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CED Digest Vol. 7 No. 21  •  5/25/2002


20 Years Ago In CED History:

May 26, 1982:
* The 1982 Cannes Film Festival ends in France. The CED title "Missing" is
co-winner of the Palme d'Or award.

May 27, 1982:
* Japan announces the elimination of tariffs on 96 industrial goods, including
machine tools and computers, and a reduction of import duties on 121 other

May 28, 1982:
* British troops driving toward the Falkland capital of Port Stanley, capture
the towns of Darwin and Goose Green.
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: Rocky III.

May 29, 1982:
* Highlighting a six-day visit to Great Britain, the first ever by a pontiff,
Pope John Paul II joins with Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Robert
Runcie, in an emotional religious service that ends 450 years of division
between the Church of Rome and the Church of England.
* "Tug of War" by Paul McCartney (CED) becomes the No. 1 U.S. album.

May 30, 1982:
* Spain formally becomes a member of NATO following ratification by each of the
other 15 member nations. Spain stipulated, as did Norway and Denmark before it,
that no nuclear weapons would be based on its soil.
* Gordon Johncock wins the Indianapolis 500 auto race by a margin of 0.16
seconds, the closest finish ever.

May 31, 1982:
* Belisario Betancur Cuartas, a member of the Conservative Party, is elected to
a four-year term as president of Colombia. He replaces President Julio Cesar
Turbay Ayala, who is not permitted to run for a second term.

June 1, 1982:
* Success is reported by British researchers in the use of artificially made
interferon to protect humans against a cold virus.

From: DQauto
Date: Sun, 19 May 2002 12:44:25 EDT
Subject: No Subject


I am a big fan of the laser disks... Knowing this my husband purchased me a 
selectavision that he found at a pawnshop with about 100 movies.  

My husband is very thoughtful, but his intentions leave me in a pile of junk 
wondering where all of his paychecks went.  He was the manager of 3 radio 
shacks and so I guess his love for gadgets and the hunt for said gadgets 
greatly improved.

The problem is that I don't want it.  He paid $150. for the machine and the 
movies.  Fine.  Money is just money and he would have blown it on something 
else.  However, it is broken.  After a close inspection I noticed that the 
lever didn't go down to the load/unload part and stay there.  So, being an 
auto mechanic, I took out my trusty flashlight and needle nose pliers and 
removed a disk and the plastic holder.

I don't know who I would trust to fix it, if that is possible.  But even if I 
did fix it...the movies are not my speed.  :)

If you had the time and inclination to count up all of the electronic gadgets 
that my husband had purchased, it would blow your mind.  It does mine!  The 
same day that he came home with the video disk player he also brought home a 
mac powerbook...that makes 5 of them!!!  and we are a family of 3.

Frankly, I waste alot of time trying to fix all of his good intentions and 
sell  or GIVE THEM AWAY!!!  The selectavision has been the last toy so 
far...because I threatened divorce.  :)

You see, last time we moved...I did ALL OF THE PACKING, UNPACKING, AND 
ARRANGING Alone....  He was no where to be found.  We are planning on moving 
when the house is finished but...I told him that we will be making trips to 
the good will if he doesn't do something about it.

Thanks for letting me  vent. :)

If you know someone who would like the movies and player..please pass on my 

I live in Charlestown, WV...outside of Martinsburg.

Anna Noe

Don't just dream the dream, live the dream, and drive Stainless! 
DeLorean DMC-12...

Date: Mon, 20 May 2002 02:03:04 -0400
From: Michael Dunn <mdunn>
Subject: Universal remote

   I just got an RCA 805 universal remote.  On a lark, I decided to try it with
my SJT400!  Well, it works!  At least partially.

   Selecting the code for the RCA "Laser disc" (083) allowed me to play, pause,
and stop (reject) the disc!  I'll experiment further to see what else I can
get.  Fast search would be great.

Michael Dunn     | Surround Sound Decoder & Stereo Enhancer
Cantares         | Self-Amplified Speakers, Test Equipment
74 George St.    | Ambisonic Surround Sound CDs and Recording
Waterloo, Ont.   | (519) 744-9395 (fax: 744-7129)
N2J 1K7          |
Canada           |

Date: Tue, 21 May 2002 01:09:11 -0400
From: Michael Dunn <mdunn>
Subject: Universal remote II

   The only other function that works is the TV/VCR button.  It pauses the
disc, presumably connects the RFin to RFout, and displays a blinking A instead
of a blinking P.  Too bad it doesn't work for searching or audio switching...

Michael Dunn     | Surround Sound Decoder & Stereo Enhancer
Cantares         | Self-Amplified Speakers, Test Equipment
74 George St.    | Ambisonic Surround Sound CDs and Recording
Waterloo, Ont.   | (519) 744-9395 (fax: 744-7129)
N2J 1K7          |
Canada           |

Date: Tue, 21 May 2002 17:17:37 -0400
From: Michael Dunn <mdunn>
Subject: Universal remote III

   Another remote that provides the same functionality as the RCA is the Jensen
5-device.  VCR code 676 (RCA) does it.

   BTW, although I prefer the Jensen over the RCA universal in some ways, it
does not work with EITHER of my VCRs, whereas the RCA mostly does.  Haven't yet
decided if one or both are going back!

   p.s., Tom, couldn't you make the digest more frequent.  The 1 week delay is
really a pain.  Thx.

Michael Dunn     | Surround Sound Decoder & Stereo Enhancer
Cantares         | Self-Amplified Speakers, Test Equipment
74 George St.    | Ambisonic Surround Sound CDs and Recording
Waterloo, Ont.   | (519) 744-9395 (fax: 744-7129)
N2J 1K7          |
Canada           |

From: "Allen wolf" <wolfallen>
Subject: My Luck with CED's!
Date: Wed, 22 May 2002 12:00:28 -0500

Hi all:
Just in the past two weeks,i'v bin very lucky in finding CED Player's & CED
VideoDiscs. i must tell everyone that while i think DVD's & LaserDiscs are
better...CED's are alot,and i mean alot better that VHS!!! The CED discs that i
like most are Halloween III & Amityville 3-D Both of which i'v found and are
being sent to me at this moment. i hope other CED lovers out there will get
together and keep this wonderful format going forever!!!! and yes..I do think
RCA pulled the plug to Damn soon. lets all THANK the great "TOM HOWE" for
keeping the fire going that we all love so much!!! CED MAGIC! Have a Good week
Everybody!!!! Allen Wolf

From: "Martin Floyd" <mfloyd>
To: <>
Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 11:05:51 -0500

I have a Wards GEN10301 CED player.  I recently ordered the replacement parts
for the
grooved pulley belt replacement.  The change over went well.  But, when I tried
to play a
disc to make sure the turntable will spin correctly, the motor would not
operate.  The control
panel lit up, the power light was lit, but nothing happened.  After nearly a
minute, there was
a small wisp of smoke coming from the large white soldered "electronic" part
located at the
extreme left corner of the control board.  This is next to the top left
hold-down screw.  It was
hot to the touch.  Anyone know what I have done?  Obviously there has been a
but I was hoping some one could identify the large white part, its function,
and what might
have happened to it.  Then, I wish some one could tell me how to fit it.
Thanks very much.
Martin Floyd                                            5/23/02

From: "Allen wolf" <wolfallen>
Subject: Mr. CED is here!!!!
Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 12:18:44 -0500

Hi All,
Just another letter to the Diegest(hope this make's it into this weeks
issue),to let all you CED hounds out there Know that if you want CED's then
this guy is where to go!!!! his name is Harry Libby."HE's THE MAN!!! he has
about 1400 different CED Discs and will give you a great price on the one's you
want! his e-mail is( Chances are he'll have that hard to
find CED Disc you have bin Spending years trying to find!!!! check him out.
he's Great "NO KIDDING"
                                             Allen Wolf.

Date: Sat, 25 May 2002 18:35:16 -0800
From: "Tom Howe" <>
Subject: Ammonia Damage to Stylus Cartridges

Hello All:

I received some information on an analysis RCA did to determine the cause of
high failure rate among 154216 stylus cartridges in their Deptford parts depot.
These cartridges were originally stored in white boxes, and it was determined
that ammonia outgassing from the bleach originally used to make the box paper
white was over time corroding the beryllium copper flylead on the stylus
cartridge. RCA replaced all cartridge boxes still in inventory with inert brown
cardboard boxes, which accounts for the relative rarity of 154216 cartridges
still in white boxes.

The 149000 and 154100 cartridges also come in white boxes, but the foam
packaging in these boxes provides some isolation from the white cardboard which
apparently lessens the effect of the ammonia. It's unknown how long this
outgassing goes on, as new stylus cartridges in these white boxes will be
approaching 20 years of being enclosed in that box, but it won't hurt to remove
all stylus cartridges from white paper packaging and store them in something
relatively inert, like a glass or metal container. It also would be prudent to
have a silca gel dessicator in that container to lessen the possibility of
humidity damage.



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