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CED Digest Vol. 7 No. 48  •  11/30/2002


20 Years Ago In CED History:

December 1, 1982:
* Amintore Fanfani becomes premier of Italy. He succeeds Giovanni Spadolini,
who had resigned in November after 17 months in office. It is the fifth time in
his political career that Fanfani has been premier.
* On the first leg of a five-day, four-nation goodwill tour of Latin America,
U.S. President Ronald Reagan extends $1.23 billion in short-term credit to
* Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado is sworn in for a six-year term as president of
* U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (Democrat, Massachusetts) announces that he
will not run for president in 1984.

* CED Title Releases for December 1982:

Arsenic and Old Lace [FOX]
Atlantic City
Black Sunday (2)
Blue Max, The (2)
Boston Strangler, The
Boys in the Band, The
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid [FOX]
Comes A Horseman
Detective, The
Dodge City
Dr. Seuss Video Festival: Horton/Grinch Stole Xmas
Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox, The
Elephant Man, The [1982]
Elvis: His 1968 Comeback Special
Exodus (2)
Exorcist, The
Eye of the Needle
Fantastic Voyage [CBS]
French Connection, The [FOX]
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Golden Era of College Football, A
Grapes of Wrath, The (2)
Hang 'Em High [FOX]
Hell in the Pacific
Hello, Dolly! (2)* [FOX]
Herbie Rides Again
How to Marry a Millionaire
Hustler, The (2)
Jezebel [RCA]
King and I, The (2)*
Laura [CBS]
Little Caesar [RCA]
Longest Day, The (2) [FOX]
Magnum Force
Man With the Golden Arm, The
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The
Moses (2)
Mr. Rogers Vol. 1: Helping Children Understand
My Bodyguard
Nutcracker, The* [1977]
One-Night Stand: A Keyboard Event**
Patton (2)*
Pennies From Heaven
Planet of the Apes [FOX]
Pumping Iron
Queen Greatest Flix*
Robe, The (2)
Sacred Music of Duke Ellington, The*
Saturn 3
Secret Policeman's Other Ball, The**
Seems Like Old Times
Seven Year Itch, The [FOX]
Shoot the Moon
Taxi Driver
Teddy Pendergrass: Live in London*
Thomas Crown Affair, The
Three Stooges VideoDisc, Vol. 1, The
Thunderball (2)
Tora! Tora! Tora! (2) [FOX]
Twelve O'Clock High (2)
World of Wildlife, Vol. 2: Penguin Summer/Kangaroo
World's Greatest Lover, The
Yankee Doodle Dandy

December 2, 1982:
* Barney Clark, a 61-year-old retired dentist, becomes the first person to
receive a permanent artificial heart. In an operation at the University of Utah
Medical Center in Salt Lake City, doctors replace Clark's dying heart with an
artificial heart made of plastic named the Jarvik-7 after its creator, Dr.
Robert Jarvik. The artificial heart is slightly larger than a human heart, but
weighs about the same. It is connected by hoses to its power supply - a
375-pound external air compressor carried in a large cart.

December 3, 1982:
* U.S. Department of Labor statistics for November report a national,
seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 10.8 percent, a post-World War II
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: Frances.

December 4, 1982:
* The trial of 280 Egyptians, all accused of conspiring to overthrow the
government, gets under way in Cairo. Most of the defendants are members of Al
Jihad, an Islamic fundamentalist group bent on turning Egypt into an Islamic
* Leaders of 10 European Community (EC) nations conclude two days of
discussions in Copenhagen on trade policy, economic cooperation, and East-West
* President Reagan returns to the United States following a four-nation visit
to Latin America that included the countries Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, and

December 5, 1982:
* Pakistani President Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq arrives in the U.S. for his first
state visit. His request for economic and military aid is supported by
President Reagan, but Congress is still debating the details of a proposed $3.2
billion aid package. He tries to allay fears that Pakistan is seeking nuclear
technology to develop nuclear weapons.
* The 5th Annual Kennedy Center Honors are held featuring the honorees George
Abbott, Lillian Gish, Benny Goodman, Gene Kelly, and Eugene Ormandy.

December 6, 1982:
* A bomb explodes in a disco and bar in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland, killing
17 people, including 11 British soldiers.
* During its 15-day annual session, the Chinese National People's Congress
ratifies a new, 138-article constitution. Earlier in the congress, Prime
Minister Zhao Ziyang unveiled the country's sixth economic five-year plan,
covering 1981 through 1985.

December 7, 1982:
* Murderer Charles Brooks, Jr., is executed in Huntsville, Texas by lethal
injection of anesthetics, the first such execution in U.S. history.
* The U.S. House of Representatives rejects President Reagan's request for $988
million to build and deploy the first five of 100 MX missiles. The 245-176 vote
is a major setback for the president, who has said the MX is vital to the
nation's security and an essential bargaining chip in disarmament talks with
the Soviet Union.

From: "Fernandez, Sharon" <sfernandez>
To: "''" <>
Subject: RCA SelectaVision SGT250 for free
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 15:49:54 -0800

Is there any one in the Seattle area that would be willing to give my player a
good home?  It's free!  I'll also throw in any of my 13 movies if you want
them.  Must be willing to come and get it. Contact me at sfernandez

Sharon Fernandez

Date: Fri, 29 Nov 2002 22:13:25 -0800
From: Tom Howe <>
Subject: CED Dealers

Hello All:

This past week I received two notifications for CED dealers who now have web
sites. The first is PDQ Records, which had a site that went down over a year
ago, but it's now back up. This is a giant used record store in Tucson, which
also carries a selection of CED's. It looks like their site will soon have a
page dedicated to CED, possibly with a photo of their inventory:

The second is MailBox Video (aka Video Liquidators), which has had a snail mail
list for over 10 years. I purchased a number of discs from them in the early
1990's to fill holes in my collection. They also carry LaserDisc, DVD, Beta,
VHS, and even the obscure 8mm movie format, which in my thrift store experience
is even rarer than Cartrivision pre-recorded tape:

And don't forget that two of our fellow collectors and Digest subscribers,
James Curiel and Harry Libby, also have web pages where they may be contacted
regarding CED purchases:



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