Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of September 25,1984 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Labor Secretary Raymond Donovan is indicted by a country grand jury in the Bronx on charges of grand larceny and false documentation in connection with a subway construction project. Donovan is the first Cabinet member to be indicted while in office.
Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko meet to discuss nuclear arms control issues - the first time high officials of the two countries have held talks on the subject since the Soviets broke off talks on strategic arms reduction negotiations in Geneva last year. Nothing of substance was decided, but the meeting was said to be friendly and cordial.
On the campaign trail - Presidential hopeful Walter F. Mondale characterizes Ronald Reagan as a President who is out of touch, not in charge, unwilling to learn and unaware of what he believes. Meantime - President Reagan accuses his opponent of “defeatism, decline and despair” and charging that the Carter-Mondale Administration undermined neighborhoods, encouraged families to break up and increased crime.
President Reagan says some blame of the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut last week was due in part to President Carter’s policies - “We are feeling the effects today of the near destruction of our intelligence capability in recent years. We are trying to rebuild our intelligence to where you’ll find out and you’ll know in advance what the target might be and be prepared for it.” Although he didn’t mention Carter by name, President Reagan has often complained that the Carter Administration gutted the nation’s intelligence system. Regan said the only to guarantee against a repeat of such attacks “Would be to close down our embassies and come back to ‘fortress America.'"
Later - former President Jimmy Carter declared that President Reagan should “face the reality of his own responsibility” and angrily rejected Reagan’s contention that CIA cutbacks during his administration paved the way for Beirut terrorist bombings.
Near Apopka, Fla - Mike Marham - just seven-years old, dies along with his dog, when they are stung more than 1,000 times by a swarm of yellow jackets. Apparently, the dog’s leash became tangled in a tree, trapping the screaming boy and his pet. Neighbors heard the boy’s screams, pulled him away and drove the bees off with a garden hose.
Health news – September 25, 1984
Medicare patients who are hospitalized will pay a deductible of $400 beginning Jan 1 - an increase of 12.4% over the current fee of $356. In 1983, the deductible rose 17.1% from $304 according to the Health Care Financing Administration. The basic premium for the Medicare program covering doctors’ bills and other services will rise 6% from $14.60 to $15.50 monthly. Prolonged stays in hospitals - from the 21st day through the 100th day, patients will have to pay $50 a day instead of $44.50.
Sports news – September 25, 1984
The Major league Umpires Assn calls a surprise strike on the eve of the National and American League playoffs, confronting Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth with a crisis his first day on the job. Through a spokesman, Ueberroth says the playoffs will continue.
Passing - former Dodger manager Walter Emmons Alston (72). He led the Dodgers to seven National League pennants and four World Series championships in 23 years - four in Brooklyn, four at the LA Coliseum and 15 in Dodger stadium.
Best-selling books – September 25, 1984
First Among Equals - Jeffrey Archer
The Fourth Protocol - Frederick Forsythe
Strong Medicine - Arthur Hailey
Tough Guys Don’t Dance - Norman Mailer
Lincoln - Gore Vidal
... And Ladies of the Club - Helen Hooven Sanmyer
The Discovery - Steve Shagan
Eat to Win - The Sports Nutrition Bible - Robert Haas
Loving Each Other - Leo Buscaglia
The Bridge Across Forever - Richard Bach
That They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School - Mark H. McCormack
Nothing Down - Robert G. Allen
The Rest of us: The Rise of America’s Eastern European Jews - Stephen Birmingham
Entertainment news – September 25, 1984
Passing - Actor Walter Pidgeon (87).
Doonesury returns to newspapers this week. Universal Press - who syndicates the comic strip to papers, now demands that it run at a size larger than all the other comics.
Television news – September 25, 1984
Passing - actor Neil Hamilton (85). He began as the face in print ads and was known as the “Arrow Collar Man” in the early 20’s. When sound came along in 1928, he was one of Paramount’s leading male star. He made more than 80 films during his career. Just as career was waning - he was cast as the pompous Commissioner Gordon in the ABC series “Batman” in 1966.
Michael Mann - the executive producer of “Miami Vice” says yes, the show is shot entirely on location in Miami. The show is different than others and has a “deco” look with splendid colors and well-dressed characters. It’s not something that looks like it was shot in the back lot of Universal. “You won’t see our undercover guys hanging around in T-shirts. They’ll be in very hip stuff, $600 Versace suits. We have a whole color scheme based on tertiary colors - acid yellow or cobalt blue against shiny black, hot pastels against bright white. I told our art director, I don’t want any earth colors; I want a mint-green jacket against a peach-colored wall.” The show stars Don Johnson and Phillip Michael Thomas as a pair of death-defying undercover cops.
American Movie Classics debuts this week. It’s part of a new two-channel package from Rainbow programming.
Speaking of cable - because of the popularity of MTV - other music channels are scheduled for debut. MTV announced plans last month to launch Video Hits 1 (VH-1) in January. That’s the same time Discovery plans to launch its competing music channel aimed at the same audience. Ted Turner plans to launch a similar service at the end of next month called Cable Music Channel.
Top TV shows/Nielsen ratings – September 25, 1984
Bill Cosby Show - 21.6
60 Minutes - 20.7
Highway to Heaven 20.6
Hunter - 20.4
The A-Team - 19.0
Movie - The Enforcer - 18.5
Movie - Paper Dolls - 18.4
AfterMASH - 18.2
Three’s Company - 17.9
Jessie - 17.7
Family Ties - 17.5
20/20 - 17.3
Emmy Awards - 17.1
Hawaiian Heat - 16.9
Simon & Simon - 16.7
Webster - 16.6
TV Bloopers & Practical Jokes - 16.5
Movie - Burning rage - 16.5
NBC’s All Star Happy Hour - 16.5
Cageny & Lacy - 16.4
Matt Houston - 16.2
Hardcastle & McCormick - 15.9
NFL Football (CBS) - 15.8
St Elsewhere - 15.3
Benson - 15.3
Magnum, PI - 15.0
Newhwart - 15.0
Monday Night Football - 14.9
Love Boat - 14.8
Friday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – September 25, 1984
CBS - Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas, Falcon Crest
NBC - Bob Hope Special, Hunter, Miami Vice
ABC - Benson, Webster, Hawaiian Heat, Matt Houston.
PBS - Washington Week In Review, Wall Street Week, American Playhouse
The Bob Hope Special - Hope hosts 30 years of outtakes from his TV shows. Appearances bye Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Angie Dickinson, Lee Marvin, Phyllis Diller, George Burns, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Red Skelton, Don Rickles
On Dallas - In the seventh season opener, J.R. panics when he realizes that the bullets that brought Bobby down were meant for him and he pushes the police to investigate. Will Bobby Live?
On The Tonight Show w/Johnny Carson - Tom Jones, Bobby Kelton, Donny Mills.
Don’t miss “Friday Night Videos” after the Tonight Show on NBC.
Music news – September 25, 1984
Passing - Shelly Manne (64) - legendary jazz drummer. Performed with Stan Kenton’s band and Woody Herman’s. Operated the famous Shelley’s Mann Hole in Hollywood from 1960 to 1972.
Shawn Love (19), widow of Beach Boy Dennis Wilson, petitions Los Angeles Superior Court to name her and their two-year old son as heirs to his estate. At the same time, she is suing Transamerica Occidental Life Insurance for more than $20 million for refusing to pay them benefits. Dennis Wilson (39) - died last December 23 after diving in 58-degree water in Marina del Rey, CA - 5 months after he married Shawn. Wilson’s 1977 will made no mention of her or his youngest son (Gage) - but they were named equal beneficiaries of his 1983 $1-million life insurance policy along with his three other children - Michael Dennis, Carl and Jennifer by his two former wives. Dennis Wilson’s estate was left to the three older children and “any other child of mine may hereafter be born.” Toxicological tests showed he had a blood alcohol level of .26 - more than twice the legal limit in California. Transamerica says it refuses to pay any benefits on the grounds that Wilson’s death was caused by his drug and drinking habits and was not accidental. Shawn Love Wilson is the daughter of Beach Boy Mike Love and suffers from stomach cancer.
More MTV News - September 25, 1984
Tthe Justice Department is looking into controversial contracts the network has with five major record companies, granting it exclusive rights to rock video clips. MTV says, “We are confident that our agreements with the record companies do not violate the antitrust laws.” MTV holds contracts with the record divisions of RCA, MCA, Polygram, CBS and Geffen. Under the terms, rock video clips from the five companies appear exclusively on MTV for 30 to 60 days before they are available to other music programs. The agreement also grants MTV up to a full year’s exclusivity before the clips can appear on any other 24-hour music network.
Country singer Barbara Mandrell is released from a Nashville hospital after her automobile accident September 11. A spokesman said the singer suffered a broken leg and underwent surgery to have a metal pin placed in right thigh. Doctors say she is expected to be on crutches for three or four months and full recovery is expected to take eight months.
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – September 25, 1984
Let’s Go Crazy - Prince
Drive - The Cars
Missing You - John Waite
I Just Called To Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
Hard Habit To Break - Chicago
Lucky Star - Madonna
The Glamorous Life - Sheila E.
Cover Me - Bruce Springsteen
The Warrior - Scandal featuring Patty Smyth
She Bob - Cyndi Lauper
Caribbean Queen - Billy Ocean
I’m So Excited - The Pointer Sisters
Blue Jean - David Bowie
Out of Touch - Hall and Oates
If This Is It - Huey Lewis and the News
Some Guys Have All The Luck - Rod Stewart
When You Close Your Eyes - Night Ranger
We’re Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister
Flesh For Fantasy - Billy Idol
Are We Ourselves? - The Fixx
Torture - Jacksons
Top Music Albums – September 25, 1984
Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen
Purple Rain - Prince
Can’t Slow Down - Lionel Ritchie
Heartbeat City - The Cars
Madonna - Madonna
Eddie and The Cruisers - John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band
1100 Bel Air Place - Julio Iglesias
Private Dancer - Tina Turner
Sports - Huey Lewis
Can’t Slow Down - Lionel Ritchie
Break Out - The Pointer Sisters
Out of the Cellar - Ratt
Ghostbusters - soundtrack
Other top music albums - Septembe 25, 1984
She’s So Unusual - Cyndi Lauper
Suddenly - Billy Ocean
Stop Making Sense - Talking Heads
Ignition - John Waite
No Brakes - John Waite
Phantoms - The Fixx
Lights Out - Peter Wolf
Out of the Celler - Ratt
Unforgettable Fire - Us
Powerslave - Iron Maiden
Swept Away - Diana Ross
The Woman in Red Soundtrack - Stevie Wonder
City of New Orleans - Willie Nelson
Victory - Jacksons
Stay Hungry - Twisted Sister
Right by You - Stephen Stills
Wild Animal - Vanity
Disguise - Chuck Mangione
Suddenly - Billy Ocean
All Over The Place - Bangles
Tonight - David Bowie
Riff Raff - Dave Edmunds
#1 Top Country Hit Single - “Turning Away” - Crystal Gayle - September 25, 1984
Top movies – September 25, 1984
The Woman In Red - Gene Wilder, Charles Grodin, Joseph Bologna, Michael Huddleston, Gilda Radner
All Of Me - Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Richard Libertini
The Wild Life - Christopher Penn, Lea Thompson, Rick Moranis, Jenny Wright, Randy Quaid
Purple Rain -
The Karate Kid -
Star Trek III -
The Bear - Gary Busy, Paul W. Bryant
Ghostbusters - Bill Murray
Until September - Karen Allen
Impulse - Tim Matheson, Meg Tilly, Hume Cronyn
Heartbreakers - Peter Coyote