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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of November 15, 1983 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

The equal rights amendment is defeated by House Republicans infuriated because they were barred from modifying the proposal in any way. The ERA was first introduced in Congress in 1923 by a nephew of suffragist Susan B. Anthony. The amendment states – “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” It died last June, three states short of the 38 needed to make it part of the Constitution. Passed easily by Congress in 1971-72, the ratification period was extended three years when the original seven years expired.

Yaser Arafat’s stronghold at the Badawl refugee camp falls to Palestinian rebels, driving the Palestine Liberation Organization chief’s forces into Tripoli. 

Greyhound Bus Strike Continues – but this week, many buses run for the first time, without regular workers. Many on picket lines hurled eggs and other objects at the moving “targets.” 

In Los Angeles – jurors spare convicted Hillside Strangler Angelo Buono Jr. from the gas chamber. He’ll be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Buono is convicted of murdering nine young women and girls in 1977 and 1979.

An Israeli warplane is shot down over Beirut while on a bombing run against guerrilla positions in the Syrian-held mountains just east of the Lebanese capital.

The Senate confirms William P. Clark as Interior Secretary.

The surgeon general urges Americans to regard cigarettes as the most important known risk associated with heart disease. 

Bid for presidency? Hustler founder Larry Flynt has appeared or called in to a number of radio stations, with many bleeping his graphic comments. Flynt’s lawyers don’t like the edits or the bleeps, because they say he is a political candidate, although he’s made no such formal announcement.

Documents seized from John Z. DeLorean’s estate show that $9.3 million intended for sports car research was used to help DeLorean purchase a Utah ski-slope grooming business. The $9.3 million allegedly is part of nearly $18 million missing from the Delorean Motor Co., which the FBI is trying to trace.

In Louisiana - Feminist leader Ginny Foat is found innocent of murdering an Argentine businessman 18 years ago.

USA Today reports that circulation is up 60,000 since April, to a total of 1.16 million. 


Sports news – November 15, 1983

Willie Wilson, Kansas City Royals all-star center fielder – is sentenced to three months in federal prison and fined on federal charges of attempting to possess cocaine.

David Stern, executive vice president in the National Basketball Assn, is elected commissioner of the league. He succeeds Larry O’Brien, who resigned from the post last week after 8 ½ years.

Orioles’ shortstop Cal Ripken Jr., who hit .318 with 27 homers and 102 RBI’s is named American League’s Most Valuable Player. 


Technology news – November 15, 1983

CD players for cars and “Walkman’s?” Norio Ohga, the man most responsible for promoting the compact disc worldwide and president of Sony Corp. in Tokyo says maybe: “We’re putting them into cars and carrying out vibration tests. But it gets very hot inside a car and it is vital to test whether the player will perform properly inside a car that may be parked out in broiling sunshine. We’re at a stage where these tests are becoming more and more exhaustive. For the Walkman, there is the problem of battery consumption. The battery must last for eight hours of listening, so it will be difficult unless a new type of semi-conductor is developed, But make no mistake, CD car stereos and Walkman’s will appear in the near future.”

The average price for a CD player is $750, but Matsushita Electric just came out with one around $500. Ohga believes the format is on the verge of a consumer explosion. “Now that Matsushita has launched its cheap range of hardware, I’m convinced other manufacturers will follow suit. Get the price down and the sales will go up. I’m optimistic. In fact, I’m more optimistic now that I was back in March of this year.”

IBM says it will seek $750 million to $2.5 billion in damages in its lawsuit against rival National Semiconductor Corp. for allegedly using stolen IBM computer secrets. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Hitachi agreed to pay IBM $300 million for use of computer software secrets allegedly stolen from IBM. National Semiconductor calls the allegation “ridiculous.”


Radio news – November 15, 1983

Top-40 Radio Is Back

 Top-40 is back strong, this time on the FM dial! Z-100 (WHTZ) in New York, debuted in August with their version, and according to the ratings, they’ve zoomed up from nowhere. In Los Angeles, KIIS-FM (102.7) gets a whopping 7.6 share – ratings not seen since the KHJ-AM days. One of the station’s strengths is morning personality Rick Dees, who is now up to a 10.2 share. The station is using “Hot Hits” to combat a new competitor – KKHR (93.1) who probably would have used the moniker, but instead is using “Hit Radio.” “Hot Hits” – which came from consultant Mike Josephs, is on other top FM music stations such as WHTT/Boston, which just got an 8.1 share, and Philadelphia’s WCAU-FM, which is now up to a 6.3 share.

Rick Dees, through his Dees Entertainment, has a new syndicated show heard on 32 stations – “Rick Dees Weekly Top 40.”     

Speaking of new Z-100, Scott Shannon hires Jeff Hooker to do afternoons. He’s changing his name to Shadow Stevens. Cat Simon exits Z-100 to return to KZBS, Oklahoma City (already?). 

WAVA (105.1) Washington moves from album rock to the hottest format today – top-40. Owner Doubleday Broadcasting just changed its KPKE (Denver) to the same format. The company just sold its St. Louis stations – KWK AM/FM.

Passing – Longtime San Francisco morning personality Don Sherwood. He was on the air from 1953-1974, when emphysema forced him off the air. He was 58.

More radio news – After five years at Chicago’s WFYR (103.5), morning man Dick Bartley moves to New York, to concentrate on his syndicated “Solid Gold Saturday Night.” 


Entertainment /Celebrity news – November 15, 1983

Everyone’s wondering why Eddie Murphy’s (Michael Jackson) impression is left off his new comedy album. The routine is very popular. Some believe it was the record company, after heat from Jackson himself. Both are with Columbia/Epic Records.


Playing in Las Vegas –

Caesars Palace – Wayne Newton

MGM Grand - Dean Martin and the Golddiggers

Riviera – Neil Sedaka

Sahara – Don Rickles/Debbie Reynolds


Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – November 15, 1983

60 Minutes – 27.8

Dallas – 26.7

Movie-Chiefs, part 1 – 26.1

CBS NFL Football – 24.9

Simon & Simon – 24.9

A-Team – 24.8

 TV’s Greatest Censored Blooper’s – 24.0

Dynasty – 23.8

Falcon Crest – 22.3

Magnum, PI – 22.1

Hotel – 21.3

Movie – Princess Daisy Part II – 21.2

AfterMASH – 20.8

Knots Landing – 20.3

Fall Guy – 19.9

Life’s Most Embarrassing Moments – 19.8

Movie-Two Kinds of Love – 19.2

Dukes of Hazzard – 19.2

Newhart – 19.2

Movie-Airplane – 18.9

Trapper John, MD – 18.7

Hill Street Blues – 18.3

Benson – 18.2

Cheers – 18.1

Webster – 17.8


Saturday night television listings/programs/TV guide – November 15, 1983

CBS – Great Day, Movie

NBC – Diff’rent Strokes, Silver Spoons, Candid Camera Special, The Yellow Rose, Saturday Night Live

ABC – T.J. Hooker, Love Boat, Fantasy Island

MTV – U2 concert, Video hits with J.J. Jackson


On Great Day – Pilot stars Tim Conway as a family man struggling to maintain a middle-class, hassle-free existence. With Joanna Gleason, Jill Schoelen, Corkey Pigeon, Gordon Jump.

On Candid Camera Looks at the Difference Between Men and Women – With Allen Funt and Stephanie Zimbalist.

On the Love Boat – Julie falls in love with guest Engelbert Humperdinck.


Music news – November 15, 1983

No US Festival in 1984 – The concert, which has been held in San Bernardino (CA) for the past two years, will go on hiatus next year, but may be back in 1985. The four-day even last spring drew about 300,000 people, but lost an estimated $10 million. The 1982 festival losses were estimated at $4 million.

Teenage spending on records and pre-recorded tapes rebounds sharply after a decline last year. Could it be the music’s just better? Could this be a positive correlation to the ratings of top-40 stations?

Connie Francis, plagued by a series of tragedies after being beaten and raped nine years ago, is released from a mental hospital in West Palm Beach.

Look for Michael Nesmith’s forthcoming NBC special, based on his home video hit “Michael Nesmith in Elephant Parts” Nesmith says they’ll be quite a lot of music in the show.

MTV will present the world premier of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” the 14-minute film based on the Jackson hit. Directed by John Landis, look for it December 2. MTV is set to air “The Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller,” a one-hour documentary on January 19.

More MTV – The channel has produced a half-hour documentary on the making of the Rolling Stones video, “Undercover of the Night,” which will debut December 4. Includes interviews with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

New Rock Music Pay TV Channel – BGB Management Productions says “Channel Live” will go on satellite in the third quarter of next year as a subscription-pay-service with a rock music format. Centerpiece will be 18 live concerts a year. The channel is building business through cable affiliations and over-the-air subscription television outlets. All must have addressable capacity as a pay-per-view attraction.

Westwood One clears more than 250 radio stations to carry its live-via-satellite simulcast of Asia’s MTV concert from Tokyo’s Budokan arena. It all happens December 6.


Top pop music hit singles in Britain – November 15, 1983

Uptown Girl – Billy Joel

Say Say Say – Paul McCartney

Cry Just A Little Bit – Shakin’ Stevens

Puss ‘N’ Boots – Adam Ant

Union of the Snake – Duran Duran

Saftey Dance – Man Without Hats

The Sun And The Rain – Madness

The Love Cats – Cure

All Night Long  - Lionel Richie

Please Don’t Make Me Cry – UB40

They Don’t Know – Tracey Ullman

New Song – Howard Jones

Karma Chameleon – Culture Club


Top music albums – November 15, 1983

Can’t Slow Down – Lionel Richie

Synchronicity – Police

Thriller – Michael Jackson

Eyes That See in the Dark – Kenny Rogers

An Innocent Man – Billy Joel

Greatest Hits – Air Supply

What’s New – Linda Ronstadt

Colour By Numbers – Culture Club

Genesis – Genesis

Faster Than The Speed of Night – Bonnie Tyler

Eliminator – ZZ Top

Pyromania – Def Leppard

Rock ‘N’ Roll Soul, Part 1 – Daryl Hall & John Oates

Flashdance - Soundtrack  

Uh-Huh – John Cougar Mellencamp

Reach The Beach – The Fixx

The Crossing – Big Country

Little Robbers – The Motels

Pipes of Peace – Paul McCartney

Alive, She Cried – The Doors

Speaking in Tongues – Talking Heads

Infidels – Bob Dylan

Sports – Huey Lewis & The News

Born To Love – Peabo Bryson/Roberta Flack

Let’s Dance – David Bowie

The Principle of Moments – Robert Plant

Cold Blooded – Rick James

Keep it Up – Loverboy

No Parking On The Dance Floor – Midnight Star

Bent Out of Shape – Rainbow

Rant ‘N” Rave With The Stray – Stray Cats


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – November 15, 1983

Say, Say Say – Paul McCartney

All Night Long (All Night) – Lionel Richie

Cum On Feel The Noize – Quiet Riot

Islands In The Stream – Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

Uptown Girl – Billy Joel

 Say It Isn’t So – Hall & Oates

Crumblin’ Down – John Cougar Mellencamp

Love Is A Battlefield – Pat Benatar

P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) – Michael Jackson

Church of the Poison Mind – Culture Club

Suddenly Last Summer – Motels

Heart and Soul – Huey Lewis & The News

One Thing Leads To Another – The Fixx

Union of the Snake – Duran Duran

Why Me? – Irene Cara

Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler

Delirious – Prince

Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair) – Sheena Easton

Twist of Fate – Olivia Newton John

Making Love Out Of Nothing At All – Air Supply


Top movies – November 15, 1983

The Big Chill

Never Say Never Again

Richard Pryor – Here and Now

All The Right Moves

Dead Zone

Deal of the Century

The Right Stuff

Educating Rita –

Never Cry Wolf

Young Warriors

7 Doors of Death

The Osterman Weekend


Under Fire

Rear Window

Star 80


Running Brave


Return of Martin Guerre

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