: "I remember at a party I met these chaps from Viacom, who said they were working on a new Fawlty Towers
. My ears pricked up at the sound of cash registers and said, 'That's wonderful, are you going to change anything?'. They said, 'Well we have changed one thing, we've written Basil out'. And that's absolutely true, they took Basil and Sybil's lines and gave them all to Bea Arthur." The resulting effort was a 1983 ABC series called Amanda’s By the Sea
which could charitably be described as a fiasco. [more inside]
For 30 years, an ex-con drifter from Saskatchewan named Dennis Melvyn Howe has eluded police in connection with the abduction, rape and murder of a 9 year old Toronto girl
. In 2008, an Idaho man named Robert James Miller wrote two long, bizarre posts
on the forum at unsolvedcanada.ca. He claimed to have identified Howe and turned him in after seeing a 1998 episode of America's Most Wanted. The FBI is now investigating the possibility that Miller himself is Dennis Melvyn Howe. [more inside]
The mid 1980's marked the zenith of popularity for Erno Rubik's amazing cube (previously on the blue
). But how magic was it? To find out, Ruby-Spears Productions
gave the toy a face, legs and some clever, albeit grammatically incorrect dialogue, and in 1983 Rubik the Amazing Cube
was born! [more inside]
A German tourist films a trip to New York City in 1983 and 86: Times Square, The Subway
1983: The Brink of Apocalypse
-- In 1983 the NATO war exercise Able Archer
almost started a nuclear war. Unknown to NATO, just a few months earlier a false alarm
had already put the Soviet leadership on edge, and the exercise triggered preparations for a counter attack in the Soviet military. Only a few double agents
on each side may have saved the world from nuclear armageddon. [more inside]
In 1982, Steve Wozniak sank a lot of his own money
into creating the US Festivals
-- the first large concerts to celebrate the merging of music, technology (and money).
For the second (and final) US Festival in 1983, Van Halen was given 1.5 million dollars, up front
, to headline the 1983 US Festival
. What did they give back to their fans? Well
, about eighty-four seconds into their first song, David Lee Roth screamed, "I forgot the f@¢₭n' words!
" Along with a swipe at the Clash
, the set that followed remains evar
a drunken classic
-fueled pop metal campiness
. About 3:20 into this clip
, DLR launches into his epic fail version of "God Bless the Child" -- 'nuff said.
(wiki) founding member of Labelle
went on to a solo career that included working with The Talking Heads, Material, and Laurie Anderson. Her album Nona
(produced by Laswell) featured the club hit Transformation
which still sounds 20 years ahead of its time even though it was recorded in 1983.
Here she is rocking the house live at the Apollo with Why Should I Cry
and making your spirit soar with Winds of Change
[warning: one or more of these videos may contain a keytar]
Those of us who were born in the 1970's have a number of indelibly permanent shared experiences. Relive a few of them with
3 hours of MTV from 1983. [more inside]
1983 Fleer Project
As of 8/25/07: 364 of the 660 cards autographed (55%).