(First in a series.)
October 1, 1982, is a Friday. In Chicago, more deaths are reported from cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules hidden on store shelves, bringing the total to seven. The crime will never be solved. West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt loses a vote of confidence in Parliament and will be replaced by Helmut Kohl. President Ronald Reagan attends a luncheon marking the start of the 1982 term of the Supreme Court, which will begin on Monday. He also writes to Republican Congressional leaders to reiterate his support for a Constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget, which is nevertheless defeated in the House of Representatives today. The Nordic Association for Clinical Sexology wraps up its fifth conference in Sigtuna, Sweden. The Baltimore Orioles take both games of a doubleheader from the Milwaukee Brewers, 8-3 and 7-1, cutting the Brewers’ lead in the American League Eastern Division to one game with two to play. In Michigan, a new law takes effect regulating the activities of rendering plants and other matters related to the disposal of dead animals. In Orlando, Florida, EPCOT Center opens, on the 11th anniversary of the opening of Walt Disney World.
Shows on TV tonight include the premiere episode of Remington Steele, the second episode of Knight Rider starring David Hasselhoff, and the sixth-season opener of Dallas. New movies in theaters for the weekend include My Favorite Year and Sorceress. The top-grossing movies are E.T., An Officer and a Gentleman, Amityville II: The Possession, and Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
Sony’s first consumer CD player, the CDP-101, goes on sale in Japan. When it hits the American market next year, the list price will be $800, unless you want a remote control—then it’s $1000. Warren Zevon plays the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey, and AC/DC plays Leeds, England. In California, Olivia Newton-John plays Oakland and Metallica plays Anaheim. On the new Cash Box magazine chart, which comes out officially tomorrow, John Cougar’s “Jack and Diane” takes over the Number One spot from the Steve Miller Band’s “Abracadabra,” which falls to Number Two after five weeks at the top. The only new entry in the top 10 is “Who Can It Be Now” by Men at Work. “Nobody” by Sylvia moves from 29 to 23, Neil Diamond’s “Heartlight,” inspired by the movie E.T., moves from 38 to 30, and “Up Where We Belong,” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, from the soundtrack of An Officer and a Gentleman, leaps from 45 to 32. In Dubuque, Iowa, the afternoon jock at a local radio station, always conscious of his regrets, notices that “Wasted on the Way” by Crosby, Stills and Nash, which is at Number 53 after spending most of the summer on the radio, sounds particularly appropriate now that October has arrived.