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|CED Digest Vol. 8 No. 15 • 4/12/2003|
20 Years Ago In CED History: April 13, 1983: * High ranking Japanese and Soviet government officials conclude two days of talks in Tokyo without reconciling their major differences. Japan wanted missiles in Siberia removed that the U.S.S.R. claims are defense against U.S. submarines. * In what becomes the best-remembered scene from the TV series "Dynasty," Krystal (Linda Evans) and arch-nemesis Alexis (Joan Collins) tumble headlong into a water lily pond after getting into a fight. April 14, 1983: * Kenneth L. Adelman is confirmed by the U.S. Senate as director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, despite a negative recommendation by the Foreign Relations Committee. * In response to a flurry of congressional criticism, President Reagan denies that providing covert aid to Nicaraguan rebel forces is a violation of U.S. law. * A giant inflatable King Kong is finally installed and inflated atop the Empire State Building in New York City, although the balloon would only inflate to about 85 percent capacity, and it deflated a short while later. Originally scheduled for installation on April 7, wind gusts, tangled cables, and punched holes plaqued the effort for days. The event commemorates the 50th anniversary of the original King Kong movie, and RCA issued a press release on April 6 promoting the RCA VideoDisc release of the movie being shown on a CED player in the Fifth Avenue lobby of the Empire State Building. April 15, 1983: * A Disneyland theme park opens near Tokyo, Japan, drawing 25,000 visitors on its first day. * Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: Flashdance. April 16, 1983: * Brazil detains four Libyan planes en route to Nicaragua after finding weapons, explosives, and ammunition on the planes. * China shells the Vietnam border in retaliation for raids. April 17, 1983: * A New York transit strike that began on March 7 comes to an end. * Prince Charles and Princess Diana arrive in New Zealand for a two-week visit. April 18, 1983: * The U.S. embassy in Beirut, Lebanon is leveled by a car bomb explosion, leaving 63 persons dead and more than 100 injured. A pro-Iranian group claims responsibility. * Fire sweeps through a crowded disco in Taegu, South Korea, killing over two dozen people. * Greg Meyer wins the 87th Boston Marathon with a time of 2:09:00. Joan Benoit sets a new woman's record with a time of 2:22:42. April 19, 1983: * U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and other U.S. officials conclude talks with members of the Cabinet of Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid Hurtado. Shultz promises that the U.S. will pay more attention to Mexico's views on Central America. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: Dj3928 Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2003 13:14:40 EDT Subject: RCA CED Player Reconditioning Service To: email@example.com Hello all, Do you have a CED Player that doesnt work! Good News, James and I at CED Central are pleased to announce that we are now Reconditioning the SFT/SGT as well as the SJT/SKT Players. For more info on the SFT/SGT Players, contact Darrell at (firstname.lastname@example.org) For more info on the SJT/SKT Players,contact James at (email@example.com) Thanks, Darrell ------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: LULACLAR Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2003 22:29:50 EDT Subject: repair To: firstname.lastname@example.org I HAVE A SELECTIONVISION VIDEODISC RCA SJT-400. THAT I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE REPAIRED, THE ELECTRONICS ARE OK, BUT IT NEEDS SOME MECHANICAL PARTS AND DRIVE BELTS. MY NAME IS CLARENCE WILLIAMSON, ADDRESS IS 133 ROOSEVELT PKWY J JACKSON TENN 38301 (731)4246970 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Wed, 09 Apr 2003 17:46:16 -0400 Subject: Many titles available From: Ethan and Amanda <ethamd> To: <email@example.com> Hello CED enthusiasts, I have the following titles available for purchase. They are $2.00 each, or $1.75 each if you purchase 4 or more, or $1.50 each if you purchase 8 or more. If you want them all and you are first to contact me you can have them for $1.00 each. The Natural Heaven Can Wait The Champ Rocky III The Longest Yard Ordinary People Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip Richard Pryor Here and Now Moscow on the Hudson Private Benjamin The World's Greatest Lover Tootsie Apocalypse Now On the Waterfront An Evening with the Royal Ballet On Golden Pond The Hotel New Hampshire The World According to Garp Midnight Cowboy Something Wicked This Way Comes Jane Fonda's Workout Most of these discs are in great condition. One or two of them are still in factory shrink wrap. If you want a condition report on any disc, please email me off list. Just in case you really want the movie and not the case I have these two for free to anyone who purchases one or more of the above titles. IN THE WRONG CASES: Cousin Cousine 16 Candles These titles are available on a first come first serve basis. I accept well-concealed cash, check, money orders or Paypal. Shipping costs are added on after you request your titles. The discs are sent media mail based on the weight of the package and your zip code. Please contact me off list at firstname.lastname@example.org with your requests. Thanks, Ethan ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2003 22:31:37 -0800 To: email@example.com From: Tom Howe <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject:Who's Who in RCA VideoDisc Hello All: For the past several months I've ben working on an addition to CED Magic called "Who's Who in RCA VideoDisc" that provides photographs and CED-related biographies of a few hundred people involved with the VideoDisc project, mostly in R & D roles: http://www.cedmagic.com/mem/whos-who/whos-who.html Another thing I attempted with many of the entries in this section was to include "Where are they now" information when it could readily be found on the Internet. Many of the people involved with the implementation of the CED system are famous in their present area of expertise and have a web presence. Here are a few examples: John Aceti http://www.cedmagic.com/mem/whos-who/aceti-john.html Designed computer-automated inspection devices for CED caddies. In 1999, as a principal inventor at Sarnoff Corp., he was awarded patents for the disposable Songbird hearing aid, one of Sarnoff's most prominent consumer products since the CED itself. He shared some of these patents with Marvin Leedom, who originally came up with the caddy concept in the 1970's. Charles Carroll http://www.cedmagic.com/mem/whos-who/carroll-charles.html Was on the team that developed SelectaVision Holotape, appearing in a publicity photo for that system in the December 1969 issue of _Popular_Science_. Later he developed optical scanning techniques for the RCA VideoDisc. In 2002 he was awarded a patent for an energy harvesting eel, an eel-shaped device that when submerged in the ocean generates electricity from the water current present. Charles Dieterich http://www.cedmagic.com/mem/whos-who/dieterich-charles.html Has spent his entire career at Sarnoff, including a Cooperative Master's Thesis program at MIT. His 1978 thesis titled "Characterization of an Experimental VideoDisc for Digital Information Storage" investigated digital (not analog) storage of video on a CED, estimated to be 4.5 gigabits for the 30-minute-per-side discs in 1978. His thesis provides one of the most concise explanations I've seen of the NTSC video system, and may be read in its entirety from a link on the above page. Rebecca Mercuri http://www.cedmagic.com/mem/whos-who/mercuri-rebecca.html Was writing computer music programs when she went to work on software implementation for the CED system in 1980. This included DAXI, control of CED players by external computers, and interactive video material. She later became an expert in electronic vote tabulation, and in 2001, testified before Congress in the wake of the 2000 presidential election scandal. Ping Sheng http://www.cedmagic.com/mem/whos-who/sheng-ping.html Investigated diffraction from RCA VideoDisc signals. He's presently a professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he has studied the superconducting properties of single-carbon nanotubes. Nice to see microscopic carbon may have a future use, as its room temperature conductivity is what made the manufacture of CED's feasible. Thomas Stanley http://www.cedmagic.com/mem/whos-who/stanley-thomas.html The researcher who in 1959 postulated the theory that a video signal could be stored capacitively in a vinyl disc if a means could be found to mold sufficiently small signal elements in the surface of the vinyl. Nothing more was done with the CED concept until 1964, but in the late 1960's Thomas Stanley had management positions at RCA Labs which allowed him to press for keeping basic CED research alive until the first discs could be pressed in 1970. Ross Youngs http://www.cedmagic.com/mem/whos-who/youngs-ross.html Was an Engineering Technician in the Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory at the Rockville Road plant in Indianapolis. In the late 1980's he founded the corporations Univenture and UniKeep that presently manufacture media storage products.
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