Dateline: Events/Week Of January 8, 1998 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
President Clinton says that it is “probably” inevitable that he will stand trial for sexual harassment in the lawsuit filed by Paula Corbin Jones. He’ll give a sworn deposition in the case this week.
Indonesia says it is prepared to begin making economic reforms prescribed by the International Monetary fund in order to stabilize its currency.
In court - Unabomber suspect Theodore Kaczynski – said he wanted to be his own lawyer because he cannot endure being labeled mentally ill. He had tried to hang himself in jail the night before.
The FCC reports that cable-TV rates have been rising four-times faster than inflation and they don’t like it.
Paula Corbin Jones has nearly tripled her demand to about $2 million to settle her case with President Clinton without a trial.
The jury deadlocks in the Terry L. Nichols Oklahoma City bombing case. Many jurors believed prosecutors presented sloppy evidence. Did he avoid a death sentence?
The Democratic National Committee decides to abandon its self-imposed prohibition on taking money from legal permanent residents of the United States.
Weekly radio address – President Clinton urged swift action by Congress to ban human cloning before a Chicago scientist can begin experiments that the president condemned as “untested and unsafe and morally unacceptable.”
In New Mexico - Dick Rutan and Dave Melton – hoping to become the first to fly nonstop round the world in a balloon, parachute into a cactus-studded pasture after a tear doomed their flight.
Sonny Bono Funeral – January 8, 1998
Cher recalls her former husband – Sonny Bono at his Palm Springs funeral mass. “This is probably the most important thing I have ever done in my life. And I know he’s somewhere loving this.” Also speaking – Newt Gingrich, Gov. Pete Wilson of California and others. MSNBC, CNN and Fox News Channel carried full coverage of the Sonny Bono funeral.
Sports News – January 8, 1998
It’ll be the Green Pay Packers and the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl as Green Bay beats the 49ers 23-10.
Technology News – January 8, 1998
is it DVD or Divx? It’s a battle at this year’s Consumer electronics Show - with promoters on both sides. So far – some 200,000 DVD players have been sold to consumers since the format was launched last spring. Like DVD – Divx’s medium is a 5-inch disc. The difference lies in sales and marketing. Instead of unlimited viewings, Divx consumers buy the disc for a suggested retail price of $4.99 and can watch the disc only for a specially outfitted DVD player – for $100 more than a regular player – linked by modem on a separate phone line to a Divx central computer. They can watch the movie as often as they want within a 48-hour period, then pay an extra fee for more viewing. You can play DVD’s for as many times as you wish.
TCI Cable says it will put Windows software in its boxes – the foundation of new set-top boxes the promises to revolutionize the way consumers use their TV’s. The boxes will also allow Internet surfing.
AT&T agrees to buy Teleport in an $11.3 billion stock deal.
Music news – January 8, 1998
The Eagles get inducted into the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame – and sing “Hotel California” during the closing moments of the 13th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in New York.
Passing – Musician and producer Owen Bradley – who was a key figure in the success of Brenda Lee, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty. He was 82. Bradley began working for Decca records Nashville in 1958 (but began working for the label in 1947) and retired in 1976. He was one of the great Nashville producers. He and Chet Atkins over at RCA made most of the hit records coming from Nashville during the late 1950’s and well into the 1960’s.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – January 8, 1998
Seinfeld – 32.86
ER - 32.23
Veronica’s Closet – 25.74
Touched by an Angel – 24.05
Friends – 23.66
X-Files – 21.37
Dateline NBC (Mon.) – 21.08
60 Minutes – 19.78
King of the Hill – 19.71
The Simpsons – 19.21
Drew Carey Show – 18.82
Union Square – 18.82
NFC Championship Postgame (Fox) – 18.63
Home Improvement – 18.21
Frasier – 18.18
Movie-The Fugitive – 17.90
20/20 – 17.76
Television news – January 8, 1998
Wow – CBS gets the NFL back after four years! Now – NBC will be without football action. Oh well!
“HBO Comedy Half Hour” returns with comic Dave Chappelle.
New Weekend Update anchor for “Saturday Night Live” beginning this week – Colin Quinn takes over for Norm Macdonald.
O.J. Simpson is set to appear on ESPN’s “Up Close” with host Chris Myers.
ABC’s Sam Donaldson is back covering the White House after a nine-year hiatus.
Oprah Winfrey will do her show in Amarillo while she defends herself against a defamation suit down there.
Don’t miss the season premiere of “Dennis Miller Live” on HBO this week with guest Whoopi Goldberg.
Lizz Winstead – the co-creator and head writer for Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” leaves after a feud with host Craig Kilborn. This all comes after Kilborn was suspended after making derogatory comments about her and other female staffers to a magazine.
On “Saturday Night Live” – Host Samuel L. Jackson with musical guest Ben Folds Five.
Top Movies – January 8, 1998
Good Will Hunting
As Good As It Gets
Wag the Dog
Tomorrow Never Dies