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CED Digest Vol. 7 No. 5  •  2/2/2002


20 Years Ago In CED History:

February 3, 1982:
* The Eastman Kodak Company introduces a compact new camera called the "Kodak
Disc" that uses a film disc instead of roll film. Kodak says the new system
should improve the quality of amateur photography.
* The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that severe
snowstorms and record cold have led to more than 300 deaths across the United
States in January.

February 4, 1982:
* President Reagan suggests the elimination of all nuclear missiles in Europe,
countering the 2/3 reduction proposal of Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev.

February 5, 1982:
* Great Britain imposes economic sanctions against Poland and Russia in a
protest against martial law in Poland.
* Bolivia devalues the peso and announces other measures to alleviate its
economic problems.
* Laker Airways, a British company that had inaugurated cut-rate transatlantic
passenger service in 1977, declares bankruptcy.
* The United Nations General Assembly adopts a resolution condemning Israel for
its annexation of the Golan Heights in December 1981. Israel had occupied the
Golan Heights since 1967, when it captured the region from Syria.
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: Wrong Is Right.

February 6, 1982:
* President Reagan releases a budget message for fiscal year 1983 that calls
for a substantial increase in military spending and substantial cuts in such
benefit programs as welfare, food stamps, Medicare, Medicaid, and subsidized
housing. The projected deficit is $91.5 billion.
* "Freeze Frame" (CED) by the J. Geils Band becomes the No. 1 US album, while
the song "Centerfold" from the album becomes the No. 1 US single.

February 7, 1982:
* Lius Alberto Monge is elected president of Costa Rica succeeding Rodrigo
Carazo Odio, who had been president since 1978.

February 8, 1982:
* Fire in the top two floors of the luxury Hotel New Japan in Tokyo kills at
least 30 people and injures 60.

February 9, 1982:
* Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos's son-in-law, Tommy Manotoc, is
reported to have been rescued from leftist guerillas the previous day. Manotoc,
who mysteriously disappeared 41 days earlier, had angered the president and his
wife by secretly marrying their daughter, Imee, on December 4, 1981.
* The Kampuchean government, under the domination of Vietnam, appoints Chan Sy
premier, replacing Pen Sovan who had earlier been removed "for reasons of
health," but who is rumored to be under house arrest.

Video Disc Households Owning Players Over Eight Months Now Have Average of
Almost 23 Albums, RCA Survey Shows

Americans are building inexpensive home video libraries with video discs. Those
owning disc players eight months or longer now have an average of almost 23
video disc albums, while those with players six months or longer have almost 21
albums, according to an RCA survey.

Stuart Gray, Division Vice President, Program and Market Research, RCA
"SelectaVision" VideoDiscs, said the survey showed that the average video disc
player owner expects to buy five additional albums over the next three months.

Mr. Gray said more than 90 percent of the 1,223 respondents expressed overall
satisfaction with their video disc player, a very high percentage for a new
consumer electronics product.

The survey also showed that 17 percent of the player households surveyed are
pay cable subscribers, which is slightly above the national average; and 16
percent have video cassette recorders, which is substantially higher than the
national average of 4 percent.

Mr. Gray said the findings illustrate that the video disc is compatible with
other home video products and services.

Mr. Gray said 19 percent of the sample have rented discs, and 47 percent of
them have ended up buying at least one of the discs they rented.

From: KatGlen1
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2002 14:12:42 EST
Subject: Re: CED Digest 

Does anybody out there remember when CED videodiscs were being introduced to
the public and RCA had a truck that went from mall to mall and set up a big
display of discs and TV sets playing different movies, all in mono of course.
I remember the display in Sacramento at Florin Mall just as CED was being 


From: Frers44
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 09:40:24 EST
Subject: Stylus 149000

Do you have any idea where to find a stylus cartridge? The player I have 
seems to need one.
Bruce Stewart

From: "WJON Radio - St. Cloud" <wjon>
To: <>
Subject: HELP!
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2002 17:58:29 -0600

My RCA SFT 100 played just fine until I took the stylus out to look at it.  Now
the playback drops in and out...slowly. 
Also, where can I order new stylus's?
Paul Ciarrochi
St. Cloud, MN

Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2002 17:12:37 -0800
From: "Tom Howe" <>
Subject: Appearance on Television

Hello All:

For those of you in Oregon and Southwest Washington, I'm going to be on the
KPTV (Channel 12) Good Day Oregon Show on Monday, February 4. This is not going
to be about CED, but about the history of the personal computer and computer
geekdom in general. But since it's being broadcast from a room in my home that
is literally wall-to-wall CED's, it will be unavoidable to see them in the
background, and given the opportunity, I'll put in a CED plug. The segments
I'll be in should air at approximately 6:50, 7:50, and 8:50 am.



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