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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of March 22, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

Australian press tycoon Rupert Murdock pays $250 million for 50% of 20th-Century Fox Film Corp.

Bowing to President Reagan’s relentless lobbying, both the Senate, then the House approves the release of $1.5 billion for production of the controversial MX missile.

President Reagan declares that it is “high time” for a U.S-Soviet summit meeting and pledges not to deploy new strategic weapons in coming months in a way that might jeopardize changes for success at the arms control talks in Geneva. Reagan says he believes there’s a good change such a meeting will take place with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev. Reagan is the first American President since WWII who has not met with his Soviet counterpart.

Bernhard Goetz is indicted before a grand jury on four counts of attempted murder a month after a panel charged him only with possessing an illegal gun for shooting four youths on a subway train in New York. The shootings occurred December 22 when the four walked up to him and demanded money. Goetz, who has been robbed before, began shooting, hitting one of them in the back. Darrell Cabey, one of the youths, remains paralyzed below the waist and suffers with brain damage.  

South African police in Uitenhage, open fire on a crowd of more than 3,000 blacks - killing 17 and wounding 19. Black witnesses said that police fired without provocation and that marchers were merely going to a memorial service of 69 who died by police guns in 1960.

A U.S. Army major is shot by a Soviet sentry in East Germany while on official duty and dies an hour later. Moscow says the major was a spy.

Patient Fred Hicks Sr. (81), who entered Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, dies after drinking an air freshener called Oil of Wintergreen instead of his medication. Officials said that his medication and the air freshener, both green, were kept in similar containers stored in a hospital refrigerator. 


Best-selling books – March 22, 1985

 “Family Album” - Danielle Steel, “Inside, outside” - Herman Wouk,”If Tomorrow Comes” - Sidney Sheldon, “Proof” - Dick Francis, “Breaking With Moscow” - Arkady Shevchenko, “Iacocca” - Lee Iaocca with William Novak, “Citizen Hughes” Michael Drosnin


Sports news – March 22, 1985

In sports - former Yankee Joe Pepitone - arrested on drug and weapon possession charges is released from jail on $15,000 bond. Pepitone (44) was arrested with two other men. His lawyer says his client maintains that he did not know the drugs and gun were in the car.


Technology news – March 22, 1985

AT & T unveils its second personal computer - the PC-7300 in an effort to challenge IBM. Some analysts believe the 7300 must have the ability to run software programs on the same operating system used by IBM in order to compete. A consultant says that AT&T wants to see how it does in the market without it. IBM has been having problems with its AT personal computer, curtailing shipments early this year because of problems with some parts. Dealers say there’s a six-week delay in delivery of the IBM AT’s.


Radio news – March 22, 1985

Gene Taylor, who helped lead WLS Chicago to a dominent top-40 station as an air personality, program director and general manager, has a new adventure. He’ll be programming commercial short-wave station NDXE. The target airdate is sometime in the fall NDXE is America’s second commercial shortwave license – the first is a simulcast of WRNO, New Orleans. NDXE is owned by Dickson Norman.

Taylor says initial advertising will be PI (or per inquiry) as a source of quck revenue. “We’ll be appealing to adults with a top 40/pop adult sound,” says Taylor.

In Chicago - WAGO-FM (G-106) is now WCKG with the Burkhart Abrams consulted “Superstar II” album rock format.   


Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie news – March 22, 1985

Wendy’s International drops Clara Peller - the 80ish lady of “Where’s The Beef” commercials. She lost her contract after doing a commercial for Prego Plus Spaghetti Sauce. “Clara can only find the beef at one place: Wendy’s. If she is finding the beef at Wendy’s and in the spaghetti sauce and somewhere else, it gets very confusing for consumers” said a spokesperson.

Married - Singer-songwriter Billy Joel to model Christie Brinkley on a yacht sailing around Manhattan. Among the guests - The Stray Cats and Paul Simon.

Hollywood news – Frank Sinatra files a $22 million lawsuit against the National Enquirer for an article claiming he went to a Swiss clinic for injections of youth serum made of sheep cells. The article, which appeared last October, stated the singer registered at the clinic under the name of John Smith and paid $5,000 for the treatments for six days.


Academy Awards Winners:

Motion Picture - “Amadeus”

Actor - F. Murray Abraham - “Amadeus”

Actress - Sally Field - “Places In The Heart”

Supporting Actor - Dr Haing S. Ngor - “The Killing Fields”

Supporting Actress - Peggy Ashcroft - “A Passage To India”

Director - Milos Forman - “Amadeus”

Original Screenplay - Robert Benton - “Places In The Heart”

Original Song Score - Prince - “Purple Rain”

Original Song - “I Just Called To Say I Love You” - Stevie Wonder from “The Woman In Red”

Jimmy Stuart receives an honorary Oscar for 50 years in film.


The government-run South African Broadcasting Corp says it will no longer play Stevie Wonder’s music because of a remark he made while accepting his Oscar award. He said he was accepting “in the name of Nelson Mandela  - the best-known black prisoner of South Africa’s apartheid system of white minority rule.”

 Wally Amos (48)- founder of the Famous Amos cookies - sells 51% of his cookie business to the Bass Family of Ft Worth, Texas.  The family has substantial holdings in Walt Disney Productions and Union Carbide.

Steven Bochco (41) - who co-created “Hill Street Blues” says he is leaving the series at the end of this season. “I was invited to leave.” “What really is important ... is that the seven years I’ve been here at MTM have been the most remarkably productive years in my life.”


Passing - actor Sir Michael Redgrave (77) patriarch of the Redgrave acting dynasty ...  of Parkinson’s disease.

Passing - Saxophonist John Haley (Zoot) Sims - one of the original “Four Brothers” of the Woody Herman band ... of cancer.


 Monday Night Television listings-programs/TV guide – March 22, 1985

CBS - Scarecrow and Mrs King, Kate & Allie, Newhart, Cagney & Lacey ... NBC - Movie, All Together Now ... ABC - The Academy Awards, The Barbara Walters Special ... PBS - Legends of Country Music, Good Rockin’

NBC Movie - “Every Which Way But Loose” - (1978) - Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Ruth Gordon, Geoffrey Lewis.


Tuesday night television – March 22, 1985

CBS – Special-Anna Karenina, American Portrait,

NBC – The A-Team, Riptide, Remington Steele, Tonight Show, Late Night With David Letterman

ABC – Three’s A Crowd, Who’s The Boss? MacGruder and Loud, Moonlighting, Nightline

PBS – Nova, Frontline

HBO – Culture Club In Concert


Three’s A Crowd – Jack seeks a psychologist’s help when he has trouble sustaining his romance with Vicky and hears surprising news about the cause of his problem.

Riptide – Cody, Nick and Boz rejoin the Army and help the FBI incriminate their former Vietnam commander.

MacGruder and Loud – Malcolm and Jenny deal with a jealous man who is harassing his ex-wife.


Television news – March 22, 1985

Speculation about a takeover of CBS – its stock rises another few dollars to $108.75.

Cable-TV news – The Disney Channel say it has managed to reach the break-even point with about 300,00 fewer subscribers than the amount frequently cited as the required threshold. Parent Company Walt Disney had reported combined losses of $63 million for the startup year of 1983 and for fiscal 1984. The channel now has 1.7 million paying subscribers, but estimates believed the channel needed 2 million to break even. 


Top TV shows/Nielsen Ratings – March 22, 1985

 Academy Awards - 27.4

The Cosby Show – 25.9

Family Ties – 22.8

Dynasty – 22.6

60 Minutes – 22.5

Cheers – 21.9

Newhart – 21.3

Kate & Allie – 21.2

A-Team – 20.6

M  ovie – California Girls – 20.3

Riptide – 19.4

Murder, She Wrote – 19.3

20/20 – 18.9

Hotel – 18.7

Crazy Like A Fox – 18.5

Eye to Eye – 18.1

Facts of Life – 17.9

Night Court – 17.8

Highway to Heaven – 17.8

Webster – 17.4

Special – “Snoopy Gets Married” – 17.4

Cagney & Lacey – 17.2

Miami Vice – 17.0

Knight Rider – 17.0

Hill Street Blues – 16.4

Trapper John – 16.4

Hardcastle & McCormick – 16.3


Top cable TV channels – March 22, 1985

 WTBS – 2.2 rating

USA – 1.2

CBN – 1.1

CNN - .8 (up 14%)

Nashville Network - .6

CNNHN (Headline News) - .4

Lifetime - .3 (not measured last year)

Three services – MTV, ESPN and Nickelodeon are measured quarterly. MTV – 1.2; ESPN - .8 and Nickelodeon, .9.


Music news – March 22, 1985

Compact discs are being played on the air, by more radio stations, especially those in the Urban and Adult Contemporary formats. KMGC Dallas, says it is now playing as many as 5 CD titles an hour! KMGC buys most of its CD library through a discount deal with a local distributor. KMGC is tagging each CD and airing promos in the evening that advise listeners to “sit back, adjust your stereo balance and enjoy this Compact Disc recording.” The station says it is now getting advertising from record stores who want to move CD product.

KRAV, Tulsa says approximately half of its music is on compact disc. The station says it has a reputation as a “technical leader and a class outlet” and explains its move into CD’s was “a natural one.”

Compact Disc update – The current Compact Disc production crunch will be eased by midyear as increased capacity at major CD manufacturing plants overtakes the demand. Right now, CD demand exceeds supply.

Dee Snider, lead singer for “Twisted Sister, says he’s “out to prove to the world that heavy-metal music isn’t played by idiots for idiots.” “You don’t have to be stupid to like heavy metal.” Snider said hard rock is the 1980’s music of the masses because “no self-respecting kid wants to listen to a band that his father approves of.”

MTV Networks say VH-1 is expanding its audience base far more rapidly than expected and by the end of the year, should have over 10 million viewers. But the new channel is keeping a low profile and that’s not sitting well with advertisers and cable companies. Some say it needs this growth in order to survive.

Kevin Metheny, late of WNBC radio and the renowned program director of Howard Stern, who often referred to him on air as “pig virus,” has a new job. He moves to MTV Networks as v.p. of production and music programming for VH-1 and music programming for MTV.

More VH-1 news – The wiring of VH-1 on Manhattan Cable is celebrated, giving the video channel some 187,000 new subscribers. The first VH-1 vidclip shown on the system was “The Boy From New York City” by the Manhattan Transfer, followed by Ricky Skaggs’ “Country Boy” – a video where New York Mayor Ed Koch makes a cameo.

The composer of “When Sunny Gets Blue” sues KIIS-FM DJ Rick Dees, for using an identical melody for his comedy album “Put It Where The Moon Don’t Shine.” The album contains something called “When Sonny Sniffs Glue” which composer Marvin Fisher contends is identical to his song. Fisher contends the Dees parody, which contains spoken words and “obscene” sound effects, diminishes the value of his original work.


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – March 22, 1985

Material Girl – Madonna

Can’t Fight This Feeling – REO Speedwagon

The Heat Is On – Glenn Frey

One More Night – Phil Collins

Lover Girl – Teena Marie

California Girls – David Lee Roth

High On You – Survivor

Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Private Dancer – Tina Turner

Too Late For Goodbyes – Julian Lennon

Somebody – Bryan Adams

Careless Whisper – Wham

Only The Young – Journey

Nightshift - Commodores


Top rock music album tracks – March 22, 1985

All She Wants to Do Is Dance – Don Henley

Radioactive – the Firm

I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen

Forvever Man – Eric Clapton

Rock & Roll Girls – John Fogerty

That Was Yesterday – Foreigner

Just Another Night – Mick Jagger

Don’t Come Around Here No More – Tom Petty

Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds

Let’s Talk About Me – Alan Parsons Project

Lonely On Top – Mick Jagger

Somebody – Bryan Adams

Along Comes A Woman – Chicago

I Drink Alone – George Thorogood

Say It Again – Santana

This Is Not America – David Bowie/Pat Metheny

Why Can’t I Have You – The Cars

Talk To Me – Fiona

Closer – The Firm

Nobody’s Home – Deep Purple


Top music albums – March 22, 1985

Centerfield – John Fogerty

No Jacket Required – Phil Collins

Born in The U.S.A. – Bruce Springsteen

Beverly Hills Cop – Soundtrack

Make It Big – Wham

Like A Virgin – Madonna

Agent Provocateur – Foreigner

Reckless – Bryan Adams

New Edition – New Edition

Wheels Are Turning – REO Speedwagon

Building the Perfect Beast – Don Henley

17 – Chicago

Crazy From the Heat – David Lee Roth

Break Out – Pointer Sisters

She’s the Boss Mick Jagger

The Firm – The Firm

Suddenly – Billy Ocean

Can’t Slow Down – Lionel Ritchie

Big Bam Boom – Daryl Hall and John Oates  


Top Black Hit Music Singles – March 22, 1985

I’ll Still Be Lookin’ Up to You – Wilton Felder with Bobby Womack

Nightshift – Commodores

Missing You – Diana Ross

Private Dancer – Tina Turner

New Attitude – patti labelle

‘Til My Baby Comes Home – Luther Vandross

Be Your Man- Jesse Johnson’s Revue

Back In Stride – maze with Frankie Beverly

This Is My Night – Chaka Khan

Tonight – Ready For The World

Careless Whisper – Wham featuring George Michael


Top Country Hit Music Singles – March 22, 1985  

Crazy – Kenny Rogers

Seven Spanish Angels – Ray Charles with Willie Nelson

What I didn’t Do – Steve Wariner

Country Girls – John Schneider

High Horse – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Honor Bound – earl Thomas Conley

I Need More of You – Bellamy Brothers

Time Don’t Run Out On Me – Anne Murray

Rollin’ Lonely – Johnny Lee

The First Word In Memor Is Me – Janie Fricke


Top videocassette movie rentals – March 22, 1985

The Woman in Red

Star Trek III – the Search for Spock

All of Me

Police Academy


Once Upon A Time In America

Red Dawn

Romancing the Stone


Top movies – March 22, 1985

Beverly Hills Cop - Eddie Murphy

Lost In America - Albert Brooks, Julue Hagerty

Witness - Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Alexander Godunov

Amadeus - F. Murray Abraham, Tomm Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Simon Callow, Roy Dotrice

Friday The 13th - Part V

Porkey’s Revenge - Dan Monahan, Wyatt Knight, Tony Ganios, Marke Herrier, Kaki Hunter

The Breakfast Club - Emilio Estevez, Paul Gleason, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy

The Last Dragon - Taimak, Julius J. Carry III, Chris Murney, Leo O’Brien, Faith Prince

Baby - Secret Of The Lost Legend - William Katt, Sean Young, Patrick McGoohan

Mask - Cher, Sam Elliot, Eric Stoltz

The Sure Thing - John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Viveca Lindfors

The Killing Fields - Sam Waterson, Craig T. Nelson

The Sure Thing

Into the Night


Night patrol

A Passage To India

Missing In Action 2

Vision Quest

The Falcon & The Snowman


Blood Simple

Lost In America

Purple Rose of Cairo


Lust In the Dust

The God’s Must Be Crazy

A Nightmare on Elm Street

The Dungeonmaster


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