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CED Digest Vol. 8 No. 17  •  4/26/2003


20 Years Ago In CED History:

April 27, 1983:
* Addressing a special joint session of Congress, President Reagan warns that 
events in Central America pose a real threat to U.S. security and urges 
approval for increased military and economic aid. Sen. Christopher Dodd (CT) 
responds on behalf of Democrats by opposing any increases and calling for 
negotiated settlements.

April 28, 1983:
* The Argentine government, in a nationally televised address, states that the 
thousands of people who had disappeared during the "dirty war"
terrorism in the 1970's were now officially considered dead. President Reynaldo 
Bignone calls the actions by the police and military during that time
"acts of 

April 29, 1983:
* Mexico and Brazil end three days of talks during which a series of agreements 
on trade, industry, and reciprocal credit are made.
* Italian Prime Minister Amintore Fanfani resigns following the April 22 
decision of the Socialist Party to withdraw from the ruling coalition.
* The Swiss government orders Novosti, the Soviet news agency, to close its 
office in Bern, Switzerland because of "repeated and increasingly grave 
interventions in Swiss internal affair."
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: Valley Girl.

April 30, 1983:
* Blues singer and guitarist Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) dies at the 
age of 68. He appears on the CED title "The Last Waltz," and has
songs on the 
CED titles "Mandingo" and "Risky Business."
* Famed choreographer George Balanchine dies at the age of 79. A Russian who 
emigrated to the U.S. in 1933, Balanchine created more than 200 major ballets. 
He also co-founded the School of American Ballet, which later became the New 
York City Ballet. He did the choreography for Mikhail Baryshnikov and company 
in the CED title "The Turning Point."
* Gen. Prem Tinsulanonda is re-appointed prime minister of Thailand.
* "Beat It" (CED) by Michael Jackson becomes the No. 1 U.S. single.

May 1, 1983:
* Violent anti-government protests mark the May Day holiday in cities 
throughout Poland.

* RCA VideoDisc Releases for May 1983:

Altered States**
Any Which Way You Can
Ashford & Simpson*
Barefoot Contessa, The (2)
Ben-Hur (2)
Between the Lines
Blues Brothers, The (2)*
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Bullwinkle & Rocky & Friends, Vol. 1
Dark Victory [RCA]
Deadly Blessing
Earth, Wind and Fire in Concert*
Eye for an Eye, An
First Blood**
For A Few Dollars More (2) [RCA]
Happy Hooker Goes to Washington, The
Hawaii (2)
Hocus Pocus, It's Magic
Last American Virgin, The*
Lenny Bruce Performance Film, The
Loving Couples
Meet Me In St. Louis [UA]
New York, New York (2)
Now Voyager
On the Beach (2)
Passion Of Love
Prince and the Pauper, The
Rolling Stones: Let's Spend the Night Together**
Seduction, The
Stardust Memories
Stevie Nicks- In Concert*
Story of Joseph, The
They Call Me Bruce?
They Drive By Night
Trail of the Pink Panther
Tubes Video, The*
Vice Squad
Who's Afraid of Opera, Volume 1*
Who's Afraid of Opera, Volume 2*
Who's Afraid of Opera, Volume 3*

May 2, 1983:
* An earthquake of 6.5 magnitude on the Richter scale shakes the San Joaquin 
Valley of central California. It is the most destructive earthquake to hit the 
United States in twelve years. Coalinga, a town near the epicenter of the 
earthquake, is heavily damaged, with one-third of the town's homes 

May 3, 1983:
* At a welcoming dinner in Moscow for East German head of state Erich Honecker, 
Soviet leader Yuri Andropov offers the West a proposal for limiting nuclear 
weapons in Europe. The plan calls for a cut in the number of warheads rather 
than missiles.
* The National Conference of Bishops, meeting in Chicago, approves an amended 
third draft of a pastoral letter that denounces the nuclear arms race and calls 
for a "halt" to the development and deployment of new weapon systems.
* The U.S. reports on increased aid for the Mujahedeen rebels fighting the 
Soviet Union backed government of President Babrak Karmal in Afghanistan.

Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2003 01:07:01 -0400
From: Jones <ss69camaro350>
Subject: broken RCA SJT-100 CED player

Dear CED Magic:
I recently acquired an RCA SJT-100 CED player, but it is in nonworking
condition.  The player does absolutely nothing when the power button is
pressed other than to cause the "snow" on the tv to go to a black
if it is hooked up.  Other than that there is nothing, no LED numbers,
dashes, nothing.  The motors don't attempt to spin or anything either.
I have done some testing with a voltmeter and determined that the
necessary voltages seem to be present at the pins on the small power
board in the upper right hand corner of the machine (the one hooked to
the transformer).   I also noted that the heatsink on the right side of
the main PCB (with transistors attached to it) is warm to the touch, so
I'm thinking he main board must be recieving some power?? however I'm
not positive.  I have not attempted any other tests as of yet because I
am unsure of where to go next.  Any ideas of what could be wrong with
this player would be greatly appreciated.  If possible please send
responses to:
Thank-you in advance for your time.

Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2003 01:27:23 -0400
From: Jones <ss69camaro350>
Subject: update on SJT100 CED player

I did some more tests on the player tonight, determined that for some
reason, the lack of +5 V on the 5 volt bus is causing the problem.  For
some reason there is only 0.85 volts measuered here.  However, if i
manually put voltage to the bus by placing an array of batteries
totalling 6 volts to a "gnd" terminal and that +5V test point, the
player springs to life and appears to work normally!!  But if i remove
the battery, it immediately goes totally dead once again.  I'm figuring
this +5 must be what controls the logic circuitry, but now my question
is....what supplies the 5 volts and what could be causing it to be only
0.85 w/o the help of my battery??
Any help anyone has would be greatly appreciated.  

Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2003 11:12:43 -0700
Subject: RE: 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?

There was only one two-disc title that had different front sides- "Those 
Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines." This was the subject of
Featured CED  No. 9 from Summer 1998 - hard to believe it's already been five
years since I wrote that:

That feature also has a table detailing all the two disc titles that have 
different art work on the reverse sides.


Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2003 08:32:53 -0400
From: Seth Hurwitz <seth>
Subject: GEN10301 belt slipped off

Hello all:

I just purchased my first CED player, a Wards GEN10301. Unfortunately, 
the belt has slipped off and the player is currently non-working. I 
have read Mr. Howe's page about replacing the flat belt with a round 
belt but my flat belt seems to be in good shape. I would just like to 
put it on properly. However, here is my problem --

It seems that the belt is not only under the turntable around the 
spindle that holds (and turns, I think) the turntable, but also between 
the spindle and two plastic "things" on the left side of the
(if one were facing the front of the player looking down) -- one just 
on the outside of the platter and one just inside the platter.

I cannot figure out how to get the belt outside of these "things" so 
that I can loop the belt around the outside of the turntable and the 
turntable motor pulley. I believe there is a tiny bit of clearance 
(which probably allowed the belt to slip through) between the inner 
"thing" and the inside top of the platter, but I can't get the belt 
through in the machine's current state of disassembly.

Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated.

Please CC or respond to

Thank you very much!!


Date: Sat, 26 Apr 2003 00:37:37 -0700
Subject: CED Dolls

Hello All:

I noticed that searching on eBay for "CED" recently started turning
up these 
barbie-style dolls whose initials are various combinations of the acronym CED 
like Claire Elizabeth Daniels, Constance Erin Dash, Cara Emil Duncan and Colin 
Elia Dehan. Here's a web site if you're interested in seeing what they look 


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