June 5, 1979: Hot Stuff

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(Pictured: anti-nuclear protesters march in Boston, 1979.)

June 5, 1979, was a Tuesday. Today’s papers continue to follow up on worldwide anti-nuclear protests over the weekend, sparked by the Three Mile Island disaster in March. Headlines this morning also include an order by the Federal Election Commission that President Carter’s campaign committee must reimburse taxpayers approximately $50,000 of the $26 million in federal funds it received in 1976 because the money was used for purposes not permitted by law. Today, a judge grants a temporary injunction sought by the Airline Passengers Association that will ground all Boeing DC-10 airplanes for safety inspections after 273 people died in a DC-10 crash in Chicago last month. Pope John Paul II continues his first visit to his native country of Poland since being elevated to the papacy last fall. Yesterday, he celebrated mass for 50,000 people in Czestochowa, where he will give a number of speeches today. Tomorrow, he will visit Krakow, where he attended college until the Second World War broke out. Public comments are now being sought after a federal panel approved suggested guidelines for the expanded export of wild American ginseng, and also the export of the hides of American alligators, which are an endangered species. In Ann Arbor, Michigan, shoppers at Meijer can get fresh spare ribs for $1.28 a pound, a 14-ounce bag of potato chips for 77 cents, and a six-pack of Sprite, Dr. Pepper, or Coke for $1.09 plus deposit with a newspaper coupon. Future singer Pete Wentz is born.

Thirteen games are played in the majors today. The Montreal Expos have the best record in baseball despite a slump in which they’ve lost four of their last five games, including a 4-1 loss to Atlanta today. In the American League, the Boston Red Sox have the best record; they beat Texas 9-3 today thanks to home runs by Fred Lynn, Jim Rice, and Carl Yastrzemski. Baseball holds its 1979 amateur draft today; the top pick is outfielder Al Chambers, taken by the Seattle Mariners. The New York Mets take pitcher Tim Leary at #2. The San Diego Padres use a sixth-round pick on shortstop Harold Reynolds and the New York Yankees get first baseman Don Mattingly in the 19th round. The National Hockey League continues negotiations with the players’ association that have temporarily derailed the league’s plans to add four former World Hockey Association franchises (Hartford, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Quebec) to the NHL this fall.

Talking Heads continue a brief tour Down Under in Wellington, New Zealand, and Van Halen continues their first world tour as a headliner in Birmingham, Alabama. Heart plays St. Louis and the Ramones play Seattle. The Scorpions play Tokyo, the Beach Boys play Los Angeles, and Journey plays Buffalo. Yes plays Oklahoma City and Badfinger plays Houston, opening a tour with a new lineup: former Yes keyboard player Tony Kaye and British session drummer Pete Clarke join Joey Molland and Tom Evans. In New York City, Rod Stewart brings his Blondes Have More Fun tour to Madison Square Garden. Price of a loge ticket: $12.50. In Chicago, 64-year-old bluesman Muddy Waters marries for the third time; his bride is Marva Jean Brooks, age 25. His best man is Eric Clapton. At CKLW in Windsor, Ontario, just across the river from Detroit, “Ring My Bell” by Anita Ward and “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer lead the Music Guide survey again this week. “Just When I Needed You Most” by Randy Vanwarmer is #3. There’s not a great deal of movement on the chart: the lone new song in the Top 10 is “The Logical Song” by Supertramp at #10, and the biggest mover is the Doobie Brothers’ “Minute by Minute,” up from #25 to #19. The Gamble-and-Huff production “You’re Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else” by the Jones Girls debuts on the Top 30 at #17. Breakfast in America by Supertramp is the #1 album, followed by Van Halen II, Journey’s Evolution, and Cheap Trick at Budokan.

Perspective From the Present: It’s likely that this is the week I started summer school at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. It was my first summer-school experience, and I found that I liked the summer-school vibe; I would take summer courses in 1981 and when I returned to college at the University of Iowa in the mid 90s.


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