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CED Digest Vol. 8 No. 25  •  6/21/2003


20 Years Ago In CED History:

June 22, 1983:
* The space shuttle Challenger releases (CED) the West German satellite SPAS,
then recaptures it with its robot arm in a test of the shuttle's ability to
retrieve satellites for maintenance or repair in the future.

June 23, 1983:
* Yasir Arafat accuses Syria of actively aiding PLO guerrillas who have
mutinied against Arafat in Lebanon.
* Congress approves a compromise budget of $849.6 billion for fiscal 1984,
providing more domestic spending and less military spending than President
Reagan wanted.
* The U.S. Supreme Court rules that the so-called legislative veto used by
Congress to stem the powers of the president and regulatory agencies is
unconstitutional. Chief Justice Warren Burger, speaking for the majority,
states the veto was in clear conflict with the Constitution because it gave the
legislative branch of the government powers that belonged to the executive

June 24, 1983:
* The space shuttle Challenger lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California
after completing a near perfect mission that began on June 18. The plan to land
on a runway at Cape Canaveral in Florida had to be scrubbed because of bad
weather. The return is watched by 250,000 spectators, many wearing T-shirts
that read, "Ride Sally, Ride."
* PLO leader Yasir Arafat is expelled from Damascus in the wake of increasing
tension between the Syrian government and the PLO.
* Laurent Fignon wins the Tour de France bicycle race.
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: Twilight Zone - The Movie.

June 25, 1983:
* U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz leaves the U.S. for a visit to Asia and
the Middle East including stops in the Philippines, Thailand, India, and
Pakistan. In India he announces that the U.S. is prepared to lift a ban on the
export of nuclear reactor components, even though India refuses to allow
inspection of its nuclear facilities.
* The soundtrack of "Flashdance" (CED) becomes the No. 1 U.S. album.

June 26, 1983:
* Japan's ruling Liberal-Democratic Party strengthens its majority in the upper
house of Parliament in national elections.

June 27, 1983:
* National parliamentary elections in Italy leave the Christian Democrats with
a reduced majority; the Communist Party also suffers a loss, while a number of
smaller parties make advances.
* Maxie Anderson dies at the age of 48 in a ballooning accident. In 1978,
Anderson was one of three U.S. balloonists to make the first successful balloon
flight across the Atlantic Ocean. In 1980, he and his son Kris set an overland
distance record across America, floating from California to Quebec.

June 28, 1983:
* In a growing political controversy, President Reagan is barraged with
questions at a news conference about a 1980 Carter campaign briefing book that
had come into the possession of the Reagan camp and had been used in
preparation for the televised debate between the two candidates.

Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2003 06:41:16 -0500
From: Gary Cimera <imaginos>
Subject: STF-100

I have a RCA STF-100 for parts if anybody is interested in it.  I believe all
it needs is a stylus.  The unit powers up, the arm moves into place, the
platter spins up but no picture.  8 movies also would come with it.

From: "Randall Majors" <maxxpowers69>
Subject: Looking In St. Louis
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2003 01:24:53 -0500

im looking for hints on where to find CED's in the greater St. Louis area if
anyone has any clue it would be much apreciated.


Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2003 21:14:36 -0800
From: Tom Howe <>
Subject: Transparent Covers on J/K CED Players

Hello All:

I've put up instructions for installing a clear acrylic cover on a J/K player
so the internal operations of the player can be freely observed while still
having the mechanism enclosed:

This is a good do-it-yourself project if you have a J/K model with a badly
scratched cover to improve its appearance, or if you want a clear top player
for demonstration purposes. The project can be completed with nothing but a few
simple hand tools. I'm guessing that everyone who has demonstrated their CED
setup to a number of people has encountered someone who quizzically picks up
the empty caddy after the movie starts playing because they though you had just
pulled the entire caddy out again, unaware that the disc had automatically been
unloaded. The transparent top player is a cool way to show how load/unload
works, and the mechanism can also be set to automatically cycle between the
play and unload positions every forty seconds.



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