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CED Digest Vol. 8 No. 50  •  12/13/2003


20 Years Ago In CED History:

December 14, 1983:
* An image derived from the 27 antennas of the Very Large Array radio telescope
in New Mexico and released by the California Institute of Technology, the most
detailed such image so far, seems to show at the core of the Milky Way galaxy a
particularly hot area, possibly created by a black hole that is responsible for
much of the turbulence observed near the center of the galaxy.

December 15, 1983:
* NASA announces that it will soon propose regulations for selecting the first
private citizens to be passengers on the space shuttle. Writers, journalists,
and artists who can communicate their experiences to the public, will receive
preference, the agency says.
* The last U.S. troops leave Grenada; 300 noncombat personnel remain.
* In order to advance a peace settlement in Namibia, South Africa announces at
the United Nations that it will begin withdrawing its troops from southern
Angola on January 31, 1984.
* Danish Prime Minister Poul Schluter resigns after Parliament rejects his 1984

December 16, 1983:
* A disgruntled former employee of a club in Amsterdam's red-light district
sets the establishment ablaze after pouring gasoline over the floor. At least
13 persons are reported killed.
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: Scarface.

December 17, 1983:
* A car-bomb explosion outside Harrods, the famous London department store,
kills five persons and injures 77. The IRA admits responsibility for the blast
the following day.
* In the city's third major disaster in as many weeks, a fire sweeps through
the Madrid's Alcala 20 discotheque, killing at least 81 persons.
* On the anniversary of two major technological milestones, the 80th
anniversary of the first Wright brothers flight at Kitty Hawk is celebrated, as
well as the 30th anniversary of the FCC approval of RCA's RGB color television

December 18, 1983:
* Japan's ruling party sustains heavy losses in parliamentary elections.

December 19, 1983:
* Eight independents in the Lower House of Japan's Diet agree to join the
Liberal Democratic Party, giving it a small majority.

December 20, 1983:
* PLO leader Yasir Arafat and 4,000 of his loyalists are evacuated by a Greek
ferry from Tripoli, Lebanon, where they had been under siege by Syrian-backed
PLO dissidents.

From: "Travis Moore" <traviswademoore>
Subject: RE: CED Digest Vol. 8 No. 49
Date: Mon, 08 Dec 2003 07:22:37 -0800


I'd like to Report a CED sighting on tv I know Tom Always want's to take note
of any appearances of CED's in TV or Movies and the sighting is in a GoodGuys
Holiday Ad they show 3 guys in 80's style clothes standing next to an 80's car
with some sort of electronic device sitting on the roof of the car and one says
"A vcr with remote!" but it is obviously a CED player (fortunately a
model with remote) Just Thought you would like to know Im amazed no one else
has pointed this out I have only known what a ced player looks like for less
than a year


Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2003 15:38:04 -0500
From: "James M. Long" <jmlong>
Subject: RCA Remotes

>In fact, the lady on the phone simply said  "STOCK ZERO ON BOTH"
, so I
>assume they have never had them in stock.

While at Replacement Remotes to investigate the possibility of getting a remote
for a Pioneer CLD-980 Laserdisc player I just found at Goodwill (working great
- for five bucks!), I sniffed around the RCA section on a lark.  They do
currently have a remote (as of 12/11/03, 3.30pm - just one - act fast!) for the
SJT300, although not the SGT250 remote.  They have Dimensia remotes galore (62,
to be exact) and one of the original SJT400 remotes.

My experience with this company has been that if there is no picture or model
number, then yes, they never had it.  However, if you find it but there is a
quantity of zero, they may have it again later - as shown by the reappearance
of the SJT300 remote!  Also, when they are sold out, they encourage you to
inquire about it anyway - so they may know where to get more if they smell

Happy Hunting,

From: Tom Howe <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 22:46:16 -0800
Subject: Sears Craftsman "Screw-Out" Damaged Screw Removers

Hello All:

This is an addition to the CED holiday gift list from last week.

Lately I've been seeing Bob Vila on TV advertising this $19.99 set of screw
removing tools, and I just picked up a set at a local Sears store. I tried the
smallest size on the turntable yoke of a SFT100, with both screws hopelessly
stripped, and was able to get the screws out. I can't guarantee this method
will work with all stripped screws, but it is much less labor intensive than
the alternative method of grinding the stripped screws out and re-tapping the
holes. This set of three removers is Part No. 952154 and is a rotating Cool New
Tool on the Craftman home page:

For best control, I would recommend using these in a hand-powered driver rather
a power screwdriver or drill. I used quite a bit of downward force while
rotating the tool counterclockwise to break the screws free. Once removed, they
should be replaced rather than re-installed. These flat head turntable yoke
screws have SAE 4-40 thread 1/8 inch in length.



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