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CED Digest Vol. 6 No. 43  •  10/27/2001


20 Years Ago In CED History:

October 28, 1981:
* The U.S. Senate gives President Reagan a stunning foreign policy
victory when it approves 52-48 the sale of $8,5 billion worth of
sophisticated aircraft and other military equipment to Saudi Arabia.
* The Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series, defeating the New York
Yankees four games to two.

October 29, 1981:
* OPEC sets a single price of $34 per barrel of crude oil through 1982.

October 30, 1981:
* The Federal Reserve board lowers its discount rate to 13 percent.
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: Tattoo.

October 31, 1981:
* Antigua and Barbuda, an island nation in the Caribbean Sea, becomes
independent of Great Britain at midnight, ending three and a half
centuries of colonial rule.

November 1, 1981:
* Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin attacks Saudi Arabia's peace
plan for the Middle East, saying it was a formula for "how to liquidate
Israel in stages."
* The U.S. Postal Service raises the first-class letter rate to 20

November 2, 1981:
* After a meeting with King Hussein of Jordan at the White House,
President Reagan reaffirms the U.S. commitment to the Camp David peace
process for the Middle East. Hussein endorses an alternate plan proposed
by Saudi Arabia.

November 3, 1981:
* The commander of Libya's forces in Chad says his troops were leaving
the country, as requested by Chadian President Goukouni Oueddei.
* Leslie A. Torrington, a member of the engineering staff at RCA,
receives an RCA "SelectaVision" Technical Excellence Award at a luncheon
presided over by Division Vice President Dr. Jay J. Brandinger. Mr.
Torrington received the award for improvements to the VideoDisc caddy
system allowing the combination of caddy, lip, seal, spine, and label to
be effectively mass produced. His caddy patents can be viewed via the
CED Patents Table in the Tech Info section at CED Magic.

Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 19:31:26 -0800
From: Tom Howe <>
Subject: CED Player Spotted on TV Show

Hello All:

I finally spotted a CED player on a TV show-- The Tales from the Crypt
episode "Death of Some Salesmen." I put up a couple screen shots on this
new page at CED Magic that documents such appearances: In this episode the SGT250 player is shown in an entertainment console as evidence of the owners' having money to burn. Which is kind of funny being that the episode was first broadcast in 1993 when an SGT250 could be picked up in a thrift store for about $10. I wonder if putting the CED player in the console was an inside joke among the show's producers. The Sci-Fi channel broadcasts "Tales from the Crypt" re-runs at 10 PM Monday through Thursday. --Tom ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2001 23:42:39 -0500 To: From: Magnetic <magnetic> Subject: Storage option for CEDs I came across a good option recently for storing small-medium CED collections. Ikea makes a walnut end table that is a storage cube - the top lifts up and off to access the space inside. It will hold approximately 60 CEDs stored vertically (like record albums) & retails for $79. You can see a photo of it online here: I have mine set up as an end table next to my couch and it offers convenient access to all my videodiscs. However, my collection's growing and I might need another one for the other end of the couch soon! Thought I'd pass this along since I've been looking for "hidden" storage like this for quite a while now and this fits the bill perfectly. Full info on the cube storage table (dimensions, weight, etc.) are online at: 97322800&type=ART Jill


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