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CED Digest Vol. 7 No. 52  •  12/28/2002


20 Years Ago In CED History:

December 29, 1982:
* After 323 wins, football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant concludes his career at
* Movie producer Sol C. Siegel dies at age 79. He produced the CED titles
Alvarez Kelly, There's No Business Like Show Business, and Gentlemen Prefer

December 30, 1982:
* In Finland, Prime Minister Kalevi Sorsa reconstitutes his coalition
government. The prime minister names members of his Social Democratic Party to
the ministries of education, labor, and traffic.

December 31, 1982:
* Poland's "suspension" of martial law goes into effect, but many repressions
still exist.
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: Best Friends.

* Video Magazine's Outstanding VideoDiscs of 1982 (both LaserVision and CED):

Best Disc of the Year:
LV:  Olivia: Physical
CED: Viva Las Vegas

Best in Sight and Sound:
LV:  Apocalypse Now
CED: Absence of Malice

Best Sound:
LV:  Queen's Greatest Flix
CED: The Doobie Brothers Live in Concert - Santa Barbara

Best Educational Disc:
LV:  The Master Cooking Course
CED: Jane Fonda's Workout

Best Transfer:
LV:  The Bridge on the River Kwai
CED: The Pirate

Most Outrageous Disc (LV only):
LV:  Oriental Dreams

* Video Magazine's Best VideoDisc Players of 1982:

"We still think that the Pioneer LD-1100 is the better videodisc player though
we said the RCA SGT250 CED player is competitive. The Pioneer outperforms the
CED player in both audio and video, whereas the SGT250 is strong on price and
easy availability of programming."

"LaserVision had a problem with defective discs, but that seems to have
disappeared now that all discs are being made in Japan. CED has gotten better
in both picture and sound, which is now stereo. Both products deserve mention
under best of the year."

January 1, 1983:
* Penn State defeats Georgia 27-23 in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans for the
National Collegiate Football Championship. The University of Georgia had been
the only Collegiate team with a perfect record prior to its defeat in this
game. Its star junior halfback, Herschel Walker, won the Heisman Trophy,
honoring the best college player.

* CED Title Releases for January 1983:

Alamo, The (2)
Angels With Dirty Faces
Apartment, The [CBS]
Arsenic and Old Lace [RCA]
Birdman of Alcatraz (2) [CBS]
Black Hole, The**
Breakheart Pass
Bridge Too Far, A (2)
Captain Blood [CBS]
Charge of the Light Brigade, The [CBS]
Cheech & Chong "Nice Dreams"
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2)
Dirty Dozen, The (2)* [MGM]
Doctor Dolittle (2)
Dogs of War, The
Domino Principle, The
End, The
Escape to Athena
F.I.S.T. (2)
Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A [CBS]
Gigi* [UA]
Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, The (2) [CBS]
Great Train Robbery, The
Grover Washington, Jr in Concert*
Gumby Adventure, A
Hard Country
High Sierra [CBS]
Incredible Machine/Mysteries of the Mind
It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (2) [CBS]
Joan of Arc
La Cage Aux Folles II
Man With the Golden Gun, The [CBS]
Missouri Breaks
Petrified Forest, The [CBS]
Pirate Movie, The**
Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming [CBS]
Sergeant York (2) [CBS]
Shot In the Dark, A [CBS]
Star Is Born, A (2)** [1976]
Story of O, The (canceled)
Thousand Clowns, A
Women In Love (2)

January 2, 1983:
* Comedian Dick Emery dies at age 65. He provided several voices in the
Beatles' Yellow Submarine.

January 3, 1983:
* The first session of the 98th U.S. Congress convenes, with economic recovery
and Social Security reform as top priorities.
* Kilauea volcano in Hawaii begins a series of eruptions.
* In the current issue, Time Magazine names "The Computer" as the 1982 Man of
the Year. In their corresponding issue, Business Week also covers personal
computers, proclaiming IBM the winner.

January 4, 1983:
* The CDC holds a national conference to discuss blood screening for AIDS, but
arrives at no consensus.

Date: Sun, 22 Dec 2002 12:50:59 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
From: "Harry Libby" <fiddy>
To: <>
Subject: HO HO HO Check out the attachment above Tom Thanks for the Christmas card. Have a great Christmas Harry Libby ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Sun, 22 Dec 2002 21:14:11 -0800 To: From: Tom Howe <> Subject: RE: CED SGT-250 Problem > 4. The arm(where the stylus) is will not move at all. Even if I try to > push it with my hand, it stays all the way to the back of the player In this instance, the stylus set down adjustment may be so far out that the pickup arm is binding at the extreme rear of the player. SGT250 players seem to be more susceptible to binding than other F/G models with function levers. Try adjusting the landing screw a considerable ways inward following the instructions at this URL: --Tom ------------------------------------------------------------------------ To: Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2002 16:53:03 -0500 Subject: 400 Player doesn't start at 0:00 From: Stephen J Testa <sjt46> "Of course, like all machines closing in on 20 years of age, it has started to display an odd quirk. No matter which side of a disc that is inserted into the player, it starts 20-25 seconds into the recorded material. It often takes an abnormally long time (Several seconds) for the player to actually start playing the disc too. " This has nothing to do with Forrest's player, or the age of his player. The culprit here is the stylus cartridge. The stylus is bonded to a long metal/graphite tube which is attached to the cartridge with an electrode on the stylus end and positioned in a rubber grommet on the other end. If the tube is not positioned PRECISELY in the rubber grommet, the 400 has trouble finding the 0:00 start point and ends up dropping the stylus down wherever it is positioned over the disc (about 0:20 in Forrest's case). The 400 is much more sensitive to this mispositioning than the other players in the J/K series. Conditions that can amplify the symptom include a cool ambient temperature; turntable height higher than normal; or a stylus cartridge with some wear on it. Forrest's best bet is to try a new/different cartridge. Although it is possible to reposition the tube in the rubber grommet I wouldn't recommend trying it. This is an EXTREMELY delicate procedure and you can very easily destroy your cartridge in the attempt (take it from me). ------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: "Douglas Curran" <Batwings78rpm> To: <> Subject: SKT090.... Date: Tue, 24 Dec 2002 12:54:36 -0500 Greetings: Have just acquired three RCA Selectavision VideoDisc Players, all model SKT090, none of which appear to be in working order. This being the case, wondering where I might get them repaired. I live in Maryland in the greater Washintgton, DC, area and -- if at all possible -- would like to have them looked at without shipping. Thanks & Best. Doug -- ------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: DawnH522 Date: Fri, 27 Dec 2002 09:54:07 EST Subject: colortrak 2000 remote control To: I NEED TO PURCHASE THIS REMOTE CONTROL FOR MY TV. I CANNOT GET THE UNIVERSAL REMOTES TO DISPLAY THE MENU SCREEN ON MY TV PLEASE HELP THANK YOU ------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: "Allen wolf" <wolfallen> To: Subject: VHD FIB'S!!! Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2002 12:01:14 -0600 Hi All, with in the past few month's,the hunt has bin on for the VHD VideoDisc Player's and thire Discs! ever sence Tom Howe put those sights up in the Digest. and yes tom...I did get thru this time. THANK YOU!!!!But what bothers me more than anything is these people on EBAY who are trying to pass off VHS titles for VHD discs!!! that makes me mad!!! if you people look at these Bogas VHD pages on ebay you can see they are trying to push off vhs tapes on the people who are trying to get VHD stuff like myself! i wish people like that would cear more about us people who would be more than happy to pay them for real VHD stuff insted of ripping them off like that. i know..i just got one of those vhs....errr VHD things in the mail. i hope things change soon. Allen Wolf. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2002 21:18:01 -0800 To: From: Tom Howe <> Subject: Holiday Postcard Hello All: Thanks for the many responses to the CED postcard with the RCA ad. That is my favorite RCA ad as it delves into the simple/complex dichotomy of the CED system. Unfortunately, it only seems to have appeared in the internal RCA magazine "Communicate," a publication so obscure that only one library in the country currently has a run of it. If you'd like to send this postcard out to your friends to promote our hobby, they are available on the purchase page at five card for $1 including shipping. --Tom


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