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CED Digest Vol. 8 No. 19  •  5/10/2003


20 Years Ago In CED History:

May 11, 1983:
* Chilean police shoot and kill two persons while trying to quell
anti-government demonstrations organized by six labor unions. The protest was
the first such action since Gen. Augusto Pinochet Ugarte seized power in 1973.
* A newly discovered comet passes within 2.8 million miles of Earth. This was
the closest a comet is known to have come in two centuries. The comet is named
IRAS-Araki-Alcock in honor of its discoverers.

May 12, 1983:
* a New Jersey judge clears the way for the trial of companies that produced
Agent Orange, a defoliant used during the Vietnam War.

May 13, 1983:
* The US Federal Reserve Board announces that industrial production has
increased 2.1 percent in April, the largest one-month gain in nearly eight
* Syria rejects a US-sponsored plan for the simultaneous withdrawal of Israeli
and Syrian troops from Lebanon.
* Mika Spiljak becomes president of Yugoslavia succeeding Peter Stambolic, who
had held the position since May 1982.
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: The Hunger.

May 14, 1983:
* President Reagan pardons Watergate burglar Eugenio Martinez, but denies
pardons to Jeb Magruder and E. Howard Hunt.

May 15, 1983:
* Hu Yaobang, general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, completes
visits to Romania and Yugoslavia intended to "convey friendship, study
experience, exchange views, and enhance unity,"

May 16, 1983:
* A Boston judge rules that President Reagan's curbs on travel to Cuba are
* A gunman at a Long Island high school holding a number of hostages shoots a
student, the school principal, and himself.
* The Motown 25 television special is broadcast. A portion of the special is
included on the CED title "Making Michael Jackson's Thriller."
* NBC performs the network's first Teletext broadcast.

May 17, 1983:
* The New York Islanders win their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup, symbolic of
the National Hockey League championship, with a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton
* Jean-Baptiste Ouedraogo, president of the African republic of Upper Volta,
announces a purge of government officials including the arrests of Premier
Thomas Sankara and other members of the People's Salvation Council.

Date: Sun, 04 May 2003 11:41:02 -0500
From: Gary Cimera <imaginos>
Subject: Stylus, anyone?

Does anybody have a reasonably priced replacement stylus for the SFT-100
player?  I believe I need one badly.

Date: Sun, 04 May 2003 16:21:04 -0400
From: Carlo Bruce <boje110>
Subject: FOR SALE

One SJT 100 CED Player-good condition.  $85.00 plus shipping from
Lancaster, PA   Reply to:    Thanx,
                      Carl B.

Date: Tue,  6 May 2003 18:26:34 -0400
From: "Daniel Patrick Cayea" <dpcayealmc>
To: <>
Subject: Disc's for Sale

I have the following discs for sale:

Tess (2-Discs)
Fiddler on the Roof (2-Discs)
Herik Ibsen's Doll's House
Disney Christmas Carol
Sunshine Boys
Coal Miner's Daughter
Pink Panther
Jane Fonda's Workout

Shipping and handling is $10 per disc, $7 per disc for more than
one disc, $14 for double sets.

If you are interested, send an e-mail to


Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 22:14:37 -0800
From: Tom Howe <>
Subject: RE: Hitachi Replacement Stylus

>iv not long bought a hitachi vp201p ced wich is working fine .but at some
>point i am going to need a new stylus & or a cartidge .iv been
>everywhere that i can think of (with cedmagic) help to find one .does
>know where i can get one from .are they still available ?anyone got one in
>their box of bits ? etc etc .

Unless someone on the Digest has some additional sources, the best way I know
to get a replacement Hitachi stylus cartridge is to buy a complete working
player on eBay just to get the cartridge. I've added a few links to the bottom
of the Stylus Cartridge Replacement Guide to facilitate searching on eBay:

I purchased one replacement cartridge for a player back in the mid 1990's from
a now-defunct company and retained the packaging. Unlike the RCA cartridges,
this Hitachi part came in a plain white box with no markings whatsoever. This
means that some local dealers may have a new cartridge in stock, but not know
what its assigned part number is. I provided a picture of the packaging on this
page which may be useful to print out and take to local parts suppliers:

It seems that Hitachi quit making stylus cartridges at about the same time they
quit making players. RCA had their cartridge manufacturing operation in the
disc plant and kept manufacturing cartridges until 1986. I've heard that it was
the intention of the cartridge manufacturing people at RCA to never have the
situation arise where a disc could not be played due to the lack of a
cartridge. This may explain why there seem to be quite a few new RCA stylus
cartridges still available.



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