October 14, 1977, is a Friday. At the White House, President Carter meets with General Omar Torrijos and other Panamanian officials to clarify American military rights in the Canal Zone if the canal is turned over to Panama, as proposed in the Panama Canal Treaty signed last month. Later, Carter answers questions from a group of reporters and editors, meets author David McCullough, and attends a reception for Democratic Party fund-raisers, among his other daily activities. After a round of golf in Spain (he shot an 85), singer and actor Bing Crosby dies at age 74. Actor Keenan Wynn dies in Los Angeles. Speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, anti-gay activist Anita Bryant is hit in the face with a pie. This week’s celebrity guest on The $20,000 Pyramid is Soupy Sales. On TV tonight: the detective series Switch, starring Eddie Albert and Robert Wagner, The Sanford Arms, a Sanford and Son spinoff that will be canceled after tonight, The Rockford Files, and Wonder Woman.
Before Game 3 of the World Series in Los Angeles, Linda Ronstadt sings the National Anthem; the Yankees beat the Dodgers 5-3 to take a 2-games-to-1 lead. Ronstadt is also featured in the current edition of New Times magazine, and has two new singles out, “Blue Bayou” and “It’s So Easy.” The Grateful Dead plays Houston, Renaissance plays the Royal Albert Hall in London, Steppenwolf plays St. Louis, Keith Jarrett plays Paris, Rush plays Tulsa, and the Steve Miller Band plays Ann Arbor, Michigan. KISS Alive II is released. On the new Cash Box magazine chart, which will come out officially tomorrow, the top four are unchanged from the previous week: “You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone is in its second week at Number One, followed by “Keep it Comin’ Love” by KC and the Sunshine Band, “Nobody Does it Better” by Carly Simon, and Meco’s “Star Wars/Cantina Band.” New in the Top 10: “I Feel Love” by Donna Summer and “Cold as Ice” by Foreigner. New in the Top 40: “How Deep Is Your Love” by the Bee Gees, “I Just Want to Make Love to You” by Foghat, and “Send in the Clowns” by Judy Collins. In Wisconsin, the leaves change and then they fall; the world gets a little bit colder every day. The radio continues to talk to a guy who can’t help but listen, because it knows his life better than he does.