SNL.

NBC says it is replacing SCTV on Friday nights with “Friday Night Videos.” The new series premieres July 30 on NBC-TV and simulcast on NBC’s “The Source” radio network. Dick Ebersol, producer of “Saturday Night Live” is executive producer. NBC pays labels $1000 for a single showing of each video. Says Ebersol - “The main reason we’re paying is because until now, the majority of these videos have been played on cable, which is non-regulated. There have been no dealings with the unions and questionable practices with synchronization licenses. A network is totally regulated and highly unionized. You have to go on the air clean, and to do that we need the record companies to present us videos with certain obligations filled. The fee we’re paying is for administration, to help them get their house in order and allow us to get our show on the air.”

Nine public television stations end an 18-month experiment on running commercials between programs. The experiment, which varied from running mainstream TV commercials between programs to simply giving program underwriters more on-air credit, was authorized by Congress in 1981. Only one station - WQLN in Erie, PA failed to make money by selling ads. The station says part of the problem though, was that it focused its energy on new management.

In syndication on television - “The Ebony/Jet Celebrity Showcase” hosted by DJ Tom Joyner.

 

Wednesday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – June 25, 1983

CBS - Archie Bunker’s Place, Movie

NBC - Real People, Facts of Life, Buffalo Bill, The News Is The News, Taxi

ABC - The Fall Guy, Tales of the Gold Monkey, Dynasty

PBS - Mark Russell Comedy Special, Grand Central, Special-Johnny Got His Gun

 

Music news – June 25, 1983

Record news - Motown Record Corp and MCA reach a long-term agreement for MCA to distribute all of Motown’s recorded music products within the United States. There’s a trend going on in the music business toward consolidation. Warner Communications Inc and PolyGram are discussing some sort of consolidation this week. Recently, RCA agreed to acquire 50% of Arista Records. MCA and Motown each have an estimated 7% of the current U.S. market for recorded music.

Music books - Joel Whitburn publishes his “Billboard Book Of Top 40 Hits” for the first time to the consumers. The book use to be available to radio stations and trades. This week, after only four weeks, the book goes into its second printing after selling 30,000 copies - the best ever for Whitburn. He says he hopes that it will eventually sell 100,000 copies. His previous best seller was the 1978 version of “Top Pop Artists & Singles” - which sold 12,000 copies. The Top-40 book sells for $14.95.

 

Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – June 25, 1983 

FLASHDANCE...WHAT A FEELING - Irene Cara

LET’S DANCE - David Bowie

TIME (Clock Of The Heart) - Culture Club

ELECTRIC AVENUE - Eddy Grant

BEAT IT - Michael Jackson

EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE - Police

ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME - Naked Eyes

SHE BLINDED ME WITH SCIENCE - Thomas Dolby

SHE’S A BEAUTY - Tubes

AFFAIR OF THE HEART - Rick Springfield

FAMILY MAN - Daryl Hall & John Oates

TOO SHY - Kajagoogoo

LITTLE RED CORVETTE - Prince

DON’T LET IT END - Styx

NEVER GONNA LET YOU GO - Sergio Mendes

ALL THIS LOVE - DeBarge

OUR HOUSE - Madness

TRY AGAIN - Champaign

I’M STILL STANDING - Elton John

WANNA BE STARTIN’ SOMETHIN’ - Michael Jackson

MY LOVE - Lionel Richie

 THE WOMAN IN YOU - Bee Gees

COME DANCING - Kinks

FAITHFULLY - Journey

IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW - Duran Duran

BABY JANE - Rod Stewart

THAT’S LOVE - Jim Capaldi

WE TWO - Little River Band

SHE WORKS HARD FOR THE MONEY - Donna Summer

ROLL ME AWAY - Bob Seger & Silver Bullet Band                              

OVERKILL - Men At Work

SWEET DREAMS (Are Made Of This) - Eurythmics

DON’T PAY THE FERRYMAN - Chris DeBurgh

1999 - Prince

STAND BACK - Stevie Nicks

SOLITAIRE - Laura Branigan

PHOTOGRAPH - Def Leppard

STRANGER IN MY HOUSE - Ronnie Milsap

THE CLOSER YOU GET - Alabama

INSIDE LOVE (So Personal) - George Benson

 

Top Country Hit Music Singles - June 25, 1983

Love Is On A Roll - Don Williams

Oh Baby Mine (I Get So Lonely)  - The Statler Brothers

Highway 40 Blues - Ricky Skaggs

I.O.U. - Lee Greenwood

The Closer You Get - Alabama

In Times Like These - Barbara Mandrell

 

Top music albums – June 25, 1983

Synchronicity - The Police

Pyromania - Def Leppard

Keep It Up - Loverboy

The Wild Heart - Stevie Nicks

Caro - Men At Work

Eliminator - ZZ Top

State of Confusion - The Kinks

Is There Something I Should Know - Duran Duran

War - U2

Listen - A Flock Of Seagulls

Cuts Like A Knife - Bryan Adams

Outside/Inside - The Tubes

Speaking In Tongues - Talking Heads

Fake Friends - Joan Jett And The Blackhawks

Information - Dave Edmunds  

 

Top movies – June 25, 1983

Trading Places - Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Denholm Eilliott, Jamie Lee Curtis

Octopussy - Roger Moore as James Bond, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Kristina Wayborn, Kabir Bedi, Vijay Amritraj

Porky’s II, The Next Day

Tootsie - Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Lange

Return of the Jedi - Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels

Flashdance - Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri

Superman III - Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Annette O’Toole, Annie Ross, Pamela Stephenson, Robert Vaughn, Margot Kidder

Stroker Ace - Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Jim Nabors, Parker Stevenson, Loni Anderson

Twilight Zone , The Movie - Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks, Scatman Crothers, John Lithgow, Vic Morrow, Kathleen Quinlan

Fanny & Alexander (A film by Ingmar Bergman) - Pernilla Allwin, Bertil Guve

Wargames - Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood, Ally Sheedy

Yellowbeard - Graham Chapman, Peter Boyle, Cheech & Chong, Peter Cook, Marty Feldman, Martin Hewitt, Michael Hordern, Eric Idle, Madeline Kahn, James Mason, John Cleese

The Survivors - Walter Matthau, Robin Williams, Jerry Reed 

 
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