Week of August 8 1986
The Democratic-controlled House votes to slash President Reagan’s funding
request for “Star Wars” missile defense system to $3.1 billon and force him to
abide by the ungratified 1979 strategic arms limitation treaty.
The Senate Judiciary Committee give President Reagan a double victory in his
efforts to remake the Supreme Court in his image by approving William H.
Rehnquist as chief justice and Antonin Scalia to replace him as associate justice.
The Senate approves $100 million in aid for the Nicaragua (contra) rebels. It
opens the way for the CIA to resume control of the war against the Sandinista
government for the first time in several years.
Nancy Reagan’s Paraguayan-born personal maid, who
traveled with her to meet the Pope and Queen Elizabeth I,
has been charged with helping to smuggle small caliber
arms out of the country.
has been placed
on administrative leave after being charged with
gunrunning along with two Paraguayan nationals. I
After a four-month nationwide search to replace ousted
film critic Gene Siskel, the Chicago Tribune names Dave
Kehr as its new movie reviewer. Kehr had been with the
Chicago Reader for 12 years. The newspaper’s sister
company, Tribune Entertainment, syndicates “At the
Movies,’ a weekly television program that for four years, featured Siskel and
Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert. Siskel lost his job as film critic at
the Tribune shortly after it was learned that he and Ebert were taking their
television act to rival Disney Domestic Television.
Transformer toys - First a toy, a TV cartoon - a now a movie, “The
Transformers: The Movie.”
- IBM cuts prices on its personal computers for business buyers.
Music news -
MTV has a new VJ. She’s English and her name is
She was a pop music correspondent and VJ for
several British shows.
Week of August 8 1986
Singer David Crosby, imprisoned for five months on narcotics and weapons
charges, is paroled from prison and said he was glad to be off drugs.
On MTV Friday night - Friday night video fights followed by REO Speedwagon in
On MTV Saturday Night - Huey Lewis & The News in concert.
The Grammy Awards will be adding a new category - “New Age Music.” Among
the best-known New Age artists are George Winston, Will Ackerman and
Trends - Bonus songs to stimulate sales
of CD’s and cassettes… For example - If
you purchase Lionel Richie’s “Dancing
on the Ceiling” on either cassette or CD,
you’ll get a double bonus - an extra song
and longer renditions of several other
songs. Vinyl is left a little high and dry.
Other artists are offering bonus cuts on
the formats as well. Amy Grant’s
“Collection” feature more bonus songs on
cassette and CD’s as well. And more
artists are doing the same.
Kelvin Bryant, the United States football
League’s second all-time leading rusher, signs a four-year contract with the
Washington Redskins for $3 million.
The Dallas Cowboys reach agreement with running back Herschel Walker on a
five-year $5 million guaranteed contract.
Television news -
Looks like Tom Snyder’s KABC-TV program is out - and in will be a new
syndicated show called the “Oprah Winfrey Show.” Snyder says the station was
committed to carrying the Oprah show - back when his started - in February.
Showtime is ending “The Paper Chase” with a special two-hour segment titled
“The Graduation.” Don’t miss it this week. There will be no new episodes but in
September, Showtime will repeat the series in its entirety - all 58 episodes.
Saturday night on HBO - On Location: Billy Crystal.
Week of August 8 1986
Must carry - The FCC requires most U.S. cable-TV companies to continue
carrying some local-over-the-air TV stations and non-commercial TV signals for
the next five years. Controversial rules that directed cable companies to carry the
signals of all local TV stations had been required for more than 20 years until
they were ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals court in July 1985. The new
FCC ruling includes a modified version of a compromise worked out earlier this
year by cable and television broadcasters. Essentially, if a cable outlet has more
than 21 channels, some of those channels must include over-the-air channels.
Wednesday night television -
CBS - Charlie Brown, Rita, Big Gamble in Atlantic
NBC - Highway to Heaven, Gimme a Break, You
Again? Phil Donahue Examines The Human
Animal, Tonight, David Letterman
ABC - Perfect Strangers, Mr. Sunshine,
PBS - National Geographic, Great Performances
Showtime - Honeymooners Lost Episodes,
Brothers, The Frantics
Big Gamble in Atlantic City - Bill Moyers examines
the changes in Atlantic City since the introduction of
gambling in that city.