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CED Digest Vol. 6 No. 50  •  12/15/2001


20 Years Ago In CED History:

December 16, 1981:
* The U.S. Congress restores the $122 minimum monthly social security
benefit for current recipients which had previously been eliminated.

December 17, 1981:
* Brigadier General James Dozier, a U.S. Army officer serving with NATO,
is kidnapped in Verona, Italy by the Red Brigades terrorist

December 18, 1981:
* The U.S. suspends the memorandum of understanding it signed with
Israel on November 30 to protest Israel's sudden annexation of the Golan
* Mehmet Shehu, premier of Albania since 1954 takes his own life "at a
moment of nervous distress," according to a government announcement.
* Future CED titles in widespread theatrical release: Pennies from
Heaven, Neighbors.

December 19, 1981:
* The MARECS-A satellite is launched to provide data and teleprinter
services in nautical applications.

December 20, 1981:
* The Polish ambassador to the U.S., Romuald Spasowski, defects to the
U.S. to protest the imposition of martial law in Poland. Four days later
Zdzislaw Rurarz, the Polish ambassador to Japan, also defects.

December 21, 1981:
* Cincinnati beats Bradley 75-73 in seven overtime periods, an NCAA

December 22, 1981:
* General Leopoldo Galtieri is sworn in as president of Argentina.

Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2001 11:22:44 -0800
From: "Tom Howe" <>
To: <>
Subject: Re: Playback Stops Halfway through Disc

>I recently bought an RCA SJT 400 Player and it seems to be working fine
>except when playing anywhere after the 30-40 minute mark on any disc.
>That's when the needle can no longer track at which point all the front
>panel buttons with the exception of Reject and power stop working.
>The video also gets a bit grainy when more then 10-15 minutes has

The very first thing to suspect here is the stylus cartridge, which can
be confirmed by testing the player with a known-good cartridge. It is
possible for a worn-out stylus tip to manifest itself this way due to
the changing stylus/groove dynamics as the stylus tip moving at a
constant angular velocity plays a groove of ever-decreasing radius.

The grainy video is a further sign of a worn-out stylus. Replacement
stylus cartridges can often be found in the RCA VideoDisc Classified
Ads: And they can also be found on eBay using the sample searches at the bottom of the Stylus Cartridge Replacement Guide: --Tom ------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: "Harry Libby" <fiddy> To: <> Subject: 60 Minutes Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2001 20:48:53 -0500 Has anyone seen the item about Selectavision on the TV 60 minutes program around the first of Dec. I was told it was about how popular these items are becoming and how collectable they are. I was told it was quite a program. I am sorry I missed it. Harry Libby (<> Formally (<>


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