Week of August 8, 1980
, angered by an earlier
bureaucratic mistake that permitted an 11-day
hunger strike by Iranian students in front of the
White House, orders his staff to make sure that
the permit for the latest demonstration would not
be extended past its expiration date.
Law enforcement officers say there is growing
evidence that Islamic radicals supporting the
ayatollah Khomeini had drawn up a “hit list” of
prominent Muslim leaders and others in the
The Justice Department agrees to a full-scale
investigation of President Carter, some of his
key aides, Atty. Gen. Benjamin Civiletti and other officials involved in the Billy
Hurricane Allen fizzles out, but not before leaving its wake in Texas with lots of
Before the convention, some 10,000 march to “rap’ the politicians who will soon
be attending the Democratic convention at Madison Square Garden.
President Carter says he hopes his brother, Billy, will return the $220,000 he
received from the government of Libya. Meantime, Libyan leader Col. Moamer
Khadafy defends his nation’s dealings with Billy Carter and said the loan to the
President’s brother was related to business transactions carried out during the
two visits in 1978 and 1979. Khadafy said the White House had shown ‘great
concern” I mending relations over the last six months but that Billy Carter had
played no role in that development.
Democrat Convention in New York -
Jimmy Carter wins the Democratic
presidential nomination and Sen. Edward
Kennedy immediately endorses him.
Sen. Edward Kennedy predicts the
Democrats would unite and mend the
divisions caused by his challenge to
Week of August 8, 1980
The Federal Trade Commission says General Motors built at least 4 million 1975-
1980 cars with major defects and then illegally withheld the information from
buyers. The defects involving transmission, camshafts and diesel engine fuel
pumps, ‘could cost American consumers up to $50 million in unexpected repairs”
says the agency.
A businessman with Arab ties helped finance a
Middle East tour by President Carter’s evangelist
sister in January but
Ruth Carter Stapleton
the man, Sam Bamieh of Palo Alto (CA) tried to
“exploit her and to use her,” the White House said.
Press secretary Jody Powell said Mrs. Stapleton
“came to realize what sort of person she was
dealing with” when she learned that Bamieh “had
given instructions that all her phone calls be routed
through his room” He also insisted upon being
present at every meeting she had with everybody
else over there to the point of being extremely
obnoxious and he tried to get her to stay two extra
days in Saudi Arabia, even to the point of saying they cold not leave because of
airplane trouble,” Powell said. He also said he was going to pay for the trip, but
wound-up paying less than half.
The second Air Florida commuter jet in four days is hijacked to Havana and
Cuban authorities arrested seven suspects believed to be Cubans who had fled
to the United States in the recent Freedom Flotilla, the FBI says.
College sports - Five pac-10 schools are declared ineligible to compete for the
conference football championship and are prohibited from anticipating in the
1981 Rose Bowl or other post-season games. S. California, UCLA, Arizona state,
Oregon and Oregon State are getting penalized for alleged academic violations
gathered by a conference compliance committee and other Pac-10 officials.
People Magazine quotes a 20
as saying that
has “got a hang-up
about his looks. He feels he’s too pretty and that his
looks get in the way of people accepting him in a
dramatic role.” As a result, Redford chose the pictures
of himself used in the “Brubaker” movie ads because
they make him ugly as possible.
Week of August 8, 1980
Lee Marvin said his celebrated palimony case with onetime roommate Michelle
Triola Marvin taught him “how to lie.” She had sued him for $1.8 million but was
awarded $100,000 for “rehabilitative purposes.”
Looks like fall TV shows will be delayed as the SAG actors strike heads into its
Glen Campbell tells newsmen in London - “Perhaps I’ve found the secret for an
unhappy private life. Every three years, I go and marry a girl who doesn’t love
me, and then she proceeds to take all my money.”
Twiggy - onetime stringbean model who appears in the
Blues Brothers movie, tells Newsweek, she wants to change
her moniker to her legal name - Lesley Hornby Armstrong.
“Twiggy’s a ridiculous name, absolutely silly,” she told the
magazine. “To tell you the truth, I can’t stand the sound of it
Music news -
Joan Baez says singer Bob Dylan produces
“horrible music,” “Until 1970, he wrote some of
the most radical songs. Then he turned to religion and wrote songs
with Christian messages. Horrible music just like his film.”
Wednesday night television -
CBS-NBC-ABC - Democratic National Convention coverage from
For NBC - John Chancellor and David Brinkley. Later on NBC - The Tonight
Show, The Tomorrow Show.
At the movies -
Raise the Titanic
The Blues Brothers
The Empire Strikes Back
Dressed to Kill