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|CED Digest Vol. 7 No. 22 • 6/1/2002|
20 Years Ago In CED History: June 2, 1982: * The U.S. Open Golf Championship is won by Tom Watson at Pebble Beach GL in Pebble Beach, California. He collects a $60,000 purse for the victory. June 3, 1982: * The U.S. House of Representatives approves a bill forbidding the identification of current U.S. intelligence agents, informers, or sources of information, even if such information is available in public records. * Shlomo Argov, Israel's ambassador to Great Britain, is shot and seriously wounded outside a London hotel. * Lina Wichser, a 28-year-old American who had been teaching in Peking, is released from government detention and given 48 hours to leave China. She is charged with violating China's law by stealing "secret information." June 4, 1982: * The leaders of seven major industrialized democracies begin their eighth annual economic summit in Versailles, France. * Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. June 5, 1982: * The 114th Belmont Stakes is won by Conquistador Cielo ridden by Laffit Pineay, Jr. in a time of 2:28. June 6, 1982: * Israel carries out previous warnings by invading Lebanon by land, sea, and air. The announced objective is to destroy strongholds of the PLO. The U.N. Security Council demands that Israel withdraw its troops, but Israel rejects the demand. * The economic summit concludes in Versailles, France. The official communique, signed by Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, the U.S., and West Germany, declares that the participating nations have come closer together on such economic issues as currency exchange rates, aid to developing countries, and export credits to the U.S.S.R. * 36TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS (WINNERS IN ALL CAPS): PLAY OF THE YEAR Crimes Of the Heart The Dresser (CED, movie version) THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY "Master Harold" ...And the Boys MUSICAL OF THE YEAR Dreamgirls Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat NINE Pump Boys and Dinettes REVIVAL Medea My Fair Lady (CED, movie version) OTHELLO A Taste Of Honey LEADING ACTOR - PLAY Tom Courteney in The Dresser (CED, movie version) Milo O'Shea in Mass Appeal Christopher Plummer in Othello ROGER REES IN THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY LEADING ACTOR - MUSICAL Hershel Bernardi in Fiddler On the Roof (CED, movie version) Victor Garber in Little Me BEN HARNEY IN DREAMGIRLS Raul Julia in Nine LEADING ACTRESS - PLAY ZOE CALDWELL IN MEDEA Katharine Hepburn in The West Side Waltz Geraldine Page in Agnes Of God (CED, movie version) Amanda Plummer in A Taste Of Honey LEADING ACTRESS - MUSICAL JENNIFER HOLLIDAY IN DREAMGIRLS Lisa Mordente in Marlowe Mary Gordon Murray in Little Me Sheryl Lee Ralph in Dreamgirls FEATURED ACTOR - PLAY Richard Kavanaugh in The Hothouse ZAKES MOKAE IN "MASTER HAROLD" ...AND THE BOYS Edward Petherbridge in The Life and Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby David Threlfall in The Life and Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby FEATURED ACTOR - MUSICAL Obba Babatunda in Dreamgirls CLEAVANT DERRICKS IN DREAMGIRLS David Allen Grier in The First Bill Hutton in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat FEATURED ACTRESS - PLAY Judith Anderson in Medea Mia Dillon in Crimes Of the Heart Mary Beth Hurt in Crimes Of the Heart AMANDA PLUMMER IN AGNES OF GOD (CED, movie version) FEATURED ACTRESS - MUSICAL Karen Akers in Nine Laurie Beechman in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat LILIANE MONTEVECCHI IN NINE Anita Morris in Nine DIRECTOR - PLAY Melvin Bernhardt for Crimes Of the Heart JOHN CAIRD, TREVOR NUNN FOR THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY Geraldine Fitzgerald for Mass Appeal Athol Fugard for "Master Harold" ...And the Boys DIRECTOR - MUSICAL Michael Bennett for Dreamgirls Martin Charnin for The First Tony Tanner for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat TOMMY TUNE FOR NINE BOOK OF A MUSICAL DREAMGIRLS The First Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Nine SCORE Dreamgirls Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Merrily We Roll Along NINE SCENIC DESIGN Dreamgirls THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY Medea Nine COSTUME DESIGN Dreamgirls The Life and Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby Medea NINE LIGHTING DESIGN DREAMGIRLS The Life and Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby Medea Nine CHOREOGRAPHY DREAMGIRLS Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Little Me Nine REGIONAL THEATRE The Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, Minnesota SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT The Actors Fund Of America Radio City Music Hall Warner Bros. Communications * The Summer Consumer Electronics Show (CES) opens in Chicago, Illinois. RCA introduces the stereo CED system at the show. Other notable introductions include the VHS-C tape format, the Vectrex Arcade system, and over 180 new cartridge titles for various video game systems.
http://www.cedmagic.com/history/vectrex.html * RCA PRESS RELEASE: RCA Unveils its Stereo Video Disc Player and Catalog at Consumer Electronics Show CHICAGO, June 6 -- Consumers now can bring the magic home in stereo sound on the RCA video disc system, Thomas G. Kuhn, Division Vice President, RCA VideoDiscs, announced today. RCA publicly demonstrated its stereo video disc player at the Consumer Electronics Show and said the first 11 stereo disc albums are now available at retail. Mr. Kuhn said RCA plans to offer a continuing flow of new stereo discs, including some original programs made specifically for the home video market. Noting that stereo video discs will add a whole new dimension to home entertainment, Mr. Kuhn said RCA "believes that music video will become a major segment of the overall disc catalog." RCA video discs in stereo will offer rock concerts, Broadway shows, movie musicals and great performances by top entertainers. "Many of the groups and stars that we will be offering on stereo video discs have enormous followings. Their fans constantly fill concert halls and arenas. Now for almost the same price as a ticket to a concert, they can enjoy their favorite artists over and over again in the privacy of their own homes. Television and music are very popular with young Americans, and discs that combine sight and stereo sound offer them the best of both worlds," he added. RCA's opening stereo catalog includes two Broadway musicals, two motion pictures and performances by Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart, Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, and The Who. The new stereo discs include: . . . "Eubie!", the smash Broadway musical based on the music of 99-year old composer, Eubie Blake. . . . "Pippin", starring Ben Vereen in a newly staged version of the hit Broadway musical that blends songs and visuals based on Bob Fosse's Tony Award-winning choreography. . . . "The Jazz Singer", starring Neil Diamond, Laurence Olivier and Lucie Arnaz. . . . "Popeye", starring Robin (TV's "Mork") Williams as the spinach-eating sailor and Shelley Duvall as Olive Oyl. . . . "Neil Young -- Rust Never Sleeps", a rock performance that captured raves from both critics and fans. . . . "Rod Stewart Live at The Los Angeles Forum", a rock concert that includes such classics as "Maggie May", "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" and "Hot Legs." . . . "Paul McCartney & Wings -- Rockshow", an exciting film of the former Beatle star on his 1976 American tour. . . . "Paul Simon in Concert", a tribute to performer/ songwriter Simon's popularity and creativity. . . . "Pink Floyd at Pompeii", an intense audio-visual experience from the hard rock group whose world-wide album sales total well over 20 million. . . . "Joni Mitchell -- Shadows and Light", a performance fusing the jazz style of guitarist Pat Metheny and tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker with Mitchell's popular melodies and lyrics. . . . "The Who -- The Kids Are Alright", a souvenir of this popular group's best filmed and taped performances, plus interviews with the bandmembers themselves, including the late Keith Moon. All the discs are optionally priced at $24.98 with the exception of "The Jazz Singer" and "Popeye", which are priced at $29.98. * RCA PRESS RELEASE: Sales of CED Video Disc Players and Discs Exceeded $90 Million in First 12 Months CHICAGO, June 6 -- Despite the recession, American consumers spent more than $90 million for CED video disc players and albums in the product's first year, Thomas G. Kuhn, Division Vice President, RCA VideoDiscs, announced today. "This means that video disc hardware and software sales in the first 12 months exceeded the combined first-year sales volumes of black-and-white television, color television, and video cassette recorders, an achievement that becomes even more dramatic when viewed against the economic environment of the past-year," Mr. Kuhn told a press dinner prior to the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show here. Mr. Kuhn said disc sales have far exceeded RCA's expectations. He said there are some 250 titles currently available on the CED system, a number which is expected to exceed 400 by year-end. Of the 30 top grossing movies of all time, 14 currently are available on CED format albums, including "Grease", "The Godfather", "Saturday Night Fever", "Kramer vs. Kramer", "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", and "Superman." Of the top 100 grossing films, RCA has licensed 50 and has already released 30 of these on video discs. A group of companies responsible for manufacturing and marketing the CED video disc format will co-sponsor an exhibit on the main floor of the Consumer Electronics Show. In addition to RCA, they include CBS and Fox Video, Hitachi, MGM/UA, Sanyo, Toshiba and Zenith. The exhibit will feature a demonstration of stereo video discs. In addition to 11 new stereo video disc albums which were announced today, RCA is releasing nine new monaural video disc titles in June and 13 more in July. The June and July titles include a mix of recent and classic motion pictures, sports programming and RCA's first dual track disc ("Jane Fonda's Workout"), which gives the stereo player user a choice of listening to music and instruction on one track, or music alone on the other. Mr. Kuhn also noted that CED monaural and stereo discs are totally compatible and can be played on any CED player. The June releases are: "The Deep", "The Producers", "Superman", "Dirty Harry", "The Horse Soldiers", "California Suite", "Tess", "Modern Times", and "Family Entertainment Playhouse, Volume II: The Ransom of Red Chief/Mr. Gimme/Shoeshine Girl/Best Horse." The new releases for July are: "The Three Musketeers", "Blazing Saddles", "Last Tango in Paris", "The Adventures of Robin Hood", "White Lightning", "The Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner Movie", "10", "The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea", "Dr. No", "Love At First Bite," "Stripes", "Baseball Fun & Games", and "Jane Fonda's Workout." Mr. Kuhn added that "the rate of disc sales is a strong indication of consumer satisfaction with the CED video disc system." He said that video disc player owners who have owned the player for 12 months or more have already accumulated an average of more than 32 discs. "We are finding that player owners are interested in collecting video discs and that they are building libraries of them, just as they do with books and audio records," Mr. Kuhn said. "While we want our system to cater to the mass market," Mr. Kuhn continued, "we also want to reach out to those consumers who have specific fields of program preference -- classic movie fans, lovers of Shakespeare or the ballet, sports fans, and so on. RCA will be promoting video discs by themes starting this summer with the new category of stereo video discs and the very popular area of children's programming." Mr. Kuhn also noted that late this summer RCA VideoDiscs' first national print advertising campaign will begin. The ads will stress the simplicity of player operation, the affordability of the system and the diversity of entertainment available. "Based on the strength of disc sales and optimistic reports coming in from dealers all over the country, I believe we will see the momentum behind the CED system continue to accelerate through the end of 1982 and beyond. Several dealers have reported disc sales in the first quarter of 1982 far in excess of what they sold in all of 1981. Software is the locomotive behind this product, and we're picking up steam," Mr. Kuhn said. * RCA PRESS RELEASE: RCA Video Discs Feature Dual Sound Tracks 'Jane Fonda's Workout' Will Be First RCA Video Disc to Give Consumers Choice of Sound Tracks; Bilingual Video Discs Also Possible "Jane Fonda's Workout" will be the first RCA video disc to utilize the unique dual sound capability of the Capacitance Electronic Disc (CED) system, Seth M. Willenson, Division Vice President, Programs and Business Affairs, RCA VideoDiscs, announced today. "Each groove on a CED video disc has two completely separate sound tracks, which makes possible rich stereo sound, bilingual programs or a choice of audio channels," he said. The CED VideoDisc system has all the technical features to enable it to accommodate the needs of the consumer. The Jane Fonda exercise disc, which will be available at retail in July, gives owners of CED stereo video disc players the choice of listening to music and instruction while they exercise, or to music only, as part of a regular exercise routine, Mr. Willenson added. He said that owners of monaural video disc players receive both music and instruction. All CED discs can be played on either stereo or monaural players. Mr. Willenson said the Jane Fonda video disc "demonstrates the great flexibility we have on the CED system when it comes to audio. The options available to the consumer will enhance the entertainment and educational value of video discs and broaden the market potential of the system." He noted "Jane Fonda's Workout" is a special 90-minute video adaption of Ms. Fonda's exercise school program and bestselling book. Ms. Fonda designed the workout to appeal to men and women, young and old. The CED disc will make this popular program available internationally. "Jane Fonda's Workout" was produced by Ms. Fonda for VideoDisc under the supervision of Richard D. Klinger, RCA Director of Programming, West Coast. The disc, which sells for $24.98, highlights the major price advantage of disc versus prerecorded cassette. The cassette version of Ms. Fonda's exercise program sells for about $60. A week at one of her exercise studios -- five one-hour sessions would cost $32.50. "RCA is committed to developing programming which meets the needs of the consumer and which takes advantage of specific features of the CED VideoDisc System, such as dual sound tracks," he said. "As consumers become more aware of the technical features of the RCA system, they will realize that the CED system is the most cost-efficient way of building home video libraries tailored to their specific tastes and desires," Mr. Willenson added. * CED Title Releases for June 1982: California Suite Deep, The Dirty Harry Eubie!* Family Entertainment Playhouse, Vol. 2 Horse Soldiers, The [RCA] Jazz Singer, The ** Joni Mitchell- Shadows and Light* Kids Are Alright, The** Modern Times Neil Young: Rust Never Sleeps** Paul McCartney & Wings Rockshow* Paul Simon In Concert* Pink Floyd at Pompeii* Pippin* Popeye* Producers, The Rod Stewart: Live at the Los Angeles Forum* Superman -- The Movie (2) Tess (2) June 7, 1982: * In a civil war in Chad, the rebel forces of former Prime Minister Hissene Habre capture the capital of Ndjamena and overthrow the government of President Goukouni Oueddei. * The U.N. opens a special session on disarmament. June 8, 1982: * In the first address by a U.S. president to a joint session of the British Parliament, Ronald Reagan predicts that Marxism-Leninism will wind up "on the ash heap of history." * Leroy "Satchel" Paige, the American baseball pitcher who was one of the heroes of the old Negro Leagues, dies at age 75. His career began in 1924 and lasted until 1965. * The Los Angeles Lakers win the National Basketball Association championship, defeating the Philadelphia '76ers by four games to two. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Tue, 28 May 2002 18:35:18 -0800 From: "Tom Howe" <email@example.com> Subject: Re: Short Circuit on Wards CED Player >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 >short-out, but I was hoping some one could identify the large white part, its >function, and what might have happened to it. That white part is a heavy-duty wirewound resistor with a 120 ohm, 5 watt rating that is associated with the 22 volt power supply on the system control board. The fact that it got hot enough to smoke indicates a short circuit forcing the component to pass in excess of five watts. These resistors don't fail often, so it's likely the short arose elsewhere during the installation process and merely manifested itself in that resistor. Unfortunately, it's probably going to require some component-level circuit analysis to determine the specific failure. You should confirm that the system control board is screwed down properly, as even a modest rotation of that board could produce such a short. Only the P515 connector should have been removed/replaced during the installation. If two or more of these P connectors were removed, there's the possibility they were replaced in the wrong order, which likewise would produce a short circuit. --Tom ------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: "Allen wolf" <wolfallen> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Raise The Titanic on CED! Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 11:14:23 -0500 Hi All, After some 10 years of looking for the movie Raise the Titanic on CED,i just found it!!!!some time ago,Tom Howe reviewed the CED in his Featured CED disc of the month on the CED Magic sight. it's so cool what CBS FOX did with it for the CED Vershion! if any body has this great film on CED,hold onto it. it's Damn rare!!!! The late great RICHARD JORDEN play's Dirk Pit to a tee and the effecs are pritty good too. not high art mind you but still a cool film. Allen Wolf.
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