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CED Digest Vol. 6 No. 23  •  6/9/2001


20 Years Ago In CED History:

June 10, 1981:
* The Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico reports the invention
of a "hard metal" that does not contain cobalt, instead using a
combination of metallic elements that can be readily mined in U.S.

June 11, 1981:
* Japanese student Issei Sagawa murders and eats Dutch student Renee
Hartevelt at the Sorbonne in France.

June 12, 1981:
* For only the second time in history during the regular season, Major
League baseball players begin to strike because of a dispute with owners
over free-agent compensation. No early settlement of the strike is
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: Raiders of the Lost

June 13, 1981:
* Several blank pistol cartridges are fired at Queen Elizabeth II of
Great Britain as she rides through London on horseback in a ceremony
marking her official birthday.

June 14, 1981:
* In a national referendum, Swiss voters approve an amendment to the
constitution that will grant women equal rights with men.

June 15, 1981:
* Meeting in Paris, the International Energy Agency representing 21 oil
importing countries agrees to hold oil imports at 19 to 21 million
barrels a day. The participants emphasized the need to expand the use of
other fuels because the energy situation was still precarious.
* The United States agrees to provide Pakistan with $3 billion in
military and economic aid from October 1982 to October 1987.

June 16, 1981:
* The U.S. Congress approves federal financing of medical care for
servicemen who were exposed to the toxic defoliant Agent Orange while
serving in Vietnam.
* Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos is reelected to a six year term;
an overwhelming victory was assured because he was opposed by only minor

From: "Paul Belfi" <paulbelfi>
To: <>
Subject: SelectaVision SJT-090 + Parts + 16 CED's For Sale
Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2001 13:02:11 -0400

This is my auction on e-bay with full details.

Date: Wed, 06 Jun 2001 15:42:11 -0700
From: "John Fisher" <lusty_infant>
Subject: Star Wars Phantom Menace on CED!!!

SKYWALKER RANCH, CA.(AP): In a move guaranteed to provoke much
in the world of Star Wars fandom, Lucasfilm Ltd. announced today that
first four Star Wars films will soon be re-released in a brand-new
videodisc edition.

In making the announcement, Lucas producer and collaborator Rick
noted, "This is a big day for owners of RCA SelectaVision Video Disc

The format, which was until recently believed to be defunct, uses a
turntable-like stylus, rather than a laser, to play images engraved on a
CED, or Capacitance Electronic Disc.  It delivers performance slightly
better than that provided by VHS tape.

"The original trilogy was released on CED years ago," noted McCalumn,
these new ones are completely updated.  They're in widescreen.  They
in sleeves.  They're pretty cool."

McCalumn refused to comment on whether production of the upcoming DVD
editions was impeded or delayed in any way by the production of the new

"You know, everybody keeps talking about DVD,"  McCalumn said.  "I'm
getting so f***ing fed up with it, I could just scream."

McCalumn added, "But look, we've already told you the DVD's are coming,
what's going to be on them.  Can't you people wait another five or six
years, like adults?"

When pressed on the issue, McCalumn turned to the demonstration
player and inserted the disc of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
"See?  You slide the whole sleeve into the player and pull it out, and
disc stays in.  Neato, huh?"

"And hey,"  he continued, "at least they'll look better than VHS."

The new videodiscs will carry an individual sell-through MSRP of $49.99,
with an Ultra Deluxe Super Duper Nice Boxed Set retailing for $249.99.

Steve Tilson



From: "Gord Hogue" <gord_hogue>
Subject: ced's and players
Date: Thu, 07 Jun 2001 10:40:18 -0400

hi people i've recently aquired some ced's and some players .... the
list is long and many but once i've gotten one together i'll decide on
how to release them for now if u would like any info or to purchase
please contact me i will respond in a few hours

  thx gord


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