Dateline: Events/Week Of March 22, 1998 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News
Four girls and a teacher are dead at Westside Middle School near Jonesboro, Arkansas. Two boys are held in the shootings.
California becomes the first state to switch to a free market for electricity. Now - dozens of new business enterprises have begun buying and selling electricity as if it were a commodity. Will it work?
Monica Lewinsky’s father – Dr. Bernard Lewinsky said he is concerned that President Clinton’s decision to invoke executive privilege will only prolong his daughter’s isolation. “The longer this delays, the more difficult it becomes.’
Restaurants - Koo Koo Roo Inc. names Lee Iacocca as acting chairman.
A respiratory therapist – who calls himself the “angel of death” – says he has killed as many as 50 seriously ill patients over nine years at a hospital near Los Angeles, Ca. The man is Efren Saldivar – but authorities are treating as a rumor for now.
Oil rockets up 13% in a single day – jumping $1.90 to $16.51 a barrel. It’s all due to a production cut.
An elderly woman suffering from breast cancer – dies after she swallowed a fatal dose of barbiturates and she becomes the first to utilize Oregon’s doctor-assisted suicide law.
Entertainment /Movie News – March 22, 1998
Academy Awards held this week –
Best picture – “Titanic.”
Best actor – Jack Nicholson – “As Good As It Gets.’
Best actress – Helen Hunt – “As Good As It Gets.”
Best supporting actor – Robin Williams – “Good Will Hunting.”
Best supporting actress – Kim Basinger – “L.A. Confidential.’
Technology News – March 22, 1998
Wireless Internet Becoming More Possible
Wireless Internet? It’s making a beginning. You can get a device from Ricochet that attaches to the back of a laptop computer – and you can go wireless – but it’s available only in Seattle, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. The cost is $30 a month.
PBS is drawing up plans for digital TV – and its plan is to split one TV station into 4 digital channels. The FCC began handing out digital licenses last April. PBS plans to start supplying the multiple channels and some hi-def programs by the end of this year.
Sports News – March 22, 1998
Another college sports scandal - Federal grand jury in Chicago indicts two former Northwestern University players on charges of attempting to fix the outcome of three contests during the 1994-95 season.
Music news – March 22, 1998
Don’t miss Janet Jackson’s “Velvet Rope Tour.” It’ll kick off July 9 in Washington D.C.
“12 Bar Blues” - Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots gets his first solo album released this week. He’ll perform on Dave Letterman’s show this week.
Interscope Records pays for play – but legally – when it paid KUFO Portland to play a new Limp Bizkit song called “Counterfeit.”
Vonda Shepard – who provides a sort of soundtrack on “Ally McBeal” is getting a series soundtrack released.
It’ll be Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion and Shania Twain for VH1’s “Divas Live” on April 14.
Chuck Negron – who founded “3 Dog Night” is suing his ex group mates – Cory Wells and Dan Hutton over the use of the rock group’s name.
A record 19 people died at rock concerts and festival events in1997.
Rapper Warren G. settles his suit with Garth Brooks over the letter “G” in Brooks’ tour advertisements.
Television news – March 22, 1998
New York soup maker Al Yeganeh – who inspired the “soup nazi” on Seinfeld, just appeared on the Home Shopping Network and is booked for Dave Letterman show.
Impasse – Simpson’s voices want 5x what they are getting - $150,000 per episode. They are - Dan Castellaneta (Homer), Yeardley Smith (Lisa), Hank Azaria (Moe) and Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns, Smithers). Nancy Cartwright – the voice of Homer – came to terms for a third.
Kevin Newman is named to succeed Charles Gibson as co-anchor of “Good Morning America.” Newman reads the news.
Top TV Shows/Ratings – March 8, 1998
Seinfeld – 20.92
Friends – 23.13
Seinfeld (10pm) – 22.96
Just Shoot me – 22.91
Caroline in the City (Thur.) - 22.12
60 Minutes – 20.71
Movie-it Could Happen – 20.63
Frasier (Thu.) – 19.51
Touched by an Angel – 19.29
Home Improvement – 18.18
Drew Carey – 17.35
Dateline NBC (wed.) –16.45
Frasier – 16.37
Dateline NBC (Mon.) 16.29.
Movie-The Little Rascals – 16.01
Ally McBeal – 15.42
The Simpsons – 14.96
Walker, Texas Ranger – 14.50
Top movies – March 22, 1998
The Man in the Iron mask
As Good as it Gets
Good Will Hunting
T he Newton Boys
Mr. Nice Guy.