Week of December 24, 1970
President Nixon issues an order requiring an estimated 40,000 industries plus
new ones built in he future to get federal permission to dump their waste into
U.S. waterways.
Secretary of state William Rogers accuses North Vietnam of a “contemptible
maneuver” in giving two Democratic senators
an “official” list of U.S. prisoners that he says
had been disclosed previously. The Saigon
government now holds some 8,000 POW’s.
The U.S. command announces that 23
Americans were killed in combat last week -
the lowest number in five years, but the
Christmas cease-fire was marred by a series
of enemy-initiated incidents.
At Da Nang - South Vietnam - Comedian Bob
Hope and a 76-member troupe of entertainers
give a Christmas Eve performance for 13,000
American servicemen jammed into a sun-
baked amphitheater outside South Vietnam’s
second largest city. Along the performers -
Lola Falana, the Golddigers, Les Brown
Orchestra and Cincinnati Reds catcher
Johnny Bench.
Manson - Nancy Pitman (19) - a friend of
Charles Manson is arrested while attempting
to smuggle two balloons full of narcotics into
jail for him.
The White House warns that the North
Vietnamese appear to be preparing for a
major defensive.
President Nixon accuses North Vietnam of
“total disregard” of the Geneva conventions by
allowing U.S. prisoners of war to be used in a
film for what her termed propaganda
purposes.

Week of December 24, 1970
Leaders of Israel’s ruling coalition parties vote to return to peace talks with Egypt
and Jordan.
The Senate kills President Nixon’s family assistance plan and trade measure and
virtually completes action on a 10% across-the-board increase in Social Security
benefits for 26 older Americans.
Health - Federal officials impound some 8,000 of kingfish in Los Angeles - the
first such DDT-fished laced seizure from salt water fish. Sam DeLuca, president
of State fish Co. Inc which distributed the fish, said there was no way to trace
them. The fish were to be sold for pet food.
The North Tower of the 110-story World Trade Center is topped out with the
emplacement of a steel column 1,370 feet above the streets of Manhattan. The
second or South Tower of the twin-tower center, which will also rise to 110
stories, is still more than 30 stories from its topping-out point. What’s interesting -
the North Tower is now affecting TV signals to the north as predicted with
ghosting.
Martha Mitchell has a book out titled “On With the
Wind: Martha Mitchell Speaks.”
The production of Agatha Christie’s murder
mystery “The Mousetrap” clams a world record
after the play’s 7,511 th performance. “The
Mousetrap” opened at London’s Ambassador
Theater on Nov. 25, 1952 and has since been
staged in 41 countries.
“Hello Dolly” says goodbye to Broadway where it
had been running for nearly seven years. Ethel
Merman is the last Dolly. Attending - Carol
Channing - the first Dolly. “Dolly” closed after its
2,844 th performance - the longest-lasting lady on Broadway. “My Fair Lady”
closed after 2,716 performances. “Fiddler on the Roof” which is still running, has
played 2,610 times. Two nonmusical shows have been running longer - “Life
with Father” - at 3,224 performances and “Tobacco Road,” at 3,182.
More stage as Eartha Kitt makes her London debut as a straight actress. The
play is “the High Bid.”
Technology - Biochemists have developed a slippery water that more than
doubles the ability of firemen to douse blazes. Says a spokesman for the

Week of December 24, 1970
chemical additive - “You can cut off $1 million of damage in a $10 million fire with
$300 worth of the stuff.” The additive is actually polyethylene oxide.
Bumper stickers are hot… seen -
“Have a Nice Day.”
“Control Your Local Stork.”
“They Shoot Students Don’t They.”
“Help Stamp Out Bumper Stickers.”
Top news stories of 1970:
Apollo 13
Shootings at Kent State
Vietnam war spreads to Cambodia
Terrorism spreads across the U.S.
Arab guerrillas hijack four jetliners and hold hostages
November U.S. elections
Recession and inflation
Senate rejects Supreme Court appointment of G. Harrold Carswell
Growing concern over pollution
Terrorists kidnap and kill in Canada
In a Gallup Poll - Mamie Eisenhower gets
the top spot for women most admired
followed by:
Mrs. Richard Nixon
Mrs. Golda Meir
Mrs. Joseph Kennedy
Mrs. Aristotle Onassis (Jackie)
Mrs. Lyndon Johnson
Mrs. Robert (Ethel) Kennedy
Mme. Indira Gandhi
Sen. Margaret Chase Smith
Mrs. Martin Luther King
Music news
Ian & Sylvia, Kris Kristofferson at Carnegie
Hall.
Steppenwolf - a top-selling rock band,
sues Dunhill Records - seeking more than $204,000 in back royalties and an
unspecified amount in personal damages from Dunhill Records. The personal
damage charge results from Dunhill’s allegedly requiring the group to record its

Week of December 24, 1970
latest album “ Steppenwolf 7 ” with “complete disregard for the group’s health and
welfare. John Kay, the group’s lead vocalist, was ordered to record despite a
punctured and bleeding eardrum. They’ve sold about
11
million records.
1950’s are coming back! In Las Vegas - Little
Anthony is appearing at the International and
Fats Domino is at the Flamingo.
Hot albums this week in 1970 -
All Things Must Pass - George Harrison
Close to You- Carpenters
Grand Funk Live - Grand Funk Railroad
Jesus Christ Superstar -
John Lennon and the Plastic Ono band
Led Zeppelin III
Sly & The Family Stone Greatest Hits
Stephen Stills
Sweet Baby James - James Taylor
Hot Hits -
One Less Bell To Answer - 5 th Dimension
My Sweet Lord - George Harrison
I Think I Love You - Partridge Family
Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson
Stoned Love - Supremes
Gypsy Woman - Brian Hyland
No Matter What - Badfinger
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is - Chicago
Knock Three Times - Dawn
More music news - Former Sheriff William N. Morris Jr. says Elvis Presley gave
him a $9,000 foreign-made car for Christmas and understood Elvis did the same
for other friends. “I’ve enjoyed Elvis’ friendship for about 12 years, I guess,” said
Morris.
Radio news -
CBS Radio inaugurates a daily series featuring varying shades of opinion on
current issues called “Spectrum.” There will be three features a day and heard
will be - M. Stanton Evans, Jeffrey St. John, Stewart Alsop, Jon K. Jessup,
Nicholas Von Hoffman and Murray Kempton. All have print backgrounds.

Week of December 24, 1970
Entertainment news -
David Frost was a featured performer at the hour-long “Christmas Evening at the
White House” show before 180 guests, but was said to have offended President
Nixon with a political joke - “Christmas has come to the White House. Santa
Clause came down the chimney and met Walter Hickel on his way out.” Mr.
Nixon recently fired Hickel as secretary of interior. He also told about the little girl
practicing for a Christmas Nativity scene who said, “it’s very easy to be a
shepherd but it’s jolly hard to be a virgin.”
Passing - Comedian Charles Ruggles . He was
84.
Elizabeth Taylor is making her first movie in
nearly two years.
”On the second day, I had a huge scene and hit
the panic button. I was afraid my memory had
done. When I got home, Richard (Burton) told me
not to look at the script again that night because
that would make it worse.” And he was right. The
movie is “Zee and Co.” being made near London
at Shepperton Studios.
Richard Zanuck (36) resigns under fire as
president of 20 th Century-Fox Film Corp.
For the second year, Paul Newman is selected
as the No. 1 box-office star in a poll conducted by Motion Picture Herald. Others
in the top 10: Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, John Wayne, Elliott Gould, Dustin
Hoffman, Lee Marvin, Jack Lemmon, Barbara Streisand and Walter Matthau.
Television news -
Goodbye Cigarette Commercials - Cigarette commercials to go away on
January 2 at 12:01am and they’re going out in a bang as Philip Morris buys the
11:30p to midnight commercial slots of all three networks on January 1. And the
January 1 Bowl games will be jammed with cigarette commercials. It’s said, the
networks are now faced with a 10% loss of their gross revenues because of the
disappearance of cigarette ads. Network ad salesmen have been pressing
national retail chains, credit card companies, insurance companies, brokerage
houses and travel-oriented businesses to display their messages on TV. Ads will
be disappearing from radio as well.

Week of December 24, 1970
John Wayne - his family and ranch will be featured on CBS’ Merv Griffin Show in
February.
New Emmy Award to be given out - starting with the next one - “Outstanding
Talk Series.” Look for it in May.
Tuesday night television -
CBS - Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, Hee Haw, To Rome With Love, CBS
News Report, Merv Griffin
NBC - Don Knotts, Julia, NBC Tuesday night at the movies, Tonight
ABC - Mod Squad, Movie of the Week, Marcus Welby, MD, Dick Cavett
NET - The Advocates
Don Knotts - Sid Caesar, Lulu and Doug McClure.
Hee Haw - Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.
Made for TV movie - “Gidget Grows
Up” with Karen Valentine .
Merv Griffin - Jackie Vernon, Doug
McClure and Charo guest.
Johnny Carson - Andy Griffith, Jess
Thomas, Ace Trucking Co.
Dick Cavett - Roberta Flack.
At the movies -
Scrooge
Airport
Little Big Man
Song From Norway
Fools
Walt Disney’s The Aristocats

Week of December 24, 1970