Sadly – Former “Growing Pains” actor Andrew Koenig was found dead Thursday in a wooded area of a sprawling downtown park where he enjoyed spending time, apparently after committing suicide. The actor’s father, Walter Koenig, said “my son took his own life,” and police spokeswoman Jana McGuinness said, “I’ll let Mr. Koenig’s words speak for themselves.” “He was obviously in a lot of pain,” Walter Koenig said, referring his son’s lifelong depression.
Great Gold – South Korea’s Kim Yu-Na easily won the ladies’ figure skating gold with a world record total of 228.56 points, shattering her previous global standard by 18 points. The win gave South Korea its first Olympic figure skating medal ever.
No More Oscar Specials For Barbara – After 29 years, Barbara Walters has decided to call it quits on her yearly Oscar Specials. For her final Oscar (ABC, March 7, 7 PM), Walters, 80, will sit down with front runners Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side) and Mo’Nique (Precious).
He’s So Vain – Carly Simon’s “Your So Vain” is really about David Geffen. The song, which catapulted the singer to fame in 1972, was rumored to be about one of her ex-boyfriends, who include Warren Beatty Mick Jagger, but she had persistently refused to name the man behind the track. But Simon has now revealed who was so vain by giving fans a cryptic clue in an acoustic version of the song, which features on her upcoming album “Never Been Gone.” The singer whispers Geffen’s name backwards in the track, according to Britain’s The Sun newspaper.
Mr. Pop Archives – This Week in 1985 …
Technology – Sharp introduces a double-cassette VCR – where you can record tapes from tapes. It’ll be sold only in Japan for now. Hollywood hates the idea and believes it’ll be easy to pirate videotapes.
“Beat of a New Generation” – Pepsi-Cola kicks off its 1985 advertising campaign featuring singer Lionel Richie in a three-minute television spot – the longest product-oriented television commercials aired to date. The commercial is described as a mini-rock video and will air during the Grammy Awards telecast on CBS
$22 million suit – Frank Sinatra files suit against the National Enquirer for an October article that claimed the entertainer went of a Swiss clinic for injections of a youth serum made of sheep cells.
Playing in Las Vegas –
Willie Nelson – Caesar’s Palace
Desert Inn – Jerry Lewis and Shirley Jones
Maxim – Allen & Rossi
MGM Grand – Rich Little and Ann Jillian
Music news – John Fogerty has his first album in 10 years and it looks like a hit – “Centerfold.”
She’s Helen Folasade Adu and was born in Nigeria. But she calls herself Sade – a nickname derived from Folasade.