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CED Digest Vol. 8 No. 29  •  7/19/2003


20 Years Ago In CED History:

July 20, 1983:
* The Israeli Cabinet approves a proposal to withdraw its troops from the
suburbs of Beirut and from the Shuf Mountains of Lebanon and redeploy them to
the south along the Awali River.
* The U.S. House of Representatives votes to censure two of its members, Rep.
Daniel Crane (R-IL) and Rep. Gerry Studds (D-MA), for sexual misconduct
involving congressional pages.

July 21, 1983:
* Polish leaders declare an end to martial law, imposed in December 1981, and
partial amnesty for political prisoners. At the same time, however, they enact
a series of special restrictions that ensure tight control over social,
political, and economic life in the country.
* David Dodge, the former acting president of the American University in
Beirut, Lebanon, is released more than one year after he was abducted on a
street in Beirut.

July 22, 1983:
* President Reagan announces that Philip Habib is stepping down as chief U.S.
negotiator in the Middle East and will be replaced by Robert C. McFarlane,
deputy national security adviser.
* The Soviet Union frees six members of the Greenpeace U.S.A. environmental
group who were seized July 18 after they landed at a Soviet whaling station in
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: Zelig.

July 23, 1983:
* Rebels from Sri Lanka's Tamil minority kill 13 government soldiers, setting
off ethnic riots.
* "Synchronicity" by The Police (CED) becomes the No. 1 U.S. album,
entering the chart at the No. 1 spot.

July 24, 1983:
* The N.Y. Yankees defeat the K.C. Royals as a George Brett homer is nullified
for pine tar on the bat.
* The World Council of Churches meets in Vancouver, Canada, through August 10.

July 25, 1983:
* The Washington Public Power Supply System (WPPSS) files documents stating
that it cannot repay $2.25 billion in bonds. It is the largest default in
municipal bond history.
* NASA scientists propose that the dark skies reported by historical sources
for the year A.D. 536, followed by an extraordinarily harsh winter, could have
resulted from a far distant volcanic eruption, possibly at Rabaul on the
Pacific Island of New Britain.

July 26, 1983:
* As part of its action on the defense authorization bill for 1984, the U.S.
Senate approves $2.6 billion for the production and deployment of the
controversial MX missile; the House approved the same amount on July 21, only
to reduce it to $2.2 billion the next day.
* The Soviet Union announces its intention to experiment with limited economic
reforms to give certain factory managers greater control over such things as
wages, bonuses, and technical innovations. It is hoped that the new program
will stimulate Soviet productivity, encourage personal initiative, and hasten
technical progress while heightening each factory's responsibility for the
quality and quantity of the goods it produces.

Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2003 02:43:53 -0400
From: Andy Cuffe <baltimora>
Subject: S-video

Does anyone have any detailed information on how the video signal on the
disc is modulated?  I was wondering if it would be possible to add an
S-video output to my SJT-400.  Does CED use composite video like laser
disc, or does it use a down converted chroma signal like VHS?  If it
uses a down converted chroma signal, it might be worth adding a
connector that has access to the chroma signal before it's combined with
the luma signal.

I also have a question about a problem I've noticed with my player.
About every 10 seconds, like clockwork the picture becomes very noisy
for about half a second, then suddenly clears up.  It does this whether
it's playing, or in page mode.  It has an almost new stylus (also did it
with the old stylus).  I'm thinking that there might be a problem with
the grounding of the disc, or pickup arm which is allowing static to
build up and suddenly discharge.  Has anyone seen anything like this?
Andy Cuffe

Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 17:43:26 -0400 (EDT)
From: Ken McCreath <noodlecoodle>
Subject: Looking for Players and Discs in Vancouver

 Hi everyone!
Ken from Vancouver British Columbia here. I'm still
looking to hook up with folks who are selling their
RCA Videodisc players and/or discs. I've got a fairly
large collection so far but I could always use
more...more...MORE !!
 I'm mostly interested in purchasing here in BC.
Although, I will consider crossing the border if
necessary. I've done it before and I'll do it again.
I also have a crazy idea. We should have some sort of
convention each year hosted by the "Die-hards" in our
disc community. It could take place somewhere central
or it could change places each year.
We could have workshops on repair techniques or bring
discs/parts or players for swapping. It's not my worst
idea ever so get back to me and tell me what you guys

I can be reached at my address or,

Take care everyone


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