(Pictured: Joan Jett on stage in Chicago, 1982.)
June 1, 1982, was a Tuesday. Britain has taken control of an area near the Falkland Islands capital city of Stanley, and is demanding Argentina surrender or face a full-scale assault on the city. President Reagan meets with top advisers in advance of his first major European trip as president, which will begin tomorrow. He will visit France, Britain, and Germany for discussions on economic, political, and military issues. In Washington, the trial of John Hinckley continues. Hinckley, who turned 27 over the weekend, is accused of shooting Reagan and three others last year. The United States Supreme Court has overturned its own 1981 ruling and expanded the right of law enforcement officials to search vehicles without a warrant if they suspect contraband is present. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes have been thrashing the nation’s midsection since last Thursday. In Marion, Illinois, 10 people died in a tornado and over 100 were injured over the weekend, and cleanup yesterday was interrupted by severe thunderstorms with heavy rain. Fourteen more tornadoes were reported across the Midwest and South yesterday. In Harrisburg, Illinois, shoppers at Food Park can get USDA choice boneless chuck roast for $1.59 a pound, a 10-pound bag of red potatoes for $1.39, and an eight-pack of Coca-Cola in 16-ounce returnable bottles for $1.59 plus deposit.
The NBA Finals continue tonight. The Los Angeles Lakers take a 2-1 lead over the Philadelphia 76ers with a 129-108 win in Los Angeles. Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was in danger of missing the game due to a migraine, but he plays 28 minutes and scores 16 points. Andrew Toney of the Sixers leads all scorers with 36 points. The two best teams in baseball at the moment are the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox. They are separated by one-half game atop the American League East after Detroit beats the West-leading California Angels and the Red Sox lose to Oakland. In the National League, East leader St. Louis loses to San Francisco in extra innings and West leader Atlanta beats the New York Mets.
Midweek moviegoers can see Memorial Day weekend’s big release, Rocky III, or the new slasher movie Visiting Hours. Other movies popular at the box office right now include Conan the Barbarian, Steve Martin’s Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, Mad Max II: the Road Warrior, Porky’s, and Chariots of Fire. On TV tonight, CBS airs Game 3 of the NBA Finals live, preceded by a repeat of the 1979 special Hanna-Barbera Hall of Fame: Yabba Dabba Doo II, which goes behind the scenes with some of Hanna-Barbera’s most famous characters and their creators. NBC airs a repeat episode of the recently canceled Bret Maverick, starring James Garner, and the second-season premiere episodes of the primetime soap Flamingo Road. ABC presents Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Three’s Company, Too Close for Comfort starring Ted Knight, and Hart to Hart.
At WLS in Chicago, “Ebony and Ivory” by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder and “Titles” by Vangelis from Chariots of Fire hold at #1 and #2 on the current station survey. “’65 Love Affair” by Paul Davis and Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock and Roll” are #3 and #4. Only one song is new in the Top 10 this week: “I’ve Never Been to Me” by Charlene, at #10. “Rosanna” by Toto is up 10 spots from #24 to #14; “The Other Woman” by Ray Parker Jr. makes a nine-place move from #21 to #12. The highest debut on the chart this week is Joan Jett’s “Crimson and Clover” at #29. The #1 album in Chicago is the self-titled debut by Asia.
In Dubuque, Iowa, a young radio DJ spends the first part of his afternoon as board operator for the station’s broadcast of the Chicago Cubs. Their 9-1 shellacking at the hands of the San Diego Padres is over early after the Padres get four in the second inning and four more in the third. The game takes only two hours and 14 minutes to play, so there’s time after the post-game show for the young DJ to do a bit of his show. Afterward, he will go home to an empty apartment, empty by choice, as he lives alone and on his own for the first and only time in his life. Although he’s not a big basketball fan, he probably watches the NBA Finals on this night, although on many nights he listens to the radio, stretched out on the couch the way people do in front of the TV.
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