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CED Digest Vol. 6 No. 19  •  5/12/2001


20 Years Ago In CED History:

May 13, 1981:
* Pope John Paul II is shot and seriously wounded as he rides in an open
car through St. Peter's Square in Vatican City. Two women tourists from
the U.S. are also injured by bullets during the attack. The gunman is
captured and identified as a 23-year-old Turkish terrorist.

May 14, 1981:
* The Boston Celtics win the 35th National Basketball Association
championship, defeating Houston four games to two. The Celtics are led
by Larry Bird "The Hick from French Lick," so called because he was born
in French Lick, Indiana (about 50 miles south of Bloomington, where CED
players were manufactured).

May 15, 1981:
* Sergej Kraigher begins his one-year term as president of Yugoslavia,
following a predetermined order of succession. The nine member
collective leadership was elected in 1979, before President Tito's
death, by parliaments of the nation's six republics and two autonomous
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: The Stunt Man.

May 16, 1981:
* Nancy Reagan christens the USS Ticonderoga guided missile cruiser, the
first vessel equipped with RCA's sophisticated AEGIS electronic combat
* The 107th Preakness is won by Jorge Velasquez riding Pleasant Colony
in a time of 1:56.6.
* "Bette Davis Eyes" (CED) by Kim Carnes becomes No. 1 U.S. single.

May 17, 1981:
* Charles Reutemann wins the Belgium Grand Prix. The race is marred by
accidents involving two mechanics depicted rather dramatically at the
beginning of Side 2 of the CED title "Start to Finish."

May 18, 1981:
* Actor Arthur O'Connell dies at age 73. He appears on the CED titles
Citizen Kane, Gidget, Fantastic Voyage, The Last Valley, and The
Poseidon Adventure.

May 19, 1981:
* The Department of Commerce reports that the U.S. gross national
product (GNP) grew at an 8.4 percent annual rate during the first three
months of 1981, the strongest quarterly growth rate in three years
(figure later revised to 8.6 percent).

Date: Mon, 07 May 2001 09:26:28 -0500
From: Dave Potochick <potochdj>
Subject: Re: CED Digest Vol. 6 No. 18
To: Tom Howe <>

I'm looking for the movie "Surf 2" starring Eddie Deezen on any
format... Any help
would be greatly appreciated....


From: "Ed Ellers" <ed_ellers>
To: <>
Subject: Dimensia SKT425
Date: Mon, 7 May 2001 11:46:36 -0400

Tom Howe <> wrote:

"Electrically, the SKT425 is nearly identical to the SKT400. The main
differences are in styling- the flat black front panel, flush buttons,
longitudinal silver stripe that conform to other components in the

They might have used the same styling for other "K" line models if CED
hadn't been dropped; the SelectaVision VKT650 VCR had the same front
styling as the Dimensia VKT700, but with a woodgrain finish (on top and
sides) rather than silver.  Since Dimensia was only sold through a few
selected dealers -- as was the case a few years later with ProScan --
SKT400 probably would have been retained so that other dealers would
have an
interactive player.

Date: Mon, 07 May 2001 12:45:45 -0400
Subject: CED Titles and Player For Sale
From: Jon Aaron <jonaaron>
To: <>

Titles/Type(Concert, Movie, Game):

1. An Evening with Robin Williams    Concert
2. Bette Midler Show - HBO 1976    Concert
3. Brimstone and Treacle    Concert
4. Eubie    Concert
5. Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams    Concert
6. Fleetwood Mac in Concert - mirage Tour '82    Concert
7. Neil Diamond Love at the Creek    Concert
8. One Night Stand - A Keyboard Event    Concert
9. Piaf    Concert
10.Disney Mystery and magic    Game
11.Mystery Disc - Many Roads to Murder    Game
12.A Shot in the Dark    Movie
13.Adams Rib    Movie
14.Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai    Movie
15.African Scream    Movie
16.Airplane II    Movie
17.Being There (2 discs)    Movie
18.Broadway Danny Rose    Movie
19.Chariots of Fire    Movie
20.Fanny and Alexander (2 discs)    Movie
21.It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (2 discs)    Movie
22.Julia    Movie
23.La Cage Aux Folles    Movie
24.La Cage Aux Folles II    Movie
25.Loving Couples    Movie
26.Making Love    Movie
27.Manhattan    Movie
28.Meet Me in St. Louis    Movie
29.Muppet Movie    Movie
30.Seems Like Old Times    Movie
31.Suddenly Last Summer    Movie
32.The Elephant man    Movie
33.The Great Muppet Caper    Movie

CED Player, Model SJT400, with remote control. Player needs work - not
why it stopped working, but was fine, then next time I tried using it
nothing would load.

Is there any interest, either in part or in full?


Jon Aaron
Coldwell Banker Buckhead Brokers
404.504.0827 - Direct Office
404.229.6405 - Cell Phone/Messages
404.231.9224 - Fax

From: "Chuck Bramlett" <superbean6>
Subject: Help with CED please
Date: Wed, 09 May 2001 21:42:51 -0400

hey i need some help.

me and my friend find an ond CED player but instead of playing it makes
a buzzing sound and will not load the disk.

we would appreciate any advice or help in fixing this problem.


Chuck Bramlett

Date: Sat, 12 May 2001 12:53:19 -0800
From: Tom Howe <>
Subject: CED Timeline on the Web

Hello All:

I've put the first three months of the timeline up at CED Magic: This is media-enhanced with a picture of a major news event for each month and the number one songs playable in MIDI format. There are also a few more press releases from RCA that were not included in the CED Digest version. --Tom


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