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CED Digest Vol. 8 No. 16  •  4/19/2003


20 Years Ago In CED History:

April 20, 1983:
* President Reagan signs a bill intended to restore the solvency of the Social
Security system. The bill mandates raising the retirement age with full
benefits from 65 to 66 by the year 2009 and to 67 by the year 2027.
* The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's stated goal of reaching
30 space shuttle flights a year by the 1990's is "impossible or highly
improbable" to meet with just the currently financed four shuttle craft, a
panel of aerospace experts assembled by the National Academy of Sciences

April 21, 1983:
* Jackie Presser, 56, is sworn in as president of the International Brotherhood
of Teamsters. He replaces Roy L. Williams, who resigned after being sentenced
to 55 years in prison for his December 1982 conviction of having attempted to
bribe a U.S. Senator.
* Senator John H. Glenn, Jr. (D, Ohio) becomes the fifth announced candidate
for the 1984 Democratic presidential nomination.

April 22, 1983:
* The West German magazine _Stern_ announces the discovery of what it claims
are the secret diaries of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. The sixty volumes of
handwritten documents cover the years 1932-45.
* President Reagan announces that the U.S. is ready to negotiate long-term
grain sales to the Soviet Union.
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: Bad Boys.

April 23, 1983:
* Local unions of the United Auto Workers (UAW) ratify a new contract with
Caterpillar Tractor Company, ending a strike that began on October 1, 1982.
* Olympic champion swimmer and actor Buster Crabbe (clarence Linden Crabbe)
dies at age 75. He is best remembered for his portrayal of Flash Gordon and
Buck Rogers.
* "Come on Eileen" (CED) by Dexys Midnight Runners becomes the No. 1
U.S. single.

April 24, 1983:
* Turkey's military government moves the country a step closer to democracy by
announcing its intention to permit the formation of political parties. A ban
remained in force, however, for 150 politicians who had gained prominence
before the 1980 military coup.

April 25, 1983:
* Austria's Socialist Party selects Fred Sinowatz to succeed Bruno Kreisky as
the nation's chancellor. Parliamentary elections the day before left the
Socialists as the country's largest party but without an absolute majority,
prompting Kreisky to resign.
* In national elections in Portugal, the Socialist Party wins the most seats in
Parliament. Mario Soares, the party's head, thus becomes premier. He succeeds
Francisco Pinto Balsemao, who had held the position since 1980.

April 26, 1983:
* San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein wins an overwhelming victory in a recall
* The National Commission on Excellence in Education, created in 1981, issues a
36-page report which warns that "a rising tide of mediocrity" in U.S.
schools "threatens our very future as a nation and a people."
* In a continuing "bull market" atmosphere, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average of trading on the New York Stock Exchange breaks the 1200 barrier,
closing at 1209.46 on 97.25 million shares.

Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 17:00:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: Joe Phillips <littlejoeflub>
Subject: CED listings on Ebay to change


Ebay is making changes to the Movies category by
combining CED, Beta, and "whatever else" into a
category called "Other Formats", thereby removing it
from it's designated CED-only category.  As of today,
4/16 this change went into effect and I'm disgusted
that Ebay, the place that helped spawn widespread
selling/buying of this format, would do this.

I see interest in this format going down if buyers
can't find listings as easy as they could before.  I
like to do searches in the CED category looking for
particular titles but now Other Formats will also be
in those search results.  They'll also be there when
browsing current, new, and ending today listings
looking for good buys.

I've already sent an email with my opinions on this
change to that Ebay was
nice enough to post in the movies section of the
discussion boards at ebay, where you can also leave
your opinion on this change.

I mean we must do as much business for ebay as the
Laserdisc category does and their category isn't being
messed with.  I say if your into getting CEDs off Ebay
to express your opinion over this change that could
spell disaster for collectors of it.  Maybe Yahoo
Auctions or UBid would be gracious enough to create a
dedicated CED category for the fanbase.

Thanks for taking the time to read my rant.

Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 17:13:05 -0700 (PDT)
From: Joe Phillips <littlejoeflub>
Subject: Double-Disc titles question

I don't know if Tom's discussed this on the website or
in a past digest issue but I had a thought the other
day: of all the two-disc movies available on ced have
there been any where the front and/or back cover of
the caddy was different on each disc?


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