Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of July 19, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Toyota Motor Co says it will build its own manufacturing plant in the United States by 1988 to produce “about 200,000” cars a year and will expand production at its joint venture in Fremont, Calif to provide 50,000 cars to its American dealers beginning in the fall of this year.
The United States calls for an end to the week-old state of emergency in South Africa, noting the suspension of civil liberties has failed to end the violence in black townships.
It’s announced that Sharon Christa McAuliffe, a New Hampshire social studies teacher will fly on the space shuttle in January. She was chosen from over 1,000 applicants.
“Pepsi - the choice of a new generation.”
Best- selling books – July 19, 1985
The Hunt For Red October - Clancy
Lonesome Dove - McMurtry
Skeleton Crew - King
The Cider House Rules - Irving
It Tomorrow Comes - Sheldon
Iacocca - Iacocca with Novak
Smart Women, Foolish Choices -Cowan and Kinder
Nothing Down - Allen
Dr Berger’s Immune Power Diet - Burger
Loving Each Other - Buscagha
Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 19, 1985
Buzz at video stores - At least one video tape has been sitting around the stores for a while - until its distribution company stirred up some controversy about it. The tape - “Faces of Death.” Now all the publicity has made people curious. You can rent it - or purchase it for $59.95.
It’s announced that Michael Jackson is teaming up with Hollywood heavyweights George Lucas and Francis Coppola to film “Captain EO” - a 3-D musical space fantasy. The science-fiction extravaganza will debut sometime n 1986 as a permanent new attraction at Epcot Center at Disney World and at a new theater in Tomorrowland at Disneyland.
It’s announced that actor Rock Hudson, whose recent frail appearance stunned a public, has AIDS and has had the disease for more than a year. Hudson, whose continuing popularity was enhanced last season by television appearances in the prime-time soap “Dynasty” is the first international celebrity revealed to have the killer disease.
Rock Hudson gets a phone call at the American Hospital in Paris from an old friend who just happens to be president - Ronald Reagan. Recovering from an operation for colon cancer, Reagan called to wish him well. Later it’s announced that Hudson is being treated with the experimental drug HPA-23 developed by the scientists at the Institute Pasteur to combat AIDS.
More Hollywood news - Actor Sean Penn and his pop-singer-fiancée Madonna are targets of a $1 million damage suit filed by Laurence Cottrell - a free-lance photographer. He says Penn attacked with a rock and his own camera in a Nashville, Tenn. hotel car park last month.
Passing - Kay Kyser - the “Old Professor” on radio’s beloved “Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge at 79.
Technology news – July 19, 1985
Compact Disc Update - right now, there are 3,000 titles of compact discs. Demand is exceeding supply since there are only six large CD record plants in the world today. As new plants come online, don’t expect CD prices to fall either. So, if you see a CD you want, grab it. It may be months or even years before it is pressed again.
So, should you buy a Beta or VHS machine? - Industry watchers estimate the Beta share of the market to be 14% to 16% and dropping. A big problem continues to be availability of prerecorded tapes. Most stores have meager Beta selections.
Bestselling computer software games – July 19, 1985
F-15 Strike Eagle
Flight Simulator II
The Hitchiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
Summer Games II
Top Video Movie Rentals - July 19, 1985
The Karate Kid
The Flamingo Kid
2010: The Year We Make Contact
Places In The Heart
Missing in Action
Nighmare on Elm Street
Micki & Maude
Radio news – July 19, 1985
New York - WKTU-FM (92.3) changes call-letters and formats this week. The hit station is now WXRK (K-Rock) and is now an album rocker. It kicked off the format with ABC’s coverage of the Live Aid concert, followed by a Bruce Springsteen salute. (Beginning on November 18, Howard Stern will begin mornings here. As of this week, Stern is still with rival station WNBC. He’ll be fired on September 30).
Television news – July 19, 1985
Syndicated television - the big buzz is how well “Wheel of Fortune” does in early fringe around the country. It beats other syndicated biggies such as “MASH,” “Jeopardy,” “PM Magazine,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “People’s Court” and “Family Feud” with Richard Dawson. The program is hosted by former television weatherman Pat Sajak.
More television news - NBC is phasing out its “N” logo over the coming months and introducing a new symbol that combines a redesigned version of the peacock with all three letters of NBC’s name. NBC says “the peacock is round and sort of playful while the N is rigid and geometric and they don’t work together. Instead of 11 feathers, the new peacock has six with each feather being a different color.
Religious television - going stronger than ever is Dr Gene Scott and his ministry. He’s based out of Glendale, California. You can catch his “University Network” on a local UHF outlet. Scott recently lost a television license to operate KHOF-TV (channel 30) in Southern California due to FCC problems.
Cable television - a three-member panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturns longstanding federal regulations that require cable systems to carry the signals of all major broadcast stations in their communities. They ruled that the “must carry” rules are “fundamentally at odds” with the Constitution’s free speech guarantees.
Sunday Night Television listings/programs/TV guide – July 19, 1985
CBS - 60 Minutes, Murder, She Wrote, Crazy Like A Fox, Trapper John, MD
NBC - Punky Brewster, Silver Spoons, Knight Rider, Movie
ABC - Ripley’s Believe it Or Not, Movie
PBS - Evening At Pops, Masterpiece Theater
MTV - Videos, Rock Influences with Karla Devito
Punky Brewster - Punky and a friend try to produce a Jane Fonda-type aerobics cassette but they end up in trouble.
Silver Spoons - When Rick starts a child-care business he discovers that one of his children is the victim of parental kidnapping.
Evening at Pops - Flutist James Galway, singer Cleo Laine and the John Dankworth Quartet perform with John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra.
Music news – July 19, 1985
Washington DC - Tickets to a Bruce Springsteen concert go on sale for an August 5 show and 53,000 tickets are sold in 97 minutes. Phone lines were tied-up throughout the area, including the White House. So far, Springsteen’s “Born In The USA” album has spurned 5 hit singles.
Music - Peter, Paul & Mary celebrate 25 years and perform once again at The Bitter End coffee house in Greenwich Village. Lucky patrons got a 2-hour treat.
The USA For Africa album “We Are The World” debuts. The concert could be heard on radio stations coast to coast.
Top music touring acts of 1985 so far:
Prince & The Revolution
Daryl Hall & John Oates
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
Top country hit music singles – July 19, 1985
Old Hippie - The Bellamy Brothers
Love Don’t Care - Earl Thomas Conley
40-Hour Week (For a Livin’) - Alabama
Real Love - Dolly Parton with Kenny Rogers
Highwayman - Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson
I Don’t Think I’m Ready For You - Ann Murray
She’s Single Again - Janie Frickie
The Fireman - George Straight
Dixie Road - Lee Greenwood
Love Is Alive - The Judds
Top black music tracks – July 19 1985
Hangin’ On A String - Loose Ends
Who’s Holding Donna Now - Debarge
Freeway of Love - Aretha Franklin
Save Your Love (For #1) - Rene & Angela
Rock Me Tonight - Freddie Jackson
Rasberry Beret - Prince & The Revolution
Attack Me With Your Love - Cameo
19 - Paul Hardcastle
Glow - Rick James
I Wonder If I Take You Home - Lisa-Lisa & Cult Jam With Full Force
Top Music Albums – July 19, 1985
Reckless - Bryan Adams
No Jacket Required - Phil Collins
Songs From The Big Chair - Tears For Fears
Invasion of Your Privacy - Ratt
Beverly Hills Cop - Soundtrack
Around The World In A Day - Prince & The Revolution
7 Wishes - Night Ranger
The Dream Of Blue Turtles - Sting
Like A Virgin - Madonna
The Power Station
Theatre of Pain - Motley Crue
Dream Into Action - Howard Jones
More Top Albums – July 19, 1985
Emergency - Kool & The Gang
Brothers in Arms - Dire Straights
Make It Big - Wham
Brother Where You Bound - Supertramp
Little Creatures - Talking Heads
Fables of the Reconstruction - R.E.M.
Empire Burlesque - Bob Dylan
Voices Carry - ‘Til Tuesday
Vital Signs - Survivor
Maverick - George Thorogood
Fly On The Wall - AC/DC
7800 Fahrenheit - Bon Jovi
Katrina and the Waves
Building The Perfect Beast - Don Henley
Heart - Heart
Centerfield - John Fogerty
Southern Accents - Tom Petty And the Heartbreakers
Shaken ‘N Stirred - Robert Plant
Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – July 19, 1985
Shout - Tears For Fears
The Power of Love - Huey Lewis & The News
If You Love Somebody Set Them Free - Sting
Freeway of Love - Aretha Franklin
Summer of ‘69 - Bryan Adams
What About Love? - Heart
Get It On - Power Station
You Spin Me Around (Like A Record) - Dead or Alive
People are People - Depeche Mode
Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen
St Elmo’s Fire - John Parr
Who’s Holding Donna Now - Debarge
You Give Good Live - Air Supply
Everytime You Go Away - Paul Young
The Search Is Over - Survivor
Getcha Back - The Beach Boys
Not Enough Live in the World - Don Henley
Find A Way - Amy Grant
Cherish - Kool & The Gang
Your Love Is King – Sade
Top movies – July 19. 1985
St Elmo’s Fire - Rob Lowe, Mare Winningham, Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Andrew McCarthy
Rambo First Blood Part II - Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier, Steven Berkoff
“Back To The Future” - Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Golver
Fright Night - Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Goeffreys, Roddy McDowall.
Silverado - Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Rosanna Arquette, John Cleese, Kevin Costner, Brian Dennehy, Danny Golver, Jeff Goldblum, Linda Hunt.
Steve Spielberg presents The Goonies. Music by Dave Grusin
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome - Mel Gibson, Tina Turner
Walt Disney’s The Black Cauldron
Prizzi’s Honor - Jack Nicholson, Kathleen Turner,
Pale Rider - Clint Eastwood, Michael Moriarty, Carrie Snodgrass, Christopher Penn, Richard Dysart, Sydney Penny, Richard Kiel, Doug McGrath, John Russell
The Heavenly Kid - Lewis Smith, Jane Kaczmarek, Jason Gedrick, Richard Mulligan
The Man With One Red Show - Tom Hanks, Dabney Coleman, Lori Singer, Charles Durning, Jim Belushi, Carrie Fisher, Edward Herrmann
The Emerald Forest - Powers Boothe, Meg Foster, Charley Boorman
The Legend of Billie Jean - Helen Slater, Keith Gordon, Christian Slater, Peter Coyote