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CED Digest Vol. 8 No. 5  •  2/1/2003


20 Years Ago In CED History:

February 2, 1983:
* The 1984 U.S. presidential campaign gets under way, as California Senator
Alan Cranston (D) becomes the first candidate to formally announce his bid.
* On a 12-day, four-nation tour of Asia, U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz
holds talks with Chinese leaders in Peking on a broad range of topics including
Taiwan, the world economy, and Sino-US trade relations.

February 3, 1983:
* Rosalynn Sumners defeats Elaine Zayak for the woman's title in the U.S.
Figure Skating Championships. At the same competition, Scott Hamilton won the
men's title for the third consecutive year.

February 4, 1983:
* Singer Karen Carpenter dies at age 32 of heart failure caused by chronic
* The U.S. Department of Labor announces that in January, for the first time in
17 months, the unemployment rate fell - from 10.8 percent in December to the
new figure of 10.4 percent.
* Portuguese President Antonio Ramalho Eanes dissolves Parliament and calls for
new elections on April 25, the ninth anniversary of the revolution that
restored democracy after half a century of dictatorship.
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: Without A Trace.

February 5, 1983:
* After being arrested in Bolivia on January 25, Klaus Barbie, the head of the
Gestapo in Lyons from 1942 to 1944, is returned to France and charged with
"crimes against humanity, murder, torture, arbitrary arrests and
* "Africa" by Toto becomes the No. 1 U.S. single.

February 6, 1983:
* In Italy, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini wins his first fight since the
death of Duk Koo Kim following an earlier fight.
* General Alfredo Stroessner is elected to his seventh term as president of

February 7, 1983:
* The nuclear power unit of the crippled Soviet satellite Cosmos 1402 enters
the atmosphere and disintegrates, 15 days after the separated body had burned
upon reentry. Officials state that the radiation threat is negligible.
* Elizabeth H. Dole is sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

February 8, 1983:
* The $13.5 million thoroughbred race horse Shergar is kidnapped by gunmen from
a stud farm at Newbridge, Ireland. The five-year-old bay was a former winner of
the Irish Sweeps Derby and English Derby. The horse's whereabouts remain
unknown, although it is speculated that the IRA kidnapped the horse to raise
money, but shot the animal when he panicked.
* Hitachi Ltd., one of Japan's leading electronics firms, pleads guilty in a
U.S. federal court to charges of conspiracy to obtain classified information
about IBM computers. The company's lawyer contended that Hitachi's top officers
were unware of the plan. Two of Hitachi's employees also pleaded guilty and,
like the company itself, were fined.

Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 18:11:45 -0800
From: Tom Howe <>
Subject: RE: hitachi ced player

hi there, i recently aquired a new looking ced 1000 made by hitachi, since
all of my other players are rca,  the hitachi is foriegn to me, on a scale
of 1-10 its a 9.5 cosmetic apper. but when i insert disc, just inside it all
i hear is a motor sound, does nothing else, what shall it take to repair it
to working order.

This sounds like a failure of the arm drive belt, a condition somewhat similar
to the failure of the function motor drive belt on RCA J/K players, where the
motor endlessly spins attempting to advance the machine to its next state. A
picture showing the location of the Hitachi arm drive belt is on this page:

This belt may be purchased for $1 on the products page:


From: "Allen wolf" <wolfallen>
Subject: The Magic Of CED!!!!
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2003 12:15:01 -0600

Hello All
During the past year,i'v bin noting one thing. my VHS and DVD Players are
sitting collecting dust while my CED Players and discs are getting played day
in and day out!!! there is just something about the format that i can not shake
! the CED's that i play the most are
"Amityville 3-D" and "Halloween III" and "Jaws".
these CED discs are in great shape too! i even have an extra copy of Jaws in
case the one i'm using wears out on me. and once in a while,i'll even put in my
CED of
"Jaws 2" the format should have lasted longer than it did and while
i'v talked about this befor,i think it is worth talking about again. rca knew
they had somewhat of a winner on thire hands! they just got jumpy and pulled
the plug. now,was that a nice thing to do? don't get me wrong.rca had to do
what they thought was rite. i love thire products. i use them to this day. got it,my CED players. hope that rca would bring back a souped
up vershion of it someday.
                                                Allen Wolf.

From: Noelrivera23
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2003 16:41:02 EST
Subject: hitachi vip1000

hi i have a hitachi vip1000 and am looking for the cartridges and belt .
my email is.


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