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CED Digest Vol. 8 No. 39  •  9/27/2003


20 Years Ago In CED History:

September 28, 1983:
* During a five-day trip to China for talks on strategic cooperation, U.S.
Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger announces that Premier Zhao Ziyang and
President Reagan will exchange state visits in 1984.

September 29, 1983:
* Congress approves a compromise resolution under the War Powers Act, allowing
President Reagan to keep U.S. Marines in Lebanon for up to 18 more months.
* Amid concern for his personal safety, President Reagan announces the
cancellation of his planned visit to the Philippines during a trip to Asia in
early November. In addition to the Philippines, site of domestic unrest since
the August 21 assassination of political opposition leader Benigno Aquino,
Thailand and Indonesia are dropped from the itinerary.

September 30, 1983:
* The worst heat wave to hit the U.S. Midwest in 50 years comes to an end. The
heat lasted for nine weeks, setting new records in many states. At least 220
people died, and billions of dollars of crops were ruined.
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: The Right Stuff.

October 1, 1983:
* The CIA admits using a Salvadoran air base to supply Nicaraguan rebels.
* "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler becomes the No. 1 U.S.

* RCA VideoDisc Releases for October 1983:

Adventures of Robin Hood, The [CBS]
Battle Beyond the Stars
Blue Thunder**
Boat, The (2)**
Candidate, The
Cleopatra (2)*
East of Eden
El Dorado (2)
Fairy Tale Classics
Gandhi (2)**
Girl Groups: The Story of a Sound
Gospel According to St. Luke, Vol. 1
Gospel According to St. Luke, Vol. 2
Gregory's Girl
Halloween III: Season of the Witch
Hospital Massacre
Hound of the Baskervilles, The
Journey Back to Oz
Kids from Fame Live at the Royal Albert Hall, The*
Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie
Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing*
Man from Snowy River, The**
Man With Two Brains, The
Many Roads to Murder
Mighty Mouse in the Great Space Chase
Monty Python's the Meaning of Life***
Mother Lode
Olivia- Physical*
One From the Heart**
Paddington Bear, Vol. 1
Popeye Cartoons, Vol. 1
Psycho II***
Saturday the 14th
Sayonara (2)
Search and Destroy
Separate Tables
Sheena Easton Live at the Palace, Hollywood*
Strangers on a Train
Swap, The
Three Stooges VideoDisc, Vol. 2, The
Treasure of the Four Crowns**
Truck Stop Women
Valley Girl
Visitor, The [1979]
Year of Living Dangerously, The

October 2, 1983:
* Neil Kinnock, a 41-year-old Welshman, is elected leader of Great Britain's
Labour Party, succeeding Michael Foot.

October 3, 1983:
* Nearly a week of heavy rains causes extensive flooding in southeastern
Arizona. At least 13 people die and thousands are driven from their homes.
* Chicago teachers close the city's schools in a strike over pay that lasts for
three weeks.
* The U.S. Supreme Court holds a second hearing in the case of Universal vs.
Sony concerning the videotaping of broadcast programming.

October 4, 1983:
* A 24-hour national strike to protest low wages and high inflation shuts down
business, industry, and public transportation in Argentina.
* The Defense Department, concerned about reports of illegal penetration of
computers, Splits its global computer network into two parts, one for military
users and one for civilians.

From: "John Amery" <jamery>
To: <>
Subject: POSTING
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2003 15:27:12 -0500

Have hundreds of RCA CED VideoDiscs in caddies (usually with wrong title on
cover).  Anyone interested in buying part or all of them?  Also a few UNUSED
stylus How much are these worth?

Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2003 19:02:33 -0800
Subject: The War of the Worlds Featured CED
From: Tom Howe <>

Hello All:

The featured CED for Fall 2003 is now available at CED Magic:

Also included on the page is a table of all the Sci-Fi titles available on CED.

Although several other science fiction titles have been used as featured CED's
in the past, The War of the Worlds seems a good choice to represent the genre
as it's the earliest color Sci-Fi movie available on CED.

This featured CED also marks the 50th anniversary of both this movie and the
NTSC's ratification of RCA's color TV standard. The page links to a PDF of a
TIME cover article about David Sarnoff concerning his fight to get their
all-electronic RGB standard approved.

And everyone is no doubt aware that Mars was recently at its closest approach
to Earth in 60,000 years, a good time for a Martian attack ^_-. The proximity
with Mars continues until December, and at present it's still the brightest
object in the sky besides the moon, appearing to move East to West in the
Southern sky as the evening progresses.



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