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CED Digest Vol. 7 No. 2  •  1/12/2002


20 Years Ago In CED History:

January 13, 1982:
* An Air Florida jetliner taking off from Washington National Airport hits the
crowded 14th Street bridge and crashes into the Potomac River resulting in 78
deaths. Five passengers are rescued from the icy water of the river.

January 14, 1982:
* Adil Carcani is nominated to become premier of Albania. He will succeed
Mehmet Shehu, who reportedly had committed suicide in 1981 after being premier
since 1954.

January 15, 1982:
* Spain announces successors to four top military commanders who retired the
day before. The Defense Ministry explains that the changes were necessary
before Spain negotiates its entry into NATO.
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: One From the Heart.

January 16, 1982:
* The Vatican and Great Britain re-establish full diplomatic relations, ending
a rift that occurred when King Henry VIII broke with Roman Catholicism in 1532.

January 17, 1982:
* Record low temperatures are recorded in a number of US cities. The day is
later nicknamed "Cold Sunday."

January 18, 1982:
* Voters in Finland elect Mauno Koivisto president succeeding Urho Kekkonen who
resigned in October 1981.

January 19, 1982:
* A one-day general strike in India, called by eight national trade unions to
protest the labor policies of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, halts industry and
public services throughout the country.

Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 14:16:56 -0800
From: "Tom Howe" <>
Subject: 2002 Consumer Electronics Show

Hello All:

This week the Winter CES was held in Las Vegas with Thomson (RCA) in
attendance. Nothing really ground breaking from the company, but they do have
some nice thin plasma Scenium TV's. This press release summarizes the new

One item that is a little CED-related is RCA's RCU1000B touchscreen remote
control which has a number of buttons on an illuminated screen that can learn
the codes from an existing SJT400 VideoDisc remote. A picture of this remote
can be seen here:

The coolest looking product I've seen didn't actually premier at CES, but at
the simultaneous MacWorld Expo in San Francisco. This is the pedestal version
of the iMac that has a retro appeal somewhat like the Philco Predicta TV's of
40 years ago: --Tom


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