October 28, 1985, is a Monday. The headline on the nation’s sports pages today is the meltdown of the St. Louis Cardinals, who lost game 7 and the World Series to Kansas City last night 11-0. On Saturday night, the Cardinals had lost game 6 on an umpire’s call that TV replays clearly showed to be wrong. In tonight’s NFL game, the Los Angeles Raiders run their record to 6-and-2 with a 34-21 win over San Diego. Future NFL player Early Doucet is born, and former player Tommy Thompson dies. Chris Evert takes over the Number One ranking among female tennis players from Martina Navratilova, who had taken it from Evert two weeks only, and who will get it back a month from now. On the comics pages today, Garfield abuses Jon again. A series of stories in the current Time magazine dissects the hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro earlier this month, and the joint American-Italian operation that intercepted a plane carrying the Palestinian hijackers. People magazine’s cover story is on the best and worst-dressed people of the year. Portions of Massachusetts are declared a federal disaster area after Hurricane Gloria struck the East Coast in late September. TV preacher Pat Robertson will claim the hurricane missed his headquarters in Virginia because of his prayers. A total eclipse of the moon is visible throughout all of Asia, but cannot be seen in North and South America.
Top movies at the box office this past weekend include Jagged Edge, Krush Groove, Commando, and Back to the Future. Among the soaps on daytime TV today: Ryan’s Hope. Tonight, PBS airs a documentary about the Statue of Liberty, directed by Ken Burns. On network TV, it’s the made-for-TV movie A Time to Live, starring Liza Minnelli in a role that will win her a Golden Globe award for Best Actress, and the retooled sitcom What’s Happening Now. Joan Rivers is guest host on The Tonight Show with John Larroquette and Howie Mandel. The Grateful Dead opens a two-night stand in Atlanta, Eric Clapton plays Milan, Italy, R.E.M. plays London, and Miles Davis plays Copenhagen, Denmark. The Bob Dylan box set Biograph and Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo are released. Barbra Streisand shoots a video for “Somewhere” at the Apollo Theater in New York. On the Cash Box magazine chart for the week, “Take on Me” by a-ha is in its second week at Number One; “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits holds at Number Two. “Head Over Heels” by Tears for Fears jumps into the Top 10 at Number 7, moving up from 12. Other strong upward movers: “We Built This City” by the Starship, Glenn Frey’s “You Belong to the City,” “Be Near Me” by ABC, and “Separate Lives” by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin. A Top-40 station in Illinois that is playing all of these songs plans to launch a live morning show next month. The host, who has never much liked to get up in the morning, will decide to set his alarm for 4:20AM, because 4:15 would be much too early.
Perspective From the Present: I don’t hate “We Built This City” as much as some people (such as Blender magazine, which put it atop its list of 50 worst songs ever), but that video really is sucktastic. It fails to use the images the song provides, most notably the radio reference in the middle, opting instead for shots of people staring. That’s a weird choice for a song supposed to be about the enduring power of rock.