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CED Digest Vol. 8 No. 45  •  11/8/2003


20 Years Ago In CED History:

November 9, 1983:
* Alfred H. Heineken, chairman of Heineken Breweries, is kidnapped in
Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and held for ransom.
* The governor-general of Grenada, Sir Paul Scoon, names a nonpartisan Advisory
Council to serve until elections take place in 1984. Meredith McIntyre, a UN
employee, is chosen to head the council.

November 10, 1983:
* Around the world, ceremonies are held to commemorate the 500th anniversary of
the birth of Martin Luther. Luther, who lived from 1483 to 1546, was born in
Germany. He became the leader of the Reformation, which led to the
establishment of the first Protestant churches.
* Microsoft Corp. announces version 1.0 of its Windows operating system.

November 11, 1983:
* Representatives of the warring factions in Lebanon end their first round of
national reconciliation talks in Geneva; some progress is reported.
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: Deal of the Century.

November 12, 1983:
* In Washington, D.C., a large rally is held protesting U.S. policies in
Central America.
* "All Night Long" by Lionel Richie (CED) becomes the No. 1 U.S.

November 13, 1983:
* During a trip to Japan and South Korea, President Reagan visits U.S. soldiers
in the demilitarized zone between South and North Korea. He calls the border
"Freedom's front."

November 14, 1983:
* The first cruise missiles due for deployment in Europe arrive in Great
Britain from the United States.

November 15, 1983:
* Turkish Cypriots declare their part of the island an independent state, the
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
* The foreign minister of Venezuela reveals that Columbia, Mexico, Panama, and
Venezuela, known collectively as the Contadora Group, have drafted a treaty of
peace and reconciliation to help end the conflicts in Central America.
* U.S. Navy Captain George Tsantes, a military aid officer, is assassinated in
Athens, Greece; a leftist group claims responsibility.

Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2003 09:37:53 EST
Subject: Re: CED Digest Vol. 8 No. 44

>What does the protective coating actually do?? Is it
>just for protection of the needle.

It's lubrication for the needle.  It's a non-evaporative silicone coat that's
supposed to help extend the life of the stylus.  A disc may play without this
coating, but wearout of the stylus may be accelerated.  - Reinhart

From: Cleggsan
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2003 09:51:06 EST
Subject: Re: CED Digest Vol. 8 No. 44

I have used Dave's method of cleaning discs of all types; LPs, CDs, DVDs, CEDs
and ROM discs of all kinds.  It is the best method I know of.  However, just
air drying after a good, mild wash is less potentially distructive to the
surface of the disc.


>Hmmm... I've washed my CEDs in the sink like I wash vinyl records...
>Someone at a radio station years ago taught me their secret to
>cleaning records and I've used it ever since...  You wash them in
>the sink with dish detergent and water using a soft cloth and clean
>the grooves and then rinse them and towel dry them.... Doing this has
>worked in correcting skipping for a lot of my CEDs and they play fine
>afterwards... What does the protective coating actually do?? Is it
>just for protection of the needle. The Benji disc I spoke about doing
>this to previously is still playing fine and I cleaned it years
>ago...  It would seem
>like soap would remove the coating...
>Sometimes just playing the discs over and over in a spot where it
>skips corrects the problem..

From: marks4q2
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2003 15:34:53 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: CED Digest Vol. 8 No. 44

>"Hmmm... I've washed my CEDs in the sink like I wash vinyl

   i suppose that is a good idea after you have tried fast scan etc,to a
disc that refuses to play.  
 according to RCA  removing the protective  coating  increases friction
between the stylus and the disc itself. thats why its there.(the reading
speed is 450 rpm)
      so if washing the disc was successful, i would copy to vhs and not
use the disc again. stylus' are too expensive to take a chance.

From: "Lonnie Hortick" <megalon>
To: <>
Subject: RE: CED Digest Vol. 8 No. 43
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2003 17:20:21 -0600

Thanks for the information.  It was very descriptive and helped me to get the
disc and spine out of two of my Radio Shack players.  I have ordered some load
belts from Tom's website to fix these machines.  Other than have a problem
unloading they work perfectly.  Again thanks very much for the assistance.

From: "cedatum" <cedatum>
To: <>
Subject: Re-  Cleaning discs.
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2003 21:35:36 -0500

Before taking the trouble and risk of cleaning CED VideoDiscs please read
on -   I have seen players where the picture was degraded with streaky
lines.  The player owners had reasonably enough supposed that their
videodiscs had seen too much use and should be cleaned or replaced.
Actually the cause of the problem was a malfunctioning defect correction
circuit in the player.  I all cases I have seen, the problem is fixed by
replacing the Comb Filter/ Defect Corrector I.C.   Not a difficult task for
those who know the player well enough the remove the master printed circuit
board.  The I.C. is available for RCA CED players as RCA part 149039.

John at CEDatum.

From: MycousinVinny62
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2003 13:43:06 EST
Subject: john scher

do you have any idea how i can get in contact with john scher

Kind Regards,
Vinny G.
Spotlight Entertainment
USA-NJ- 732-557- 4830
UK- 011 44 1189744222

From: Tom Howe <>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2003 22:17:35 -0800
Subject: Gerard Alphonse Wins IEEE Election

Hello All:

I'm happy to report that CED scientist Dr. Gerard Alphonse won the election to
be president-elect of IEEE-USA. He will perform that role in 2004 and assume
the presidency on January 1, 2005.

Dr. Alphonse wrote two articles on CED mastering that appeared in the March
1982 issue of _RCA Review_ "Power Dissipation in Piezoelectric
Cutterheads" and "A Method for the Characterization of Piezoelectric
VideoDisc Recording Heads Using a Bridge Circuit."

You may be able to find archives of the technical journal _RCA Review_ in the
libraries of universities that have a school of engineering. The March 1978,
September 1978, and March 1982 issues are entirely devoted to CED, while the
September 1981 issue has three articles on CED and a cool photo of a stylus tip
on the cover.



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