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CED Digest Vol. 6 No. 24  •  6/16/2001


20 Years Ago In CED History:

June 17, 1981:
* Riots begin between Muslims and Coptic Christians in Cairo, Egypt that
result in the deaths of 17 persons.

June 18, 1981:
Original Art for RCA Video Discs Exhibited at Society of Illustrators

The first exhibit of original art commissioned for the album covers of
RCA's video disc system was held today at the Society of Illustrators'

Acy Lehman, director of creative services for RCA "SelectaVision"
VideoDiscs, said, "As the video disc industry grows in the decade ahead,
it will provide a field for the artist, designer and photographer that
will be as prolific and exciting as that created by the record

Mr. Lehman said the original art for 50 of RCA's video disc album covers
was included in the first exhibit. Of the 126 titles in RCA's catalog,
50 involved original art. The remainder used art work supplied by the
major Hollywood studios or other program suppliers.

This showing, the first to be given in the video disc industry,
represents the creative efforts of thirty three illustrators.

* Potter Stewart announces he will retire from the U.S. Supreme Court on
July 3, 1981.

June 19, 1981:
* The Ariane rocket of the European Space Agency puts two satellites
into orbit.
* Future CED titles in widespread theatrical release: History of the
World, Part 1; Superman II.

June 20, 1981:
* In the final round of voting, Socialists win a majority of seats in
the French National Assembly.
* "Stars on 45" (CED) by Stars on 45 becomes No. 1 U.S. single.

June 21, 1981:
* Wayne B. Williams, a free-lance photographer, is charged with killing
one of 28 young blacks slain in the Atlanta, Georgia area over a
two-year period.
* In separate accidents on Pacific Northwest mountains, 11 climbers are
buried in a glacial avalanche on Washington's Mt. Ranier, while 5
climbers fall to their deaths on Oregon's Mt. Hood.
* David Graham wins the U.S. Open Golf Tournament held at the Merion GC
in Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
* Gilles Villeneuve wins the Spanish Grand Prix at Jarama, Spain in a
turbocharged V-6 Ferrari (CED).

June 22, 1981:
* Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, who was dismissed as chief of Iran's armed
forces on June 10, is ousted from his post as president by the Majlis
and Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. He is believed to have fled the

June 23, 1981:
* The British government announces that the nation's unemployment rate
has climbed to 11.1 percent, the highest it has been in 50 years. Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher warns that unemployment will continue to rise
because her more immediate goal is to continue the fight against

* John Bowen and Timothy Farley receive the first Technical Excellence
Awards of SelectaVision VideoDisc Operations at a luncheon hosted by RCA
Division Vice President Dr. Jay J. Brandinger. Mr. Bowen and Mr. Farley
were each recognized "by virtue of his outstanding creativity,
resourcefulness, and proficiency in developing analytical techniques
relating to disc performance and defect analysis." Although prior
efforts had been made to establish a defect analysis function, John and
Tim were the first to develop the skills and methods to dissect defects,
analyze them optically and chemically, and categorize them by sources.
The methods John and Tim developed became the key in the quantification
of new carbons and other compound ingredients and process parameters in
terms of micro-defect sizes and quantities. Such information has been
extremely important in the CED Engineering and Manufacturing groups'
achievement over the past two years of a significant reduction (by a
factor of 20) in the quantity of disc surface defects.
The analytical techniques John and Tim have developed will become even
more important in the near future . Stereo disc development and
introduction impose stringent new requirements for low disc defect
levels, and the characterizations of disc defects will be an integral
part of these development and introduction efforts.

Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2001 06:46:49 -0400
Subject: An SJT-400 repaired
From: craig v roberts <>

In a batch of discs and players I bought years ago was a top-of-the-line
400 with the remote.  When I took a look at it back then, I found the
load/unload mechanism spun endlessly---it was missing parts.  I shelved
this until I found a basic version which used the same mechanics....put
them in and a good needle now worked.  Trouble was there
was no sound.....I wondered if the remote had a mute on it or if the
player had a bad chip.  Back to the shelf for a while.  This last
I found another 400, rusted and with a nasty platter wobble when powered
up.  I took the mother board from this one and installed it in the
shelved unit.  Finally I now have one of the top-of-line players fully
functional.  As Winston Churchill once said........Never, never, never
quit.      (Just don't take on too many of these  "projects")   Thanks, 
CRAIG   Greenbelt, Maryland

Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2001 17:54:38 -0700
From: Ken McCreath <noodlecoodle>
Subject: subscribe

Hi there. I'd be happy to learn about acquiring more titles and how I
would go about doing so. Thanks, Ken

From: "Miriam & T.O. Staggs" <mstaggs>
To: <>
Subject: CED
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2001 23:27:31 -0500

We have some CED disc's that we would like to find a buyer for. They are
An Officer and a Gentleman Part 1 and 2
War Games
The Seven Year Itch
Making Michael Jackson's Thriller
Heaven Can Wait
Viva Las Vegas
Staying Alive
Urban Cowboy Part 1 and 2
The Blue Lagoon
On Golden Pond
Coal Miners daughter
If you can help us please let us know.
Thank you
Miriam Staggs

From: "matthew.tuck" <matthew.tuck>
To: <>
Subject: GEC McMicheal V5000H
Date: Sat, 16 Jun 2001 16:12:03 +0100

I have a GEC McMicheal CED player, when I bought it, it didn't work. 
Not knowing much about these machines, off came the lid for an
inspection.  It was basically sound and with a drop of 3in1 oil the
machine came back to life. 
The problem I cannot fix, is that upon playing a disc it sometimes
requires a small push of the stylus cradle to start it moving over to
the disc.  Whilst this isn't a major problem it means I cannot operate
the machine with the cover on.        
Does anybody know how to fix this??
Thanks Mat
PS this is a UK, PAL machine.


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