Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of December 6, 1985 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Secretary of State George P. Shultz says that the U.S. may undertake ‘further steps’ to counter what he described as growing soviet and Cuban military involvement in Nicaragua.
A DC-8 charger jet brining U.S. troops home for Christmas from the Middle East, crashes and burns on takeoff from Newfoundland, killing all 250 soldiers and 8 crew members. It’s the seventh major airline disaster in 1985 which looks like aviation history’s worst year in terms of deaths.
Wholesale prices surge .8% in November and retail inflation is running at an annual rate of 3.3%.
Former Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine A. Ferraro says she will not run against Sen. Alfonse M. D’Amato in 1986 because of a continuing federal investigation into her finances.
Passing – Peggy Goldwater, wife of Sen. Barry Goldwater. She was 76.
The nation’s unemployment rate fell a tenth back to 7% in November.
Former Argentina President Jorge Videla is sentenced to life in prison for his part in the abduction, torture and killing of up to 9,000 people who disappeared in the “dirty war’ against leftist guerrillas.
Business news – December 6, 1985
General Electric Corp will purchase RCA Corp for $6.28 billion in cash.
Technology news – December 6, 1985
Cell phone update – Tandy Corp introduces a hand-held cell phone that weighs a much lighter 11-lbs and will sell for $1,199.
Radio news – December 6, 1985
Former San Diego Mayor Roger Hedgecock, now free on appeal of his conspiracy and perjury convictions, will host an afternoon talkshow over KSDO (1130 AM) from noon until 3pm weekday afternoons. He was sentenced to spend a year in county custody after his convictions stemming from irregularities in his 1983 campaign.
Ben Hoberman – who brought ABC radio into the talk era back in 1960 with KABC radio, is quitting the network. For the last six years, he has lived in New York and run the network’s radio division. Hoberman, who was heavily influence by WOR-New York and its successful talk format – put talk on KABC Los Angeles back in July of 1960. The station had been playing pop music with DJ’s such Jim Ameche and Don McKinnon.
Sports news – December 6, 1985
John McEnroe begins serving a 42-day suspension for exceeding the allowable limit of fines in a year. He exceeded the $7,500 limit during the Australian Open earlier this month when he was fined on three occasions – one for verbal abuse, another for audible obscenity and another for failure to attend a post-match press conference.
Passing – Roger Maris – who hit 61 homers in 1961, breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 60 back in 1927. He was only 51... of Lymphoma.
Vince Ferragamo, who was cut by the Buffalo Bills last week, has signed with the Green Bay Packers for the remainder of the season and into next year.
Entertainment/Celebrity/Media news – December 6, 1985
Barbara Streisand is said to be livid about the unauthorized book “Barbra Steisand: the Woman, the Myth, The Music.” Apparently, many stars in the book, including Jane Fonda, Barry Gibb and Marlene Dietrich have been misquoted.
Passing – Actress Anne Baxter, granddaughter of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright – eight days after suffering a stroke. She was 62.
Media – Viacom says it is purchasing KMOX-TV St. Louis from CBS for $122.5 million in cash.
Music news – December 6, 1985
Keyboardist Ian Stewart – an early member of the Rolling Stones, is dead of a heart attack at the age of 47. Stewart was called “the sixth Stone” before he was phased-out of the band. In 1961, Stewart, Keith Richards and Billy Wyman and Charlie Watts became the first Rolling Stones when they performed near London. A fifth member, Brian Jones was added. Stewart was replaced by Mick Jagger and then became the group’s road manager.
As a dozen Soviet dissidents marking International Human rights day are arrested in Moscow at Pushkin Square for distributing leaflets and trying to make speeches, the official media attacked the United States on human rights, citing entertainer Michael Jackson as a black man being exploited by capitalists.
On MTV this week – Night Ranger’s 7 Wishes Tour (concert). Next week – The Thompson Twins (Saturday night).
Van Halen has two new members – Steve Vai replaces guitarist Eddie Van Halen along with drummer Billy Sheehan.
It’s official – Johnson & Johnson, the guys who make Band-Aids have given Bob Geldolf permission to use the name for artists on ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas.” The name is only good for a limited time. One solution after the record runs its course – is to use “Live Aid.”
Television news – December 6, 1985
Mary Tyler Moore’s new sitcom, “Mary” is a dud – ranking #31 in the ratings overall.
On “Saturday Night Live” this week – John Lithgow with musical guest Mr. Mister.
Barbara Walters Special on ABC-TV this week: Michael J. Fox, Cybill Shepard and Angela Lansbury.
Cable News Network has been granted permission to routinely receive transmissions of Soviet television pictures from the Soviet satellite system. The Soviets will be able to select portions of CNN programming for use on Soviet television.
Cable convention in Anaheim – Ted Turner tells the crowd that the industry must gather more advertising support “so we can spend more on programming.” He says cable is being outspent 4-1 as compared to commercial networks and independent television - $5 billion a year vs. $1.5 billion a year for cable.
Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – December 6, 1985
CBS – Alice in Wonderland, Cagney & Lacey
NBC – TV Bloopers & Practical Jokes, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Tonight, David Letterman
ABC – Hardcastle & McCormick, Monday Night Football, Nightline
PBS – Pledgeweek
MTV – Top 20 video countdown
Showtime – Robin Hood.