Week of May 8, 1985
President Regan talks to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France,
arguing that his “Star wars’ program offers the best promise of perpetuating the
40 years of peace since V-E Day.
New York - Vietnam vet parade - More than 25,000 former servicemen, some on
crutches and others in Wheelchairs, march in lower Manhattan before a crowd of
In France, President Reagan says he will work for stable, peaceful relations with
the Soviet Union. He warned that because of the Soviet nuclear build-up, the
U.S. and its Western allies must maintain a survivable nuclear capability.
More than 2,000 lineup to watch First lady Nancy Reagan take a 10-minute boat
ride through old Strasbourg.
The Senate votes to keep Amtrak going.
Philadelphia police drop a bomb on
the roof of a row house in an attempt
to displace members of a radical
group barricaded inside. A resultant
fire took out as many as 60 other row
houses. Later, Mayor W. Wilson
Goode took responsibility for the
police bombing of the headquarters
of the radical group MOVE and
pledged that the neighborhood where
the homes were destroyed will be
rebuilt with city funds.
General Electric is fined $1 million after admitting fraud on a missile project.
Craig MacTavish, a NHL player is freed from jail after serving a one-year
sentence for vehicular homicide. He said he would never forget his “fatal
mistake” which killed a woman motorist.
Music news -
Bruce Springsteen marries actress Julianne Phillips in the Portland suburb of
Lake Oswego. He met Phillips backstage at a concert six months ago in Los
Angeles. It’s the first for both. Columbia Records just announces that his “Born
Week of May 8, 1985
in the U.S.A.” album is the biggest domestic
seller in the label’s history - at 6.5 million.
Back in 1975, Springsteen told Melody
Maker that al his energy was devoted to his
work and that a family was simply out of the
question. “I couldn’t bring up kids. I couldn’t
handle it… A kid like you better be ready for
them. I’m so far out of line that it would be
disastrous. I just don’t see why people get
Murray Head - the pop singer and actor has
a new hit - “One Night In Bangkok” which he
describes as quasi rap - no where near the New York style rap. Head now lives
in London and has had hits in Europe. His only other States’ hit was “Jesus
Christ Superstar” early last decade.
The National Enquirer interviews Chick Huntsberry, Prince’s former bodyguard,
who revealed some bizarre details about his four-year stint with Prince. The
article was co-written by Sam Rubin, who stands by its accuracy. The article
quotes Chick Huntsberry quoting Prince saying - “I’ve always wanted to be really
famous - but now I’m a prisoner… My life’s dream has turned into a nightmare.
Passing - Actor
. He was 69.
Television news -
CBS was the most profitable network, but ABC took in the
most money from the sale of network TV commercials last
year. And NBC made more profit last year from the five local
television stations that it owns than it did on the entire NBC
- Actress Selma Diamond who played a court
matron in NBC’s “Night Court.” She was 64. Of lung cancer.
In the season ending of “Remington Steele” we find Steele walks out on his Miss
Holt and their detective agency.
Anita Bryant, who sparked controversy in the 1970’s with her outspoken
opposition to homosexual rights, is dropped from WAGA-TV’s (Atlanta) “PM
Atlanta” because of negative reaction from viewers.
Week of May 8, 1985
Friday night television -
CBS - Bugs Bunny’s Mother’s Day Special, Bugs Bunny: All-American Hero,
Dallas, Falcon Crest
NBC - The Best Times, Half Nelson,
Miami Vice, Tonight, Friday Night
ABC - Webster, Benson, Just
Me and Mom
, Nightline, ABC
PBS - Washington Week, Wall St.
Miami Vice - Crockett and Tubbs
protect a crime boss.
Tonight - David Letterman and the
Manhattan Transfer join Johnny.
At the movies -
The Breakfast Club
Just one of the Guys
Beverly Hills Cop
Lost in America
Code of Silence