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CED Digest Vol. 6 No. 25  •  6/23/2001


20 Years Ago In CED History:

June 24, 1981:
* A type of dengue fever frequently found in Southeast Asia and Africa,
but never before in the Western Hemisphere, is detected in two Americans
who recently visited the Caribbean.

June 25, 1981:
* Superman II earns $24 million in its first week of theatrical release,
smashing the movie industry's single week record.
* The U.S. Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of having only
males register for a potential military draft.

June 26, 1981:
* Don Megowan dies at age 59. He appeared as Gum Chewer in the CED title
Blazing Saddles and once starred in the intriguing sci-fi movie Creation
of the Humanoids.
* Future CED titles in widespread theatrical release: Nice Dreams, For
Your Eyes Only.

June 27, 1981:
* Heng Samrin is elected Council of State President in Kampuchea
* "Mistaken Identity" by Kim Carnes (CED)  becomes the No. 1 album.
* Bette Davis Eyes" (CED) by Kim Carnes regains No. 1 U.S. single spot.

June 28, 1981:
* Terry Fox, a college student from British Columbia, dies of cancer at
the age of 22. Fox had become a Canadian hero by running halfway across
the country on an artificial leg to raise money for cancer (he had lost
a leg to bone cancer in 1977). This is depicted on the CED title "The
Terry Fox Story" with Fox being played by Eric Fryer, who himself lost a
leg to cancer.
* A powerful explosion, set off by antigovernment elements in Teheran,
Iran, kills 72 people, including Chief Justice Ayatollah Mohammad
* Piaf (CED) closes at the Plymouth Theater in New York City after 165

June 29, 1981:
* China's communist party condemns Mao Tse-tung's policies during the
Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976.

June 30, 1981:
* Israel's Likud Party, led by Prime Minister Menachem Begin, narrowly
wins parliamentary elections.
* Edgar Griffiths works his last official day as CEO of RCA.
* Fred Silverman steps down as president of RCA subsidiary NBC.

Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2001 04:19:32 -0800
From: Tom Howe <>
Subject: VinylVideo

Hello All:

VinylVideo was discussed on CED Digest a year or two ago, and for those
unfamiliar, this is the low-resolution video format that plays B&W video
from vinyl LP's on a phonograph attached to a TV through an interface
box. They recently put up a well-designed PDF brochure for the format at
the VinylVideo web site that can be downloaded and printed:


Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2001 14:05:28 -0400
From: Paul Campbell <76743.2151>
Subject: Turntable drive belts
To: "" <>

A note to people changing the turntable drive belts.

 I replaced my drive belt with the recommended 21.5 belt but had
with the turntable not spinning fast enough. The new belt was too tight.
After streching it, the turntable would only work for a day until the
would return. After trying a few other belts,
the one that works perfectly is the PRB brand  FRX22.4 . No long term
yet but it should last since there's enough tension.


From: "Gordon Lupien Jr." <glupien>
To: <>
Subject: Last CED produced in the Carrollton, GA plant
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2001 20:09:57 -0400

I mentioned this in a previous note a while back...
I purchased about 80 CED's plus a player and four needles from one of
the engineers that used to work at the Carrollton, GA plant in quality
assurance.  She was involved with the testing of new runs.  In the
collection were several sealed evaluation Star Wars discs (without
labels, they were blank cartridges) and most of the other discs were
misslabeled, or labeled more than once with different titles.  They also
had information, such as skipping information, video quality
indications, etc. etc.  The needles that I got were PET test needles
(Package Evaluation Test) and were labeled as such with a stamp.  I've
sold a bunch of these items to a few people (including Tom, who got what
must be one of the only copies of "The Story of "O"").  If I had known
then what I know now...
One of the discs in the collection was a still shrinkwrapped copy of
Meatballs with a little note INSIDE the shrinkwrap.  The note reads:
"The Last Video Disc", Carrollton, GA.  The Last Pressed, Post Treated,
Welded, Labeled, Caddied, Skinwrapped, "We Made It Better". 
I've been trying to trace this woman down to no avail.  She moved out of
Rochester NY after having this moving sale where a friend of mine
purchased this set of discs and the player for pennies.  I believe this
is authentic because of what came with it.  I think I got the player and
discs around the 1995 timeframe.
If anyone has any kind of information that would help me with this, I'd
REALLY appreciate it!!!  Anyone work in that plant?  Anyone know what
the last disc run was?  Anyone, maybe, knew this engineer?  I know I'm
pulling strings here, but anything at all would help a lot!!!  Anyone
know when the plant closed, what the address was, how long it was in
business, the titles that were actually made there?


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