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CED Digest Vol. 8 No. 8  •  2/22/2003


20 Years Ago In CED History:

February 23, 1983:
* Reubin O'D. Askew, former governor of Florida, declares himself a candidate
for the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination.

* 25th Annual Grammy Awards:

Record of the Year "Rosanna," Toto

Album of the Year Toto IV, Toto

Song of the Year "Always on My Mind," (CED) Johnny Christopher, Mark
James and Wayne Carson, songwriters

Best New Artist Men at Work

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male "Truly," Lionel Richie (CED)

Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female "You Should Hear How She Talks About
You," Melissa Manchester (CED)

Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal "Up Where We
Belong," Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes

Best Pop Instrumental Performance "Chariots of Fire Theme" (CED),
Ernie Watts

Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male "Hurts So Good," John Cougar

Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female "Shadows of the Night," (CED) Pat

Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal "Eye of the
Tiger," (CED) Survivor

Best Rock Instrumental Performance "D.N.A.," A Flock of Seagulls

Best Rhythm and Blues Song "Turn Your Love Around," Jay Graydon,
Steve Lukather and Bill Champlin, songwriters

Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male "Sexual Healing,"
Marvin Gaye

Best Rhythm and Blues Performance, Female "And I Am Telling You I'm Not
Going," Jennifer Holliday

Best Rhythm and Blues Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal (tie) "Let
It Whip," Dazz Band "Wanna Be With You," Earth, Wind and Fire

Best Rhythm and Blues Instrumental Performance "Sexual Healing,"
Marvin Gaye

Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male An Evening With George Shearing and Mel
Tormé, Mel Tormé

Best Vocal Jazz Performance, Female Gershwin Livel, Sarah Vaughan

Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group "Route 66," Manhattan

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist We Want Miles, Miles Davis

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group "More" Live, Phil Woods

Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Big Band Warm Breeze, Count Basie and His

Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental Offramp, Pat Metheny Group

Best Country Song "Always on My Mind," (CED) Johnny Christopher, Mark
James and Wayne Carson, songwriters

Best Country Vocal Performance, Male "Always on My Mind," (CED)
Willie Nelson

Best Country Vocal Performance, Female "Break It to Me Gently," Juice

Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal Mountain Music, Alabama

Best Country Instrumental Performance "Alabama Jubilee," Roy Clark

Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary Age to Age, Amy Grant

Best Gospel Performance, Traditional I'm Following You, Blackwood Brothers

Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary Higher Plane, Al Green

Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional Precious Lord, Al Green

Best Latin Recording Machito and His Salsa Big Band '82, Machito

Best Inspirational Performance He Set My Life to Music, Barbara Mandrell

Best Traditional Blues Recording Alright Again, Clarence Gatemouth Brown

Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording Queen Ida and the Bon Temps Zydeco
Band on Tour, Queen Ida

Best Arrangement on an Instrumental Recording "Flying," John
Williams, arranger

Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) "Rosanna," Jerry
Hey, David Paich and Jeff Porcaro, arrangers

Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices "Rosanna," David Paich,

Best Instrumental Composition "Flying" (Theme From E.T. the
Extra-Terrestrial), John Williams, composer

Best Cast Show Album Dreamgirls, Henry Krieger, composer; Tom Eyen, lyricist

Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television
Special E.T. the Extra-Terrestial, John Williams, composer

Best Classical Album Bach, The Goldberg Variations, Glenn Gould

Best Classical Orchestral Recording Mahler, Symphony No. 7 in E Minor, James
Levine conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Best Chamber Music Performance Brahms, The Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano, Op.
120, Richard Stoltzman and Richard Goode

Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (With Orchestra) Elgar,
Concerto for Violin in B Minor, Itzhak Perlman; Daniel Barenboim conducting
Chicago Symphony

Best Classical Performance, Instrumental Soloist(s) (Without Orchestra) Bach,
The Goldberg Variations, Glenn Gould

Best Opera Recording Wagner, Der Ring des Nibelungen, Pierre Boulez conducting
Bayreuth Festival Orchestra; solos: Jones, Altmeyer, Wenkel, Hofmann, Jung,
Jerusalem, Zednik, Mclntrye, Salminen and Becht

Best Choral Performance (Other Than Opera) Berlioz, La Damnation de Faust, Sir
Georg Solti conducting Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Margaret Hillis, chorus
director, Chicago Symphony Chorus

Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance Leontyne Price Sings Verdi, Leontyne
Price; Zubin Mehta conducting Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Best Comedy Recording Live on the Sunset Strip, (CED) Richard Pryor

Best Spoken Word, Documentary or Drama Recording Raiders of the Lost Ark: The
Movie on Record

Best Recording for Children In Harmony 2, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, James
Taylor, Kenny Loggins, Carly and Lucy Simon, Teddy Pendergrass, Crystal Gayle,
Lou Rawls, Deniece Williams, Janis Ian and Dr. John

Best Album Package Get Closer, Kosh and Ron Larson, art directors

Best Album Notes Bunny Berigan (Giants of Jazz), John Chilton and Richard
Sudhalter, art directors

Best Historical Album The Tommy Dorsey/Frank Sinatra Sessions vols. 1, 2 and 3

Video of the Year "Olivia Physical," (CED) Olivia Newton-John

Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) Toto

Classical Producer of the Year Robert Woods

February 24, 1983:
* The Dow Jones industrial average closes above 1,100 for the first time at
1121.81, on expectations of U.S. economic recovery and lower oil prices.
* The U.S. Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians
releases a 467-page report concluding that the relocation and internment of
120,000 Japanese-American citizens and resident aliens during World War II was
a "gave injustice."

February 25, 1983:
* Tennessee Williams, the American playwright, dies at the age of 71. Several
of his plays were made into movies, including the CED titles A Streetcar Named
Desire and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof,
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: 10 To Midnight.

RCA VideoDiscs to Produce Music Video Program of Lou Reed Live at the 'Bottom

RCA VideoDiscs, in conjunction with RCA Records, will produce a full-length
video program of Lou Reed on February 28th, 1983 at the Bottom Line in New York
City, it was announced today by Seth M. Willenson, Division Vice President,
Programs and Business Affairs, RCA VideoDiscs.

Line producers for the event will be Boggs/Baker Productions, Inc., an
independent video production company formed by Metromedia's talk show host Bill
Boggs and PBS producer Richard Baker. Director is Clark Santee.

Mr. Willenson noted: "Lou Reed is an important contemporary artist with an
international following. He's a seminal figure, at rock's cutting edge since
Velvet Underground days, and the Bottom Line's position at the matrix of the
New York music scene is his ideal venue. The video recording of this sold-out
engagement should be invaluable to anyone who loves rock."

RCA VideoDiscs will market the show in all areas including domestic cable,
foreign broadcast and home video. Initial distribution will coincide with the
Spring 1983 release of Lou Reed's new RCA LP "Legendary Hearts."

The music video program will contain songs spanning Lou Reed's entire career,
including: Velvet Underground classics, his famous hit single "Walk on the
Wild Side," and several songs from his forthcoming album "Legendary

Charles J. Mitchell, Director of Special Programs for RCA VideoDiscs noted that
Lou Reed's first RCA LP, "The Blue Mask," made 1982's 10-best lists
in Time, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times.

"Most of today's exciting new wave acts owe a great debt to Lou Reed who
has reached yet another new creative peak in the early 1980's," Mr.
Mitchell said. "We will follow our customary practice of creating
different versions of a program to suit a variety of media format needs in
order to maximize exposure for this vital performer."

Joe Mansfield, Division Vice President, Contemporary Music, RCA Records, said,
"With the release of 'Legendary Hearts,' and his series of shows at the
Bottom Line, Lou is once again in the vanguard of an evolving music scene. This
ground-breaking project will bring a legendary artist a greatly expanded

February 26, 1983:
* Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip begin a ten-day visit to
the West Coast of the United States.
* "Thriller" (CED) by Michael Jackson becomes the No. 1 U.S. Album.

February 27, 1983:
* Leaders of the National Governors Association urge President Reagan to raise
taxes and cut military spending growth, to hold down federal budget deficits
without slashing social spending.
* Governor George Deukmejian declares four California counties disaster areas
as heavy Pacific rainstorms continue to lash the state.
* Eaminn Coghlan of Ireland sets a world indoor record for the mile, running it
in 3 minutes 49.78 seconds.

February 28, 1983:
* The International Monetary Fund grants Brazil a $5.4 billion loan to offset
the country's huge foreign debt and provide financial stability. Earlier in the
month a similar loan had been given to Mexico.
* Suriname installs a new civilian cabinet headed by Prime Minister Errol
* The long-running television series M*A*S*H broadcasts its final episode (CED)
to an audience of 125 million, more U.S. viewers than any single program in
history.  The prior record was held by the "Who Shot JR?" episode of
Dallas, which drew 88.6 millions viewers.

March 1, 1983:
* An overnight ferry, traveling from Canton to Zhaoqing, China, turns over in a
thunderstorm resulting in 166 deaths.
* China and the Soviet Union, after a three-year interval, resume talks in
Moscow on ways to improve relations between the two countries. China indicated
it was looking for concrete proof that the U.S.S.R. was sincere in wanting a
better relationship, wanting the Soviet Union to end its military support of
Vietnamese troops occupying Cambodia so that free elections could be held there
under UN supervision.
* United Steelworkers of America local union presidents approve the first
contract in the union's history that cuts wages and benefits.
* A transit strike ends rail service for about 70,000 commuters in New Jersey.

* RCA VideoDisc Releases for March 1983:

Animal House
Apartment, The [RCA]
Blade Runner**
Body Heat
Clockwork Orange, A (2)
Days of Heaven**
Disney Cartoon Parade, Vol. 5
Elton John: Visions*
Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii
Exterminator, The
Guns of Navarone, The (2)
Jerk, The
Live and Let Die
Love and Death
Man With the Golden Gun, The [RCA]
Monty Python's Life of Brian*
Night Porter, The
Private Benjamin
Red River (2)
Rod Stewart: Tonight He's Yours*
Slipstream: Starring Jethro Tull**
Smokey and the Bandit
Soldier, The
Star Trek: Vol.5, Balance of Terror/Mirror,Mirror
Way We Were, The
White Heat [RCA]

Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2003 19:24:20 -0800
From: Tom Howe <>
Subject: Space Shuttle: Mission Reports

Hello All:

I watched this disc for the first time in several years the other day. It's sad
to think that both the "Columbia" and "Challenger" space
shuttles featured on the disc are now gone and can only be appreciated on video
rather than in a museum. But the original shuttle "Enterprise" has
been in storage by the Smithsonian since 1985, and will be put on display when
the museum annex at Dulles International Airport opens later this year:

The "Enterprise" was also featured on the cover of the November 1974
issue of _Popular Science_ which was the first time much of the public became
aware of the program. That issue also contains one of the first articles
comparing the Teldec TED, MCA Disco-Vision, Philips VLP, and RCA SelectaVision
VideoDisc systems, with the companies hoping to market them in 1975-76. Of
course, only TED met that target date. A couple pictures of players from that
article can be seen in the History section at CED Magic.

I started watching the Space Shuttle disc on the SJT400, but quickly switched
it over to the SGT250, as I wanted to view it straight through rather than
interactively- which requires using the remote quite a bit. This works well on
this disc, as the still image slides are stored for a number of grooves, and
pass by at a rate of about 2 seconds per slide. I have the SEGA Genesis
wireless remote installed on the SGT250 in addition to the regular remote, so
it was possible to remotely freeze-frame it when a slide appeared that I wanted
to look at for longer than 2 seconds. Another interesting thing to try is to
leave the Audio A/B switch at the NORM position, which simultaneously but
separately causes the mission control comments and shuttle crew comments to
come out of the front center and rear surround speakers of a Dolby Pro Logic
setup. Since the sound is coming from different directions, the two
conversations can still be followed.

If you're looking for this title, there's a Space Shuttle disc with booklet and
box on eBay now, but I don't think this is a very good time to try and buy it.
A few days ago just the disc went for $102.50 in another auction, several times
the price of pre-accident auctions.


Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003 10:34:50 -0600
From: Dave Potochick <potochdj>
Subject: Re: CED Digest Vol. 8 No. 7
To: Tom Howe <>

I have been a fan of the CED for a long time.. However, I've decided that I
way too much clutter in my life and I need to get rid of some things... I will
be selling CED movies and Laserdiscs that I don't watch on Ebay in the very
future. I will keep this list informed of the Ebay postings...


From: "Howard Hill" <duckie909>
Subject: Love the Site!!
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003 22:48:19 +0000

I love your CED Magic Site!!  I stumbled on to it about to or three weeks ago.
I use to watch this disk when I was a kid.  My aunt had an SFT 100 hooked up to
her RCA Big Screen TV.  I watched Greece so many time I think I killed it.  :)
About 5 years ago in college I went to a county rumage sale and found a SGT 075
with 4 or 5 movies for one dollar!  I figred I could buy this and watch the one
movie I wanted cheeper than renting it!  I also though I could use any of the
parts to fix my aunts machine if her's would break down.  She doesn't even use
her's anymore and I on occasion watch one on my machine.  I reciently found
some movies still in their rapper, never been watched!  I know I should have
kept them that way but I figured I want to enjoy this cool media while I'm
still alive.  It was some sally field's movie from the early 80's where she is
a horse trainer. So anyhow I just told a friend I work with I'm into this and
he tells me that his grandpa use to work for RCA and has a really advanced SKT
400.  He told me you could play some mistery game where the ending changes and
also he played some horse race game where the races change too!  I saw the
player he was talking about on Ebay for $125. He said it's possible because of
the random access feature.  So pretty cool for the early 80's!  Anyway, I just
wanted to say thanks for the site and I'm really enjoying it!  I hate to admit,
I love watching the old fan fair.  :)
Thanks again,
Howard Hill


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