Dateline: Events/Headlines - Week of May 8, 1989 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
The Bush Administration says it will consider ever option, including the use of military force, to prevent Gen. Manuel A. Noriega from stealing Panama’s presidential election.
President Bush says he will send nearly 2,000 troops to Panama to protect American citizens and the strategic Panama Canal. He says “we will not be intimidated by the bullying tactics of Gen. Manuel A. Noreiga.”
President Bush says that the Panama Defense Forces and the Panamanian people should rise up and overthrow military strongman Manuel Noreiga by any means possible.
Bush administration officials have “censored” a scientist’ planned testimony on global warming to downplay the seriousness of the problem, Sen. Al Gore Jr. charges.
Music news – May 8, 1989
MTV refused to air Graham parker’s “Soul Corruption” video because it contains the word “nigger.”
Soap actor Michael Damian, who has a hit with a remake of “Rock On” – has an album coming out – “Where Do We Go From Here” – which is a line from the song.
The singles sales down – the RIAA recently dropped the sales requirement for a gold single from 1 million to 500,000.
Passing – Country hit maker Keith Whitley – found dead at his home of accidental acute alcohol poisoning. He was 33. His blood alcohol content registered .47. He was married to country music singer Lori Morgan and they had one child – Jesse Keith Whitley.
Passing- Max Gordon who ran the famed Village Vanguard in Greenwich Village. He was 86. He came to the club in 1964, from the famed “Blue Angel” nightspot
Entertainment/Celebrity/Movie/Hollywood news – May 8, 1989
Actor John Malkovich has left the production of “Crazy People” for personal reasons.
Passing – Guy Williams in Argentina. He was 65. He apparently suffered a heart attack. He’s best known for his TV roles in “Zorro” and “Lost in Space.” Real name – Armando Catalano.
Eddie Murphy is sued for $75 million by actress Michael Michele Williams who alleges that Murphy had her fired from “Harlem Nights because she spurned advances.
Palimony suit – Actress Sandra Locke files against longtime boyfriend Clint Eastwood. Both say they have strong cases. They’ve been together for 13 years.
No Janet Waldo - Singer Tiffany will be the new voice of Judy Jetson in a new animated feature movie, “The Jetsons.” Tiffany also sings three songs from the movie’s soundtrack.
Television news – May 8, 1989
On “Saturday Night Live” – Wayne Gretzky hosts with musical guests the Fine Young Cannibals.
On Cable Lifetime – don’t miss “Women of Night” with comics Ellen DeGeneres, Paula Poundstone, Rita Rudner and Judy Tenuta.
After seven years - “Family Ties” airs its final episode –70 minutes that sees Alex finally leaving home for a Wall Street. Also “Moonlighting” airs its final episode this week.
Christina Ferrare is leaving as co-host of “A.M. Los Angeles” over KABC-TV.
Oprah Winfrey meets with representatives of Jewish and civil-liberties groups after allegations made last week on her syndicated talk show that some Jews practice ritual killing of children.
Wednesday night television listings/TV guide – week of May 8, 1989
CBS – Hard Time on Planet Earth, Jake and the Fatman, Wiseguy, Pat Sajak
NBC – Unsolved Mysteries, Cheers, Night Court, Quantum Leap, Tonight, David Letterman, Later w/Bob Costas
ABC – Growing Pains, Hea do the Class, War and Remembrance, Nightline
PBS – Atlantic Rearm
MTV – Just say Julie
Growing Pains – Ben goes on his first date.
Pat Sajak – Denis Conner, Rita Moreno, Juice Newton.
Tonight Show – Kenny Rogers and Jeff Altman join Johnny.
David Letterman - Wendy Wasserstein.
Bob Costas – Judge Joseph Wapner.
Top movies – May 8, 1989
Field of dreams