In 1981, NPR affiliate station KUSC hatched a bold plan to adapt George Lucas’ Star Wars for radio. Easily the most visual film of the last decade, Star Wars as a listening experience seemed like an unlikely idea, but Lucas sold them the rights to adapt the hit movie for one dollar, and opened the Lucasfilm vaults to the show’s producers: Star Wars sound effects would be available to them in their raw form, along with every note of John Williams’ music. The cast was a mixture of original Star Wars cast members, Hollywood veterans, and future TV and movie stars still in the early stages of their careers. Novelist Brian Daley and Director John Madden then turned the first three films into "movies to watch with your eyes closed." [more inside]
M - A Little Night Music In 1981 BBC Bristol commissioned M, a/k/a Robin Scott, to make a half hour special of music videos to promote his second album, The Official Secrets Act. M was most known for the hit single Pop Muzik, which does not appear in this special, but the song "That's The Way The Money Goes" from the same album (New York London Paris Munich) does appear, as does "Moonlight and Muzak". Robin Scott's first single since about 1985, Rescue Remedy is coming out on 11/10.
On December 13, 1981, Poland awoke to an announcement by Premier Wojciech Jaruzelski declaring a "state of war" (stan wojenny). Martial law would last until July 22, 1983. [more inside]
This is a short history and background of the Macintosh research project on the eve of its becoming a product.
The Internet Before its Time. Telidon was a novel "two-way TV" system that debuted in Canada in 1978. It used NAPLPS, a basic vector-graphics protocol, for presentation and operated over a 1200 bps modem. It was never a commercial or technological success, but I was 10, it was 1981 and I was playing hangman... ONLINE.