Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of June 8, 1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The Supreme Court rules that “last hired, first fired” seniority plans may not be scrapped to protect affirmative action programs giving blacks and woman special preferences when layoffs hit. Wrote Justice Byron White “It is inappropriate to deny an innocent employee the benefits of his seniority in order to provide a remedy in the pattern of practice (of discrimination) suit such as this.”
The state Supreme Court of California rules that a man who was run over by a stolen truck can sue the owner for failing to prevent the theft. “All drivers will now have some responsibility over their vehicles outside that of just driving it. The storage of the vehicle is now part of the responsibility. Under some circumstances, they could be legally responsible if it is stolen.”
New York financier Soul P. Steinberg enlists the help of movie mogul Kirk Kerkorian and other wealthy investors to make a takeover bid for Disney. The bid could be worth as much as $2.75 billion. The Steinberg group said it is prepared to begin a tender offer at $67.50 a share for 49% of the Disney shares, but is willing to pay $72.50 a share for all the stock or $2.75 billion. Steinberg’s group has formed “MM Acquisition Corp.” (borrowing from Mickey Mouse) to proceed with the plan.
Facinating Business news – June 8, 1984
Walt Disney Productions - acting to ward off a takeover - agrees to pay $325 million for Steinberg’s stake in Disney and his promise not to invest in the company for the next decade. Steinberg will pocket $32 million in profits and will receive $28 million more for his expenses under terms of the deal.
U.S News & World Report is bought for $168,510,000 in cash by Atlantic Monthly owner Mortimer B Zuckerman. The weekly news magazine has a circulation of 2.1 million.
Technology news – June 8, 1984
AT&T wins approval by the FCC for its new long-distance service - “Reach Out America.” The plan offers two options; under the first one - a customer may place an hour’s worth of calls after 11pm and on weekends for a monthly fee of $10.00. The second option provides the same hour’s allotment of calls during the night and weekend hours plus an additional 15% discount for calls dialed during evening hours from 5 to 11. That plan costs $11.50 a month.
MCI says it is starting its own long-distance information service, but unlike AT&T, will charge less per call. MCI says it will follow AT&T’s system of allowing two free information calls so long as the MCI network is used for regular long-distance calls, but will charge 45 cents instead of 50 cents for each subsequent information call. The service is set to begin July 15.
“Now You Can Send MCI Mail Anywhere In The U.S Instantly.. All you need is the equipment that’s probably sitting right there in your office. If you’re not hooked up to a computer - You can still create it instantly, it’s then printed on fine quality bond paper, and delivered to the address you provide according to your option.” Just $1.00 a message.
Southern Californian’s get their first chance this week to use car telephones equipped with new cellular mobile technology or “Cell Phones.” The service promises better quality and more simultaneous calls than regular radio telephones. 8,000 customers of the new service are expected by year’s end and over 56,000 within 5 years. According to the company providing the service - the initial cost for equipment - mobile telephone unit, transceiver and antenna, including installation is $2,500 to $3,000 with a $45 monthly charge. Calls will cost 45 cents a minute from 7am to 7pm weekdays and 27 cents a minute other times.
Also in California - it’s announced that the cost to call from a pay telephone is going to double - from a dime to 20 cents. The rate increase takes effect on July 1. It’s the first increase since 1962 - when a pay phone call was a nickel.
Stereophonic television update ... Most of the networks are gearing for stereo-audio broadcasts - it looks like sometime next year. Currently broadcasting is stereo are MTV and The Movie Channel. HBO expects to be in stereo by the end of the year. Stereo televisions should make their appearance beginning later this year. Sony Betamax already offers a VCR that records and plays back in stereo. Yes, all music videos are mixed for stereo sound.
ABC says it is shutting down its 6-month -old experimental pay television service called “TeleFirst.” The experiment attempted to marry the technologies of videocassette recording to pay television. Debuting in Chicago, ABC would scramble the picture of WLS-TV (Channel 7) overnight, broadcasting feature films and other programs during the period to subscribers who would record the programs. They could then play back the programs anytime, unscrambled. The service was to be expanded to other cities. TeleFirst subscribers paid $25.95 a month for the service (plus $75 for installation) and were asked to exercise a so-called negative option for four films offered before their availability on other pay-TV services. If you didn’t want to receive the films (like a book or record club) - you had to send in postcards ahead of the broadcast. ABC says the operation attracted about 3,000 subscribers in the Chicago area, but needed 10,000 to break even.
Sports news – June 8, 1984
The Boston Celtics take the Los Angeles Lakers in game 7 of the NBA championships. Larry Byrd gets the series MVP.
Hollywood Henderson - former All-Pro linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys is sentenced to four years and eight months in state prison for forcing two teen-agers into sex acts and then trying to bribe them not to testify against them. One of the victims is 17 year-old quadriplegic.
Entertainment/Celebrity news – June 8, 1984
Actress Donna Reed says she’s right at home in her new role in the television series “Dallas.” "It’s a role I’ve always wanted. I felt it was for me from the beginning.” The actress plays the recast role of Miss Ellie the head of the world-famous Ewing family. Barbara Bel Geddes let the producers know she wouldn’t be returning for the role because of health. Donna Reed will be first seen in the role beginning in November.
Michael Reagan - elder son of President Ronald Reagan - speeds to an offshore powerboat record for the 700-mile Inside Passage between Ketchikan, Alaska and Seattle. Reagan completed the run in 13 hours, 55 minutes and 24 seconds.
Bestselling books – June 8, 1984
Full Circle - Danielle Steel
The HAJ - Leon Uris
The Walking Drum - Louis L’Amour
The Aquitaine Progression - Robert Ludlum
The Witches of Eastwick - John Updike
Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession - Erma Bombeck
First Lady From Plains - Rosalynn Carter
Eat to Win: The Sports Nutrition Bible - Robert Haas
Natalie: A Memoir By Her Sister - Lana Wood
The March of Folly: From Troy To Vietnam - Barbara W. Tuchman
Knock Wood - Candice Bergen
Mayor: An Autobiography - Edward Koch
Monday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – June 8, 1984
CBS - Scarecrow And Mrs King, One Day At A Time, Newhart, Cagney and Lacey
NBC - TV Bloopers and Practical Jokes, Movie
ABC - Monday Night Baseball
PBS - Frontline
On One Day At A Time - Sam takes an out-of-town trip with a business associate/ex girlfriend.
On Bloopers and Practical Jokes - Christopher Atkins and Ann Jullian are in the spotlight. Hosted by Dick Clark and Ed McMahon.
Debuting this week in syndication - a look at “The Jerry Lewis Show” for a week’s trial. It’s the first time Jerry is hosting his own talk show. Charlie Callas is his sidekick. The first night welcomed Frank Sinatra and Suzanne Somers.
Music news – June 8, 1984
MCA signs former Eagle Glen Frey to a long-term contract. Frey recently won a release with his former label, Elektra Records. Irving Azoff, president of MCA records said, “I think everyone is going to remember who Glenn Frey used to be, as an Eagle and I think can be a major star again.”
MTV hasn’t been running a video of Bruce Springsteen’s latest hit “Dancing In The Dark.” That’s because it hasn’t been made yet and probably won’t be until July. Instead, MTV has been running a video of him performing “Rosalita” in concert. With a new album and single, Springsteen and MTV have been announcing tour dates, but still no new video.
Commissioned by the Democrats to write an election-year tune, Carly Simon is found in the studio this week with the song titled, “Turn of the Tide.” Joining her in the session are her two children, two sisters plus Mia Farrow (and children), Dick Cavett, Jule Feiffer, Lou Reed; Phoebe Snow, Paul Sorvino, Mary Travers and Marshall Tucker.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – June 8, 1984
Time after Time - Cyndi Lauper
Lets Hear It For The Boy - Deniece Williams
The Reflex - Duran Duran
Sister Christian - Night Ranger
The Heart of Rock and Roll - Huey Lewis and the News
Jump (For My Love) - Pointer Sisters
Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen
Borderline - Madonna
Self-Control - Laura Branigan
Oh, Sherrie - Steve Perry
Breakdance - Irene Cara
I’ll Wait - Van Halen
It’s A Miracle - Culture Club
When Doves Cry - Prince
My Ever Changing Moods - The Style Council
What Is Love? - Howard Jones
Magic - The Cars
Top Music Albums – June 8, 1984
Footloose - soundtrack
Can’t Slow Down - Lionel Richie
Heartbeat City - The Cars
Sports - Huey Lewis and the News
Colour by Numbers - The Culture Club
1984 - Van Halen
Thriller - Michael Jackson
Seven and the Ragged Tiger - Duran Duran
Love at First Sting - Scorpions
She’s So Unusual - Cyndi Lauper
Grace Under Pressure - Rush
Into The Gap - The Thompson Twins
Human League - Human League
REM - REM
Touch - Eurythmics
G Force - Kenny G
Top movies – June 8, 1984
Indiana Jones and the Temple Of Doom - Harrison Ford, Kate Capshaw
Gremlins - Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Polly Hollliday, Frances Lee McCain
Ghostbusters - Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis
Star Trek III - The Search For Spock - William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Merritt Butrick, Christopher Lloyd
Sixteen Candles - Molly Ringwald
Streets Of Fire - Michael Pare’
Romancin’ The Stone - Michael Douglas
Once Upon A Time In America - Robert De Niro