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Dateline: Events/Week of October 15, 1992 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts


In The News

Using numerous charts and a long pointer, Ross Perot told viewers on his NBC-TV infomercial that the deficit must be eliminated to restore the country to economic health. He spelled-out a plan to cut spending, raise levies on gasoline, tobacco and other income to eliminate the deficit.

 President Bush, Governor Bill Clinton and Ross Perot take-on debate #3 on national television. President Bush and Arkansas Gov Bill Clinton Clashed repeatedly on economic issues in the final debate. Ross Perot charged President Bush’s foreign policy built-up regimes of Hussein in Iraq and Noriega in Panama.  Some remarks... From President Bush: “Mr. and Mrs. American, when you hear Gov Clinton say, “we are going to tax only the rich,” watch your wallet, because his figures don’t add up.”...  From Bill Clinton - “I can’t believe he is accusing me of getting on both sides. He said trickle-down economics was ‘voodoo economics’ and now he’s its biggest practitioner.” ... From Ross Perot - “I put my wallet on the table for you and your children.” 

Diplomatic war - The Soviet Union retaliates for Washington’s expulsion of 55 Soviet diplomats by expelling another five diplomats and withdrawing all 260 Soviet employees from the U.S. embassy in Moscow and consulate in Leningrad. Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev broadcasting on Soviet television said, “We aren’t going to allow 55 of our diplomats to be eliminated just like that. They (U.S. officials) have taken action in recent days which to the normal human mind appear simply wild after such an important meeting on the level of the highest leadership of the two countries. Every time when there seems to be a little bit of light, there is a provocation which is aimed at trying to cut off any real kind a conclusion.”


Technology news – October 15, 1992

IBM posts a colossal $2.8 Billion third-quarter loss, blaming the dismal earnings report on huge, previously announced job cuts, weak economics in the U.S and Japan and the recent currency turmoil in Europe. IBM stock plunged to its lowest level since 1982 at $72.875.


Sports news – October 15, 1992

Two days after their flag was displayed upside-down at Game 2 of the World Series, thousands of Canadians loudly responded before Game three in Toronto. It appeared the flap had ended. Toronto beat the Atlantic Braves 3-2 to gain a 2-1 advantage. 

Former New York Yankee Joe Pepitone is sentenced to six months in jail on two misdemeanor drug charges. Said a judge - “Once a first-rate baseball player, Mr. Pepitone now stands before this court as a second-rate drug operator.” 


Best-selling books – October 15, 1992

Waiting To Exhale - Terry McMillan

Gerald’s Game - Stephen King

Where Is Joe Merchang? - Jimmy Buffet

The Shadow Rising - Robert Jordan

The Secret History - Donna Tartt

Before and After - Rosellen Brown

The Tale of the Body Thief - Anne Rice

The Way Things Ought To Be - Rush Limbaugh

Every Living thing - James Herriot

It Doesn’t Take A Hero - General H. Norma Schwarzkopf

Diana: Her true Story - Andrew Morton

Are You The One For Me? - Barbara DeAngelis - Ph.D.

The Senator: My Ten Years With Ted Kennedy - Richard E. Burke/William and Marilyn Hoffer 


Entertainment/Celebrity/TV/Music news – October 15, 1992

At a star-studded pay-TV concert saluting Bob Dylan, Singer Sinead O’Connor is booed off the stage, repercussions after she tore up a photo of the Pope during an appearance on “Saturday Night Live” on October 3rd. During the concert, more than two dozen musicians sang 30 Dylan songs,  most of them taken from his 60’s catalogue. Appearing - John Mellencamp, Stevie Wonder, Pear Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Tracy Chapman, Lou Reed, Johnny Cash and June Carter, Chrissie Hynde, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Roger McGuinn.

Howard Stern announces that he’ll be doing a TV show for the E! Channel. Stern recently did a show on WWOR-TV (New York). The station said it canceled the show, but Stern said he quit. 

Passing - actress Shirley Booth (94) - best known as for the TV series “Hazel” in the early and mid-60’s.

Comedian Sam Kinison is censored by NBC (on the west coast) after an appearance on “Saturday Night Live” this week. Broadcast live on the east coast, Kinison was talking about the government’s war on drugs - One of the edits came after the comedian said - “They’ve taken the pot, there is no more pot. You can’t get any more pot. If you give us back the pot. we’ll forget about the crack.” According to producer Lorne Michaels, Kinnison did not perform at the program’s Saturday evening dress rehearsal. The other edit had to do with a joke about the Crucifixion. SNL has no time delay on the east coast. 

Singer Madonna has some words to say about Irish singer Sinead O’Connor for ripping up a picture of the Pope John Paul II on “Saturday Night Live.” Said Madonna - I think there is a better way to present her ideas rather than ripping up an image that means a lot to other people. While I may agree with her theory, I cannot agree with her approach.”

Now at bookstores - Madonna’s new book - “Sex.” You can get a copy for $49.95.

Producer Aaron Spelling demands an apology for his “Beverly Hills 90210.” The producer says that a Sept 26 episode of the sketch comedy program “The Edge,” also on Fox, contained a “tasteless take-off” of “90210” that depicted “acts of incest” among the characters.


Top TV shows/ratings – October 15, 1992

Television ratings -

Roseanne - 21.6

World Series Game 2, Toronto at Atlanta - 20.2

Murphy Brown - 19.2

Coach 19.0

 Home Improvement - 18.8

Baseball; NL Playoffs Game 7 - 18.2

60 Minutes - 18.2

Northern Exposure - 16.8

Monday Night Football - 16.2

Love & War - 15.8

Hearts Afire - 15.6

World Series: Game 1 - 15.6

20.20 - 15.4

Fresh Prince of Bel Air - 15.3

Evening Shade - 15.0

Full House - 14.9

Blossom - 14.8

Danielle Steel’s “Jewels” part 1 - 14.7

Unsolved Mysteries - 14.7

Jackie Collins - “Lady Boss” - part 2 - 14.2

America’s Funniest Home Videos - 14.0

Laurie Hill - 13.1

World Series: Game 2, Pregame show - 12.7

Baseball: NL Playoffs, Game 6 - 12.3

Family Matters - 12.3

The Wonder Years - 12.3

Decision ‘92: Debate Analysis - 12.2

Step by Step - 12.2

The Simpsons - 12.0 


Saturday Night Television listings/TV guide – week of October 15, 1992

CBS - World Series Game 1, Reason to Change, Wiseguy

NBC - Here and Now, Out All Night, Empty Nest, Nurses, Sisters

ABC - Paid Political-Ross Perot, Special-The Missiles of October

FOX - Cops, Cops, Code 3, Code 3

Nashville Network - Backstage, Grand Ole Opry, Statler Brothers, American Music Shop, Texas Connection.

The Missiles of October: What the World Didn’t Know - Peter Jennings looks at the October 1962 Cuban missile crisis.

On Sisters - Georgie flashes back after learning John’s plane crashed.

On  Saturday Night Live - Jason Priestley and Teenage Fanclub. 


Top pop hit music singles(top-40) – October 15, 1992

End of the Road - Boyz II Men

Back to the Hotel - N2Deep

Jump Around - House of Pain

Sometimes Love ... - Patty Smyth

Erotica - Madonna

Jump Around - House of Pain

I’d Die Without You - PM Dawn

Rhythm is a Dancer - Snap

Please Don’t Go - K.W.S.

People Everyday - Arrested Development

How Do You Talk To An Angel - The Heights

She’s Playing Hard To Get - Hi-Five

When I Look Into Your Eyes - Firehouse

Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad - Def Leppard

Forever Love - Color Me Badd

My Name Is Prince - Prince & The New Power Generation


Top Country Hit This Week -

If I Didn’t Have You - Randy Travis


Top Pop Music Albums – October 15, 1992

The Chase - Garth Brooks

Us - Peter Gabriel

Automatic For The People - R.E.M.

 Ten - Pearl Jam

Some Gave All - Billy Ray Cyrus

Unplugged - Eric Clapton

What’s the 411? - Mary J. Blige

Timeless - Michael Bolton

Dirt - Alice In Chains

Beyond The Season - Garth Brooks

Singles - soundtrack

Guerillas in tha Mist - Da Lench Mob

3  Years... - Arrested Development

Totally Krossed Out - Kris Kross

House of Pain - House of Pain


Top movies – October 15, 1992

Under Siege - Steven Seagal

The Last of the Mohicans - Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeline Stowe

The Mighty Ducks - Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland

Candyman - Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Vanessa William

Consenting Adults - Kevin Kline, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Kevin Spacey, Rebecca Miller, E.G. Marshal

 Hero - Dustin Hoffman, Andy Garcia, Gina Davis

Mr. Baseball - Tom Selleck, Dennis Haysbert

Sneakers - Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd

1492: Conquest of Paradise - Gerard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigourney Weaver

The Public Eye - Joe Pesci, Richard Richle, Bryan Travis Smith

Captain Ron - Kurt Russell, Martin Short, Mary Kaye Place

Mr. Saturday Night - Billy Crystal, David Paymer

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