Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of October 12, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Former Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka of Japan is found guilty of accepting of $1.8 million bribe from the Lockheed Aircraft Corp. It was the first time in Japan’s recent history that a politician had been convicted of a crime committed while serving as prime minister.
President Reagan unexpectedly selects National Security Adviser William P. Clark to replace controversial James Watt as secretary of the Interior.
Snipers shoot and kill a U.S Marine and wound another while they were on patrol in their jeeps near Beirut airport, bringing the latest casualties to five Marines killed and 41 wounded in the last four weeks of peacekeeping operations.
President Reagan appoints special Middle East envoy Robert C. McFarlane to succeed William P. Clark as his national security adviser.
A report released by the EPA this week - “Can We Delay a Greenhouse Warming?” says the Earth will begin warming in the 1990’s and that average temperatures will rise nearly four degrees Fahrenheit by 2040 and nine degrees by 2100.
A natural gas explosion and fire destroys a crowded grocery store in Charleston, South Carolina. A state trooper says, “there is no building left” and it’s estimated that around 70 are dead.
Fascinating Busness news – October 12, 1983
Airbus Insustrie says that it has received a $225 million order from British Caledonian Airways for at least seven A320 jetliners. The company says it a “most significant” step toward the long-awaited formal launch of the all-new 150-seat plane. The A320 is seen as crucial to the future of Airbus, because it make it more competitive with Boeing and Mcdonnell Douglas which dominate the market for standard-bodied jets.. Airbus is aiming for a launch by December in order to make the A320 available for delivery in the spring of 1988.
The auto industry begins its 1984 model year with a 45% leap in the sales of new cars - a sharp contrast of the bleak results a year ago. Chevy was up 47%, Ford - 68%, Chrysler Corp - 11% with American Motors up 8.6%.
Sports news – October 12, 1983
Vida Blue, the 1971 American League Cy Young Award winner, pleads guilty to a charge of possessing cocaine in a federal drug probe that brought guilty pleas from three of his former Kansas City Royals teammates.
Bestselling books – October 12, 1983
Hollywood Wives - Jackie Collins
Changes - Danielle Steel
Poland - James A. Michener
August - Judith Rossner
The Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
The Little Drummer Girl - John le Carre
Wicked Day - Mary Stewart
Who Killed The Robins Family? - Bill Adler, Thomas Chastain
Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession - Erma Bombeck
In Search Of excellence: Lessons From America’s Best run Companies - Thomas J. Peters
Megatrends: Ten New Directions Transforming Our Lives - John Naisbitt
The Best of James Herriot - James Herriot
Out On A Limb - Shirley MacLaine.
Entertainment/Media/Movie/Celebrity news – October 12, 1983
The technical adviser to the movie “Eddie and the Cruisers” is John Lyon - better known as “Southside Johnny,” leader of the Asbury Jukes - a well-known rock band from Asbury Park, New Jersey - just Southwest of New York City. . Eddie is played by Michael Pare’ - who was born and raised in North Tarrytown, NY - just north of New York City. Music on the film is actually performed by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band. Ironically, the Asbury Jukes and the John Cafferty Band have spent their careers dodging the same comparisons to another artist from the Asbury Park area - Bruce Springsteen.
Ted Turner announces that he will purchase the rival Satellite News Channel for $25 million. The channel will cease operations with the acquisition. Turner’s Cable News Network and CNN Headline News will be offered to cable systems now carrying SNC, which is owned by ABC Video Enterprises and Westinghouse Broadcasting. The two competitors have been losing money - but SNC had been losing more money than the Turner Channels.
This Sunday on NBC - “High School USA” with Dwayne Hickman, Bob Denver, Tony Dow, Michael J. Fox and Elinor Donahue. The show pits the students of a Midwestern high school (played by young television stars of today) against their parents and teachers (played by the television stars of the late 50’s and 60’s). The special also features Nancy Mckeaon (Facts of Life), Todd Bridges and Dana Plato (Diff’rent Strokes). Also appearing - Angela Cartwright, Ken Osmond, David Nelson and Barry Livingston.
Barbara Walters says she loves her fame, but is sometimes irked when she hears people calling her “Baba Wawa” - the name of the fictional Gilda Radner character on “Saturday Night Live.” “What I mind sometimes is when I’m in a crowd or get in a plane and people say, “oh, there’s Baba Wawa - don’t they realize I heard? And is this what I am?
Passing - actor Pat O’Brien (83) - featured in more than 110 films. Appeared in the film “Knute Rockne - All American” with President Reagan.
Passing - actor Paul Fixx (81) - best remembered for the role of marshal Micah Torrance in the “Rifleman” television series starring Chuck Connors.
Saturday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – October 12, 1983
CBS - Cutter to Houston, Movie
NBC - Diff’rent Strokes, Silver Spoons, The Rousters, The Yellow Rose
ABC - T.J Hooker, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island
On T.J. Hooker - Hooker’s link to a beautiful Eurasion girl leads him to a crime ring that is funneling illegal weapons through Chinatown.
On Silver Spoons - Ricky is “taken” after skipping a boring Boy Scout convention for a couple of “older” girls
On CBS Movie - “Trackdown - Finding the Goodbar Killer” (1983) - George Segal, Shelly Hack.
On Saturday Night Live - Guest hosts - Rhea Perlman, Danny DeVito
Sunday televison news programs – week of October 12, 1983
Face the Nation (CBS) - James Baker III talks about President Reagan’s 1984 Presidential plans.
This Week With David Brinkley (ABC) - Edward Rollins, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) and Sen. James R Sasser (D-Tenn) discuss the ‘84 Presidential campaign.
Meet The Press (NBC) - Frank Borman - chairman of the financially troubled Eastern Airlines discusses the industry.
#1 Country Hit Single – October 12, 1983
Lady Down On Love - Alabama
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – October 12, 1983
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
Islands in the Stream - Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
All Night Long (All Night) - Lionel Ritchie
Making Love Out of Nothing - Air Supply
Delirious - Prince
Burning Down The House - Talking Heads
One thing Leads To Another - The Fixx
Telefone - Sheena Easton
True - Spandau Ballet
Far From Over - Frank Stallone
How Am Supposed To Live Without You - Laura Branigan
If Anyone Falls - Stevie Nicks
She’s Sexy +_17 - Stray Cats
Uptown Girl - Billy Joel
Tonight, I Celebrate My Love - Peabo Bryson/Roberta Flack
Promises Promises - Naked Eyes
This Time - Bryan Adams
Sitting At The Wheel - The Moody Blues
Dr Heckyll & Mr Jive - Men at Work
Everyday I Write The Book - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Top Top Albums – October 12, 1983
Synchronicity - The Police
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Flashdance - soundtrack
Reach the Beach - The Fixx
In Innocent Man - Billy Joel
Greatest Hits - Air Supply
The Principle of Moments - Robert Plant
Pyromania - Def Leppard
Metal Health - Quiet Riot
Faster Than the Speed of Night - Bonnie Tyler
Rhythm Of Youth - Men Without Hats
Greatest Hits Vol. II - Eddie Rabbit
Try It out - Klique
Hello Big Man - Carly Simon
No Frills - Bette Midler
Voice of the Heart - The Carpenters
The Completion Backward Principle - The Tubes
Born To Love - Peabo Bryson/Roberta Flack
The Wild Heart - Stevie Nicks
The Net - Little River Band
Lick It Up - Kiss
The Present - The Moody Blues
One particular Harbour - Jimmy Buffet
Numbers With Wings - The Bongos
Bent Out Of Shape - Rainbow
Cookin’ On The Rood - Roman Holliday
More Albums - From CBS Records and Cassettes - October 12, 1983
Introducing The Style Council - Style Council
Little Robbers - The Motels
What’s New - Linda Ronstadt
The Crossing - Big Country
Cargo - Men at Work
Frontiers - Journey
Colour By Numbers - Culture Club
Punch The Clock - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Passionworks - Heart
Live From Earth - Pat Benatar
Drastic Measures - Kansas
True - Spandau Ballet
Fantastic - Wham! U.K.
Pancho & Lefty - Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson
Don’t Cheat In Our Hometown - Ricky Skaggs
Top Pop Music Hit Singles in Britain – October 12, 1983
Karma Chamelon – Culture Club
Dear Prudence – Siouxsie & The Banchies
Modern Love – David Bowie
Red Red Wine – EB 40
New Song – Howard Jones
They Don’t Know – Tracey Ullman
Blue Monday – New Order
In Your eyes – George Benson
Tahiti – David Essex
This Is Not A Love Song – Pil
Radio News - October 12, 1983
WPLJ lets long time DJ Carol Miller go. The station just made a transition to Top-40 and apparently, the rock album jock wasn’t cutting it.
Music News – October 12, 1983
Vestron Video will release “Michael Jackson: Making of the Thriller Video” before Christmas. Price of the 1-hour video – $29.95.
In Concert – Little River Band!
Look for a concert by Pat Benatar to be broadcast by HBO November 5.
Sony says it will begin marketing a Compact Disc player with a $700 price tag next month. It’ll be $200 cheaper than the current Sony model CDP-101 CD player.
“Thriller” by Michael Jackson with over 14 million copies sold worldwide, is the biggest selling album in CBs’ history, surpassing Simon & Garfunkel’s Great Hits at 13 million.
More video music is being produced now than ever. There’s a trend with radio station and DJ’s to produce their local video shows on local stations. Look out.
Top movies – October 12, 1983
Never Say Never Again - Sean Connery As James Bond, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max Von Sydow, Barbara Carrera, Kim Basinger, Bernie Casey
Revenge of the Ninja - Sho Kosugi, Keith Vitali, Virgil Frye
Eddie And The Cruisers - Tom Berenger, Michael Pare’
Beyond The Limit - Michael Caine, Richard Gere
Mr. Mom - Michael Keaton, Teri Garr
Return of the Jedi -Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher
Brainstorm - Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Louise Fletcher, Cliff Robertson
Wavelength - Robert Carridine, Keenan Wynn
The Big Chill - Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Cline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, Jobeth Williams
Risky Business - Tom Cruise, Rebecca de Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Maser
Romantic Comedy - Dudley Moore, Mary Steenburgen, Frances Sternhagen, Janet Eilber
Making Out (How to score and more) - Jessie St Clair, Nona Phillips, Sandra Gayle