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CED Digest Vol. 7 No. 43  •  10/26/2002


20 Years Ago In CED History:

October 27, 1982:
A Chinese census reports a population of 1,008,175,288, nearly one fourth that
of the entire world.
* Trade talks between Japan and the U.S. are cut short in Honolulu when the U.S
delegation refuses to discuss any other topic except unrestricted Japanese
importation of U.S. beef and citrus products.
* President Reagan suspends Poland's most-favoured-nation trading status
because it has outlawed Solidarity and other free labor unions.

October 28, 1982:
* Felipe Gonzalez Marquez leads the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party to
resounding victories in elections for the lower house of Parliament and the
Senate. Gonzalez will be Spain's first left-wing head of government in half a

October 29, 1982:
* The sale of synthetic human insulin for human use is approved by the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration. This is the first substance made by gene-splicing
techniques to be approved.
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: It Came from Hollywood.

Red Auerbach and the Great Stars of the NBA Teach Basketball Basics on New RCA
Video Disc

The man behind the legend of the Boston Celtics has now made his coaching
expertise available to basketball players and coaches around the country on a
new RCA video disc called "Red On Roundball."

Red Auerbach, one of the greatest coaches of all time, and the man who built
the Boston Celtics dynasty, has created a video disc for RCA that is designed
to bring the nuances and basics of basketball into every home and gymnasium in

The new video disc, which carries a suggested retail price of $19.98, is aimed
at everyone interested in basketball, from the fans who watch the game on
television, to amateur players in schoolyards, YMCA's, high school and college
who want to enhance their chances of playing professional basketball.

"Red On Roundball" features instruction in the finer points of the game by
Coach Auerbach and leading NBA stars, including Alvan Adams, Lucius Allen, Nate
Archibald, Jim Ard, Elgin Baylor, Ron Behagen, Leon Benbow, Henry Bibby, Phil
Chenier, Doug Collins, Bob Cousy, Dave Cowens, Bob Dandridge, Ernie DiGregorio,
Julius Erving, Clem Haskins, John Havlicek, Elvin Hayes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,
Bob Love, Pete Maravich, Bob McAdoo, Glenn McDonald, George McGinnis, Calvin
Murphy, Mike Riordan, Bill Russell, Charlie Scott, Paul Silas, Randy Smith,
David Thompson, Rudy Tomjanovich, Wes Unseld, Bill Walton, Jo Jo White, Nate
Williams, and Brian Winters.

Bill Russell, who played for Red Auerbach, said his former coach "was the best
coach in the history of professional sports." Red Auerbach has won 14 world
championships as the Celtic coach and/or general manager and is a member of the
Basketball Hall of Fame.

After introducing his new video disc to the press, Red Auerbach took the video
disc to the Martin Luther King, Jr. High School in New York City where he
conducted a clinic for the school's top-ranked basketball team.

Red Auerbach and RCA have donated "Red On Roundball" and a video disc player to
the school's athletic department.

"This is another in a series of instructional sports video discs planned for
the RCA home video library," according to Seth M. Willenson, Division Vice
President, Programs and Business Affairs, RCA VideoDiscs.

"Red Auerbach and leading stars of the National Basketball Association lead the
viewer through the skills of the game, from shot-making and dribbling to
playmaking and defense. It is a well-paced, interesting approach to the
technicalities of this highly popular sport," Mr. Willenson said.

Marty Glickman, noted sports commentator, said the RCA video disc "is
basketball as it should be played, demonstrated by a variety of all-stars who
have made hoop history through the years in every phase of the game."

Mr. Willenson noted that the RCA disc of basketball fundamentals, with Red
Auerbach and his stable of greats, costs less than two tickets to an NBA
basketball game. "There's no way a basketball fan, coach or player could get to
see so many great personalities of the sport and receive individual lessons in
the basics of the game for $19.98. For sports fans, it's the bargain of the

Mr. Willenson also noted that the 109-minute video disc is time-indexed so that
a coach or player can instantly find any segment of the disc using the fast
forward feature on the video disc player. For example, he added, the viewer can
fast-forward to the 10-minute mark on side one of the disc for instruction in
passing, the 30-minute mark for switching defense, or, on side two, the
24-minute mark for the dunk, or the 32-minute mark for in-bounds play.

"Coaches and players can zero in on those phases of the game they feel need the
most improvement and get instruction from the game's greatest coach and
greatest players. To the millions of fans and to those grammar school, high
school and college players and coaches involved in one of America's most
popular participation and spectator sports, 'Red On Roundball' should be the
ultimate answer to the question of how-to," Mr. Willenson said.

October 30, 1982:
* The constitution of Portugal is revised for the first time since it was
ratified on April 25, 1976.
* "Who Can It Be Now?" by Men At Work becomes the No. 1 U.S. single.

October 31, 1982:
* Marguerite Bourgeoys, a French woman who moved to colonial Montreal in 1653
and set up the colony's first school, is declared a saint by Pope John Paul II.
She becomes Canada's first female saint, joining more than 2,500 saints
venerated by the Roman Catholic Church.

November 1, 1982:
* Ending the first talks between the two countries in 10 years, Prime Minister
Indira Gandhi of India and President Zia ul-Haq of Pakistan agree to set up a
permanent joint commission to resolve future disagreements.

* CED Title Releases for November 1982 (some titles delayed until December as
CBS ramped up production at their Carrollton, Georgia plant):

39 Steps, The [1935]
Absence of Malice
All That Jazz
Author! Author!
Being There (2)
Billion Dollar Hobo, The
Black Orpheus
Bus Stop
Capricorn One
Change of Seasons, A
Chu Chu and the Philly Flash
Compleat Beatles, The*
Damien Omen II
Death Hunt
Disney Cartoon Parade, Vol. 4
Endless Love
Enter the Dragon
Final Conflict, The
For Your Eyes Only (2)* [MGM]
French Lieutenant's Woman, The
Game of Death
Getting of Wisdom, The
Great Movie Stunts and the Making of Raiders Lost Ark
Harry Chapin: The Final Concert*
Holocaust (4)
I Ought To Be In Pictures
James Taylor in Concert
John Curry's IceDancin'
Moon Is Blue, The
Norma Rae
Oh, God!
Paper Chase, The
Papillon (2)
Playboy Video, Vol. 1*
RCA's All-Star Country Music Fair*
Return of the Street Fighter
Ring of Bright Water
Rocky III** [RCA]
Rush/Exit...Stage Left*
S.O.B. (2)
Sea Wolves, The (2)
Six Pack
Some Kind of Hero
Spiral Staircase, The
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan**
Star Trek: Vol.4, Space Seed/Changeling
Sybil (2)
There's No Business Like Show Business
Ticket To Heaven
Totally Go-Go's*
True Grit (2)
Unmarried Woman, An
Victor/Victoria (2)**
Visiting Hours

November 2, 1982:
* U.S. voters go to the polls to elect 33 senators, 433 representatives, 36
governors, and thousands of local officials. Republicans retain their 54-46
majority in the U.S. Senate but suffer a net loss of 26 seats in the
Democrat-controlled House of Representatives. Democrats win 27 of the
gubernatorial races.
* A tunnel blast in Afghanistan kills hundreds of Russian soldiers and Afghan

From: "Ken King" <kkingcqe>
Subject: Thanks for the Memories
Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2002 13:41:28 +0000

I saw a CED auctioned on eBay a while back called "Thanks for the Memories". 
It went for quite a high price.  As I recall, it was one of the last pressings
of CED videodiscs, telling the story of CED design and manufacture.

If anyone has a copy of this disc, would you be willing to copy it onto VHS? 
I'd be willing to pay a reasonable price for this service. Thanks.

-Ken King

Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 01:12:40 -0800
From: Tom Howe <>
Subject: MZTV Museum

Hello All:

I just got back from the SHOT conference in Toronto and while there was able to
visit the MZTV Television Museum, which has many vintage models dating back to
the 1920's:

The museum has a working Baird Televisor from 1928, which I always thought was
the size of a large piece of furniture, but it's only about three feet across: And their centerpiece is the one-and-only RCA Phantom TRK-12 transparent lucite television which was displayed in the RCA Pavilion at the 1939 World's Fair: This TV disappeared not long after RCA closed their small TV museum in the 1950's and its whereabouts were unknown for many years. In the 1980's, it turned up in a storage facility in Israel and was brought back to North America. The museum is planning a tribute to John Logie Baird in the near future, and I'm going to donate a CED player and selection of discs for them to possibly display at the same time. In addition to the mechanical Televisor, Baird also invented the first VideoDisc format called Phonovision, and the museum has a few of those in their collection: Like CED's, these early VideoDiscs are grooved, but being 78 RPM records, about 100 CED grooves will fit inside a single Phonovision groove. --Tom ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 17:13:41 -0700 (PDT) From: laverne dorsey <led437> Subject: ced player To: i am intrested in purcshing a ced player. what is the best make to buy and the best place to buy one. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: "Allen wolf" <wolfallen> To: Subject: Still no VHD!!!! Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 14:32:38 -0500 Tom, I'm still unable to get to those vhd sights! the system just will not let me in. they still say there is no such thing or they have bin Discontinued!!!! can you help?!!!!!! Allen Wolf.


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