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Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of February 15, 1987 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts

 

In The News

Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev charges that the United States is out to “bust” the 1972 Anti-ballistic Missile treaty by planning early deployment of its strategic defense initiative.

 Robert Gates, President Reagan’s nominee to head the CIA says that despite his own uneasy feelings, neither he nor former CIA Director William J. Casey took any action after Lt. Col. Oliver North mentioned “Swiss (bank) accounts and contras last October in connection with a discussion of U.S. arms sales to Iran.

President Reagan says that political pundits are trying to ring down the curtain on his Administration “even before the show is over” but he is “saving the best stuff for the last act.” “Our game plan is still be best one in town, repeating his opposition to “government controls, central planning and bureaucracy."

 The Justice Department closes the books on its 30-month investigation of the finances and disclosure statements of former vice presidential candidate Geraldine A Ferraro and her husband. They found insufficient basis to conclude that Mrs. Ferraro knowingly and willfully falsified on knowingly and willfully failed to report information under the 1978 Ethics in Government act.

Testifying from a hospital room where he is recovering, former National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane that he helped draft an inaccurate chronology of the Iran arms affair to protect President Reagan from political damage.

President Reagan says he will travel across the country promoting his package of measures to make U.S. businesses more competitive and to restore confidence in the “Made in America” label.

The city of New York will distribute at least 1 million free condoms a year in an aggressive public anti-AIDS campaign designed to make every New Yorker a condom expert. “The latex condom is currently our most effective front-line weapon against increases in sexually transmitted diseases and especially the relentless epidemic of AIDS,” said Commissioner Stephen Joseph.  

 

Business news – February 15, 1987

Ford beats General Motors for profit – the first time in 62 years! Thanks to a stringent cost-cutting program and booming sales of its new aerodynamic Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable models, Ford said it earned a record $3.285 billion in 1986, up more than 30% from its 1985 profits. By comparison, GM had a 1986 profit of $2.945 billion, down 26.4%.

 

Sports news – February 15, 1987

Denver Nugget forward Alex English files a civil suit to collect $150,000 that he claims he and Dallas Mavericks guard Brad Davis loaned to Laker center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1985.

Don Mattingly of the Yankees wins $1.975 million in arbitration – the largest cash-out since arbitration began for baseball some 13 years ago. 

 

Radio news – February 15, 1987

94.7 “The Wave” – a new radio format being tried in Los Angeles is defining its position. It’s positioning statement is “Music For A New Age.” Program Director Frank Cody says, “The idea was to find a station that could appeal to anyone from 25 to 50. There are a lot of people who grew up with rock who don’t want to hear Van Halen or Z top, but who aren’t Barbara Streisand or Barry Manilow fans either. The most popular music right now is soft pop, jazz and melodic New Age. So we’re going after the Mass-appeal elements of thereof the hottest musical genres of the ‘80’s, which should perfectly complement the sensual and uplifting mood we’re trying to create.” Cody believes “The Wave” can do a lot better than the station that occupied its channel – album rock KMET, whose last ratings were a 1.6 12+. 

 

Technology news – February 15, 1987

Another compact disc format as CD-V (compact disc video) is ready to roll. It combines video and audio. Prototypes of the new CD-Vs were demonstrated this week at the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers convention in Miami. New combination audio-video machines will be introduced that will play both sections of the 4.8-inch CD-Vs. Developers are Sony and Phillips.

Disposable cameras ready to roll - Kodak and Co. and rival Fuji Photo announce they will sell cheap cameras that are used to shoot just one roll of film. The Kodak disposable camera will list for $6.95 and use 110 Kodacolor film and a 25-milimeter wide-angle lens. Fuji’s entry will feature 35-milimeter film which produces a negative at least twice as large as the 110 film used by Kodak. 

 

Music news – February 15, 1987

The Beatles are finally coming out on compact disc!, re-introducing some 14 Beatles albums to the world via for format.  The names of the CD’s which will retail from $13-$15 – will in many cases be different from the original American releases Capitol has elected to release the original British version. “Meet the Beatles” in the U.S. was released in London as “With the Beatles.” It all begins later this month.

 

Entertainment news – February 15, 1987

A Barbados judge dismissed charges of possession of marijuana against Jerry Hall, companion of rock star Mick Jagger.

The New York appeal board for the Motion Picture Assn. of America upholds the “X” rating for the movie “Angel Heart” starring Cosby cast member Lisa Bonet.

 

Television news – February 15, 1987

 Under pressure for months to provide air time to the critics of its “Amerika” miniseries,” ABC announces that it will devote a late-night “viewpoint” show to the drama. Among the panelists will be representatives of the Soviet Union, the United Nations and ABC-TV’s entertainment division.

Oprah Winfrey doesn’t waste time – February is her second national sweeps month (the show rolled-out nationally last September and she’s going all out) - Last week, she did a segment from nearly all-white Cumming, GA. Her rival – Phil Donahue aired five segments from the Soviet Union.  Here they are this week… (right).

Audiences defected from “Amerika” on the second night of the seven night miniseries, according to Nielsen. The lengthy $40 million project has drawn protests because of its premise. It is set 10 years after a bloodless takeover of the U.S. by Russia.

CBS and NBC reverse tracks and tell television stations they own that they can take advertising for condoms.

“Good Morning America’s” departing host David Hartman turns down an offer from “Today’s” Bryant Gumbel to be interviewed.

 
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